Barbra Streisand performed for 65,000 people in Hyde Park as if she was entertaining a few close friends in her front room. She sat at a table, poured tea from a white china pot, chatted about her life, showed family slides and occasionally – almost as if it were an afterthought – burst into song with her orchestral band.
The sense of spontaneity was touching and amusing, imbuing songs with potent qualities of intimacy and extemporaneous immediacy – just as long as you didn’t glance at the giant screen over the sound hut (set about 100 metres from the stage), where her jokes and lyrics were scrolling past in huge letters. It was a reminder that the 77-year-old superstar has always been as much...
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