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March 21, 2019 AZ Central"Celebrity Fight Night: Manilow, McEntire headline a star-studded fundraiser in Phoenix" by Weldon B. Johnson
Superstar performer Barry Manilow is the headliner of Celebrity Fight Night 2019, but he won’t be the only big name in attendance at the high-profile charity fundraiser in Phoenix this weekend. The 25th annual Celebrity Fight Night takes place Saturday, March 23, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. Other celebrities expected to attend include legendary musician, composer and arranger Quincy Jones and country music star Reba McEntire, who will host the evening for the 15th year. Tickets for the black-tie event, which includes an elegant dinner, entertainment and silent and live auctions, start at $1,500 and the money goes to a good cause.

What is Celebrity Fight Night? Over the past 24 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised more than $86 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities. Guests bid in silent and live auctions that offer fabulous items such as stays in celebrity homes or luxury villas around the world.

The event began in 1994 with a played-for-laughs celebrity boxing match featuring then-Phoenix Suns star Charles Barkley taking on boxing champ Michael Carbajal with both wearing oversized boxing gloves. The next year, singer Kenny Rogers joined in as the night shifted from sports to an entertainment theme. In its third year, Fight Night got a huge boost as boxer Muhammad Ali was the featured guest and the event got involved with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. In the sixth year, multiple Grammy winner David Foster signed on as musical director for an event that was gaining national attention and has grown bigger and bigger over the years.

How does Fight Night raise so much money? Tickets are pricey (from $1,500 to $10,000), but that's not where most of the money comes from. The auctions include lavish items that offer anyone with means a chance to hobnob with stars. Among the big-ticket items in recent years: a weekend at rock star Steven Tyler's place in Maui, dinner in Nashville with McEntire and a tour of Italy with singer Andrea Bocelli. Some auction items easily draw six-figure bids. At the 2016 event, a VIP trip to England for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday celebration drew a bid of $500,000. Philanthropists sometimes make big donations at the event as well. In 2016, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons pledged a $1 million donation.

Who are some of the big names this year? In addition to Manilow, Jones and McEntire, dozens of celebrities are scheduled to attend, including actors John Corbett, Rita Wilson, Melissa Peterman, Bo Derek, Gena Lee Nolin and John O’Hurley. Musicians and singers including Brian McKnight, Angelica Hale, Pia Toscano and Caroline Campbell are slated to attend, as are athletes Larry Fitzgerald, Nancy Lieberman, Donovan McNabb and Cale Hulse. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is on the guest list, and in addition to Jones, honorees include Arizona State University President Michael Crow; Dr. Abraham Lieberman, medical director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute; and business leader and philanthropist Renee Parsons.

Celebrity Fight Night. When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Where: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix. Admission: $1,500-$10,000. Details: 602-956-1121, celebrityfightnight.org.

March 18, 2019 MissoulianBarry Manilow doesn't get sick of singing his famous songs
Barry Manilow never gets sick of singing his hit songs. The 'Mandy' hitmaker loves to perform his most famous tracks at his shows and he says that he could never grow tired of them as the audience make him feel like he's "never heard" the songs before.

He said: "I've stopped performing album cuts and medleys of big bands and stuff. I know what the audience wants. They want the hits. And I am happy to give that to them. I'm one of those lucky guys who has a catalog of hits that can fill up 90 minutes. I don't know how that happened, but I'm very grateful. And I want to give them every song they know. So it's a very happy audience out there ... I could see the difference. When I would do something they didn't know, they would be very polite. And then when I would do 'Looks Like We Made It,' the roof would cave in. They were telling me what they wanted. And it's my pleasure, honestly. It's theirs. They gave these hits to me. So I'm happy to do it. I don't mind it. I really don't. You would think that I'd be sick of them by now. But I really am not because they make it brand new for me. It's as if they've never heard these songs before."

And the 75-year-old singer thinks he was "terrible" live at first. He added to USA Today: "I was terrible. I was just terrible. But the audiences didn't think so ... They liked this guy up there. And they applauded. Sometimes they applauded very loud ... I did figure out, kind of, the rules of how you put together a show and what do you say in between songs. And I have a good sense of humour so I could do that. But I was still just very uncomfortable for many years."

March 17, 2019 Arizona Republic"Barry Manilow: 'I was the Justin Bieber of the '70s'" by Ed Masley
Barry Manilow spent a decade running singles up the Billboard Hot 100, from his chart-topping breakthrough with "Mandy" through "Looks Like We Made It" to "Read 'Em and Weep." But having hits was never his intention. "I never even listened to pop radio when I was growing up," he says. "And then I found myself on the radio between ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ and ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie.’" Manilow laughs, then adds, "I’m so embarrassed. That’s probably why my records sounded so original. I didn’t know what I was doing."

Even if his heart was more in jazz, Manilow is grateful for the hits. That's why he plays them every night when he performs. "I’ve stopped performing album cuts and medleys of big bands and stuff," he says. "I know what the audience wants. They want the hits. And I am happy to give that to them. I’m one of those lucky guys who has a catalog of hits that can fill up 90 minutes. I don’t know how that happened, but I’m very grateful. And I want to give them every song they know. So it’s a very happy audience out there."

A few years back, he says, he realized his audience wasn't as sick of hearing him sing "I Write the Songs" or "Can't Smile Without You" as he once assumed they were. "I could see the difference," he says. "When I would do something they didn’t know, they would be very polite. And then when I would do 'Looks Like We Made It,' the roof would cave in."

He laughs, then adds, "They were telling me what they wanted. And it’s my pleasure, honestly. It’s theirs. They gave these hits to me. So I’m happy to do it. I don’t mind it. I really don’t. You would think that I’d be sick of them by now. But I really am not because they make it brand new for me. It’s as if they’ve never heard these songs before."

He'll be playing the hits every night of a residency at Westgate Las Vegas that runs through June 14, as well as his headlining set at Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix on March 23. "There’s a very young audience that has appeared for me in Vegas," he says. "Everybody is shocked at the age that is showing up every night, so that’s fun, too, because I feel like Justin Bieber up there with all the screaming." He laughs, then, "You know, I was the Justin Bieber of the ‘70s."

Manilow is what he calls a "reluctant performer" who never craved the spotlight like so many others do. "I wound up having to go on the road to promote my first album, which was a shock in itself because I never really wanted to sing or perform or anything," he says. "All I wanted to do was write songs, arrange songs for other people, maybe produce records, play the piano for people, conduct, anything in the background. That’s where I was happy. But I wound up with a record deal and it was ridiculous. So I had to put together a band and lights and sound and go out and promote an album. That’s how I wound up standing on a stage in front of these strangers, making an idiot of himself."

He'd sent out demos of his songs but couldn't afford to hire "a real singer," as he puts it with a self-effacing laugh. "And I got an offer to make an album of my own from a company called Bell Records, which turned into Arista Records. And I said, ‘Yeah. Sure.’ I mean, I never really thought that anything would happen with my record career. It was a joke."

He was Bette Midler's musical director and piano player at the time. "When I told Bette ‘I think I got a record deal,’ she said, ‘Doing what?!’ I said, ‘Singing.’ She said, ‘Well, you don’t sing.'”

It took "many, many years later," he says, to make his peace with live performance. "As the albums kept becoming bigger and bigger, and Clive Davis came into my life and between the two of us, we started to create hit singles over and over, part of me was hoping it would go away already because I was so uncomfortable being on the stage," he says. "And there’s so many people who just love that. They dream of standing on a stage. I played for all those singers. I was the piano player for everybody in New York. And they would kill to have had a career like mine. I don’t know what they must think of me, because I was their piano player and I got the record deal."

Looking back on his earliest days as a performer, he says, "I was terrible. I was just terrible. But the audiences didn’t think so ... They liked this guy up there. And they applauded. Sometimes they applauded very loud."

Over time, he was was about to figure out what he was doing. "I did figure out, kind of, the rules of how you put together a show and what do you say in between songs," he says. "And I have a good sense of humor so I could do that. But I was still just very uncomfortable for many years."

Two things helped, he says. The first was acting lessons, because he "finally had some rules on how to do a show every night without thinking that I was gonna faint or something." The second thing was more of an epiphany. "I was playing a long run in one of the Broadway houses in New York, and I can never see the audiences very clearly because the lights are always on me, not on the audience," Manilow says. "This was probably eight years into this career. And the lights went on the audience during, I don’t know, ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ or something. And I saw thousands of people so happy, smiling, singing, swaying back and forth. I hadn’t ever seen it. And it hit me like a ton of bricks. Wait a minute. It’s not about me. It’s about them. And everything changed right then because that I could do. I could make them feel good. That was a great job."

That great job had one other major downside -- the abuse he suffered at the hands of music critics. "They were killing me," he says. "But you know, they do that. The press does that. ... But you know, young performers come up and they become very successful and the press just rips them down. They did it to everybody. And I got a lot of it, because I was annoyingly successful. A lot of these people get one or two hit records and then they kind of disappear. I was there for 10 years of hits, so I kept getting killed. They couldn’t get rid of me."

Asked how he learned to cope with the abuse, he says, "I haven’t. I didn’t. I’m a human being. I hate it. But you know, I had a great support system. I had a record company. I had a band. I had my family and my friends. And most of all, I had the audiences. They would stand up for me more than anybody. I’d get the usual terrible review in a city, and then the next day, that newspaper would get, like, dozens and dozens of people writing in saying that the reviewer was nuts and 'We love Barry,' stuff like that. So they stood up for me all the time."

It didn't bother Manilow to see his streak on the pop charts end after "Read 'Em and Weep" in 1983. "Frankly I was the one that told Clive, 'I’ve gotta stop making these singles; I don’t know how to make any more that sound original,'" he says. "Because I was starting to copy myself. I said, 'You’ve gotta let me do something for myself.' So the next album after 'Read 'Em and Weep' was an album called '2:00 a.m. Paradise Café' and it was my first jazz album. I got Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Gerry Mulligan, a whole bunch of jazz musicians, and it got me the best reviews of my career. People magazine said, ‘Hey, everybody, there’s a new singer in town. And they were kind of apologizing for killing me for 10 straight years.'"

Almost every album Manilow has done since then has been a concept album of some sort. "I didn’t want to go back to doing 12 love songs," he says. "So I came up with these cockamamie ideas." His latest concept is a tribute to his hometown, 2017's "This Is My Town: Songs of New York." Although he's been in California longer than he ever lived in New York City, as Manilow says, "I know the subways better than the freeways."

There are no hits on "This is My Town," nothing you could picture coming out of Drake or Ariana Grande on the radio. And that's how Manilow prefers to do things. "I’ve got my own little world," he says. "I stay in my world and I don’t look up. I just try to stay true to what I like and what I believe in. I think if you’re songwriter the worst thing you can do is listen to the radio. You’ve gotta stay true to yourself and I’ve always done that."

He's happy to play his old hits at Celebrity Fight Night. "I did the first Celebrity Fight Night," he says. "Muhammad Ali was there. I just sat at the piano and played and sang my stuff." He's not sure how he got involved with the organization. "I say yes to any benefit," he says. "I’m so grateful for my career that I say yes to anyone who needs me."

Barry Manilow at Celebrity Fight Night. When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Where: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E Marriott Drive, Phoenix. Admission: $1,500-$10,000. Details: 602-956-1121, celebrityfightnight.org.

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March 2019 So Scottsdale MagazineCould it be Magic? Barry Manilow returns to headline the 25th anniversary of the star-studded Celebrity Fight Night
There is no doubt that Barry Manilow is a true musical icon. With hit songs such as Mandy, Could it be Magic and Copacabana, he has recorded and released 47 Top 40 singles, including 12 No. 1 hits and 27 that appeared within Billboard's Top 10. He has also released numerous multiplatinum albums, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Manilow's legacy as a composer and artist - one that has spanned the course of popular music for a staggering five decades.

Manilow's skyrocket to fame was an unlikely one. Born in the heart of a low-income Brooklyn neighborhood, he began playing the piano and accordion at age 7. Following high school, he enrolled in the City College of New York before entering the New York College of Music. Later, he was accepted into the prestigious Julliard School of Music. He paid for his tuition by working in the CBS mailroom and eventually by writing, producing, and performing advertising jingles as well as an original score for an off-Broadway musical, an adaptation of the melodrama The Drunkard, with an eight-year run.

In 1971, he met Bette Midler, who hired him as her pianist, arranger and musical director; he served as her accompanist on her legendary pre-fame tour of New York City's gay bathhouses. Thanks to his work with Midler, Manilow was offered a recording contract of his own, and in 1973, he released his namesake debut album, Barry Manilow, which was remixed and re-released as Barry Manilow I in 1975. From there, he would go on to change music forever.

Decades after his first hit, Manilow remains the king of amorous ballads, and Phoenician "Fanilows" - as his adoring supporters call themselves - have a new reason to celebrate, as the pop legend returns to the Valley this month to take the stage for the second time as a headliner at one of the year's most anticipated events: the 25th annual Celebrity Fight Night, taking place March 23 and hosted for the 15th year by Grammy Award-winning country artist Reba McEntire.

