Streisand: 2012 Concert Tour

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Avenue

Brooklyn, New York

October 11, 2012

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Act One

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Celebrities in the audience: Barbara Walters, Woody Allen, Michael Douglas, Sting, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Rosie O'Donnell, Regis and Joy Philbin, Gerard Butler, Donna Karan, Elliott Gould, Roslyn Kind, Mayor Ed Koch, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Gary Smith.

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New York Times Review

A Sentimental Journey

by STEPHEN HOLDEN

“I’ve come home at last!”

Photo by Richard Perry

Those words sung by Barbra Streisand from the “Sunset Boulevard” showstopper “As If We Never Said Goodbye” elicited a roar of welcome from the sold-out crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday evening.

Ms. Streisand’s return to her roots for two concerts (the second is on Saturday night) was a sentimental homecoming and a royal act of noblesse oblige in which a show business monarch regaled the adoring subjects of her native province in a concert that was steeped in Brooklyn lore. With lyrics revised to mention “Brooklyn docks and nova lox” and “knishes,” the song conveyed a message that was reiterated again and again: deep inside, I’m just a commoner like you. As she bonded with her flock, her Brooklyn accent seemed more pronounced than ever.

Ms. Streisand is 70, and her voice is still singularly compelling, although not in prime condition. As it has lowered and acquired an occasionally husky edge, her high notes have disappeared. Even the upper register of “People” challenged her. The days are long gone when Ms. Streisand projected the fearless bravado of a vocal prodigy skipping along a tightrope. The Streisand of 2012 is a vulnerable if imperial semi-operatic diva who carefully conserves her power.

In spirit, the concert, during which she was supported by a 60-member-plus orchestra conducted by Bill Ross, was a family and neighborhood affair that included a short film, shot some years ago, in which assorted Brooklynites who knew Ms. Streisand back when reminisced. Cole Porter’s “You’re the Top” was outfitted with new lyrics to be a celebration of all things Brooklyn.

Who knew that Jason Gould, her 45-year-old son, was a polished crooner who could comport himself comfortably in an arena? His home movie of photographs of the two of them from his infancy into adulthood preceded his performance of “This Masquerade” (reminiscent of George Benson’s late-’70s recording) and a touching mother-son duet of “How Deep Is the Ocean?”

One of the evening’s most glorious moments joined Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do?” and Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine” in a duet by Ms. Streisand and her special guest, the pop-jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. His silvery tone and trailing phrases, combined with the orchestra, infused both songs with an aching film-noir melancholy.

Mr. Botti was also involved in two of the evening’s low points, an empty, pyrotechnic showpiece for trumpet and drums based on “When I Fall in Love” and a soupy trumpet and violin duet with Caroline Campbell.

Also on hand was the Italian teenage trio Il Volo, which has been called a cross between the Jonas Brothers and the Three Tenors and which delivered a polished, impassioned “O Sole Mio.”

Other memorable moments were segments celebrating Ms. Streisand’s professional relationships with Marvin Hamlisch and Jule Styne. Her rendition of “The Way We Were,” sung with the original orchestration was, in a word, exquisite. The Styne portion led off with “Being Good Isn’t Good Enough,” from the 1967 musical “Hallelujah, Baby!,” which led to a fragmentary medley of songs from “Gypsy,” delivered with an appropriate ferocity.

“Being Good Isn’t Good Enough” is the sensational first cut on Ms. Streisand’s newest album, “Release Me” (Columbia), a collection of outtakes from her recordings going back to the 1960s. Originally chosen to open her 1985 “Broadway Album,” it was replaced by Stephen Sondheim’s “Putting It Together,” in retrospect not a good choice.

Another high point of “Release Me” is the Jimmy Webb torch song “Didn’t We,” which she also performed with intense feeling. A bare voice-and-piano version of Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today,” recorded in 1970 with the composer at the piano, anticipates the stripped-down sound of her 2009 album, “Love Is the Answer.”

