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Clintons attend rare Streisand club gig

Sept. 27, 2009 at 6:15 PM

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A rare appearance by U.S. singer Barbara Streisand at a small club was attended by Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as other celebrities, witnesses say.

Streisand played the Village Vanguard club in New York Saturday, mainly for the benefit of fan club lottery winners, but VIPs such as the former U.S. president, his wife the U.S. secretary of state, their daughter Chelsea Clinton and actors Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and James Brolin also were at the show, the New York Daily News reported.

The newspaper said Streisand, 67, made the unusual club gig to promote her new CD, "Love Is The Answer," which is due out Tuesday.

She reportedly performed a 13-song, 80-minute set during which she was at ease in the close surroundings. As she took the stage, Streisand commented, "This is hysterical. Are we a box of sardines here or what?" before launching into a set of low-key, loungey standards more typical of the music she performed as a youngster while backed by a four-piece jazz combo.

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