Tonys: Barbra Streisand to make first appearance in 46 years

Barbra Streisand To Return To The Tony's Stage
Barbra Streisand To Return To The Tony's Stage


Breaking an extended absence that stretches back to 1970, when she accepted a Special Tony Award, Barbra Streisand has joined the lineup of presenters scheduled to appear at the upcoming 70th edition of Broadway's big night, June 12.

She adds her name to a previously announced list of presenters that includes Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Carole King, Audra McDonald, Saoirse Ronan, Patina Miller and Nathan Lane.

Broadway played a significant role in the early days of Streisand's career in the 1960s, before she left the musical-theater stage to focus on recording and concert tours, as well as screen acting, directing and producing. She is a member of the elite EGOT club of artists who have received Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony honors.

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Streisand made her Broadway debut in the scene-stealing featured role of Miss Marmelstein in the 1962 musical, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, landing her first Tony nomination; and then graduated to leading lady in 1964 playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, which earned her a lead actress Tony nomination and a best actress Oscar for the 1968 movie version.

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Broadway has remained a key part of Streisand's musical repertoire over the decades, generating The Broadway Album in 1985 and Back to Broadway in 1993. Her third Broadway album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, is due out later this year.

Her appearance on the Tony Awards precedes Streisand's nine-city North American concert tour, kicking off Aug. 2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Hosted by James Corden, the Tonys will air live from New York's Beacon Theatre on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/delayed PT. This year's ceremony is expected to be dominated by Lin-Manuel Miranda's monster hit Hamilton, which leads the field with a record-setting 16 nominations.

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