The Concert — London
1994 Concert Tour
April 20, 25, 27, 29, 1994
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.
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."
Listen to Barbra's remarks in London about the tabloids:
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.
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)
London 1994 Set List:
- As If We Never Said Goodbye
- I'm Still Here/Everybody Says Don't/Don't Rain On My Parade (Medley)
- Can't Help Lovin' That Man
- I'll Know (with Marlon Brando)
- Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)
- Will He Like Me?
- He Touched Me
- I'm In The Mood For Love/Speak Low/Guilty
- What Is This Thing Called Love?
- The Man That Got Away
- On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
- The Way We Were
- You Don't Bring Me Flowers
- Disney Medley
- Not While I'm Around
- Carefully Taught / Children Will Listen *
- Ordinary Miracles
- Yentl Medley
- Happy Days Are Here Again
- My Man
- For All We Know
- Somewhere **
* opening night only
** April 25, 27, 29 only
London concert notes:
- March 11, 1994:
- London Daily Telegraph full page concert ad
- April 20 & 27 shows sell out; April 25 & 29 added and sell out!
- March 13, 1994: London Times full page concert ad
- April 27, 1994: UK show Top of the Pops records “As If We Never Said Goodbye” at Wembley, airs it next evening.
“The Concert” Tour
|April 20, 1994||London||Wembley Arena|
|April 25, 1994|
|April 27, 1994|
|April 29, 1994|
|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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