LIVE IN EUROPE 2007
Welcome Back! eeting Barbra once was fantastic… meeting her a second time, well, how lucky can you get? In this issue we have endeavoured to cram as much of the European tour in as we could, along with pictures and side note. Many thanks to the many fans who kindly sent along their pics for our use, sorry if you are not credited, but I tried my best to keep track the many names and countries etc. Do know that we do appreciate it very much! Steve and I were lucky to be invited backstage after Barbra’s fabulous concert at the MEN, Manchester, UK – it was a fantastic evening and we loved the show and enjoyed our meeting with Barbra, her friends, her husband and her adorable doggie, Sammy! We thank our other contributors for their wonderful articles, reports and interviews and we do hope you enjoy the issue we have put together. We are now an incredible 23 years old! Shocked… it surprised Barbra too! But so rich, colourful, varied and accomplished is her life, that our longevity has been possible – that and the loyalty of you, our steadfast readers. Barbra really does have some of the most fantastic fans. Thank you, Lynne Ed-in-Chief, AB Publications (UK)
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BY THE WAY 2007: THE YEAR IN REVIEW ROSLYN KIND EUROPEAN TOUR 2007 CD REVIEW & UNUSUAL WAYS MARILYN & ALAN BERGMAN TODD’S CORNER BARBRA & HER DOGS
LYNNE POUNDER: Publisher/Editor-in-Chief STEVEN BAXTER: Associate Editor and Design STAFF WRITERS: Todd Sussman, Larry Olson, Matt Howe and Allison J. Waldman • SPECIAL THANKS: Martin Erlichman Associates – Marty Erlichman and J-Me Diamond, Dick Guttman Associates, Mark J. Iskowitz, Stephen Thacker and Craig Hall. PRINTING: Aztec Printing, Washington, England Publication in this magazine does not imply endorsement by AB Publications of views expressed. ALL ABOUT BARBRA is an unofficial fan magazine. We do not represent Ms. Streisand nor her management. Ms. Streisand has no financial, promotional or editorial interest in its publication. No part or article may be reprinted without written permission from the publisher.
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This Year’s Oscars! Tie?!” Barbra exclaimed in a pre-recorded segment for the 80th Annual Academy Awards (Sunday 24 February, 2008), referring to her tie with Katharine Hepburn back in 1969 for Funny Girl. (Hepburn won for The Lion In Winter). The increasingly self-effacing Streisand went on to say “There were five great performances... and I thought mine was pretty good. I wouldn’t say great... But I thought, why don’t they give us all plaques?”. “Hello, Gorgeous! - It was great”, Barbra concluded. Barbra’s last appearance at The Academy Awards was in 2005. CRAIG HALL
by theway Sunrise, Sunset for Barbra?
Further Support for Hillary
umors are flying around that 2008 will be the year Barbra returns to the big screen and the project she chooses may be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard.” Prompting speculation are a few stray facts that may – or may not – add up to Barbra’s agreeing to play Norma Desmond, the doomed diva from the original film written and directed by Oscar-winner Billy Wilder. The first fact was a story in the New York Post on January 23, 2008, stating that William Friedkin would be directing the big screen adaptation of Webber’s stage musical for Paramount Pictures, which owns the rights and released the Wilder film in 1950. IMDB.com now lists the film as a live project, but Friedkin nor Barbra are mentioned. Friedkin, an Oscarwinning director for “The French Connection,” has directed Barbra in the past: “Putting It Together: The Making of The Broadway Album” and the “Somewhere” music video. Will Barbra do “Sunset” – should she? There is intense debate online about the subject. She’s already sung two songs from the score – some say the two best songs. LloydWebber gave her free rein to sing whatever she wanted from the show before it opened, that's how much he admires and respects her as an artist. Barbra recorded “With One Look” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye,” for “Back to Broadway.” She then had the lyrics of “As If” reworked and used it as her triumphant opening number for “The Concert” on New Year’s Eve, 1993, in Las Vegas when she returned to live performing (for non-charity events). At the time, it was a given that if “SB” was a hit on stage, Barbra would be the likely actress to make it into a movie because of her box office clout. When Glenn Close was cast in the Broadway version and won a Tony for her portrayal, she became as viable a choice for a big screen translation, too. That leads to the second fact, reported in early February, 2008, that Lloyd-Webber confirmed that both Barbra and Glenn were vying for the role. He said to WENN: “The remake of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ is not really under my control. It’s really controlled by Paramount, because they own the original movie. I am just waiting to hear what Paramount in the end want to do about it. It is absolutely true that both Glenn Close and Barbra Streisand very much want to play the part. But I’m slightly with my hands tied behind my back about it.” The third fact, which is really more supposition, comes from James Brolin. He was asked about Barbra in late 2007 and he said that she has something in mind for 2008, “something poignant.” For now, unless and until Barbra confirms that she wants to do the movie, “Sunset Boulevard” remains a possible maybe. ALLISON J. WALDMAN
arbra's support of Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton continues in 2008 as she introduced the candidate at a rally on January 31. Following the Democratic debate at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, a Clinton Rally was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Barbra's remarks are below in their entirity: Aren’t we fortunate? We have wonderful, accomplished candidates vying for the democratic nomination. But, for the first time in our country’s history, we not only have a woman, but a woman who is the most experienced candidate. Hillary Clinton dares to penetrate the powerful world of men, to challenge their policies and debate their ideas with her keen knowledge and qualifications. Throughout her many years as a public servant, Hillary has utilized every opportunity to make this country strong, safe and just. And, thankfully, we have now entered a time when people discuss the content of her ideas and not just the style of her hair. Today, young women throughout our country look at Hillary Clinton and realize that their potential has no limits. As the first First Lady to become a United States Senator, Hillary has already cracked the glass ceiling, and in November, she will shatter it. Some people question the idea of a woman president. Perhaps that’s because our country is still young and we haven’t caught up to other places around the world where women are currently serving as Presidents or Prime Ministers ...Argentina, Chile, Germany, Finland, India, Ireland, Liberia, The Philippines, New Zealand, Mozambique and the Ukraine.
