The 74-year old entertainment icon released a video to her official Vevo page on Friday, in which she sings “At the Ballet” from A Chorus Line with a tiny bit of help from Daisy Ridley, Anne Hathaway and her famed buddies.
The video shows behind the scenes footage of Streisand, Ridley and Hathaway (who was very pregnant with her first child, son Jonathan, at the time) belting out the lyrics to the classic tune. The song is part of Streisand’s forthcoming album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, and was recorded inside her Malibu, California, home studio.
“I needed to work with some women on this album, and I thought, ‘Well, give a little character to them, have them play [outside] scenes,” Streisand describes. “So, I have great performers who can sing.”
“Anne Hathaway was perfect casting for the role of Maggie” she adds. “ When Anne came into the studio, I was happy to see her glowing – no make-up, with the attractiveness of a girl about to give birth to a kid and looking radiant.”
While Streisand was well aware Hathaway had incredible pipes (in case you need proof, just watch the 33-year old performer’ Oscar-winning Les Miserables performance), she wasn’t so sure about Ridley. Streisand declares she took a chance” with the StarWars: The Power Awakens star.
“I was interviewing Daisy Ridley for Gypsy, and I said, ‘Can you sing?’” Streisand discloses. “And she said, ‘Yeah, I can sing.’
Turns out, Ridley wasn’t kidding – she actually can sing!
“I have had no experience recording, ” Ridley, 24, admits in the video. To have my first recording experience with Barbra Streisand is rather insane. Not only am I working with two Oscar-winning actresses, both of those actresses won Oscars for musical films , so, somewhat daunting.”
The album, which is currently available for preorder on Amazon and iTunes, also features duets with Seth MacFarlane, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx and Antonio Banderas.
Host James Corden recently joked that he’s huge plans for the infamous singer.
“I believed, ‘Why don’t we have a large, sort of karaoke-kind sing-along in the Beacon theater?’ Because there’s all these incredibly gifted folks in there,” the Late Late Show host described during a sit-down interview with Seth Meyers. “So I might go out and give them some drinks and after that see if I can get, like, Barbra Streisand to sing something. ”