Barbra Streisand returned to her hometown Brooklyn for a rare live concert. See a roundup of critics’ reviews, plus some photos and video highlights and the full set list of the music legend’s performance at Barclays Center as part of her “Barbra: The Music . . . The Mem’ries . . . The Magic!” tour.
A live concert is a rarity these days for the 74-year-old multi-hyphenate entertainer and Kennedy Center Honoree who is the only music artist ever to have at last one No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 for the past six decades. But for those who might think she is sailing off into rest-on-laurels territory, her new concert tour proves otherwise. It’s been four years since she’s toured, but, yes, she is back. This time it’s a nine-city tour, the “Barbra: The Music . . . The Mem’ries . . . The Magic!” a title that tout her legacy, but has no hints of a farewell.
And why should there be? She’s got a new album coming out, ‘Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway,’ which will be her 35th. It was just two years ago that she and Taylor Swift were the only artists with platinum albums; respectively ‘Partners’ and Swift’s ‘1989.’ With such success in the recording studio, fortunately, now for her fans, she’s taken the show on the road, literally.
Amidst the rancor of the Presidential election and the hoopla of the Rio Olympics, Streisand carved out a buzz of her own on social media. Critics on both sides of the Atlantic followed suit with what are unabashedly rave reviews while acknowledging that Streisand’s powerhouse voice has persevered, retaining much of its earlier brilliance.
Here’s a round up of what’s being said.
“….Barbra Streisand sounded like diamonds. And porcelain and a freshly drawn bath and consommé. The voice is 74. So maybe the carats are fewer, but so what? It remains The Voice. Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, it never asked to be received in pity, graded on a curve or helped across the street… […] So the arena became Ms. Streisand’s living room, her audience became guests, and stage patter sometimes took cozy TED Talk turns. Meanwhile, the people in the front rows leapt up so often it was fair to ask whether she was delivering a State of the Union speech too….” — New York Times
“…. Song after song in Brooklyn showed her vibrato to be as resonant as ever, her phrasing as smart, and her essential timbre as deep in character. Her limits, such as they are, have redoubled her focus as an actress, allowing her to inhabit the characters in some songs more fully than ever…..” –The Guardian
“….Starting with a beloved showstopper is like throwing down the music gauntlet, promising that what is in store will surpass previous tours. And somehow Streisand delivered. […] At 74, Streisand doesn’t trade in many shock-and-awe vocal moments any more. Instead, she goes for warmer, more subtle examples of vocal mastery…” –Newsday
“….Streisand, 74, still sings with the same rich tone and underlying fire she always has had, and seemed genuinely enthused to be performing…..” –North Jersey
Here’s the full set-list.
The Way We Were / Everything / Being at War With Each Other / Everything Must Change / Woman in Love > Stoney End > No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) / Evergreen / You Don’t Bring Me Flowers / Being Alive / Children Will Listen / Papa, Can You Hear Me? // INTERMISSION // Pure Imagination / Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) / Losing My Mind / Loving You (with Patrick Wilson) / Isn’t This Better / How Lucky Can You Get / Don’t Rain on My Parade / People / Climb Every Mountain (with Jamie Foxx) / Happy Days Are Here Again / I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Photos and video highlights of Barbra Streisand’s Brooklyn concert are below!
Pictures: PR Photos