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On the heels of her first appearance at The Tonys since 1970, Columbia Records has announced Barbra Streisand’s “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” album will debut on August 26th, 2016, featuring 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.   The inspired new musical pairings on “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” include Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, Patrick Wilson, and a spectacular virtual duet with Anthony Newley.

Fans can pre-order “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” now.  Those who pre-order the album online will receive the instant grat track, “At The Ballet,” featuring Streisand with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley, available streaming or via download.  The song is also available to purchase as a single.  A behind-the-scenes clip of Streisand, Hathaway and Ridley recording the song is also available at the following link: http://smarturl.it/attheballet.

Along with the standard 10-track album on CD and Vinyl, fans can also purchase a deluxe edition of the CD, available exclusively at Target, featuring four bonus tracks by Streisand. See retail links below.

“ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” Retail Links:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/StreisandENCORE

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/StreisandENCOREama

Barbra Streisand Music Store: http://smarturl.it/StreisandMusicStore

Barnes & Noble: http://smarturl.it/StreisandENCOREbn

The release of “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” follows the recording artist’s nine-city August North American concert tour: THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! during which she will perform hits from her ground-breaking career.

The greatest star to ever come out of Broadway, Streisand returns to her roots with “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.” The legendary performer rose to unprecedented fame while starring on Broadway beginning with her stage debut in “I Can Get It For You Wholesale” in 1962 and then as comedienne Fanny Brice in the Broadway production of “Funny Girl” in 1964, earning Tony nominations for both turns. Streisand’s vey first record album, 1963’s “The Barbra Streisand album,” which earned Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performances, featured several Broadway standards. In 1985 Streisand released “The Broadway Album” and in 1993 “Back to Broadway;” both albums went multi-platinum.

With the longest span of number one albums in history – six decades – Streisand has recorded 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career.  She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list. With the release of her last album, “Partners,” Streisand has had 33 albums make the Top 10 on the US charts.  She is the only female artist to have achieved this milestone, tying her with Frank Sinatra. With ten, Streisand is the female artist with the most number one albums in Billboard’s history.

Widely recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, concert performer, producer, director, author and songwriter. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970, and two CableACE Awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. Streisand received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama this past November. Her many other honors include the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, three Peabody Awards and the French Légion d’Honneur. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.  Streisand is a devoted philanthropist who works tirelessly to fight for what she believes in. A woman of action, Streisand founded The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai and co-founded the Women’s Heart Alliance, helping to raise awareness and push for more research into women’s heart disease, the leading cause of death among women.

All artists featured on “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” have achieved international success. Below are a few highlights from their esteemed careers, along with information on their respective songs on the album:

“At The Ballet.”  With Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley.  From “A Chorus Line,” Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer Prize.  In referring to “At The Ballet,” composer Marvin Hamlisch said that “the song set the tone for all the music in the show; once the song was written, the creators understood the shape and color of the piece as a whole.”

Anne Hathaway: Actress, singer, Academy Award winner for her role in Les Misérables, winner of Golden Globe Award, Emmy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award.

Daisy Ridley: Starred as Rey in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – the highest-grossing film of 2015.  She will continue her role as Rey in STAR WAS: EPISODE VIII, scheduled for release in December 2017.

“Loving You.”  With Patrick Wilson.  From Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion.”  “Passion” opened on Broadway in 1994 and was the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Patrick Wilson: Actor and singer who began his career starring in Broadway musicals.  Two-time Tony Award nominee, Golden Globe Award nominee and Emmy Award nominee.  Starred in the major motion picture adaption of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera and the television series “Fargo.”

“Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)?”  With Anthony Newley. From “The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd” – a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

Anthony Newley: Legendary actor, singer, and songwriter.  As a recording artist he enjoyed a dozen Top 40 songs on the UK Singles Chart between 1959 and 1962, starred on Broadway in “Stop The World – I Want To Get Off” and “The Roar Of The Greasepaint – The Smell Of The Crowd.”  Best Film Score Academy Award nominee for film score for WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.  Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989.  Grammy Award winner for Song of the Year for “What Kind Of Fool Am I.”

