October 4th Philadelphia
October 6th Columbus
October 9th New York
October 11th New York
October 13th D.C.
October 15th Montreal
October 17th Toronto
October 20th Toronto
October 22nd Boston
October 24th St. Paul
October 28th Ft. Lauderdale
October 30th Ft. Lauderdale
November 2nd Atlanta
November 4th Atlantic City
November 7th Chicago
November 9th Chicago
November 13th San Jose
November 16th Phoenix
November 18th Las Vegas
November 20th Los Angeles
Barbra's Pre-Tour Interview with USA Today
By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
Planning to catch Barbra Streisand on her tour with the "popera"
quartet Il Divo? Better arrive on time.
"I open the show,"
Streisand, 64, quips. "After all these years, I'm still the
That's not to say
that the diva — whose first national tour in more than a decade
starts Wednesday in Philadelphia — will be a supporting player.
Streisand will be the star the moment she appears on stage, mixing
classics with songs she has never performed in public.
Il Divo, whose
operatic approach to pop ballads has fueled a pair of
chart-topping CDs, will join Streisand for several numbers. "It's
like having 'The Four Tenors' — but the four young, hot tenors.
They're cute and they have beautiful voices. What more could you
will include a special guest joining Streisand on Happy Days
Are Here Again, "and some comedy, some fun stuff. Everybody
will know after Philadelphia."
her new production as "more intimate, not as elaborate as I've
done before. I have 58 musicians. But it's really about the
singing. In listening to certain things from my past, I thought I
could revisit them."
Another goal is to
help raise money for Streisand's charitable foundation, which
focuses on health, education and the environment. She has
committed $1 million to Bill Clinton's Climate Initiative.
"To do good things
you need lots of money," Streisand says. "Of course, my foundation
has done great things with small amounts, too. We stopped a
nuclear power plant from turning waste-grade plutonium into
Fans can learn about
other projects and goals in Streisand's concert program. "There
are things in terms of peace organizations between Arabs and
Israelis, and blacks and Jews. A lot of it is non-partisan. People
will be able to see where a lot of the money they're spending is
going. I want to do some good things in my lifetime — and pay for
my house, which is double the budget already."
jokes that part of the reason she's hitting the road again is "to
escape the horror" of constructing a new home in Malibu. "But I
end up dealing with it anyway, by phone and fax and e-mail. It's
harder than doing the concert."
"My tours are very
limited," Streisand says. "I speak to my friends, to people like
Diana Krall, who said she toured 300 out of 365 days. People like
Madonna do 60 cities, where I'm only doing 20. It's rare for me to
go out. But at this time in my life, this feels right."
CUT WITH BARBRA STREISAND
"She is hands down one of the greatest, most enduring performers
around." — Oprah
Pre-concert Interview with Barbra
BarbraNews talks to The Streisand Foundation about the tour...
The Dress Rehearsal
Barbra performed in
front of an invited audience on Tuesday 3rd October at the
Wachovia Center, at 1pm -- the day before the tour kicks off.
The Song List (Not In Order) from the Dress Rehearsal.
An Unusual Way
Come Rain or Come
Don't Rain on My
Down with Love
Italian and English with Il Divo)
Funny Girl (the
title song from the film)
Happy Days Are
Here Again / Get Happy (Duet with George Bush Impersonator)
Have I Stayed Too
Long At the Fair
I Finally Found
Music of the Night
(with Il Divo)
My Shining Hour
rare introduction from Film)
The Music Of The
Night (with Il Divo)
Somewhere (with Il
The Music That
Makes Me Dance / My Man (Medley)
The Way We Were
The Woman In the
What Are You Doing
The Rest Of Your Life?
When the Sun Comes
Where or When
You Have to be
Carefully Taught / Children Will Listen (Medley)
"I have seen her sing 11 other times in my life. I have never seen
her this relaxed and playful". -- Attendee
"A few people -- me included, stood up after 'Woman In The
Moon'... She was so appreciative, she looked over and said that
she was very glad we liked that song". -- Attendee
DIVA TALK: A Sensational Streisand
06 Oct 2006
Barbra Streisand in concert
photo by Firooz Zahedi (headshot)
Last Saturday I received an invitation that I will probably never
be offered again: the chance to attend a Barbra Streisand dress
rehearsal at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA. Not only
would this be the first time I had ever seen the Academy
Award-winning actress perform live, but I was also able to bring
five people with me to the by-invitation-only event.
