Barbra Streisand is playing the Barclays Center in October
Who says you can't go home again?
Barbra Streisand, Brooklyn's most famous set of lungs, will return to the borough where she was born on Thursday, Oct. 11 to perform in the new 19,000-seat Barclays Center.
Regular sale tickets will range from $90 to $650, with $1,500 tickets available during pre-sale, said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark.
Might another concert be added?
"The consumer will dictate that," said Yormark. "If that situation presents itself, we'll encourage the appropriate parties to do that."
The concert represents a coup for both Brooklyn and the Barclays Center, which is set to open Sept. 28 with a concert by the Brooklyn-born Jay-Z.
"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," Streisand said in a prepared statement.
The booking represents "her chance to come home! She's never done a venue in Brooklyn before," Yormark said.
The last time Babs sang in Brooklyn she was in the Erasmus Hall High School chorus - a school she attended with fellow singer Neil Diamond.
"Any time she performs live it's a big deal," said Chelsea author William Mann, whose biography about the star's early life, "Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand" will be released later this year. Fans of the diva, who turned 70 on April 24, are elated at the chance to see a superstar who rarely tours and "doesn't enjoy performing live," despite being history's top-selling female recording artist, said Mann. The timing of the show is kismet, because "it will be 50 years ago this October that she signed her first record contract with Columbia Records" in New York, said Mann, adding, "she's paying tribute to her roots."
Streisand gave a concert at Manhattan's Village Vanguard in 2009, but performed for only about 120 people, many of them celebrities, leaving masses of her fans yearning for a look and a listen.
Jesse Rabbits, 21, a journalism and English major at NYU, obtained his pre-sale code from barbrastreisand.com yesterday and plans to buy his tickets today. "To know that she will be performing live in a place I can get to - it's something I didn't think could happen in my life time," Rabbits said.
Streisand appeals to anyone who values merit above artifice, said Rabbits. "She had this extraordinary talent, but she wasn't a model. She was a Jewish girl from Brooklyn who never got her nose done and whose talent made it okay to be different. She's also versatile - constantly remaking herself all over the place - and makes it seem effortless. She's just inspiring," he said.
Rabbits is unconcerned as to whether she will sound the same way she did earlier in her career when she recorded "People," "The Way We Were," or, his favorite, "My Man."
"She'll always be Barbra," he said. "Even if she can't hit a note for as long or in exactly the same way, she can still give you the same feeling," he said.