Barbra: The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic

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Barbra: The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic
Tour by Barbra Streisand
Barbra The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic poster.png
Promotional poster
Associated album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
Start date August 2, 2016
End date May 6, 2017
No. of shows 16 in North America
16 in total
Box office $53 million
Barbra Streisand concert chronology
  • Barbra Live
    (2012)
  • Barbra: The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic
    (2016–2017)

Barbra: The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic was a concert tour by American recording artist Barbra Streisand. The tour initially visited nine locations in North America,[1] then was extended twice for a total of 16 shows in 14 cities. The performance in Miami (December 5, 2016) was filmed for a Netflix release on November 22, 2017.[2] A live concert album from the same show The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic! was released on December 8, 2017.

Background[edit]

The concert tour was Streisand's seventh, preceded by the 2012–13 Barbra Live tour. On May 16, 2016, Streisand's longtime manager Martin Erlichman announced that she is gearing up for a new Broadway duets album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway to be released following a nine-city concert tour of North America in August. The concert setlist would feature hits spanning Streisand's career as well as songs from the upcoming album.

Critical response[edit]

Variety noted: At 74 years old, Streisand doesn’t always hit the power notes — as ironically evidenced in opening number, "The Way We Were" — but a few spots of pitchy imperfection could hardly detract from the sheer magic of watching a living icon return to the stage after a three-year absence, recounting her storied career through a varied set list that included tracks off each of her No. 1 selling albums, from "Stoney End" to "Woman in Love" to "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)", her disco-fied duet with the late Donna Summer.[3]

Los Angeles Times: Barbra Streisand was working toward a moment — the end of the first act of the first show of her first concert tour in years — when she decided something wasn’t quite right. She’d just brought the house down at Staples Center with a thrilling, deeply felt rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Being Alive," and now, in a demonstration of her range, Streisand's large band was easing into the hushed "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from "Yentl," her movie about gender and Judaism in Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. Yet an adjustment was in order. Turning her attention to a small table near the edge of the stage, the singer picked up what looked like an unlit candle, turned the thing over and flipped a tiny switch. The decoration flickered to life.[4]

NewsDay: When Barbra Streisand stepped onto the Barclays Center stage and almost immediately began belting out "The Way We Were," it was clear we were in for a daring show. Starting with a beloved showstopper is like throwing down the music gauntlet, promising that what is in store will surpass previous tours. And somehow Streisand delivered."This is what the evening is all about," as she launched into the classic, before adding, "Think of your memories too."The limited nine-city "Barbra: The Music . . . The Mem’ries . . . The Magic!" tour, which also includes another Barclays Center show Saturday, is in some ways a preview of her upcoming album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway out on Aug. 26, which includes duets with Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy and others. But it's also a way for her to once again put her imprint on today's culture.[5]

Commercial reception[edit]

Ticket pre-sales began for American Express card members on May 18 for U.S. venues and May 19 for the Canadian venue; along with a pre-sale purchase fans received a copy of the new album. General public ticket sales began on May 25. Tickets prices ranged between $90 and $510.[6][7]

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring and S2BN Entertainment.[7]

Set list[edit]

This set list is representative of the performance on August 11, 2016. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.

  • Act I
  1. "The Way We Were"
  2. "Everything"
  3. "Being at War with Each Other" (Carole King)
  4. "Everything Must Change" (Quincy Jones)
  5. "Woman in Love"
  6. "Stoney End" (Laura Nyro)
  7. "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
  8. "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" (with Babyface)
  9. "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"
  10. "Being Alive"
  11. "Papa, Can You Hear Me?"
  • Act II
  1. "Pure Imagination" (with Seth MacFarlane)
  2. "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" (with Anthony Newley)
  3. "Losing My Mind"
  4. "Loving You" (with Patrick Wilson)
  5. "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" (with Jamie Foxx)
  6. "Isn't This Better?"
  7. "How Lucky Can You Get?"
  8. "With One More Look at You"/"Watch Closely Now"
  9. "Children Will Listen"
  10. "Don't Rain on My Parade"
  11. "People"
  12. "Happy Days Are Here Again"
  13. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was"

Sources:[8][9][10]

Tour dates[edit]

All dates were sold out. Attendance indicates theatre capacity.

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
North America[11][12][13][14]
August 2, 2016 Los Angeles United States Staples Center 13,557 $3,806,180
August 4, 2016 San Jose SAP Center 11,367 $2,687,997
August 6, 2016 Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena 12,946 $3,535,905
August 9, 2016 Chicago United Center 13,748 $3,780,492
August 11, 2016 Brooklyn Barclays Center 29,250 $8,802,145
August 13, 2016
August 16, 2016 Boston TD Garden 13,493 $3,663,178
August 18, 2016 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 12,101 $3,152,751
August 20, 2016 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 13,963 $3,529,637
August 23, 2016 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 13,140 $2,481,950
November 27, 2016 Houston United States Toyota Center 11,591 $3,022,440
November 30, 2016 Tampa Amalie Arena 10,035 $2,413,705
December 3, 2016 Sunrise BB&T Center 12,262 $3,247,670
December 5, 2016 Miami American Airlines Arena 10,071 $2,080,785
May 4, 2017 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum 11,435 $3,119,293
May 6, 2017 Brooklyn Barclays Center 14,464 $3,682,129
Total 203,423 / 203,423 (100%) $53,006,257

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Lynch (May 16, 2016). "Barbra Streisand Announces Movie Star Duets Album & 2016 Tour Dates". Billboard. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Review: Netflix's 'Barbra: The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic!' captures Streisand in top form by Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times 2017 November 21.
  3. ^ Malina Saval (August 3, 2016). "Concert Review: Barbra Streisand is Joined Onstage by Jamie Foxx, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds". Variety. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Mikael Wood (August 3, 2016). "Review At Staples Center, Barbra Streisand is a down-to-earth diva with Donald Trump on her mind". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Glenn Gamboa (August 12, 2016). "Review: Barbra Streisand delivers hit parade at Barclays Center". NewsDay. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  6. ^ News Desk, BWW (May 16, 2016). "Breaking News: Barbra Streisand is Headed Back on 9-City Tour; Plus Reveals Third Broadway Album". BroadwayWorld. Archived from the original on May 17, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "On sale now: The Music… The Mem'ries… The magic! – Barbra Streisand". Barbra Streisand official website. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  8. ^ "Barbra Streisand Setlist". setlist.fm. August 11, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Verdict: Did the NY Critics Love Barbra Streisand's Magic! Tour?". Playbill.com. August 3, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Barbra Streisand concert 2016". YouTube. 10 August 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Billboard Boxscore :: Current Scores". Billboard. September 6, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-09-06.
  12. ^ "Billboard Boxscore :: Current Scores". Billboard. November 25, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-11-15.
  13. ^ "Billboard Boxscore :: Current Scores". Billboard. December 12, 2016. Archived from the original on 13 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Billboard Boxscore :: Current Scores". Billboard. June 8, 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-06-07.