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The Broadway Album
is the twenty-fourth studio album by director, composer, actress and singer Barbra Streisand, released by Columbia Records on November 5, 1985. Consisting mainly of classic show tunes, the album marked a major shift in Streisand's career. She had spent ten years appearing in musicals and singing standards on her albums in the 1960s. Beginning with the album Stoney End in 1971 and ending with the album Emotion in 1984, Streisand sang mostly rock and disco-oriented songs for Columbia records. Noted Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
personally penned additional lyrics for the songs "Putting It Together" and "Send in the Clowns" on request of the singer.[1] The album, originally released on the Columbia label and subsequently re-released by Columbia and Sony Records, was a critical and commercial success. First certified gold by the RIAA on January 13, 1986, it reached four times platinum on January 31, 1995.[2] This album has gone on to sell 7.5 million copies worldwide. The album was accompanied by a television special, Putting It Together: The Making of the Broadway Album.[3] The original LP and cassette releases contained 11 tracks. The subsequent CD release added the bonus track "Adelaide's Lament".[4] In 2002, Columbia re-released The Broadway Album
with another bonus track, "I Know Him So Well".[5]


1 Production 2 Reception and accolades 3 Track listing 4 Personnel 5 Charts

5.1 Weekly charts 5.2 Year-end charts

6 Certifications and sales 7 References 8 External links

Production[edit] Streisand started her career on Broadway, and so considered this album in sense returning to her roots, after two decades of recording popular music of the day. She considers the tracks music she has great respect for, deeming it some of the best music and lyrics ever written. The lead single, "Putting It Together" from Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, was rewritten to be about the dichotomy between art and commerce in the music industry. Streisand hired her previous The Way We Were
The Way We Were
director Sydney Pollack, as well as David Geffen, head of Geffen Records to play the parts of the antagonistic studio heads. Streisand wanted to record the entire piece live to capture the atmosphere of Broadway shows. Many of the musicians also played in Funny Girl 22 years earlier, and a month of rehearsals with Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
was undertaken before recording.[6] Reception and accolades[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic link

Entertainment Weekly (A) link

Robert Christgau (C) link

In 1993, Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
looked back nostalgically on the album as "the work of a supreme singer-actress still unspoiled enough to fall in love with the characters she sings".[7] Writing at the time of the release, Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
took a slightly more cynical view, although after criticizing the album for its self-consciousness and overproduction, reviewer Francis Davis did concede that the album "works somehow, if only as a reminder of what a neglected wealth of riches Broadway offers and what a marvelous singer Streisand is when she's not trying to pass herself off as a rock star".[8] New York Times reviewer Stephen Holden, once himself with Rolling Stone, had no such reservations, declaring shortly after the album's release that Streisand had "just released what may be the album of a lifetime".[9] The album was ranked #37 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the '100 100 GREATEST CDS ', the fourth highest album by a female artist to appear on the list.[10] The album reached #1 on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart in 1986, selling 218,000 copies in that week and earned Streisand a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance". It launched two successful singles. "Send in the Clowns", from A Little Night Music, reached #25 on the "Adult Contemporary" chart. "Somewhere", a song from West Side Story, reached #5 on "Adult Contemporary" and also earned a Grammy for producer David Foster
David Foster
for "Best Instrumental Arrangement
Accompanying Vocalist(s)/Best Background Arrangement". According to the liner notes of Streisand's retrospective box set, Just for the Record, the album also received a record certification in Australia.[11] Track listing[edit]

"Putting It Together" (Stephen Sondheim) – 4:20

from Sunday in the Park with George

"If I Loved You" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 2:38

from Carousel

"Something's Coming" (Leonard Bernstein, Sondheim) – 2:55

from West Side Story

"Not While I'm Around" (Sondheim) – 3:29

from Sweeney Todd

"Being Alive" (Sondheim) – 3:23

from Company

"I Have Dreamed"/"We Kiss in a Shadow"/"Something Wonderful" (Hammerstein, Rodgers) – 4:50

from The King and I

"Adelaide's Lament" (Frank Loesser) – 3:25 (CD Bonus Track)

from Guys and Dolls

"Send In the Clowns" (Sondheim) – 4:42

from A Little Night Music

"Pretty Women"/"The Ladies Who Lunch" (Sondheim) – 5:09

from Sweeney Todd/Company

"Can't Help Lovin' That Man" (Hammerstein, Jerome Kern) – 3:31

from Show Boat

"I Loves You, Porgy"/"Porgy, I's Your Woman Now (Bess, You Is My Woman)" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 4:35

from Porgy and Bess

"Somewhere" (Bernstein, Sondheim) – 4:56

from West Side Story

Bonus track

"I Know Him So Well" [Session outtake] (Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) – 4:14

from Chess

Personnel[edit] Information is based on Liner Notes[12]

