Jamie Foxx has a new side gig — duets.
The Academy Award winner joined Barbra Streisand for a number onstage at Barclays Center on Thursday night, the first of the music legend’s two shows in New York.
In addition to jamming with Streisand last week at Staples Center in LA, back in July, Foxx performed “Georgia on My Mind” at Barclays with Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato. Nothing against Jovato, but you know you really made it when you’re singing Rodgers and Hammerstein with Fanny Brice in front of a crowd of middle-aged Long Islanders.
“You gonna sing this like Quincy?” Streisand asked.
Foxx replied, in his best Jones impression, “She’s built like a sister, yes she is. She’s got booty!” Then, as if startled by the voice of God bellowing, “Be serious, you guys!” from the rafters, the duo switched gears and crooned a sumptuous “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from “The Sound of Music.”
It was strange. It was amazing. But hey — that’s our Barbra!
The nine-city tour (she plays Barclays again Saturday night) is timed to the release of her new album “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway,” which features duets with a truly weird assortment of actors, including Foxx, Seth MacFarlane, Alec Baldwin, Anne Hathaway and Melissa McCarthy. Patrick Wilson of Broadway and “Fargo” also performed with her on Thursday.
But let’s not forget who the mega-star is here. At 74, Streisand’s voice sounds terrific — still like buttah — even if her very enjoyable show is trapped in a midseason episode of “Dynasty.”
Venturing into Streisand’s über-controlled world is like lounging on a polar-bear rug in silk pajamas while sipping a nice Chianti in 1988. Or watching an old VHS lifestyle tape called “My Life Is Better Than Yours, Dahling.” Even onstage, her physical set features two settees, three chairs, a vase of flowers and a teapot. It would make a decent furnished studio apartment.
From one of her many glamorous perches she checks off all the tracks that her adoring public expects of her, so as not to rain on their parade: “People,” “Get Happy,” “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” She sings every one thrillingly, with more freshness than you’d expect from well-worn standards.
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SOURCE: NY Post – Johnny Oleksinski