Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic
... The Encore! 2017

Uniondale, New York

May 4, 2017

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Streisand onstage at Nassau

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Newsday

Barbra Streisand’s Nassau Coliseum show feels like a homecoming

May 5, 2017 By Glenn Gamboa

Barbra Streisand made the capacity crowd at Nassau Coliseum feel at home Thursday night, with a lovely show that paired personal stories with powerful songs from throughout her career.

“Music transcends politics,” she told the crowd after discussing the current tumultuous times.

She turned the ’70s anti-war anthem “Being at War with Each Other” into a timely plea, with imagery that ranged from Vietnam to Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and from the Selma marches to the Orlando Pulse nightclub shootings.

She also molded the songs to accentuate the strengths of her voice, elegantly shifting the phrasing of “The Way We Were.” Her pristine delivery of “Being Alive” was thrilling, making the most of her powerful voice during complicated passages.

The Nassau Coliseum show — which marked the end of the arena’s star-studded first month since reopening after a $165 million renovation — was her first Long Island concert since 1963, when she performed at the Lido Club in Lido Beach. (“I was three years old then,” she joked. “I could get used to these alternative facts.”)

But Streisand made sure to let fans know that 1963 wasn’t the last time she was in the area.

“I started to come here five years ago and I got caught in traffic on the Long Island Expressway,” she said.

Streisand’s “The Music . . . The Mem’ries . . . The Magic!” tour, which wraps up Saturday at Barclays Center, plays off her remarkable record of having a No. 1 album in each of the past six decades by performing a song from each decade in concert. She showed her ability to handle everything from Broadway to disco, with “No More Tears” sounding effortlessly masterful. Even her Lawn GuyLand accent was on target.

“I love your accent here,” she said. “Being from Brooklyn, we don’t have an accent.”

After this tour, Streisand plans to finish writing her memoir and and will be focusing on her duties as the newly named chairwoman of the board for the World Trade Center’s planned performing arts center.

And the research she has done for the book has paid off, as she recalled various life lessons. When she showed an album cover she had to fight for that ended up winning a Grammy, she said, “It was a good lesson for me to follow my own instincts.”

 

Digital Journal

Review: An Evening with Barbra Streisand at Nassau Coliseum in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos, May 5, 2017

On May 4, multi-faceted entertainer Barbra Streisand performed at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island for an excellent turnout, where her show was spell-binding.

As soon as Ms. Streisand took the stage, she was greeted with a lengthy standing ovation from the audience. "Hello, Long Island," she said. "And this is what the evening is all about."

She kicked off her set with "The Way We Were" as turquoise and yellow lights shined from the stage, which had a stunning orchestral arrangement to it. She was able to instantly lure her listeners in her set. "Hello, Long Island," she reiterated. "I love your accents here. I'm Brooklyn, we don't have accents."

The award-winning songstress noted that the last time she played on Long Island was back in 1963 at Lido Club, where she joked that she was only "three years old" at the time. "Get used to these alternate facts," she said, prior to praising the newly-renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for being a "gorgeous venue," as well as a "great way to remember the men and women that have served our country."

She subsequently joked that whenever her friends moved to Long Island, she would have to ask them what "exit they were on," while in Brooklyn she never had that problem. She also poked fun at our Commander-in-Chief for "tweeting" at different hours of the night (such as 4 a.m.), and joked that he uses too much Flomax. "In the next few hours, music transcends politics," she said.

Ms. Streisand revealed that she is writing a book which reminded her how much she enjoyed making records all these years. She shared that she has had the same manager for over 50 years, and he has come to every show that she has ever done. "Back then, tweeting is something a bird did, and people in jail only had cell numbers," she said, jokingly.

For her Long Island audience tonight, she performed one song from each of those albums, as she showed images of each album cover and shared insights about each album cover.

She continued with "Everything," as purple lights graced the Nassau Coliseum stage. She praised Columbia Records for being a "fantastic record label," as well as the only label she has had in her career. She revealed that the following song "Being at War With Each Other" was penned by Carole King, at a time of social unrest in this country. She delivered a moving rendition of the song, with political images displaying in the background, and it ended with a message on the giant televised screen that read as follows: "Love is always the answer." "It's a good message," Ms. Streisand underscored.

She went on to sing a beautiful solo yet haunting version of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," which was best known as a duet with pop crooner Neil Diamond. It was controlled and captivating, thus earning her another deserving standing ovation.

She took her fans on a trip down memory lane to the late 70's, at a time when disco music was popular, and she belted out "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," which was her chart-topping collaboration with the late disco queen Donna Summer. She was joined by her three background vocalists on this upbeat tune, and it featured a neat octave switch in the middle by the powerhouse vocalist. "How about my girls," she said. "Thank you sweethearts," she added, graciously.

Ms. Streisand was proud of the fact that she recorded a Broadway album in 1985, which went to No. 1 on the charts. "This type of music won't ever go off-style," she said, and rightfully so.

"Being Alive," written by Stephen Sondheim, was an exquisite vocal, and her cover of "Children Will Listen" was pure like the driven snow. "I love directing movies. To be a director you need to have a vision. You need to tell people what to do. That's your job. It fits me fine," she admitted.

The first act of her show closed with the highlight vocal of the night, an empowering and haunting rendition of "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" where it felt like one was watching a Tony-winning performance: coupled with theatrics and a thunder and lightning background, thus capturing the song's mood.

