Liza Pulman, the acclaimed singer and comedienne and one-third of the satirical and much-loved comedy trio Fascinating Aida, brings her third solo show Liza Sings Streisand to London’s Cadogan Hall for one night only next month. Listen to two new tracks, released today (21 September 2017) and available on ITunes, and watch taster videos below…
Liza Sings Streisand launched on tour on 3 May 2017, just days after Barbra Streisand’s 75th birthday on 24 April. The show plays leading London concert venue, Cadogan Hall, on Wednesday 18 October 2017, before continuing on tour with another London date at Wilton’s Music Hall on 23 November.
Two new tracks from Liza Sings Streisand – “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” and “The Way We Were” – are launched today as a double A-side single, available now on Itunes. The songs were originally written and performed by Neil Diamond, then covered by Streisand and eventually became a duet between the two legendary American singers. In Pulman’s special arrangements, made with her long-time collaborator Joseph Atkins, the songs are reworked to include a brass band. For the recordings, Liza traveled home to the town where her mother grew up and the band she knows best, The Brighouse & Rastrick Band.
Liza Sings Streisand is no Stars in Their Eyes, nor a Channel 5 biopic, this is sexy, sassy Liza Pulman weaving together history, humour and harmony as she celebrates the songs of the great Barbra Streisand with her own six-piece band, The Stardust Ensemble.
Showbiz is in Liza Pulman’s blood. Her performance dreams started young, just like Streisand’s. As the daughter of screenwriter Jack Pulman (I, Claudius, War and Peace) and actress Barbara Young (Coronation Street, Family Affairs,Last of the Summer Wine,) Pulman’s parents immersed her in a world of film, scripts, acting and music at a young age, which set her up perfectly for a career on the stage. Her mother once met Streisand, and it is stories like this that Liza weaves between songs, bringing not just her exceptional voice, but her storytelling and her own personal slant on Streisand’s life and music to the stage.
Featuring all the greatest Streisand hits from Evergreen to The Way We Were, and the much-loved Funny Girl, numbers Don’t Rain On My Parade, Second Hand Rose and many more, Liza Sings Streisand brings glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of Streisand’s legendary music, alongside renowned musical director Joseph Atkins.
Liza Pulman said:
“Barbra Streisand is a legend, her talent across singing, directing and screenwriting, and her rhythm as a natural comedian have all inspired me both on and off stage. I absolutely love putting the show programmes together. I love creating new arrangements of songs that people know really well and also introducing the audience to songs they might not already know. Working with my band to bring together the best of Barbra Streisand’s songs has been a real treat.”
Here’s a taster of Pulman singing Evergreen, from the 1976 film of A Star in Born, which starred Streisand.
And here’s a slightly longer version, in which Pulman also explains how she selected the songs and arrangements for Liza Sings Streisand.
Liza Sings Streisand follows Pulman’s other acclaimed solo shows, Everything’s Coming Up Roses and The Songs of Hollywood, which have also toured the UX extensively.