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Aug 14 2016
Barbra's Turn: Streisand At Barclays Comments (0)

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I'm not a major Barbra Streisand fan, but when I saw her do a six-song set—with a cold—at the opening of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, I vowed to see a full live show someday. There was definitely a little magic in that moment, but there was much, much more than just a little last night at Barclays in Brooklyn.

DSC00163Loved her Oscars-esque pantsuit... (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

In spite of the hag behind me who felt the need to loudly sing along the entire first act when she wasn't loudly talking (and heckling the pro-Hillary Clinton asides: “Benghazi.”), the show was a marvel.

Streisand was political, but not relentlessly so. She did talk about about President Clinton's (the first one) speech regarding how all human beings are 99.9% genetically the same, “Except for Trump. He's ... different.” She included projected images of police shootings and even 9/11 during a stirring performance of Carole King's “Being at War with Each Other,” and also included appeals for attention to climate change and women's heart problems.

But the banter was largely humorous and relaxed. She joked effortlessly with the crowd and seemed to feed off the delight in the room any time she tackled a monumental Broadway number, or, even more so, indulged us with a more commercial smash like “Evergreen.”

She definitely gave the crowd what we came for, and was in excellent, spine-tinglingly on-point voice, so my complaints are few: I would've liked full versions of the hits she confined to a medley, I felt her “I Didn't Know What Time It Was” made for a meh encore and she's dead to me for skipping “Prisoner.” Okay, that last one I never dreamed would happen.

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She more than made up for small shortcomings by bringing out Jamie Foxx and Patrick Wilson for powerful duets. Actually, she received a standing O after every song she sang:

Highlights for me—these were the A-plusses in a field of straight As—were “Being Alive,” “Papa, Can You Hear Me?,” “Pure Imagination,” “Children Will Listen” and “Don't Rain on My Parade.” It was also a hoot hearing how Arthur Laurents never forgave her for improving on his vision of her “Miss Marmelstein” number in I Can Get It for You Wholesale.

DSC00212She seems humorless in interviews, but not onstage! (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

It was a performance for the ages. At 74, she looks lovely, sings beautifully, is curating her catalogue pretty well and still knows how to make the people laugh, as when she asked if we knew what it was really like to be famous and have an amazing career, answering her own question with, “It's fan-fucking-tastic!”

...which would've made for a good, one-word review of her show.

Full set list (the only difference on Saturday night was she dropped “Everything Must Change” and did “Children Will Listen”): 

 
Aug 10 2016
6-PACK — Pastor Who Wanted African Gays Killed Going Down? + Glenn Beck Going Down? + Barbra For Hillary + Gay-Scene Blues + Tongan Swimmer's Activist Rear + Phelps & Lochte! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureU.S. pastor Scott Lively, who pushed for Uganda's Kill the Gays law, faces trial.

*widget boy cultureLawsuit vs. Glenn Beck over Boston Marathon terrorist bombing proceeds. He's toast.

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*widget boy cultureHear Barbra Streisand sing & help raise cash for Hillary Clinton, who's just gotta win.

*widget boy cultureIf you're feeling shut out from the gay community over sexuality, some of these replies make sense.

*widget boy cultureOpenly gay Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua is raising gay awareness with his butt!

*widget boy cultureMichael Phelps wins amazing 20th gold medal. Why Ryan Lochte ain't half-bad, either.

 
Jun 13 2016
6-PACK/tonys — Corden's Statement Of Support For Orlando + HAMILTON Wins 11 + Miranda's LOVE IS LOVE Sonnet + Streisand Returns! + Diversity Rules + Amazing Tony GIFs! Comments (0)

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*widget boy culture James Corden opens Tonys somberly, with pledge of support for Orlando, LGBT community: “Hate will never win.”

*widget boy culture Hamilton didn't break the record for most Tony Awards won by a single production, falling just one short + complete list of Tony winners.

*widget boy culture Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda read an emotional sonnet at the podium: “Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.”

*widget boy culture How good is Hamilton? So good that Barbra Streisand appeared on the Tonys for the first time since 1970 to announce it the year's best musical.

