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Barbra Streisand welcomed home in first show at Barclays Center

By Daniel S Levine,

After Jay-Z opened Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center with a series of sold-out shows, another Brooklyn native took the stage. The legendary Barbra Streisand performed the first of her own sold out shows Thursday night.

The New York Times noted in its review that it was a sentimental homecoming for the 70-year-old singer. She threw in several nods to the home crowd in her songs, changing lyrics and telling stories about where she grew up. For example, when she sang Cole Porter’s “You’re The Top,” she turned the song into a celebration of Brooklyn.

Other songs performed included “The Way We Were,” “People” and tracks from her latest album, Release Me, a collection of outtakes. She also performed with trumpeter Chris Botti, violinist Caroline Campbell and her son, Jason Gould.

According to NBC New York, Streisand performed before 18,000 fans, including many who screamed, “I love you Barbra!”

Streisand also got a little political, notes E! News, telling the crowd, “I love Big Bird and I hope no one tells Romney how to get to Sesame Street or Pennsylvania Avenue...He's a good actor. A chameleon.”

Streisand will perform at the Barclays Center again on Saturday.

 

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