Bon Soir

40 West 8th Street

The Venue

Once located in the basement at 40 W. 8th Street, the Bon Soir was a sophisticated nightspot, especially popular in the 1950s and 1960s, that featured gifted young performers on its nightly programs.  On September 9, 1959 an 18-year-old Brooklyn singer debuted here and was booked for two weeks, two shows a night at $125 per week. Her name was Barbra Streisand.

Listen to a clip of young Barbra singing “Cry Me A River” in 1962. 

Location, Location, Location