I can’t imagine how intimidating it would be to perform a duet with pitch-perfect Barbra Streisand, especially if you’re not a professional singer.
Unlike her last “duets” album Partners (2014), which features fellow singers, Streisand’s latest work, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, has, as the title suggests, actors singing Broadway tunes with her.
Many of her guest artistes on the album have strong music backgrounds – Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Patrick Wilson got their start in musicals and Jamie Foxx has both acted in musical films (who can forget his Oscar-winning portrayal of Ray Charles?) and released albums – while others such as comedy queen Melissa McCarthy and Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley are rather unexpected choices.
Surprisingly, Ridley has a mellifluous voice and was able to hold her own next to Streisand and Anne Hathaway on At The Ballet.
Meanwhile, McCarthy not only brought a lighter feel to the album through her humourous banter with Streisand, but packed a punch when she delivered the big note towards the end of Anything You Can Do.
Other standouts include hearing Chris Pine’s rich baritone voice on I’ll Be Seeing You/I’ve Grown Accustomed To You and Loving You where Wilson and Streisand’s voices meld most beautifully.
But the album truly reaches its peak in Climb Every Mountain (no pun intended), a display of Streisand and Foxx’s wide vocal range and their sense of conviction.
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway