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20 Best Barbra Streisand Moments, Songs & More

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Whether it is the best Barbra Streisand moments on Broadway, the best Barbra Streisand songs or even her fun TV Cameos, we all love this Diva and what she does.  Unfortunately with her career it is hard to pick the best Barbra Streisand songs, movies, moments, etc… but we did our best to bring you 20 of our favorite.  If you have one you think should be on the list, leave a comment below and we can always add it later.

Best Barbara Streisand Songs, Videos, Shows, Movies and More!

20.  Streisand sings I’m the greatest Star in Funny Girl

The reason we love this Barbra Streisand showtune is that is basically states what she is, The Greatest Star.  Even though she is playing Fannie Brice, it shows her ambition, excitement and that she knows she has the talent and will fight to get her chance to make it as a star.

19.  Barbara Streisand and Judy Garland sing Happy Days are Here Again

When you combine two amazing talents like Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland you will either have an amazing song or a huge flop.  Happy Days are Here Again not only became an amazing hit, but it also become the theme song for the Democratic Party that Barbra has strongly supported in the past.

18.  Barbra even makes Madonna drop characters – Saturday Night Live

If you loved Saturday Night Live, one of your favorite skits had to be Linda Richmond and Coffee Talk. Not only was she Streisand obsessed, but when she had family visiting they all had to talk about her. Oddly enough, even with professionals like Madonna, Mike Meyers and Rosanne on set, when someone like Streisand comes on everyone looses character for a second and looses control.

Unfortunately there are no versions of the scene on YouTube so here is a version with fake voices.

17.  Barbara Streisand Hits the Disco with Donna Summers and sheds “No Tears” about it.  Enough is enough duet.

If singing ballads and showtunes wasn’t enough for this Diva, she teamed up with Donna Summers to bring down the disco with the hit song Enough is Enough or No More Tears. She crossed over into Disco and took it by storm with one of the best singers of the disco era. This song is also still played today and done at a ton of karaoke nights.

16.  Duck sauce takes on Barbara Streisand and turns her famous name into a hit song.

Crossing into Disco with a Diva is somewhat easy for Streisand, but going into dance music is something that not everyone could do. Luckily for Babs, a DJ and group called Duck Sauce put a hit song together which is all about her. I think the only actual spoken lyrics (besides the Barbra Streisand impersonator) is her name.

15.  Bab’s sings Don’t Rain on My Parade and creates a generation of horrible Karaoke covers and showtunes night fails.

No need for this one. It’s one of the most famous broadway songs that launched her career and has been redone a million times by everyone from Lea Michelle to Linda Eder. It’s also one of the most popular showtunes for karaoke.

14.  Barbra Streisand makes a rare appearance on the game show What’s My Line.

One thing that game shows love are celebrities that show up for a guest appearance. On the show “What’s My Line” Babs made a guest appearance as a French Woman and surprised everyone.

13.  Barbra Streisand Sings Live on National TV on Oprah.

This was an amazing thing for Barbra Streisand. She took a break from TV and performing live and then appeared on Oprah. Not only did she sing a few songs, but she completely killed them.

12.  Barbra Streisand becomes a mother “Focker“!

Barbra returned to doing movies and appeared as the mother in the hit movie series as the Mother Focker with Ben Stiller and a ton of other amazing stars. Not only was the movie a hit, even though she didn’t appear until the second one “Meet the Fockers” but she did an amazing job as a laid back and liberal Jewish mother. I highly recommend this movie!

meet the fockers

11.  1964 – Bab’s creates and sings “People” for Funny Girl with her first Pop Hit on the charts!

The reason that this is a huge moment is that for each year into the 2000’s Streisand became one of the first or the only star to have a hit song or album across this many decades on the top of the Billboard charts.

10.  Bab’s wins a Tony in 1970 inscribed “Star of the Decade” making her one of the only people to win an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony.

There are Tony awards for almost everything with theatre. However, when you have someone like Barbra Streisand at the Tony’s something a regular one isn’t good enough. The Tony Awards gave Barbra Streisand one that said “Star of the Decade” instead of a regular one.

9.  Kathy Griffin goes after Babs

You don’t get anywhere with today’s gays unless Kathy Griffin rips into you.  Luckily for Babs, Kathy not only dug into her but tried to rip her a new one.  Barbara Streisand now regained her gay fame across generations of gay men and everyone fell in love with her again.

8.  Jason Gould takes the stage with his Mom at a 2012 show and kicks butt!!!

When Barbra had her son Jason Gould, she had to pass some talent to him. Not only did she pass some talent, but she brought him on stage and he performed with his famous mom. The two of them were absolutely amazing and he killed the song!

7.  Barbra Streisand teams up with Neil Diamond in 1978 to create “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” and almost every guy in the world is not on a guilt trip from their wives about being romantic.

6.  March 26, 1964 Funny Girl hits broadway starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice.

5.  1962 Barbra Streisand hits broadway with her debut show “I Can Get it for You Wholesale”.

The reason this is a huge moment in her life is that it is her debut on Broadway. Even though she wasn’t the lead, she was the one who got all of the attention. When an Actress that is new takes all of the reviews, the applause and doesn’t let it get to her head, you can tell she is ready to take over.

4.  The Barbra Streisand Album hits stores in 1963 starting her climb onto the Billboards for numerous other albums.

3.  Yentl hits the movies in 1983 and earns Barbra Streisand 5 Oscar Nominations.

2.  Barbra brings politics to her 2006 tour and says no to George W. Bush.

1.  Babs goes Diva and tells someone to F off!

If there is one thing you never do with a Diva, it’s start a fight, especially on stage. Barbra definitely didn’t enjoy it and not only did she stop the show, she even dropped an F bomb. That is why we love her!

There are a million amazing moments in Barbra’s career. Here are 20 of our favorites. Feel free to share your own Favorite Streisand moments by leaving a comment below.

If/Then Reviews

If/Then Reviews – This is Your Warning!

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If/Then Reviews

If/Then Reviews

At Miss Saigon I cried, Phantom I cried and at If/Then I cried.  I didn’t cry at Les Mis, Fiddler or other shows, but before you think this is going to be one of the positive If/Then reviews, think again.  Yes, the show made me cry and yes I loved the music so normally I would do positive reviews of If/Then the Musical starring Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp.  The show actually was amazing, but before I recommend it, please read this post so you can know what to expect and if you should buy tickets for If/Then the Musical.

Idina does an amazing job and Anthony Rapp does as well.  LaChanze is incredible and the talent is not lacking with the supporting cast.  The funny thing is that it is basically a grown up version of Rent the Musical which both Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp were both in.  In this one he goes gay while she stays straight, but he is still an activist and she remains both sided just like in Rent.  Instead of a cow jumping over the moon, she belts out a song under the stars.  The show is literally a grown up or sequel fun alternative to the hit broadway show Rent.  Again, my If/Then reviews are still not positive because even if you are a Rent head, you need to be warned.

The show is amazing and you will love it…if you can get through the two major flaws that I hope they fix before If/Then the musical goes to NY.  If they don’t fix these two issues, then the If/Then reviews are not going to be so good.  The first issue is that the entire first act is wayyyy….tooooo….long.  It is like you are listening too the same exact song and scene over and over and over and you want to kill yourself.  The music is great and the acting is wonderful, but they could easily cut out 30 minutes and the show would be perfect.  The second act of If/Then the Musical was amazing and the time was exactly where it should have been.  By cutting down the first act of If/Then the musical, when it hits NYC, the If/Then reviews will probably be a lot better than what will happen if they don’t shorten it.  Then there is the next issue, the staging.

