Here She Is, Brooklyn! Barbra Streisand Plays Barclays Center Oct. 11 and 13

By Andrew Gans
11 Oct 2012

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand

Academy Award-winning actress, singer, director and philanthropist Barbra Streisand offers her first public performance in her hometown of Brooklyn Oct. 11 at the Barclays Center, the borough's new 19,000-seat sports and entertainment venue. Because that evening sold-out so quickly, an encore performance was added for Oct. 13, also at 8 PM.

The evenings are simply titled Back to Brooklyn and feature special guests Italian singing group Il Volo, trumpeter Chris Botti and Streisand's son, actor-director Jason Gould.

Streisand, who is backed by a 60-piece orchestra, is also joined by a Brooklyn youth choir. In addition to Streisand signatures, a rarely performed radio hit and a selection from her new recording "Release Me," the evening also boasts a medley of tunes from the classic musical Gypsy

Streisand and Richard Jay-Alexander direct.



In a previous statement Streisand said, "Brooklyn to me means the Loew's Kings, Erasmus, the Yeshiva I went to, the Dodgers, Prospect Park, great Chinese food. I'm so glad I came from Brooklyn — it's down to earth. I guess you CAN come home again.”

"When I first thought about building an arena in Brooklyn, I always envisioned Barbra Streisand coming home to take center-stage in her native borough," added Barclays Center majority owner and developer Bruce Ratner. "It's humbling and almost surreal to welcome arguably the greatest entertainer of all-time to Barclays Center. Barbra is Brooklyn and there’s nowhere more fitting for her to perform. This will be a night to remember."

Streisand will also play Montreal, QC (Oct. 17 at the Bell Centre); Ottawa, ON (Oct. 20 at the Scotiabank Plaza); Toronto, ON (Oct. 23 at the Air Canada Center); Chicago, IL (Oct. 26 at the United Center); Las Vegas, NV (Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand); San Jose, CA (Nov. 5 at the HP Pavilion); and Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 9 and 11 at the Hollywood Bowl).

Streisand is an artist in multiple disciplines. She is an award-winning actress, recording artist, concert performer, film director, producer, screenwriter, songwriter, philanthropist, designer, photographer, author and activist. Streisand is the only artist ever to receive an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards as well as France's Legion d'Honneur and the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the recipient of two Oscars, five Emmys, 10 Grammys, a Tony and 12 Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. The three films she directed received 14 Oscar nominations.

For more information visit barclayscenter.com.