By Joanne Westaway Children; families contact supervisor St Albans
The Independent (London, England)
I was going to start this review with just three words: "I was there." It's really all you need to say about a Barbra Streisand occasion. And, then again...
She was not at her best. Her voice, by her impeccably high standards, was showing signs of ageing - it cracked a little, was more husky than usual and some notes were distinctly off-key.
She did not project into the audience like the Streisand of old. She had lost her "belt". The sublime "The Way We Were" brought tears to the eyes of her devoted audience until the last note, which she missed, bringing a few extra tears.
Yet, from the moment the lights dimmed and she rose up, phoenix- like (it was 13 years since she last performed in London)
from below the stage, she was marvellous. A woman in the seat to my right had travelled from Southend to see her heroine. Just a glimpse of Barbra was enough to trigger emotion, and the tears rolled down her cheeks from the very first ballad, "Starting Here, Starting Now". She had paid [pound]500 for her ticket and she, and thousands of others, would not hear of it as money misspent. What will she recall in 10 years' time: the last Barbra Streisand tour or a holiday in some ghastly resort?
The worst aspect of the night was the four chiselled-jawed tenors who joined Barbra on stage to ruin two of her best numbers, "Evergreen" and "I Finally Found Someone". …