Streisand: 2007 Europe Concert Tour

Paris, France

26 June 2007

Bercy

Streisand on stage in Paris

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Streisand and Broadway Boys in Paris

(Above photo: Albert Mademont)

Set List

Act One

Paris concert ticket

Broadway Singers set:

Funny Girl Suite:

Frances Fisher and Streisand

Act Two

Encore:

* Scan of ticket above by: Nacho Repiso

The Broadway Singers: Peter Lockyer (Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera), Sean McDermott (Grease, Falsettos, Miss Saigon), Michael Arden (The Times They Are A-Changin', Bare), and Hugh Panaro (Lestat, Side Show, The Phantom of the Opera)

Line Renaud, Barbra Streisand and Regine

Press Reviews & Photos

rare et cher Barbra Streisand

(Above scan Scan courtesty Albert Dorca)

Barbra Streisand's Sold-Out Paris Debut Smashes the Bercy's Box Office Record

(June 26, Paris, France) - Barbra Streisand tonight continued her record breaking European tour success by shattering the Bercy's box office record for the highest grossing concert. This is the third stop on Streisand's first ever European tour, and her third consecutive box-office record breaking show.

Over 13,000 fans along with many of France's most distinguished dignitaries and popular personalities filled the arena to capacity. The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Benard Kouchner, Charles Aznavour, Jean Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Line Renaud and Cécilia Sarkozy, wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy, were among those who witnessed Streisand's highly anticipated first ever concert in France.

Streisand was greeted by thunderous applause and a standing ovation upon taking the stage. A 58 piece orchestra accompanied Streisand as she performed many of the classic songs from her unique repertoire such as "Evergreen", "People", "The Way We Were", "Don't Rain on My Parade" and many more.

As a special choice for the Paris audience, Streisand performed "The Summer Knows," which she had never before sung live. The song was written by Michel Legrand, who was in the audience, and her long time friends Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

Sammy and Streisand

(Photo, above: Barbra and her dog Samantha, photographed outside at the Hotel Meurice in Paris.)

Legion of Honor for Streisand Ordre de la Légion d'honneur

Barbra Streisand made Officer of the Legion of Honour by Sarkozy Nicolas Sarkozy will give Thursday the badges of Officer of the Legion of Honour in Barbra Streisand, indicated to Wednesday the spokesman of the Elysium David Martinon. The ceremony will proceed with the Elysée palace to 19h15. During a short speech, the president of the Republic will pay homage to the immense talent of this artist achieved with the multiple facets, with the single voice, actress and director with the eclectic choices and engaged citizen, affirmed Mr. Martinon. It will testify to the attachment of the French to this woman of exception, in love with France, which, after 47 years of career, gave, for the first time in Paris, an unforgettable concert, he added. The singer and American actress Barbra Streisand gave Tuesday evening a concert in the General sports Palate of Paris-Bercy, in front of very many personalities, in particular Cécilia Sarkozy, the wife of the Head of the State, itself absent.

Legion of Honor photos

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La chanteuse et actrice Barbra Streisand, au Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy, le 26 juin 2007

PARIS (AFP) 27 Juin 2007 12h36 Barbra Streisand à Bercy comme à Broadway Un parfum de Broadway a flotté mardi soir sur le Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy pour le spectacle de la chanteuse et actrice Barbra Streisand, qui était davantage un gala à l'américaine qu'un concert au sens habituel du terme. Un parterre impressionnant de personnalités a assisté à ce concert, le premier donné en France par l'Américaine en 47 ans de carrière: Cécilia Sarkozy, l'épouse du président de la République (qui, lui, n'était pas là ), le ministre des Affaires étrangères Bernard Kouchner et sa femme Christine Ockrent, Charles Aznavour, Alain Delon, Michel Legrand, Philippe Douste-Blazy, Line Renaud, Didier Barbelivien ou encore Marie Laforêt.