Renowned as one of the nation's most elite charity events, Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded evening featuring celebrities and professional athletes from all over the world. The event continues to honor its tradition of celebrating the life and contributions of professional boxer, Muhammad Ali, who tragically passed in 2016 after years of battling Parkinson's disease.

In his honor, Manilow - alongside numerous celebrities, generous donors and VIPs - will converge at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa with one goal: to raise critical funds for the Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute. This will be Manilow's second time appearing and supporting the fundraising efforts of Celebrity Fight Night.

"The first time I was invited, it was still an incredibly small affair. I remember Paula Abdul was there, Muhammad Ali was there, and it was a very exciting, and very moving, evening," Manilow says. "When I heard David Foster wanted me [to return], I remember thinking, 'You can't say no to him, because he won't give up.' David is a great guy, a great friend, and he does so many good things."

As an award-winning Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter and arranger, David Foster has been an avid supporter and champion for Celebrity Fight Night since its infancy. The 16-time Grammy winner joined the team as musical director in its sixth year and since has become a mainstay, as well as a draw for many musicians and industry professionals. "We've done some incredible records together and he's brilliant," Manilow says. "We all know he's a great guy, as well as being one of the greatest musicians, producers and human beings of our time."

Manilow is also particularly excited to be reunited with one of his good friends and a fellow musical icon, Reba McEntire. Beyond their philanthropic pursuits, they share a love for performing. "[I remember the time] we did a duet together on one of my Decades albums," Manilow shares. "I wanted to do an album that celebrated various decades of songs. She and I did Islands in the Stream together. It was very memorable, so I'm excited to see her again."

Looking Ahead: In addition to Manilow and McEntire, other marquee entertainers performing at Celebrity Fight Night will include musical director David Foster, singer Brian McKnight, contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith, actress and performer Rita Wilson, singer Pia Toscano, America's Got Talent rising star Angelica Hale, and violinist Caroline Campbell. Other notable names attending will include Larry King, Bo Derek, Melissa Peterman, Nancy Lieberman, and Randy Jackson, plus Renee Parsons and 27-time Grammy Award-winner Quincy Jones will both be honored.

"For 25 years, we've treated Celebrity Fight Night audiences to the world's greatest entertainers, and this year will be no different as we welcome Barry Manilow," says Jimmy Walker, founder of Celebrity Fight Night. "With the help of our celebrity friends and incredibly generous donors, we are once again excited to raise millions of dollars and make a difference in the lives of those who need our support."

Attendees [will] be dazzled by a night filled with incredible live auction items and musical performances. Most importantly, they'll have the opportunity to support incredible charities, something that was an immediate draw for Manilow, who has long been an advocate for nonprofit organizations, often donating his time and resources to support various causes that focus on cancer, AIDS, children's issues, victims of abuse, homelessness, and music education.

Notably, in response to the needs of severly depleted music programs at many public schools across the nation, Manilow formed The Manilow Music Project, which is part of his nonprofit Manilow Health and Hope Fund, to highlight the importance of music programs in schools and donate instruments and materials to school music programs.

When approached to support Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research, Manilow was moved to lend his support. "These conditions are just heartbreaking, and I'm happy to do anything I can to raise money for these causes," Manilow says. "I know so many people whose parents, relatives and friends have been touched by these devastating diseases, and it's an awful thing to have to go through."

Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix will be a brief change of scenery for Manilow, who is currently performing through June at the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, one block off the Vegas Strip. It's a venue that carries dear memories and a sense of comfort for the iconic performer, who had a residency there when it was known as Las Vegas Hilton in 2005.

"They wanted me to come back, and I said yes," Manilow says. "It's the same showroom [as before], which was important to me if I was to return to Las Vegas. I love the crowds, I love performing there, and I love that room. It's big, but it's also intimate. We do various weekends, and it's just a perfect schedule for what I'm into right now. It also means I get to be home more."

It's no shock that with his active performance schedule and appearance at high-profile events such as Celebrity Fight Night that Fanilows have one burning question: When is the next album? "I'm always working on the next one, whether it's an album, a performance, or TV show," Manilow says. "I'm just one of those guys who doesn't like to sit and do nothing. So I invent things, I create things, and I consider myself lucky that people are still out there wanting to hear what I have. That's the real gift for me."

Individual tickets for Celebrity Fight Night start at $1,500. To purchase tickets and get additional information on the event, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.

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February 15, 2019 Las Vegas Magazine"Meet a few of Barry Manilow's most dedicated friends" by Matt Kelemen
When Barry Manilow returned to the storied Paradise Road hotel renamed Westgate Las Vegas (née The International and, later, The Hilton) in 2014, his career received one of it’s many 21st century boosts. A talk show punchline after his string of Top 40 hits ended in the ’70s, Manilow’s performances at his latest Westgate residency, Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home, lend serious credence to the moniker his devoted fans bestow him with. To the Fanilows, the Brooklyn Boy—whose career started as a boy when his grandfather paid for a session in a coin-operated recording booth—is nothing less than The Showman of a Generation.

Although the Las Vegas Chapter of the Barry Manilow International Fan Club ($9.99, “good for 365 days from the day you purchase your membership”) calls itself “The Fanilows” on its splash page, many Manilow superfans consider it a pejorative. “It was originally a derogatory term that was coined by the writers for the show Will & Grace,” says Deanne Bell of North Carolina. “When it was first born, all the fans, along with Barry, hated the name. As years have passed, some have warmed to it but I still don’t care for it. I would rather be called a ‘friend’ of Barry’s, as he has often called his fans.”

It’s safest to defer to the point of view of the Friends of Barry, as they are a force to be reckoned with. Every Manilow show becomes electrified by the energy of his devout congregation, who follow their idol like Deadheads used to follow Jerry Garcia. “I’m a strong, devoted fan of Barry Manilow,” says Dan Lornitis of Chicago. Lornitis, who has seen The Showman of a Generation more than 60 times, doesn’t like the term Fanilow either. “I do support him 110 percent, that’s for sure. … my mother and aunt really pulled me into it as a young kid.”

Many Friends of Barry became converted from the get-go when “Mandy” put Manilow at the top of the pop charts in 1974. They are the first to rise to their feet, cheer the loudest and dance most ecstatically during “Copacabana” when Manilow sings to them like an angel from above thanks to a mezzanine catwalk that stretches over the audience. If they are fortunate.

“I have seen him well over 100 times in Las Vegas and every other city from New York to Los Angeles,” says Bev Edelstein of St. Louis.

“Each time I see the show, I walk away with such an amazing respect for Barry’s performance,” says Eloise Sasala of Columbus, Ohio. She says her concert tally is well into the triple digits. “Barry always walks on the stage in full throttle and that energy seems to radiate through the audience. Watching Barry perform his classic hits like ‘Even Now,’ ‘Weekend in New England’ and ‘I Write The Songs,’ are always highlights for me.”

“My fandom has enhanced my life,” says Maria Mikol of Middle Village, N.Y. “It has shaped who I am. All these years, all the shows, the friends, the love. It is all because of Barry. I am forever grateful for all the gifts he has given me. If only he knew.”

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February 14, 2019 ELLEMichael Kors Ends Fashion Week With Barry Manilow and a Disco
The first clues were the disco balls hanging in between the chandeliers at Cipriani’s in downtown Manhattan. Michael Kors was going full-on disco for his fall 2019 collection, and the looks that followed—fluffy-collared wrap coats and slinky one-shouldered sequin dresses—were an on-the-nose ode to Studio 54. Fashion has long been obsessed with the ‘70s, but this season Kors doubled-down.

According to show notes, the Fall's Kors woman was a dancer on Broadway by day, and Studio 54 gal by night. For the former, there were wrap sweaters that looked plucked off the set of Fame, hooded bodysuits, fishnet tights, leg warmers, and all-around drapey layers. For the latter, sequin halter dresses and jumpsuits made for the dance floor, satin dresses with feather trim, and the kind of faux fur coat you’d need to top all your going-out looks.

Most shows end with a finale walk and a quick bow from the designer. But this is Michael Kors and the ‘70s were his era. Patti Hansen closed the show. And as the models started their finale walk, a sequin curtain in a corner of the space lifted to reveal Barry Manilow performing 'Copacabana' (which sounds as strange and amazing as it actually was). Unexpected at 10:30am, but after a week straight of shows it was a nice way to energize sleepy show-goers, this one included.

February 14, 2019 New York Post"Michael Kors’ star-studded show had some very groovy surprise guests" by Anahita Moussavian
Michael Kors has an enduring love affair with the ’70s. It’s so strong that the American designer time-traveled to Studio 54 Thursday morning when he unveiled his fall collection at Cipriani Downtown under a set of giant, spinning disco balls. His front-row glitterati was equally fab: Kate Hudson, Olivia Wilde, Priyanka Chopra, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. The VIP list goes on (and on).

Models smiled as they slinked around the curved runway in looks that screamed the last days of disco: Gold lame frocks! Feather boas! Jumpsuits! More than one outfit boasted a piece emblazoned with the “Studio 54” logo on it (in sparkles, of course). The event closed when ’70s supermodel Patti Hansen, 62, stormed the runway in a shimmery gold pantsuit and joined surprise guest performer Barry Manilow on stage. For his part -- and to the delight of the audience -- Manilow performed his hit “Copacabana” dressed in a bold orange jacket dripping with crystals. Groovy baby.

February 13, 2019 The Daily Beast"NYFW: Barry Manilow Sang ‘Copacabana’ at Michael Kors’ Show. It Was Amazing." by Tim Teeman
At his Fall '19 show, the designer Michael Kors raised the bar significantly on what a New York Fashion Week show needs to have. Simply put: something better than Barry Manilow singing 'Copacabana' as the surprise finale to the show. In fact, if it were possible for every morning to start like this, all the better.

Yes, it happened, and yes, the response—when attendees realized what the hell was going on, and yes that was Barry Manilow standing on stage in a orange, bejewelled jacket—was rapturous. There was a gorgeous moment when everything went silent, Manilow was revealed, and the truth stood there, ready to rouse us from the runway.

February 13, 2019 L.A. Times"Michael Kors does a ’70s rewind for fall, Barry Manilow sings it to a close" by Adam Tschorn
The mix-and-match mentality of the fall and winter 2019 collections presented during the current run of New York Fashion Week shows circled back and swallowed its own stylish tail with the Michael Kors Collection that came down the catwalk here Wednesday morning, by pulling inspiration from the Big Apple itself, which the designer called in his show notes “the melting pot of style.”

Well, a very specific slice of the Apple during a very specific time, anyway, what Kors’ show notes describe as the “swinging West 50’s in the Seventies,” a world inhabited by pre-Instagram influencers who occupied the intersection of dance, theater and fashion ... For anyone unclear about the season’s inspirational starting point, Kors hammered it home with a range of pieces emblazoned with the logo of the famous (and later infamous) Studio 54 nightclub, including sleeveless glitter cashmere intarsia T-shirts and sweatshirts, embroidered motorcycle jackets, crepe de chine blouses, poplin shirts and duffel bags. The heavy-handed homage to the decade of disco and debauchery felt creaky and clichéd in places even though there were a lot of beautiful clothes in the mix.

But then, as the runway finale walk ended, a familiar nightclub classic started to play and the black curtains off to one side of the venue parted and Barry Manilow -- in the flesh, mind you -- began singing “Copacabana,” surrounded by models new (Bella Hadid) and veteran (Patti Hansen) and eventually Michael Kors himself.

The show’s attendees leaped enthusiastically to their feet, enraptured by the music and the proximity, adrenaline rushing, neurons firing. Suddenly the idea of dressing with abandon, embracing the wild mix of patterns and boogieing until sun-up in a purple sequin felt like the most natural — and desirable — thing in the world. Who could ask for anything more?

February 13, 2019 Billboard.com"Watch Barry Manilow Perform 'Copacabana' for Michael Kors NYFW Finale" by Taylor Weatherby
Barry Manilow made a surprise appearance at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday morning (Feb. 13), closing out Michael Kors' Fall 2019 show with a glittering rendition of his hit "Copacabana."

The show's theme was "dreaming," reflected in both the decor (disco balls and chandeliers hung overhead) and the 74 looks showcased, from oversize fur jackets to sparkly evening gowns. Kors also made sure to soundtrack the show -- which featured garments with the famed Studio 54 logo and a cameo from '70s supermodel Patti Hansen -- with disco-inspired hits from Chic, Donna Summer and The Pointer Sisters, recruiting Manilow for an epic finale. “Barry Manilow is a legend and 'Copacabana' was one of the iconic songs of my youth,” Michael Kors tells Billboard in a statement. “It was such a thrill to have him perform at my Fall 2019 show.”

Manilow's performance was appriopriately backdropped by gold fringe, with the singer sporting a bedazzled orange leather jacket (with "Copa" emblazoned on the back, naturally) as models joined him one-by-one on stage for the show-closing dance party. Though Manilow had never been to a fashion show before, he knew performing at Michael Kors' show was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. “When Michael called and gave me his vision for his upcoming fashion show and asked if I would come perform 'Copacabana,' I was very flattered -- how could I say no?" Manilow adds. "It was a thrilling experience, and I was happy to be a part of it."

New York may not be the hottest spot north of Havana in February, but music and passion were definitely the fashion at Michael Kors' New York Fashion week show.

