Thursday, April 25, 2024

Broadway: Barbra Streisand Presenting at Tony Awards– First Time On Show in 46 Years


She’s back. After 46 years Barbra Streisand is coming to the Tony Awards. She’s going to be a presenter. But don’t be fooled. She’ll be presented Best Musical to “Hamilton.” She won’t be giving Best Scenic Design, that’s for sure.

Why is Barbra back? She’s trying to reconnect with the Broadway crowd in advance of making her movie of “Gypsy,” no doubt. Streisand is planning to make that Barry Levinson-directed project her piece de resistance next year. She wants the backing of the legit stage world. It’s a smart idea.

And “Hamilton”? It’s the biggest show since maybe “A Chorus Line.” Winner of countless awards. So the Queen returns and bestows the crowd. It’s a nice touch.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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