Streisand: 2012 Concert Tour

Toronto, Ontario

October 23, 2012

Air Canada Centre

Streisand in Toronto, photo by Central Image Agency

(Photo: Central Image Agency)

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Set List

Act One

Streisand in Toronto photo by George Pimentel

Il Volo segment:

Barbra:

Act Two

Chris Botti segment:

Jason Gould segment:

Barbra:

Toronto stage sans curtain

(View of the Toronto stage—sans the big wrap-around curtain that dropped in other shows)

Press Reviews & Photos

Video of Barbra's Opening Remarks

 

Toronto Sun Review

Barbra Streisand delivers powerful, personal performance at Toronto's Air Canada Centre

By Jason MacNeil

The crowd at Toronto's Air Canada Centre Tuesday evening definitely liked the way Barbra Streisand made them feel.

Photo by DAVE ABEL

The iconic entertainer screwed up the courage to overcome her notorious stage fright for a little over two hours (excluding an intermission) with plenty of assistance from family, friends, a seasoned orchestra and a local choir.

The current Back To Brookyln trek – inspired in large part by the opening of Brooklyn's Barclays Center and with a new studio album Release Me – saw Streisand, now 70, belt out several of her standards with basically little to no rust on her legendary pipes. And each of those was met with instant ovations from the rapt audience.

Following a video vignette of childhood pictures and a brief overture, Streisand rose through the stage for Being Good Isn't Good Enough dressed in black as musical conductor Bill Ross guided the large ensemble along.

“Hello Toronto,” Streisand said, later mentioning it was her first concert here since 2006. She saw the comparisons between her hometown and Hogtown, saying Brooklyn has Bensonhurst while Toronto has Bathurst.

The first half featured a handful of memorable moments including a cover of Smile with Italian tenor trio Il Volo. The group's rich timbre worked well off of Streisand's softer delivery. Meanwhile The Way We Were was solid as Streisand reflected on the passing of friend and musical partner Marvin Hamlisch earlier this year.

Perhaps most noticeable was her pacing, occasionally going offstage to let Il Volo or in the second half trumpeter Chris Botti steal the spotlight. She also managed to have an “Ask Barbra” segment, replying to audience questions with either thoughtful answers about the late Judy Garland or funny one-liners. When asked about her guilty pleasures she said, “Well, I'm Jewish so every pleasure is guilty.”

After a passionate medley of Rose's Turn, Some People and Don't Rain On My Parade, Streisand's post-intermission set began with If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas) but went up another notch with What'll I Do and My Funny Valentine with Botti accenting the song perfectly. Yet even this paled when the singer kicked off Evergreen from A Star Is Born which was simply magical.

The homestretch was something of a family affair as her son Jason Gould — who Streisand went to Niagara Falls with Monday — emerged for a duet on How Deep Is The Ocean before performing This Masquerade alone as Streisand attentively watched from behind. Later on she would invite her sister Roslyn Kind for a medley of Happy Days Are Here Again and Get Happy.

The true show-stopper though was Make Our Garden Grow just before the final Some Other Time featuring all of the earlier guests and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir behind Streisand around the stage's rear perimeter. The sheer power and bombast of the song made the few lulls (and walking through metal detectors on entering the venue) quite worthwhile.

 

Fan Reviews & Photos

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Crying so hard at the Streisand concert I lost my right contact lens

 

Dianne Haas' Review

My evening with Barbra Streisand ... It was beyond anything!!

It was a cool and rainy day as we headed out to the city. We stopped by the cemetery and stood by the graves of my mom and dad and my grandmother and grandfather. I was off to make a dream come true and I wanted to share the news with them. We found the subway system known as The Rocket in Toronto and we took those silver bullets to the core of downtown Toronto.

At the ACC, I went through the gates and kept following directions until I found my seat. I was very focused—didn't see anyone or any of the merchandise that was supposed to be available. I was directly to the left of the stage, but way up above it.

Finally the lights dimmed and there she was—Barbra Streisand at the centre of a circle on the stage, so beautiful, like a goddess! Then she began to talk and sing and I think my heart grew just a little bit more. The tone and quality of her voice was totally amazing, breathtaking to my ears and it resounded in my soul. I didn't think I could love her more, but I can and I do.

The show continued along with her guests, but the one that stood out to me was her handsome and extremely talented son Jason Gould. His voice was not unlike that of his mother's, but in a deeper timbre.

WOW! Barbra closed the show with "Make Our Garden Grow," a timely message to us all and so well supported by the entire cast as well as a choir that joined them on stage. The audience was very appreciative and Barbra made 3 curtain calls, coming back to sing for us once with her sister Roz Kind. Then she said her fond farewell, bowing graciously to the crowd in her goddess red gown ... I shall never erase that image from my memory. I will treasure the memories from this once in a lifetime event.

I am continually grateful for my “fairy Godmother” for giving me the ticket, for my dear friend Wolf, who was my driver and “body guard,” and—last but not least—Barbra Streisand, who has blessed my life in so many ways. May the powers that be continue to bless them and her.

END.

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