Ireland awaits the arrival of the queen of divas

 

Lacklustre interest in Barbra Streisand's first Irish concert tomorrow night has left ticket sales languishing with some selling for under half price on eBay.

A 58-piece orchestra will accompany Ms Streisand as she performs many of the classic songs, such as "Evergreen", "People", "The Way We Were" and "Don't Rain on My Parade".

Streisand performing in Manchester this week as part of her European tour. Image: Peter Byrne/ PA.
Streisand performing in Manchester this week as part of her European tour. Image: Peter Byrne/ PA.

But the diva's European tour has attracted controversy, and a concert in Rome was cancelled amid a row about "absurd" ticket prices.

Tickets for tomorrow evening's outdoor concert at Castletown House, Kildare are selling for up to €550.

Tickets for the show are still available on the Ticketmaster website, and auction attempts on eBay have been met with little buyer interest. An E-Bay auction for front row seats worth €555 sold for €163 this afternoon.

Streisand's team have defended the high admission prices for the singer's European shows, saying her tour is "a momentous occasion that ranks up there with seeing Sinatra or Elvis".

Irish fans who have forked out to see Streisand may also end-up rain-soaked with Met Éireann predicting showers again tomorrow, though dry spells are more likely in the evening.

Organisers will today be busying themselves for Streisand's arrival, with the diva's backstage demands reported to include a dressing room strewn with roses.

She had the backstage area in this week's Manchester concert furnished with five fabric-upholstered suites, 160 tables and 120 bath towels, according to UK media reports. She also insisted that the security men wore "dark jackets, blazers or sweaters with no T-shirts".