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Monday, October 09, 2006

Babs Throws Down
By PopCultureWhore

Barbra Streisand is to my mother what Madonna is to me. So when Babs announced a tour after a 12-year hiatus, my mother’s American Express got a $400 workout and I got a seat amongst the throngs of Barbra enthusiasts at Madison Square Garden.

On our way in, we encountered two women who had paid $754 each for their tickets. Now, I love Madonna and I’d even consider springing for the $350 front-row floor seats next time around, but if I paid $800, I’d expect to sit in Babs’ lap and be in on the backstage conversation between her and Oprah.

That’s right, Miss Oprah herself made an appearance with her BFF Gayle. She swept in to uproarious applause in a gorgeous red dress and planted herself in the front row. A bodyguard kept gawkers at bay, but O did stop to give Rosie O’Donnell a hug and chat with billionaire financier Ronald Perelman.

Also spotted in the crowd were Tony Bennett, Project Runway judge Michael Kors, Vogue editor Anna Wintour (looking rather sour and sporting the omnipresent large sunglasses), former NYC Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, a very blonde Bette Midler, designer Donna Karan (a Babs favorite) and Al Sharpton.

The show was structured very much like an old-school concert, with programs, an intermission and formally dressed ushers. After an overture featuring the music from “Funny Girl,” Babs rose from the center of the stage in a sparkly little number. I’m not really an expert on Barbra songs, but she belted out Memories (The Way We Were!) and People and several number from “Funny Girl.” The men of Il Divo, a Simon Cowell concoction, joined Babs on stage several times, including a rendition of Music of the Night from Phantom and Somewhere.

Barbra showed her feisty side after an audience member heckled her about anti-President Bush segment of the show. He reportedly yelled “What is this? A fundraiser?” to which Babs responded, “Shut the fuck up! Shut up if you can’t take a joke.” She offered to give him his money back and he apparently left after the exchange. She later apologized for the outburst, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind, giving her several standing ovations.


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