Back to Broadway

Back to Broadway

by Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972370422
catalogNumber: 723704
Rank: 7250

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   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
Andrew Lloyd 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,Orchestration
Don Black   Composer
Billy Byers   Arranger,Orchestration
David Cullen   Producer,Orchestration
Simon Franglen   Programming
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Charles Hart   Composer
Andrew Jackman   Arranger
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Orchestration
Shawn Murphy   Engineer
Mark Portmann   Arranger
Dave Reitzas   Engineer,Contributor
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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