Friday, November 29, 2013

Not Just For Streisandists (Television Review: Great Performances, Barbra Streisand Back To Brooklyn PBS)

How many times can I write about Barbra Streisand's "Back To Brooklyn" concert? I wrote about it when I saw it during her concert tour, and recently I wrote about the CD, and now I am writing about tonight's Great Performances telecast on PBS. I will write about it till the day I die. It's a great show - it pulls all the right heart strings, and is all captured on screen this evening. Of course, there's nothing like watching Streisand. In a stadium filled with almost 20,000 people, you feel like she is singing to you alone. Modern artists fill there show with all kinds of effects, but here it is just Streisand and her orchestra on stage, and she fills that stage with her star power.  She moves somewhat awkwardly, but you don't need choreography when she is singing "People" with all honesty and vulnerability. Again, the simplicity of "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, " for example is more than enough to touch every single person at Barclays Center. There's just something about her, and her way with a song. Even the non-fan can truly appreciate her artistry here. Every mother can latch on to her duet with her son, Jason Gould as they duet "How Deep Is The Ocean." Every conscientious citizen will be able to relate to "Make Our Garden Grow," and any lover of music can appreciate song after song after song of Streisand's 'like buttah' voice.

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