The Broadway Album

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Barbra Streisand's abandonment of Broadway was the worst thing that happened to the theater in the '60s. Her retreat from theater music on record was less of a loss, if only because she had tended to focus on second-rank composers and obscure songs by first-rate ones, while practically ignoring, for example, Stephen Sondheim. When she returned to show songs in 1985, she reversed these failings. Now, the singer who had never done much with Rodgers & Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, George Gershwin, or Jerome Kern finally felt confident enough to take on "If I Loved You" from Carousel, "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls, "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" from Showboat, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Barbra Streisand's abandonment of Broadway was the worst thing that happened to the theater in the '60s. Her retreat from theater music on record was less of a loss, if only because she had tended to focus on second-rank composers and obscure songs by first-rate ones, while practically ignoring, for example, Stephen Sondheim. When she returned to show songs in 1985, she reversed these failings. Now, the singer who had never done much with Rodgers & Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, George Gershwin, or Jerome Kern finally felt confident enough to take on "If I Loved You" from Carousel, "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls, "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" from Showboat, and a medley from Porgy and Bess, and she did them well. Even better, on seven tracks with Sondheim's name on them, she proved the perfect intepreter of the most contemporary and intellectual of Broadway's writers, whether singing his lyrics over the music of Leonard Bernstein another composer she'd largely neglected from West Side Story or making the most of material drawn from shows like Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and Sunday in the Park With George. Sondheim collaborated with Streisand, penning special lyrics for songs like "Putting It Together" and even his standard, "Send in the Clowns." The result was an album that repositioned some of Broadway's best in a pop context and showed that Streisand was still at her best when presenting the dramatically satisfying story songs of the theater. Apparently, many longtime fans agreed: At sales over three million, The Broadway Album was Streisand's most commercially successful album in five years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998515925
  • Catalog Number: 85159
  • Sales rank: 7,939

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Jeremy Lubbock Strings, Conductor
David Foster Synthesizer, Keyboards
Peter Matz Conductor
Richard Todd French Horn
Israel Baker Concert Master
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Oscar Castro-Neves Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Earl Dumler English Horn, Oboe
Bob Esty Keyboards
David Geffen
Sol Gubin Drums
Gary Herbig Alto Saxophone
Randy Kerber Piano
Sydney Pollack
Neil Stubenhaus Bass, Bass Guitar
Gerald Vinci Guitar, Concert Master
Randy Waldman Synthesizer, Keyboards
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Ken Sylk
Paulino da Costa Percussion
Brian D. A. O'Connor French Horn
Steven Schaeffer Drums
Charles Berghofer Bass
Earle Dumler English Horn, Oboe
Brian O'Connor French Horn
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer, Lyricist
Barbra Streisand Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
Jeremy Lubbock Orchestration
Paul Jabara Arranger, Producer
Richard Rodgers Composer
David Foster Arranger, Producer
Peter Matz Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Orchestration
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer, Lyricist
John Arrias Engineer, Remixing, Engineering
Richard Baskin Arranger, Producer
Alan Bergman Liner Notes
Marilyn Bergman Liner Notes
Michael Boddicker Programming
Alexander Courage Orchestration
Bob Esty Arranger, Producer
Humberto Gatica Engineer, Remixing
Ira Gershwin Lyricist
Don Hahn Engineer, Remixing, Engineering
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist
Jerry Hey Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Rhett Lawrence Programming
Stephen Marcussen Mastering, Remastering
Magic Moreno Engineer
Sid Ramin Orchestration
Conrad Salinger Original Orchestrations
Randy Waldman Arranger
Jay Willis Engineer
Laura Livingston Engineer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Benny Faccone Engineer
Kim Skalecki Producer
DuBose Heyward Lyricist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    loved it!

    loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST

    I have to buy this cd again because I have worn it out. It's great travel music to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    Being a Broadway musical's fan and a Huge Barbra fan all I can say is: This is another sample of the wonderful Barbra's talent. I enjoy every single song on this record!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite streisand album so far

    Of all the Streisand albums I have so far, this is my favorite one yet - which says a lot, as I love all of them. The songs i guess are just great. Granted, there are a few that are not as good - I don't really like the arrangement of ''Something's Coming'' - but most of them are great. I strongly recommend this to all Streisand fans, or Broadway fans alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so so ....

    I KNOW I'm in the minority here with this one; I guess I just wasn't wild about the songs....There are a few standouts like ''Somewhere'', but unlike most of Barbra's other 50 some-odd albums, I grew tired of this one rather quickly..Guess I'm just not a Broadway hound....I much pefer the contemporary Barbra....

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