Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic
Concert Tour 2016—2017

2016 tour poster

August 2016 Tour:

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

November-December 2016 Shows:

May 2017 Shows:

May 16, 2016 PRESS RELEASE:

Barbra Streisand, who last year became the only recording artist or group to achieve #1 albums in each of six decades, will bring her legendary live performances to 9 cities in August, it was announced today by her longtime manager Marty Erlichman. Streisand will perform her hits from each decade plus songs from her new album, "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway," celebrating a career of unparalleled creative achievement.  Every ticket purchased online includes a CD of Streisand's new album, which will be released later this year.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring and S2BN Entertainment. 

Tickets for all shows will go on sale Wednesday, May 25th, and will be available online, via charge-by-phone and venue box offices. Check local listings for complete details.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in the U.S. before the general public beginning Wednesday, May 18th at 10am local time through Sunday, May 22nd at 5pm local time, and in Toronto before the general public beginning Thursday, May 19th at 10am EDT through Sunday, May 22nd at 5pm EDT. 

The May 24th teaser video that Barbra Streisand recorded to publicize the tour:

September 21, 2016 PRESS RELEASE:

Barbra Streisand, who made history last week when she hit number one on the Billboard 200 album chart for the 11th time, will bring her legendary live performances to Houston, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami beginning in November as part of her THE MUSIC...THE MEM'RIES...THE MAGIC! tour, it was announced today by her longtime manager Marty Erlichman.

The newly announced tour dates mark Streisand's first ever appearances in both Houston, at the Toyota Center, and Tampa, at the Amalie Arena. The concert in Ft. Lauderdale at BB&T Center will be her first appearance in the Sunrise/Ft. Lauderdale area in over ten years. Her performance at American Airlines Arena will be Streisand's first appearance in the Miami Beach area since her performance at the Café Pompeii in the Eden Roc Hotel in March 1963.

The four dates follow Streisand's highly successful first jaunt on THE MUSIC...THE MEM'RIES...THE MAGIC! this August during which she received rave reviews and played in front of packed arenas in Los Angeles, San Jose, Las Vegas, Chicago, Brooklyn, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Toronto.

Tickets for all shows will go on sale Thursday, September 29th and will be available online, via charge-by-phone and venue box offices. Check local listings for complete details. Every ticket purchased online includes a copy of Streisand's new album "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway"

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, September 22nd at 10am local time through Monday, September 26th at 10pm local time.

February 1, 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT:

Newsday reported:

Ad for Nassau show

Concert Credits

  • Produced by: Barbra Streisand
  • Executive Producer: Marty Erlichman
  • Production Directed by: Barbra Streisand & Richard Jay-Alexander
  • Music Director: Randy Waldman
  • Written by: Barbra Streisand, Jay Landers, Richard Jay-Alexander
  • Music Supervisor: Jay Landers
  • Production Supervisor: J.J. Erlichman
  • Tour Manager: Marty Hom
  • Production Manager: Mike Weiss
  • Lighting Designer: Peter Morse
  • Sound Design/FOH Engineer: Chris Carlton
  • Stage Designer: Jeremy Railton
  • Executive Assistant to Ms. Streisand: Pamela Lyster
  • Assistant to Ms. Streisand: Viki Lopez
  • Personal Assistant to Ms. Streisand & Samantha Brolin: Renata Buser
  • Executive Assistant to Martin Erlichman: Tracy Quinn
  • Ms. Streisand's Wardrobe Designed by: BJS/DK and Marchesa
  • Hairstylist to Ms. Streisand: Mary Ann Valdes
  • Dresser to Ms. Streisand: Kendall Errair
  • Wardrobe Supervisor: Thomas Wells
  • Script Supervisor: Emmalie Faye
  • Streisand Video Packages Produced and Supervised by: Michael Arick
  • Editors: Glenn Erickson, Bruce Cathcart
  • Graphics Design: Ray Sahakian
  • Post Production: Illuminate Hollywood
  • Set/Specialty Looks/Media Design by: Entertainment Design Corp. —Alex Calle, Francesca Nicholas, Wayne Stovall
  • Tour Program Art Direction & Design: Smog Design, Inc. —Jeri Heiden with Creative Assistance by: Kim Skalecki
  • Music Prepared by: Joann Kane Music Service
  • Supervising Copyist: Mark Graham
  • Music Librarian: Victor Pesavento
  • Musicians:
    • Piano: Randy Waldman
    • Guitar: Mike O'Neill
    • Bass: Carlitos Del Puerto
    • Drums: Dave Tull
    • Keyboards: Che Che Alara, Rich Ruttenberg, David Witham
    • Percussion: Norm Freeman
    • Violin: Christian Hebel
    • Woodwind: Brandon Fields
    • Vocalists:
      • Stevvi Alexander
      • Andrea Jones
      • Amy Keys
      • Vocal Arranger: Tim Davis
  • Public Relations: Sunshine Sachs —Ken Sunshine, Caryn Leeds
  • Additional Material: Jeffrey Richman and Jon Macks
  • Special Thanks to: Matt Howe, Jim Gable, Craig Hall, Amy Shaughnessy
  • Barbra Streisand Representation: Martin Erlichman

 

Jeremy Railton, Chairman and Founder of Entertainment Design Corp., was back in 2016 to design the set for Streisand's concert tour. “Like Cher,” Railton said, “Barbra is always intimately involved in the creative design of her sets. If she hadn’t been a singer she could have been a great interior designer. I loved collaborating with her.”

