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Did you hear the collective gay gasps across the universe as CBS announced this morning that Barbra Streisand will present at the 70th Annual Tony Awards, which will be telecast live from the Beacon Theater in New York City on Sunday, June 12 (8pm ET). The Tonys are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Streisand hasn't appeared on the Tony Awards stage since 1970 but her albums dedicated to the best songs of Broadway ("The Broadway Album" and "Back to Broadway") were huge success when released in 1985 and 1993, respectively. Her next album, "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway," will be released later this year.
Besides Streisand, who is a legendary EGOT, show business and (duh) gay icon, other presenters include Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, 2016 Tony Award nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Carole King, Audra McDonald, Saoirse Ronan, Patina Miller and Nathan Lane.
While Streisand hasn't appeared on the Tony Awards since 1970, Broadway has never left her. Streisand next releases "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway," her third and long-awaited Broadway album, later in 2016. Streisand's "The Broadway Album" and "Back to Broadway" released in 1985 and 1993, respectively, both went multi-platinum.
According to the CBS press release this morning, “With the longest span of number one albums in history, Streisand has recorded 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list. Widely recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, concert performer, director, producer, author and songwriter. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, 10 Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys and two CableACE Awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. Streisand received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama this past November. Her many other honors include the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, three Peabody Awards and the French Légion d’Honneur. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.”
“The Tony Awards” air on CBS on June 12 starting at 8pm ET.