February 13, 2019 Daily Mail"Barry Manilow, 75, gets model Bella Hadid, 22, to dance on stage to his song Copacabana at the Michael Kors NYFW show as her sister Gigi looks on" by Heidi Parker
Barry Manilow has been singing his hit songs like "Copacabana" and "I Write The Songs" for the past 50 years. And on Wednesday the New York native proved he still has that special touch as he won over fans at the Michael Kors show during New York fashion week. The 75-year-old entertainer made 22-year-old model Bella Hadid smile as she joined him on stage.

As if the runway stars weren't enough showcase the upcoming range, Manilow performed at the fashion event. The singer sported a bright orange blazer featuring studs and colorful jewels fastened to the lapel and sleeves as he performed the Copacabana. The closing of the show featured all the runway models - including Bella who was right next to him - dancing to the 1978 classic.

February 13, 2019 ET Canada"Barry Manilow Closes The Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Show At New York Fashion Week" by By Cat Williams
Barry Manilow just brought a touch of the tropics to snowy New York City. On Wednesday morning, the legendary singer-songwriter closed the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 runway show with a performance of his 1978 hit song “Copacabana” during New York Fashion Week.

Following the models’ finale walk, Manilow was joined on stage with Kors and supermodel Patti Hansen, as well as models Fran Summers and Bella Hadid. “Barry Manilow is a legend and ‘Copacabana’ was one of the iconic songs of my youth,” said the New York-born designer in an official press release. “It was such a thrill to have him perform for my Fall 2019 show.”

Set against a backdrop of gold tinsel and disco balls, Kors’ latest runway show was an ode to the the Studio 54-era of New York City.

Meanwhile, other stars to attend the show included: Priyanka Chopra, Michael Douglas with Catherine Zeta-Jones and their daughter Carys Zeta Douglas, as well as Kate Hudson, Kerry Washington and Regina King.

February 13, 2019 Hollywood ReporterNYFW: Michael Kors Throws Studio 54-Like Fashion Show, Barry Manilow Performs
Michael Kors threw a fashion show worthy of Studio 54 with Barry Manilow belting "Copacabana" on a glittery stage and rock muse Patti Hansen walking the runway Wednesday. His crowd, seated inside a Wall Street ballroom, went wild for both on the closing day of New York Fashion Week as he rolled out shaggy coats and feather boas, sparkly gowns in neon purple and electric blue, and flirty ruffles on dresses and skirts, all worthy of the heady '70s.

Sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid took to the catwalk to help move the bash along, but the surprise of Manilow's performance had the crowd on its feet. The 75-year-old legend is still going strong, proudly showing off his orange bedazzled "Copa" jacket backstage after the upbeat show. It's just what the fashion crowd needed on the eighth day of racing from show to show during fashion week, and the day after an icy snowstorm made that even more challenging.

Kors fall collection celebrated the city's melting pot of style and the kings and queens of the era: Bette, Bianca and Baryshnikov among them. The designer's impeccable tailoring and eye for details were plentiful in the clothes, from his delicate slip dresses to a killer patchwork leather jacket with black shearling sleeves.

Hansen, a '70s superstar model, is married to Keith Richards and took her turn on the catwalk with a smile on her face, dressed in an iridescent trouser suit of black and gold. There was star power on Kors' front row as well: Kerry Washington, Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband, Michael Douglas, along with "If Beale Street Could Talk" Oscar nominee Regina King.

After the show, Kors called Manilow's appearance the cherry on the cake. "We met him exactly a year ago. It's very bizarre, backstage at a concert. I like everyone else am a huge fan," Kors told The Associated Press. "I said to him, 'Have you ever gone to a fashion show?' And he said no. I said 'Watch a few of our shows on YouTube, maybe we can do something in the future.'"

The theme didn't come together until Kors found himself perusing his old yearbook and got to thinking about his start in New York in the late-70s, and "just this whole convergence of glamour." At the time, the city was "pretty gritty and pretty dangerous," he recalled, "and music was a huge part of it, and dance. And Patti Hansen was all over my walls. I think the last fashion show she was in was in 1994."

Ultimately, Kors said, he wanted to put together an optimistic collection. Perhaps his crushed satin charmeuse blouse in cocoa would boost your mood and not bust your budget.

There were banker looks as well, in cropped plaid trousers and belted jackets. And, always, Kors showed a few great bags, for the shoulder and for a quick trip out of town. "I wanted joy," Kors explained. "I think maybe I'm a Pollyanna but you know I think that the right clothes and the right attitude can just lift your spirits."

February 13, 2019 TIME"Barry Manilow Singing 'Copacabana' at Fashion Week Is Truly the Perfect Winter Escape" by Cady Lang
The temperatures outside were frigid, but inside the Michael Kors runway show at New York Fashion Week, viewers were invited to escape the city’s gray snow and winter dreariness by enjoying a live Barry Manilow performance of “Copacabana” on Wednesday morning.

The soft rock superstar brought down the house when he appeared during the finale of the show to perform his hit song. The disco-themed show included runway turns by the likes of Bella Hadid and OG supermodel Patti Hansen, who closed the show to thunderous applause, and a collection of looks that would have looked perfectly at home on the dance floor of Studio 54. Manilow’s wore a heavily embellished, glitzy orange blazer to take the stage, which was covered in gold tinsel; Hadid and other models joined Manilow on stage to dance as he crooned, fittingly, that “music and passion were always the fashion.”

February 13, 2019 Harpers Bazaar"Here Is Barry Manilow Singing 'Copacabana' at New York Fashion Week" by Lauren Alexis Fisher
Nobody asked for a live Barry Manilow performance of "Copacabana" at New York Fashion Week, but sometimes the universe sends us a blessing we didn't know we needed.

On the final day of Fall 2019 shows at NYFW, Manilow unexpectedly showed up on the Michael Kors runway to snatch wigs, take names, and sing your Aunt Carol's favorite drunk karaoke song. And it was incredible.

After a collection featuring Studio 54-inspired disco glamour, Barry joined Bella Hadid and Fran Summers to dance and sing "Copacabana" against a flashy gold backdrop. It's unclear how fashion shows have ever ended before this. In fact, every runway from here on out should end with a live Manilow performance. Designers, please take note.

Because you asked, Manilow wore an orange jacket bedazzled in rainbow jewels for his big NYFW runway debut. Likely a custom Michael Kors Collection design, the look was the cherry on top of a glitzy collection.

Was the vision of Barry performing "Copacabana" at a New York Fashion Week show completely ridiculous? Of course. But if designers are going to resort to runway gimmicks to get our attention, please let more of them spark as much joy as a surprise Barry Manilow performance. Now please excuse me while I go listen to "Copacabana" for the rest of the day.

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February 10, 2019 KESQ"Desert Aids Project hosts 25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala" by Madison Weil
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Desert Aids Project hosted their 25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala Saturday at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Over 2,000 fashionably-dressed guests attended, arriving and taking photos on the red carpet. The fundraising event featured several speakers recognizing the efforts in the community as well as a performance by Barry Manilow.

“The idea is giving back to the community...this is a community that’s lifted up Desert Aids Project for years. Actually much longer than 25 years...when we started in a basement and everybody was afraid of HIV/AIDS," said Patrick Jordan, a Gala Co-Chair.

“It’s a great honor to be able to service a community that is so willing to support the efforts of dap,” said Lauri Kibby, also a Gala Co-Chair.

The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala has raised millions of dollars to care for people living with HIV over the years.

February 10, 2019 Desert Sun"Barry Manilow and friends fete those who helped DAP make it through the rain" by Bruce Fessier
The Desert AIDS Project brought out its big guns Saturday to turn the 25th anniversary of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards into a dynamic celebration of the light at the end of the dark, four-decade tunnel of the HIV/AIDS tragedy.

Internationally significant figures, including entertainer Barry Manilow and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Gunilla Carlsson, honored the leading lights of local efforts to combat the deadly virus in a razzle-dazzle, floridly-attired black tie benefit for DAP services at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Steve Chase himself, whose 1994 death from AIDS inspired the namesake event to start in 1995, was perhaps the biggest honoree of the weekend. A nationally-significant interior designer and philanthropist whose life inspired as many people as his money helped, Chase was given a spot on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on Friday and posthumously presented with the humanitarian award named after him Saturday night.

[Some] 1,500 people packed an ornately decorated room that needed three-foot-tall centerpieces to help people find their tables. They raised more than $1 million to support DAP's almost 5,000 HIV and low-income clients. That number is expected to increase to 10,000 after the completion of a $20 million capital campaign to expand its Palm Springs campus. It currently has raised $13 million.

Many of the attendees came to see Manilow perform a show custom-designed for this benefit. Manilow, who donated his services, performed most of his hits, starting with the appropriate "Miracles" and "Somewhere in the Night," and ending with his duet with his younger self on video singing "Mandy" and his fun hit, "Copacabana."

He sang a song about self esteem, the tender "All the Time" from 1976, and the Four Seasons' "Let's Hang On," from a 1981 recording, providing two deeper tracks for his set. But the bonus was his idea to recognize some DAP pioneers he called heroes.

Manilow noted that he was honored by DAP 10 years ago and "it was one of the greatest nights of all." He also recently took a tour of the DAP campus and "everybody was so great." So Manilow wrote a speech about the contributions of early DAP contributors George Sonsel, Kathy McCauley, Bruce Lloyd, Ron Christenson and Donald Beck and all but Lloyd were able to attend. Sonsel, a therapist, said DAP flew him all the way from the Netherlands.

Thank yous from event co-chairs Patrick Jordan, Kevin Bass and Laura Kibby, and board chairman Steve Kaufer were heaped upon people who have helped DAP grow from a group of volunteers that formed in 1984. They included producing sponsors Sherrie Auen, Catharine Reed, the Auen Foundation and Walgreens and the more than 400 volunteers that make DAP [work].

January 16, 2019 AZ Big MediaBarry Manilow will headlines 25th annual Celebrity Fight Night
One of the nation’s most legendary ballad singers and composers will be performing at one of the country’s most renowned charity events. Make plans now to attend a once-in-a-lifetime experience as Barry Manilow performs in front of special guests, celebrities and VIPs at the 25th Annual Celebrity Fight Night on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Grammy Award-winning leading lady of country music Reba McEntire will host Celebrity Fight Night for the 15th year. This exciting evening will take place at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix with the red-carpet festivities starting at 5:00 p.m. All proceeds raised will support the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, as well as several other charities.

One out of 20 people at the age of 65 will have Alzheimer’s. That number increases to 1 out of 3 when a person reaches the age of 85. The medical professionals at Barrow’s Alzheimer’s Program and Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center are housed in the same area and are working diligently and collaboratively to find cures for both diseases.

The Barrow program is actively involved in researching and testing promising new treatments; and is committed to providing continuing care and counseling to Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers.

For the 25th year, celebrities, dignitaries and professional athletes from all over the world will unite for an action-packed evening filled with incredible live auction items and musical performances by many of today’s hottest stars. Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer, David Foster will return as Celebrity Fight Night’s Musical Director for his 20th year. In addition to Manilow and McEntire, other marquee entertainers headlining the event will include contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith, actress and performer Rita Wilson, singer Pia Toscano, America’s Got Talent rising star, Angelica Hale, violinist Caroline Campbell and Shawn King.

More celebrities and entertainers will continue to be announced.

Special honorees for the evening include fabled American music producer and 27-time Grammy Award-winner Quincy Jones, Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow and Dr. Abraham Lieberman, the medical director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute.

“For 25 years, we’ve treated Celebrity Fight Night audiences to the world’s greatest entertainers and this year will be no different as we welcome Barry Manilow,” said Jimmy Walker, Founder of Celebrity Fight Night. “With the help of our celebrity friends and incredibly generous donors, we are once again excited to raise millions of dollars and make a difference in the lives of those who need our support.”

Individual tickets for Celebrity Fight Night start at $1,500 – $10,000. To purchase tickets or to get more information on the event, please visit www.celebrityfightnight.org, or call (602) 956-1121.

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I Love Las VegasMANILOW Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home!
Welcome to Las Vegas! ... Here at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, you'll encounter the finest entertainment on the strip without ever leaving the resort! Experience a beloved entertainer in an unforgettable way. Act now to see the one, the only, Barry Manilow in The Hits Come Home! With 50 Top 40 Hits and 85 million albums sold, Barry Manilow returns with a night of nonstop hits.

Here at the lavish, historic Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, guests will experience the classic vibe and thrill of Vegas while being treated like a high roller. "We may not be the newest resort in Las Vegas," Founder, CEO & President, David Siegel said, "but we are the friendliest."

At the time of its opening on July 2, 1969, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, then known as the International Hotel, was the largest resort and casino in the world ... The hotel became the Las Vegas Hilton from March of 1971 through 2012 ... After its purchase [by Siegel] in 2014, the hotel became, and will remain Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

The hotel was at its full glory in 1970 when Siegel first stayed there. Barbra Streisand performed an exclusive black-tie event for the hotel's grand opening in the International Showroom, now the International Theatre ... From the opening of the hotel in 1969, it became home to musical powerhouses like Liberace, Barry Manilow, Wayne Newton and none other than the King himself - Elvis Presley. The King's debut performance at the hotel was on July 31, 1969.