Israel at 60: Barbra Live? ill Barbra sing live at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the State of Israel? According to a story in the Jerusalem Post, which has not been confirmed by Barbra’s camp, “Barbra Streisand will open the three-day Jerusalem Conference under the patronage of President Shimon Peres on May 13, in celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary of independence.” The President had told the media last year that he would approach Streisand and ask her to sing Avinu Malkeinu at the opening of the conference. Will she – again, we'll see. ALLISON J. WALDMAN
Charting Barbra ne of the many bonuses from Streisand's live appearances in Britain in 2007 was that, according to Music Week, Barbra's Essential album re-charted and sold enough copies to become the UK's 25th best selling back catalogue album of the year and contributing to the overall UK sales of 467,000 since its original release. The Live in Concert 2006 album also appeared in the 2007 UK album charts, debuted at number 48 and selling 43,000. In the States, the live album debuted at number 7 on the Billboard top 200 albums chart, making it Streisand's 29th US Top 10 album. STEPHEN THACKER
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With our nation in turmoil and so much at stake in this election, we need a leader who has been in the trenches for over 35 years advocating for the young, the old, the poor and the disenfranchised. As a woman and as a lawyer, Hillary played a pioneering role in raising awareness of issues like sexual harassment and equal pay. As the First Lady of Arkansas, she directed a task force to improve education. In the White House, Hillary led the fight to expand quality health care. She advocated globally for women's rights. She fought to increase funding for breast cancer research and to help our veterans suffering from Gulf War syndrome. As a Senator, she authored legislation to make prescription drugs more affordable and to increase America's commitment in fighting the HIV/AIDS crisis. With grace and dignity, Hillary Clinton has proven she has the inner strength to persevere and withstand the grueling attacks that have been and will be heaped upon her. She will take us into the future with her dynamic leadership. Once again, America will experience a time of economic stability and fiscal responsibility…a time when America will again lead in technology and innovation…a time when Americans will be able to afford to buy a house and pay their mortgage... a time when millions of Americans will have new jobs working in green technology and alternative energy…a time when every man, woman and child in America will have health care coverage…and yes, a time when our country will once again be respected around the world. When I introduced Hillary at the Aids Project LA Gala back in 1994, she had just finished her first year as First Lady. I had acknowledged during that speech the likelihood that someday Hillary Clinton would be sitting in the oval office. Now almost 15 years later, we no longer need to imagine it…that moment is here. So it is with great pride that I introduce a friend and the next President of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
by theway Politics, Charity, Philanthropy and Hillary
Gone Too Soon
BY LARRY OLSON
hree men who had a significant role in Barbra Streisand career have passed away in the recent months: Michael Kidd, the choreographer for “Hello, Dolly!”; David Watkins, the cinematographer for “Yentl”; and Dwight Hemion, the director of her TV specials, “My Name Is Barbra,” “Color Me Barbra,” “Barbra Streisand & Other Musical Instruments,” “One Voice,” and “The Concert.” Michael Kidd died of cancer on December 23, 2007. The Brooklyn-born dancer and choreographer was responsible for all the musical numbers in “Hello, Dolly!” and you can see his athletic, jubilant style truly on display in the “Dancing” number.
