Streisand Snubbing Oz?

Reported plans by Barbra Streisand to play neighboring New Zealand but not Australia led to speculation in the Australian media that she is boycotting the country.

Apparently Babs felt "misunderstood" on her 2000 visit following criticism for using autocues to remember stage banter.

She felt her efforts to reach out to her crowds were "not fully appreciated."

Tour promoter Kevin Jacobsen told the Sunday Herald Sun, "She grossed $27 million for four shows – how misunderstood is that?"

It’s more likely that Streisand wants to play new countries on her 2008 trek, including New Zealand and in Asia.

But a number of venue managers told Pollstar at least two promoters have pitched for Australian Babs appearances.