It’s always a big deal when Barbra Streisand comes to town and Thursday’s concert at SAP Center in San Jose was no exception.
She even joked that she was playing Pokeman Go and it led her to the Shark Tank.
The superstar is singing tunes from No. 1 albums she’s sold over six decades — an industry record — in a tour called “Barbra: The Music… The Mem’ries….The Magic!” (One fan in the audience quietly quipped “The Money!”)
She’s also promoting her 35th upcoming album “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway,” and a video segment with Jamie Foxx, Seth MacFarlane and Melissa McCarthy couldn’t have been a more appealing ad.
In a two-hour show that started with “The Way We Were” and closed with “Happy Days Are Here Again,” Streisand was fantastic.
At 74, her voice isn’t quite what it once was, but who cares?
Famously known for being a perfectionist, she even flubbed a few times, on “Stoney End” and tunes from “Funny Lady.” At one moment, she lost her shoe. It made the legendary vocalist all the more human.
Backed by a band rather than full orchestra, and using a teleprompter, she still managed to sound spontaneous.
At the outset, she called to a few adoring, squabbling folks in the crowd, “Don’t kill yourself!” and told fun stories (and showed pictures) from her long career.
The outspoken Democrat made points about protecting the environment, and took the opportunity to blast Donald Trump a few times.
Politics and social issues were covered in video and in Carole King’s “Being at War with Each Other” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Children Will Listen.”
Sondheim’s “Being Alive,” showcasing her amazing interpretive skills, was a highlight, as was a video duet with the late Anthony Newley on “Who Can I Turn To?”
The show’s only misstep was an audience participation bit with mentalist, and sadly, Babyface (who joined in her Los Angeles), wasn’t there to duet with her on “Evergreen.” (It still sounded good.)
But with backup singers, she tossed off “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough),” her disco-era hit with Donna Summer, and said when making “A Woman in Love” she left everything in the hands of Barry Gibb.
She touched on her film career with a favorite, her directorial debut “Yentl,” singing “Papa Can You Hear Me?” and lighting a candle, on a tasteful set with a few tables, chairs and flowers.
A sexy montage from “A Star Is Born” with Kris Kristofferson was shown with “With One More Look at You.”
Her spine-tingling anthem “Don’t Rain on My Parade” got perfect treatment, accompanied by the clip of the famous tugboat scene in “Funny Girl.”
Of course, she sang “People” — and it was like buttah.
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