arbra Streisand spent much of 2007 working on the European Tour, but she also devoted time to make several appearances in support of charities and political groups important to her. She attended a fund-raising event for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign on March 25. Held at the Beverly Hills estate of supermarket magnate Ron Burkle, 700 guests paid $2,300 each to dine with Senator Clinton and about 250 of those contributed an additional $2,300 per person to attend a pre-dinner reception which resulted in a total amount of $2.6 million being raised. Streisand and James Brolin attended the pre-dinner reception and were seated at the head dinner table with Senator Clinton. Other attendees included Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Carole Bayer Sager, Paula Abdul, Norman Lear, Berry Gordy and many media industry executives. After dinner, Mary Steenburgen introduced Senator The evening began with cocktails served in the Clinton, who spoke about climate change, Sept. 11 garden, with dinner in a tent, followed by entertainment funding in New York and health care. During the from David Foster, Kenny G, Josh Groban, Nita Whitaker question and answer session, Streisand asked the first and Tara Kamanger. question, “Did New York ever get the money for 9/11?” A few days later on April 25th, Barbra attended the Clinton replied, yes, but only after she and New York’s Los Angeles Antique Show Opening Night Preview Party other senator, Chuck Schumer, specifically requested it to Benefit Charity Partner P.S. ARTS. She viewed the from President Bush. various antiques and reportedly purchased an antique A few weeks later, on April 17, Streisand attended a end table to support the charity. cocktail party held on the grounds of Viacom Chairman In May of this year, People magazine reported Sumner Redstone’s hilltop estate to raise money for research and rankings done by The Giving Back Fund, breast cancer research. The event featured former which listed the personal philanthropic donations of U.S. President Bill Clinton who spoke about health care celebrities given in 2006. Barbra Streisand ranked advances and the National Breast Cancer Coalition fourth with total giving of $11,750,000. Fund’s work to eradicate breast cancer. After her record-breaking European tour during the A video was shown saluting Clinton’s mother, Virginia summer, Barbra’s attention returned to political Clinton Kelly, who died from breast cancer in 1994. activities. President Clinton spoke and thanked Streisand for On November 27, Barbra announced her endorsement befriending his mother at his first inauguration in January of Hillary Rodham Clinton for the U.S. Presidency. Her 1993. “I want you to know something,” Clinton said of press release stated: Streisand, “she called my mother once a week for one “Madame President of the United States...it's an solid year until she died. And I will never forget that.” He extraordinary thought. We truly are in a momentous recounted that his mother spent the last week of her life time, where a woman's potential has no limitations," playing slot machines and hearing Streisand sing at the said Streisand. "Hillary Clinton has already proven to a MGM Concerts in Las Vegas. generation of women that there are no limits for On April 21, Streisand hosted a fund-raising political success. She is driven by her passion for public service event at her Malibu estate honoring Nancy Pelosi, the and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Speaker of the House in the U.S. Congress. Commenting Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has on why Streisand hosted the event, her publicist Dick transcended the dictates of what is thought to be Guttman said, "She's a very good friend of Nancy Pelosi possible for our time. and she wanted to celebrate the first female speaker of "Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our the house.” country at an important crossroads. Under her 120 people paid up to $50,000 a couple to raise funds leadership, our country will regain its respect within the for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, global community. She will prioritize issues of global whose efforts are geared toward increasing the party’s climate change, universal healthcare and rebuilding a House of Representatives majority in the 2008 elections. strong economy. After 8 long years, the public will once The total money raised was $1,300,000. again have faith in their government. Besides Pelosi, political figures who attended were "Another former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt once Congresspersons Hilda Solis, Chris Van Hollen, Xavier wrote, 'In government, in business, and in the Becerra, Loretta Sanchez, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, professions there may be a day when women will be Brad Sherman and Henry Waxman. looked upon as persons. We are, however, far from that Among the entertainment industry figures who day as yet.' More than 50 years later 'that day' is now attended were Norman Lear, Eva Longoria, Dick Van upon us...and Hillary Clinton is ready to shatter through Dyke, Melissa Etheridge and Alan and Marilyn Bergman. that glass ceiling for all women." ■
BarbraStreisand.com – the future f you have access to the internet you have likely seen Barbra’s brand new official webpage. Designed by the great guys at BubbleUp – with Barbra’s input. Do not mis-judge the site in its current form - AAB can reveal that there are many great plans and ideas in the pipeline for the webpage. Much is going on behind the scenes so make sure you bookmark the site and check it daily as to not the miss any of Barbra’s articles, announcements, and the events that will come to life in the near future. With the advances in today’s technology, BarbraStreisand.com is the future and will become a definite hub for fans world-wide. When we met Barbra in Manchester, I did bring up the web with her and she understood that, as a publisher, we have noticed a great change in recent years and that web is fast, and immediately accessible to people world-wide. I recently spoke with Marty and told him I do sense change is in the air and that Barbra’s webpage is the future. LYNNE POUNDER
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David Watkin died at the age of 82 on February 19, 2007. The cinematographer, an Oscar-winner for “Out of Africa,” was Barbra’s director of photographer for “Yentl,” and she worked very closely with him to create the unique, Rembrandtinspired, sepia-tone look of the film. According to his obituary in the London Times online: “He got on well with Barbra Streisand, the notoriously difficult producer, director and star of ‘Yentl,’ though he hated her music. She tried to get him to go to her concerts, but he refused. His passion was classical music." (Note: those are their words, not AAB’s.) Finally, Dwight Hemion passed away on January 31, 2008 of kidney failure. Barbra and husband James Brolin were on holiday with Gary Smith and his wife when they were notified that Dwight died. Gary had been partners with Dwight in Hemion-Smith Productions. They cut short their vacation and returned to Los Angeles immediately. Barbra and Dwight had worked intimately on many of her TV specials. Mr. Hemion had won 18 Emmys for his TV direction, including ones for “Musical Instruments” and “The Concert.” Speaking of Barbra's first special in 2002, he said, “Streisand was great to light. She had great features and beautiful skin, great fingers. If ever you see her, look at her hands because that's what it's all about with her.” ALLISON J. WALDMAN
eb 5 Through her publicist Dick Guttman, Barbra released a statement of support for U.S. Democratic presidential front-runners: “I’m very excited about the strength of the Democratic field for the 2008 presidential election, and I’m looking forward to a lively and healthy primary debate that discusses the key issues facing this country. Because I want to see the frontrunners have the financial backing they need to be competitive during this process, I’ve decided to make the maximum allowable primary donation to Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama. As the conversation continues, I may make contributions to other candidates as well.”
