The Verdict: Did the NY Critics Love Barbra Streisand’s Magic! Tour?

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Check out her playlist for the August 11 show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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Barbra Streisand's nine-city concert tour, which launched August 2 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, arrived in New York August 11.

The Grammy, Tony, Emmy and Oscar winner performs hits from each decade of her career as well as tunes from her forthcoming new album, ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which will be released August 26.

The tour, titled The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!, is directed by Streisand and Richard Jay-Alexander with musical direction by conductor Randy Waldman.

The critics are filing their reviews. is collecting them for our readers and will continue to update this list as the latest ones come in.

The Guardian


The New York Times


Here is the set list for her August 11 Brooklyn concert (subject to change for future concerts):

Act I
“The Way We Were”
“Being at War with Each Other”
“Everything Must Change”
“Woman in Love”
“Stoney End”
“No More Tears (Enough is Enough)”
“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”
“Being Alive”
“Children Will Listen”
“Papa Can You Hear Me”

Magician Lior Suchard

Act II
“Pure Imagination”
“Who Can I Turn To” (duet with video of Anthony Newley)
“Losing My Mind”
“Loving You” (duet with Patrick Wilson)
“Isn’t This Better”
“How Lucky Can You Get”
“Don’t Rain on My Parade”
“Climb Ev’ry Mountain” (duet with Jamie Foxx)
“Happy Days Are Here Again”

From deluxe version of Encore that has four solos songs on it:
“I Didn’t Know What Time It Was”

Here are reviews from the tour's August 2 opening stand at the Staples Center in Los Angeles:

Entertainment Weekly

Hollywood Reporter

Los Angeles Times

The Telegraph


Here was the set list for her August 2 Los Angeles kickoff concert (subject to change for future concerts):

Act I
“The Way We Were”
“Being at War With Each Other”
“Everything Must Change”
“Stoney End”
“Woman in Love”
“No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”
“Evergreen” (with Babyface)
“You Don't Bring Me Flowers”
“Being Alive”
“Papa, Can You Hear Me?”

Act II
“Pure Imagination” (with Seth MacFarlane)
“Who Can I Turn To?” (with Anthony Newley)
“Losing My Mind ”
“Climb Every Mountain” (with Jamie Foxx)
“Isn't This Better”
“How Lucky Can You Get”
“With One More Look at You”
“Children Will Listen”
“Don't Rain on My Parade”
“Happy Days Are Here Again”

Remaining Tour dates follow:

August 13 Brooklyn, Barclays Center

August 16 Boston, TD Garden

August 18 Washington, D.C., Verizon Center

August 20 Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

August 23 Toronto, Air Canada Centre

Tickets for all shows are available online, via charge-by-phone and venue box offices.

On the new CD Streisand partners with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars to sing Broadway classics. ENCORE will mark Streisand’s third Broadway album. Streisand released The Broadway Album and Back to Broadway in 1985 and 1993, respectfully, both of which went multi-platinum.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring and S2BN Entertainment.

(Updated August 3, 2016)

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