As a host to these legends and many more, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is a historic landmark that will forever be treasured and preserved. Thousands of shows have taken place since the grand opening in 1969, entertaining millions of people. The resort is alive with the sound and spirit of icons that once called this hotel home.

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December 27, 2018 The Desert Sun"Barry Manilow will perform at 25th annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala in Palm Springs" by Robert Hopwood
Music legend Barry Manilow will perform a special concert at the 25th annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Feb. 9 for what is expected to be a sold-out crowd. The Palm Springs resident, who has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, will be the featured performer at this February's gala, which raises money for the Desert AIDS Project.

The local charity offers an array of health care services to people living with HIV and AIDS. The fund-raising gala has been re-imagined for its silver anniversary, said Steven Henke, the director of community development for the Desert AIDS Project. "We're making a lot of changes, focusing on the experience of attendees," he said. It will be a "fast, tight-paced show."

The gala is part of a series of events starting Feb. 8, when the City of Palm Springs will posthumously honor interior designer and local philanthropist Steve Chase with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. An invite-only, VIP party for about 500 donors and celebrities will follow the dedication, which will be held at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Henke said. The festivities continue on Feb. 9 with a fashion show outside the Palm Springs Convention Center. It will be followed by a pre-party, which will focus on 25 years of memories from the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, Henke said. During the awards show that follows, Steve Chase will be posthumously honored with the Steve Chase Humanitarian Award. Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Geoff Kors and his husband, James Williamson, will receive the Partners for Life Award. The name of the final honoree has yet to be released, Henke said.

After the awards are handed out, Manilow will perform for the expected crowd of 1,500 attendees. An after-party will follow the gala. "People are going to remember this for a very long time," Henke said.

Manilow has been a longtime supporter of the Desert AIDS Project, according to Henke, and in 2017 he posthumously presented Elizabeth Taylor with the Partners for Life Award. The septuagenarian loves spending time at his secluded home in the Palm Springs Mesa district, but he continues to sing the songs loved by Fanilows around the world. After returning from a short tour of Great Britain earlier this year, Manilow performed his holiday show, "A Very Berry Christmas," in San Diego and Rancho Mirage. He also performs at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Tickets start at $500 and are on sale now at stevechase25.eventbrite.com.

December 16, 2018 The Desert Sun"Barry Manilow's 'Very Barry Christmas' is bigger, louder than before" by Bruce Fessier
You never see as many happy, smiling faces at a pop music show as you do at a Barry Manilow concert. And, even though we have long appreciated homages to human angst from Mavis Staples to R.E.M. to Mac Miller, that’s not a bad thing. Manilow staged a bigger, louder version of the “Very Barry Christmas” he performed last year at the McCallum Theatre Saturday at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. His modulations leading to massive crescendos on his classic power ballads seemed more dramatic. The projected fire in the chimney on the backdrop was huge.

But his masterful juxtaposition of big and small songs made his intimate material among the highlights of the show. Manilow kept the banter flowing from the beginning. Always appreciative of his audience for “getting” him, Manilow introduced himself as “your skinny Jewish Santa Claus.” Then he explained that his Jewish mother married a non-Jewish Irish-American when he was 12 that gave him an appreciation of Christmas and diverse holiday music. In a more private setting, he might have quoted his late friend, Bill Edelen, or Harvard philosopher George Santayana, saying the poetry of Christmas “feeds my spirit.”

He became introspective on “Even Now” and followed with Joni Mitchell’s song of holiday sadness, “The River,” to take us down to bring us back up again with holiday classics. He let a local child sing “Jingle Bell Rock” and it lit up the room. He sang “White Christmas” in a tuxedo with a white bow tie and carnation and we felt as warm as if that fireplace was really heating up this elegant joint. In the finale, with confetti flowing, he reminded us, this is “For the Children.”

Manilow’s energy at age 75 is amazing, and he acknowledged his astonishment at that. “When my grandfather was this age,” he said, “the best thing he could do was bring up phlegm.” Barry Manilow brings up our spirit. That’s priceless. He does it all over again at 7 p.m. Sunday night at The Show.

December 15, 2018 The Desert SunBarry Manilow: A VERY BARRY CHRISTMAS concert in Rancho Mirage
Barry Manilow performed at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California on December 15, 2018. The concert titled, A Very Barry Christmas, was a near sold-out at the venue.

December 10, 2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune"Thanks to Barry Manilow, Christmas comes early for Crawford High School students" by Karla Peterson
Barry Manilow brings his “A Very Barry Christmas” concert to San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena on Thursday, but for some local high-school students, Barry’s Christmas came even earlier. Last month, Manilow announced he was donating a Yamaha piano to Crawford High School. The donation was a very public gesture in support of the Manilow Music Project, the long-running program that focuses on providing musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to funding musical scholarships to universities in the U.S. and Canada.

It was also a personal reflection of the epiphany that happened when the 13-year-old Brooklyn kid sat down at a neighbor’s piano and saw a whole new future flash before his eyes. “It changed my life. Just changed my life,” Manilow said during a recent phone interview. “I sat down, and I just felt at home. I felt like I was where I belonged. I bet any musician would tell you the same thing. Suddenly, you know what you’re supposed to do. I was just lucky that I could actually make a career out of it.”

Music gave Barry Manilow one heck of a career. It gave him 28 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including three No. 1 hits. He racked up 15 Grammy Award nominations and one win. Also five Primetime Emmy nominations and two Emmy Awards. And more concert dates than he can begin to remember, much less count.

Without that first piano encounter, the 75-year-old singer, songwriter, pianist and arranger would not have the life he has now, and the piano donation is just part of his efforts to make sure other budding musicians get the chance to find their fabulous selves. As he has in the past, Manilow is pairing his concert here with a musical-instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument at the Viejas Arena on Thursday will receive two free tickets for the evening’s concert.

Instruments will be accepted at the arena box office from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The Manilow Music Project fixes them up and donates them to school districts, which distribute them to needy schools. And in addition to scoring donors free tickets, the instruments can make the kind of difference that truly lasts. “I speak to the principals and I speak to the teachers all the time, and they all tell me the same thing,” Manilow said. “They say that kids in music classes, their grades always go up. They learn to interact with other students. It’s not just playtime. It does change a young person’s life.”

Manilow knows this because he lived it. After sitting down at his neighbor’s piano, the boy who was already a pretty good accordion player took the first small step on the road to bigger things. Much, much bigger things. He got his professional start as an accompanist and arranger. He wrote, arranged and sang on commercial jingles. He composed the original score for an off-Broadway production of “The Drunkard.” He was Bette Midler’s pianist and music director. He was a busy behind-the-scenes bee, and he liked it.

During his stint with Midler, Manilow was offered a recording contract, something he wasn’t looking for and didn’t quite know how to handle. His first single — 1974’s “Mandy” — went all the way to No. 1. After that, the hits came at a dizzying clip. Getting comfortable in the spotlight was dizzying, too. And not in a good way. “In the beginning, I was terrible. Of course I was terrible. I had never done anything like that before,” Manilow said still sounding rattled by the memory of his early concert performances. “But from the beginning, the audience didn’t think I was as terrible as I knew I was. It just kept building, and it wouldn't stop. And the records kept getting bigger, and the audiences kept getting bigger. I didn’t know what was happening, and it just kept terrifying me night after night.”

About 10 years into his performing career, things changed. For years, Manilow’s fans had been telling him about the many ways his big, emotionally vulnerable songs had saved them. One night, while he was singing “Can’t Smile Without You” for the umpteenth time, the house lights in the theater went up, and the singer saw his fans. Really saw them. And that’s when the audience saved Barry Manilow. “For the first time, I saw the audience clearly, and I had an epiphany. And the epiphany was, ‘You are not doing this for you. You are doing this for them.’ Everything changed when I realized that was the job. Then I knew why I was standing on the stage. I was standing on the stage to make these people feel better, and from there on in, I loved this job.”

He still loves the job. He loves rearranging the holiday classics featured in his “Very Barry Christmas” show so that they sound new but still feel as comforting as ever. The Christmas shows include a generous helping of old Barry favorites, and he loves freshening those up, too. He loves his residency at the swanky Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, where he’ll be returning in February for a four-month stint.

But mostly, he loves those songs. The ones that first piano helped him find. The ones the fans never get tired of hearing and the man behind the keyboards never gets tired of playing. The gifts he will always try to give back. “I believe in what I’m doing. I believe in the lyrics of the songs that I sing. I believe that the audiences need to feel good. Certainly I need to feel good. The show makes me feel good, and my goal is to make them feel better when they leave than they did when they got there. You put that all together, how can I not do this?”

Barry Manilow: “A Very Barry Christmas.” When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Where: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego State University. Tickets: $39-$159, plus service charges. Phone: (800)745-3000. Online: ticketmaster.com

December 10, 2018 The Sarasota"A Very Barry Manilow Christmas Comes to Tampa Bay, FL" by Vicky Sullivan
Christmas came to the Amalie Arena on Friday night in the form of Barry Manilow! Florida and California are the lucky states that are hosting Barry's Christmas tour this year. I was invited by a friend to see the show and quite honestly I was on the fence. At age 15, I loved Barry's first big hit “Mandy” but that was back in 1974 and my musical tastes changed over the years. Sure, I knew Barry's hit songs, I was a child of Top 40 radio but, at some point it became uncool to like Barry. He became my mother’s music. But on Friday night, Manilow brought me full circle, it’s funny how age, nostalgia and a great singer can do that!

Upon arrival, we were given glow sticks to wave around during the show. A fun way to set the tone for certain songs during the show or use as your applause meter by waving it around. The stage was set in Christmas décor. Barry arrived to the opening number of “It's A Miracle”. He moved right into Christmas mode with several holiday tunes including “Christmas is Just Around the Corner” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Extremely personable, Barry makes jokes including about himself. He clearly knows how it is to be Barry Manilow! At 75, Manilow has had an illustrious career. 12 number one singles, 27 top 10 hits and has sold over 80 million albums. He has been respected by both Sinatra and Bob Dylan. He started out with Bette Midler and has since produced her work.

In a beautifully poignant moment of the show Barry performed the Joni Mitchell penned “River” about a Christmastime relationship break-up. He also did a tribute to old blue eyes himself Frank Sinatra, complete with a drink and pretend cigarette. In between holiday tunes came the hits like “I Can’t Smile Without You” and “Daybreak”. Manilow has a great band of around 20 musicians backing him as well as his three background singers. He pays respect to the “talented and wonderful” people who work with him and introduces everyone individually.

Manilow moves around the stage, does a little dancing, hikes himself up on the piano for a tune and sounds great. He holds several notes at length and jokes “What is your 75 year old grandpa doing tonight?” The audience laughs along with him, many of them his age. His fan base is a mixed bag of everyone mostly over 40. One of the highlights is Barry leaving for a costume change and the big screen displays a 1974 Manilow on the TV show “Midnight Special” playing that first big hit “Mandy”. Barry returns to finish the song with both young and current selves singing together. A goosebump time travel moment that has that 15 year-old singing along. “I Write the Songs” has the whole crowd singing and I find I know the words to a song I hadn’t heard in many years.

Of course, everyone is waiting for that classic dance number “Copacabana” that has almost become Manilow’s theme song. Barry and his band deliver a rousing rendition. Taking a bow and leaving the stage, he sends Santa Claus and sleigh out for the encore of Christmas tunes to come including “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas” complete with snow blasting out into the arena! Children come to the stage and Barry says “Christmas is all about the children” and shares his mic singing with a young girl. Streams of colorful confetti falling from the ceiling, Barry waves goodnight to audience. A great feel-good holiday show, Manilow is actually pretty cool after all!

December 8, 2018 The Sunday Post"Barry Manilow may be 75, but he has no plans to stop playing for his army of devoted music fans" by Billy Higgins
The candles are still burning brightly for Barry Manilow and he plans to keep them lighting up the world without a flicker in 2019. “I am already excited about next year,” the popular singer said. “The season in Las Vegas is going well and that will last at least until the summer and I have other shows planned plus a return to the recording studio, which means that I am going to be doing what I love the most – singing, dancing and performing for all the wonderful people who come to see me.”

The Las Vegas season started at the magnificent Westgate Las Vegas Resort a few months ago and Barry has been enjoying every minute of his shows there. “I was not very well at the start, nothing serious but it was disappointing to have to postpone,” he said. “We have made up for it since and the season has been going well. I am not on stage every night, but do shows for three nights in succession and then have a break for two or three weeks before the next three-night session. That’s great for me because I can do other shows or recording or just rest in between times and constantly have the Westgate shows to look forward to.”

Many of Barry’s loyal British fans have made the trip to see him in Las Vegas and he really appreciates that. “I always know when there are British fans in the audience as they are such fun, they are the loudest when everyone sings along and they are just great to be with. That is why I like touring Britain. I have said many times British audiences are the best. I still get goosebumps when I remember that special night at Blenheim Palace when there were 40,000 people there and in the encore I sang 'We’ll Meet Again.' Suddenly there were thousands of candles lit and the whole crowd joined in. I couldn’t sing, the emotion of it all just got to me. That was 35 years ago and it still gets to me. I am sorry to go on about it but that was such a magical moment. My trips to Britain have always been like that whether it has been touring or flying over for a Royal Variety Show, the welcome is always a very warm one. When the fans fly over to Vegas to see the show, they are just the same – fantastic.”