The most recent outtake is “If It’s Meant to Be,” by Brian Byrne and Alan and Marilyn Bergman, recorded for Ms. Streisand’s last studio album, “What Matters Most.” The Bergmans, who are also Brooklyn-born, were exalted in a suite whose high point was “The Way He Makes Me Feel,” from “Yentl.”

Late in the show Ms. Streisand tackled “Here’s to Life,” that autumnal summing-up-and-looking-back ballad that has become the de rigueur anthem for singers over 60. Hearing Ms. Streisand sing the lyrics “I had my share, I drank my fill/And even though I’m satisfied, I’m hungry still,” I connected them to one of her earliest recordings, “Much More,” from “The Fantasticks,” in which an innocent girl dreams of going “to town in a golden gown.” Ms. Streisand went there, was crowned queen and drank more than her fill.

Appetite, yearning, curiosity — whatever you call it — is a quality embedded in Ms. Streisand’s voice. Like few singers of any age, she has the gift of conveying a primal human longing in a beautiful sound. She is hungry still.

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Variety Review

After waiting 50 years for her first hometown borough concert, Barbra Streisand was not about to disappoint fans -- or herself -- during her first of two nights at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center.

By Gregg Goldstein

Streisand on Brooklyn stage

After waiting 50 years for her first hometown borough concert, Barbra Streisand was not about to disappoint fans -- or herself -- during her first of two nights at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center. "I don't think of myself, as Ethel Merman (once called me), as 'a belter,'" she once claimed, and she's spent the last decade singing mostly quieter material, showcasing a unique beauty in her voice that's gone virtually undiminished. Yet she filled last night's nearly three-hour concert with challenging songs that seemed designed to honor her history, counter doubts about whether she's too old for her upcoming bigscreen "Gypsy" role, and perhaps self-test the limits of her 70-year-old voice head on.

For the most important stop on a seven-city U.S. tour which wraps up next month at the Hollywood Bowl, her show opened with a video of rare home movies and pics from her youth and early career, taken from the upcoming 12-DVD set "Barbra Streisand: My Life in Words and Music" (in which this filmed homecoming may appear).

The slideshow included congratulatory telegrams from the original Dolly, Carol Channing, and the original Mama Rose, Merman, whose part she's set to tackle in Uni's "Gypsy." They were the first signs that Streisand would fill the arena with the belting, Broadway-style numbers that made her a legend.

Launching the show with "As If We Never Said Goodbye," modified with hometown-centric lyrics ("the Brooklyn docks, the Nova lox… a world with hot knishes is incredibly delicious, and I need a moment"), she delivered her first belt -- "I've come home at last" -- with the same power it had in her 1994 tour opener.

At other moments, time -- and possibly an emerging cold, something she mentioned while sipping a cup of chicken soup onstage -- gave a frayed, hoarse edge to songs like "Didn't We" (taken from her fine new compilation of unreleased tracks, "Release Me"). Yet as Streisand showed on various nights of her 1994 and 2006-7 tours, she's more fueled by her mood than most singers, seemingly able to psych herself into or out of any given performance, making mind over matter as big a factor as the realities of any 70-year-old singer's pipes.

Nowhere were all of these factors more evident than during her tribute to composer Jule Styne. After a somewhat rough turn on "Being Good Isn't Good Enough," she gave a vivid preview of her "Gypsy" role with "Rose's Turn/Some People," and some ragged edges only enhanced her performance of harsh lines like "I'm not some old book on a shelf!" At times, she sounded like the angriest Jewish grandma in the Tri-State area, kvetching up a storm, and it worked. (It should be noted, however, that Streisand looked as naturally well-preserved on the Barclays' screens as a fiftysomething woman could hope to, aided in part by Donna Karan-designed stagewear). Turning on a dime, she channeled that rage into one of the most powerful versions of "Don't Rain On My Parade" she's ever done, submerging any flaws underneath the full-bodied, powerful voice that made her a superstar.