“The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened.”  With Alec Baldwin.  From “Road Show.”  “Road Show is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman.

Alec Baldwin: Actor, producer, comedian, Broadway star, winner of two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.  Columnist for Huffington Post, podcast host.

“Any Moment Now.”  With Hugh Jackman.  From an unproduced version of “Smile.”  Music by Marvin Hamlisch; book and lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

Hugh Jackman: Stage and screen star, known for roles ranging from WOLVERINE, Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES, Tony Award winning portrayal of Peter Allen in “The Boy From Oz,” and host of the Tony Awards and Academy Awards.

“Anything You Can Do.” With Melissa McCarthy. From “Annie Get Your Gun.” Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields.  The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.  The 1946 Broadway production was a hit and the musical had long runs in both New York and London and spawned revivals, a 1950 film version and television versions.

Melissa McCarthy: Actress, comedian, writer, fashion designer and producer.  Known for roles on television shows “Gilmore Girls” and “Mike & Molly,” host on “Saturday Night Live,” and films BRIDESMAIDS – which garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, IDENTITY THIEF, THE HEAT, TAMMY, ST. VINCENT, and the action comedy SPY – for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.  She is set to star in the 2016 re-boot of GHOSTBUSTERS.

“Pure Imagination.”  With Seth MacFarlane.  Written for the motion picture WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – a musical version of the beloved Roald Dahl book.  Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Featured in hit West End Stage Musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” set to open on Broadway in 2017.

Seth MacFarlane: Actor, filmmaker, singer, and creator of “Family Guy,” co-creator of “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show,” writer-director of TED and TED 2.  Emmy Award winner, Webby Award Winner for Film & Video Person of the Year.  As a singer he has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.  Host of Academy Awards and executive producer of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”

“Take Me To The World.”  With Antonio Banderas.  From “Evening Primrose.”  “Evening Primrose” is a musical with book by James Goldman and lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim.  It was originally written for television and is based on a John Collier short story published in 1951.

Antonio Banderas: Actor, director, producer.  He began his acting career in a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar and starred in films as diverse as PHILADELPHIA, EVITA, THE MASK OF ZORRO, SPY KIDS and SHREK.  Banderas appeared on Broadway to great acclaim in “Nine” – winning the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards and nominated for a Tony Award.

“I’ll Be Seeing You”/ “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Face.”  With Chris Pine.  From “Right This Way”/ “My Fair Lady.”  “Right This Way” opened in 1938.  “I’ll Be Seeing You” became the unofficial anthem of WWII, later recorded by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and dozens more.   “My Fair Lady” is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.  The musical’s 1956 Broadway production was a momentous hit, setting a record for the longest run of any major musical theater production in history.

Chris Pine: Known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the most recent STAR TREK reboot series.  Starred in THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2, UNSTOPPABLE, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 and he played Cinderella’s Prince in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical INTO THE WOODS.

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”  With Jamie Foxx.  From “The Sound of Music.”  “The Sound of Music” is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.  The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened in 1957 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  It was adapted as a 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Jamie Foxx: Actor, singer, comedian, Academy Award winner as Best Actor for his role in RAY.  Also winner of BAFTA Award and Golden Globe.  Foxx is also a Grammy winner.  He and Kanye West scored a #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Gold Digger.”

Additional Streisand tracks available on the Target deluxe edition:

“I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.”  From “Too Many Girls” which opened on Broadway in 1939 starring Desi Arnaz.  The film version starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and they credited the production for bringing them together as a couple.

“Not A Day Goes By.”  From Tony nominated “Merrily We Roll Along.”  Book by George Furth and lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim

“Fifty Percent.”  From “Ballroom.”  “Ballroom” is a Tony nominated musical with book by Jerome Kass and music by Billy Goldenberg and lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman.  Based on the 1975 Emmy Award-winning television drama “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.”

“Losing My Mind.”   From “Follies.”  “Follies” is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman.  The Broadway production opened on April 4, 1971, directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, and with choreography by Bennett. The musical was nominated for eleven Tony Awards and won seven.

By: Paul Krugman – New York Times

Almost six months have passed since Donald Trump overtook Jeb Bush in polls of Republican voters. At the time, most pundits dismissed the Trump phenomenon as a blip, predicting that voters would soon return to more conventional candidates. Instead, however, his lead just kept widening. Even more striking, the triumvirate of trash-talk — Mr. Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz — now commands the support of roughly 60 percent of the primary electorate.

But how can this be happening? After all, the antiestablishment candidates now dominating the field, aside from being deeply ignorant about policy, have a habit of making false claims, then refusing to acknowledge error. Why don’t Republican voters seem to care?

Well, part of the answer has to be that the party taught them not to care. Bluster and belligerence as substitutes for analysis, disdain for any kind of measured response, dismissal of inconvenient facts reported by the “liberal media” didn’t suddenly arrive on the Republican scene last summer. On the contrary, they have long been key elements of the party brand. So how are voters supposed to know where to draw the line?

Let’s talk first about the legacy of He Who Must Not Be Named.

I don’t know how many readers remember the 2000 election, but during the campaign Republicans tried — largely successfully — to make the election about likability, not policy. George W. Bush was supposed to get your vote because he was someone you’d enjoy having a beer with, unlike that stiff, boring guy Al Gore with all his facts and figures.

And when Mr. Gore tried to talk about policy differences, Mr. Bush responded not on the substance but by mocking his opponent’s “fuzzy math” — a phrase gleefully picked up by his supporters. The press corps played right along with this deliberate dumbing-down: Mr. Gore was deemed to have lost debates, not because he was wrong, but because he was, reporters declared, snooty and superior, unlike the affably dishonest W.

Then came 9/11, and the affable guy was repackaged as a war leader. But the repackaging was never framed in terms of substantive arguments over foreign policy. Instead, Mr. Bush and his handlers sold swagger. He was the man you could trust to keep us safe because he talked tough and dressed up as a fighter pilot. He proudly declared that he was the “decider” — and that he made his decisions based on his “gut.”

The subtext was that real leaders don’t waste time on hard thinking, that listening to experts is a sign of weakness, that attitude is all you need. And while Mr. Bush’s debacles in Iraq and New Orleans eventually ended America’s faith in his personal gut, the elevation of attitude over analysis only tightened its grip on his party, an evolution highlighted when John McCain, who once upon a time had a reputation for policy independence, chose the eminently unqualified Sarah Palin as his running mate.

So Donald Trump as a political phenomenon is very much in a line of succession that runs from W. through Mrs. Palin, and in many ways he’s entirely representative of the Republican mainstream. For example, were you shocked when Mr. Trump revealed his admiration for Vladimir Putin? He was only articulating a feeling that was already widespread in his party.

Meanwhile, what do the establishment candidates have to offer as an alternative? On policy substance, not much. Remember, back when he was the presumed front-runner, Jeb Bush assembled a team of foreign-policy “experts,” people who had academic credentials and chairs at right-wing think tanks. But the team was dominated by neoconservative hard-liners, people committed, despite past failures, to the belief that shock and awe solve all problems.

In other words, Mr. Bush wasn’t articulating a notably different policy than what we’re now hearing from Trump et al; all he offered was belligerence with a thin veneer of respectability. Marco Rubio, who has succeeded him as the establishment favorite, is much the same, with a few added evasions. Why should anyone be surprised to see this posturing, er, trumped by the unapologetic belligerence offered by nonestablishment candidates?

In case you’re wondering, nothing like this process has happened on the Democratic side. When Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate, say, financial regulation, it’s a real discussion, with both candidates evidently well informed about the issues. American political discourse as a whole hasn’t been dumbed down, just its conservative wing.

Going back to Republicans, does this mean that Mr. Trump will actually be the nominee? I have no idea. But it’s important to realize that he isn’t someone who suddenly intruded into Republican politics from an alternative universe. He, or someone like him, is where the party has been headed for a long time.