Oscars show will hit musical high note

Thursday, 21 February 2013 - 11:54


Barbra Streisand will perform for the first time in 36 years, Adele will sing "Skyfall," and the stars of "Chicago" will reunite 10 years after their Academy Awards triumph.

Sunday's Oscars show, the climax of Hollywood's annual awards season, will hit a musical high note, if nothing else.

"Les Miserables" -- a film performed almost entirely in song -- could also provide some highlights with eight nominations, while Norah Jones, whose Indian sitar legend father Ravi Shankar died last year, is also due to appear.

On the diva legend front, Britain's Dame Shirley Bassey, who sang two 007 theme songs -- "Goldfinger" in 1964 and "Diamonds are Forever" a decade later -- is due to make her first Oscars appearance.