Streisand With a Five O'Clock Shadow: Simply Barbra Begins NYC Gig April 24

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New Yorker Steven Brinberg's comic-drag-falsetto homage to Barbra Streisand, Simply Barbra, begins its latest incarnation, The Wedding Tour, 11 PM April 24 -- Streisand's birthday -- at Don't Tell Mama in Manhattan.
Color Him Barbra: Steven Brinberg as
Color Him Barbra: Steven Brinberg as Photo by Photo by Jeffrey Gershen.

New Yorker Steven Brinberg's comic-drag-falsetto homage to Barbra Streisand, Simply Barbra, begins its latest incarnation, The Wedding Tour, 11 PM April 24 -- Streisand's birthday -- at Don't Tell Mama in Manhattan. The club act, which was embraced in London last year, features the thirtysomething Brinberg wearing something tasteful (the promise of an Adrian design) singing "Evergreen," "Sadie, Sadie," "I Do! I Do!," "Funny Girl," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Love is Only Love" (from the film of Hello, Dolly!) and "The Moo Cow" song from Gypsy, all in celebration of the singer's -- Streisand's -- nuptial bliss with James Brolin.

Arranger-pianist Christopher Denny accompanies Brinberg Saturdays in May (May 1-29), and June 5.

An album of Brinberg as Barbara was recorded in London and will be released later this year, produced by John Yap.

Brinberg began his homage/illusion in 1993 and various versions of the show have come and gone, often related the personal and career highs and lows of his favorite singer.

The actor-singer has been nominated for five MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) Awards, and won the 1997 MAC Award for Outstanding Impersonation.

Shows are 11 PM at Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St. There is a $15 cover and two-drink minimum. Call (212) 757-0788.

May 11 Simply Barbra appears at Marla Maples' cabaret, Peaches, 206 E. 63rd St. Call (212) 355-9100.

-- By Kenneth Jones

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