Monday, May 27, 2024

Barbra Streisand Does Tonight Show, Finally Gets Her Way with a Left Profile by Sitting in Host Chair


I think I know the reason Barbra Streisand didn’t do late night TV for 50 years. The hosts wouldn’t let her sit with her left profile. Jimmy Fallon did. He let Barbra sit in his chair for the whole Tonight show tonight. She got her way, and her preferred profile. This is a big deal for Barbra, trust me.

Was it worth it? Yes! Fallon got the most intimate, relaxed interview, talk, performance ever out of her. Barbra did a comedy singing sketch with Jimmy posing alternately as Elvis Presley, Blake Shelton, and Michael Buble. You could tell Barbra loved doing it.

She closed the show singing “Come Rain or Come Shine” live to a track– because the Roots, though we love them, are not equipped for standard pop music in an orchestral arrangement.  You rarely see Barbra Streisand by herself at a microphone with no musicians or singers. Outside of Bette Midler, I don’t who else could do this. Young pop stars should watch this performance.

elvisI really think Jimmy could get an Emmy for this interview. You can tell he is completely captivated and knows his subject. Streisand must have gotten that because she is more endearing and intimate than I’ve ever seen her.

Fallon at one point is so relaxed himself he says to her that he’s surprised she hasn’t been badly behaved, more of a diva. Streisand replies, “That’s why I’m going to write a book. I’m just a normal person.”

Well, not really. But it sure seemed like it.

Happy Birthday to Barbra’s long time mensch of a manager. Marty Erlichman turns 85 today!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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