As a child, my Mother always had Barbra on in our apartment. I think I heard the music in her womb. I have been listening to her from the very beginning, A very good place to start. Last night was the first time I saw her perform live, and it was well worth the wait. At 74 years young, Barbra’s voice is like Buttah! Her show playing last night did not disappoint her very loyal fans. On the Subway on the way to the show, I met two fans that traveled from Ohio to see their favorite singer. They told me they were even considering following her to Boston to see it again! After seeing her show last night, I would not blame them!
She sang ” Don’t Rain On My Parade” one of her signature songs with such ease it brought tears to my eyes. The entire experience so moved me. She brought Patrick Wilson onto the stage and sang a duet with him that was magical. She also sang with Jamie Foxx a duet from the “The Sound Of Music” that brought 18,000 to their feet one of the many standing ovations during this concert that was a life changing event. Another favorite was “Papa Can You Hear Me” from Yentl, I am sure there was not a dry eye in the house.
The show was directed by Richard Jay-Alexander and the songs picked were mostly Broadway. She also had a large selection of Sondheim singing from “Company” and “Follies” and her silky voice was presented with such passion and skill you would never know she had stage fright.
She has a new CD coming out called “Encore” which she sings duets with many famous people, I am looking forward to purchasing that CD. I have always admired her acting, her directing and of course her singing but seeing her live is an experience to be treasured and experienced. It was worth as she puts it “The Shlep” to Bkln or to travel from all over the World to see her live.
She also stressed the importance of voting for Hillary Clinton and asked her audience to vote for her. An evening I will cherish for the rest of my life.
There were also tons of Broadway people and stars in attendance: I spotted Stephanie Block, Kate Shindle, Steven Sater and sitting next to me was Stacy London from “What Not To Wear.”