May 9,2012

It has been formally announced that Barbra Streisand will perform a concert at the soon-to-be-opened Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York at 8pm on October 11. Further details are still to be announced.

Babra Sreisand

Streisand appeared on Broadway in I Can Get It For You Wholesale and Funny Girl, for which she received Tony Award nominations, and later received a special Tony Award. She won the Academy Award for Funny Girl (in a tie with Katharine Hepburn,) and some of her other films include Funny Lady, The Way We Were, The Owl and the Pussycat, Nuts,and Yentl. She has also won numerous Grammy and Emmy Awards and is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor. She has not performed solo in Brooklyn since her pre- Erasmus Hall High School days at the Orthodox yeshiva she was attending – when she was seven years old.

Streisand, now 70, rarely performs and has not given a major concert since her European tour in 2007, will be one of the major attractions at the new Barclays Center. This is the 19,000-seat sports arena that will be part of the Atlantic Yards housing and entertainment complex which will include concerts by major name artists. The complex is rising at the juncture of four of the borough’s increasingly genteel neighborhoods: Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Fort Greene and Boerum Hill.

She told Joseph Berger of the New York Times, Brooklyn to me means the Loew’s Kings, Erasmus, the yeshiva I went to, the Dodgers, Prospect Park and great Chinese food. Ms. Streisand also said in a statement announcing the concert, which is set for October 11. I’m so glad I came from Brooklyn — it’s down to earth. I guess you can come home again.

Bruce Ratner, developer of Barclay's Center, said that two years ago he received a phone call from Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn’s borough president, urging him to call Martin Erlichman, Ms. Streisand’s longtime manager, about arranging a Brooklyn concert. "He said, ‘This is possible but I have to discuss it with Barbra,’ ” Mr. Ratner recalled of his conversation with Mr. Erlichman.

A year ago, he again talked with Mr. Erlichman, at a restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, and then at the Fresco by Scotto restaurant in midtown Manhattan. The final negotiations were handled by Brett Yormark, the arena’s chief executive.

In his article, Mr. Berger also reported that due to Ms. Streisand’s identification with Brooklyn, the Streisand concert is a feather in the cap of the promoters of the arena, which will hold 220 entertainment events a year. Concerts by Jay-Z, Leonard Cohen and Andrea Bocelli are scheduled, as well as the roughly 40 home games of the newly christened Brooklyn Nets basketball team. The developers have been fighting neighborhood critics who say the crowds and traffic will overwhelm quiet small-scale neighborhoods. News of the concert was first mentioned on a blog that tracks the issue, Atlantic Yards Report.

More information of ticket sales and prices is expected shortly.