Feb 9 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced that Barbra had been named to their board of trustees, along with three other newly named leaders. "This is a truly remarkable time to be part of LACMA,” board chairwoman Nancy Daly Riordan said in a statement. “I am certain that our new trustees agree and will bring an added level of experience and engagement to the museum's transformation." The Museum is embarking on a multi-million dollar renovation of their museum complex. Barbra owns work by Gustav Klimt, Emil Nolde, John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, Edward Hopper and Thomas Hart.
This lovely photo of Barbra with her dog appeared in the October issue of Italian Men’s Vogue. It was taken by Bryan Adams, who attended Barbra’s second London show, so was likely taken backstage at the O2.
Feb 14 The Board of Supervisors of the Los Angeles County Fire Department announced a $10,000 donation from Barbra Streisand. The grant went to five stations in Malibu to be used to purchase new tools and equipment for the fire stations. Mar 25 The U.S. presidential campaigns continued to heat up as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was the honoree at a fund-raising event held at the Beverly Hills estate of magnate Ron Burkle. 700 guests paid $2,300 each to dine with Senator Clinton and about 250 of those contributed an additional $2,300 per person to attend a pre-dinner reception, which resulted in a total of $2.6 million being raised. Barbra and James Brolin attended and were seated at the head table with Senator Clinton. Barbra also participated in the question and answer session held after dinner.
2007 A YEAR IN REVIEW BY LARRY OLSON
May 4 Tickets went on sale for Barbra’s first London concert. It sold out in 20 minutes. A second concert was immediately announced, which sold out in 30 minutes.
Apr 12 Barbra and James Brolin opened their Malibu home, hosting a dinner that raised $1.3 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the U.S. With the goal of increasing the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was the honored guest, among the 120 invited attendees, with each couple donating $25,000--$50,000. Following cocktails and dinner, entertainment was provided by David Foster, Josh Groban, Kenny G, Melissa Etheridge, Tara Kamangar and Nita Whitaker. Apr 16 Barbra lent her presence and financial support to a fund-raising gala for the National Breast Cancer Coalition, held on the grounds of Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone’s hilltop estate in California. Former President Bill Clinton spoke about health care advances and the Coalition Fund’s work to eradicate breast cancer. He commented on his mother, Virginia Clinton Kelly, and her fight with breast cancer. He thanked Streisand for her friendship and support of his mother, commenting that he would never forget that Barbra called his mother once a week during the last year of his mother’s life. Apr 25 Philanthropy continued to be a priority for Barbra when she attended the Opening Night Preview Party at the Los Angeles Antique Show. Benefiting the charity P.S. ARTS, Barbra viewed various antiques and reportedly purchased an antique end table to support the charity. Apr 30 After months of speculation, Barbra’s First European Concert Tour was announced, including five dates, with more to be confirmed. Vienna, Paris, Nice, Dublin, and London were the first dates confirmed for the tour, promoted by Concert Productions International. “What a joy it will be to perform in so many wonderful countries for the first time,“ Barbra said in a press release.
May 5 – 31 Throughout the month of May, concert dates were added in Rome, Dublin, Stockholm, Berlin, and Manchester. Ticket sales began on numerous dates and the concert schedule underwent slight adjustments. May 8 The two-disc “Live in Concert 2006” CD was released in the United States, a compilation of performances in concert order recorded live in New York, Washington, DC and Ft. Lauderdale. The following week, the CD entered the Billboard charts at #7. The U.K. release was delayed until May 28. May 15 At the BMI music organization’s annual gala, Barry Gibb was presented the BMI Icon Honor, announced via a video message and phone call from Barbra. Barbra explained she had hoped to be at the event personally, but that she was tied up working on her upcoming concert DVD. Barbra said, “Barry, can you believe it’s been 27 years since we made Guilty?”
June 30 The outdoor theatre Waldbühne was the setting for Barbra’s box-office record setting concert in Berlin, Germany. Die Welt online wrote, “Her performance not only touched the stars that shone above the Waldbühne, Streisand also extended the night sky's infinity with her heavenly show.” July 10 In the fifth stop of the tour, 14,000 fans packed the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, setting another boxoffice record. “What is stunning is the sheer artistry of Streisand's interpretative range,” wrote Paul Vallely in The Independent. July 14 Barbra’s outdoor concert at the Castletown House near Dublin, Ireland set more box office records. Damien Murray, in the Belfast Telegraph, wrote, “having witnessed Streisand’s sensational and powerful singing at her first ever Irish concert appearance as part of a select few dates on her debut European tour, it is obvious that no choice of adjectives could ever do justice to the star-quality that oozes from this lady.”
