Barbra Streisand unveiled today her highly-anticipated duet with Hugh Jackman which appears in her upcoming album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.
The two A-listers join forces on Any Moment Now which is from an unproduced song by Marvin Hamlisch from the play Smile.
In a video about their collaboration, Jackman says he was in disbelief when he received an email message from Streisand asking him to participate.
‘I literally stared at my phone. … I was like,. “I don’t know how on Earth this has happened.””
He said when he wife read the email and screamed because she is ‘the biggest Barbra Streisand fan.’
Streisand explains why she chose the song about a couple that is not communicating and why she chose Jackman to sing it with her.
‘Being an actress, I like to sing songs that give me something to act,’ she said. The song was ‘a way for me to use actors who act and sing with Broadway material so the first person I thought of was Hugh Jackman. He can be … Wolverine and yet he’s a wonderful actor who sings great.’
Although best known for his performance at Wolverine in the X-Men films, Jackman won a Tony Award for the musical The Boy From Oz and earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in the big screen musical Les Miserables.
Streisand’s 39th album to be released on 26 August. Other stars who will appear include Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Daisy Ridley, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine and Patrick Wilson.
There is also a virtual duet with the late Anthony Newley.
Streisand is to star as Mama Rose in a new feature film version of Gypsy set to begin production later this year.
Although best known for her films and recordings, Streisand first became a star on Broadway starring in I Can Get It For You Wholesale and later Funny Girl and earning Tony nominations for both shows.
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