Not only is Barbra back with a new album featuring a chenille throw on the cover, she’s also back at the musty, dusty, crusty jazz club where she made her debut (can you IMAGINE the overhaul that dressing room is going to get? There won’t be a scented candle left in the whole island of Manhattan!)
Yep, to celebrate the release of Love is the Answer, the album of razzy jazzy standards overseen by Diana Krall (surprisingly warm, when you meet her. And funny) Barbra ‘without an ‘a” Streisand aka Streisland, will be returning to her roots at the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village, where the gays used to hang out before they got self-esteem.
Back then *lights cigarette, tilts back head to allow smoke to rise out of mouth and nostrils in highly photogenic manner. Coughs. Reaches for glass of water* Barbra – or Simply Barbra as we, her friends, knew her – was opening (not opening like that! Opening the show) for Miles Davis. Can’t imagine it somehow but it’s showbiz history, so pipe down.
Anyways, she’s back at the Vanguard. If you are a lucky fan who has pre-ordered the Love is… album or you are someone who needs to make a bundle on Ebay who has been to www.barbrastreisand.com and registered (don’t worry, we’re sure they must have thought of that: you’ll probably have to provide a DNA strand or something), you too can get a ticket to that show. It really will be like winning the lottery, though we do predict a rather gay-heavy event.
Just one downside: though she’ll have the nails, we doubt – with regret – there will be Egyptian eyeliner, like back in the day.