Streisand: 2012 Concert Tour

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Avenue

Brooklyn, New York

October 13, 2012

How Deep is the Ocean with Jason and Streisand

(Photo: Russell James)

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Set List

Act One

Barclays Streisand program

Il Volo segment:

Barbra:

Act Two

Chris Botti segment:

Jason Gould segment:

Barbra:

Celebrities in the audience: Liza Minnelli, Robert Osborne, John Travolta & Kelly Preston, Roslyn Kind, Rev. Al Sharpton, Gayle King

Jason Gould and Barbra Streisand

(Photo: Russell James)

Press Reviews & Photos

NPR Review

Barbra Streisand Live: Brooklyn Girl, Still Making Good

by Frannie Kelley

This past week Barbra Streisand, born and raised in Brooklyn, played the borough for the first time since she was eight years old. Back then it was on somebody's stoop on Pulaski Street in Bed-Stuy. Now 70 — after winning all the awards (Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Oscar, etc.) — she was only the second performer at a new venue in her hometown, a 19,000 seat basketball and entertainment arena called the Barclays Center.

The first performer there was Jay-Z, who took the stage a couple of weeks ago in a Brooklyn Nets jersey with his government name on the back. Jay-Z is 42, grew up in the nearby Marcy Projects and, as he has told everyone who will listen, used to stash his drugs two blocks from the home court of the NBA team he now owns a piece of. Late last month he opened with "Where I'm From," which includes the line, "Where I'm from, Marcy son, ain't nothing nice."

Streisand opened Saturday's set with "As If We Never Said Goodbye," which, divorced from Sunset Boulevard, sounded tender. "I'm trembling now," she sang, "you can't know how I've missed you."

For her second costume change of the night, Streisand re-emerged rocking a floor-length sequined cape bearing the Nets' logo on the front and her last name on the back. It was funny, but she also pulled it off. The lady has swagger like Jay.

There were other similarities between the two shows. Onstage, Jay and Barbra take all the time they need. They stand by themselves and deliver (both of them played with live musicians, but they were placed behind and above or below the stars). And both of them used time between songs to help brand the venue with a scrappy, work it to the bone, spread love version of Brooklyn pride. During her set, photo montages of Streisand as a little kid in Flatbush, or on Coney Island, were projected on the stage. Her high school, Erasmus Hall High, came up a lot. During one break for her, we watched scenes from the 1981 documentary about her Brooklyn neighbors. She performed lyrics rewritten to include "hot bialys."

Most of the people around me that night had grown up in Brooklyn, too. But, like Barbra (and Jay), most of them don't live there anymore. They're in Connecticut and Long Island. Within a four-person radius I saw five people cry at one point or another — 30-year-olds and 80-year-olds alike. I asked some of them why, and they said they just loved her, they were so proud of her and she sounds amazing. One lady accidentally spoiled the big surprise of the night for me. She said Streisand was going to bring her son, the singer Jason Gould, out in the second half. She did, and at one point Gould remarked that both of them had #1-selling releases that night. "We're Number One in Brooklyn, Mom!" "Oh, no," she said. "Not just Brooklyn. We're Number One in more places than Brooklyn!"

Streisand and Gould sitting on stage

Barbra Streisand moved away a long time ago. Twice, she called Brooklyn "there" instead of "here". A couple years ago the group Duck Sauce had an unexpected hit with a song whose hook included some feminine "woo"s and the words "Barbra Streisand." In the video musicians like Questlove and DJ Premier mouth the lyric and a man wearing a Streisand wig, lipstick and pearls paddles a rowboat in Central Park, not Prospect. She played the video, at full volume, during intermission on Saturday. When three Italian tenors (aged 17, 18 and 19) came out to sing with her they beatboxed and sang that hook. She used the word "buttah" at one point and she had to pause to give room for the crowd's delight. Streisand does not deny her audience the enjoyment it gets from her, and the character she plays on our national stage. She, like Jay, has long demonstrated an unexpected comfort with being better known for the way strangers feel about her, than for who she really is and what she's really done.

"It's great to see her in Brooklyn," said Linda Levy, who was sitting to my right. "It's very sentimental." Linda grew up in Bensonhurst, and now she lives in Stamford, Conn. Both Levy and Streisand retain their accents, but the clarity of Streisand's voice, even as it's deepened with age, is thrilling. That voice is the prize fans get for going out to see her. It's propulsive, and the power and thought behind it is organized and mature. She's so good, she makes you feel safe enough to go those devastating emotional places the American songbook and Broadway songs she owns traverse.

During a brief question and answer portion of the show, Streisand said she's terrible at lip-syncing and we were just going to have to hear her sing live. People stood up for that one. She's a pro. "Don't Rain on My Parade" blew my damn mind. People will pay a lot of money to hear something that sounds impossible. To see somebody do something they can't do. The character she plays on our local stage is not that of hometown girl made good — she's the one who still runs this town, night after night.

And at 70, she has a sense of humor. She's frank. She finds what's flattering in any type of attention, and now she's lent some of her Brooklyn credibility to a billion dollar development bent on legitimizing its relationship to the place she grew up. Streisand does not disappoint. Sitting on stage with his mother, Jason Gould looked out into the crowd and said, "So these are your people." She nodded vigorously. There were tears on both sides of me.