June 18 Barbra kicked off her first-ever European concert tour at the Hallenstadion in Zurich Switzerland, thrilling fans and setting new house records for concert grosses. “The singer and actress is a legend: a luminous personality with an enormous aura and an unmistakable voice.”– Kurier. June 22 After a one-day postponement due to rain and high winds, Barbra sang for 14,000 concert-goers in an outdoor setting at the Schoonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. Reviewers wrote: “No one can escape her charisma: a voice that gives Goosebumps, a gleam of silver.” June 26 At her first-ever concert in Paris, France, Barbra set a box office record for the Bercy venue. Le Monde wrote: “Streisand is a work of art. She is Broadway, love, la fête, perfection ... She has absolute mastery of the stage”. Music legends Charles Aznavour and Michel Legrand were in the audience. June 28 Two days after her first-ever concert in France, Barbra received the French Legion of Honor, presented by President Nicolas Sarkozy. During the ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Sarkozy said “you are the America that we love.” Barbra’s husband and son attended the presentation of France’s highest civilian honor. June 30 Prior to Barbra’s Concert in Berlin, she signed the city’s prestigious Guest Book at the Waldbuhne in the presence of the Lord Major of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit and MP Peter Schwenkow. Her signing marked the first time that the Guest Book had ever been removed from City Hall. All About Barbra
July 18, 22, 25 Barbra gave three concerts at London’s 02 Arena and the result could be summarized as “spectacular.” “The voice, oh the voice. What an instrument of beauty and wonder it is, whether wrapping itself around a grief-stricken You Don't Bring Me Flowers, slipping into French during Ma Premiere Chanson or being fabulously sultry on Unusual Way. And when she hummed the first bars of The Way We Were, I had a genuine attack of goose-bumps,” wrote John Aizlewood, in the Evening Standard. The Guardian stated, "The amazing Barbra Streisand is the last of the great Broadway babes ... with a stunning range of vocal styling in a setlist spanning her whole career." The conclusion of Barbra’s European tour again set new box office records for the final three shows in London.
Europe Tour Announcement Results in Stampede for Tickets BY LARRY OLSON he 2007 Streisand European Concert Tour was officially announced on 30 April 2007. Even at this point in the career of Barbra Streisand, it marked an important first. The press release stated that Streisand “will perform live in Continental Europe this June and July for the very first time in her celebrated career. She will also perform her first concert in London since 1994.” Marty Erlichman announced the tour to the press, and noted that “the recent U.S. tour, her first in six years, had broken box office records in a staggering 14 of the 16 venues she played. She already held, and still holds, the record in the remaining 2 venues.” As in the 2006 U.S. tour, designated proceeds from the tour would be distributed through The Streisand Foundation to her various philanthropic initiatives. The first five locations, dates and venues announced were: 21 June, Vienna, Schloss Schonbrun; 26 June, Paris, Bercy; 10 July, Nice, Nikaia Stadium; 14 July, Dublin, Castletown House; and 18 July, London, The O2 Arena. The announcement noted that additional dates and cities were in final negotiations and would be confirmed shortly. "What a joy it will be to perform in so many wonderful countries for the first time,” said Streisand in the statement released to the press. “I can't wait to experience these different audiences and different cultures.” She also was interviewed by USA Today’s Elysa Gardner for an article published the next day, 1 May. "I like challenges, and it's time to do things that I haven't done before," she told Gardner, as she discussed her decision to tour Europe, and also talked about the fall U.S. tour. "This time, I really enjoyed touring the United States, because I didn't have stage fright," Streisand said. "Would I rather have been in bed eating a pint of coffee ice cream? Yeah. But I can't raise money for my foundation that way." “One matures, one gets less afraid,” Barbra said in the electronic press kit released (pictured above), which included remarks in several languages. “One appreciates the fans, and wanting to see me, and I want to give that back.” She also explained, “The show is similar to the one I did in the United States, but I am changing some songs because I’ve never performed in Europe before, more songs that they might know and like … I’ve always wanted to come to Europe to sing, somehow I never got around to it … I’m looking forward to this.” Tour promoter Michael Cohl, for Concert Productions International (CPI) said, “It is an incredible honour to bring Barbra Streisand, certainly the greatest female performer of all time, to Continental Europe for her very first concert tour. It is an amazing show -- a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed." The following Friday, 4 May, the flurry of ticket sales began with a bang at 9 am in London. Tickets, ranging in price from £100 to £500 for the 18 July concert, sold out in an astonishing 20 minutes. A second London concert on 22 July was immediately announced and also sold out. The following Monday, 7 May, tickets went on sale in Vienna. Two days later the Rome concert was announced. The next Friday saw tickets go on sale for Rome and Dublin. The activity continued unabated on 16 May with the announcement of a third London concert on 25 July, with tickets on sale 18 May. 22 May saw the announcement of the Stockholm, Sweden concert (4 July), followed on the 25th with the Zurich, Switzerland concert (18 June) confirmed. As the month of May came to an end, the concert schedule solidified; Rome and Nice were dropped, with Berlin, Germany (30 June) and Manchester, England (10 July) being announced on 29 May. At that time, promoter Cohl said, “since the announcement of the tour, we have received unprecedented demand from around the world to see Barbra perform live, and we are trying our best to keep up with the requests. We’re very happy to be able to accommodate the overwhelming reaction by adding these new shows.” ■
Aug 14 Back in Los Angeles, Barbra and James Brolin attended the premiere of his new film, “The Hunting Party,” the story of three journalists who attempt to locate Bosnia’s most-wanted war criminal, but are mistaken for CIA operatives. Nov 3 Following the devastating wildfires which destroyed thousands of homes in southern California, investor Ron Burkle assembled a select group of citizens at his Beverly Hills estate, Green Acres. About 50 people, including Barbra, attended the event, with guest of honor being former President Bill Clinton. Nearly $300,000 was raised for the San Diego Foundation, which provides relief to fire victims.