Bercy était copieusement garni (quelque 10.000 personnes) malgré le prix prohibitif des billets: de 112 euros (pour être derrière la scène) à 582 euros. Une partie des recettes sera reversée à des associations philanthropiques via la Fondation Streisand, créée par la chanteuse, actrice et réalisatrice de 65 ans.

Une ovation debout a salué l'apparition de la star, très élégante en longue robe noire, accompagnée par un orchestre de 58 musiciens ainsi que, sur quelques morceaux, par quatre chanteurs de Broadway.

"Je suis tellement heureuse de chanter pour la première fois pour vous", a-t-elle déclaré, en français, sous un tonnerre d'applaudissements.

Elle a surtout montré que sa voix n'avait rien perdu de sa beauté en interprétant certains de ses classiques: "Funny girl", "Evergreen", un très beau "People", "My man", "The way we were" ou "Don't rain on my parade".

Mais Broadway, où Barbra Streisand a été révélée au début des années 60, c'est aussi le professionnalisme poussé à l'extrême pour ne laisser aucune place au hasard ni à l'improvisation. La liste des chansons qu'elle a interprétées était la même que durant sa tournée aux Etats-Unis (et donc que sur l'album live qui en a été tiré) et ses précédents concerts en Europe, dont le premier a eu lieu le 18 juin à Zurich.

Les intermèdes parlés entre les chansons étaient également identiques à ses précédents spectacles, à ceci près qu'elle adapte ses plaisanteries sur son amour pour la cuisine à chaque endroit qu'elle visite (pour Paris, elle a mentionné la choucroute, les quenelles et les macarons).

Plus frappant encore, un grand prompteur faisait face à la scène, sur lequel défilaient non seulement les paroles des chansons mais aussi les textes des intermèdes parlés. Une sorte de filet de sécurité en cas de défaillance de la mémoire de la chanteuse.

Celle-ci sait cependant faire preuve d'à propos et d'espièglerie. A un spectateur qui lui a lancé, en anglais, "Je t'aime Barbra", elle a répliqué du tac au tac: "Restez dans la queue!" Le spectacle était constitué de deux parties d'une heure chacune environ, avec un entracte au milieu.

La moyenne d'âge du public - visiblement plutôt composé de CSP+ étant donné le prix des billets - semblait relativement élevée. De nombreux étrangers étaient présents et, dans l'assistance, on apercevait des femmes en robe de soirée, spectacle fort peu courant à Bercy.

Les fans les plus acharnés ont pu mettre leur portefeuille encore un peu plus à l'épreuve sur les stands de produits dérivés: T-shirts à 35 ou 45 euros, tasses et posters à 20 euros, blousons en cuir à 200 euros ou, plus raisonnable, une série de badges à cinq euros.

Fan Reviews & Photos

Helena's Review

Photos by Helena

I did see Barbra in Paris last Tuesday and it was FANTASTIC!!! This was a night I remember my whole life!!!!! It was a night you would wish you could have been there too!! She did speak a lot of French, very nice for the French people but not for me :)

This is not the Barbra I saw back in 1994 she was so relaxed even in a song she had some troath problems and just kept on singing!!

She sang "The Summer Knows" which was the first time she sung this live. And with the encore (last two songs) everyone walked to the front of the stage. I thought the security people would going to send them back but No!! I picked up my things and went to the stage as well. It was unbelievable to be so close to Barbra only a few meters away from the stage!!

The last song was "What are you doing the rest of your life" She did this especially for Michel Legrand who was in the audience. I had my book with me because in all those years I am trying to send/give it to her and now I was so close to her. This had to be my chance, but the security guy told me to keep it down.

Streisand holding microphone

But at one moment Barbra looked at me and to the book, so now she saw it at least :)

After the show we hanged out for a while around the stadium maybe we could see Barbra leaving? When we walked around I saw Michel Legrand he spook only French so I didn't know what he was talking about,but he gave me an autograph.

I had some things ready for Barbra but we saw a lot of people leaving also Marty Erlichman. I called him he looked up but that was all :(

Barbra's car was in the stadium so we only saw it driving away. Anyway this was an evening I will remember for the rest of my life!!!