It is amazing that Barry’s Las Vegas season is due to end two days before his 76th birthday on June 17 – that is unless the season is extended. “It’s incredible and great at the same time,” said Barry. “The options are open for what comes next, but it is going to be a full year whatever. I cannot believe that I will be 76, I don’t feel it. What is nice is that the audiences who come to see the show are mixed ages. There are those who have been with me throughout the years, but there are young ones, too, in their teens. I love them, but it must be like seeing their grandad up on stage. I don’t think it is me they come to see, I think it is the music. We put a lot of the favourites in the show and as we perform them it is almost as if time has stood still and we are the same as when they were first performed or recorded. Those songs are old friends to me and I think it is the same for the audiences – well, they all sing along and there is a lot of love in their voices. I am sure that my songs will outlive me, but I plan to go on enjoying them for as long as possible. That doesn’t mean that there will be no more new songs. I am still writing, I can’t help it. If you are a creative person, you cannot help but go on creating. Not everything proves great, but every now and then a little gem pops up.”

Barry’s zest for life is as powerful as ever and it is refreshing that he has never become unapproachable. “I have always been grateful to the people who have bought my recordings or tickets for the shows – they are the real stars,” he said. “I don’t think you should ever forget that when the lights go out and you leave the theatre, you are just the same ordinary guy who went to the same schools as everyone else and did the same things as everyone else. Your path just took you in a different direction [than] most and you were able to follow your star. That doesn’t make you special, that makes you very lucky.”

Although he is so very down-to-earth, Barry is aware he has to take care of his health and fitness so that he can give his best with each energetic performance. “I am not a health fanatic, but I believe in being sensible,” he said. “Your body and mind will look after you if you treat it with respect. I do try to take care of myself and keep fit without being enslaved to diets and daily trips to the gym. I jog a little and I have a lot of help with that from my dogs, part of my family. We spend a lot of time together and they help me keep fit. Perhaps they should have a credit in the tour programme!”

Another quality of Barry’s is that he always looks good – you’ll never find him with a stubble on his chin or sprawling about in ragged clothes. “That’s not me at all,” he said. “Of course I wear casual clothes, but I would never like to look like someone who just doesn’t care about themselves. I don’t like not shaving either, that just isn’t me. It is hard enough to look at myself in the mirror without being scared of what looks back at me.”

So Barry is still enjoying life and is excited about 2019. “Oh yes, I am having a great time and I cannot wait to see what happens during 2019 and 2020 too,” he said. “I have talked about retirement a few times, but how can I? I might have to one day, but when you see the lights go up, the music starts and you go out on stage, you just feel the love of your audience and suddenly age has nothing to do with it. “As I said, my music is timeless. Could It Be Magic? Well, who knows, but it’s been a good year and next year will be, too. May I wish your readers and everyone a really great and happy 2019! Perhaps 'We’ll Meet Again' in Vegas – if not, maybe in Britain once more.”

December 5, 2018 The Desert Sun"Fanilows are clamoring for another book...But Barry Manilow is happy writing songs for now" by Bruce Fessier
Barry Manilow is in a good place right now. Unlike contemporaries such as Neil Diamond, Elton John and Paul Simon, Manilow, 75 and as long and lanky as he was when he was 50, hasn’t found the need to put an expiration date on his career. He seems to have found a good balance of work, relaxation and philanthropy.

The holiday concert he performs once every three years as a benefit for Coachella Valley charities at the McCallum Theatre has proven so popular, he’s taking his “A Very Barry Christmas” show on the road. His Dec. 15-16 stops at The Show at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa have also become a charity drive. He’s donating a Yamaha piano to Palm Springs High School and giving away two concert tickets to people who donate new or gently used musical instruments to his Manilow Music Project, as long as tickets last. He's also looking forward to returning to the McCallum, he said, with 2020 being the next date on his "A Gift of Love" schedule of benefits.

Manilow does only a limited number of concert dates on his tours to have more time to spend at his beautiful, secluded compound in the Palm Springs Mesa district. But he loves performing every few months at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, and he’s been offered a long-term contract to continue his residency there. “They want the George Burns contract,” he said with obvious delight over the telephone. “That means until I’m 100! Listen, this Vegas show has turned out to be a very entertaining and exciting show for the audience. It’s doing for the Westgate what they hoped it would do, and it’s doing for me what I was hoping it would do. So, it’s a great gig. I would stay there until they throw me out.”

Manilow is planning a Christmas album, and he’s started work on an LP of original songs and a sequel to his Grammy-nominated “Night Songs” LP. The latter will feature more Frank Sinatra-styled saloon songs, including a version of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” that Sinatra couldn’t get right for his famous “For Only the Lonely” concept album.

“When I was practicing it, I went on Spotify and it said, “Sinatra: ‘Lush Life’,” Manilow said. “He stopped singing. He couldn’t get it. It’s like the craziest melody you’ve ever heard. You’ve got to be a musician or at least really know how to sing the thing. It gets to a very tricky line and he says, ‘Stop, stop, stop. Boy, am I wrong.’ And he says, ‘Let’s go to the next one.’ The chart was great and he was great. He just hit a couple of wrong notes and gave up.”

Literary aspirations - Manilow has always juggled multiple projects, but he's put plans to write a sequel to his 1987 autobiography on the back burner, although not necessarily on the shelf. “Sweet Life: Adventures on the Way to Paradise” chronicled his career through 1984, when he began tackling risky passion projects such as his jazz album, “2:00 AM Paradise Café,” a CBS film version of “Copacabana,” producing jobs for other artists such as Nancy Wilson, Dionne Warwick and Diane Schuur, and writing a musical intended for Broadway, titled “Harmony.”

Manilow said he couldn’t find an artistic reason to compel him to write it. “I tried and I have bored myself to tears,” Manilow said. “I really haven’t got the drama for another book. My life is just not made of drama. I was very happy with that first book. It was a very interesting story about a guy who didn’t expect success and ended up with my career. That ended in ’84. And you would think between ’84 and 2018 there would be a lot more stories. But I just couldn’t find the angle.”

Manilow’s fans are hoping he finds a way to tell the story they've been hanging on for decades. “Fanilows” from France to Japan told The Desert Sun this week there’s a strong appetite for a portal into Manilow's personal journey.

“Why does Barry have to have drama in his book?” asked Merridith Ryan Karpen of Chicago. “There is enough drama in the world. I'm 100 percent sure that his friends, fans (and) admirers would love to read his experiences on the road. A day in the life. How he stays wonderful, positive and genuinely true to himself. Does he know how much his music has helped me, personally, and so many other millions of people that have similar stories of growing up, dealing with illness and hardship? We understand how private he is and are grateful for anything he shares.”

Michael Cavacini of Philadelphia said he’d like to read more about the private life Manilow shares with his husband, Garry Kief, who Manilow said in his last book saved him from financial ruin after becoming his manager more than 40 years ago.

Keiko Sakai of Tokyo sent a copy of an article Manilow wrote for Writer’s Digest in 1987 about his struggles to write his first book. In a creatively-written essay, Manilow talked about how his friends and agents encouraged him to turn his anecdotes about the music business into a book. But, the first time he sat down at a typewriter, he said, “I couldn’t find one word to write.”

His writing process - So, Manilow said he turned to a process he often employed when confronting an unfamiliar project: He began asking what he called “Stupid Questions.” He went shopping for a computer and bought a book on how to write a book. Ultimately, he transferred his musical techniques to the way he conveyed anecdotes.

For example, when writing about how he met Bette Midler, who hired him as her musical director and gave him an opportunity to sing several of his original songs at her concerts, he said he used a counterpoint technique. But, instead of intertwining two independent melodies, he related a conversation with parenthetical statements about what each person was thinking. It made for a clever arrangement of words.

Manilow wrote that his book was the most personal thing he ever created and he was so proud of it, he put copies of it in every room of his house until he heard guests exclaim, “Oh brother, there’s his damn book again.”

Interestingly, few people knew Manilow owned one of Palm Springs’ greatest architectural marvels when he was writing “Sweet Life.” He bought a smaller Palm Springs home with Kief around 1978, Manilow said. Then someone showed them a house on West Vista Chino designed by mid-century modern architect Richard Neutra. It was already known as the Kaufmann Desert House, named after Pittsburgh department store tycoon Edgar Kaufmann, who had it built in 1946. Legendary architecture photographer Julius Shulman took famous pictures of it as early as 1947. House owner Nelda Linsk was photographed there in a 1970 photo by Slim Aarons that has become famous under the title, “Poolside Gossip.”

Manilow and Kief sold the house in 1993 for $982,500, according to public records showing Kief as the trustee/conservator with the Barney Property Trust as joint tenants. It was renovated by the buyers and it became known as the most prominent mid-century modern design in the town that has been called a mid-century modern mecca.

“We realized after we bought it it was a magnificent architectural diamond,” said Manilow. “There were pictures of this house all over the place. When (Kaufmann) built it, it was in the middle of nowhere. It was this modern, magnificent piece of work in the middle of nowhere and then, little by little, houses started to be built around it. By the time we got to it, it was a small neighborhood. When we sold it, it was tripled in size. Across the street from the Neutra house, there was nothing. You could see for miles. But, by the time we sold it, there was a lot of traffic going in and out. We had to sell it.”

Helen M. Holdun of Tustin said she’d like to read about the lessons Manilow has learned – “via his career, touring, and just living. How is he different or the same now than when he was a young man starting out?” she said she’d like to know. “If he had to do it all over again, what if anything would he do differently? How have the fans, their labeling him as ‘super mega sex God,’ affected who he is as a person when he’s not on stage and how can young performers find balance in their own lives? Does he wish he’d been able to come out earlier in life? (He should) offer advice, based on his public and private life, to people who are on the fence about sharing their truth.”

Janet Fauret, of Strasbourg, France, said she'd like to hear the details behind his many tours and the people he’s worked with. She notes, “A little name dropping and anecdotes about other famous people is always good! “It’s funny that Barry thinks you need drama in your life to write a biography,” she said. “He’s had an amazing career. To what does he attribute it? All those tours: He says it was hard, but he kept doing it. Why? The connection he has with his fans is exceptional, but that can’t be the only reason."

She calls the news of his 2014 marriage to Kief "the elephant in the room" and asks, "Can he write a book and call it a biography if he doesn’t? “I know a lot of fans would be interested – sincerely interested, not morbidly curious – about what it was like all those years being one person on stage and another behind the scenes," she said. "Was it hard or did it just become second nature? I know his relationship with Garry was an open secret to many, but, I do know people who were genuinely amazed when he came out. So, it must have been hard sometimes leading what was almost a double life.”

Manilow says he'll revisit the idea of a memoir when he figures out the best way to approach it, just as he usually waits to record a concept album suggested by his friend and Sony Music label chief, Clive Davis, until he's figured out how to solve the puzzle of making it musically viable. "I'll go back to it now and again," Manilow said. "I think I write pretty well. I know how to do it. But, the big question I couldn't answer is, 'Why am I doing it?' So, maybe one of these days, it will hit me."

Manilow in concert: What: A Very Barry Christmas concert. When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Where: The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage. Tickets: $100-$250.

Manilow Music Project component: Donors may drop off new or gently used musical instruments to be given to student musicians in need from 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 6-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. Information: (888) 999-1995 or hotwatercasino.com/barry-manilow. Westgate concert info: manilow.com.

December 5, 2018 Orlando Sentinel"Barry Manilow's holiday show includes gift for Jones High School" by Trevor Fraser
Barry Manilow loves Christmas music. “These songs are standards that come from the ’40s and ’50s and I’m crazy for music like that,” said the iconic singer. This explains his three studio albums of Christmas music recorded over his 45-year career, and his show A Very Barry Christmas, coming to the Amway Center on Saturday, Dec. 8.

But the Brooklyn native’s penchant for the holidays goes beyond the music. “It seems like it’s the only time of year that people stop hollering at each other,” said Manilow. And demonstrating his commitment to the season of giving, his foundation, The Manilow Music Project, will be donating a piano to Orlando’s Jones High School.

The piano won’t be alone. Manilow and the Amway Center have invited the community to bring new and slightly used instruments to the arena for donation. “I beg the audiences that if they have any instruments in their garages or their attic that are collecting dust to bring them down to the arena,” said Manilow.

“It means the world to us,” said Jones band teacher Jamaal Nicholas. “It’s an opportunity for the children to play on an instrument of quality and it is a demonstration that someone in the community cares about their participation in music and is supporting them.” Jones was recommended to the project by the staff at the Amway Center.

Chorus teacher Andrea Green, who teaches piano classes on keyboards, is looking forward to giving her students time with the new instrument. “For students to actually feel a piano, that brings it to a whole new level,” she said.

Manilow, 75, started the project more than 10 years ago when someone asked him to get a sax for his daughter because her school was out of instruments. “So I started to do a little investigation and, sure enough, at high schools and middle schools all around the country, the first thing that goes are music and arts,” said Manilow. The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.

