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Barbra Streisand show celebrating singer’s music to be performed at Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 May 2018

Winter will be performing in Barbra Streisand show Woman in Love. Picture: Total Productions

Winter will be performing in Barbra Streisand show Woman in Love. Picture: Total Productions

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Barbra Streisand fans will soon be able to reminisce The Way We Were as a show celebrating the icon’s music is set to take centre stage.

Winter will be performing in Barbra Streisand show Woman in Love. Picture: Total ProductionsWinter will be performing in Barbra Streisand show Woman in Love. Picture: Total Productions

A tribute to the American singer-songwriter, Woman in Love, performed by Winter, will be held at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, next week.

“There is so much more to Barbra Streisand than a lot of people initially realise”, Winter said.

“Not only is she the only performer with number one albums in each of the last six decades, she’s got an unbelievable voice, she’s feisty, sexy, funny and talented.

“She’s got so many different facets and I want everyone to see that.”

Winter will be performing in Barbra Streisand show Woman in Love. Picture: Steve Lilly PhotographerWinter will be performing in Barbra Streisand show Woman in Love. Picture: Steve Lilly Photographer

Winter grew up feeling as if she was an “outsider” but when she watched the 1968 classic Funny Girl starring the iconic singer for the first time at 19-years-old, she didn’t realise how much of an impact it would have on her.

“I heard Woman in Love before on the radio and maybe a couple of other songs in passing but it wasn’t until I watched that film that I actually met Barbra for the first time.

“It’s so hard hitting and emotional and I really felt a connection with her.

“After that, I started singing some of her songs around the house and mum and her friend said that I actually sounded a bit like her!”

Barbra Streisand. Picture: Ian West/PA Archive/PA ImagesBarbra Streisand. Picture: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

The idea of the show came about three years ago when Winter was working in a pub in Southend.

Having been asked to perform a few songs to entertain the customers during her shift, the pianist heard Winter’s voice and decided he wanted to work with her.

“We went to a studio and jammed some Barbra songs together and after that, we thought about putting on the show.

“My voice has definitely changed since we started, it’s improved a lot and has become far more Barbra-esque!”

The show, which is being put on at the Hornchurch community venue by theatre production company Total Productions, will include songs such as The Way We Were, Somewhere, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Guilty, People and, of course, Woman in Love.

Accompanied by a pianist, Winter will be performing some of the American singer’s most famous and well loved songs in the production that is going to be touring around the country this year.

Mrs Streisand is considered to be one of the best selling recording artists of all time, with more than 68.5 million albums in America and a total of 150 million albums and singles sold worldwide.

She starred in films such as The Way We Were, Yentl, Funny Girl, A Star is Born, Hello Dolly!, Funny Lady as well as her more recent movies like Meet the Fockers and Guilt Trip.

During her career, she has also won two Academy Awards, 10 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards, a special Tony Award, as well as nine Golden Globes.

She is among a small group of entertainers who have been honoured with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

Winter said: “If you don’t love Barbra, then you probably just don’t know a lot about her yet.

“She’s so under-appreciated as an artist and I want to show people just how amazing she is.

“During the show, I’ll also be talking about her life and how she’s made a massive difference to my life as well.

“You might not think you’re a Barbra fan but you will be once you hear more about her and her incredible music.

“I can’t wait to share just some of what she has got to offer.”

Woman in Love will be performed at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, on Sunday, May 13 from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £20.

For any further information about the show, visit queens-theatre.co.uk

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