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Knock-out tunes from Barbra Streisand and Regine Velasquez

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STREISAND. Sings with similarly gifted only son in “Back to Brooklyn.”

Barbra Streisand is known for her outspoken nature and penchant for perfectionism—so, it comes as a big surprise to learn about her “debilitating” stage fright.

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‘Spider-Man’ musical flies high

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CARNEY. Portrays the web-slinging superhero onstage.

Our recent trips to New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Chicago included a lot of indelible theatergoing moments—and it’s impossible to pick just one favorite from among the 26 shows we viewed during our 24-day cultural adventure in the United States.

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Streisand to sing at Oscars

STREISAND. Enchanting fusion of seamless musicality, interpretative skill and vocal theatrics.

Barbra Streisand will sing at the Oscars on February 24, her first Academy Awards performance in 36 years, organizers said. At the Grammys on Feb. 10, all five nominees for album of the year—Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, fun, The Black Keys and Jack White—will perform.

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Barbra Streisand to sing at Oscars

This Oct. 11, 2012 file photo shows singer Barbra Streisand performing at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of  New York. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that the 70-year-old singing veteran will hit the stage on Feb. 24. It will be her second performance at the Oscars, and her first in 36 years. AP/Evan Agostini/Invision/

Legendary diva Barbra Streisand will sing at the Oscars next month, her first Academy Awards performance in 36 years, organizers said Wednesday.

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Streisand on married life, new movie, Lady Gaga

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We half-expected Barbra Streisand to arrive at our interview to the tune of a full orchestra overture of her most memorable hits. But, without fanfare, there she was in front of us, in a black suit, high-collared white blouse and tie that reminded us of her character in “Yentl.”

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Streisand, Hathaway boost anticipated releases

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STREISAND (right) smothers Seth Rogen in “The Guilt Trip.”

Tired of Hollywood’s noisy, testosterone-heavy potboilers? This month, Tinseltown is fielding female A-listers in award-worthy dramas and high-profile comedies as it commences its run-up to the Oscars.

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Streisand unveils hidden musical gems

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STREISAND. Enviable combination of range, technique and prodigious voice.

Barbra Streisand isn’t easily fazed by issues that involve her—instead, she lets her wry sense of humor do the talking. During the Q&A segment of her Oct. 11 homecoming concert in Brooklyn, for instance, when she was asked what she thought of presidential aspirant Mitt Romney’s promise to fire Big Bird, she quipped, “I love Big Bird, and I hope no one tells Romney how to get to Sesame Street—or Pennsylvania Avenue!” (The latter is where the White House is located.)

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‘Direk’ is a woman

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Very few actresses have successfully crossed over to work behind the camera.

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Barbra Streisand’s latest album pleases–and teases

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STREISAND. Enchanting fusion of seamless musicality, interpretative skill and vocal theatrics.

Which singer is daring enough to sing the first stanza of her latest album’s carrier single a cappella? In “What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman,” pop music’s most enduring diva renders the first part of her stirring version of “Windmills of Your Mind” sans instrumentation. The result: An [...]

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Streisand OK with state selling donated estate

In this March 7, 2010 file photo, Barbra Streisand is shown at the Governors Ball following the the 82nd Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Streisand says she understands that California has to sell her donated 22.5-acre Malibu ranch to help balance the budget but she hopes the buyer will preserve its "special habitat." (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Barbra Streisand says she understands that California might have to sell her donated 22.5-acre (9-hectare) Malibu ranch to help balance the state budget but she hopes the buyer will preserve its “special habitat.”

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