Streisand: 2012 Concert Tour

Barbra Streisand's dressing room for 2012 concert tour

(Photo: Russell James)

In the Fall of 2012, Barbra Streisand embarked on her fourth North American concert tour since 1994. The new live show, titled Back to Brooklyn, reunited her with co-director Richard Jay-Alexander and music director William Ross. Backed by a 58-piece orchestra and a 60- to 80-piece guest choir in each city, Streisand was also joined on this tour by Il Volo—a trio of Italian operatic pop teenage singers: tenors Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, and baritone Gianluca Ginoble; trumpeter Chris Botti and violinist Caroline Campbell; and Streisand's son—and singer!—Jason Gould. After the Brooklyn shows, Streisand's sister Roslyn Kind joined the tour and sang in the second act.

Streisand and her concert team worked at Grandma's House—the guest house and work place at her homestead in Malibu, California—during the months of July and August 2012, putting the show together. In the last week of September 2012, the company moved into The Liacouras Center at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where the stage was erected and the orchestra rehearsed.

Stage design by TAIT

Adam Davis, who works for Tait Technologies (the company that built the Back to Brooklyn stage) said: “From a build standpoint, this show was quite different than anything that we’ve done for Barbra Streisand in the past, as we fully-integrated our patented MagDeck system into the show [...] With the design based around incorporating the orchestra pit, it’s always complicated when you have to fit nearly 60 musicians and their instruments into a defined area.”

The Tour

Each city, below, has its own page with photos, set lists, reviews and more...

Concert Credits

  • Produced by: Barbra Streisand
  • Executive Producer: Marty Erlichman
  • Production Directed by: Barbra Streisand & Richard Jay-Alexander
  • Music Director: William Ross
  • Written by: Barbra Streisand, Jeffrey Richman, Jay Landers, & Richard Jay-Alexander
  • Music Supervisor: Jay Landers
  • Production Supervisor: J.J. Erlichman
  • Tour Manager: Marty Hom
  • Production Manager: Mike Weiss
  • Stage Designer: David George
  • Lighting Designer: Peter Morse
  • Sound Designer: Bruce Jackson
  • Personal Assistant to Ms. Streisand and Samantha Brolin: Renata Buser
  • Personal Assistant to Marty Erlichman: Tracy Quinn
  • Road Manager: Allan Tate
  • Ticketing Manager: Shelley Lazar
  • Stage Manager: Richard Bray
  • Ms. Streisand's Wardrobe Designed by: Donna Karan
  • Hair Stylist to Ms. Streisand: Soonie Paik
  • Dresser to Ms. Streisand: Kendall Errair
  • Wardrobe: Jamie Dollhopf, Thomas Wells
  • Merchandising Designed by: Barbra Streisand
  • Program Company: Plan R Marketing, Peter Fletcher
  • Program Art Direction/Design: Mary Maurer (2310 Design)
  • Design/Production: Michael Lau-Robles
  • Collage Design: Hooshik
  • Tour Photographer: Russell James
  • Photo Archivist for Barbra Streisand: Kim Skalecki
  • Stand-in For Ms. Streisand: Liz Callaway
Barbra's note in the program about Brooklyn

Press & Stories About the Tour

Streisand Live 2012 Tour

BARBRA STREISAND COMES HOME:
Brooklyn's Favorite Daughter to Perform at Barclays Center

May 9, 2012

The Brooklyn-born and raised, world-acclaimed superstar will perform a concert on Thursday, October 11th, in Brooklyn at Barclays Center, the new 19,000-seat sports and entertainment venue.

Streisand will be making a triumphant return to her native borough. Raised in the Flatbush neighborhood and a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, Streisand will perform publicly for the first time in Brooklyn.

Streisand stated, “Brooklyn to me means the Loews Kings, Erasmus, the Yeshiva I went to, the Dodgers, Prospect Park, great Chinese food. I'm so glad I came from Brooklyn‚ down to earth. I guess you CAN come home again.”

“When I first thought about building an arena in Brooklyn, I always envisioned Barbra Streisand coming home to take center-stage in her native borough,” said Barclays Center majority owner and developer Bruce Ratner. “It's humbling and almost surreal to welcome arguably the greatest entertainer of all-time to Barclays Center. Barbra is Brooklyn and there's nowhere more fitting for her to perform. This will be a night to remember.”

“I'm thrilled that all of America will be celebrating one of Brooklyn's greatest contributions to the world of music, film, television and Broadway this fall when Barbra Streisand comes home to the exciting new Barclays Center,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “They just don't get any bigger than this daughter of Brooklyn and proud graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, and although she has entertained millions upon millions across the globe for the better part of 50 years, Ms. Streisand will always find a home here in Brooklyn. So, no more tears, music fans‚ Brooklyn's very own funny girl, Barbra Streisand, will create new memories as the main event this October at Barclays Center!”

“Barbra Streisand in Brooklyn will be a huge moment and a defining experience for Barclays Center,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “We are truly honored to bring Barbra full circle, to the borough where it all started for her, just down Flatbush Avenue from her old neighborhood. We are continuing our goal to bring the best of everything to Barclays Center. Brooklyn, after all, deserves nothing less.”