Her emotional state also seemed to strengthen a tribute to her longtime friend and collaborator Marvin Hamlisch, bringing forth a solid "The Way We Were" (with his original soundtrack arrangement, conducted masterfully by musical director William Ross), followed by a version of his "Through the Eyes of Love" with special lyrics about Hamlisch.

With many old friends in the crowd, the nostalgic Streisand seemed mostly at ease with the audience and her legacy, her frequently funny banter more natural and less forced than at some other concerts. As in her 2009 Village Vanguard showcase, she was often at her best with softer material. Top perfs in the show (co-helmed by Richard Jay-Alexander and Streisand) included "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and the inevitable "People," which somehow didn't feel obligatory.

Mid-show appearances by trumpeter Chris Botti and Italian teen tenor trio Il Volo seemed to inspire Streisand to deliver two great moments: the delicate, touching "What'll I Do" with Botti (a classic she's never performed or recorded) and "Smile," with her vocals admirably matching the tenors. The acts' solo turns (including Botti's duet with violinist Caroline Campbell on "Emmanuel") also received a warm audience response.

Few fans imagined her 45-year-old son Jason Gould could sing, let alone turn in a strong solo perf ("This Masquerade") and duet with his mother ("How Deep is the Ocean") on songs taken from his new self-released EP debut. ("It's on sale in the lobby!" announced a proud Streisand). The public debut of his clear, soft voice was one of the show's nice surprises.

After gathering the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and her supporting acts on her unreleased 80s track "Make Our Garden Grow," Streisand said she didn't want to get too political -- then jokingly did -- before encoring the long evening with another unexpectedly powerful take on her classic Democratic Party anthem, "Happy Days Are Here Again."

At 70, after many years spent downplaying her unique gift in favor of acting, directing and other pursuits, Streisand once again feels like she has something to prove as a singer. If her current tour is any indication, she's still willing to go for it and, when she puts her mind to it, she's still got it.

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Billboard Review

Streisand on stage at Barclays

Barbra Streisand was full of Brooklyn pride as she belted out well-known tunes with passion during a concert at the newly built Barclays Center.

Thursday night's three-hour show was Streisand's return to her hometown, where she's also performing Saturday on her "Back to Brooklyn" tour.

The 70-year-old told the crowd of 18,000 that the last time she performed solo in the New York City borough was "on somebody's stoop on Pulaski Street" as an 8-year-old.

She entered the stage in a shimmery black blazer and long skirt, holding her hands close to the microphone as she hit the right notes on more than two dozen songs, including "People," "Evergreen" and "The Way We Were."

"Hello Brooklyn," she yelled. "Who said you can't come home again, right? Just Thomas Wolfe."

A video from "summer 1979" played on a large screen as people from Streisand's neighborhood talked about the singer, commenting on her talents, demeanor, family and even her nose.

"Purely a reflection of Brooklyn," one woman said. As the clip closed another woman said: "Come back to Brooklyn and give us a concert."

"It might have taken me 33 years, but I'm finally here," she said to the crowd.

"I left Brooklyn to pursue my dreams. Brooklyn quite never left me," she said at another time.

Streisand played with the audience, often telling jokes and taking in the many screams of "I love you, Barbra!"

The icon looked to the front row at a fan wearing one of her T-Shirts.

"You buy it in the shop? It's cheaper online," she said, as people laughed. She looked to another in the crowd: "You look like Dick Cheney. See this is what happens when I see the audience, it's not good."

The stage beamed with purple lights, as an orchestra of 30-plus played in a pit where small blue lights were strung around them.

Streisand performed sitting and standing, as a small table stood next to her where flowers and a mug with chicken soup were placed (she said she woke up with a cold).

Ahead of her performance fans submitted questions to Streisand, who answered several of them onstage. One asked if she was aware that contemporary singers lip sync.

"I've heard about that. I could never do it because I'm so bad at it. So I have to apologize because I have to sing live," she said as the audience roared.

That question was followed with: "I'd love to know what you think of Mitt Romney's promise to fire Big Bird."