Act II

After a brief intermission and an outfit change, Ms. Streisand returned on stage to perform "Pure Imagination." "Does the world ever frighten you?" she asked, prior to noting that she is happy with a gentle balance. Whenever she gets anxious, she closes her eyes, makes a wish, and creates a more peaceful world. During this song, visually-striking images of endangered animals and natural resources displayed on the televised screen.

She shared her excitement about doing her latest Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway album, which was her 11th chart-topping career album, "but who's counting?" It afforded her the privilege to sing duets with many celebrities, including Hugh Jackman. "I got to sing with Wolverine," she said.

Ms. Streisand continued with "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)," where she performed a duet with the late Anthony Newley, who was featured on the giant screen in the background.

Since she was on a Stephen Sondheim roll, she performed "Loving You," from the Passion musical, which was a tune about unrequited love. "That song takes control," she acknowledged. Equally dazzling was "Losing My Mind" from the Follies.

She told the story about "Isn't This Better" performed at a "lovely tribute event" to her, by Liza Minnelli, who reminder her that it was from Funny Lady, on her decision to sing that tune in her honor.

Ms. Streisand joked that many DNA scientists concurred with the fact that our DNA as humans are 99.9 percent identical, and the remaining .1 percent is Donald Trump.

It was followed by the up-tempo "How Lucky Can You Get," and she closed with such noteworthy songs as "Don't Rain on My Parade" and "People," both of which earned her standing ovations.

The Verdict

All hail the Queen of Traditional Pop Music. Barbra Streisand's show at the newly-renovated Nassau Coliseum was fantastic. Her vocals were rich, sultry and heavenly, and everybody ought to get a ticket to see this living legend perform in a live setting. There were no gimmicks: just one woman with an impeccable amount of talent who was able to blow the audience away with her timeless classics and sincere storytelling ability, where she was able to take her listeners on a musical journey over the last six decades of her illustrious career. She showcased her warm, pleasant and witty personality throughout the night. Ms. Streisand is an exceptional entertainer who only gets better with age and experience. Her Nassau Coliseum concert earned five out of five stars.

 

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Concert Summary by Matt Howe

Streisand in second act gown

Barbra Streisand added two more concerts to her tour, The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic. She subtitled the shows The Encore. Barbra told WNYC Radio “It is my last tour, but I don't want to say it. I mean I may sing here and there, but I'm never going to prepare something for three months again.”

Streisand fans traveled to Long Island for the first of the two shows.

Greeted by a standing ovation, Barbra said, “I love your accent here. Because in Brooklyn we don't have any accent,” she kidded. Then she explained that she last played Long Island in 1963 at the Lido Club. “I was five years old, ya know. I can get used to these alternate facts.” Lots of audience applause at that joke. “Not really,” she added.

“I started to come here five years ago,” Barbra said with a smile, “but I got stuck in traffic on the Long Island Expressway.”

Barbra's two New York concerts closely followed the set list she performed on her 2016 mini-tour in November-December.

After singing “Everything,” a Streisand fan who probably attended every show yelled out, “Thank you for singing my favorite song!” This fan usually sits to the right of the stage and Barbra has heard her almost every time. “She follows me everywhere,” Barbra told the Long Island audience. “Where are you sitting tonight? What's your name?” The fan yelled out “Anne” and Barbra asked, “Don't you ever want to sit in the middle?”

Barbra skipped the 1970s medley for this show and, instead, joined her backup singers (Stevvi Alexander, Andrea Jones, and Amy Keys) for a fun version of “Enough is Enough.”

Barbra showed the cut scene from A Star is Born in which she played the melody to “Evergreen” on the guitar. “Ok, Barbra take a deep breath,” she said to herself on screen.

“Being Alive” — Barbra really killed this song both nights. So thrilling!

“Papa, Can You Hear Me?” continued to be a strong finish to the first act. The brilliant lighting designer, Peter Morse, had added some dramatic lightning effects to the finale.

Act Two brought some exciting changes to the show. The section about her newest album, Encore, included Barbra singing a solo version of “Loving You” (without Patrick Wilson). Wow, I love this song so much now. And Barbra worked her usual magic by singing a lovely alternate melody for the final verse of the song. Beautiful!

Barbra said “I feel a lot of pain in this audience,” after singing the two Sondheim torch songs.

After the Funny Lady/Girl section, Barbra told the audience “I want to be sure I'm doing the right song, can I have a conversation?” After checking with her conductor, Randy Waldman, Barbra quipped, “It's been a loooong time [since she's done this show].”

Barbra asked the audience to sing along for “Happy Days”

When introducing her first encore (“I Didn't Know What Time It Was”) Barbra stated, “I like this. It's romantic and positive. One of the few songs I sing like that,” Then, before singing the ballad, she mock-sang in a comedic voice, “Oh, my man I love his sooooo.”

Barbra dedicated “Everything Must Change” to her dear friend who recently died, Sandy Gallin. She reminded the audience that she sang it on her Higher Ground album, which she dedicated to President Clinton's mother, Virginia Clinton Kelley. “This is for Sandy and Virginia. And who knows ... maybe they're listening?”

This was very moving. Tears in the house. Barbra included some new lyrics at the end of the song:

And when a soul departs

It touches many hearts

But that's the way of time

Nothing and no one goes unchanged ....

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