South Florida fans — invited by Barbra Streisand’s Miami Beach co-director, Richard Jay-Alexander — trekked to Los Angeles this week to pay homage to The Greatest Star.
“I can't think of a superlative worthy of last night's amazingness. I love Babs and Lisa!!!! #dreamcometrue,” Miami city communications director and longtime South Florida reporter Diana Gonzalez posted Tuesday on friend Lisa Petrillo’s Facebook page, after they and thousands of “friends & family” attended Streisand’s invitation-only dress rehearsal at Staples Center in Los Angeles, kicking off a nine-city concert tour throughout August.
Petrillo, arts and entertainment reporter for CBS 4 in Miami, also was joined at the concert by station news director Liz Roldan, along with other South Florida celebrities including WTVJ Assistant News Director Chad Matthews and former CBS 4 morning anchor Rhiannon Ally.
My husband, Ric Katz, and I also attended, along with a host of well-known South Florida names including former “Deco Drive” co-host Louis Aguirre, Mario Lavandeira (better known as Perez Hilton), talent manager Billy Sammeth, director David Chacon Perez, writer-director Camilo Hernandez, attorney Danielle Garno, Bibi Andrade (“The Adventures of Bibi & Friends”), Michael Valdes of Sotheby’s, Miami Wilds creative director Jack Illes and Key West entertainer Randy Roberts.
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The South Florida fans also got to mix at the Staples with some of Streisand’s better-known friends & family, including husband James Brolin; son Jason Gould with dad Elliott Gould; songwriters Alan & Marilyn Bergman (“The Way We Were”); composer-entertainer Paul Williams (who co-wrote the Oscar-winning “Evergreen” with Streisand for “A Star is Born”); composer Richard Baskin; designer Donna Karan; “Glee” stars Darren Criss and Jane Lynch; comedians Kathy Griffin and Melissa McCarthy; and Broadway’s Kristin Chenoweth.
Streisand’s limited tour, which ends Aug. 23 in Toronto, is tied to the release of her new album, “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway,” which features songs performed with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley; Patrick Wilson; Anthony Newley; Alec Baldwin; Hugh Jackman; McCarthy; Seth MacFarlane; Antonio Banderas; Chris Pine and Jamie Foxx.
MacFarlane (“Pure Imagination” )and Foxx (“Climb Ev’ry Mountain”) joined Streisand on-stage at the Los Angeles concerts Monday and Tuesday, along with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, who sang “Evergreen” with Streisand on her previous duets album, “Partners.”