The Gypsy in Streisand’s Head
Sep 19, 2012
Brooklyn Homecoming could Solve Barbra’s Career Problems
Barbra Streisand is set to return to her native Brooklyn on October 11 at the Barclays Center, where she will perform for the first time in her career. It might behoove her to showcase a medley from Gypsy as a means of silencing some murmuring backlash which has penetrated into the protective element of her generally unconditional fan base, that she may be too old to play someone in her early thirties, in the proposed upcoming film version. She might get away with it on stage–Ethel Merman turned out to be a ball of fun when she revivedAnnie, Get Your Gun at sixty. And while Streisand is not about to make the mistake of casting a Ryan Gosling to play opposite her as Herbie (he’d probably do it), there’s always the cautionary example of Lucille Ball in Mame to be considered or her own experience with the reception of The Mirror Has Two Faces.