Nov 17 Barbra returned to Las Vegas as the headlining performer during the gala opening of the new Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Her Saturday evening performance included 9 songs, with arrangements taken from the 2007 tour. Bill Ross conducted a small backup group as Barbra performed for approximately 40 minutes in front of nearly 5,000 invited guests. Nov 27 Barbra formally endorsed U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, stating “Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success … Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroad. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal health care and rebuilding a strong economy.” “I am honored to have Barbra’s support,” Clinton responded. “Barbra has used her immense talent to be an advocate for trust, justice, and fairness and I deeply appreciate her confidence in my candidacy as we work together to change the direction of our nation.” Dec 6 When the 50th Annual Grammy Award nominations were announced, Barbra received her 39th nomination for the “Live in Concert 2006” CD, in the category Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Other nominees included James Taylor, Michael Buble, Bette Midler and Queen Latifah. Barbra’s earlier live CDs for “Timeless” and “The Concert” were also nominated in their respective years, 2000 and 1994. Dec 19 The Recording Academy announced new inductee, into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Barbra’s 1974 single, “The Way We Were” was included. The Recording Academy press release stated this year’s inductees, “exemplify the best qualities that make the recording arts such a vital part of our culture – and each not only uniquely reflects the zeitgeist of its time, but also Barbra was photographed possesses the enduring power Christmas shopping in of transcending time." ■ December in Beverly Hills.
An Economic Benefit for Musicians BY LARRY OLSON he press has widely covered the Streisand 2007 European Tour, but the New York Times came up with a unique angle, with their story on the economic benefit for orchestra musicians in the New York area. Published on Saturday, June 16, and titled, “Streisand Tours, and New York Musicians Cheer,” the story shed light on the pool of musicians who provide the lush 58-piece orchestral sound behind Streisand during each of her concert performances. A few key orchestral positions are filled by Los Angeles-based “Streisand regulars.” But, according to the Times, the majority of the Streisand tour orchestra is composed of musicians who normally play in the pits of Broadway shows and with New York area orchestras. They were chosen by Michael Keller, the music contractor for the European tour, who also contracted the North American tour last fall. Mr. Keller used a database of 2,500 names of musicians that he has primarily worked with before and ones he knows are expert musicians, dependable and who blend musically. Not only do those chosen musicians benefit from regular employment during the tour, but other freelance musicians benefit by being employed to fill in during the absence of the tour players. The article states that for those freelance musicians back in New York who substitute for the missing regulars, this provides an opportunity to establish their reputation, which can lead to more employment in the future. The Times article, written by Daniel J. Akin, stated the “Streisand effect … is especially welcome as the size of Broadway orchestras has declined over recent years.” Arkin wrote that for the Europe tour, four violinists and a trombonist were selected from the orchestra of the Broadway musical “Spamalot.” Two violinists, a trombonist and a French horn player came from “Legally Blonde.” Other shows who lost musicians to the tour were “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Wicked,” “Avenue Q,” “Hairspray” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” In addition, other members came from the American Ballet Theater orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Westchester Philharmonic. The tour musicians receive weekly salaries as well as daily per diems, and their travel and lodging are paid for, according to the Times. The cost of touring a 58-person orchestra is a significant expense. In addition to the prestige and experience of playing in the Streisand orchestra, a factor that makes the Streisand tour an even more “plum assignment” is that there are several days between each concert in Europe. As Barbra herself said in advance promotional materials, she wanted to have time to enjoy the countries she sang in. That extra tour benefit spills over to the orchestra musicians as well. So it’s a “win-win” situation for everyone involved. Top musicians are employed to play on the Streisand tour, and substitute musicians back in New York are employed and getting new opportunities. ■
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ROSLYN KIND IN CONCERT
Sister Act By Todd Sussman
Todd with Sheldon, and Sheldon's wife, Judy.
alf-sister, actually. And less than half an act. Fans who traveled to West Palm Beach on Saturday, April 14, 2007, to see Roslyn Kind sing live certainly enjoyed hearing her rich voice. She has a lower register than Barbra’s and a smokier tone. While the voice may have been missing some of Barbra’s fluidity, Miss Kind was not short on talent. However, she was short on stage time. On a double bill with singer/piano man Michael Feinstein at the Kravis Center, the show spanned more than two hours and spotlighted more than 20 standard songs from Broadway and film, yet Roslyn performed a total of just three songs, and one of those was a duet with Feinstein. Though their billing was equal in the ads, this was clearly Feinstein’s show, and Roz’s cameo was more of a “special guest star” appearance.
