Barbra Streisand - Timeless (Live in Concert) (2000) Review
(More customer reviews)This Streisand concert is incredible. Barbra, at 58 years old, sounds incredible. The show, named "TIMELESS", is a walk down memory lane with Barbra. She sings all of her hits plus a few seldom-performed songs.
I feel the need to clarify for buyers out there: This DVD is the same concert that the FOX television showed -- however, FOX edited out every reference to the "Millenium" or "New Years" and basically aired a truncated version of this DVD. Also, this DVD is NOT Barbra's final show in New York. This is a recorded version of the December 31, 1999 and January 1, 2000 shows at the MGM Grand in Vegas. Barbra proceeded to perform "Timeless" in Australia, Los Angeles, and New York. The DVD cuts out the song "Simple Pleasures" which was placed in Act II between "The Clicker Blues" and "The Main Event". However, if you watched the FOX special, you will be happy to find a lot more songs on this DVD that were not included in their telecast -- including "Miss Marmelstein"; "A Sleepin Bee"; and the "Auld Lang Syne" songs. Plus, more of Barbra's in-between-songs patter and schtick will be on the DVD (including Shirley MacLaine's video skit and more of Savion Glover's Brother Time...).
As for the concert itself: Compared to 1994-95's "BARBRA: THE CONCERT", you will find "TIMELESS" to be full of more lights, costume changes and theatricality (it opens with a cast of three, and includes Lauren Frost portraying a 14-year-old Barbra). TIMELESS is what I would call the ULTIMATE STREISAND concert. You get a fleeting idea of what it would be like to see Streisand on stage at the Winter Garden Theatre in FUNNY GIRL back in the 60's. Barbra gives a very athletic performance in TIMELESS. She dances, crosses the stage, and flaps those wonderful long arms up and down like a bird (ahhh, vintage Streisand moves!) The 1994 "CONCERT" is serene, yet simpler in comparison.
As for the voice, I have realized that 60-70% of experiencing Barbra as a performer is watching her! The voice, although older and richer, is still amazing. The actress and performer is still exciting and idiosyncratic -- put the audio and the visual together (i.e. the TIMELESS DVD!) and you've got an incredible record of Barbra Streisand's final performances.
I think Barbra will come out and appear "live" and sing a little in the next few years -- benefits or awards shows. But, I do believe that these TIMELESS concerts were the last time that we fans could realistically buy a ticket. Therefore, we have this DVD to remind us what a terrific performer Streisand is.
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To celebrate the final concert tour of Barbra Streisand's unparalleled career, here is the complete version of her critically acclaimed "Timeless Concerts," which were the highlight of the Millennium celebration. Recorded at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on December 31, 1999 and January 1, 2000, the program contains performances of over 40 songs that span Barbra's illustrious career. 120 minutes.Songs: Brother Time (w/Savion Glover), You'll Never Know (w/Lauren Frost, Alec Ledd & Randee Heller), Something's Coming (w/Lauren Frost), The Way We Were, Shirley MacLaine Y1K, Cry Me a River, Lover Come Back to Me, A Sleepin' Bee, Miss Marmelstein, I'm the Greatest Star/Second Hand Rose/Don't Rain on My Parade (Medley), Something Wonderful/Being Alive (Medley), As Time Goes By/Speak Low (Medley), Alfie, Evergreen, Papa Can You Hear Me?/You'll Never Know (w/Lauren Frost), A Piece of Sky (w/Lauren Frost), Entr'acte, Putting It Together, On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever), Send in the Clowns, Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy (w/Judy Garland)/Guilty (w/Barry Gibb)/I Finally Found Someone (w/Bryan Adams)/Tell Him (w/Celine Dion)/You Don't Bring Me Flowers (w/Neil Diamond), Sing (w/Jason Gould)/I've Got a Crush on You (w/Frank Sinatra), The Clicker Blues, The Main Event/Fight, Time After Time--Brother Time (w/Savion Glover), I've Dreamed of You, At the Same Time, Auld Lang Syne (Ballad), People, New Year's Eve/Auld Lang Syne (Celebration), Everytime You Hear Auld Lang Syne, Happy Days Are Here Again, Don't Like Goodbyes, I Believe/Somewhere (w/Lauren Frost).