*widget boy culture Diversity worth curtsying for: All four musical acting Tonys went to actors of color.

*widget boy culture 15 amazing Tony GIFs that the editors of BroadwayWorld.com simply can't live without.

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May 16 2016
Barbra Streisand: Back On Tour! Liza Minnelli: Running For President! (Against Her Will) Comments (0)

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I have only seen Streisand perform live once, at the opening gala for the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. She had a bad cold, and my (horrid) clips on YouTube were marred by commenters stating she should retire if that was how she sounded these days. Nice.

So I should maybe get my ass to Barclays Center in August: Barbra Streisand has announced new tour dates ahead of a new duets album.

Just to make this post as gay as possible, maybe Barbra would be Liza's veep? Get the below creation here:

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Love that it goes up to 5XL!

 
Apr 12 2016
Streisand's GYPSY Coming Up Roses After All Comments (0)

Barbra Streisand's movie remake of Gypsy just took one rhythmic step toward becoming a reality. If the project is any good, it'll be a huge triumph—Streisand is 73, so will have to look like the mother of two young children in the early part of the film; some say her singing prime is behind her; some oddly feel like the original film is sacred (really? a movie in which the leading lady had to be dubbed?).

Hey, I say go for it. It can't be worse than The Mirror Has Two Faces, and I saw Streisand live at a mini-concert 10 years ago; in spite of an obvious cold, she sounded marvelous. Then I read the YouTube comments about how she should die and retire, not in that order.

So do it anyway, because nothing will ever please everyone.

Now that Arthur Laurents is pushing up daisies, she'll have a better chance of making a movie that comes up roses with minimal interference.

Are you excited or appalled?

 
Mar 05 2016
6-PACK — Patient Zero Sense + Rupert Murdoch Out-FOXed By Jerry Hall + PRINCE OF TIDES Author Dies + Bernie Bouncing Back Today + GOP Is Disintegrating + Donald Trump Is David Duke! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureGaétan Dugas wasn't even close to Patient Zero—HIV first hit NYC around 1970.

*widget boy cultureFOX villain Rupert Murdoch weds clever groupie Jerry Hall.

*widget boy cultureThe Prince of Tides, The Great Santini author Pat Conroy dies @ 70.

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*widget boy cultureBernie Sanders will definitely have a better Sorta-Super Saturday than Super Tuesday.

*widget boy cultureAngry white people rebelling against the GOP; are we witnessing history?

*widget boy cultureDon't kid yourself—Donald Trump agrees with David Duke on race.

This is how #Trump supporters treat little girls with a difference of opinion in #Kentucky.{Cusp of #Anarchy}

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Jan 08 2016
So Glad He Had That Time Together: Bob Deutsch's Celebrity Photos On Display Comments (0)

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Check out Bob Deutsch's amazing shots of celebrities if you're in his neighborhood in Florida—his stuff was captured when he was a star-crazy gay kid, and he wound up getting posed shots of Streisand, Burnett, Garland and many, many more.

I think you can tell a lot about a photographer from the expression of a subject in a candid photo, and his subjects always glow.

Bob spoke with SFGN of his Marilyn Monroe encounter:

He collected autographs from many of the stars, but it was an encounter with Marilyn Monroe at Madison Square Garden that would send him on a career as a celebrity photographer. Monroe was attending a 1962 salute to President John Kennedy and Deutsch spotted her getting out of her limousine, but she declined to sign his autograph book. That’s when he “went out and got a camera.”

Bob was a staple at Studio 54 as a by-then pro shooter. He remembers:

It was such a great rush to walk past all those people (waiting) in the line to get in. But, I guarantee you, I didn’t have as a good a time as the people who were dancing.

Check out his work, which spans from the early '60s through 1983.

 

 
Dec 09 2015
Sam You Made The Interview Too Short: Babs On Hillary & More Comments (0)

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Barbra Streisand granted an interview to The Hollywood Reporter, in which she is praising Hillary Clinton:

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