[f_minor] "My Night With Barbra" ~A copy from my personal acct. that I wrote to a friend~
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Tue Jul 20 06:06:36 EDT 2010
Please don't think I'm 'daft' but I just wanted to send along a copy of
my 'review' (of a sort) conveying how it was to see the 'iconic' Ms. Barbra
Streisand alive and well, and still very much "at the top of her
game"...sixteen years ago. Since the discussion has been going back and forth in the
e-mails about *Ms. S.* I thought you might be interested in reading this
'first hand account' of that night, that I had written about it, some months
ago to a friend, and fellow "Gouldian." I have always felt lucky that I
had this privilege, and I do like to share the memories with 'like-minded'
people...(if you'd like to read it)...please scroll down and enjoy:
Now, I want to just "finish what I started telling you yesterday" about
seeing Barbra in her concert tour back in 1994. Oh my, what a night that was!
And so, I continue ......
(Portraits By Artemis)
(BTW, have you ever drawn her portrait, dear? It seems like
she might be pretty easy to do, do you think so)?
One of the biggest thrills of my life was in July 1994, when my friend and
I saw Barbra Streisand live, in concert, at the huge "Arrowhead Pond" in
Anaheim, CA. (Here it is):
She sang there again in 2006 -- but we didn't go to this one...
[although I would have loved to]! The tickets were $350.00...
when we'd seen her in '94, & for those same seats we
heard they were $500.00 & above in '06!
So, I bought the DVD instead!
Well, she was even more magnificent in person than on the movie screen or
TV -- and her voice was as fabulous and strong as it had ever been! You
know, Richard Simmons dubbed her "God's Bell" years ago, and I must say, that
is a great nickname for her! What a voice and what control, the best I've
ever seen and heard! She is so much better in person, in every way too! Her
singing was flawless and she didn't miss a beat ~ and, she was just
gorgeous! We were awestruck the whole evening!
Also this; I was pleasantly surprised at how funny she was...and just so
'cute' when she'd tell her stories, as good as any professional comedienne
I've seen! She did a whole 'bit' as herself talking to her psychiatrist (who
was just this big, booming [disembodied] voice, talking to her from off
stage). The whole thing was hilarious, with her lying back on a chaise
lounge talking to her "shrink" who was responding like a real Dr. would. She was
so funny and it really showed her 'comedic' side. I loved her more than I
ever had, after that night -- and I can truthfully say it was the best
performance I've ever seen (and I've been to many, through the years)!
Another thing I recall is how graceful she was! She "floated" down a long
staircase on the stage, in a super-long gown, without looking down at the
steps at all -- just gliding down that stairway like a graceful swan, and
that long, white 'clinging' Donna Karan gown "floated" down with her, every
step of the way!
Now, say, if I was her 'understudy' some night, and if I'd have to walk
down those same stairs in a long, clingy gown, I would have gotten my high
heels so 'tangled up' in the hem of it, then I would have turned the whole
stage 'set' into a "Horror Movie Scene" and gone tumbling down like a 'sack
of potatoes' rolling on out into the lap of some elderly, screaming dowager
audience's front row, who'd be yelling; "Where's Barbra? Usher, get this
klutsy, dumpy old-lady off of me and give me my $1,000.00 back!!"
~ "Argh-hh!!! I knew I couldn't maneuver these stairs in this
and singin' "Hello Dolly" at the same time!!! How in the _ _ _ _ does
Bawbwa do it"?! ~
Tee-hee, I had fun with that! Now...I'll be serious the rest of the way!
But, we actually did worry that she would trip and fall, or at least
stumble! But she didn't mess up once -- it was just really unbelievable! Oh, and
not a hair out of place, the whole show! It "floated like silk" (just like
her gown) with her every move, too!
The most impressive thing (besides her voice, of course) was how graceful
she moved, it was just amazing! Another thing, she never got out of breath
at all....even during her long-winded numbers, or the times when she'd
dance around and sing at the same time! And those hands!! You know I was
looking at them, more than her face!! I had my husband's military binoculars
that night, & I could see "every perfectly manicured fingernail" and the
skin on her hands [and what we saw of her arms] looked as soft as a baby's
bum! The 'form' of her hands are just gorgeous -- as pretty as any hand
models, I'm sure! And she 'uses' them well, very expressive with them as you
have probably noticed, too (as we both have the 'thing' about hands). I had
always noticed them when I'd seen her on TV & in the movies, but when she's
on stage and just "being Barbra" those hands "talk and sing" right along
She was just perfect in every way, and this was truly one of the best
nights of my life! I bought a T-Shirt and a fancy program of the show, which I
still have and they're like new! I've worn the T-shirt dozens of times, and
it has stayed nice all these years...hasn't faded at all, and her picture
on the front is like new too! They must have been made of top material, as
it still looks great!
Well, dear...this was my "Night With Barbra"...and it was unforgettable!!
It's hard to believe that it's been 16 years ago, this July...but it has
been. What a thrill it was, and the memories of it have remained 'fresh' even
after this many years! If you ever get a chance to see her in concert --
do it! No matter what the tickets would cost, it will be worth it!!!
Now, I found a whole Web site about the concert we saw -- plus I ran
across a couple of videos on Y/T that were filmed the same time (maybe even the
night we were there)! BTW, it was the night of the *Stars* when we went
too, as it was a "make-up" night from what was to be the opening night that
year, when she had to cancel several shows due to a bad case of
laryingitis...and they had to reschedule. So, all of the stars that had tickets for that
certain night were there, along with 'us' & the rest of the 'common
fans'. At the intermission, the house lights went up, and with my binoculars I
saw more stars than I ever dreamed of seeing in my lifetime! I'll name a few
who I can remember: Sidney Pointier & his wife, Tom Hanks & wife, Rob
Reiner & wife, Tom Selleck & wife, Don Johnson, and so many others...anyway,
that gives you an idea!
_Click here: Barbra Streisand Archives | The Concert 1994 Tour_
My son, Kevin, fell in love with her, after seeing "Hello Dolly"
(as a little boy, back in the day). He thought she was the
*prettiest* woman he'd ever seen! When he'd see her picture
on magazines, etc. etc. he'd have to come & show it to us,
pointing and saying; "This is Hello Dolly ~ shee'z perty!"
(He thought that was her name,
isn't that a 'hoot')?!
* Those Hands!!! *
"That's All For Now"
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