Category Archives: Songbook




(Roger Friedman’s article appeared in Showbiz 411, 9/3; via the Drudge Report.)

Surprise! Barbra Streisand has pulled it off again. Her odd “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” album debuts at number 1 this week, beating Britney Spears, Florida Georgia Line, and Frank Ocean by a mile or two.

Streisand’s real triumph here is that her numbers were entirely from sales, not streaming. She sold 150,000 CDs and digital downloads. Her streaming numbers were minimal.

In real sales, Florida Georgia Line sold 129,000, Britney came in around 91,000, and Ocean dropped 81% from last week with just 44,000 in digital sales (he has no CD).

But even when you add in streaming, Streisand is number 1. Streaming for the three other acts didn’t surpass her. And that’s quite an achievement.



(Stephen Holden’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/24; via Pam Green.)

As much as any two performers, Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye embody the traditional concept of show business professionalism, in which an entertainer is expected to wow an audience by doing it all. And on Tuesday night, they joined forces for a satisfying evening of upbeat camaraderie and nostalgia at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Their program, “Summertime Swing,” was an old-fashioned variety show, blending standards with Catskill humor, celebrity impersonations and other vaudevillian shenanigans. Mr. Feinstein alternated on piano with the musical director, Tedd Firth; Sean Smith on bass and Mark McLean on drums kept the tempos and dynamics continuously fluid.

For Mr. Feinstein, doing it all means delivering classic ballads from the American Songbook in a creamy, faraway voice while accompanying himself on rippling piano, then letting loose with impersonations of Louis Armstrong singing “Hello, Dolly!” and Jerry Lee Lewis hollering and banging out “Great Balls of Fire.”




(from; via Pam Green.)

Barbra Streisand has just released her version of the song “Any Moment Now” featuring Hugh Jackman, which is featured on her upcoming album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway!

The legendary songstress has 10 new duets on the album featuring such Hollywood stars as Hugh, Anne Hathaway, Daisy Ridley, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, and more.

Barbra will be heading out on tour in August and we think it would be great to see some of these stars pop up as guest acts!

“The first person I thought of was Hugh Jackman,” Barbra says in the behind-the-scenes clip about the song. “He could be a werewolf or whatever he is, Wolverine? And yet he is a wonderful actor who sings great.”