Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The Barbra Streisand announcement, finally; Markowitz, Yormark talk it up on Fox5

Here's the video:



"She's not touring," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark, so this will be one-shot, Streisand's first performance in Brooklyn. He also said Jay-Z will perform five concerts, a number not previously revealed, and will have several "guests."

"I think it was Bruce Ratner's vision, as well as Marty's, to bring Barbra home," Yormark said.

"We never had a venue," said Borough President Marty Markowitz. "We finally have a facility that shows Brooklyn respect."

"The jobs that'll be created, the economic activity that will be created," said Markowitz, who with Yormark said there would be 2,000 arena jobs.

"Are they permanent jobs?"

"Some are full-time and some are part-time," Yormark responded diplomatically. Um, that's 105 and 1901.

Tickets 

Tickets will go on sale May 21, Yormark said, glossing over the fact that those on the Barclays Center mailing list will get access to a pre-sale on May 20.

How we ensure that scalpers don't glom all the good seats?

"We're going to protect the interest of the consumer," Yormark responded.

How much will tickets cost?

"We're finalizing pricing right now," Yormark responded. "But it will be affordable seats for those that want to see Barbra for the first time in Brooklyn. Obviously there will be some premium seats too. It will be market-driven. And we think the pricing will be very fair."

The announcement

At right is the announcement from Barbra Streisand's web site. Here's the press release from BroadwayWorld.com and Streisand's web site:
Barbra Streisand is coming home. The Brooklyn-born and raised, world-acclaimed superstar will perform a concert on Thursday, October 11th, in Brooklyn at Barclays Center, the new 19,000-seat sports and entertainment venue.

Streisand will be making a triumphant return to her native borough. Raised in the Flatbush neighborhood and a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, Streisand will perform publicly for the first time in Brooklyn.

Streisand stated, “Brooklyn to me means the Loew’s Kings, Erasmus, the Yeshiva I went to, the Dodgers, Prospect Park, great Chinese food. I’m so glad I came from Brooklyn—it’s down to earth. I guess you CAN come home again.”

“When I first thought about building an arena in Brooklyn, I always envisioned Barbra Streisand coming home to take center-stage in her native borough,” said Barclays Center majority owner and developer Bruce Ratner. “It’s humbling and almost surreal to welcome arguably the greatest entertainer of all-time to Barclays Center. Barbra is Brooklyn and there’s nowhere more fitting for her to perform. This will be a night to remember.”

“I’m thrilled that all of America will be celebrating one of Brooklyn’s greatest contributions to the world of music, film, television and Broadway this fall when Barbra Streisand comes home to the exciting new Barclays Center,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “They just don’t get any bigger than this daughter of Brooklyn and proud graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, and although she has entertained millions upon millions across the globe for the better part of 50 years, Ms. Streisand will always find a home here in Brooklyn. So, ‘no more tears,’ music fans—Brooklyn’s very own ‘funny girl,’ Barbra Streisand, will create new ‘memories’ as the ‘main event’ this October at Barclays Center!”

“Barbra Streisand in Brooklyn will be a huge moment and a defining experience for Barclays Center,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “We are truly honored to bring Barbra full circle, to the borough where it all started for her, just down Flatbush Avenue from her old neighborhood. We are continuing our goal to bring the best of everything to Barclays Center. Brooklyn, after all, deserves nothing less.”
From the @BarclaysCenter Twitter account:




And from Borough President @MartyMarkowitz:

"For Brooklyn?" Hm.

Yes, we knew it was coming. Markowitz and Nets/Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark will be milking it, though, in an appearance at 8:15 am on My Fox 5.

Markowitz posted the photo at right on Twitter.

Um, will Streisand, as noted by NoLandGrab's Eric McClure, transfer her dismay over eminent domain regarding the KeystoneXL pipeline to the arena in which she'll perform?

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