An Evening With Barbra Streisand
1966 Concert Tour
August 6, 1966
Barbra Streisand and husband Elliott Gould arrived in Atlanta early Saturday morning, August 6th. Comic and concert producer Alan King told The Atlanta Constitution, “I'm sure that anyone who has ever been part of the audience at the Atlanta Stadium won't even recognize the stadium after we get through with it.”
King explained that the theater his staff built for the tour will be sitting on the baseball diamond. “There will be a large screen, curtains supported by cranes enclosing the area we're playing to. Plus, there will be a stage and runways coming out to the front row of the audience.”
“I've never played in a football or baseball stadium before,” Barbra told the newspaper. “I think it will be a very gratifying experience. My manager once attended a concert in Atlanta and found the audience very responsive and with an exciting atmosphere.”
King wrapped up the interview, saying “She'll be on second base working the runway towards homeplate. If she balks, they'll send a runner from third.”
The Atlanta show began 50 minutes late because of rain. 11,000 was almost cancelled because of rain. Barbra started the show in a raincoat with an umbrella. Eventually she removed the coat, revealing her sparkling black evening gown.
The Atlanta Journal's article about Streisand's concert:
Appearance of Barbra Streisand Acclaimed Extraordinary Program
... According to an announcement released this week, Miss Streisand and her husband, Elliott Gould, will arrive in the city early Saturday where she will be met at Atlanta Airport by leading state and local officials. Mayor Ivan Allen has written the popular singer-actress informing her that the city would greet her as an honorary citizen of Atlanta.
Stadium officials have announced the sale of tickets for the concert have been exceedingly strong, indicating an excellent chance of a sell-out performance. (There will be only 25,000 seats available, assuring everyone of good visibility.)
One of the points most emphasized in the continuous releases concerning the concert has been the regard that producers are taking for the audience. Miss Streisand will play directly to her audience, exactly as she would in the theatre. Special arrangements have been made for the stage itself, plus sound and lighting.
“An Evening With Barbra Streisand” will be performed for only a slice of the stadium capacity. The stage will be located in the mid-field, near second base on the baseball diamond, and will be “shelled” by temporary stage backings. The designer of the process is Ralph Alswang, one of the finest names in the nation. Miles Rosenthal, who set up the original sound system for the Newport Jazz Festival, is handling the intricate sound system, which, incidentally, involves ten tons of equipment, 50,000 feet of wire and 18 speakers.
Accompanying Miss Streisand to the city will be Peter Matz. Matz will bring only a portion of his orchestra and will fill the remaining spots with local musicians, which, if he does, may cause a problem. Most of the leading musicians are currently engaged by Theatre Under the Stars. However, it is Miss Streisand who will garner the attention.
Tickets for the concert are still available at several locations in Atlanta, or they may be purchased at the ticket window near Gate G at the stadium. Mail orders, if sent immediately to Atlanta Stadium Productions, Inc., Atlanta Stadium, Atlanta, will be accepted. The price ranges are $12.50, $10.00, $7.50, $5.00, and $3.50.
(Above, a wire photo from Aug. 6, 1966. Caption reads: WHERE'S BARBRA? That's what Sadie the pooch wants to know. Her mistress, singer Barbra Streisand (right), was cornered by newsmen as she arrived at Atlanta's airport Friday night. Miss Streisand was to perform tonight at Atlanta Stadium.)
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