Chuck Berghofer – bass ("Adelaide's Lament") Oscar Castro-Neves
Oscar Castro-Neves
– guitar ("Pretty Women/The Ladies Who Lunch") Paulinho da Costa
Paulinho da Costa
– percussion (Tracks 5, 9) Earl Dumler – English horn, oboe ("Send in the Clowns") Bob Esty – keyboards ("The King and I" Medley) David Foster
David Foster
– synthesizer, keyboards ("Somewhere") David Geffen – voice actor ("Putting it Together") Sol Gubin – drums (Tracks 7, 9) Gary Herbig – alto saxophone solo ("Being Alive") Randy Kerber – piano ("Send in the Clowns") Jeremy Lubbock – strings (Track 6), conductor (4, 8) Brian O'Connor – French horn
French horn
("If I Loved You") Peter Matz – conductor (Tracks 1-2, 5, 7, 9-11) Richard Page – backing vocalist ("I Know Him So Well") Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack
– voice actor ("Putting it Together") Steve Schaeffer – drums ("Being Alive") Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– vocals (All tracks) Neil Stubenhaus – bass guitar ("Being Alive") Ken Sylk - voice actor (“Putting it Together”) Richard Todd – French horn
French horn
("Send in the Clowns") Randy Waldman
Randy Waldman
– synthesizer (Tracks 1, 3, 8, 12), keyboards (12) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– harmonica ("Can't Help Lovin' That Man")


John Arrias – recording engineer (Tracks 3, 6, 8), remixing (3, 6, 8, 10) Israel Baker – concertmaster ("Send in the Clowns") Richard Baskin – arranger (Track 3), producer (Tracks 3-4) Michael Boddicker
Michael Boddicker
– synthesizer programming ("Somewhere") Alexander Courage – orchestration ("Porgy and Bess" Medley) Bob Esty – arranger, producer ("The King and I" Medley) Benny Faccone
Benny Faccone
– engineer, assistant engineer (All Tracks) David Foster
David Foster
– arranger, producer ("Somewhere") Humberto Gatica
Humberto Gatica
– recording engineer (Track 12), remixing (1-2, 5, 9, 11) Don Hahn
Don Hahn
– recording engineer (Tracks 1-2, 4-5, 7, 9-11), remixing (Track 4) Jerry Hey – horn arrangements ("Something's Coming") Paul Jabara
Paul Jabara
– arranger, producer ("The King and I" Medley) Gregg Jampol – assistant engineer Rhett Lawrence
Rhett Lawrence
– keyboard programming ("The King and I" Medley) Laura Livingston – remix assistant (All Tracks) Jeremy Lubbock – orchestration ("Send in the Clowns") Stephen Marcussen – remastering, original mastering Peter Matz – arranger (Tracks 1-2, 5, 9, 11), conductor (1-2, 7, 9-11), producer (1-2, 5, 7, 9-11), executive producer, orchestration (9-10) Magic Moreno – additional recording engineer (Track 12), assistant recording engineer (All Tracks) Sid Ramin – orchestration ("Adelaide's Lament") Conrad Salinger – Original orchestration ("Can't Help Lovin' That Man") Kim Skalecki – production coordination (All Tracks) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– arranger (Tracks 1, 5, 9, 11), producer (1-2, 5-11), executive producer, mastering supervisor Gerald Vinci – concert master ("Can't Help Lovin' That Man") Randy Waldman
Randy Waldman
– arranger ("Something's Coming") Stewart Whitmore – digital editing Jay Willis – remix assistant (All Tracks) Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff – assistant recording engineer ("Somewhere")


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak position

Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 29

Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[14] 11

Japanease Albums (Oricon)[15] 23

Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 8

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[17] 1

Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 26

UK Albums (OCC)[19] 3

US Billboard 200[20] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Position

Canadian Albums (RPM)[21] 51

US Cash Box[22] 13

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Canada (Music Canada)[23] 2× Platinum 200,000^

