Streisand: 2012 Concert Tour

Vancouver, British Columbia

October 29, 2012

Rogers Arena

Streisand sings at Rogers Arena

(Photo: Anil Sharma)

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Vancouver Sun's Review

By Francois Marchand

View of Vancouver stage

"I'll be the best or nothing at all," Barbra Streisand belts out in the coda to Being Good Isn't Good Enough.

At Rogers Arena Monday night, Streisand proved why she belongs at the top of the heap, to quote Sinatra.

The perennially decorated singer/actor/writer/director left an indelible mark on her Vancouver audience with a performance that was pure, undiluted class.

Streisand in Vancouver

The evening was a celebration of Streisand's life and career an love affair with music, kicking off with a photo/video montage of Babs' childhood and early career days set to the tune of You'll Never Know, the full-sized orchestra in the pit (led by conductor Bill Ross) cueing up Funny Girl, Streisand appearing to a standing ovation. There would be many.

"I'm so happy to be in your beautiful city," Streisand said, noting it was her first appearance in Vancouver (and her 88th concert to date). "You should see the view from my room. Even the clouds are beautiful."

She proceeded to give a tip of the hat to some local celebs, including singer Diana Krall and actor Seth Rogen, before dedicating her set to her hometown of Brooklyn.

"I love you!" someone yelled.

"I feel it, I feel it," Babs replied, not missing a step, easing her way into the jazzy Nice 'N Easy/That Face and an absolutely flawless Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered).

Even at 70, Streisand's voice still retains a power that makes the tender moments warm and intimate, the peaks soaring and powerful, yet never pushy and histrionic.

Vocally, Streisand's performance was a master class in technique and control: Rich, emotional, true.

Italian operatic trio Il Volo, trumpetist Chris Botti and Streisand's son Jason Gould were also part of the celebration of all things Babs.

Il Volo brought out Streisand's humorous side, entering the stage doing an acapella version of DJ duo Duck Sauce's viral hit bearing Streisand's name.

They also contributed to a good-natured rendition of Charlie Chaplin's Smile, trading scripted barbs back and forth with Babs, who brought out her best Italian in the form of "venti latte."

Il Volo (and later Botti) also served as a good way for Babs to take a break, getting to sing a few songs of their own, including a solid O Sole Mio.

"Take that, Justin Bieber," Streisand said after their mini set, referring to the trio's age (they are all under 20).

You have to hand it to Babs, though: Even the more scripted moments - such as the segment where she read questions from her fans and which included questions about dating Pierre Trudeau and guilty pleasures ("I'm Jewish! They're all guilty pleasures!") - sounded natural, Streisand using her acting skills to connect with her audience with a disarming ease.

It allowed Babs to segue into talking about Bryan Adams and sing Finally Found Someone, which really had been planned as part of the setlist all along.

That song may have been the sole vocal weak point of the first half of the two-hour show, which culminated with a medley of late composer Marvin Hamlisch's tunes (The Way We Were, Through The Eyes of Love) and Broadway composer Jule Styne (Rose's Turn, Some People, Don't Rain On My Parade), which brought out Streisand's bombastic theatrical style.

The crowd was on its feet, roaring as Streisand exited the stage for the intermission.

The second half had more jaw-dropping moments: Lost Inside You and Evergreen, which brought out Chris Botti's breathy, space-bound trumpet, Streisand garbed in a flowing coral night gown.

Streisand's son Jason Gould was also a nice surprise, singing a heartfelt How Deep Is the Ocean with his mom and totally rocking the Josh Groban look. If he inherited some of Babs' legendary stage jitters, he handled them nicely when Streisand gave him a chance to shine on his own on This Masquerade.

Not bad.

(There would be another family note late on when Streisand's younger sister Roslyn Kind helping out on Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy.)

"The important thing is to keep moving," Streisand said introducing the inspirational Here's To Life. "We have to appreciate the now."

The highlight of the concert was easily the spectacular rendition of Leonard Bernstein's Make Our Garden Grow, which united Streisand, Il Volo, Botti, Gould, violinist Caroline Campbell and the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir for an all-out ode to love and nature.

Granted, Streisand's performance wasn't for everyone -- financially, at least.

