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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Just sing, Barbra!

Barbra Streisand's concert at Madison Square Garden Monday evening was great, music-wise. She mixed rarely heard songs from her early albums with old and new favorites to prove she can still style a song. Sure, it was expensive -- floor seats went for $700, nosebleed seating merely $200 --but it was an event worth experiencing for anyone who appreciates a good song. And we got our money's worth with 20 Barbra solos (and three collaborations with the pop classical group Il Divo) over the almost two hours she was on stage.

But why did she have to go political for 10 minutes in the middle of her second set? A comedian named Steve Bridges looks a lot like President Bush and went one on one as Dubya against Barbra. The satire was predictable and prompted at least one guy in the crowd to yell out, "Just sing." Good for him.

Barbra also got into an off-color exchange with a heckler. For the money he spent, I guess he's entitled. But she's a pro who should know better. Why mar an otherwise classy act?


Anonymous ericthered said...

Barbra is the poster child for (BDS) Bush Derangement Syndrome, an ailment found in high concentrations in Hollywood, the Upper West Side, and mainstream news rooms. These are the same folks who believe Karl Rove engineered 9/11 and that Muslims will stop blowing up children on buses as soon as the U.S. leaves Iraq and Israel vanishes into the Mediterranean. She surrounds herself only with those with the same ailment and therefore assumes that everyone in the country must have the same views. So naturally she's surprised when she gets heckled. It would be nice if she learned her lesson, but most likely she'll take the Dixie Chicks defense and cry censorship by the vast right-wing conspiracy.

10:05 AM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because you can sing dosn't mean you are not Stupit. She just showed how Mean Spirited she really is.

12:01 PM, October 21, 2006  

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