NEW YORK — Barbra Streisand was full of Brooklyn pride as she belted out well-known tunes with passion during a concert at the newly built Barclays Center.
Thursday night’s three-hour show was Streisand’s return to her hometown, where she’s also performing Saturday on her “Back to Brooklyn” tour.
The 70-year-old told the crowd of 18,000 that the last time she performed solo in the New York City borough was “on somebody’s stoop on Pulaski Street” as an 8-year-old.
“I left Brooklyn to pursue my dreams. Brooklyn quite never left me,” she said at another time.
Ahead of her performance fans submitted questions to Streisand, who answered several of them onstage. One asked if she was aware that contemporary singers lip sync.
“I’ve heard about that. I could never do it because I’m so bad at it. So I have to apologize because I have to sing live,” she said as the audience roared.
Streisand was joined onstage by trumpeter Chris Botti, Italian operatic trio Il Volo and her 45-year-old son Jason Gould, with whom she sang a duet.
She remembered late singer Donna Summer by performing their duet “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).” She also paid tribute to her late friend — composer Marvin Hamlisch — as she sang “The Way We Were,” saying “this is for you” before giving a rousing rendition of the tune.
When she performed “You’re the Top,” Streisand changed the lyrics, namedropping fellow Brooklynite Jay-Z, who performed eight shows at the Barclays Center last week. She sang lyrics like: “You’re a Brooklyn Net, on a private jet” and “it’s an accent you can’t drop.”