Streisand sings Brook­lyn’s praises

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Mesfin Fekadu

NEW YORK — Bar­bra Streisand was full of Brook­lyn pride as she belted out well-known tunes with pas­sion dur­ing a concert at the newly built Bar­clays Cen­ter.

Thurs­day night’s three-hour show was Streisand’s re­turn to her home­town, where she’s also per­form­ing Satur­day on her Back to Brook­lyn tour.

The 70-year-old told the crowd of 18,000 that the last time she per­formed solo in the New York City bor­ough was “on some­body’s stoop on Pu­laski Street” as an eight-yearold

She en­tered the stage in a shim­mery black blazer and long skirt, hold­ing her hands close to the mi­cro­phone as she hit the right notes on more than two dozen songs, in­clud­ing Peo­ple, Ever­green and The Way We Were.

“Hello Brook­lyn,” she yelled. “Who said you can’t come home again, right? Just Thomas Wolfe.”

A video from “sum­mer 1979” played on a large screen as peo­ple from Streisand’s neigh­bour­hood talked about the singer, com­ment­ing on her tal­ents, de­meanour, fam­ily and even her nose.

“Purely a re­flec­tion of Brook­lyn,” one woman said. As the clip closed an­other woman said: “Come back to Brook­lyn and give us a concert.”

“It might have taken me 33 years, but I’m fi­nally here,” she said to the crowd.

“I left Brook­lyn to pur­sue my dreams. Brook­lyn quite never left me,” she said at an­other time.

Streisand played with the au­di­ence, of­ten telling jokes and tak­ing in the many screams of “I love you, Bar­bra!”

The icon looked to the front row at a fan wear­ing one of her T-Shirts.

“You buy it in the shop? It’s cheaper on­line,” she said, as peo­ple laughed. She looked to an­other in the crowd: “You look like Dick Cheney. See this is what hap­pens when I see the au­di­ence, it’s not good.”

The stage beamed with pur­ple lights, as an or­ches­tra of 30-plus played in a pit where small blue lights were strung around them.

Streisand per­formed sit­ting and stand­ing, as a small ta­ble stood next to her where flow­ers and a mug with chicken soup were placed (she said she woke up with a cold).

Ahead of her per­for­mance fans sub­mit­ted ques­tions to Streisand, who an­swered sev­eral of them on­stage. One asked if she was aware that con­tem­po­rary singers lip sync.

“I’ve heard about that. I could never do it be­cause I’m so bad at it. So I have to apol­o­gize be­cause I have to sing live,” she said as the au­di­ence roared.

That ques­tion was fol­lowed with: “I’d love to know what you think of Mitt Rom­ney’s prom­ise to fire Big Bird.”

“I love Big Bird and I hope no one tells Rom­ney how to get to Sesame Street or Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue,” she said as the crowd cheered even louder. “He’s a good ac­tor. He’s a good ac­tor. A chameleon.

That wasn’t Streisand’s only po­lit­i­cal mo­ment. The Barack Obama sup­porter said she taped Thurs­day night’s vice-pres­i­den­tial de­bates and couldn’t “wait to go home to watch.”

“I’m not go­ing to tell you who to vote for, but ... if you be­lieve in af­ford­able health care and women’s rights ... if you want to move for­ward and not back, you know who to vote for,” she said.

Streisand was joined on­stage by trum­peter Chris Botti, Ital­ian op­er­atic trio Il Volo and her 45-year-old son Ja­son Gould, ask­ing him be­fore they sang a duet: “Do you need any­thing, like, a sweater? You need some chicken soup?”

He earned a stand­ing ova­tion as his mother looked on, gasp­ing “Oh my God.”

She re­mem­bered late singer Donna Sum­mer by per­form­ing their duet No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).

When she per­formed You’re the Top, Streisand changed the lyrics, name­drop­ping fel­low Brook­lynite Jay-Z, who per­formed eight shows at the Bar­clays Cen­ter last week. She sang lyrics like: “You’re a Brook­lyn Net, on a pri­vate jet” and “it’s an ac­cent you can’t drop.”

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