“Timeless” Concerts (1999-2000)

MGM Grand Garden Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada

December 31, 1999 & January 1, 2000

barbra's note in the Timeless program

“Timeless” Credits:

Produced by: Barbra Streisand and Don Mischer

Executive Director: Martin Erlichman

Written & Directed by: Barbra Streisand and Kenny Ortega

Musical Direction & Arrangements by: Marvin Hamlisch

Production Design: David George

Lighting Design and Director: Peter Morse

Gowns by: Barbra Streisand

Streisand and cast on stage at MGM Grand

Cast:

Brother Time: Savion Glover

Young Girl: Lauren Frost

Piano Player: Alec Ledd

Mother: Randee Heller

Ziegfield Voice: Bert Kramer

Bon Soir Announcer: Charles Valentino

Background Singers: Peggi Blu, Bridgett Bryant, Kellie Coffey

Voice-Overs for “Miss Marmelstein”: Marty Erlichman, J.J. Erlichman, Steve Kahn, Terri Jackson, Alec Ledd, Randee Heller

Very Special Thanks to Shirley MacLaine

 

Act One

Streisand with shawl

Act Two

* “Music” was sung on 12/31/99 only. Barbra did not sing it at the 1/1/00 show.

January 1, 2000 ticket to Timeless

On January 1, 2000, before the performance commenced at 8 p.m. the announcer informed the audience that the show would be recorded for a future TV special. Cameras captured the 12/31 show as well, but there were more cameras this night. Appearing quite at ease throughout the evening, during a brief break Barbra took a moment to powder her face. To some in the audience, her rendition of "Evergreen" was noticeably different from the previous evening. After "The Main Event" she said, "I bet you never thought I would sing that song again. I didn't either." Also, she spoke to son Jason more frequently while showing the home movie of their "Sing" duet. While Barbra was reviewing her duets, someone yelled, "What about Madonna?" Caught by surprise, she answered, "Madonna? I've never done a duet with Madonna. I like Madonna, but I've never done a duet with her. Donna Summer, yes. Madonna, no." Husband Jim Brolin was literally in the bright spotlight while Barbra sang "I've Dreamed Of You," but she didn't follow it with "The Music That Makes Me Dance," the only previous evening's song not reprised. In fact, "Music" was inserted into the New Year's Eve program only when additional time required filling as midnight approached. The New Year's countdown and celebration were reproduced for the most part on 1/1/00, omitting the confetti. Prior to the performance, between 3 and 6 p.m., and after the performance for an hour, Barbra and company did retakes and pick-up sections for video cameras without an audience.

Savion Glover and Streisand

(Above: Savion Glover and Barbra Streisand.)

Courtesy of Duracell, everyone in the New Year's Eve audience of approximately 13,000 received specially designed commemorative battery-powered flashlights upon admission. They were probably issued as a perfect contingency in case of a Y2K bug-related power outage. The audience, of course, ended up using the flashlights during “The Main Event,” which delighted Streisand while she was singing the song onstage. (Thank you, Joey Rivera, for sending the photo, below.)

Timeless fiberoptic flashlight

Press release from MGM Grand Hotel dated January 10, 2000:

Barbra Streisand's New Year's Eve concert production, "Timeless," at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas set an all-time single concert box-office record of $14,694,750 on a sellout of the available 12,477 tickets, it was announced today by Richard Sturm, president and COO of MGM Grand Entertainment, Inc.

The previous record gross, as tabulated by the industry's Pollstar Magazine, was $13.4 million achieved by Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras at Giant Stadium in New York on July 20, 1996.

"Right from the beginning, Ms. Streisand's engagement was regarded as the single premiere entertainment for that once-in-a-millennium occasion," Sturm stated, "and we are pleased that this is proven by the substantial margin by which she exceeded all previous existing records."

The concert also established another record last April when tickets were first made available via Ticketmaster, establishing what remains the largest one-day sale for a single event, entertainment or sports, in Ticketmaster's 33 year existence.

Streisand on stool at MGM Grand

Timeless Tour Program

Fans were able to purchase a handsome, full-color, 11 x 14-inch tour program with loads of rare photographs of Ms. Streisand. Some pages are pictured below ...

Streisand tour program

Columbia Records promoted the concert by including a scratch-off game to win tickets in Barbra's latest CD, A Love Like Ours.

CD giveaway

Text from the original contest giveaway:

Fans of Barbra Streisand have a chance to win a pair of tickets to Streisand's 1999 New Year's Eve Concert at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Free instant win game pieces may be found inside specially marked copies of A Love Like Ours, Streisand's eagerly-awaited new album, in stores September 21.

The Grand Prize winner will receive two tickets to Barbra Streisand's Millennium Concert (December 31, 1999), a trip for two to Las Vegas, Nevada (from the commercial airport nearest the winner's home), a room at the MGM Grand (December 29, 1999-January 1, 2000; three nights/four days), and $1,000 cash.

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Credits for this page: Many thanks to Mark Iskowitz for sharing set lists and concert details; I've borrowed heavily from his Barbra Streisand Music Guide Timeless pages—with Mark's permission.

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