finally! the official announcement! for months now, rumors are milling that miss streisand is contemplating on coming out of retirement to tour. the reason? read ahead...
Barbra Streisand Set for Fall Concert Tour, Which Will Provide Millions of Dollars to Organizations Concerned with the Environment, Education and Women's Health
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 8, 2006--With a commitment to direct millions of dollars to charitable organizations she supports, Barbra Streisand will undertake her first national tour in over a decade next Fall. The announcement was made by her longtime manager and the tour's producer, Martin Erlichman, who stated that the engagements will comprise twenty concerts in major U.S. cities during the months of October and November.
Ms. Streisand notes, "The increasingly urgent need for private citizen support to combat dangerous climate change, along with education and health issues was the prime reason I decided to tour again. This will allow me to direct funds and awareness to causes that I care deeply about."
Designated proceeds in support of philanthropic initiatives will be distributed through The Streisand Foundation.
Ms. Streisand's only previous multiple city national tour, the "Barbra Streisand: The Concert" tour in 1994, set standards of critical and popular success not since exceeded.
The past year has been one of extraordinary success for the director/actress/singer/writer/composer/producer. Her album, "Guilty Pleasures," quickly became her 50th Gold Album. In addition, the film that returned her to movie acting, "Meet The Fockers," became the first live-action comedy to exceed a half billion dollars at the box-office. It also set a record of 3,000,000 copies sold in its first 24 hours of video release. Additionally, Warner Bros.' release of the DVD box set of her first five television specials has been a major success with quintuple platinum sales.
Selected cities, specific concert dates and other pertinent information for the upcoming tour will be announced shortly.