Barbra Streisand's one-night return to cabaret set for DVD release

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A recording of Barbra Streisand's first cabaret performance in 48 years is due to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 4, according to an April 7 announcement. One Night Only documents Streisand's September 26, 2009 concert at New York's Village Vanguard, which was seen by few more than 100 lottery-selected fans.

Streisand's Village Vanguard performance was booked to celebrate the release of Love Is The Answer, the artist's album of jazz standards inspired by her musical roots in New York cabaret. Released the week of the Village Vanguard show, Love Is The Answer became the singer's ninth number-one album on the Billboard 200 and her 51st gold album in the US.

The New York Times wrote of Streisand's gig in the small New York City nightclub, "Concerts by Ms. Streisand are rare, but the scale of Saturday's show was exceptional enough to briefly upend the natural social order of celebrity events...  [O]utnumbering the boldface names were two busloads of ticket-lottery winners, ordinary fans from around the world. Some said they had never been able to afford a Streisand ticket before..."

Songs on One Night Only - Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard - September 26, 2009 include "Here's To Life," "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Gentle Rain," "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," "If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)," "Where Do You Start?," "Nobody's Heart (Belongs to Me), "Make Someone Happy," "My Funny Valentine," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)," "Some Other Time," and "The Way We Were." The DVD and Blu-ray disc include a bonus feature on the Village Vanguard and its owner, Lorraine Gordon.

One Night Only is available for pre-order on US residents who pre-order are entered for a chance to win an autographed DVD/CD package.