Barbra Streisand Soars in Brooklyn Return

Babs Wows 'Em in Historic Performance in Home Borough

Brooklyn’s Own: Singer Barbra Streisand made a triumphant return to the borough of her birth, marking her first ever major concert there.
getty images
Brooklyn’s Own: Singer Barbra Streisand made a triumphant return to the borough of her birth, marking her first ever major concert there.

By Reuters

Published October 12, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Blending photo montages with at times a thick accent and a singing voice still soaring at the age of 70, Barbra Streisand performed on Thursday in her first big concert where it all began - her birthplace of Brooklyn, New York.

In the second show of her “Back to Brooklyn” tour, Streisand performed for nearly three hours at a new 19,000-seat arena, kicking off the concert with the words “I’ve come home at last!” from the show tune “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from “Sunset Boulevard”.

Accompanied by more than 50 orchestra players, she connected with fans through references to Brooklyn and her Jewish background, talking about the borough’s docks and knishes. She recalled that the last time she sang in Brooklyn she was 8 years old and it was “on somebody’s stoop”.

“I left Brooklyn to pursue my dreams, but Brooklyn never quite left me,” she told the crowd sprinkled with stars such as actor Michael Douglas and musician Sting. “I am so glad I was born and raised here.”

She sang a series of songs by Brooklyn-born composers Alan and Marilyn Bergman including “Nice ‘n’ Easy” and a love song from her 1983 film “Yentl”, called “The Way He Makes Me Feel”.

Changing costume several times, she kept the crowd entertained with funny anecdotes and introduced other musical acts including the teenage Italian tenor group Il Volo, trumpeter Chris Botti and her son, Jason Gould.

She paid tribute to collaborators such as Donna Summer with a short, snappy version of their 1979 duet “No More Tears (Enough is Enough)” and composer Jule Styne with a medley of songs from the musical “Gypsy”, and later “People” from the musical “Funny Girl”.

In a tribute to another collaborator, Marvin Hamlisch, who died in August, she sang “The Way We Were”, with his original orchestration, and then “Through the Eyes of Love”, which he wrote for the film “Ice Castles”.

“He could always make me laugh, which is not an easy thing to do,” she said of Hamlisch.

Other hits included Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine” accompanied by Botti, “Evergreen” and “Lost Inside of You”.

Toward the end of the concert she asked the crowd to take seriously the environment, the upcoming U.S. election and to “appreciate the moment”.

She recalled not singing for 27 years after suffering stage fright during a 1967 concert in Central Park, before discarding rumors she would be quitting her career after this tour.

“If I learned anything, it’s to say ‘Never say never’ and it ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings - and I ain’t fat,” she said, before finishing the concert with two encores ending with “Happy Days Are Here Again”.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Is pot kosher for Passover. The rabbis say no, especially for Ashkenazi Jews. And it doesn't matter if its the unofficial Pot Day of April 20.
  • A Ukrainian rabbi says he thinks the leaflets ordering Jews in restive Donetsk to 'register' were a hoax. But the disturbing story still won't die.
  • Some snacks to help you get through the second half of Passover.
  • You wouldn't think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the famed novelist once helped one man find his first love. http://jd.fo/f3JiS
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • “My mom went to cook at the White House and all I got was this tiny piece of leftover raspberry ganache."
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.