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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Some would say she’s got a voice like none other. The one the only Barbra Streisand wraps up her 14 city tour Monday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami.
With her every step of the way, has been her longtime friend and co-director Richard Jay-Alexander, who spoke to CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo just a few hours before show time.
His biggest take away from the tour? “It’s mostly memories. It’s decades of memories from her. We have ‘never before seen’ clips and moments and personal stories from Barbra,” he explained.
Jay-Alexander is most excited to have his artist perform in his hometown.
CBS4 News actually caught up with him in Los Angeles at the friends and family night back in August, the day before the tour began.
“The best part is I don’t have to fly home. I get to drive home and see my dog and it’s all good and you came out to LA when started it all,” he recalled to Petrillo.
“It hasn’t been the same in any two cities. Things are never same from show to show. She’s always in the pocket and always adds something else. That’s what she does,” when describing Streisand’s show.
He also described the tour as simply magical because of the fans who come with love and with letters for Barbra explaining what she means to them.
“They write letters saying, ‘This song was played here’, ‘I was married to this song’, ‘This was my prom song.’ It’s amazing and it really only belongs to The Frank Sinatra’s, Johnny Mathis’ and Barbra Streisand’s of the world. It’s a pretty special thing,” he proudly boasted.
Generations of fans piled into the arena for a night of fun.
Beth Rosenstein surprised her mother, Jeannie, on this day that is wrought with emotions.
“Today’s the anniversary of my husband’s death,” said Jeannie Smith.
Amanda Aleman’s birthday gift to her mom was tickets to the concert.
“When I first came from Cuba, my first idol was Barbra Streisand,” Ediala Diaz said. “So at 62, this one of my dreams come true.”