Fan Reviews & Photos

Tom Rubeck's Review

Streisand and Jason Gould on stage

(Jason Gould sings “This Masquerade” as Barbra watches. Photo by Tom Rubeck)

One always enters a Barbra concert with the highest level of anticipation. For your first concert, there is the "I can't believe I'm gonna see HER!" butterflies. (Well, those actually never leave.) And for a night like the second show in Brooklyn, where I was going to be seeing her for the sixth time, those butterflies changed to the dreaded tune of, "I wonder if she's still got it."

Well, she has.

The power, the force, the energy, the bounce that Barbra has always had was there in full force. The tenderness, the caressing, the whispers.. yeah, there were there. The world's greatest singer still knows how to sell a song, and put on an amazing show.

Highlights for me included "Make Our Garden Grow" (a powerful performance to a song that the average fan would not know), her duet with Jason (wonderfully light and lyrical), "Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long", which was a nice surprise for me and hearkened back to the "fun" Barbra I fell in love with as I started exploring her past catalog, and finally, the medley from "Gypsy." This blew me away, because with all the chatter of "will she?" "won't she?" on starring in this show, she proved to everyone that she has the pipes... and the acting chops... to still pull this off. And if she DOESN'T make the film, well, then at least we will forever have this.

As a whole, I felt this concert was somewhat like a 2006-ver2.0. And although I normally love it when she changed lyrics to well-known songs.... I didn't really thrill to the re-working of "As if We Never Said Goodbye," and "You're the Top," partly because I didn't catch a lot of the local references. But hey, that's just me.

Overall ... just to be in her presence and hear that powerfully controlled voice (rough edges and all) was a thrill, and reminded me why she was, and is, and will most likely always be... the greatest star. Period.

Streisand sings Some Other Time

(Barbra sings “Some Other Time.” Photo by Tom Rubeck)

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Barclays on October 13th.

(Photo: Matt Howe)

(Below: Brooklyn 10/13 ticket)

October 13th ticket to Barbra Streisand

(2 photos, below): Streisand fans from Argentina. “Most of us attended the first three concerts,” wrote María Rosa. “Perhaps our beloved Barbra would sing one day in Latin America. Just dreaming again. Our first dream, to see her live, came true.”

Maria Rosa Brooklyn group photo

Maria Rosa photo on Subway

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Special Lyrics

"As If We Never Said Goodbye" by A. Lloyd Webber / D. Black / C. Hampton / A. Powers

(Special Lyrics by Jay Landers & Charlie Midnight for Barbra Streisand's BACK TO BROOKLYN shows with links to explain the local references)

I don't know why I'm frightened, I know my way around here
The Brooklyn docks, the Nova lox, the sound here
Yes, a world with hot knishes is incredibly delicious
And I need a moment—“So, talk amongst yourselves, I'm getting verklempt!”

The whispered conversations of neighbors down the hallways
The atmosphere is shrilling here as always
Hear the early morning mumbling as the garbage trucks go rumbling
Why, everything's as if I never said goodbye

Somehow I have always known the past is never past
Now I've waited long enough, I've come home at last!

I still remember Garfield's, a dollar bought you dinner
Those days gone by when I was so much thinner!
And I cannot overstate it I'm so glad I graduated
From good 'ol Erasmus

In any crowd we stand out, we're Brooklyn's sons and daughters
If you ask me it just might be the waters!
They will never call us humdrum cause we're proud of where we come from
And everything's as if I never said goodbye

Yes, everything's as if I never said goodbye

Garfield's Cafeteria

(Above: Garfield's Cafeteria on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn)


"You're the Top" by Cole Porter

(Special Lyrics by Jay Landers & Charlie Midnight for Barbra Streisand's BACK TO BROOKLYN shows with links to explain the local references)

Brooklyn Oct. 11th & 13th Lyrics:

You’re the top!

You’re the silk and satin.

You’re the top!  You can keep Manhattan.

Give me Bedford Stuy and a cool rap by Jay-Z

You’re a Maharaja, a Brooklyn Dodger, you’re family.


You’re the art in an old museum.

You’re the taste of cold egg cream.

You’re a Brooklyn Net on a private jet, non-stop!

Come on baby, there’s no maybe, you’re the top!

  

You’re the town that begat Judge Judy, Lena Horne, and of course yours truly

You are Danny Kaye, Houdini and Mae West

You are Cracker Jacks like the great Koufax

Baby, you’re the best!

 

You’re the shine on Liz Taylor’s ring.

You’re the crown on my Loew’s Kings.

You’re a Brooklyn Height and an all-night coffee shop.

Listen, baby, there’s no maybe, you’re the top!

 

You’re the top!

You’re a Brooklyn trolley.

You’re the top ... of a hot bialy

Talkin’ Brooklynese, sayin’ “dese and dem’s and dose.”

You’re a Rolls Royce dealer, a wonder wheeler, you’re vintage clothes!

 

You’re the top!

Brighton Beach boardwalker.

You’re the top! You are a real straight-talker

And you know it’s true, it’s an accent you can’t drop.

 

Hey there, Brooklyn, you’re good lookin’

I smell Chinese food a-cookin’

I’m so glad I took this bookin’

Cause you’re the top!

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