Closer Look at Susan "Barbra" Howard
majoring in drama at Syracuse University, Susan Howard's peers took great
interest in the fact that she had an uncanny resemblance to the diva herself,
Barbra Streisand. But it wasn't until she saw the movie "Nuts" in 1987,
that she realized she had to do something, so to speak, with her looks.
was then that she wrote a piece called Dear Barbra, a one-woman
show in the form of a letter to Streisand, in which she talks about various
uncanny situations that have occurred around her lookalike-ability, interspersed
with various Streisand repertoire, Don't Rain On My Parade, The Way
We Were, Evergreen, Stony End, and People. It wasn't until she
moved to Cape Cod in 1991, that she began looking for a forum in which
to perform her written idea.
opportunity came with the Artistheatre in Orleans.
continued performing Dear Barbra in various other milieus: local
television, New Years Eve First Night Celebrations, The Academy Theatre
in Orleans, and various local functions. Finding her way into the mainstream
of the lookalike milieu, Howard appeared as Babs in New York for
a record company Christmas party, a presentation at the Trump Castle in
Atlantic City, and private parties at homes, restaurants, corporate events,
and hotel openings in the Boston, Providence, RI and Cape Cod areas.
seeing a well-known male impersonator/illusionist perform his Streisand
act, Howard realized that the only way to do her show was to assume the
role (and soul) of Streisand whenever she performed. In other words, chuch
the Dear Barbra format and litterally become the Star.
began writing new comedic material and continues to sing traditional Streisand,
along with more recent material.
act is a complete Barbra experience (that won't cost you $300 a ticket!).
On Memorial Day, after completing a show at one of the local establishments,
Howard was on the sidewalk still working her gig. Everywhere she went it
was "Oh my God -- Barbra Streisand!" or "Hey, Babs" or "Hello gorgeous!"
When she began to sing As If We Never Said Goodbye, a crowd gathered.
was a nice experience -- it's just that nobody thought of turning a hat
upside down," Howard mused. "I felt more like Edith Piaf than Barbra. You
know, La chanteuse des rues," (the famous Parisian who sang on the
streets of Paris).
added to her credits a list of impressive engagements over the next five
years, performing at elegant homes, restaurants, country clubs, and corporate
events in the Cape Cod, Boston, and Providence areas.
from New York City, Howard now resides in Naples, Florida on the Gulf Coast
of Florida continuing to perform as Barbra at a wide variety of venues
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