When Barbra Streisand performed to a sold-out Miami audience in December 2016 she quipped, “The last time I played Miami I was the opening act for Sergio Franchi” at the Eden Roc on Miami Beach in March 1963. Back then, “a tweet was what a bird did and the only people who had cell numbers were people in jail. My God, have I been around that long?”
She has. That Miami concert was filmed at the AmericanAirlines Arena for an eventual broadcast. Netflix will premiere “Barbra: The Music...The Mem’ries...The Magic!” on Nov. 22.
In addition, music from the concert will be released as an album, with standard and deluxe editions of “Barbra: The Music...The Mem’ries...The Magic!” out Dec. 8, said Richard Jay-Alexander, who co-directed the tour with Streisand.
The Netflix broadcast will feature concert performances as well as “all-access,” behind the scenes footage from Miami that reveals what it takes to put on a Streisand-level concert extravaganza. As seen on the two-minute trailer, “Barbra” also takes viewers backstage and into the studio for glimpses of the recording of her current album, “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway,” which debuted at No. 1 during the tour.
As such, this will be the first time a Streisand concert from Miami will be seen the world over. When she did that Eden Roc nightclub gig in the 1960s not only was color television still in its infancy and rarely broadcast, subscription networks like Netflix and HBO were far in the future.
At the Miami concert, which ran for more than two hours, the longest show of the tour, Streisand, then 74, performed 26 songs. Among them, the opener “The Way We Were,” along with No. 1 singles “Woman in Love,” “Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen)” and “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).” She closed with the ballad, “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.”
Actors Patrick Wilson and Jamie Foxx joined the singer for duets of “Loving You” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” respectively. Streisand also paid tribute from the stage to Miami Army veteran Sergio Lopez, who was injured on a tour of Iraq. His dream was to see the entertainment legend in concert. Streisand introduced Lopez and his mother in the audience to a standing ovation.
“The Music...The Mem’ries...The Magic!” TV special was directed by Jim Gable and Streisand and written by Streisand with Jay Landers and Richard Jay-Alexander.