If there is one criticism that could be levelled against the Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning 70-year-old, it's that her latest string of 12 North American tour dates, appended to her two Back To Brooklyn concerts at the newly opened Barclays Center in New York City (home of the Nets, Jay-Z's basketball team) and the release of her new compilation Release Me (a collection of tunes recorded in the '60s, '70s and '80s), was going to leave a gaping hole in some of her fans' pockets.

Money may not have been that much of an issue for many of the 12,000 fans who came dressed to the nines, indicating that the price tag ranging from $100 - $500 was of little to no consequence, though there were a few empty seats scattered throughout the arena.

But if you could afford that kind of magic, you were rewarded with a spellbinding evening that sparkled with all the glitz and glamour of classic showbiz.

In that realm, it's hard to top Babs.

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Roz Kind and Streisand in Vancouver (Above: Roslyn Kind and Streisand join together to sing “Happy Days/Get Happy” in Vancouver.)

The Province's Review

Barbra's first gig in Vancouver 70-year-old diva leaves fans and critic Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered

By Stuart Derdeyn

Barbra Streisand has never played Vancouver. She let that bit of amazing news drop after her show-opener "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever," the title track from the hit 1965 musical she owns like so many others. At 70, the voice that made her the only female artist (and non-rock act) to be in the RIAA top-10 selling artists of all time is still a thing of wonder. It wasn't too late to see the star in action and standing ovations came all night long.

After Rogers and Hart's "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered," I was. Her voice is absolutely stunning.

Backed by a full orchestra under conductor Bill Ross on an ornate stage, Streisand let the audience bathe in her EGOT. That is what someone who wins an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award is called and she has a few of most of those. She acted, she hammed it up and she took all on a retrospective tour of her career and roots as a poor Jewish girl in the choir club in Brooklyn who made it. The tour isn't called Back To Brooklyn for nothing. A photo montage of Babs from baby to babe started the evening. She rocked some seriously hot fashion in the '60s and '70s heyday.

She could give all of today's pop tarts a tutorial about style too.

After introducing the Italian tenor trio Il Volo to join her on Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," she left the three teens - "their ages added up don't equal mine" - to do their campiest Il Divo act. They can sing above their 17 to 19 ages. It still just makes me think of a Prego sauce advert. Even with the rehearsed Duck Sauce routines.

The question and answer period that came next gave the longtime progressive Democrat a chance to give the Canadian health-care system a hail and to tell us all to vote for Obama, which got a wild applause. More than a few old borscht belt classics - "When Will You Stop Working for Good?" "What? As Opposed to for Evil?" - made it in and she even took a question about dating Pierre Trudeau - "exciting, charming and reminded me of my father."

Marvin Hamlisch was the rehearsal pianist when Streisand auditioned for his Funny Girl. The musical took her into the stratosphere and began a long and fruitful creative partnership. She spoke at some length on this before performing the composer's "The Way We Were" and "Through the Eyes of Love." It was nice.

The stadium came down after a medley from the musical Gypsy, including "Rose's Turn/Some People/Don't Rain on My Parade." Streisand got her Broadway strut on. Much of the evening she took to one of those classic lounge singer's stools.

Love that she programmed in the wicked viral video of A-Trak and Armin van Helden's "Barbara Streisand" alongside the Nat King Cole during the intermission too.

Set 2 opened with a video of people she went to school with, teachers and others from the borough commenting on her look, attitude and nose. Yeah, it went there and it was funny. On a side note, her high school graduated Neil Diamond, Sandy Kovacs, Barbara Stanwyck and a host of other well-known stars. Talent runs deep in Brooklyn.

Smooth jazz trumpeter Chris Botti opened up "What'll I Do," which segued into "My Funny Valentine." Streisand, in a red ballroom gown, sang it like she meant it. The two met at the White House - a few times. And did a flirty thing that was one of the more ouch moments of the show's kitsch gags.

Sitting next to me was a couple from Edmonton who flew down for a "once in a lifetime chance to see her perform." They got what they paid for from a performer who really does get her fans "Lost in the Music." Not many artists the last five decades still "have it" like Streisand does.

Streisand at Rogers Arena (Photo: Ian Lindsay)

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Streisand on stage in Vancouver

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