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Friday Jan 27, 2017
John Jarboe, Artistic Director, The Bearded Ladies.
John Jarboe, Artistic Director, The Bearded Ladies.   (Source:Kathryn Raines, 2017.)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Bearded Ladies will honor "Color Me Barbra," Barbra Streisand's celebrated CBS television special, filmed at the Museum more than 50 years ago.

The cabaret troupe will pay homage to Streisand in the premiere of "Color Me Bearded," a spirited performance that echoes and updates Streisand's original in a musically-inspired, queer-themed walking tour through the galleries.

When informed about the tribute, and shown its related video, Barbara Streisand reflected on her experience filming "Color Me Barbra." She said:

"I remember how beautiful the museum was. We only had 36 hours to film the show while the museum was closed from Sunday night 'til Tuesday morning. But I was so inspired by the paintings that I couldn't wait to inhabit some of their subjects and sing a song the way I thought the characters were feeling. I didn't need sleep. It also enhanced my lifelong interest in art."

John Jarboe, Artistic Director of The Bearded Ladies, noted that in addition to making a tribute to Streisand's 1960s classic, which was broadcast to a national audience, the cabaret troupe also had artistic goals for our time: "This performance is all about making the galleries as accessible as possible and claiming the museum for everyone. And of course, absolutely everyone loves Barbra."

"Color Me Bearded," written and directed by Jarboe, will run for ten performances, from January 27 to February 10 on Wednesday and Friday evenings with two performances each day at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia Voices of Pride, a LGBT vocal ensemble, will appear as special guests throughout the run.


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