“What would you rather be doing next — singing, acting or directing? ” A Barbra Streisand fan asked her at Staples Center. Her answer: “Napping!”
Not so — she told us in her dressing room following her concert, Monday night — the finale of her tour. It was almost midnight and she’d greeted hundreds of the near and dear. She was in the highest of spirits, yet amazingly relaxed after delivering, what most agreed, was her best show — ever. Both her showbiz fans and those who’ve worked with Barbra admitted this was the most “comfortable” they’d ever witnessed Barbra in concert. Perhaps it was because the choice of her songs was so personal in her feelings — and beliefs. She admitted her disbelief — that she’d not played Europe. “I’d like to do it,” she said and talked a possible tour with a boat taking her to several of the concert sites.
Meanwhile, she also talked about spending more time at home creating a “barn” with assorted shops. But first she’ll work on the DVD-or-TV special she and Gary Smith will edit of the 20 concerts –lensed on 12 cameras. It will also include interviews with the show’s creators — and some celeb attendees. Among Monday night’s group at Staples: Leonardo DiCaprio, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Rosie O’Donnell (taping for herself), Bob Daly and Carole Bayer Sager, Barry Manilow, Quincy Jones, Shirley MacLaine, Diane Lane, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Brenda Vaccaro, Sydney Pollack, the Sidney Poitiers, Jeff Bridges and his mom Dorothy, Rob Lowe, Kenny G, of course Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Also Barbra’s first husband Elliott Gould — who just wound “Oceans 13” and next goes into “Merchant of Venice,” his first Shakespeare outing. And, of course, husband Jim Brolin who just wound “Springtime in Bosnia” with Richard Gere.
Also schmoozing in another of the post-concert party rooms, Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer. Pelosi was being congratulated on the arrival of her sixth grandchild, daughter Alexandra’s first child, Paul Michael Voss. Also talking with them, Lt. Governor-elect John Garamendi and defeated Gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. In one of Barbra’s political sidebars in the show, she asked which members of the audience were Democrats — then Republicans. The Demos won — but not by a small (vocal) vote. Barbra dedicated the concert to her late friend, Evelyn Ostin.