"I love Big Bird and I hope no one tells Romney how to get to Sesame Street or Pennsylvania Avenue," she said as the crowd cheered even louder. "He's a good actor. He's a good actor. A chameleon." 

That wasn't Streisand's only political moment. The Barack Obama supporter said she taped Thursday night's vice presidential debates and couldn't "wait to go home to watch."

"I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but ... if you believe in affordable health care and women's rights ... if you want to move forward and not back, you know who to vote for," she said.

Streisand was joined onstage by trumpeter Chris Botti, Italian operatic trio Il Volo and her 45-year-old son Jason Gould, asking him before they sang a duet: "Do you need anything, like, a sweater? You need some chicken soup?"

He earned a standing ovation as his mother looked on, gasping "Oh my God."

She remembered late singer Donna Summer by performing their duet "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)." She also paid tribute to her late friend - composer Marvin Hamlisch - as she sang "The Way We Were," saying "this is for you" before giving a rousing rendition of the tune.

When she performed "You're the Top," Streisand changed the lyrics, namedropping fellow Brooklynite Jay-Z, who performed eight shows at the Barclays Center last week. She sang lyrics like: "You're a Brooklyn Net, on a private jet" and "it's an accent you can't drop."

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NY Daily News Review

Barbra Streisand returns home to Brooklyn to play at Barclays Center 50 years after leaving borough to chase fame Accompanied by 60-piece orchestra, 70-year-old singer delights crowd with sentimentality and nostalgia

By Jim Farber

Photo by Pearl Gabel

“Who says you can't go home again?” asked Barbra Streisand at the start of her Barclays Center show Thursday.

More than fifty years after the star left Brooklyn to chase global fame - first in Greenwich Village, then on Broadway - she played her first major show in the borough of her birth.

From the moment Thursday’s two-and-a-half-hour event started, Brooklyn found itself cast as Streisand’s early muse. A shot of the borough’s most iconic bridge graced the curtain, followed by video images of the star growing up in a very different Flatbush from the one we know now.

In her very first number, Streisand fiddled liberally with the lyrics of “As If We Never Said Goodbye,” adding shout outs to Erasmus High, her old yeshiva, and salty lox.

“The last time I sung solo here was on somebody’s stoop on Pulaski Street,” she said, leaning into her Noo Yawkiest patois.

Streisand has titled this brief road-show “The Back to Brooklyn” tour, though it will actually hit six other locales.

As on her last tour, in 2006, the star chatted at great length during the night, even including a chummy “Ask Barbra” Q&A segment. One query gave her the chance to inject some politics: How she felt about Mitt Romney’s promise to fire Big Bird. “I hope nobody tells Mitt Romney how to get to Sesame Street - or to Pennsylvania Avenue,” she said, to great applause.

At times the star also sang.

Fans could be forgiven for feeling that, at various points, Streisand’s greatest asset - that revelatory voice - got short shrift. The show featured several video segments and plenty of strained comedic schtick, along with solo spots for two guest stars: the florid pop-opera act Il Volo and jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. It also boasted a segment with Streisand and her son, Jason Gould, making his national concert debut. (Think: a solid Josh Groban).

Photo by Pearl Gabel

(Photo: Pearl Gabel)

Clearly, the 70-year-old Streisand was being careful with her instrument, both in when she used it, and with how. Rather than nailing the acrobatics and force of earlier days, she concentrated on the personality in her phrasing, and the undimmed beauty of her essential tone. She blamed the notable huskiness in her voice to a cold she woke up with. Either way, she had more than enough voice to get through.

Buttressed by a 60 piece orchestra, Streisand brought a rich resonance to the “The Way He Makes Feel,” from “Yentel.”  She used her actorly skills to poignant effect in “Didn’t We.”  She even tapped a bit of the old power in her pitched medley of “Rose’s Turn” and “Some People” (from “Gypsy”) with “Don’t Rain on My Parade” (from “Funny Girl”).

