Throwback Thursday: Barbra Streisand, “Color Me Barbra”

Throwback Thursday: Barbra Streisand, “Color Me Barbra”

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On this day in 1966, Barbra Streisand aired her second television special for American audiences. Broadcast on CBS and called “Color Me Barbra,” the program was one of the very first to be filmed in color (hence the title). The special was split into three distinct acts: the first act was filmed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and featured Streisand singing seven songs, including “The Minute Waltz” and “Gotta Move.” Act II was a comedic medley filmed at the CBS studios in New York. The set was designed to look like a three-ringed circus and was furnished with an array of animals, including a tiger, an anteater, a llama, a baby elephant, penguins and more. During this segment, Streisand sang (accompanied by her creature companions) “Animal Crackers in my Soup,” “What’s New Pussycat?” and “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?” The final act was a traditional studio concert, with her fan club members selected to sit in the audience, singing “C’est Si Bon,” “It Had to be You,” and more. The TV Special was a massive success and was nominated for five Emmys that year.

 

 

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