This is the second time in a year that a celebrity has aided the Jones High music program. Earlier this year, Ellen DeGeneres presented them with $100,000 from Walmart to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Senior Jevon Baldwin was part of the group that went. The percussionist says that anything people donate to the music program will have a positive impact on the high school, located in Orlando’s low-income Parramore neighborhood. “Being in the neighborhood that we’re in, a lot of people can’t afford these instruments,” he said. “[Manilow is] helping generation after generation that’s coming in.”

Known for hits such as “Mandy” and “Can’t Smile Without You,” Manilow easily recalls the impact a piano had on his young life. “I was the geek of the neighborhood until I played the piano,” he said. “And then suddenly everything changed. I became popular because I was good at it and I was in demand.”

Baldwin, who also plays at his church, concurs on the benefits of music in his life. “God and music ... really made me who I am,” he said. “It changed my in drastic ways. It made me not go the bad route that I could have went.”

“I hear it from teachers and from principals,” said Manilow. “These kids that take music classes, their grades go up, they learn to interact with other students and they become better people.”

Science tends to agree. A study published this year in the scientific journal Neuron found “musical training has the capacity to foster the development of non-musical skills across a host of domains, including language development, attention, visuo-spatial perception, and executive function.”

Jones’ music program was founded by Orange County teacher James “Chief” Wilson in 1950. “It was a time when there wasn’t much support for African Americans in the music classroom,” said Nicholas, who gradated as valedictorian from Jones in 2009. “We still have some instruments from way back then. Obviously we can’t use many of them because they’re in quite a state of disrepair.”

The school has one piano already, but Nicholas has plans for the new one. “We can use it for teaching of course,” he said. “And we can debut it at our concert in the spring.”

Nicholas does have something of a specific request as far as donations go. “I need a new oboe,” he said. But ultimately, he said they will be happy to care for anything that they can get. “Anytime we get something new it’s like Christmas around here.”

People who wish to donate instruments can bring them to the Amway Center in exchange for a pair of tickets to the show. The arena will be accepting donations from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday and then an hour before the show on Saturday. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $18.75-$246.25. Details can be found at amwaycenter.com.

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November 30, 2018 Tampa Bay NewspapersBarry Manilow to perform at Amalie
TAMPA – As part of the Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road series, pop music icon Barry Manilow will take the stage for a special “Very Barry Christmas” Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $16. Call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com for tickets. For venue information, visit www.amaliearena.com.

Fans will be in for a treat when they hear Manilow perform his greatest hits like “Copacabana” and “Mandy” as well as Christmas favorites. Manilow has sold over 85 million albums and has 50 Top 40 hits. Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment.

November 29, 2018 Tampa Bay Times"Barry Manilow talks Christmas songs, retiring from touring and whether you’ll ever see him as a hologram: As he brings 'A Very Barry Christmas' to Tampa’s Amalie Arena, the legendary singer-songwriter talks reflects on holidays past and his future as a performer" by Jay Cridlin
Given his reputation for schmaltz and sentiment, it’s impossible that Barry Manilow could have made it through the ’70s without popping up on some cheesy network holiday variety special. Right? “I may have,” the legendary singer-songwriter said by phone recently. “I remember singing my version of Joni Mitchell’s 'River' on some TV show, so I must have done one of those variety things. I don’t remember which one.”

It could have been any of them. Manilow is a man made for the holidays, whose crowd-pleasing sensibilities square perfectly with the pageantry of the season. He has released three Christmas albums, two gold and one platinum, and last year launched his first full-scale holiday production, dubbed “A Very Barry Christmas.”

On Dec. 7, Manilow, 75, will bring the show to Tampa, mixing Christmas standards and originals in with hits like Copacabana and I Write the Songs. He’s also hosting an instrument drive benefitting local schools, offering tickets in exchange for gently used instruments at the Amalie Arena box office. Calling from his home in Palm Springs, Manilow reflected on Christmas songs, his holiday traditions with long-term partner Garry Kief, the likelihood of a Barry Manilow hologram and more.

Tampa Bay Times (TBT): This is the first time you’ve brought the holiday tour to Tampa. What’s special about these?
Barry Manilow (BM): Who doesn’t like the Christmas holidays? You’ve got to be Scrooge. After all the craziness that’s been going on, everybody needs a little Christmas. I’ve always loved the time of the year. Whenever I’ve been on the road, when it gets to November-December, I drag out the Christmas songs. We’d done this particular show last year and it went over really well. There’s snow and Christmas trees and presents and children. Everything you could imagine for a Christmas show.

TBT: You’re Jewish, are you not?
BM: I was raised Jewish, in a Jewish family, in a Jewish neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. But my mother remarried and I got an Irish stepfather. The first year he was with me, when I was 13, he brought home a silver aluminum Christmas tree with blue balls. I’ll never forget it.

TBT: What was the first Christmas song you remember appreciating?
BM: Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters’ Jingle Bells.

TBT: It’s a classic.
BM: I did my own version of their arrangement on my first album. I love it so much.

TBT: So now how do you celebrate the holidays? You don’t have kids, so is it just you and Garry? How do you spend Christmas Day?
BM: We used to have a lot of people coming through our house over the years. It’s quieted down for Garry and I. People drop by. Palm Springs is a small town, and we have loads of friends here, so it’s always very festive. The business calms down, as you must know, so the phone stops ringing and I’m not running around. That lets me catch up with all the stuff that I haven’t done.

TBT: Back in 1984, you sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl here in Tampa. What do you remember about that experience?
BM: I’m not a sports fan, so I really don’t go to games at all. I didn’t realize how big this event was. Both teams stood on both sides of me, and I’m a tall guy, but I felt like a munchkin compared to the size of these men. I do remember feeling very small. The other thing I remember about it: They insisted that I lip-synch. I would have been happy to sing it live, but because of, I don’t know, technical problems or whatever, they always made the singer lip-synch, at least in those days. Somebody found out that I was lip-synching and it was a big deal. It was kind of a scandal.

TBT: Before your last performance in Tampa, I asked if it would be your last time here, and you said it might be. Now you’re back again. So I guess I’ll ask again: Do you think this will be your last time in Tampa?
BM: You know, I can’t say last. I have stopped touring the way I used to tour. We do one-nighters. We’re doing three in Florida and three in L.A., and that’s it. I used to go out for months at a time, then take a couple of weeks off, and go out again for months at a time. That was my life for 30-some-odd years. Well, I had had it. That was the end. So I did a “One Last Time” tour, and it was the end of my big days of touring. So when I spoke to you about it, I didn’t know whether we would ever be back anywhere.

TBT: There’s a lot of that now among performers of your generation. Elton John, Paul Simon, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss.
BM: Touring is a young guy’s thing. The kind of tours that I spent most of my life doing, you don’t have a life. You have a hotel life, or you have an airplane life. After a while, just like me, it’s getting to everybody. “What happened to my life?” I kept saying. “One more lousy dressing room in some arena with smelly socks and jock straps hanging in the closet.” But I always qualified it by saying I’m not done performing, because I do love it, and I don’t want to lose my band and my crew. It really is the touring, and that’s what I think most of my colleagues are feeling.

TBT: Have you ever talked about creating a Barry Manilow hologram?
BM: I beg your pardon? A hologram?

TBT: Yeah, a hologram of yourself. To perform in perpetuity.
BM: I haven’t. But I sure would love them to do it to some of the older singers, like Frank Sinatra. I wish they would do that. That would be great fun. But do they work? Aren’t they exorbitantly expensive?

TBT: They must be. There’s a Roy Orbison one.
BM: Roy Orbison as a hologram? Does it work?

TBT: Apparently. They’ve had success in Europe and across America.
BM: Wow. No, I never thought about it. After I croak, maybe somebody will think about it. I’ve got so many concerts on tape, they probably could get something like that. But not while I’m still working.

November 29, 2018 KESQ News Channel 3 & CBS Local 2"Barry Manilow to bring music project to Palm Springs High: Manilow to donate Yamaha Piano to PSHS" by Kelley Moody
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Famed musician and valley resident Barry Manilow spoke exclusively with KESQ and CBS Local 2 this morning about his upcoming holiday performance at Agua Caliente Casino. He also shared his Manilow Music Project would be coming to Palm Springs High School.

The Manilow Music Project is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope and first began at Palm Springs High School more than a decade ago. The primary focus of the organization is bringing musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and scholarships to music students around the world.

The legendary singer and songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha piano to Palm Springs High School kick off the instrument drive locally. Manilow hopes the donation will motivate others to donate new or gently used musical instruments ahead of his "Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmas!" performance at Agua Caliente Casino. Those who do so will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come, first serve basis) for the December 15th and 16th show. Donations will be accepted at Agua Caliente Casino from 7-8 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 and 6-7 p.m. on Sunday, December 16.

Manilow shared in his interview that he recognizes how important music is for students. "Music will change a young person's life. That's what I believe," said Manilow, "If we can get kids to learn how to play an instrument, it will make them better people."

In response to the donation, Dr. Jason Powell from the Palm Springs High School Strings Programs shared his appreciation in a statement: "Because we live in such a diverse demographic area, many of our students cannot afford to purchase their own instruments. With over 80% or our students coming from low socioeconomic backgrounds and receiving free or reduced lunches, we need your help. The PSHS Strings program would like to extend a special thank you to Mr. Manilow. Your kindness and generosity serve as a huge inspiration to us all as human beings and your incredible musical talents serve as an encouragement to our craft and love for the performing arts."

Tickets are available online, at the box office, or by phone at 1-800-514-3849.

If you miss Barry Manilow's performance at Agua Caliente Casino, he has an ongoing Las Vegas residency at the Westgate Resort.

November 29, 2018 Tampa Bay WeeklyBarry Manilow helps launch music instrument drive in Clearwater
CLEARWATER - Pop music icon Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The legendary singer/songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come first serve basis) for Manilow’s Dec. 7 Holiday concert at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Collected instruments will be distributed to local students and schools in need through the outreach efforts of the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs. “I’m thrilled to bring the gift of music to these kids,” Manilow said in a press release. The designated instrument drop will be the Amalie Arena Box Office. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

“We are incredibly proud to be recipients of The Manilow Music Project’s efforts and support of our shared mission to keep the music playing in the lives of children everywhere,” said Sharon Reid-Kane, Education & Outreach Officer, The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. “Through our work in arts education, we know first-hand that music indeed teaches, reaches, heals, inspires and changes lives. Mr. Manilow will forever have our heartfelt thanks.”

The Manilow Music Project is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at www.manilowmusicproject.org.

November 21, 2018 The Press-Enterprise"Holiday concerts coming to Southern California this season" by Kelli Skye Fadroski
There are a lot of places to go and get your musical jollies this holiday season as numerous themed performances are happening throughout Southern California in December. It’s that time of year when our favorite venues transform into winter wonderlands and big-name and legendary artists come to town to spread holiday cheer by cranking out renditions of songs we all know and to share the occasional original holiday contribution as well. Sometimes Santa Claus visits during these sets, there is falling show, candy canes, brightly decorated Christmas Trees, ugly Christmas sweaters and we’re left dizzy with sugar plums dancing in our heads as we coast into the New Year. From the smooth, more traditional R&B stylings [and] the more rockin’ fare, to seasonal staples [and] more modern take on Christmas, these celebrations include all genres of music...

Barry Manilow’s A Very Barry Christmas! - Singer-songwriter and beloved performer Barry Manilow will bring his extensive Christmas repertoire to Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16. The show will include holiday classics and a few of Manilow’s biggest hits as well as a special appearance by Santa Claus, lots of snow and more. Tickets are $59.50-$249.50 in Los Angeles and $100-$250 in Rancho Mirage.

November 20, 2018 Broadway WorldMANILOW: LAS VEGAS 2019 Show Tickets On Sale
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino announced today that tickets for GRAMMY, TONY, and EMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow and his MANILOW: LAS VEGAS - The Hits Come Home! at the historic Westgate International Theater in 2019 will go on sale this week. Tickets for performances through June 15, 2019 go on sale Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 10am P.S.T.

"Barry Manilow is the rare talent who can consistently deliver a concert of hits that thrills our guests night after night," said David Siegel, Founder & CEO of Westgate Resorts. "He is an iconic, once-in-a-generation performer and we are thrilled he has chosen to make our famed International Theater his home as part of the Westgate's 50th Anniversary year in 2019."

MANILOW: LAS VEGAS - The Hits Come Home! made its debut in May 2018 to rave reviews and sold-out audiences, and was awarded the Best of Las Vegas awards for Best Resident Performer/Headliner and Best New Show. The 85-minute show celebrates Manilow's greatest hits, which includes an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits.

NEW ON SALE SHOW DATES:
February 14-16
February 21-23
March 7-9
March 28-30
April 11-13
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May 23-25
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Tickets for MANILOW: LAS VEGAS - The Hits Come Home! performances through June 2019 range in price from $39.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees and will go on sale Wednesday, November 21 at 10am P.S.T. Tickets can be purchased at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office at (800) 222-5361 or online at www.barrymanilow.com or www.westgatelasvegas.com.

