Thursday, May 23, 2024

Streisand Returns to Brooklyn Tonight–Some People Paid $22K for Tickets


Barbra Streisand returns to Brooklyn tonight. She’s playing the first of two shows at the new Barclays Center. Are the shows sold out? Let me put it this way: People who like people who like Barbra have stripped the place to the walls. There are a meager 750 tickets left on, the secondary ticket seller (aka scalper). Most everything decent is gone. Prices are through the roof. For the front sections, people are paying thousands of dollars. For Saturday night’ shows, Stubhub is selling a few seats in Section Floor 1, right in front of the stage, for $22,000. That’s twenty two thousand dollars per ticket. And they will sell. They sold out for tonight. On Saturday Stubhub does have some cheaper seats for around $10,000.

A note on the secondary market: it is a strange place. Streisand is not doing this, but in some instances acts have been accused of collaborating with the scalpers, and taking kickbacks. There’s a fascinating piece of work done by a Nashville TV correspondent, Phil Williams, about Justin Bieber scalping his own tickets. If you take time to read the documents Williams uncovered, it’s mindblowing. I am told there’s a distinct possibility that when the Rolling Stones tickets go on sale, they’re going straight to the secondary market. And the prices will be high.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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