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Donna Karan on Dressing Barbra

Karan, Gould, and Streisand

(Donna Karan, Jason Gould, and Barbra Streisand back stage in Philadelphia;
Photo by: Russell James)

From Donna Karan's Tumblr page:

Barbra Streisand and I are more than friends, we’re soul sisters. I could go on with stories about us playing, vacationing, spiritual retreating, etc, but I wanted to share our most recent collaboration for Barbra’s Back to Brooklyn concert at the new Barclays Center. I’ve dressed Barbra for as long as I can remember. (We first met when I was at Anne Klein. Barbra was my idol, and she came in and fell in love with these sample sweaters I knew to be highly flammable. She wanted them anyway and even offered to sign a waiver.) Anyway, because this Brooklyn concert was so special and personal to Barbra, it was important the clothes have that “wow factor.” We collaborated for weeks and weeks – since the summer, actually. And we both loved the results. First, the black sequins. Nothing catches the lights better than sequins. The menswear-inspired jacket she wore came straight from our fall line. The white shirt framed her face and the matching vest underscored the haberdashery feeling. We had the option of pants and a skirt (personally, I loved the sexy, burnout skirt.) I just love Barbra in tailored pieces and this was a knockout on her. The piece de resistance, however, was the coral dress. Talk about wow! The color and detailing was inspired by Barbra’s vintage Art Deco bracelet (which she wore with the dress.) Then came the cape – I mean, can you ask for anything more dramatic than a sweeping coral cape? The effect was breathtaking. Beyond. She lit up that dark stage like the star she is. After all the chaos, stress and hard work that went into these clothes, we were both thrilled. The looks were so amazing, so perfect and so truly Barbra.

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Barbra Streisand takes Audio-Technica mics on the road

By: Daniel Gumble

[ original article ]

Legendary performer Barbra Streisand is currently taking her ‘Back to Brooklyn’ tour across North America and Canada with an Audio-Technica 5000 Series wireless with AEW-T5400 cardioid condenser handheld microphone/transmitter in tow.

Touring in support of her new album entitled Release Me, Streisand opened her tour at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Centre on Monday, October 8th, with Audio-Technica’s 5000 Series wireless with AEW-T5400 cardioid condenser handheld microphone/transmitter specified as her mic of choice.

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Tour Poster

Streisand Live 2012 poster

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M3 Captures Streisand In Brooklyn

For Barbra Streisand’s two shows at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY last weekend, New Jersey and California-based M3 (Music Mix Mobile) was hired to provide equipment to record the concerts, including processing plug-ins from Waves Audio.

Grammy and Emmy award-winner David Reitzas, who has worked as Streisand’s engineer for a number of years, utilized M3’s array of Waves plug-ins, including the Renaissance Vox, Renaissance Axx, Renaissance Compressor, MV2 Dynamics Processor, TrueVerb and H-Delay. Waves plug-ins were applied to many of the 190 inputs that Streisand’s orchestra, band and 60-member choir required on the Barclays stage.

“This is an amazing show by an amazing artist,” states Joel Singer, Engineer-In-Charge at M3, which was also on hand to record select shows on Streisand’s 2007 tour. “Ms. Streisand is using all live musicians; there will not be one single tape track at these performances. And we’ll be using Waves plug-ins on many of the inputs, from the 18 vocal microphones we’ll have on the choir to the string and horn sections. It will be processed by Waves, because Waves is that good.”

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Billboard's 11/21/12 Tour Roundup Story

Barbra Streisand reigns atop the weekly Hot Tours ranking with ticket revenue reported from arena performances on her trek through North American markets during October and November. The Live Nation-produced concerts generated more than $31.3 million at the box office from 10 concerts in nine markets. An October 8 performance at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center kicked off her 2012 tour with a packed house of 12,158 in attendance and ticket sales slightly more than $3 million.

Four Canadian cities were on the Streisand tour itinerary including the country's largest market, Toronto, which produced the top gross and ticket count north of the border. With 13,719 fans in attendance, the arena grossed $3.7 million from an October 23 concert. She also performed to sellout crowds in Montreal on October 17 at the Bell Centre and in Ottawa on October 20 at Scotiabank Place. The final show in Canada was in British Columbia at Vancouver's Rogers Arena on October 29 with 11,274 tickets sold.

American markets included on the legendary singer's Back To Brooklyn Tour following the Philly opener were Chicago, Las Vegas, San Jose and Los Angeles as well as her hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y. where she performed two shows at the new Barclays Center. (Box office totals from the Brooklyn shows have not been reported as of press time, but will appear in a future Hot Tours weekly recap.) The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles was the other venue to host Streisand's tour for two performances with concerts held on November 9 and 11. The shows drew more than 33,000 fans for both nights, producing a combined gross of $7.8 million.

Weekly .com Boxscores - Nov. 14, 2012

BARBRA STREISAND

$31,329,222
Oct. 8-Nov. 11
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (1/1)
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa (1/1)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
United Center, Chicago (1/1)
Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/1)
MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/1)
HP Pavilion, San Jose (1/1)
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (2/2)
123,111 (123,111)

Billboard's 11/27/12 Tour Roundup Story

[...] Barclays Center, the new 19,000-seat arena in Brooklyn, New York has reported concert gross and attendance counts from its first two months of operation including a mammoth $9.3 million gross from Barbra Streisand¹s Back to Brooklyn Tour that played to sellout crowds on October 11 and 13. The legendary entertainer and Brooklyn-native earns this week¹s No. 2 Hot Tours ranking with revenue totals reported from the two-show stint in her hometown.

BARBRA STREISAND

$9,327,948
Oct. 11-13
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (2/2)
31,176 (31,176)

In December 2012, Billboard ranked touring artists by gross, compiled from Billboard Boxscores reported from Nov. 9, 2011, to Nov. 13, 2012.

Streisand came in at #12, with the following numbers:

Total Gross: $40,657,170        Number of Shows: 12
Total Attendance: 154,287   Number of Sell-Outs: 12

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