Helena den Ouden-Ton

P.S. Barbra told that evening that she is going to write her biography after the tour.

Paris ticket

(Ticket scan, above, courtesy of Virginie)

Linda's Review

Photo of Streisand fans outside Paris Bercy

Photo above, courtesy of Linda!

I came back last night from the Paris concert and it was absolutley FANTASTIC!!!!!!

Her voice was great, the athmosphere in the Bercy was terrific. She had standing ovations almost after every song. After she did her last 2 songs, Don't rain on my parade and Smile, she even came back for a third song!! Can you believe that. She also sang "Summer" which she had never sung before live.

The Bercy exploded that night and I still have goose bumps and tears in my eyes when I think of it! For me the best part was when she did her questions from the adience thing, and she called out my name!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can you belive that!! Out of all the cards she had mine!!!

First she read my name. I turned to Shona and her friend Katie (they were seeted behind me) and I screemed "That's ME".

I started waving like crazy to Barbra and shouting "I'M HERE, OVER HERE" Then Barbra read where I was from (Holland) and half the Bercy started clapping. Alot of Dutch in the Bercy that night. On my card I started thanking her for coming to Europe, and again alot of people started shouting and clapping.

Photo of three men with Streisand shirts on

My question was: Will your house be finished when you get back from your tour? (i could't think of anything else at that time). She was suprised that I knew about the house and said so and then started saying how they were looking for new furniture and everything. I was out of my mind of happiness! She really was talking to me, and because of my yell she knew exactly where I was sitting and looked my way when answering!! Another fun part was meeting up with more Barbra fans before and after the concert. We met Shona, Katie, Steve White, and two more friends of Steve. It was absolutly a great fun night! We made some photo's which I will put in a file for you all to see.

I already met Shona and Katie in New York so it was so fun meeting them again. Like I said that night it's like I have known them forever! October 8 in New York was my first ever concert to see Barbra and it was of coarse great, but nothing compared to my experience this time round in Paris!

a very excited, Linda

Leonard in front of Streisand poster

(Photo, above, courtesy of Leonardo)

David's Review

Barbra was...well just Barbra. Although she was a bit tired compared to her performances in Miami in 2006, her voice was still there even if there were moments when her singing was a bit raspy and belting seemed to be an effort. Nevertheless, even tired, she succeeded in seducing the French to many standing ovations. All of the French "glitteratti" were there: The French first lady Mm. Sarkozy, French foreign minister Kouchner, The mayor of Paris B. Delanoë, Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Diane Von Furstenburg, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Michel Legrand (composer of Yentl) Charles Aznavour, Marissa Berenson, and several other local celebrities. Barbra was at ease speaking in French and she substituted French lyrics rather spontaneously in various songs. In the intro to "People", for example, instead of singing "We travel single, oh maybe we're lucky, but I don't know," she sang "mais je ne sais pas." (but I don't know) In the first act she dropped "Come Rain or come Shine." She was wearing her new off the shoulder black gown. In the second act she wore her signature black and gold dress that is on the cover of her Live album. She replaced "Children will listen" with "Papa can you hear me" which she sang marvelously. After "Unusual Way" she replaced "What are you doing the rest of your life" with the very first public performance of "The Summer knows" from her Barbra Joan Streisand album. She sang the song in honor of Michel Legrand, composer and she seemed to really enjoy performing the song. She giggled with the orchestra "were you able to keep up with me?"After the questions segment she sang "You don't bring me flowers". She finished with the reprise of "Don't rain on my Parade" and "Smile" with her little Bichon Sammy in her arms. (The French adore dogs!) That was it. It was over, but to my surprise it wasn't. The French audience went mad, applauding stamping their feet, chanting "Une autre", "une autre" (another song, another song). Well there she was again, center stage, like Circe ready to hypnotize the awaiting worshippers. She announced "la dernière chanson" (the last song) and finished with an absolutely beautiful rendition of "What are you doing the rest of your life." At one point I yelled out "Sing proud Barbra, sing proud", she turned to me and said "Thank you, you know what that means for me." I did indeed, and once again she made her father proud!