That last segment, which drew on songs written by the late Jule Styne, served as but one of three sections dedicated to the departed. Streisand also featured a bit of “Enough is Enough,” her disco hit with Donna Summer, and “The Way We Were” for her good friend Marvin Hamlish.

Such remembrances dovetailed with the night’s accent on sentimentality and nostalgia. Those feelings came through just as strongly in wistful songs like “My Funny Valentine,” “What’ll I Do, and “Here’s To Life.”  If what fans heard along the way wasn’t exactly the Streisand of yore, it did provide a warming reflection of the star now - someone connected to the past, yet powering through her vocal vulnerabilities in the present.

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USA Today Review

By Elysa Gardner

Barbra Streisand, and a packed house at the Barclays Center, enjoyed her happy musical homecoming on Thursday.

Photo: Kevin Mazur

Having kicked off her Barbra Live tour in Philly Monday night, Barbra Streisand returned to her native Brooklyn on Thursday for her first public performance there, at the spanking-new Barclays Center. A capacity crowd of 16,500 welcomed the superstar home. Streisand will play Barclays again Saturday night, then move on to Canada, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Jose and Los Angeles.

Famous fans: A list of confirmed attendees included Barbara Walters, Jimmy Fallon, Sting, Katie Couric, Woody Allen, Michael Douglas and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors and Streisand's ex, Elliott Gould, whose son Jason sang with his mom.

The way she makes me feel: Michael Argyropoulos, 40, flew from Athens to attend both Brooklyn shows. "With the crisis over there, it wasn't easy. But I had no choice. I had to see her."

Reunited: For Helaine Gersten, 71, of Westfield, N.J., the concert was a reunion of sorts: Gersten said she had attended the Yeshiva of Brooklyn with Streisand -- and sung with her in choir. "Before Barbra entered, I sang Hatikva," the Israeli national anthem. "Then the two of us sang it together, but after that it was never mine again. But I still love her!"

Homecoming queen: A black-and-white slideshow of childhood photos introduce the 70-year-old singer, who emerges in a glittery black dress suit. "The last time I sang solo in Brooklyn was on someone's stoop on Pulaski Street
Street," she says. "I was 8."

The opening number: As If We Never Said Goodbye, complete with lyrical references to Brooklyn and Erasmus (her high school). "Tawk amongst yourselves, I'm getting ferklempt," she tells the crowd.

Sure cure: She says she's sipping chicken soup because she woke up with a cold. Her voice is a little husky, but lacks none of its usual luster.

In memoriam: "My dear friend Marvin Hamlisch could always make me laugh, which is not an easy thing to do." She segues from a lovely The Way We Were into another Hamlisch composition, Through the Eyes of Love (the Ice Castles theme).

A request from the stage: Chris Botti asks for Lost Inside of You and Evergreen (both from A Star Is Born), embellishing on trumpet as she sings. He asks her how many shows she's done, and she says 81. That's a lot, he says, meaning for a year. "That's since 1963!" Streisand tells him.

Mother and child reunion: Streisand introduces "my pride and joy," son Jason Gould. They sit facing each other for How Deep Is the Ocean, with Mom looking at him adoringly. After a standing ovation, she tells him, "You don't need me, honey." But she sits again, to sing a pensive but spirited Here's to Life and People.

In bloom: Botti and Italian pop-opera teen trio Il Vovo join Babs and a choir for a radiant, fittingly theatrical Make Your Garden Grow.

The end: She dismisses retirement rumors, telling the crowd that she keeps being "drawn back" because "you guys make it so gratifying." She finishes out the evening with Some Other Time -- and, on a pointed political note, Happy Days Are Here Again.

Fan Reviews & Photos

Joe Albanese's Review

Joe's photo of Streisand on stageI am one lucky man. My best friend, Esther, and I saw Barbra in her TIMELESS tour in 2000; her 2006 tour and again last night in her old stomping ground, Brooklyn.

The arena is big and we were sitting close enough so that I realized how petit Ms. Streisand really is when she came on stage to thunderous applause. But she managed the stage, and the sold out audience, quite well!

