PERFORMING ARTS

Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand

. October 2012. 567p. 978-0-54736-689-4. 567.
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Barbra Streisand: a name synonymous with musical talent and acting prowess. Yet before she achieved the status of cultural icon, Streisand was an insecure teenager who simply wanted her mother’s hard-won approval. For his newest biography, Mann (Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn) focuses on this young Streisand and her initial journey to stardom. Tales of publicity stunts, long nights performing for raucous nightclub crowds, and relationships built and broken lead up to her landing the starring role in Funny Girl. Mann also reveals the complexities of creating and staging a musical. While Streisand did not contribute to this biography, many of her friends and colleagues did, and their contributions shed light on a driven young woman who did everything in her power to become a star.
VERDICT A compelling, detailed look at the rise of the multitalented Streisand from 17-year-old unknown to chart-topping singer and Broadway star. Highly recommended for fans of Streisand, biographies, and theater.

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