David

Broadway Boys in Paris

(Photo, above:Barbra-Archives reader Virginie poses with two of the 'Broadway Guys' from Barbra's tour!)

John Grundeken's Review

Barbra Streisand in Paris... a magical evening.

John at Bercy

Photo above is of John at Bercy

I do not know what superlative to use. I have been a fan for over twenty five years so I've thought she was "great" or "fantastic" all those years. But this performance was really something special. For me, for it was the first time I saw her perform live. But I guess, it was also a special evening for Barbra. Was it the warmth, the love, she felt from the audience, or the fact that Michel Legrand attended the show, the many other celebrities..? I do not know.

For me it surely was an evening to remember...

Before I share my experiences with you all, I want to thank Maryline, Renaud and Deborah for what they did to make this happening even more special. Organising the fan meetings, both at "Chartier" and "Lily & Marcel" made me and many others feel very welcome and at ease. It was really nice to meet other fans and especially after the show it was wonderful to be able to share our experiences and, as you wrote Rhoda, spend some time on cloud nine together. Thank you all very much !

Streisand performs on stage in Paris

So about the show... I took some notes and elaborated them the day after, still in Paris. My seat was in the O section, much closer to the stage than I dared to dream of before I entered Bercy. Before the show started, several celebrities where welcomed with applause. I recognised Charles Aznavour wearing an enormous white scarf. The lights dimmed, the overture started and the excitement grew. I saw the centre stage platform lower and when it raised again Barbra was on it. A huge applause filled the stadium...

"Starting here, starting now", her voice sounded warm and rich. I realised this was the first time ever I wasn't listening to a recording of her voice, this was the real thing. I was in the same room as Barbra Streisand and she was singing, well, not just for me..."Now take my hand, for the greatest journey heaven can allow. Starting love, starting here, starting now..."

Yesterday evening I felt very emotional, I didn't cry though, my emotions found another way ; I shouted my lungs out ... But now, walking the streets of Paris, sightseeing, but really only reliving the concert, I feel the emotion seeking a way out again and since I cannot shout it out on the "Avenue de president Wilson" I feel tears in my eyes.

After the song Barbra spoke some words about how amazing it was that she never performed in Paris before and how she always wanted to. She talked about Sarah Bernardt whom she has always felt connected to, who toured the USA in her seventies, one legged, concluding that she, having two legs, should well be able to perform in Paris.

Streisand with dog Sammy

"Down with love", almost immediately the audience participated, clapping hands on the beat. I though it would disturb Barbra, but she liked it, at least, she said so. I think it characterised the evening : there was a connection between Barbra and the audience, right from the start.

“Ma premiere chanson”, Barbra playing the piano, using the glasses, messing up, saying “merde”. A song sung in French on a stage in France. When she finished the crowd roared.

“The way we were”, again a sigh from the audience recognising the first notes.

“Evergreen”, the Broadway guys joined Barbra singing the song in several (?) languages and guess what ? They sounded far better than “Il Divo”. Their voices are perfect for this repertoire, especially since this is a Broadway orientated show. In my opinion we are better off without the operatic approach.

At the end of the song Barbra left us to “take off her shoes”, sure that we will enjoy “a couple of songs” from the guys. They did a stunning version of “Something’s coming” from “West side story” and “You’ll never walk alone” from “Carousel” followed by “I finally found someone” written by Barbra for “A mirror has two faces”. Halfway the song Barbra joined them again. When the guys where off, Barbra talked about “Funny girl” and how important that show has been for her career, which leaded to “Funny girl” and a part of “The music that makes me dance”. Barbra told us about “My man”, a signature song for Fanny Brice, in France known as “Mon homme”, sung by Edith Piaf. Barbra’s performance of this song was received with a huge applause and surely was one of the most emotional moments of this evening.

“People” brought the first act to a conclusion and under a standing ovation Barbra left the stage, reassuring us that she would be back after the intermission.

Jason Gould in Paris audience

(Photo, above: Streisand's son, Jason Gould, in the audience)

Now I must admit that I didn’t take notes on the second act, so I am writing this from memory, forgive me if I have misplaced some of the songs. Act two started with the entr’acte followed by The Broadway guys singing “The music of the night” from “The phantom of the opera” soon joined by Barbra, wearing the black and gold dress in which she was portrayed for the CD and tour book. Did I mention already that she looked gorgeous ?

“Papa, can you hear me”. “Yentl” was a big success in Europe, especially in France, probably because of the collaboration with Michel Legrand. So this song was received with great enthusiasm.

The “ask Barbra” part produced questions about Barbra’s autobiography, a project she planned to start working on right after this tour, just as a book about Art Nouveau... Also one of the questions was about whether her house would be ready when she would return home. “From your mouth to God’s ear” was Barbra’s answer and she mentioned how she was looking for rustic French furniture... The last question was a plea for singing “You don’t bring me flowers anymore” which she did...

“Unusual way”. A beautiful song from “Nine” in my opinion a Barbra classic already, acted and sung with so much empathy. Impressive and very touching.

“Have I stayed too long at the fair” With the remark about finally being old enough to sing this song, giving it more depth than when she first sang it.

“The summer knows”. A total surprise, dedicated to Michel Legrand. Never sung in front of an audience but as Barbra said “If not now,... when ? “ I have always loved this song, so relaxed and melancholic, and it was very special to hear it now.

“Cock-eyed optimist” from “South Pacific”, preceded by the Saroyan poem, a song encouraging us to cope with the world as it is today, we can make it a better place if we set our mind to it...

“Somewhere”, for me an all time favourite, sung with the Broadway guys, spectacular ! Much has been written already about those last notes, it was spine tangling and now, when I think about it I again feel the goose bumps...

“My shining hour”, a song making us aware that the end of the show was getting nearer, which in my opinion gave it a shadow of melancholy, although these past hours certainly had been “shining hours”.

Barbra said goodbye which resulted in a huge applause, quickly calling her back to the stage. As a first encore she sang “Don’t rain on my parade” with lots of passion and energy, after which she again said goodbye and left. As a second encore she sang “Smile”, but not before she had Sammy on stage too. Mentioning that Sammy might be a little shy since she wasn’t a showbizz dog... Again she left the stage. The audience applauded and stamped their feet, thus calling Barbra back to stage for the third time... When she came back, shaking her head almost in disbelief about the enthusiasm of the audience, she joked about losing weight this way and with a lovely French accent she said "but this is the last one..." And then she sung "What are you doing the rest of your life"...

This ended a magical evening, one I'll will never forget.

John Grundeken, The Netherlands.

Frederico's Review

Photo courtesy of Frederico

I'm a big portuguese fan of Barbra Streisand! I have some photos from the Paris concert that i want to share with all fans.

For me, it was an amazing experience, because i always knew that i would feel this if I was to a concert of Barbra Streisand. First i bought tickets for Nice (it was cancelled), then i change all of my holidays to have the chance to go to concert of barbra. And thus was. I stow there, and i never go myself to forget this chance only e fantastic experience.

Its voice continues wonderful, to prove that it continues and that always goes to be the biggest singer of all the times. All the repertoire was excellent, with obvious prominence, for “The way we were”, “You don't bring me flowers”, “Smile”, “My man” and “People”. The guests special had been always to the height, as much that Somewhere, that they had sung with the Barbra, received the biggest applause. The public, between which they counted themselves French, Spanish, Portuguese, dutch, Greek, was wild, all laughs, cried, sang… It was a night that we go to keep forever. It was only and always goes to be only.

Thanks, for this stuffed site of new features. From Portugal, sending compliments for all.

Frederico G.

Streisand performs in Paris

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