Hollywood Bowl

Los Angeles, California

October 5, 1963

Streisand plays the Bowl

Concerts, Inc. in association with The House of Sight and Sound put together a triple-header for the evening of October 5th at the Hollywood Bowl: The Dave Brubeck Quartet opened the evening of music; Streisand followed with Peter Daniels conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; and Sammy Davis, Jr. closed the show.

Streisand in sailor top

Dave Brubeck recalled that evening and meeting Streisand for the first time. “I had never heard of her,” he said. “Neither had the audience. She was trembling like a leaf backstage before she went on. Then she walked out and killed that crowd. Sammy Davis followed her, and he presented every bit of his showmanship ... But it wasn't easy, after Streisand.”

Hollywood Bowl ad

Barbra taped her appearance on The Judy Garland Show the day before giving this concert. Garland's show was broadcast the day after this concert.

Variety reported: “At $6.50 top, and with 17,450 payees (200 more than there are Bowl seats), gross was $72,650, reports Lou Robin, who promoted event ...”Streisand-designed sailor top

(Above) A 1960s photograph of the Bowl with its reflecting pool still in place. When Streisand played the Bowl again in 2012, she remembered the pool and how she was frightened she'd fall in!

Streisand sailor top

(Above) Streisand's sailor top, which she wore at the Cocoanut Grove and also at the Bowl, was designed by Barbra while she was in Las Vegas. Hollywood costume designer Donfeld came backstage to visit Barbra and she asked him to make the blouse for her Cocoanut Grove opening. (Streisand, by the way, designed all of her original, non-vintage performance attire during these early years.)

Ticket to Hollywood Bowl concert

Streisand at Bowl

Barbra's Hollywood Bowl Set List

Act I

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Act II

Barbra Streisand



Sammy Davis, Jr.

Program with running order

Below are scans of the 1963 Hollywood Bowl program with Streisand's bio and photos.

Hollywood Bowl program

Page credits: Program scans by Rafe Chase, from his collection; Set list from "Hollywood Bowl 1963: One Night Only" by Richard Giammanco, Barbrabilia Magazine #4 (Spring); Karen Swenson.

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