Don't tell her not to fly.
Barbra Streisand's show-tune rich New Year's Eve and Jan. 1 concerts in Las Vegas were taped and will be shown on television and sold on home video, according to Variety's Army Archerd.
The shows at the MGM Grand Hotel, according to attendees, were rich with theatricality and included appearances by an actress who played a younger Barbra, and wunderkind tapper Savion Glover, who played "Brother Time," in keeping with the New Year theme. Video was also incorporated into the show. Marvin Hamlisch was musical director.
Archerd reported that the Vegas shows alone grossed $13 million and were attended by 13,000 Dec. 31, 1999, and some 8,000 Jan. 1. The industry scribe wrote that the cable TV special and home video won't be seen until after Streisand's March 2000 concert dates in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.
Archerd further speculated that "if she decides she's having such a good time (as she did in Vegas) and wants to continue concert-ing," the broadcast and release "will wait." Concertgoers told Playbill On-Line the concert was not filled with recycled material from her major concert tour several years ago, and did include theatre music such as "People," "Miss Marmelstein," a medley of "The Greatest Star," "Second Hand Rose" and "Don't Rain On My A Parade," "Being Alive," "Something Wonderful," "A Sleepin' Bee," "Send in the Clowns," "On a Clear Day...," "Speak Low," "Something's Coming," "The Music That Makes Me Dance" (Dec. 31 only) and "Somewhere."
A compact disc is expected, as well.
A surprise for the crowd was hearing Streisand belt "The Main Event," a major hit for her in 1979.
Native New Yorker Streisand, of course, got her start in smoky boites before making a Broadway splash as Miss Marmelstein in I Can Get It For You Wholesale and then as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. The films of "Funny Girl," "Hello, Dolly!" and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" followed.
-- By Kenneth Jones