In what has to be one of the more bizarre cabarets to come to Melbourne, Steven Brinberg has brought the grand dame, Ms. Barbara Streisand to Australian shores in a celebration of the much loved diva.
Audience's braved Melbourne's wild weather and lined up outside of Prahran's Chapel off Chapel for a glimpse of the US born Brinberg and his critically acclaimed performance. Inside the theatre there was no chance of raining on anyone's parade as Brinberg exuded such a magnitude of stardom, the rain wouldn't dare dampen his spirits.
While Streisand impersonators come and go, Brinberg brings so much more to the stage than "a man in drag" – he is affectionate, warm and hilariously funny, much like the great lady herself. This is the wonderful aspect of Brinberg's performance, he not only sounds and looks the part, but he embodies Streisand so perfectly you find yourself checking to make sure you've been sent to see an "impersonator" and not Streisand herself.
Every gesture, every movement and of course every note is pitch perfect, Brinberg belts out classics "Memory" and "The Way We Were" and brings icons Cher and Bette Davis along for a sing later in the evening.
Premiering songs Streisand never recorded, Brinberg finally takes his deserved role in Annie and banters his way though the hour long performance in a piece that would make Barbara proud.
Not so much an imitation, but rather an impressive personification, Brinberg closes the show with an incredible duet... with himself. Not only is this performance a touching and exceptional tribute to Streisand but it also shows Brinberg as a remarkable talent in his own right, with or without Barbara.
Luckiest Productions present
Venue: Chapel Off Chapel | 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Dates: 28 – 30 June, 2012
Tickets: $40 Full, $35 Concession