The Concert — London

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1994 Concert Tour

Wembley Arena

London, England

April 20, 25, 27, 29, 1994

Streisand on Wembley stage

When Barbra Streisand announced she was touring in 1994, the 18 shows sold out in one hour. The tour was scheduled to begin in London at the 12,000-seat Wembley Arena. She arrived in London on April 16, 1994. Boots pharmacy chain contributed 1 million in Streisand's name to the Variety Clubs of Great Britain. So, on April 19th Barbra took a break from the concert rehearsals to hand over the keys to 32 specially equipped "Sunshine" coaches for use by disabled children in England and Northern Ireland.

Streisand presenting Variety Sunshine coaches

Below: London poster for Barbra's concerts. Contributed by: David Pearson

London poster

London poster for Princes Trust

Barbra's 4/20/94 opening night remarks in London ...

My first time in Europe! People have been asking me, you know, why are you touring after 28 years? And I tell them, if you came from California — between the earthquakes, the mudslides, and fires — you'd hit the road, too!

I love London. [shouts from audience]. I love you, too, I love your accents, your manners. I chose it to be the first city on my tour because I love London so much. I loved it from the very first moment I came here, I remember, in 1961. I love — besides the people, the architecture, the sense of history — I even love the food. I could live on little tea sandwiches with the crusts cut off!

Anyway, I couldn't wait to come back here again. In 1966 I opened in Funny Girl at the Prince of Wales Theatre, and I remember opening night Princess Margaret came. And the audience was so distracted by her presence that their reactions were way off. So when she came backstage I said to her, 'You should be here on a night when you're not here.' She never came back."

Streisand on stage in London

Enter Barbra with 20 bags 40 dresses and a plastic bucket

Listen to Barbra's remarks in London about the tabloids:

Streisand with Brits

On April 24, 1994—on a night off from the show—Elton John threw a 52nd birthday party for Streisand at Mimmo D'Ishia, an Italian restaurant in Elizabeth Street, SW1.

Pictured above, backstage at Barbra's 4/20/94 show: Shirley Bassey, David Frost, Michael Caine, and John.

Streisand's April 25th show aided The Prince's Trust and the Children's Variety Club of Great Britain.

Prince Charles attended the April 25th show and met with Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch and Marty Erlichman backstage at a champagne reception before the show. Charles sat in the royal box. Other celebs attending that night: Holly Hunter, Joan Collins, Lulu and Priscilla Presley.

Prince Charles meets Streisand backstage

(Photo, above): Marvin Hamlisch, Prince Charles, Marty Erlichman, and Barbra backstage at Wembley.

Barbra singing Don't Rain On My Parade

At that April 25th Wembley show, Barbra added "Somewhere" as the closer of the second act. She also serenaded Prince Charles with “Someday My Prince Will Come.” According to Rick Starr, manager of Hollywood Sheet Music, Barbra's tribute to the Prince started with a call to his store, asking for the sheet music to be faxed to the U.K. It was such a rush job, Starr explained, that Streisand's staff waited on the other end of the line, snatching up the pages as they came through. “The next day I read in the paper that she sang the song to the Prince of Wales,” Starr said. “In a way, I was there.”

The show underwent more tweaks while in London: Streisand utilized a different line (supplied by Stephen Sondheim) in "I'm Still Here": "If she won't cap her teeth, she should cap her nose" was replaced with "As for the nose, it's like Cyrano's."

Barbra deleted "Once Upon A Dream" from the Disney medley. And Barbra premiered her "Yentl" medley, singing along with the video of herself on "Piece of Sky."

And Barbra sang an additional verse to “What Is This Thing Called Love” —

It's amazing we can transplant and clone

We can penetrate the deepest unknown

Intergalacticly I tell you we can practically

Make it Mars, and nod at the stars

 

We created microchips that compute

Can you believe it, we irradiate fruit

Biogenetically, officially, synthetically

Alter our genes (whatever that means)

Below: Wembley ticket for April 27th show. Contributed by: David Pearson

London ticket

London 1994 Set List:

Act I

Streisand in London newspaper

Act II

Concert divan

* opening night only

** April 25, 27, 29 only

Streisand waves to fans in London

(Scan below by Ricky Coombs, from his collection)

Brits give Babs big bravo after madame's butterflies

California newspaper with London review

London concert notes:

“The Concert” Tour

Date City Venue
England
April 20, 1994 London Wembley Arena
April 25, 1994
April 27, 1994
April 29, 1994
North America
May 10, 1994 Landover, MD US Air Arena
May 12, 1994
May 15, 1994 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
May 17, 1994
May 19, 1994
June 2, 1994 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
June 4, 1994
June 7, 1994 San Jose, CA San Jose Arena
June 9, 1994
June 20, 1994 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
June 23, 1994
June 26, 1994
June 28, 1994
June 30, 1994
July 10, 1994
July 12, 1994
July 18, 1994 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
July 20, 1994
July 22, 1994
July 24, 1994

 

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