Barbra Streisand ended her latest farewell tour last night (Nov. 20) at a celebrity-studded Los Angeles love-in that included incoming Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi among the thousands of rapt fans.
About 20,000 people, who each paid up to $750 per ticket, packed the Staples Center to welcome the 64-year-old singer back to her adopted hometown, ending a 16-city North American tour that began Oct. 4 in Philadelphia.
The concert was filled with political overtones as Streisand, a longtime liberal activist, introduced Pelosi to a standing ovation. Taking note of the recent Democratic takeover of both houses of Congress, Streisand said, “My depression is over.” She ended her two-hour-plus performance with a version of the Depression-era Democratic Party anthem “Happy Days Are Here Again.”
Other notables in the audience included singer Barry Manilow, producer Quincy Jones, actors Ben Stiller and Rob Lowe and comedians Cheech Marin and Bill Maher.
The sellout tour endured a few hiccups along the way, thanks to a skit in which she mocks her nemesis, President George W. Bush, by bringing out a Bush impersonator. Last night, Streisand actually lauded Bush for his ability to take a joke.
It was only the second national tour by Streisand in the four decades since she became the toast of Broadway, and went on to scoop up Oscars and Grammys for her movie and recording careers.
And while Streisand is notoriously prone to stage fright, it seems the latest trek has built her confidence. Answering audience questions, she said she is considering returning to the road, with dates possible for Russia, western Europe and maybe even China.
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