If/Then the musical constantly changes back and forth from when Idina Menzel’s character is younger and older.  She changes jackets to let you know and they call her Liz when she’s older and Beth when she’s younger in If/Then the musical.  Unfortunately the changes happen too fast and on at least half of them you cannot tell if it is in the past or not.  She sleeps with Lucas (Anthony Rapp) but it was actually her husband (I won’t spoil it for you).  The worst is at the very end when she meets her true love, and you don’t know if it’s a different scenario from the past or if it is her starting new.  You assume it is her in the past but you hope it is new.  If they could shine a different colored light on her for the present Liz or a different color for the past Beth that would help a lot.  In Jekyll and Hyde the main character pulls his hair back when he’s normal and lets it flow out when he is the evil Mr. Hyde.  Even doing that with the older Liz having flowing hair or pulled back hair and the younger Beth the opposite would let you know.  It gets way too confusing and not a single person we talked to could follow along.  If they could fix this and fix the first act by cutting it down then our If/Then reviews would be amazing and we would love it.

If/Then the musical

If/Then the musical

With that said, I highly recommend you buy tickets for If/Then the Musical.  You can buy tickets for If/Then on sale by clicking through to our tickets vendor page on the link above or click on the banner on the side of this blog that says buy half price or discount tickets.  They have most shows with half price tickets for If/Then the musical on sale still.  Even with a long first act and bad staging so you cannot tell whether or not they are in the past or present during If/Then the Musical, our If/Then reviews are amazing.  If/Then the musical gets 4 out of 5 stars and close to 4 and a half.  It takes a lot to get me and a lot of my friends to cry and this show did it.  If they cut down the time in the first act and make it more clear, our If/Then the musical reviews would have been a definite 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend you go see it!

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Sister Act Touring Cast Reviews – Read Before Going

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Last week I went to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to see Sister Act the Musical.  After reading the reviews of Sister Act the Musical I was very excited to see the show.  Who doesn’t love the movie version, sequins and a ton of singing nuns and gangsters going at it.  Unfortunately the show was nothing like the movie.  Even though the story lines were similar, the two are nothing a like.  The cast was amazing and very talented but the script wasn’t as good as I was hoping for and the music just didn’t do it for me.  We give Sister Act the Musical 3 out of 5 stars.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see it, we actually do recommend you see it, it means we want to give you a couple of things to think about before you buy tickets to Sister Act the Musical.  (I do encourage you to see the show since it is fun to watch, it just wasn’t our favorite.  Lot’s of other people in the audience would disagree with our opinion.  I definitely do not think it is worth the cost of full priced tickets so use the banner below to see if they have sister act the musical tickets on sale in your city.)

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The cast was amazing.  The acting was incredible and all of the punchlines were delivered perfectly.  The sound was perfect, special effects and lighting was amazing and the costuming was hilarious.  Everyone did an amazing job.  The reason we didn’t like the show was the script.  We were hoping for some of the music or similar music styles from the movie.  The song in the clip above is one of the only fun ones that makes you happy and kind of makes you want to sing a long or smile.

Instead of the fun and easy to get spoofs and parodies from the movie, we were given a new score and new songs that not everyone understood, me included.  Although this isn’t a bad thing, they didn’t compare to the movie version and just didn’t get us as excited.  It could have been our mood that night or even that we loved the movie and were hoping for something more similar.  Unfortunately the musical version of Sister Act does not compare with the movie version music, lyric or song wise.  The only other thing that we didn’t like in the show was that the jokes were geared towards specific groups instead of the general audience.

The musical version of Sister Act has a ton of great jokes.  The problem is they are very targeted to specific groups.  There are gay jokes that gay people would get.  Broadway spoofs that only Broadway fans would pick up on.  There are jokes about Christianity that only Christians and Catholics could get and tons of others for specific groups.  Unlike Shrek the Musical where the Spoofs are fun for almost everyone, if the jokes aren’t geared towards you, you will sit there confused and possibly feeling left out or bored.  I was confused on a bunch of them but the person next to me explained them to me.  When there were ones that I got and they didn’t, I helped them understand them so it did work out.

Although it wasn’t my favorite show, it was a fun one to watch.  I wouldn’t recommend paying full price for the orchestra for Sister Act the musical, but if you can find a deal on broadway tickets, then I highly recommend going.  You can also sit somewhere besides the orchestra to save money which will make the show a great one to see.  The show is good, but we were hoping for something more similar to the movie.  Either way it is a fun one to watch, just not our favorite.  The cast is amazing and you will definitely enjoy them.