From her opening number (As If We Never Said Good Bye), she was everything one would hope she would be—the master performer. Her selections were a perfect mix of the old (People, The Way We Were, Evergreen) and some of her newer material (Being Good Isn't Good Enough). For a woman who told us she had to drink hot chicken soup because of a sore throat, she was in perfect pitch. If anything, her voice just keeps getting better. And her phrasing! Each song is a performance piece and Barbra is the ultimate actress.

She had a lot of surprises for the audience, including a number that was both unexpected and wildly appreciated (Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long). Her Jule Styne medley was proof positive that Barbra Streisand was, and still is, at the top of her game. Ending it with a rousing DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE she had the entire audience in the palm of her hand— and isn't that a nice place to be?

What was the best part of the show? Barbra. She was relaxed and seemed to be genuinely happy to be there. She joked and kidded with the audience right through the final encore (Happy Days). I have never seen her enjoying performing that much and it made the night even more perfect. Even when she flubbed the new lines dedicated to Brooklyn in YOU'RE THE TOP, she took it in stride, let the audience in on the joke and everybody loved her even more . . . if that's possible.

All I can say is, thank you Barbra for 50 years of good music. Here's To Life and here's to you giving us 50 more years.

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Christopher Kingsley's Review

“There are moments you wait for and dream of all your life. This is one of those moments” - Alan and Marilyn Bergman

Photo by Chris Kingsley

For 20 years, I’ve wanted to see Barbra Streisand live in concert.  On Thursday night, that wish came true. And how! I was so excited to be in the stadium with 19,000 other people I could barely contain my excitement. Everything about the night was truly magical. The opening video with a montage of pictures of Barbra, to her singing “You’ll Never Know” was simply perfect. I loved hearing the Broadway Funny Girl overture again, it felt right and I knew the audience was in for something special. As soon as Barbra appeared on stage, I rose to my feet screaming like everyone else. The roar from the arena was so loud. Tears were flowing already. My dream had come true. There I was, seeing Barbra Streisand, in person.

I loved hearing “As If We Never Said Goodbye” especially with the lower key of the arrangement. The references to Brooklyn were wonderful as was her “Talk amongst yourselves” a priceless Barbra moment. Her voice was powerful and the lyrics remained true, a resounding roar from her audience greeted the line, “I’ve Come Home at last”. Her medley of “Nice n’ Easy/That Face” was fun, and I cannot tell how happy I was to hear “The Way He Makes Me Feel” from Yentl such a beautiful song and Barbra, as usual, nailed it.

The Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, her duets with Chris Botti; and of course her duet with her son Jason, are three moments that I will always cherish. Her stirring and achingly beautiful rendition of “The Way We Were” was superb, using the film orchestrations was a masterstroke of genius. “Through the Eyes of Love” from Ice Castles was poignant and had me crying unashamedly.

I was admittedly unsure about Chris Botti; however, his duets with Barbra on “Evergreen” and “What’ll I do/My Funny Valentine” were a wonderful surprise.

The real gem of the evening was hearing Jason Gould (who has a very nice tenor voice), duet with his mother. “How Deep is the Ocean” was a great number for them both to sing. Seeing mother and son on stage was the perfect way to cap Streisand’s two milestones: a homecoming and a 50th anniversary with Columbia Records.

At 70 years of age, Barbra Streisand continues to prove she can do anything, that “nothing is impossible.” True her voice has aged. Gone are those once effortless vocal pyrotechnics, and grittiness as edged into her voice. Yet somehow, it all fits, allowing Streisand to explore her deeper, more resonate lower register.

“Make Our Garden Grow” as the final number in Act II shocked me. I’ve been listening to a bootleg of Barbra singing it from her 1988 Back To Broadway sessions for years and I’ve always thought it would be brilliant in a concert. However, I was nervous as to how she would handle the last note. The music swelled and the collective power of musical guests: Il Volo, Chris Botti, and the Brooklyn Youth Choir brought the climax. Barbra opened her mouth and sang the last note of the piece. I was blown away.  Conserving her power for the final number, she ended with tail end of “Somewhere” which thrilled the audience. I remember asking Richard Jay-Alexander if Barbra was strong enough vocally to tackle the iconic song for another concert. I received my answer. Yes.

