"'Any Moment Now' was the first song that I chose for this album. Being an actress, I like to sing songs that give me something to act," the Academy Award-winner explained in a behind the scenes feature. "I heard the song and I thought, 'This is a way for me to use actors who act and sing with Broadway material.' So the first person I thought of was Hugh Jackman.'"
For his part, the Aussie actor had a hard time keeping his cool while gushing over Streisand.
"When I got the email about it, I literally stared at my phone. My wife, who is the biggest Barbra Streisand fan, she thought something was wrong," he recalled. "I said, 'Read this,' and she read it and she screamed. I was like, 'I don't know how on earth this has happened,' and she goes, 'But you're doing it!' I go, 'Of course I'm doing it!'"
"Singing is really about communicating and when I listen to Hugh's voice, I hear a truth in his performance that I find very touching," Streisand complimented Jackman, but she also offered just a hint of delightful shade for the X-Men star.
"He could be a werewolf, or whatever he is," she said, "Wolverine? And yet, he's a wonderful actor who sings great!"
The 74-year-old icon is set to embark on a nine-city tour, titled "BARBRA... THE MUSIC… THE MEM'RIES… THE MAGIC," kicking off on Aug. 2 in Los Angeles.
"One of the reasons I'm doing [the tour] is because I love to share some of the music I just recorded," Streisand recently told ET. "Meaning ... if I have no new material, I'm thinking, 'What am I doing here?' You know? But it's fun to have new songs to sing."
Among some of the new songs on her LP is "At the Ballet," a collaboration with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley. Get a sneak peek of the performance in the player below.