National Public Radio is allowing listeners an advance free preview of the entire new Streisand album of Broadway standards.
Much of the album is new material for the collections of Streisand fans. She has written dialogue for some numbers to provide her an acting challenge.
The more successful duets are surprising. A profoundly moving performance of “Who Can I Turn To?” from “The Roar of the Greasepaint The Smell of the Crowd” using an original recording of the late Anthony Newley is a highlight. The recording reminds us of Newley’s astonishing talent.
I found that Patrick Wilson’s pairing with Streisand on “Loving You” from Passion is my immediate favorite. He brings the chops and matches her depth and beauty in a fine vocal.
Another terrific cut is “At the Ballet” from A Chorus Line. Streisand plays Sheila. She is accompanied by Daisy Ridley from the latest Star Wars movie and Anne Hathaway from Les Miserables. After Hathaway’s Oscar win, her contribution should expected to be stellar, but I found myself catching my breath at her glorious notes.
Melissa McCarthy is funny in a raucous “Anything You Can Do” while Antonio Banderas and Seth McFarlane rise to the challenge. Chris Pine and Jamie Foxx are less successful. The duets also feature Hugh Jackman and Alec Baldwin.
This album is a winner. I am anxious to purchase the Target version with four additional Broadway standards.