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Streisand eyes April for tour

Barbra Streisand’s first tour in 25 years will likely kick off in April, with the singer doing a limited run of dates starting on the East Coast.

Streisand’s manager Marty Ehrlichman, who was fielding offers from promoters well before the singer’s LasVegas performances during the New Year’s weekend, confirms dates for Streisand are being held, but cautions no deals have been made.

“We have lots of holds, lots of different dates,” Ehrlichman said. “(Streisand) may go on tour as early as April or as late as May. She will decide that. We may have something to say by this weekend.”

Although “no decision (to tour) has been made,” according to Ehrlichman, several promoters say they have the understandingthat a concert by Streisand at their venue is a done deal, and that the artist is as interested in touring as they are in having her perform.

“With an artist of her stature we would go on sale without any money changing hands or contracts being signed,” said a promoter who is holding a date. “The usual rules don’t apply here.”

“She had a great time doing (the New Year’s) shows and she’s psychologically poised to go out,” observed a promoter who was also at the Vegas shows. “It’s not ‘if,’ it’s ‘now.’ We have an April date, even if the green light is not officially lit.”

There has been talk of a Streisand tour ever since the hugely successful Las Vegas dates (Daily Variety, Jan. 3).

Streisand was scheduled to perform in New York the weekend before the Grammy Awards, but the Gotham date was ultimately pulled, as sources said it was too soon for a full-scale tour to be launched.

Promoters calculate that a 51 city tour, with 60 playdates — the type of tour Streisand is likely to undertake — could gross in the neighborhood of $ 100 million.

“She could launch her tour with just the merchandising advance,” noted one promoter. Streisand’s merchandise tally at the Vegas shows was a precedent-setting $ 40 per concertgoer, well above the $ 10-per-head rate earned by most acts.

Streisand will appear — but not perform — tonight at the Universal Amphitheater, to present first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton with the Commitment to Life Award on behalf of AIDS Project LA during its annual fundraiser. Jeffrey Katzenberg, chairman of Walt Disney Studios will also receive the award. Streisand was a co-recipient of last year’s award, along with David Geffen.

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