Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn on Great Performances
Premieres Friday, November 29th at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.
- The legendary singer is joined by Chris Botti, Il Volo, and son Jason Gould for
two hours of hits, including nine songs she has never performed on a concert stage. -
“I love people from Brooklyn. Because they’re real. Down to earth. They tell it
like it is.” So Barbra Streisand informs an adoring audience at the opening of her heralded hometown
return at the brand new 19,000-seat, billion-dollar Barclays Center. Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, November 29th
at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1 as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Mixing her trademark classics with rarer older material and selections from her
more recent albums, Streisand, in her first concert appearance in six years, and backed by a 60-piece
orchestra led by William Ross, keeps the capacity house enthralled. In all, she sings 27 songs,
nine of which she never before performed live, and three which she sings in different ways; that
is, either with different arrangements or with newly composed lyrics.
Streisand masterfully holds the stage for two hours, joined by special guests Il
Volo, trumpeter Chris Botti, and (making it a true family affair) son Jason Gould, who thrilled
the audience singing solo and in a duet with his mother.
Elegantly gowned by Donna Karan, she plays to those in front, to the sides, and
behind her. Some had flown halfway around the world to see this iconic and beloved performer in
person. Utterly at ease, Streisand chats with the audience as casually as if they were in her
The songs are framed by multi-faceted video montages of Streisand’s childhood and
early career. Her alma mater Erasmus High School, the Loews Kings Theatre, the Dodgers, her yeshiva,
Brighton Beach and Brooklyn Heights all figure in her reminiscences. The superstar left her
fourth-floor apartment at 3102 Newkirk Avenue (one of three residences at which she lived as a
child) when she was 16 to pursue her acting career, and the rest is history. She joked that “the
last time…(she) sang in Brooklyn was on a stoop on Pulaski Street.”
Specially adapted lyrics to “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and “You’re the Top” pay
humorous homage to the borough.
Among the vocal highlights is a medley of Jule Styne show tunes. Styne wrote the
music to Streisand’s Broadway and Hollywood megahit “Funny Girl.” In that medley, Streisand also
gives us a tantalizing glimpse of what her Mama Rose might sound like if she proceeds with her
hoped-for remake of Styne and Sondheim’s “Gypsy.”
Throughout the concert, she sings selections from every stage of her career,
including “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered” (which she sang during her memorable appearance
on “The Judy Garland Show” in 1963); “Enough is Enough (No More Tears)” (her disco hit with the
late Donna Summer); “My Funny Valentine” (from her 1967 album “Simply Streisand”); and “The Way
We Were” (in loving tribute to Marvin Hamlisch who unexpectedly passed away in August 2012).
And then there are songs from her more recent albums like “Nice ‘N’ Easy,”
“That Face,” “Some Other Time,” and “Here’s to Life.”
The concert also includes “Make Our Garden Grow” from Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,”
a song she recorded for an unreleased Broadway album in 1988. Here, she’s backed by the Brooklyn
Her two nights in Brooklyn were followed by a national tour which included Montreal,
Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver, Las Vegas, San Jose, and Los Angeles, continuing on to Europe
in 2013, with stops in London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, and Tel Aviv, where she was greeted by
more devoted crowds and critical accolades.
Critics all over the world were unanimous in praise of Streisand. Stephen Holden in
The New York Times observed, “Like few singers of any age, she has the gift of conveying
a primal human longing in a beautiful sound.” Charles McNulty of The Los Angeles Times
wrote that her performance provided “a chance to spend quality time with a legend and enjoy the
sights and sounds of her alternate reality.” And Bernard Perusse of The Montreal Gazette
observed, “Streisand has always done it with elegance and a peerless voice. She is truly, it seems,
the last of her kind.”
The full musical program follows:
As If I Never Said Goodbye (with special lyrics)
Nice N Easy / That Face
The Way He Makes Me Feel*
Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered
Smile (with Il Volo)
Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long*
No More Tears (Enough is Enough)*
The Way We Were/Through The Eyes of Love
Being Good Isn't Good Enough*
“Gypsy” medley: Rose's Turn/Some People*
Don't Rain On My Parade
You're The Top (Brooklyn Version)
What'll I Do* / My Funny Valentine (with Chris Botti)
Lost Inside of You* (with Chris Botti)
Evergreen (with Chris Botti)
Nature Boy (Jason Gould)
How Deep Is the Ocean* (with Jason Gould)
Here's To Life
Make Our Garden Grow* (with Chris Botti, Il Volo, Jason Gould, & the Brooklyn Youth Chorus)
Some Other Time
Happy Days Are Here Again
*live performance premiere
Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn premieres Friday, November 29th at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1 and is part of the 2013 December Membership Drive.
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Directed for television by Scott Lochmus, the program is produced by Lochmus and
Eileen Bernstein, with Barbra Streisand and Marty Erlichman as executive producers. The concert
performance is directed by Barbra Streisand and Richard Jay-Alexander, and written by Barbra
Streisand, Jay Landers, Richard Jay-Alexander and Jeffrey Richman. William Ross is music
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About the PBS Arts Fall Festival
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arts, PBS kicks off the multiplatform PBS Arts Fall Festival on Friday, October 18, 2013, hosted
by award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith. Anchored by broadcasts
every Friday night and a range of related online content, the Fall Festival features artists and
performances from across the country, comprised of full-length performances, behind-the-scenes
interviews, and artist and performer profiles.
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