5.0 out of 5 stars
Barbra's Amazing Millenium Concert, Dec 11 2003
This was the first Barbra Concert i saw - and boy was I impressed!
The Beginning is different to how you would expect a concert to start - but then Barbra isn't your average performer...
After a dance routine from Savion Glover, three actors enter and portray Barbra Streisand's first recording session when she was just 13 - shortly afterwards, 2 of the actors disappear leaving just the young Barbra on stage. She begins singing and is then transformed into the present day Barbra who steps out from behind "Brother Time's" cloak as the young Barbra disappears into it.
Barbra's entrance sparks an immediate standing ovation which is just electric - she continues singing "Somethings Coming" and duets with Lauren Frost, acting as the young Barbra.
Barbra then welcomes her audience and talks to them briefly about her mother and that first moment of magic when she first sang in a recording studio.
Her next song is "The Way We Were", followed by a funny video screen chat with fellow legend Shirley Maclaine.
Barbra continues her first act going back in time and performing her very earliest material like "Cry me a river", "Lover, Come back to me" and "A Sleepin' Bee".
Then comes a very funny rendition of "Ms. Marmelstein" in which Barbra sits on an office chair on wheels and glides around the stage. After this - what we've all been waiting for - A Funny Girl Medley. Barbra begins with "The Greatest Star" then going into "Second Hand Rose" and finally into the showstopper that is "Don't Rain on my Parade". Barbra sings this even better than when she first recorded this nearly 40 years previously and when she hits the high notes at the end, you really do get shivers down your spine. She holds the final big note triumphantly and the audience subsequently roar in applause and give Barbra a very well deserved standing ovation. Simply Amazing!
Barbra continues the first act with such classics as "Being Alive" and "Evergreen", before touchingly singing "Papa, can you hear me" which leads into "A Piece of Sky" a moment later.
During this song - her massive video screen comes down and Lauren Frost again appears beside Barbra to sing the final big notes of the song.
As they do this - the video screen seperates into 3 pieces in mid air with Lauren on the right, Barbra in "Yentl" in the middle and Barbra live on stage on the right hand side - it really is a brilliant and inspired end to Act One.
The Second Act begins with a video presentation of "Putting it Together" after which Barbra appears in a different outfit, a large red and green frock no less, to sing "On a Clear Day".
Then after a video montage of her greatest duets Barbra launches into a fantastic performance of "The Main Event", a song many thought she would never perform live. This song rouses the crowd and gets them dancing with their glowsticks while Barbra and her three backing singers perform a routine on stage.
After this, there is another costume change after which Barbra re-appears in a white gown partly made out of material from her wedding veil. She poinently sings "I've dreamed of you" to her husband in the audience, as well as "At the same time" with a large childrens choir who appear behind her.
Then its time for Streisand's most famous song - "People".
She performs a beautiful version of it which illicits yet another standing ovation from her entralled crowd.
The Millennium celebrations follow which lead in gorgeous version of "Happy days are here again" and a very slow "Don't like Goodbyes".
This is nearly the end of this event - but not quite.
Barbra begins movingly singing "I Believe" and then launches into another of her trademark ballads, the fantastic "Somewhere"
As Lauren Frost joins her onstage, a giant staircase is revealed from the set, which Barbra climbs halfway up to sing her final notes in the song including an amazing acappela note which ends the concert.
Barbra is the greatest "diva" that has ever lived - and this concert more than proved it. At 58 years old - she still has it!