November 19, 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal"Barry Manilow shows on sale" by John Katsilometes
Barry Manilow has announced on-sales dates for his 2019 performances at Westgate Las Vegas. Manilow’s shows are set for select weekends beginning Feb. 14-16 through June 13-15. Those shows range from $39.95 to $329.75 (minus fees) and are on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Westgate Las Vegas at 800.222.5361, or online at www.barrymanilow.com or www.westgatelasvegas.com.

Manilow’s return coincides with the hotel’s 50th anniversary. It opened as the International in 1969, with Barbra Streisand as the first headliner in the International Theater and Elvis Presley as the showroom’s first resident superstar.

“Barry Manilow is the rare talent who can consistently deliver a concert of hits that thrills our guests night after night,” David Siegel, founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, said in a statement. “He is an iconic, once-in-a-generation performer and we are thrilled he has chosen to make our famed International Theater his home as part of the Westgate’s 50th Anniversary year in 2019.”

Manilow closed his 2018 series at the hotel in energetic and mischievous fashion. On Friday, he kicked the lyrics to one of his famous hits, “Even Now,” re-starting the song while saying, “Now you know this show isn’t lip-synced!” After dancing through the Donna Summer/disco version of “Could It Be Magic,” he called his familiar line, “What is your 75-year-old grandfather doing tonight?”

November 9, 2018 Las Vegas Magazine"Barry Manilow creates magic onstage" by Brock Radke
If you’re a participant in the crazy holiday sweater trend, you’re going to need to head over to Westgate Las Vegas and check out the one at the Barry Manilow gift shop just outside the iconic International Theater. It’s bright red and white, covered in pine trees and snowflakes and emblazoned with “Barry Christmas,” and it’s certain to be the present you keep for yourself this year. Stuff your friends’ and family’s stockings with a 2019 Barry Manilow calendar or perhaps a “Copacabana”-inspired feather boa, but hold on to that glorious sweater.

You can catch Manilow wrapping up the fall 2018 leg of his new Westgate residency on Nov. 15-17, but after that he’s not scheduled to reappear in Las Vegas until Valentine’s Day. The superstar singer and songwriter recently announced some holiday concerts in a different desert: He’ll take A Very Barry Christmas! to the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Dec. 15-16, with proceeds from the second show going to local Coachella Valley charities. It’s no doubt those shows will be stocked with music from Manilow’s varied holiday albums, including the latest In the Swing of Christmas from 2007.

Those festive concerts will mark Manilow’s debut in that area, but his return to Las Vegas with the new Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home in the spring of 2018 has already had a far greater impact. Selling out the Westgate International Theater night after night, Manilow’s presence brings a timeless vision of Vegas-style entertainment back to the Strip and cements this artist as one of the city’s all-time greatest headliners.

There’s stiff competition there, even if you’re only considering who has performed in this particular room. Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Liberace, Charo, Wayne Newton, The Righteous Brothers, Sheena Easton and Engelbert Humperdinck all starred on this stage, and Manilow performed a highly successful five-year run in the International Theater beginning in 2005. He’s returned in an era when a Vegas residency means the biggest stars in the biggest rooms, but for Manilow fans, there is no competition, no decision to be made. We’re all here for Barry.

Manilow Las Vegas is a true celebration of the music those fans adore. The show opens with “It’s a Miracle,” a song about coming home again after a long time out on the road without the love and comforts of the place where you belong. It’s about feeling like you’re finally where you should be and never wanting to leave again, and that song really resonates with fans who are overwhelmed to see Manilow in Las Vegas again. It also closes the show as part of a mash-up medley with “Copacabana” and “Dancing in the Streets,” a high-energy party that gets those fans out of their seats and brings the star as close as he can get to every member of his audience, thanks to a grand staircase that descends from the ceiling.

It’s a special moment you can’t get from any other Vegas show—or any other headlining artist. Westgate Las Vegas, 7 p.m. Nov. 15-17, $21.53-$216.91 plus tax and fee. 702.732.5111.

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October 30, 2018 Broadway WorldiHeart Listeners Chose Brenna Tripp of Manteno Elementary School as the "Outstanding Music Teacher"
The Manilow Music Project and iHeartMedia teamed up to honor "Outstanding Music Teacher," Brenna Tripp, by giving her a VIP experience to Manilow's concert at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino where the pop icon has a residency. Tripp will be traveling to Las Vegas to meet Manilow before his concert on Friday, October 26.

Tripp was chosen from hundreds of nominations received by iHeartMedia via a national campaign, who reached out to their listening audience asking them to nominate a music teacher they felt deserved a VIP concert experience which included a two-night stay at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, dinner, two front row tickets, and a chance to meet Manilow backstage. After reviewing the nominations in an open process, iHeartMedia selected Tripp as the winner. Tripp teaches music at Manteno Elementary School in Manteno, IL outside Chicago.

"To say that I am excited about our first trip to Las Vegas, and the $5,000 for my school, is an understatement, said Brenna Tripp. "This generous donation from the Barry Manilow Music Project will be used to support the numerous creative endeavors of the young musicians of Manteno. Our little town is incredibly supportive of the arts, its teachers, and the families that call this community home. We hope to use these funds to meet the ever-expanding needs of our students and provide them with every musical opportunity that their hearts desire. I honestly have the best job and I am grateful for the opportunity to strengthen the financial support for these amazing kids. This award is an amazing honor to receive, and I can't thank Kaylee Aagent enough for nominating me. Music has been the greatest gift in my life. It provided me with a creative outlet in my youth. It is a powerful and life-changing force, and music continues to change my life in positive and incredible ways. Again, I am so thankful for this award and I can't wait to share what we our young musicians of Manteno do with the donation in the future."

"iHeartMedia is committed to serving the communities in which we live and work, and this campaign was a great opportunity to uncover incredible teachers who are positively shaping the lives of students across the country," said Alisa Pollack, EVP, Global Music Marketing and Strategy, iHeartMedia.

The Manilow Music Project is part of Manilow's non-profit, the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. The mission statement of the Manilow Music Project highlights the importance of music programs in our schools and donates instruments and materials to school music programs.

More information please visit:

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Brenna Tripp of Manteno Elementary School receives $5000 from Barry Manilow and the Manilow Music Project for Manteno's music program!

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October 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal: Best of Las VegasCongratulations 2018 Best of Las Vegas Winners
2018 Best of Las Vegas Winner: Barry Manilow - The Hits Come Home! ... in Entertainment, 2018 Silver Best Resident Performer/Headliner, 2018 Gold Best New Act/Show!

Barry Manilow has more than 50 Top 40 Hits and has sold more than 85 million albums. Now his hits have returned to Las Vegas through June 2019 with exclusive shows in the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino: 3000 Paradise Road, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

October 8, 2018 Palm Desert PatchBarry Manilow Brings 'A Very Barry Christmas!' To The Desert: Tickets for both shows will go on sale on October 13th
From Hot Water Casino: Christmas will come to the Coachella Valley early this year when pop culture icon Barry Manilow brings his special holiday concert – Barry Manilow – A Very Barry Christmas! – for the first time ever to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa for a two-night stand on Saturday, December 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 7 p.m. Manilow has announced that he will donate proceeds from the December 16 show to local Coachella Valley charities.

Manilow's A Very Barry Christmas! concert will feature performances of his hit songs and holiday favorites. Guests will get in the holiday spirit at these shows as past holiday concerts have surprised audiences with a performance by a children's choir, an appearance by Santa Claus, and even snow.

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. He's had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles, including 12 No. 1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked as the No. 1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines. Throughout his career, Manilow has released several holiday albums, including 1990's Because it's Christmas, 2002's A Christmas Gift of Love, and 2007's In the Swing of Christmas.

Show Information: Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018; 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 16, 2018; 7 p.m. Location: The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage. Purchase tickets: Prices: $100-$250, based on seat location. www.HotWaterCasino.com; (800) 514-3849.

October 3, 2018 The Desert Sun"Barry Manilow to give first Coachella Valley casino concert at The Show" by Bruce Fessier
Barry Manilow, who historically gives benefit concerts every two or three years at the McCallum Theatre, will perform his first Coachella Valley casino show in December. Manilow, a Palm Springs resident for almost 40 years, will perform a holiday concert Dec. 15-16 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. "Platinum Experience" tickets, including seats near or in the front row, plus meet-and-greet opportunities for the Dec.16 show, went on sale Wednesday morning for Manilow Fan Club members with special codes. The Agua Caliente Casino is expected to announce tickets for the general public on Monday.

Manilow announced last month he’ll perform his holiday show, “A Very Barry Christmas,” in San Diego for the first time on Dec. 13 at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. He gave a version of that holiday show, featuring fake snow, more than a dozen Christmas trees and a crackling fire, over five nights at the McCallum Theatre last December as part of a “Gift Of Love” fundraiser for 25 Coachella Valley charities.

It was his fourth series of “Gift Of Love” benefit concerts since 2009 and an indication of the support he’s shown the McCallum for decades. Manilow's long-time manager, Garry Kief, president and CEO of the Stiletto Entertainment Group, donates to the theater as a Founder.

The Show has roughly twice as many seats as the McCallum and Manilow isn’t scheduled to perform his "Gift of Love" benefits this season. But Kief said the decision to play the Agua Caliente is no sign of a weakening of support for the McCallum. “We often play different venues in the same market,” Kief said. “Different buildings tend to have different audiences. (Also) The Show has been our home base for numerous rehearsals for different tours. It’s a great room with a larger capacity.”

Manilow, who turned 75 in June, said in his last Desert Sun interview he was giving up long concert tours of one-night shows because he wanted to spend more time at home in Palm Springs. He has a resident engagement at the Westgate Las Vegas International Theater, which Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley launched when it was the International Hotel in 1969. He’s appearing there Thursday through Sunday and again Oct. 25-26.

Manilow did a short run through England last month, performing in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London over eight nights. He returned to California in time to attend the Los Angeles premiere of “A Star Is Born” Sept. 25 with Rancho Mirage resident Lorna Luft, a long-time friend whose mother, Judy Garland, starred in the 1954 version of “A Star Is Born.” Luft, who has rebounded from a bout with cancer, told USA Today on the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium, her mother “would have loved” the new “A Star Is Born.” Garland, who died in 1969, is one of Manilow’s favorite artists. He recorded a technology-aided duet with her on “Zing! Went the Strings Of My Heart” for his 2014 album, “My Dream Duets.”

Tickets to Manilow's San Diego show, expected to include a mix of hits and holiday favorites, are $39 to $249, plus fees. Ticket prices for his Rancho Mirage show are expected to be announced next week.

October 3, 2018 The Desert SunBarry Manilow performs in London

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September 21, 2018 Las Vegas Magazine"Barry Manilow brings the hits back to Vegas" by Brock Radke
With the recent revelation that Bally’s Jubilee Theater will be completely transformed into a different venue to accommodate a motorcycle stunt show next year, it’s not a bad time to take stock of the Las Vegas Strip’s dwindling supply of classic showrooms. The entertainment landscape continues to evolve and get bigger, but there will always be a demand for the kind of vintage Vegas vibes you can only get in one of these rare rooms.

One could argue there’s only one truly great old-school theater left, and it’s just off the Strip at Westgate Las Vegas. The International Theater has been home to Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley and Liberace when this resort was the International Hotel and then the Las Vegas Hilton, and its most successful modern-day star has returned in 2018.

Barry Manilow is an ideal fit for the current versions of this room and this resort, where he performed Manilow: Music and Passion and Ultimate Manilow: The Hits from 2005 to 2010. His new production, Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home, splashes some colorful new touches across his tried-and-true blueprint for giving his dedicated fans all the music they love. Be prepared for sing-alongs and standing ovations when you file into the International Theater for this musical experience.

The first big audience connection point comes when the lyrics to the chorus of “Can’t Smile Without You” are flashed on video screens during Manilow’s performance of the 1978 smash, as if everyone in the building doesn’t already know all the words. Next, enjoy some storytelling detailing his grandfather’s discovery of his musical talent when Manilow was just a child, followed by a particularly powerful performance of “This One’s For You.”

A fun and silly 3-D tour of New York City allows the legendary singer and songwriter to inject some extra humor into the production, although he’s clearly comfortable joking about his image and reputation in between songs. As he has done for years in Las Vegas performances, Manilow slips into singing his first No. 1 hit, “Mandy,” by playing a clip from his breakthrough 1975 appearance on The Midnight Special musical variety series. The fact that his voice sounds so close to the way it did some 43 years ago is not lost on his audience, which erupts when Manilow harmonizes with his younger self to complete an epic presentation.

The new show closes with “I Write the Songs” and a dance-party celebration to “Copacabana,” during which a huge horseshoe staircase descends from the theater’s ceiling, allowing Manilow to get close to the fans in the balcony. It’s a grand moment in this grand Vegas room, likely another memorable musical event installed in the legacy of the International Theater.

Westgate Las Vegas, 7 p.m. Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6, $21.53-$216.91 plus tax and fee. 702.732.5111

September 17, 2018 AM 760 KFMBWin a trip to Vegas to see Barry Manilow
Enter to win a trip to Vegas to see Barry Manilow. Listen for the code word on AM 760, when you hear it ENTER CONTEST HERE (Enter by: 11:59 pm on September 30). Barry Manilow celebrates rockin the International Theater at The Westgate for 10 years with new Manilow Las Vegas residency dates NOW through June, 2019.