In Act One, after completing four songs on his own, Feinstein introduced Rozzie, as he called her. Her scoopneck black gown was very similar to one Barbra donned for her 1994 Anaheim appearance, save for a black velvet free-form pattern adorning the length of the dress. Her ample cleavage and shoulder length blonde locks and bangs were also reminiscent of Barbra’s style. Rozzie hit the ground running with a poignant rendition of “Come In From The Rain.” She introduced her next song with patter about the London tabloids being “tougher than our Enquirer and Star” and then continued, “Well if they can do it to my big sister Barbra, why not me?” Apparently, they printed a rumor pertaining to her not wanting to perform songs associated with Barbra. Roz proved it untrue by singing “I’ve Gotta Be Her” to the tune of “I’ve Gotta Be Me.” She peppered the song with excerpts of some of our Streisand favorites: “People,” “Enough Is Enough,” “The Way We Were,” and “Let’s Hear It For Me.” Vocally, there were glimmers of her famous sibling in the belted notes. Her mannerisms and hand gestures were very early-Barbra. Feinstein returned, stating, “What pipes in that family! My brother and sister can’t sing.” (Interestingly, in spite of the Barbra parallels on stage, Kind’s full-page bio in the Playbill did not mention Barbra even once.) Roz came back at the last minutes before the final curtain in Act Two, to join Feinstein in a duet of “Accentuate the Positive.” They both sounded sprightly and dynamic for this closing song, with Roz’s voice especially full and open from the get-go. The result was to leave us wanting more Roz. Since this was mostly a Michael Feinstein show, I would be remiss not to report on his performance. He showed a charming stage presence, and his affinity for this category
of music – standards from the Great American Songbook – comes through in his romantic baritone, nimble piano playing, and encyclopedic knowledge of the roots of these songs. Many of his anecdotes were told to him firsthand by the legendary composers who became his friends, including Ira Gershwin and Burton Lane. Feinstein looked good in his black velvet jacket and black tie accented with thin, shiny silver stripes (where can I get
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one of those!). He introduced one Gershwin song, “Isn’t It A Pity,” by announcing that “many recorded this, including Miss Streisand.” Other songs in his set that Barbra has also sung included “Come Back To Me,” “The Girl Next Door” (though Barbra sang about “The Boy Next Door”), and “Somewhere.” Classic film star Vic Damone, who watched from the audience and then made his way to the foot of the stage, exclaimed that Feinstein’s rendition of “Somewhere” was the best he had ever heard. It was heartfelt and strong, yet Barbra’s is still the one to beat. Though several of my friends were disappointed that Roslyn Kind was not granted more time on stage, the opportunity to greet her backstage after the show more than made up for this. Roz was gracious and accessible as she fielded questions and posed for pictures. When I told her how kind she was, she quickly replied, “Well I have to live up to my name.” As an added bonus, Sheldon Streisand – or Shelly, as Roz introduced him during the show – was backstage too, with his wife. Sheldon was friendly to all who approached him. ■
STREISAND EUROPEAN TOUR 2007
ZURICH | SWITZERLAND VIENNA | AUSTRIA PARIS | FRANCE BERLIN | GERMANY MANCHESTER | ENGLAND DUBLIN | IRELAND LONDON | ENGLAND BY LYNNE POUNDER
fter taking America by storm, Barbra took a well-earned break. Meanwhile, fans in Europe lived on rumours and hope of another tour, a tour that would bring Barbra into the cities and capitals of Europe …another first in her glittering career. Finally the waiting was over and the Streisand European Tour 2007 was officially announced on 30 April 2007. The press release stated that Streisand “will perform live in Continental Europe this June and July for the very first time in her celebrated career. She will also perform her first concert in London since 1994.”
Productions International (CPI) said, “It is an incredible honor to bring Barbra Streisand, certainly the greatest female performer of all time, to Continental Europe for her very first concert tour. It is an amazing show – a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed."
discussed her decision to tour Europe, and also talked about the fall U.S. tour. "This time, I really enjoyed touring the United States, because I didn't have stage fright," Streisand said.
The following day, Friday, 4 May, the flurry of ticket sales began with a bang at 9 am in London. Tickets, ranging in price from £100 to £500 for the 18 July concert, sold out in an astonishing 20 minutes. A second London concert on 22 July was immediately announced and also sold out. The following Monday, 7 May, tickets went on sale in Vienna. Two days later the Rome concert was announced. The next Friday saw tickets go on sale for Rome and Dublin. The activity continued unabated on 16 May with the announcement of a third London concert on 25 July, with tickets on sale 18 May. 22 May saw the announcement of the Stockholm, Sweden concert (4 July), followed on the 25th with the Zurich, Switzerland concert (18 June) confirmed. As the month of May came to an end, the concert schedule solidified; Rome and Nice were dropped, with Berlin, Germany (30 June) and Manchester, England (10 July) being announced on 29 May. At that time, promoter Cohl said, “since the announcement of the tour, we have received unprecedented demand from around the world to see Barbra perform live, and we are trying our best to keep up with the requests. We’re very happy to be able to accommodate the overwhelming reaction by adding these new shows.”