Knowing this would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I wanted
to share the day with some of the people I love most and those who
I knew would truly appreciate the experience: my mom, my sister,
my sister-in-law, my friend Tod and his mother Joyce. The six of
us — some coming from New York, some from New Jersey and one in
Pennsylvania — all headed to the 15,000-seat Wachovia Center on
Tuesday for the afternoon concert.
The concert was primarily attended by friends and family members
of the musicians in the 56-piece orchestra or those working on the
concert tour as well as such celebrities as Rob Marshall, Liz
Callaway, David Zippel and Donna Karan. And, as we all waited to
be let into the theatre on the suitably sunny day, there was true
excitement in the air, a feeling that continued to build as we
took our seats in the mammoth stadium. Most of the 900 or so
attending were seated in the floor section, and my family, friends
and I could hardly believe that we were going to have the
privilege of enjoying a Barbra Streisand concert from the fourth
The set design for the tour, it should be noted, is simple, yet
elegant. A few raised pathways with lit handrails encompass the
orchestra, and there are three areas where a modest bouquet of
roses adorn a small round table and chair.
the audience anxiously awaited the star's entrance, that
aforementioned sense of excitement seemed to transform into a
palpable sense of electricity that flowed throughout the arena. At
2 PM the lights dimmed and Richard Jay-Alexander, who, with
Streisand, co-directed the concert, made his way onto the stage to
welcome the audience. Jay-Alexander joked that Streisand had tired
of her "audience of six" and was eager to try out her new show for
The original overture to Jule Styne's Funny Girl — the 1964
Broadway musical that garnered its star her second Tony nomination
— began the concert and was greeted with an enthusiastic applause,
but the sight of Streisand, who, at 64, remains a striking figure,
brought the audience to its feet for the first of many times that
Streisand began her concert with Richard Maltby and David Shire's
"Starting Here, Starting Now," and I have to admit hearing the
sound of her voice live — those lush, rich, golden, rounded tones
that seem to magically pour out of her — was surprisingly moving.
There have been many singers throughout the years who,
intentionally or not, have imitated her sound, but when hearing
Streisand live, one quickly realizes there is no substitute for
the real thing.
After welcoming the animated crowd, Streisand noted that she
hadn't performed in Philadelphia for over four decades, not since
she filmed her 1965 television special "Color Me Barbra."
"Down with Love" preceded one of the afternoon's highlights, the
Academy Award-winning theme song from the 1973 Streisand-Redford
film "The Way We Were." There was a gentle hush as Streisand
delivered the opening lines, "Memories light the corners of my
mind. . .," and I suspect there was nary a dry eye as she finished
the Marvin Hamlisch-Alan and Marilyn Bergman tune on a beautiful
sustained, almost ethereal high note.
Before belting out a terrific version of the Harold Arlen standard
"Come Rain or Come Shine," Streisand explained why teleprompters
are a must for her tours. During her monumental 1967 concert in
Central Park, she forgot the lyrics to three songs, and that
experience was so "frightening and embarrassing" that she was
unable to sing in public for nearly 30 years. "When I performed my
fundraising concert in 1986," she said, "by then they had invented
the teleprompter. . . . Now I have them in case I have a senior
One of the many things that struck me during the generous,
three-hour concert was the warmth that Streisand exudes onstage.
And, not only is she tremendously intelligent — evidenced in both
her spoken word and her lyrical interpretations —she is also
extremely funny, joking throughout the show, often at her own
expense. She drew laughs when detailing all the local food she had
sampled in Philly, noting "The only thing I like more than
American democracy is eating." When she played a wrong note on the
piano — during "Ma Premiere Chanson" — her simple "Oh sh**!" was
delightfully down-to-earth, and when a loud sneeze from the
audience preceded the final note of a song, her quick "God bless
you" drew laughs and applause.
Finally Found Someone," a song based on the love theme from "The
Mirror Has Two Faces," preceded her best-known composition
"Evergreen." As Streisand explained that one of the most enjoyable
aspects of writing songs has been hearing other people interpret
them, the tour's special guests — Il Divo — joined her for the
remainder of that song, which explores "the meaning of one love."
The strong-voiced Il Divo — comprising David Miller, Sebastian
Izambard, Urs Buhler and Carlos Marin — joked a bit with
Streisand, before taking the stage with five solos: "Senza Catene"
("Unchained Melody"), "Passera," "Regresa A Mi" ("Unbreak My
Heart"), "Si Tu Me Amas" and the Sinatra classic "My Way"; the
latter was dedicated to Streisand.
