Longtime Malibu resident Barbra Streisand kicked off another successful season of PaleyFest. Every year, the festival pulls together some of television’s biggest casts and special guests. Babs shared her television with a sold-out audience who packed the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
If you are a true fan of Ms. B, this was an event not to be missed.
While Streisand is best known for her accomplishments as a singer, director and actress, this evening was devoted to her television accomplishments.
Friday’s extravaganza opened with a dazzling montage of Barbra’s 1960 television specials including “Color Me Barbra,” “My Name is Barbra” and her recent special by Netflix called “Barbra: The Music … The Mem’ries … The Magic!”
At show time, the legendary star appeared in a simple black dress and knee high black boots, shared stories and gave a taste of those heavenly vocal cords to an appreciative audience and standing ovation.
After the appropriate intro, she was joined on stage with Ryan Murphy. The “American Horror Story” and “Glee” writer and producer served as the evening’s moderator. He couldn’t hide the fact that he is a longtime Streisand fan and recalled how as a young boy he was blown away in 1968 by “Funny Girl.” Since that time, Babs went on to win a whopping 10 Grammy Awards, five Emmy awards and a slew of lifetime achievement honors.
Murphy brushed aside the opinions of those who consider Streisand the greatest female star in entertainment
“No, that’s not enough,” he said. “Barbra Streisand is the greatest star—male, female, period.” With that, the crowd filled the room with applause.
WHY PALEYFEST ROCKS
For tube lovers, couch potatoes and binge watchers, the city’s PaleyFest is a don’t miss and a complete sell-out, so set your DVRs and plan to make it a yearly event. This year’s offerings were a delight for fans of hits like the “Big Bang Theory” and its adorable spin off “Young Sheldon.” The fest gives fans a chance to get up close and personal with favorite stars and quiz them on the most minute details of their shows. “Will & Grace” fans were in seventh heaven with an intimate discussion with the cast, including famous TV faces like Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.
Also on the program was the critically acclaimed and award winning “The Handmaid’s Tale” with Elizabeth Moss, as well as the cast of “The Good Doctor.”
With reboots like “Rosanne” pulling in record numbers, who knows what comes next. So stay tuned!