Streisand: 2007 Europe Concert Tour
When Barbra Streisand went on tour in Europe in the summer of 2007, she performed the same live show that she presented in North America, with a few changes:
- Instead of Il Divo, four male singers from Broadway were cast as her special guests.
- Barbra tinkered with her set list as she toured Europe, sometimes singing songs that she had not performed in North America—or, for that matter, songs that she had never performed live!
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- 18 June — Zurich, Switzerland (Hallenstadion)
- 22 June — Vienna (Schloss Schonbrunn)
- 26 June — Paris (Bercy)
- 30 June — Berlin, Germany (Waldbuhne)
- 10 July — Manchester, England (Manchester Evening News Arena)
- 14 July — Dublin (Castletown House)
Director Richard Jay-Alexander told BarbraNews.com how the new “Broadway Boys” replaced Il Divo for the European tour: “[Il Divo] had their schedule set up beyond the U.S. tour last year, so it turned out they weren't available for the European Tour. I really enjoyed working with them — and I think they had a great time, too. Barbra and I are both very fond of them .So when they weren't available [...] I said to Barbra, Marty and Jay, ‘Why don't we get Broadway guys?’, because the show was already rooted in Broadway, because of Barbra's past— and so on. So I offered to suggest four guys to save us the headache of going through auditions. I had a short list, and luckily enough, the four guys we got were our top four choices. They turned down other offers for the summer and jumped on this opportunity, as you can imagine.”
The Broadway singers who joined the Streisand European concert tour were: Peter Lockyer (Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera), Sean McDermott (Grease, Falsettos, Miss Saigon), Michael Arden (The Times They Are A-Changin', Bare), and Hugh Panaro (Lestat, Side Show, The Phantom of the Opera).
Streisand Europe Tour Press
May 2007 Ticket Sales
On May 7th: Due to phenomenal demand, Barbra Streisand’s second night at The O2 Arena in London has now sold out. After her first show, on July 18th, sold out in twenty minutes the decision was made to add a second night on July 22nd. This has now also sold out. Tickets for both shows were made available today, Friday 4th May, following the announcement of the tour on Monday 30th April.
On May 28th: Barbra Streisand will play her first ever show in Zurich with a date at Hallenstadion on June 18th. Tickets for the concerts will go on sale on Sunday May 27th.
The June 30 date in Berlin will go on sale Friday, June 1 with a range of ticket prices starting at €95. The July 10 Manchester date also goes on sale June 1 with ticket prices starting at £75.
Barbra Streisand has canceled a Rome concert that would have launched her European tour, but organizers said on Friday it had nothing to do with an outcry from Italian consumer groups about ticket prices.
The European concert dates, to date, are:
15 June Rome Stadio FlaminioCANCELLED
- 18 June Zurich, Switzerland (Hallenstadion) NEW DATE
- 21 June Vienna Schloss (Schonbrun)
- 26 June Paris (Bercy)
- 30 June Berlin, Germany (Waldbuhne) NEW DATE
4 July Stockholm (The Globe)CANCELLED 10 July Nice Nakaia StadiumCANCELLED
- 10 July Manchester, England (Manchester Evening News Arena) NEW DATE
- 14 July Dublin (Castletown House)
- 18 July London (The O2 Arena) SOLD OUT
- 22 July London (The O2 Arena)SOLD OUT
- 25 July London (The O2 Arena)
30 April 2007 Press Release
FIRST EVER BARBRA STREISAND TOUR OF CONTINENTAL EUROPE AND A RETURN TO UK AFTER 13 YEARS.
'Streisand Live In Concert'
It was announced today that Barbra Streisand, who received rave reviews for her US tour (see below), will perform live in Continental Europe this June and July for the very first time in her celebrated career. She will also perform her first concert in London since 1994. The European tour, which her many fans have been eagerly anticipating for years, visits Austria, France, Ireland and the UK and follows her record-breaking US tour last autumn. More tour dates in additional countries will be announced shortly. This rare opportunity to see Barbra Streisand makes these concerts the most eagerly anticipated of the year.
"What a joy it will be to perform in so many wonderful countries for the first time," said Streisand. "I can't wait to experience these different audiences and different cultures."
A 58 piece orchestra will accompany Ms Streisand as she performs many of the classic songs from her unique repertoire such as "Evergreen", "People", "The Way We Were", "Don't Rain on My Parade" and many more.
Martin Erlichman, Streisand's longtime manager announced the tour, and confirmed that the recent US tour, her first in six years, had broken box office records in a staggering 14 of the 16 venues she played. She already held, and still holds, the record in the remaining 2 venues. Designated proceeds from the tour will support her various philanthropic initiatives and will be distributed through The Streisand Foundation.
The European concert dates announced today are:
- 21 June Vienna, Schloss Schonbrun
- 26 June Paris, Bercy
- 10 July Nice, Nikaia Stadium
- 14 July County Kildare, Castletown House
- 18 July O2 Arena, London
Other cities are in the final stages of negotiation and will be announced shortly.
For ticket information visit www.cpitour.com.
The tour will be presented by promoter Michael Cohl for Concert Productions International (CPI) and Solo. "It is an incredible honour to bring Barbra Streisand, certainly the greatest female performer of all time, to Continental Europe for her very first concert tour," said Cohl. "It is an amazing show — a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed."
Streisand jumps across the pond
By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
Barbra Streisand isn't crazy about flying.
"My sign is Taurus," she says. "It's an earth sign. We like to keep our feet on the ground."
Nonetheless, the diva will soon hop on a plane bound for Europe, where this summer she'll launch her first string of performances on the continent. The tour won't be as extensive as her U.S. trek last year: "That was 20 dates; this will be about half of that." The first five dates were announced Monday, including a stop in London, where Streisand last performed in 1994.
"I like challenges, and it's time to do things that I haven't done before," Streisand says of her decision to take her act abroad. Another factor was the swell time she had on her U.S. trek last year, documented on the two-CD set Live In Concert 2006, due May 8. The tracks include songs not previously featured on any Streisand album, plus duets with Il Divo, who accompanied her on tour.
"This time, I really enjoyed touring the United States, because I didn't have stage fright," Streisand says. "Would I rather have been in bed eating a pint of coffee ice cream? Yeah. But I can't raise money for my foundation that way." (As with Streisand's U.S. tour, for which tickets ranged from $100 to $750, European proceeds support the Streisand Foundation.)
While touring, it's likely Streisand will stay mindful of the presidential campaign heating up back home. The outspoken Democrat and longtime supporter of the Clintons says she's "very impressed" with Barack Obama: "He's wonderful." But "I'm not choosing anybody right now." She has contributed to both candidates, as well as John Edwards and Christopher Dodd. "I like Joe Biden and Bill Richardson, too. And Dennis Kucinich," Streisand says.
"We have a lot of good candidates, and any one of them would be better than anyone in the administration right now. It's a matter of who I think has a chance to win."
Fans wondering whether Streisand will engage in similar commentary in her European shows — her American concerts had their share of political humor — should secure their tickets, because the singer has no plans to record this mini-tour.
"It's like when I did Funny Girl," Streisand quips, harking back to her Broadway roots. "Whoever gets to see it gets to see it."
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