Clintons, Mariah Carey at Streisand show

Barbra Streisand has performed a show-stopping concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Barbra Streisand has performed a show-stopping concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Barbra Streisand's has return to New York City's Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years, attracting figures from pop superstar Mariah Carey to Bill and Hillary Clinton for a concert that turned political.

The iconic singer performed a show-stopping concert Saturday night, receiving standing ovations from fans.

In characteristic fashion, Streisand brought politics into the concert, warning Republicans in the audience to cover their ears before launching into a remixed version of Send in the Clowns that took jabs at President Donald Trump.

"Maybe he's poor, till he reveals his returns who can be sure, who is this clown," she sang as the audience erupted in applause. "Something's amiss, I don't approve, now that's he's running the free world where can we move, maybe a town, who is this clown?"

After the song, a photo of the White House - with circus tent on top of it - appeared on the screen, followed by Trump in clown makeup. An altered version of his Time magazine 2016 Person of the Year cover showed him with a red nose under the words "clown of the year".

Streisand, a proud Democrat who has supported the Clintons as well as Barack Obama, released a song last year that questioned Trump and pleaded for change called Don't Lie to Me.

Streisand thanked the political figures in the audience for their efforts and said she wished she could have sung at Hillary Clinton's inauguration like she sang at Bill Clinton's 1993 inaugural gala.

Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Richard E Grant, Donna Karan, Rosie O'Donnell, Sally Field, Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein, among other celebrities, also made their way to midtown Manhattan to watch Streisand perform.

Australian Associated Press