Railton also explained, “Our interest within this show is finding the elegance and grandeur of the performance, packaging Ms. Streisand's unrelenting and timeless vocals into a visual theatrical palette.”

Below: EDC's rendering of the 2016 Streisand concert stage.

Railton's sketch of Streisand stage

“The use of digital scenery is one of the aspects of this design that we are relying heavily on,” explained Alex Calle, EDC's CEO. “The LED screens of most tours have become a canvas of motion graphics. Cool abstract imagery zooming across the screen. With this tour, we are attempting to use the LED screens as a vehicle to bring large digital scenic pieces on and off stage. Similar to how a theatrical fly house flies scenery on and off stage, or tracks it from off left or right, here we are using the screens to house our scenic elements to the show. Large chandeliers, operatic drapery, or a corinthian colonnade might all track on stage to set the scene for the next number.”

Notes About the Tour

Barbra Streisand has always modified her live shows during her recent concert tours. She sometimes changes the song order, or even drops or adds songs at each venue, making each concert a unique experience.

Barbra hinted during an interview that some of her duet partners from her new album would possibly join her on stage. So, fans wondered which singers would show up where. Los Angeles fans were rewarded with three guests: Babyface, Seth MacFarlane, and Jamie Foxx. And Brooklyn audiences were treated to Patrick Wilson and —singing an electrifying "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" with Barbra again—Jamie Foxx.

Fans noticed Barbra sang a new set of lyrics at the end of “Everything,” from A Star is Born:

Concert Lyrics Original Lyrics
If they give me the time to turn the tide If they give me the time to turn the tide
Always save room for hope inside Give me the truth, if once I lied
I only know that love can bring Give me the man who's gonna bring
More of ev'rything .... More of ev'rything ....

Barbra dropped the lovely “Everything Must Change” from the show at the second Brooklyn concert.

Mentalist Lior Suchard's act was moved from Act One (after the "hits" medley) to Act Two (after "Losing My Mind") in Las Vegas. By the time Barbra's concert tour reached Chicago, it was decided that Suchard worked best at intermission, just before Barbra took the stage again.

"With One More Look at You" was cut from the show in Vegas to accomodate the placement of the mentalist. Barbra brought the Star is Born song back as an encore in Boston. For the last two concerts (Philly and Toronto), Barbra returned "WOMLAY" to the First Act, after "Evergreen."

For her encore, Barbra sang "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" from the new album at the first six shows. She sang it again in Philly. Then, at the Toronto show, Barbra sang an entirely different “oldie” as her encore — “By the Way,” which she wrote the music for in 1975.

Press & Stories About the Tour

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Aug. 30-Sept. 5

#3 Barbra Streisand

Venue, Gross Sales & Attendance:

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Barbra Streisand's 'Magic' Tour Wraps With $46 Million Earned

12/14/2016 by Bob Allen, Billboard

Barbra Streisand takes the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s latest Hot Tours recap with $10.7 million in ticket sales earned at concerts in four U.S. markets during November and December. The sold out shows at arenas in Houston, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami were the only fall dates on the legendary artist’s The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic! Tour that hit nine North American cities during the summer in August.

The tour’s opening trek ran for three weeks ahead of her Aug. 26 album release Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. With the fall concerts added to the overall counts, the final box office gross reached $46 million from 177,524 sold seats at 14 concerts in 13 cities.

Kicking off the fall stint was a performance at the Toyota Center in Houston on Nov. 27, the singer’s first-ever concert in the city. With 11,591 fans in attendance, box office revenue surpassed $3 million to rank as the venue’s highest-grossing concert in 2016, according to Billboard Boxscore. Streisand also performed for the first time ever in Tampa, the next stop on the schedule, playing to a crowd of 10,035 at Amalie Arena on Nov. 30. With $2.4 million in sales, the sold out show was also the Tampa venue’s top-grosser this year.

The largest box office take during the tour’s fall jaunt was $3.2 million at BB&T Center at Sunrise, Fla. on Dec. 3. With attendance logged at 12,262, the sold out concert had the arena’s fourth-highest attendance count this year behind Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden, but with ticket prices ranging from $99 to $510, Streisand topped all three of those acts as well as AC/DC to score the building’s top gross of the year.

The tour finale on Dec. 5 was held in Miami at American Airlines Arena with a packed house of 10,071. That show’s $2 million gross was tops among the tours that played a single performance at the venue, but Marc Anthony was the top earner with a two-night engagement that racked up $4.5 million in sales. The Latin pop star drew more than 37,000 fans to the Miami arena for sold out shows on Nov. 18 and 19.

Streisand’s best box office results during The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic! Tour came at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Staples Center in Los Angeles, her two highest-grossing venues during the summertime trek. Barclays Center, the only two-show engagement, scored $8.8 million in sales from 29,250 sold seats on Aug. 11 and 13. It stands as the third highest-grossing engagement of the year among all concert artists at a U.S. arena, based on reported Boxscores. Only Adele scored more at the box office with her eight-show stint at Staples Center in August ($13.8 million) and a run of six shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden in September ($9.8 million).

$3.8 million was the top gross among the venues that hosted Streisand for a single night. Staples Center produced that total from 13,557 sold tickets at the tour opener on Aug. 1. The largest single-show attendance count was logged at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center with 13,963 fans present on Aug. 20.

Compiled from Boxscores, reported Dec. 6-12

Barbra Streisand
Total Gross: $10,764,600
Nov. 27-Dec. 5
Total Attendance (capacity): 43,959

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