She claims she’s NEVER touring again, so Barbra Streisand’s upcoming Netflix documentary Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic! may well be her final recorded concert.
The trailer for the special will induce goosebumps for fans. Her pipes are in rare form—still clear as a bell. Segments of the concert, packed mostly with oldsters, promise a visual (flowing costumes!) and audible extravaganza with plenty of schtick, balanced out with lots of rehearsal footage, backstage shenanigans, clips of Funny Girl-era Barbra and beyond. Get a load of the special-guest roster: Alec Baldwin, Jamie Foxx, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane and Melissa McCarthy. Talk about variety! The audience loves her—“I’m feeling the love, it’s wonderful,” Babs says, waving in the adoration with manicured hands (nails like buttah!)—and your love for the best Second Hand Rose will rekindle upon hearing her belt out “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Even though they definitely are not.
Babs recently chatted with the Associated Press. Below is an excerpt of the conversation.
AP: So you really won’t do another tour?
Streisand: No. No. I know. I can’t. It’s just too vulnerable. It’s too hard for me. I wish I loved it. There are so many performers who perform practically the whole year, you know, 200 or 300 days a year. They love it. And I wish I felt that way. It would be great because it’s very lucrative but I can’t do it. It’s just too hard. I think about what I eat after the show. You know, I plan the meals after the show so I could be free of anxiety.
I actually did this last tour for a painting. There was a painting I wanted and it was expensive. I’m a big fan of (Amedeo) Modigliani. There was a painting I wanted that I really had a save up for it. … I lent it to the Tate Museum in London. I can’t work for money. I have to work for an object that I love, something I want to live with. …What does money do? It goes somewhere, a stock, a bond. I don’t see it. But a painting I can look at every day and enjoy.
AP: What can fans expect from the Netflix special?
Streisand: I try to inhabit each song, you know, as an actress. I try to think of the whole (special) as the producer-director. I try to be very honest with my audience, talk about the times, you know, the political-ness of it.
AP: You’ve worked in Hollywood for a long time. Do you think there’s less tolerance for sexual assault in the business since people are being called out and there have been serious consequences?
Streisand: Yeah. You can understand. I mean, right before I took your call I’m watching MSNBC and a woman is talking about another assault victim of Roy Moore. … Women were frightened. What do you say? What do you say to a man that’s touching you inappropriately? Or (the women are) afraid to lose their jobs or whatever. It’s a conundrum, you know. And now they have the support of other women so they’re speaking out.
Complimenting you should be allowed. It’s the touching or it’s the constant, probably, assaulting, you know, not giving up on someone … I’m for the truth, put it that way. I believe in truth being, it’s the essence of living in a democracy, you know. As the Dali Lama said, “There’s truth with compassion.” I’ve had to learn that, too. But these are these are difficult times.
You know what worries me about what children are hearing, what our next generation is hearing and seeing, you know, what upsets me these days is, “Are they seeing that it’s OK to lie, or to brag about sexual assault? That’s just locker room talk.” Is it right to see the head of the government in the sense never apologizing or retaliating? Is it OK to try to silence people in the press when they don’t agree with you? To lack kindness and humility? It’s not so right.
Set your alarm for 12:01 PST on Wednesday, November 22, because that is when Netflix is set to drop Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic.