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Barbra Streisand is a proud Brooklynite at concert

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbra Streisand was full of Brooklyn pride as she belted out well-known tunes with passion during a concert at the newly built Barclays Center.

Thursday night's three-hour show was Streisand's return to her hometown, where she's also performing Saturday on her Back to Brooklyn tour.

The 70-year-old entertainer told the crowd of 18,000 that the last time she performed solo in the New York City borough was "on somebody's stoop on Pulaski Street" as an 8-year-old.

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She entered the stage in a shimmery black blazer and long skirt, holding her hands close to the microphone as she hit the right notes on more than two dozen songs, including "People," "Evergreen" and "The Way We Were."

"Hello, Brooklyn," she yelled. "Who said you can't come home again, right? Just Thomas Wolfe."

A video from "summer 1979" played on a large screen as people from Streisand's neighborhood talked about the singer, commenting on her talents, demeanor, family and even her nose.

"Purely a reflection of Brooklyn," one woman said. As the clip closed, another woman said: "Come back to Brooklyn and give us a concert."

"It might have taken me 33 years, but I'm finally here," she said to the crowd.

"I left Brooklyn to pursue my dreams. Brooklyn quite never left me," she said at another time.

Streisand played with the audience, often telling jokes and taking in the many screams of "I love you, Barbra!"

The icon looked to the front row at a fan wearing one of her T-Shirts.

"You buy it in the shop? It's cheaper online," she said, as people laughed. She looked to another in the crowd: "You look like Dick Cheney. See, this is what happens when I see the audience, it's not good."

The stage beamed with purple lights, as an orchestra of 30-plus played in a pit where small blue lights were strung around them.

Streisand performed sitting and standing, as a small table stood next to her where flowers and a mug with chicken soup were placed (she said she woke up with a cold).

Ahead of her performance, fans submitted questions to Streisand, who answered several of them onstage. One asked if she was aware that contemporary singers lip sync.

"I've heard about that. I could never do it because I'm so bad at it. So I have to apologize because I have to sing live," she said as the audience roared.

That question was followed with: "I'd love to know what you think of Mitt Romney's promise to fire Big Bird."

"I love Big Bird and I hope no one tells Romney how to get to Sesame Street or Pennsylvania Avenue," she said as the crowd cheered even louder. "He's a good actor. He's a good actor. A chameleon."

That wasn't Streisand's only political moment. The Barack Obama supporter said she taped Thursday night's vice presidential debates and couldn't "wait to go home to watch."

"I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but ... if you believe in affordable health care and women's rights ... if you want to move forward and not back, you know who to vote for," she said.

Streisand was joined onstage by trumpeter Chris Botti, Italian operatic trio Il Volo and her 45-year-old son, Jason Gould, asking him before they sang a duet: "Do you need anything, like, a sweater? You need some chicken soup?"

He earned a standing ovation as his mother looked on, gasping, "Oh my God."

She remembered late singer Donna Summer by performing their duet "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)." She also paid tribute to her late friend — composer Marvin Hamlisch — as she sang "The Way We Were," saying "this is for you" before giving a rousing rendition of the tune.

When she performed "You're the Top," Streisand changed the lyrics, name-dropping fellow Brooklynite Jay-Z, who performed eight shows at the Barclays Center last week. She sang lyrics like: "You're a Brooklyn Net, on a private jet" and "it's an accent you can't drop."

Oct 12, 2012 7:51AM
I thought she was going to move to France?
Oct 12, 2012 7:46AM
Still the best in the her new CD and support her cause for women and heart disease (leading cause of death for women)...she is one who puts her money where her mouth is..sing proud Barbra !!!
Oct 12, 2012 7:46AM
....what a political much did those fools shell out to listen to her 3 hour political commercial? Do ya wanna know? Try $700 / each. The cheapest tickets are $100.
You honestly think a middle-class-income individual can shell out that much green to see a 70 y.o. avowed socialist? GTFOuttahere.
She's a "Do-As-I-Say-Not-As-I-Do" elitist. She sold her soul to Satan a long time ago.

...look up bi*** in the dictionary and you will find her picture.
Oct 12, 2012 7:46AM

One of the world's all time great enterainers-may never have an equal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Oct 12, 2012 7:45AM
As a displaced NewYorker, a Republican, basically a Patriot of this country, and a Streisand fan (who wouldn't love that voice?) - I see good in everyone and do not understand why compromise can't come from both parties.  I hate dissention in the ranks, mud slinging, and unnecessary barbs and still love the ones with talent and see the good they do while trying to ignore their shortcomings.  I'm always for freedom to speak, freedom to criticize, and freedom to cast a ballot for the man and not feel a traitor to Party.  We are all "family first"; America and American first and last.  Just thought it only right, just because I am who I am does not make me the enemy.  America has enough enemies; you can please some of the people some of the time; but you cannot please all of the people all of the time.  We are all a various part of the "rainbow" and we should all appreciate the words of some of Streisand's music.  Whether she believes it or not - without her comments - she is an influence for People to just accept being People of these united, diverse, components of a land of Liberty.  With the right and privilege to express ourselves: religiously, politically, socially, without fear of another to raise up and say we can't.  I will always enjoy that voice from Streisand especially when she speaks with her Brooklyn slang and bring me back home again with her Jewish style.  You CAN go home again, just as Streisand proves and just listening to her taking you home again. Thanks, Barbara!
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