Streisand: 2006 North American Concert Tour

Washington, D.C.

October 13th

Verizon Center

Photo by Rich Lipski

Photo Credit: By Rich Lipski — The Washington Post

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Set List

Act One

2006 concert ticket

Il Divo set:

  1. Unchained Melody
  2. Unbreak My Heart
  3. My Way (dedicated to Barbra)

Funny Girl Suite:

Act Two

Encore:

Notes:

Barbra wore her hair parted to the side. In Act One she wore the black, glittery pants suit top with a matching long skirt and black sequined cardigan. Then she changed into the glittery pantsuit for the Funny Girl Suite.

The dialogue with Il Divo in Act One was abbreviated. Gone was the bit about one of the boys having a crush on Barbra.

Il Divo's first song in Act Two was cut. "Music of the Night" was the Second Act opener. The Bush sketch, like the second show in New York, was slightly edited. Barbra has added showing a photo of Steve Bridges with the real George Bush, saying Bush has a sense of humor. She sings "Happy Days" by herself.

Press Reviews & Photos

Washington Post Review

At Verizon, Streisand's A Real People Person

By Libby Copeland

October 14, 2006

Streisand at Verizon Center in 2006

Watching Barbra Streisand at Verizon Center last night was rather like being invited into her home for a chat and some rugelach, but for the 55-piece orchestra behind her, and the teleprompter scripting those charming lines.

And was she chatty! She sat on a stool, joked about her age, which is 64, and told the audience (scripted) stories of her tremendous appetite. She took questions that had been written on notecards by audience members.

"When will your home be done?" one asked about her house renovation.

Resplendent in a black sequined gown made somewhat matronly by a black sequined cardigan, she gabbed about her son ("Jason," the teleprompter read), as a way of segueing into a swelling rendition of the Stephen Sondheim song "Children Will Listen." And in this, her first major tour in 12 years, Streisand's charm did not supersede her masterful singing voice -- breathy in parts, strong and silky in others. She sang several songs from "Funny Girl," including a soaring "People."

Streisand's home -- er, stage -- was decorated with her beloved roses. (She likes roses so much she even has one named after her.) At one point, Streisand announced that she would play the piano part to a song she wrote many years ago, "Ma Premiere Chanson," but upon sitting down said, "Oops, I have to have my glasses on."

The crowd, including many women of a certain age, cheered.

Streisand declared herself not terribly good at the piano, and played up her inexperience as her fingers ran across the keys: "Wait. . . . No. . . . Sorry. . . . Oh, shoot."

At various points, apparently because someone felt the show needed more Eau de Vegas, the performer was joined by the handsome boys of the vocal quartet Il Divo. They sang songs such as "Evergreen" with her while looking meaningfully into her eyes. We couldn't tell them apart, but one of the foreign fellows pronounced her name "Stray-sand."

Toward the end of the concert, as she's been doing throughout her tour, Streisand brought a Bush impersonator, Steve Bridges, onstage to discuss politics, one of her favorite topics. She mentioned her concerns about things such as global warming and "corporate cronyism," and he said he'd come up with "a proposal to sell Canada."

The audience here seemed to enjoy Streisand's political humor. Madeleine Albright was up front, though we couldn't tell if she was nodding. At the very least, there were no incidents such as this week in New York, when a heckler repeatedly interrupted Streisand's skit with the "president," and she responded by telling the person to "Shut the [bad word] up!"

Verizon Center was nearly sold out, and by 5 p.m. yesterday, Streisand's concert had already broken the record for the arena's highest-grossing single event. (Much of the proceeds will go to charity, Streisand says.) Tickets ranged from $100 to $750, and at least one mega-fan actually paid $50,000 to meet with Streisand in person. The audience shouted accolades and gave her standing ovations throughout the evening. ("Grazie," Streisand said.) They called her back for two encores.

What is it about Streisand that makes her at once so appealing to some people, so awful to others? (You can tell immediately the people who don't like her; they're the ones who call her "Babs," dismissively.) For better or for worse, she is pure schmaltz -- the show tunes, the big voice, the roses, the notoriously manicured hands and the whiff of perfectionism they give off.

Last night, as she prepared to sing "Cockeyed Optimist," Streisand spoke of finding hope in a gardenia and in a "baby's smile." Her fans must find this sort of talk more hopeful than cloying. As one Streisand fan told the New York Daily News this week, "The first thing we do in a tragedy is listen to Barbra."

Streisand at Verizon Center

Chicago Sun Times Review

This D.C. crowd adores Babs

October 15, 2006

BY LYNN SWEET

"Some of you cringe when I talk about politics," said Barbra Streisand, offering a little patter -- scripted, it turns out -- between songs and some shtick with a George Bush impersonator.

Cringe? Not this adoring crowd.

Not Madeleine Albright, sitting front row center. The former secretary of state has been a Streisand pal since 1993, when the world's top-selling female artist turned up at an Albright speech. Albright looked like she was having a grand time.

Streisand puts on glasses to play the piano. Her feet must hurt because she kicks off her high heels and walks barefoot on the three-sided stage. She talks about eating, dropping the names of Washington restaurants. She says she is feeling a little verklempt.

But the glamorous Streisand doesn't look it. And her voice is brilliant, from hits from "Funny Girl" to "Happy Days Are Here Again.'' Streisand reminds her doting audience the song was the anthem of the Democrats in 1932.