New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] Platinum 15,000^

United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Gold 100,000^

United States (RIAA)[26] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone


^ The Broadway Album
at AllMusic ^ RIAA search engine. Accessed October 18, 2007. ^ Putting It Together: The Making of the Broadway Album
on IMDb ^ Howe, Matt. Compact Discs: New Technology [1]. Barbra Streisand Archives. ^ The Broadway Album
[Bonus Track] at AllMusic ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seg9G_eFazE ^ Sandow, Greg. (June 25, 1993). Back to Broadway. EW.com. Accessed October 18, 2007. ^ Davis, Francis. (January 16, 1986) The Broadway Album. Rolling Stone. Accessed October 18, 2007. ^ Holden, Stephen (November 10, 1985), " Barbra Streisand: 'This is the music I love. It is my roots'", The New York Times, pp. Late City Final Edition, Section 2, Page 1, Column 1  ^ "100 GREATEST CDS A LOVE-IT-OR-LOATHE-IT GUIDE TO THE ESSENTIAL DISC LIBRARY". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-10-26.  ^ Liner notes, C4K 44111. Columbia Records, 1991 ^ Streisand, Barbra. “The Broadway Album”. Columbia. 1985. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– The Broadway Album" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 20, 2016. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0642". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 20, 2016. ^ Oricon
Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon
Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.  ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– The Broadway Album" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 20, 2016. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– The Broadway Album". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 20, 2016. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– The Broadway Album". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 20, 2016. ^ " Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Artist Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved March 20, 2016. ^ " Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2016. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1986". RPM. Retrieved October 3, 2011.  ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1986". Archived from the original on August 24, 2012. . Cash Box magazine. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– The Broadway Album". Music Canada.  ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.  ^ "British album certifications – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– The Broadway Album". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Broadway Album in the search field and then press Enter. ^ "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– The Broadway Album". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

Audio reference for unreleased song "I Know Him So Well"

External links[edit]

Barbra Archives - "Broadway Album" page with info on the Columbia CD remasters, album cover outtakes, and packaging. Barbra Archives - "The Broadway Album: Art Isn't Easy"; an in-depth look at pre-production and recording sessions of "The Broadway Album", including quotes from Peter Matz and Miss Streisand.

Preceded by Miami Vice (soundtrack) by Various artists Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number-one album January 15 - February 14, 1986 Succeeded by Promise by Sade

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Barbra Streisand

Studio albums

The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1963) The Second Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1963) The Third Album
(1964) People (1964) My Name Is Barbra
My Name Is Barbra
(1965) My Name Is Barbra, Two...
My Name Is Barbra, Two...
(1965) Color Me Barbra
Color Me Barbra
(1966) Je m'appelle Barbra
Je m'appelle Barbra
(1966) Simply Streisand
Simply Streisand
(1967) A Christmas Album
(1967) What About Today? (1969) Stoney End (1971) Barbra Joan Streisand (1971) Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments
Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments
(1973) The Way We Were
The Way We Were
(1974) ButterFly (1974) Lazy Afternoon (1975) Classical Barbra
Classical Barbra
(1976) Superman (1977) Songbird (1978) Wet (1979) Guilty (1980) Emotion (1984) The Broadway Album
(1985) Till I Loved You (1988) Back to Broadway
Back to Broadway
(1993) Higher Ground (1997) A Love Like Ours
A Love Like Ours
(1999) Christmas Memories
Christmas Memories
(2001) The Movie Album
(2003) Guilty Pleasures (2005) Love Is the Answer (2009) What Matters Most
What Matters Most
(2011) Partners (2014) Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (2016)

Live albums

A Happening in Central Park
A Happening in Central Park
(1968) Live Concert at the Forum
Live Concert at the Forum
(1972) One Voice (1987) Barbra: The Concert (1994) Timeless: Live in Concert (2000) Live in Concert 2006
Live in Concert 2006
(2007) Back to Brooklyn (2013) The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!
The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!


Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
(1970) Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
Volume 2 (1978) Memories (1981) A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More (1989) Just for the Record... (1991) The Essential Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2002) Duets (2002) Barbra: The Ultimate Collection (2010) Release Me (2012) The Classic Christmas Album

Cast recordings and soundtracks

I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962) Funny Girl (1964) Funny Girl (1968) Hello, Dolly! (1969) The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) The Way We Were
The Way We Were
(1974) Funny Lady (1975) A Star Is Born (1976) Yentl (1983) Nuts (1987)


Timeless: Live in Concert (2001) One Night Only: Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
and Quartet at The Village Vanguard (2010)


Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
in Concert Timeless Streisand Barbra Live Barbra: The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic

Films directed

Yentl (1983) The Prince of Tides
The Prince of Tides
(1991) The Mirror Has Two Faces
The Mirror Has Two Faces

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