Back to Broadway

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
While still an impressive recording, Back to Broadway is less impressive than its predecessor, The Broadway Album, for a number of reasons. The first is material. Barbra Streisand seems to be attracted to certain musicals, and here she chooses more songs from shows like West Side Story and Guys and Dolls that she didn't pick the last time around. Still attracted more to current composers than earlier ones, Streisand picks five songs by Stephen Sondheim who has once again obligingly rewritten lyrics to suit her and three by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Sondheim material is worthy; the Lloyd Webber is not. Though the intensity with which she sings "With One Look" from Sunset...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
While still an impressive recording, Back to Broadway is less impressive than its predecessor, The Broadway Album, for a number of reasons. The first is material. Barbra Streisand seems to be attracted to certain musicals, and here she chooses more songs from shows like West Side Story and Guys and Dolls that she didn't pick the last time around. Still attracted more to current composers than earlier ones, Streisand picks five songs by Stephen Sondheim who has once again obligingly rewritten lyrics to suit her and three by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Sondheim material is worthy; the Lloyd Webber is not. Though the intensity with which she sings "With One Look" from Sunset Boulevard suggests an eerie identification with the show's demented silent movie queen Norma Desmond. Further, Streisand has done duets on two selections with people better identified with the material -- Michael Crawford, the original Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, on his signature song, "The Music of the Night," and Johnny Mathis, who has sung a medley of West Side Story songs in his shows for years, on a medley of "I Have a Love/One Hand, One Heart" from that show. Finally, the arrangements and production lean more toward contemporary pop and light jazz in many instances, the influence of commercial producers and arrangers like David Foster. All of which means that Back to Broadway is somewhat uneven. When Streisand takes on songs as well suited to her as "Everybody Says Don't" from Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle and "Children Will Listen" from his Into the Woods, she nears her work on The Broadway Album. Elsewhere, she is merely a phenomenal singer working against material or arrangements that aren't quite appropriate to her.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972370422
  • Catalog Number: 723704
  • Sales rank: 20,871

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Primary Artist, Vocals
Johnny Mathis Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Michael Crawford Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Michael Thompson Guitar
Michael Baird Drums
Mike Baird Drums
Rev. Dave Boruff Saxophone
Billy Byers Conductor
David Caddick Conductor
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
George Doering Guitar
Nathan East Bass
Alan Estes Percussion
Simon Franglen Synthesizer, Synclavier, Synthesizer Overdubs
Andrew Jackman Conductor
Eddie Karam Conductor
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Michael Lang Keyboards
Bob Mann Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Percussion, Piano
Mark Portmann Synthesizer, Piano
Michael Starobin Conductor
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Jonathan Tunick Conductor
Ian Underwood Synthesizer
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Synthesizer, Keyboards
John Berkman Piano
Marc Portman Synthesizer, Piano
William Ross Conductor
Scott Frankel Piano
Andrew Pryce Jackman Conductor
Simon Fanglen Synthesizer, Synclavier, Synthesizer Overdubs
Steven Schaeffer Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
A. L. Webber Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Kurt Weill Composer
Barbra Streisand Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
London Symphony Orchestra Contributor
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Richard Rodgers Composer
David Foster Arranger, Producer
John Cameron Producer
Don Black Composer
Billy Byers Arranger, Orchestration
John Cameron Orchestration
David Cullen Producer, Orchestration
Simon Franglen Programming
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Charles Hart Composer
Andrew Jackman Arranger
Johnny Mandel Arranger, Orchestration
George Marino Mastering
Shawn Murphy Engineer
Mark Portmann Arranger
Dave Reitzas Engineer, Contributor, Digital Editing
Al Schmitt Engineer
Tony Smith Programming
Michael Starobin Arranger
Richard Stilgoe Composer
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Jonathan Tunick Arranger
Nigel Wright Producer
Geoff Tate Composer
Michael Wilton Composer
Marc Portman Arranger
Nancy Donald Art Direction
William Ross Arranger, Orchestration
Firooz Zahedi Cover Photo
Andrew Pryce Jackman Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Christopher Hampton Composer
A.M. Brunner Composer
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