It's Friday night, and it turns out there are many people who need ... Streisand, live, in the Verizon Center. The place is packed. Streisand is on her first concert tour in 12 years and hits Chicago's United Center in November. I bought my $235 ticket in June for the concert where the top face values were $750 and tons more on the resale market.

Mostly backs winners Streisand said she's back on the road to help raise money for "causes I believe in.'' She's political -- Democratic, liberal, close to the Clintons. She keeps track of her win/lose ratio of candidates she has endorsed, and she is way ahead. Republicans love to make an issue of Democrats who get checks from her, but that almost always backfires. Most candidates she supports win.

My friend and I got lucky -- our "cheap" seats were moved because the section we were to have been in became a curtained backdrop for the stage.

From our much improved perch, I could see Streisand works from a sea of TelePrompTers. After she sings "The Way We Were'' from her 1973 flick with Robert Redford, she tells us why -- back in 1967 at a concert in Central Park in New York, she forgot the words to three songs.

Near the end of the show, Streisand brings out Bush impersonator Steve Bridges and gives the fake president a lecture on global warming and stem cell research. A few days ago, at her show in New York, a heckler shouted through the skit, and Streisand told the person to "shut the ---- up."

No incidents Friday. "I'm a uniter, not a divider,'' said Streisand. "I can't divide.'' *

Not in Washington.

[Note: Actually, "Bush" said this line in the skit, not Barbra.]

Streisand at Verizon Center

Washington Times Review

Streisand takes D.C. by storm

October 16, 2006

Barbra Streisand's visit Friday night to the Verizon Center entailed none of the problems the superstar experienced earlier in the week in New York.

There, a heckler provoked the diva to use an angry expletive. Here, those in the near-capacity crowd (who each shelled out between $100 and $750 for tickets) showered Miss Streisand with rapturous applause, standing ovations and other displays of affection that continued throughout her 2- hour performance.

In turn, the star gave it her all, showcasing her magnificent instrument -- one of the best voices in pop music history -- and regaled fans with tales of her noshing at local eateries (most notably Cake Love on U Street) while attempting to take in a bit of sightseeing before stepping on stage.

"I wanted to go to the National Gallery of Art but just didn't make it," said Miss Streisand, clad in a shimmering black-beaded gown with matching jacket.

That was one of the show's few unscripted moments. Throughout the rest of the night, the diva relied on the teleprompters that towered above for both the lyrics to her songs and the homey repartee between them.

"Once, when I performed in Central Park I forgot the lyrics to three songs," Miss Streisand said, "and I vowed never to let it happen again."

It didn't.

Backed by a 55-piece orchestra, Miss Streisand, 64, kicked off her set with such familiar and engaging chestnuts as "The Way We Were," Harold Arlen's "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Evergreen."

Il Divo -- the Simon Cowell-formed pop-opera quartet (baritone Carlos Marin and tenors Urs Buhler, David Miller and Sebastien Izambard) took the stage with "Senza Catene"("Unchained Melody") and "Regresa A Mi" ("Unbreak My Heart") as Miss Streisand took a breather. Upon returning, she served up a surprise with a beautiful rendering of "Unusual Way" (from the Broadway musical "Nine") along with several numbers from her Oscar and Tony-winning turn in "Funny Girl," including the Jule Styne-Bob Merrill showstopper, "Don't Rain on My Parade."

The show's second half, introduced by an orchestra overture of theme songs from Miss Streisand's films (among them "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" and the Oscar-nominated "The Prince of Tides"), featured Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Music of the Night," (performed with Il Divo) from "Phantom of the Opera" and her crowd-pleasing signature tune "People."

Next, "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" (from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific") and "Children Will Listen" (sadly, one of only two Stephen Sondheim songs for the night) presented the perfect segue into the much-talked about skit featuring presidential impersonator Steve Bridges as George W. Bush. In the end, though, the politically-charged routine -- reportedly toned down after the heckling in New York -- turned out to be a paper tiger filled with mild barbs about the commander in chief.

The crowd (which included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Democratic congressman Richard Gephardt) seemed to lap it up from start to finish.

Miss Streisand closed her D.C. gig (the fourth stop on a 17-city tour ending next month in Los Angeles) with the Leonard Bernstein-Sondheim composition "Somewhere" and "This Will Be My Shining Hour" before launching into two crowd-driven encores: a reprise of "Don't Rain on My Parade" and a rendition of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile"-- a finale that she dedicated to slain journalist Daniel Pearl.

Streisand in First Act gown

Fan Reviews & Photos

Klaus's Review

Me and my friend came from Berlin, Germany just for the weekend to hear and see her sing. Unfortunately we didn´t pik the best tickets to really see her face ... far from the balcony. But nevertheless, we were there !! And were sooo unbelievably happy. After 1994 in London it was my second chance to feel her music directly and I got to confess: this one was even more exciting. She was in great voice and reached some astonishing notes! And for the NY-scandal: why do some people concern about what she´s doing on stage. Its up to her, god damn! Its her stage! And I hope she´ll stay there for a while longer. There is no sign of need to resign. Nothing. And there should be time to see us in Europa. Please Barbra! I´ll have more money for the ticket instead of British Airways!

D.C. Streisand Fans Meet-and-Greet @ Warehouse Theater

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