Il Divo began singing The Phantom of the Opera's "Music of
the Night," Streisand returned to much applause, joining the four
men for a gorgeous version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber tune.
Whether she's singing solo or with a group, one can't help be
impressed by Streisand's innate musicality. As opposed to today's
"American Idol"-type singers who sing three notes for every one,
Streisand's simple riff here or gentle lick there seem completely
organic and add to rather than detract from the melody.
The first half of the evening concluded with several songs from
Funny Girl: the extended, full show version of "Don't Rain On
My Parade," the bittersweet title song, a powerful medley of "The
Music That Makes Me Dance" and "My Man" (which was added to the
film) and, of course, one of Streisand's many anthems, "People."
The crowd again jumped to its feet as Streisand's voice soared on
the song's climax: "People who need people are the luckiest people
in the world!"
The concert's Entr'acte featured a portion of the "Funny Girl"
movie score; "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"; music from "The
Prince of Tides"; and the "Yentl" ballad, "Papa, Can You Hear Me?"
Streisand then reappeared, singing a glorious rendition of Rodgers
and Hart's "Where or When."
The Grammy winner then had some fun with her audience, answering
questions from the crowd [those attending the concerts will have
the chance to fill out "Ask Barbra" cards prior to each show] and
performing a version of the classic Judy Garland-Streisand duet
"Get Happy"/"Happy Days Are Here Again" with a special guest star
(I won't ruin the surprise).
Streisand then built Harold Arlen's "When the Sun Comes Out" to a
thrilling, full-voiced finale. While discussing her "pride and
joy," her son Jason, a piece of music he composed for his mother
while she was making "Yentl" was played in the background. A
wonderful, poignant medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "You've
Got to Be Carefully Taught" and Sondheim's "Children Will Listen"
One of the most welcome surprises of the afternoon was the
inclusion of Maury Yeston's "Unusual Way." Streisand's voice was
perfectly suited to the beautiful Nine ballad, and her
acting of the song was also impeccable. In fact, it made one long
to hear what she could do with some of the more current theatre
"Like the Gentle Rain," performed as a bossa nova, was followed by
the Bergmans "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," and two
early Streisand favorites, "Woman in the Moon" and "Have I Stayed
Too Long at the Fair?" followed; the latter was particularly
Streisand offered the West Side Story anthem "Somewhere" as
a "prayer for tolerance, compassion and peace," and was again
joined by Il Divo. As the thrilling sound of the five voices and
the orchestra — conducted by William Ross — swelled to dramatic
effect on that Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim tune, the entire
crowd spontaneously rose en masse.
"God, you're a great audience! Can you come back tomorrow?,"
Streisand quipped before delivering two more songs to the
appreciative crowd: "My Shining Hour" and a terrific arrangement
of "A Cockeyed Optimist." There was one final encore, but I'll
leave that as a surprise.
I were asked to sum up the afternoon in one word, it would have to
be joy. There were tears of joy, joy in people's smiles, joy in
watching a performer reclaim the concert stage, joy in sharing
this day with my family and friends, and the simple joy of music
superbly performed. And, now, Streisand has the chance to spread
this joy throughout the U.S. and Canada as she embarks on a
two-month tour that will visit such cities as New York,
Washington, Toronto, Quebec, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and
Photos by Kevin Mazur / Wireimage.
Opening Night -- Wachovia Center -- Philadelphia.
October 4, 2006
Click here for video footage (1) (CBS TV)
Click here for video footage (2) (Associated Press)
Inqlings | Before singing, Streisand had a taste of Philly's best
Barbra Streisand didn't just pop into Philly for last night's
Wachovia Center concert.
She did four days of rehearsals at the Sovereign Bank Arena in
Trenton - same management as the Wachovia - and overnighted at
Philly's Four Seasons with husband James Brolin.
After Babs and Brolin toured the Art Museum on Monday - where she
shot part of her 1966 special Color Me Barbra - they showed up at
the National Constitution Center at 4:30 p.m. hoping to see
"Freedom Rising," the center's theater production.
Last show for you and me would be at 4 p.m. Not wishing to rain on
her parade, the center ran "Freedom Rising" especially for them,
and the couple followed up by touring Signers' Hall.
