Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic
Brooklyn, New York
August 13, 2016
- Overture/Video Package
- The Way We Were
- Being at War with Each Other
- Woman in Love
- Stoney End
- Enough is Enough
- You Don't Bring Me Flowers
- Being Alive
- Children Will Listen
- Papa, Can You Hear Me?
Intermission: Lior Suchard (Master Mentalist works his amazing mind tricks on the audience)
- Pure Imagination
- Encore Video Package
- Who Can I Turn To? (with Anthony Newley)
- Losing My Mind
- Loving You (with Patrick Wilson)
- Isn't This Better?
- How Lucky Can You Get?
- Don't Rain On My Parade
- Climb Every Mountain (with Jamie Foxx)
- Happy Days Are Here Again
- I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Intermission videos: Fight the LadyKiller video; Butterfly album commercial; My Name is Barbra commercial.
*Set list reported by: Ron Amato, Robert Anen, Brett Fox
Joe Albanese's Review
Should the New York Times Crossword puzzle ever give you a clue saying – 6 across: Legendary, by all means put in the word “Barbra”. Last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on her home turf of Brooklyn, Barbra Streisand proved once and again what a legend looks and sounds like.
The show – filling the Barclays Center to overflowing – began with the apex of her talents and that was Barbra singing THE WAY WE WERE with only a small orchestra (10 pieces, I believe). Imagine starting a show with a show-stopper and then being able to give the audience two hours more of the best singing imaginable? No wonder she was greeted with a rousing standing ovation.
Her voice, although criticized by some as being raspy, was pure and sweet and most of all - strong. No, it is not the Streisand vocals of fifty or even thirty years ago but it is now grown so that the sound is rich and lush – an instrument that she uses to its best advantage. Can she still hit the high notes? Again, the naysayers have to take a back seat. When Barbra decided to “let loose” she shook the rafters. AM I LOSING MY MIND, a quiet hit from FOLLIES, was a case in point. She approached the last few notes of it until people were gasping in delight. Several times she was greeted with standing ovations because of her stage presence and vocal prowess. DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE was sung so that she hit every high note and, if possible, at 74, her voice is stronger and purer than it was when she was singing it at 24 – some things do get better with age.
And Barbra? She was funny, sweet, sassy, political (but, not too much – the show was to highlight her singing and her career so she kept her remarks pointed but few and far between) and totally at ease with the audience. My friend Esther (who accompanied me to hear Barbra Streisand sing in 2000, 2006, 2012 and again last night) felt that she was a guest in Barbra’s living room as the woman regaled us and entertained us with her comments, come-backs, observations and, most importantly, her beautiful songs.
I can never get tired of PEOPLE, HAPPY DAYS or EVERGREEN and Barbra Streisand is the reason why. She approaches them as a 3 act play and puts her life, soul and experience into the songs so that they become living theater. Again and again, I found myself on my feet applauding her and loving her even more.
Her guests on Saturday August 13th were Jamie Foxx who tried to match her note-for-note on CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN. He did an admirable job but when Barbra decided to take over, the song was hers and although she graciously gave him his due, she was the heart and soul of the number. Patrick Wilson, Broadway denizen, proved to be quite a strong contender when he sang LOVING YOU with her. He started slow and soft but he was quite a good match for her and, let me tell you, Barbra was in darn good voice! Yes, several times her throat got a bit raspy – you try singing 55 minutes straight and hitting every note and not make a minor flub or two and the sound system was a bit too much and on some numbers it seemed to try to overpower her but Barbra is the ultimate performer and she proved it with CHILDREN WILL LISTEN, BEING AT WAR, and then when she sang YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS in Act I, it was so beautiful I felt I was hearing the song for the first time. The beauty, pain, pathos and yearning were not only there, she used her life experiences to heighten the emotions and make it even a stronger lover’s lament.
So Barbra came back to Brooklyn and conquered. Again.
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