Don't Tell Him Not to Live: Brinberg Returns to NYC in Simply Barbra Nov. 5-22

News   Don't Tell Him Not to Live: Brinberg Returns to NYC in Simply Barbra Nov. 5-22 Steven Brinberg is applying the glue to his Lee Press-On Nails in preparation for his Nov. 5-22 return to New York City in Simply Barbra 2000, the latest version of his popular Streisand drag act in which he sings rather than lip-syncs.
Steven Brinberg and Brinberg in Simply Barbara.
Steven Brinberg and Brinberg in Simply Barbara. (Photo by <i>Simply Barbara</i> Photo by Mike Martin)

Steven Brinberg is applying the glue to his Lee Press-On Nails in preparation for his Nov. 5-22 return to New York City in Simply Barbra 2000, the latest version of his popular Streisand drag act in which he sings rather than lip-syncs.

MJM Productions presents the Friday-Monday run at the Dominion Theatre, 428 Lafayette Street, across from The Public Theater.

Official opening is Nov. 8, following Nov. 5-7 previews.

Brinberg recently returned from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he performed Simply Barbra in the Edinburgh Festival. He performed in London in summer 1999 and recorded a CD, "Simply Barbra," on the Jay label.

Unlike other impersonators, Brinberg offers falsetto interpretations of songs (faithful to songwriters), and mixes comic patter into the show. Recently, Streisand's marriage to James Brolin has prompted material for the act. In the new show, expect references to Barbra's New Year's Eve concert in Las Vegas. "It's a fine line between satire and worship," Brinberg told Playbill On-Line. "The show is a spoof, but it's totally affectionate. I sing songs faithfully, but might add a twist."

Simply Barbra will feature appearances by guest singers such as Karen Mason (Nov. 8) and Fosse's Brad Anderson (Nov. 7.).

Brinberg won a 1999 Bistro Award and a 1997 MAC Award for outstanding characterization/impersonation (and was nominated in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999).

Songs new to the 2000 show include "Love Like Ours," "Married" (from Cabaret), "A New World Coming" and "He Touched Me."

An album of a Barbra duets with the likes of Donna McKechnie, Karen Mason, Claiborne Cary, Mimi Hines, Marcia Lewis and Heather MacRae will be released next year.

Producer MJM Productions is made up of directors Marvin Kahan, producer director Josephine Abady and producer Michael Jackowitz. The show is produced in association with Jeffrey Kent, Robert Ogden and Marcia Roberts.

Tickets are $22.50 and there is a one-drink minimum. Reservations are recommended.

Call (212) 473-1698 for information.

-- By Kenneth Jones