Tuesday afternoon, about 500 of the luckiest people - including
fashion icon Donna Karan - watched the dress rehearsal at the
Wachovia Center, where Streisand mentioned getting a cheesesteak
at Pat's, clams casino at Old Original Bookbinder's, and ice cream
at Bassett's in Reading Terminal Market.
Streisand, 64, also unapologetically acknowledged "senior moments"
as she pointed out that she had lyrics in large type on a
Barbra in New York -- Madison Square Garden
October 9, 11, 2006
BABS WORTH BUCKS
The real deal. -- By Liz Smith
11, 2006 -- 'AND NOW for my next trick!"
joked Barbra Streisand during the first minutes of her
latest concert tour. No tricks. Only talent.
TONIGHT, if you are lucky enough to jam into Madison Square Garden
to see Barbra Streisand, be prepared. You will find a great
artist, whose capacity for vocal subtlety, sensuality, power and
passion is as thrilling as ever. She was, is, and will forever be
the real deal.
You will also find a woman whose good sense occasionally abandons
her, almost sinking what is otherwise an amazing concert
The first act was a hands-down triumph. Beginning with "Starting
Here, Starting Now," her tones were smooth and honeyed, if only
slightly constricted, perhaps by back-in-New York nerves. She was
loose, she was funny, her beaded gown unforgiving on a voluptuous
knish-enhanced figure, her hair a bit askew. But for once, Barbra
looked like she was actually enjoying her fans, her fame, the
experience of being onstage. She was impromptu often, rather than
teleprompted. (Though the famous prompters were obvious, and she
joked about them.) She was, in short, adorable.
With her voice opening up with each number, she offered stunning
versions of "The Way We Were" and "Evergreen." She mined deeply
from her stage and movie triumph "Funny Girl." (In fact, the show
begins with the entire Broadway overture from that classic
musical.) She sang, for the first time, the title song, written
especially for the film version of the Fanny Brice biopic. This
elicited delighted gasps from her fans. And if it is possible
after 40-plus years singing "My Man" and "People," to offer newly
definitive versions of these chestnuts, Barbra miraculously
manages it. The concert might have ended there and sent her fans
home overjoyed and fulfilled.
ACT 2 presented Barbra in a sleeker hairdo, a more flattering (and
bosom- baring) gown and a voice now fully released. "The Music of
the Night," "When the Sun Comes Out," "In a Very Unusual Way,"
"What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" and "You've Got to Be
Carefully Taught/Children Will Listen" are like buttah fresh from
And then, and then . . . she begins telling how she loves the
truth and hates all the awful stories printed about her. Uh-oh.
She takes notes from the audience. One is signed "George from
Texas." Sigh! Yup, a President George W. Bush impersonator
appears onstage to the strains of "Hail to the Chief." (Which, by
the way, no matter what you think of any president, should only be
played for the president.) What follows is a squirmy
cringe-inducing "parody" between Streisand and "Bush." It goes on.
And on. Worse still, she uses one of the great moments of her
young career, the famous "Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again"
duet with Judy Garland as part of the joke. "Bush" takes Judy's
part. Gasp-inducingly tasteless and boring. She was heckled, and
then gave back as good as she got.
She apologized for losing her temper, and spoke of unity. But it
is the very nature of her pointless parody that divides. Ah, but
remember I said she is a great artist? She then did what only a
great artist can do. She pulled it out of the fire (or the icebox,
as it were, the audience slightly chilled by her "satire"). Barbra
made those fans scream, stomp and brava all over again for "(Have
I Stayed) Too Long at the Fair?," "Somewhere" (which produced near
hysteria), "My Shining Hour" and "Smile." The lady redeemed could
have remained onstage for another hour, at least.
Barbra worth the cost of her concert? Yes. Real talent and iconic
stardom still exist. Go find her on the rest of her tour - go
before she goes offstage for good. But does she understand that
the power of her voice, singing "Somewhere" prefaced by a few
simple words, does more to get her message across than anything
she says? Not. At. All. Still, and to her credit, Streisand
remains true to herself. That's more than you can say for most
politicians, Republican or Democrat, who talk from both sides of
Oh, yes, Miss Streisand receives unnecessary assistance from the
four bombastic tenors Il Divo. They belt out songs like "My Way"
(in Italian) and give La Diva a breather. They also afford the
opportunity for a flirty Streisand to surround herself with
handsome men. They're fine. But when you've got what Barbra's got,
all you need is a microphone. (It's a stylish, fairly simple
presentation even with the Divos; no video screen homage's to
herself and her past glories, no distracting props.)
The funniest part of the whole night was passing through the
lobby, experiencing commercialism full riot. Items for sale
included getting your picture taken in front of a "Streisand" sign
- $20 for the first pic, $10 for the second and each additional
was $5. There were baby outfits, doggie outfits, $40 programs,
$300 suede and leather jackets. And T-shirts, which portrayed
Barbra in her many roles - singer, director, woman with cleavage.
She insists most of this money goes to her various charities. I'll
take the lady at her word. I sure don't want her to tell me I
can't take a joke!
Click here for Newsday Photo Gallery
Click here for video footage from New York
Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna (above)
Members of the BarbraNews.com forum meet up - before the New York
show! What a good looking group! (More fan photos at the bottom)
Celebrities attending the show included:
James Brolin, Gene Simmons from Kiss, Rosie O'Donnell, Kelli
O'Donnell, socialite and new Republican friend of Rosie, Georgette
Mosbacher, Jason Gould, Josh Brolin, Diana Krall, Donna McKechnie,
recent Funny Girl Paper Mill Playhouse star Leslie Kritzer, Oprah
Winfrey, Gayle King, Sandy Gallin, Ralph Lauren, Lorne Michaels,
Liz Callaway, composer David Zippel, Gary Smith, Donna Karan,
Stephania, Donna's 3 year old granddaughter that Barbra mentions,
who sings My Man at the age of 3, Steven Brinberg, Tony Bennett...
(Photo by Walter McBride / Retna)
Oprah King and Gayle King watch on...
Can you spot Oprah, Gayle King, Cis Corman, Josh Brolin, The
Click for larger
(above photos are after the show, backstage -- by Kevin Mazur /
Ann Hampton Callaway
Dr. Mathilde Krim
Ex-President Clinton and Hillary
Hugh Jackman and wife
Regis Philbin & wife Joy Philbin
Sarah Jessica Parker
Thanks to Cathy (Il Divo Forum)
All courtesy of Walter McBride / Retna
Following photos Cathy / Il Divo Board.
Fans from BarbraNews.com and Barbra-Archives.com got together --
here's some shots
(Courtesy Matt Howe / BarbraArchives)
Concertgoer throws drink at Streisand
Barbra Streisand had
a drink lobbed at her Monday after a mid-concert skit poking fun
at President Bush.
publicist, Dick Guttman, said a paper cup filled with some sort of
liquid was thrown on stage but apparently did not hit Streisand
during her second performance in this Fort Lauderdale suburb.
Martin Erlichman, said she shrugged off the incident and responded
to the angry audience member by saying: "It's a free country and
they're entitled to express their opinion."
It's at least the
third time the skit, which includes a George W. Bush impersonator,
has angered Streisand's audience. A heckler targeted her at the
Philadelphia opening of her 20-city comeback tour, Guttman said,
and Streisand made headlines with her response to a jeerer at
Madison Square Garden last month.
Streisand believed the skit was in good fun and noted impersonator
Steve Bridges, who wrote it, is a Republican.
"This skit has been
so massively covered by media, it's impossible that it still could
come as a surprise to any of the Bush admirers who bought
tickets," Erlichman said.
controversy, Erlichman said the skit would remain a part of the
"It stays in the
show except for the few performances where Steve has a conflicting
commitment," Erlichman said.
outspoken liberal, is touring the country after a 12-year absence
from the stage, offering fans a repertoire of her four decades of
From Barbra's LA Publicist
(Sent to BarbraNews.com on 2 November. This can also be read at
You may have
picked this up already from the new Truth Alert on Barbra's
website. If not, I know it will interest you. An important
aspect of this story is that in an election season that has had so
much name-calling and so many ads which distorted the truth,
someone (Barbra) actually cared that the truth be told.. even
though it erases the impression that the original Associated Press
story had inferred someone politically opposed to her, committed a
rude act or throwing a drink (actually, a paper cup with some
liquid in it) on the stage. Barbra's desire to set this matter
straight is one step towards civility in politics. And, as the
proverb says, the longest journey begins with but a single step.
-- Dick Guttman
In view of
press speculation that there was a political aspect to an incident
at one of the recent Ft. Lauderdale performances of the current
Barbra Streisand national tour, the star wishes it known that she
discovered later that the outburst was in no way political. The
man who threw a paper cup with liquid in it onto the stage was
actually the guest of someone to whom Streisand had given tickets,
a guest who had had one or more too many beers but no political
recent stay on a friend's boat near Miami, Ms. Streisand had given
each of the crew members tickets (these happened to be front row)
for the sold-out concert. When one seaman became ill, an
Australian friend was invited, a rowdy friend as it turned out.
been three occasions during the tour, which has now completed 12
or its twenty concerts, in which a heckler protested a skit in
which the George W. Bush impersonator Steve Bridges interacts with
Streisand. The management of the tour points out that Bridges is
a Republican and has performed his impersonation with President
Bush at the White House Correspondents Ball and for him on several
occasions including one at the White House, and that Bridges'
writers had created the skit used in the concerts. Martin
Erlichman, Ms. Streisand's manager and a producer of the tour,
noted that if Bridges feels the material is in good fun and
conforms with the President's self-deprecating sense of humor,
that was good enough for Ms. Streisand.
Three of the
nearly 180.000 people who have seen the concerts so far have
chosen to make vocal protest of the skit during its performance,
but singer feels it should be made clear that the person who threw
the drink had no political motive or message..
Despite rumors to the contrary, we heard Barbra Streisand
was a doll to deal with when Salon Rik Rak owner Rick
Watters did her hair color in the comfort of Rosie
O'Donnell's Star Island manse over the weekend. Also on hand:
Streisand's hubby, James Brolin, who didn't partake in
beauty treatments, but spent time talking to Watters about
business strategies. Babs was so impressed with Watters' wizardry
that she invited his entire family to her sold-out Monday night
Barbra Byte -- by Allison. J Waldman
01 November 2006
The Morning After
By Allison J. Waldman (Exclusively for BarbraNews.com)
I was planning to write this Barbra Byte -- my first in a while --
the morning after seeing Barbra in Fort Lauderdale. I figured,
rightly so, that I would have lots to say about Barbra's
performance. The show I attended, Saturday, October 29, was
magnificent. Barbra was brilliant, relaxed, radiant and everything
I expected her to be. She was warm, alive, witty and wonderful.
Whether on her chair, softly caressing the lyrics to "Funny Girl"
or pondering "Have I Stayed Too Long At the Fair?", or belting "My
Man" with all the soul she has to muster, the lady is the
preeminent vocalist of our lives. The Times of Our Lives have been
greatly enriched because of Manny and Diana's dazzling daughter,
Jason's mom, our Barbra.
Now, I thought there wouldn't be much to top the high I was
feeling from Saturday, but something came very, very close. With
my friend John McEachron, we hosted a Barbra Brunch for Streisand
fans in South Florida. Nearly 50 people showed up, everyone flying
high thanks to Barbra's show, all of us thrilled and delighted to
be able to share our thoughts, our memories, our feelings about
our favorite star. It was a love fest. I didn't want the day to
end. We all vowed to meet again soon, perhaps even put together a
Barbra Cruise in the near future. Wouldn't that be fun? We could
take turns singing "A Piece of Sky" or pull a Nicky Arnstein and
take over the casino! Anyway, we'll see if we can make that dream
That brings me to today, the morning after Barbra second Fort
Lauderdale concert. How can I put into words my reaction to
hearing that the innocuous, innocent comedy skit with a George W.
Bush look-alike (Steven Bridges) was again the subject of
controversy…only this time somebody threw a cup of ice at Barbra?
How dare someone do such a thing! What is wrong with some people?
How can a civilized citizen react to free speech with violence?
My thoughts quickly turned to Barbra. Was she all right? Did this
incident rattle her? Apparently, she handled it with aplomb. The
Miami Herald said she virtually shrugged off the incident, and
another heckler moments later. Good for you, Barbra! Shake it off,
girl. Don't let those loudmouths get you down, and don't let them
intimidate you into removing the Bush sketch. You have every right
to do that material, a right ensured in the U.S. Constitution.
Maybe a Hubbell would ask you to drop it, but in true Katie
Morosky fashion, you must stand tall, be courageous, stick to your
convictions and SING PROUD (even when you speak). You have never
failed to live up to a challenge and I'm sure you won't in this
Special thanks to Dick Guttman, Marty Erlichman, J-me Diamond,
Blake Ross, Richard Jay-Alexander, Cathy (IlDivo), Walter (Retna),
Kevin Mazur/Wireimage / Matt Howe + the fans who wrote in.