A star was born in Brooklyn and she is coming home to sing for the first time.
Her name is Barbra Streisand, and she will perform on Thursday, October 11 and Saturday, October 13, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the brand-new 19,000-seat sports and entertainment venue. The multi-award winning star was born and raised in Brooklyn but has never performed publicly there — until now.
“Barbra Streisand in Brooklyn will be a huge moment and a defining experience for Barclays Center,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “We are truly honored to bring Barbra full circle, to the borough where it all started for her, just down Flatbush Avenue from her old neighborhood. We are continuing our goal to bring the best of everything to Barclays Center. Brooklyn, after all, deserves nothing less.”
Streisand spokesman Ken Sunshine said that performing near her old neighborhood will be very emotional and poignant for Streisand. In a statement posted on her web site, Streisand stated, “Brooklyn to me means the Loews Kings, Erasmus, the yeshiva I went to, the Dodgers, Prospect Park, great Chinese food. I’m so glad I came from Brooklyn‚ down to earth. I guess you can come home again.”
“When I first thought about building an arena in Brooklyn, I always envisioned Barbra Streisand coming home to take center-stage in her native borough,” said Barclays Center majority owner and developer Bruce Ratner. “It’s humbling and almost surreal to welcome arguably the greatest entertainer of all-time to Barclays Center. Barbra is Brooklyn and there’s nowhere more fitting for her to perform. This will be a night to remember.”
Streisand is the only artist ever to receive an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards as well as France’s Legion d’Honneur and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the recipient of two Oscars, five Emmys, 10 Grammys, a Tony and 12 Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. The three films she has directed received 14 Oscar nominations.
“Barbra Streisand is one of Brooklyn’s greatest contributions to the world of music, film, television and Broadway—and having her perform her first-ever show in Brooklyn at the new Barclays Center will be the crowning achievement of her legendary career,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “They just don’t get any bigger than this daughter of Brooklyn and proud graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, and although she has entertained millions upon millions across the globe for the better part of 50 years, I can’t wait to welcome Ms. Streisand back home to the ‘big stage’ of Brooklyn!”
An artist of unparalleled accomplishments in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand is also a philanthropist, whose Streisand Foundation has given millions of dollars in more than 2,100 grants to over 700 non-profit organizations including her substantial underwriting of The Cedars-Sinai Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program, which addresses the leading cause of death among women in the United States, as well as men. Streisand recently raised $22 million for the cardiovascular program at Cedars-Sinai and was honored by the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors for her support and dedication to the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Center.