After “Some Other Time” which was a smart closing number, the lyrics fit so well, and a special encore of “Happy Days are Here Again” a nod to the current presidential election, the show was over and it was time to go home.

Even if the concert lasted three hours and was thirty minutes late in starting, I wanted it go to go on forever and ever. After waiting 20 years to see your idol in concert, three hours just doesn’t seem like enough time. I hope there will be “some other time” because if there is, I will be there.

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Leonardo Dentz's Photos

Leonardo at the concert hall

(Above: Leonardo—from Brazil!—before the concert; Below: Botti and Streisand share the stage.)

Botti and Streisand on stage

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Matt Howe and Kevin McCoy

Here's a great shot of me and Kevin. We met before the concert. Thanks, Kevin, for the photo! (And I still love your shirt!)

Matt and Kevin at Barclays

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Special Lyrics

"As If We Never Said Goodbye" by A. Lloyd Webber / D. Black / C. Hampton / A. Powers

(Special Lyrics by Jay Landers & Charlie Midnight for Barbra Streisand's BACK TO BROOKLYN shows with links to explain the local references)

I don't know why I'm frightened, I know my way around here
The Brooklyn docks, the Nova lox, the sound here
Yes, a world with hot knishes is incredibly delicious
And I need a moment—“So, talk amongst yourselves, I'm getting verklempt!”

The whispered conversations of neighbors down the hallways
The atmosphere is shrilling here as always
Hear the early morning mumbling as the garbage trucks go rumbling
Why, everything's as if I never said goodbye

Somehow I have always known the past is never past
Now I've waited long enough, I've come home at last!

I still remember Garfield's, a dollar bought you dinner
Those days gone by when I was so much thinner!
And I cannot overstate it I'm so glad I graduated
From good 'ol Erasmus

In any crowd we stand out, we're Brooklyn's sons and daughters
If you ask me it just might be the waters!
They will never call us humdrum cause we're proud of where we come from
And everything's as if I never said goodbye

Yes, everything's as if I never said goodbye

Garfield's Cafeteria

(Above: Garfield's Cafeteria on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn)

 

"You're the Top" by Cole Porter

(Special Lyrics by Jay Landers & Charlie Midnight for Barbra Streisand's BACK TO BROOKLYN shows with links to explain the local references)

Brooklyn Oct. 11th & 13th Lyrics:

You’re the top!

You’re the silk and satin.

You’re the top!  You can keep Manhattan.

Give me Bedford Stuy and a cool rap by Jay-Z

You’re a Maharaja, a Brooklyn Dodger, you’re family.


You’re the art in an old museum.

You’re the taste of cold egg cream.

You’re a Brooklyn Net on a private jet, non-stop!

Come on baby, there’s no maybe, you’re the top!

  

You’re the town that begat Judge Judy, Lena Horne, and of course yours truly

You are Danny Kaye, Houdini and Mae West

You are Cracker Jacks like the great Koufax

Baby, you’re the best!

 

You’re the shine on Liz Taylor’s ring.

You’re the crown on my Loew’s Kings.

You’re a Brooklyn Height and an all-night coffee shop.

Listen, baby, there’s no maybe, you’re the top!

 

You’re the top!

You’re a Brooklyn trolley.

You’re the top ... of a hot bialy

Talkin’ Brooklynese, sayin’ “dese and dem’s and dose.”

You’re a Rolls Royce dealer, a wonder wheeler, you’re vintage clothes!

 

You’re the top!

Brighton Beach boardwalker.

You’re the top! You are a real straight-talker

And you know it’s true, it’s an accent you can’t drop.

 

Hey there, Brooklyn, you’re good lookin’

I smell Chinese food a-cookin’

I’m so glad I took this bookin’

Cause you’re the top!

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