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Barbra Streisand thrills chilly Bowl

A promotional photo of Barbra Streisand.
A promotional photo of Barbra Streisand.
Hollywood Bowl

Barbra Streisand returned to the Hollywood Bowl for the first time in 45 years Friday night and warmed the hearts of the capacity crowd who braved the unseasonably cool temperatures.

Ben Wener of the O.C. Register wrote that "no matter how finger-numbing chilly it got Friday night, it was still marvelously refreshing to witness Streisand not only in full command of her instrument but also out of her element, braving frosty air and gripping winds at the Hollywood Bowl."

Not surprisingly, the iconic Streisand drew a star-studded audience that included L.A. Galaxy soccer star David Beckham, his Spice Girl wife Victoria, heartthrob actor John Stamos, entertainer Bette Midler, singer/songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, and her husband former Dodger CEO Bob Daly.

L.A. Times theatre critic Charles McNulty wrote that the 70-year-old's voice has slightly changed over time.

"It’s huskier and less supple, but it still retains those signature features (the tuneful nasality and extravagant emotional clarity, chief among them) that have made it one of the most compelling sounds in popular music for the last half century," he wrote, noting, "she came, she croaked, she conquered."

The songbird returns to the Bowl on Sunday and good seats are still available for the princely sum of about $650 a seat in the up-close Garden Box to the more economical $174 a seat to sit about halfway back and to the side.

No matter where people sat last night they seemed to enjoy themselves according to the tweets that also filled the air Friday night.