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October 12, 2012

Barbra Streisand is a proud Brooklynite at concert

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The stage beamed with purple lights, as an orchestra of 30-plus played in a pit where small blue lights were strung around them.

Streisand performed sitting and standing, as a small table stood next to her where flowers and a mug with chicken soup were placed (she said she woke up with a cold).

Ahead of her performance fans submitted questions to Streisand, who answered several of them onstage. One asked if she was aware that contemporary singers lip sync.

"I've heard about that. I could never do it because I'm so bad at it. So I have to apologize because I have to sing live," she said as the audience roared.

That question was followed with: "I'd love to know what you think of Mitt Romney's promise to fire Big Bird."

"I love Big Bird and I hope no one tells Romney how to get to Sesame Street or Pennsylvania Avenue," she said as the crowd cheered even louder. "He's a good actor. He's a good actor. A chameleon.

That wasn't Streisand's only political moment. The Barack Obama supporter said she taped Thursday night's vice presidential debates and couldn't "wait to go home to watch."

"I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but ... if you believe in affordable health care and women's rights ... if you want to move forward and not back, you know who to vote for," she said.

Streisand was joined onstage by trumpeter Chris Botti, Italian operatic trio Il Volo and her 45-year-old son Jason Gould, asking him before they sang a duet: "Do you need anything, like, a sweater? You need some chicken soup?"

He earned a standing ovation as his mother looked on, gasping "Oh my God."

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