Marty Erlichman announced the tour to the press, and noted that “the recent U.S. tour, her first in six years, had broken box office records in a staggering 14 of the 16 venues she played. She already held, and still holds, the record in the remaining 2 venues.” As in the 2006 U.S. tour, designated proceeds from the tour would be distributed through The Streisand Foundation to her various philanthropic initiatives. The first five locations, dates and venues announced were: 21 June – Vienna, Schloss Schonbrun; 26 June – Paris, Bercy; 10 July – Nice, Nikaia Stadium; 14 July – Dublin, Castletown House and 18 July – London, The O2 Arena. The announcement noted that additional dates and cities were in final negotiations and would be confirmed shortly. "What a joy it will be to perform in so many wonderful countries for the first time,” said Streisand in the statement released to the press. “I can’t wait to experience these different audiences and different cultures.” She also was interviewed by USA Today’s Elysa Gardner for an article published the next day, 1 May. “One appreciates the fans, and wanting to see me, and I want to give that back.” I like challenges, and it's time to do things that I haven't done before," she told Gardner, as she
“Since the announcement of the tour, we have received unprecedented demand from around the world to see Barbra perform live.” Michael Cohl
"What a joy it will be to perform in so many wonderful countries for the first time...” – Barbra "Would I rather have been in bed eating a pint of coffee ice cream? Yeah. But I can't raise money for my foundation that way." “One matures, one gets less afraid,” Barbra said in the electronic press kit released, which included remarks in several languages. “One appreciates the fans, and wanting to see me, and I want to give that back.” She also explained, “The show is similar to the one I did in the United States, but I am changing some songs because I’ve never performed in Europe before, more songs that they might know and like … I’ve always wanted to come to Europe to sing, somehow I never got around to it … I’m looking forward to this.” Tour promoter Michael Cohl, for Concert All About Barbra
“I’ve always wanted to come to Europe to sing, somehow I never got around to it … I’m looking forward to this.” – Barbra
Starting Here… Starting Now… Zurich, Switzerland, Hallenstadion – June 18, 2007 ACT ONE Funny Girl Broadway Overture Starting Here, Starting Now Down With Love The Way We Were Ma Premiere Chanson Evergreen (with Broadway Singers) Special Guest set: Something's Coming You'll Never Walk Alone I Finally Found Someone (Barbra returned on stage in the middle of this song and sang the last part with them) Funny Girl The Music That Makes Me Dance My Man People ACT TWO Entr'acte The Music Of The Night (with Broadway Singers) Papa, Can You Hear Me? Unusual Way What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Have I Stayed) Too Long At The Fair? William Saroyan The Time Of Your Life (Dialogue) A Cockeyed Optimist Somewhere (with Broadway Singers) My Shining Hour ENCORE Don't Rain On My Parade Smile
arbra arrived in Zurich amid a flurry of press attention the moment she touched down. Her beloved pet, Sammie on her knee, Barbra waved to fans and photographers from her car. Excitement quickly rippled across Zurich and fans anticipated Barbra’s first concert in her sell-out tour of a ‘Streisand Live In Concert’ starved Europe. Barbra, and her husband, stayed at the Bristol, The Prince of Wales Suite, and although much of Barbra’s appointment book was kept secret, some visits made the press. The Gallery at Belvedere Place noted that Barbra booked an appointment to look at some of the works there including its worldfamous Klimts, (which she viewed there some 25 years earlier when making Yentl). The Hallenstadion was (Top) Barbra arrives in packed and the moment Zurich and (below) taking Barbra appeared on stage some time out in the local the place-to-be location markets shook with what would be the first of many rousing, warm receptions as Europe embraced one of the last, true legends of the concert stage and entertainment. The ticket prices, the press, the anticipation and oh the waiting... were a memory when Barbra sang. She proved that other stuff was incidental. She proved it didn’t matter. Barbra proved she was still the best …and worth it. “When she sang MY MAN, I was just jumping on my seat...it's my favorite Barbra song ever....and she sang it so beautifully...thank you from the bottom of my heart honey!” – Sylvia
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Dressed in a sleek black, sparkled gown, the ankle length skirt slit to the thigh, a slim lined Barbra easily worked the terrace like stage that housed a superb 58 piece orchestra. Her voice on top form, her presence a visual delight –it was Barbra in all her promised glory, but something was different. This time around, as we had continually read in US concert reports, Barbra was more relaxed. She appeared at home on stage …even enjoying herself. The culmination was a playful, natural, Barbra ready to accept and enjoy the genuine appreciation swelling from the crowds. Unfortunately, Il Divo were unable to join Barbra on this leg of the tour, and instead she was joined by four of Broadway’s finest performers Hugh Panaro, Sean McDermott, Michael Arden and Peter Lockyer. Easily masters of fine, commanding voices, they both complimented and blended naturally with each other and Barbra. The result: a powerful operatic performance of sorts. An extra injection of class that enhanced the show, elevating the experience that extra step higher. REVIEWS The royal tour of Europe starts here. After all the sound and fury over those extravagant ticket prices, Barbra Streisand finally set about the business of proving that she really does deserve all that financial support. Though there were no signs of rampant Barbra-mania in the cavernous, 13,000-capacity Hallenstadion before the orchestra struck up the overture from Funny Girl, a ruthlessly efficient sequence of anthems brought the audience to its feet by the close. Don’t Rain On My Parade remains the ultimate show-stopper. As is the way with these stadium spectacles, many eyes were fixed on the video screens rather than the distant figure on the stage. But to her credit, La Streisand made a game effort to engage in down-toearth chit-chat, testing her German accent and cheerfully describing her sightseeing trips around the city, not to mention her passion for bratwurst. Clive Davis – Hallenstadion, Zurich