Prize package includes:

  • Two VIP tickets to Manilow Las Vegas , The Hits Come Home! $300
  • Two Night stay at the Westgate: $300
  • Dinner for two at Edge Steakhouse: $100
  • Manilow Gift Bag: ($150 – inclusions may change)
    • Branded Manilow Las Vegas Hat $30
    • Branded Manilow Las Vegas Luggage Tag: $30
    • Exclusive Manilow Puzzle $30
    • Manilow Coloring Book $20
    • Manilow Las Vegas Keychain: $15
    • Manilow Live Concert DVD’s x 2: $45

Ticket Link: www.BarryManilow.com. Ticket information: Tickets range in price from $19.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees. Shows at 7:00 pm. For more show and ticket information, please visit www.BarryManilow.com or www.WestgateLasVegas.com.

SHOWS CURRENTLY ON SALE:
September 27, 28, 29
October 4, 5, 6 & October 25, 26, 27
November 1, 2, 3 & November 15, 16, 17
February 14, 15, 16 & February 21, 22, 23

SHOWS ON SALE IN 2019:
March 7, 8, 9 & March 28, 29, 30
April 11, 12, 13
May 2, 3, 4 & May 9, 10, 11
June 6, 7, 8 & June 13, 14, 15

Barry Manilow: GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow announces that he will be returning to Las Vegas with a brand new stage production to perform his extensive catalog of hits as the exclusive headliner at the Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The legendary entertainer will return to where he previously made his spectacular residency debut on February 24, 2005. The 85-minute show will celebrate his well-loved greatest hits. “I have nothing but great memories of my seven years performing in Las Vegas,” said Manilow. “I’m very excited to be returning. Get ready, Las Vegas! Here I come!” Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits. He is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

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About Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino: Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, a legendary world-class destination, offers a unique blend of amenities and excitement with all your favorite table games, hottest slots on the market, incredible restaurants, endless entertainment, more than 225,000 square feet of meeting space and the world's largest Race & Sports SuperBook®, which is home to Nevada’s largest wagering system and more than 4,488 square feet of state-of-the-art HD video screens, in a comfortable, smoke-free environment. Westgate Las Vegas provides a range of culinary adventures with eight restaurants, including the world-famous Benihana, the award-winning Edge Steakhouse and the newest addition Fresco Italiano. The property features entertainment options in the International Theater and the Westgate Cabaret and has recently undergone a more than $150 million renovation, that has encompassed every square inch of the property, including the addition of 300 timeshare villas, the all-new International Bar, a fully renovated pool deck, 1,200 remodeled Signature Rooms and the luxurious Serenity Spa, which was recently awarded the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award. For more information or to book accommodations, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to WestgateVegas.com.

RULES: Must be 21 years of age or older. Prize may be used only for the date(s) specified. Hotel guest room accommodations for winner and guest, double occupancy, three days and two nights based on availability. Not redeemable for cash, not transferable, may not be combined with another offer. Winner must use all prize components in a single visit. Winner may not substitute prize components. In the unlikely event that one or more of the prize components is not available for any reason, Westgate Las Vegas reserves the right to substitute a Las Vegas experience of equal or greater value at its sole discretion. In the unlikely event that the artist does not perform during the scheduled trip, for any reason, Westgate Las Vegas may substitute a Las Vegas resort experience of equal or greater value at its sole discretion. Westgate Las Vegas is not responsible for ground transportation. Gratuities are not included. Hotel guest must present a major credit card at check-in to guarantee hotel charges not included in this prize.

September 17, 2018 San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (SDGLN)"Barry Manilow coming to San Diego for special Christmas concert: The iconic singer brings yuletide magic to America's Finest City. Tickets go on sale Sept. 22" by Timothy Rawles
Get ready for a special holiday gift from one of the most legendary singers on the planet. Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmas is coming to Viejas Arena on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

For more than 50 years, Manilow has been at the top of adult contemporary radio playlists with generational favorites such as "Mandy," "I Write the Songs," and "Copacabana" from the '70s. He then made a successful transition into the '80's with pop-friendly tunes such as "Somewhere Down the Road" and "I Made it Through the Rain." In the '90s he made his first record dedicated to the holidays, titled Because It's Christmas, the LP is filled with inspirational wintertime standards. The album went platinum and stayed at the top of the Billboard special Christmas album chart for 1990.

Manilow is bringing that spirit back in December for A Very Barry Christmas, a live San Diego concert event filled with classic tunes that define the season.

The singer [was] on tour in [the UK] but will return at the end of September where he will pick back up on his popular Las Vegas show until [it's] time to hit the road once again for this very special multi-city engagement. If there is anything that can get San Diego's sun worshippers into the Christmas spirit it's a catalog of holiday tunes sung by America's most beloved singer/songwriter Barry Manilow.

Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmas is on Thursday, December 13, 2018. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 22 at 10 am.

September 6, 2018 icFloridaAmway Center to host A Very Barry Christmas
ORLANDO, Fla. - Music icon Barry Manilow is taking the stage for a special holiday engagement, A Very Barry Christmas, where fans will see Manilow perform his greatest hits like, “Copacabana” and “Mandy,” as well as Christmas favorites. Manilow returns to Orlando’s Amway Center on Saturday, December 8. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 14 at 10 a.m.

Manilow's unrivaled career encompasses nearly every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. As the undisputed number one Adult Contemporary Chart artist of all time, his worldwide record sales exceed 85 million and he has earned 50 Top 40 hits.

Tickets start at $15.75, prices subject to change, and all tickets are reserved. You can buy tickets at Amway Center box office, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.

For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office). The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.

September 6, 2018 The Telegraph"Barry Manilow, London's O2 Arena, review: a show of giddy flamboyance that shows no sign of fading with age" by Neil McCormick
It seems as if a whole generation of musical legends are bringing their careers to a close. Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Elton John and Joan Baez are amongst the septuagenarian superstars who have recently announced an end to touring. Barry Manilow [bid] farewell on 2015’s One Last Time tour. But like the showbiz trouper he clearly is, he's already back for more. “You know, I really didn't think we were going to be back here,” he told London's packed O2 Arena. “But I'm so glad we are...”

Manilow has never exactly been the retiring kind, at least not in the shy sense of the word. This is a show of giddy flamboyance, packed with big singalong hits, delivered with glittery panache and underpinned by a deep emotional connection between performer and fans.

He must have had more than his fair share of standing ovations over five decades on the road but he still managed to look genuinely moved when the audience rose to roar and stamped their feet for the big notes that ended Even Now ... When he duets with footage of his younger self on his 1974 hit Mandy, there is an appealing gravity to the deeper timbre of his mature vocal.

You can't even say he looks his age at 75 ... He performed with such delight and vigour that, over the two hour show, the years melted away. “Age only matters if you're a banana,” he joked. “And my banana’s doing fine” ... There was such a cheer when he took off his jacket, Manilow shook his head and sighed “Wait til I take off my pants.”

All this cabaret patter is only a way of keeping things bubbling between one big song after another. He promised his audience a night full of “something I don't hear on the radio any more: melody.” And with songs of the quality of Could It Be Magic, Copacabana and Can't Smile Without You he delivered in spades.

Even at the height of his Seventies pop fame, Manilow stood outside of mainstream pop culture, impervious to trends and fashions, making music rooted in classic Broadway showtunes. Over the years, Manilow’s schmaltzy style has been the butt of many jokes. He himself quipped about his music always being heard in dental surgeries: “As long as there are teeth my songs will survive.”

The truth is that as long as he keeps putting on shows with this much zest and vigour, his music is in no danger of fading out.

September 5, 2018 Orlando Sentinel"Barry Manilow celebrates the holidays in Orlando" by Trevor Fraser
Is there a connection between Barry Manilow and Christmas? When you think of the holidays, is your first thought of showgirls with PTSD drinking themselves half-blind to forget the violence that killed their lovers? Probably not, but something about the Brooklyn native makes sense as a caroler. Maybe [it's] the cheery, energetic production of his songs that remind people of sparkling holiday lights. Or maybe it’s just the rich tones of his voice that sound right for leading a rousing rendition of “Jingle Bells.”

It just seems that there must be a reason for his show A Very Barry Christmas other than the phonetic similarity between Barry and merry. Could it be magic? The Man Who Writes the Songs will brighten the season on Dec. 8 at Orlando’s Amway Center. Tickets, $15.75-$246.75, go on sale Sept. 14. Details at ticketmaster.com.

September 4, 2018 ABC Action NewsBarry Manilow to bring Christmas special to Tampa Bay
Music legend Barry Manilow is bringing a special holiday concert to Tampa on December 7. The pop music icon will take the stage at Amalie Arena for a special "A Very Barry Christmas" engagement. Fans will be in for a treat when they hear Manilow perform his greatest hits like "Copacabana" and "Mandy" as well as Christmas favorites.

Manilow has sold over 85 million albums and has 50 Top-40 hits. Do not miss the chance to hear the legend in person. Tickets start at $16. They go on sale Friday, September 7 at 10 a.m. at the AMALIE Arena Ticket Office and Ticketmaster.com. Click here or call 813-301-2500 for more information.

September 4, 2018 WTSP-10 News"Barry Manilow to perform Christmas special at Amalie Arena in Tampa: 'A Very Barry Christmas' special is set to come to Amalie Arena on Dec. 7" by Mark Bergin
TAMPA, Fla. – Pop music legend Barry Manilow is bringing his Christmas special to Tampa this holiday season. On Dec. 7, Manilow is set to bring his "A Very Barry Christmas" special to Amalie Arena. Manilow is expected to sing classics like "Copacabana" and "Mandy" as well as Christmas favorites. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7.
September 4, 2018 Creative Loafing Tampa Bay"One of Barry Manilow's three Christmas concerts is coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena: Tickets go on sale Friday, September 7" by Ray Roa
Yes, we're talking about Christmas in September, and it's all Barry Manilow's fault. The 75-year-old singer has announced that a special “A Very Barry Christmas” engagement will head to Tampa's Amalie Arena on December 7. A release said fans will hear "greatest hits like 'Copacabana' and 'Mandy' as well as Christmas favorites."

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, September 7 at 10 a.m. EDT and will cost fans $16-$246. The engagement is just one of three "Very Barry Christmas" shows Manilow is throwing nationwide (the others are on December 6 at Miami's American Airlines Arena and on December 8 at Amway Center in Orlando).

Barry Manilow loves Christmas music, and in 2012, he told NPR why. "Whenever I get an opportunity to do an album full of standards, I jump at it because I miss it," he said, adding that he uses the opportunity to stretch the definition of a "Christmas song," and that one of his favorites is "Violets for Your Furs." "I thought, 'Well, it's a winter song, it's close enough.' And people should hear songs like that!" Manilow said. "It's a lovely song. Sinatra did it on one of his earlier albums. My stepfather showed it to me, and I never quite got over it."

Get more information on the show -- and then get in the spirit: A Very Barry Christmas w/Barry Manilow. Fri. Dec. 7, 7 p.m. $16-$246. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa. amaliearena.com.

September 4, 2018 Tampa Bay Times"Barry Manilow coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa" by Jay Cridlin
The way things are going, Barry Manilow might just tour forever. Especially around the holidays. The soft-pop king has announced plans for a new holiday tour that'll hit Tampa's Amalie Arena on Dec. 7. Tickets start at just $16 --— $16! -- and go on sale Sept. 14. Click here for details.

We thought a couple of years ago that Manilow's last appearance at Amalie Arena might be, well, his last. But as he told us at the time: "Come back in two years, and who knows?"

The Christmas tour should spark a little life into his performance (not that he was ever lagging). He's released a handful of holiday albums over the years, most recently 2007's In the Swing of Christmas. He's sure to play a few classic crowd-pleasers, too, like Mandy and Looks Like We Made It.

Even if you're not a big fan, $16 is a heck of a price tag for an early stocking stuffer. Besides, you never know, maybe THIS will be your last chance to see Manilow in Tampa.

September 4, 2018 Orlando Weekly"Barry Manilow to bring his 'Very Barry Christmas' to Orlando" by Matthew Moyer
Crooner Barry Manilow has announced a trio of "Very Barry Christmas" holiday music shows in Florida, and the City Beautiful is one of those stops! As of this writing, the three Florida stops are the only announced dates period for Manilow's holiday music marathon, so start warming up the snow machines now. Barry Manilow's "A Very Barry Christmas" happens on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 14.
September 4, 2018 ITV NewsManchester's RNCM honours Barry Manilow
He may already have Emmy and Grammy awards to his name but Barry Manilow now has another accolade to add to his cabinet. The veteran singer was presented with an Honorary Fellowship by staff at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), part way through his performance at the Manchester Arena on Sunday.

On receiving the Honorary Fellowship, he said: "‘I am honoured to have been chosen to receive this prestigious fellowship and thank the Royal Northern College of Music for this acknowledgement.’"

With worldwide sales of more than 85 million records, Barry is ranked as the top adult contemporary chart artist of all time (R&R and Billboard magazines) and his success is a benchmark for popular music. He's had a multitude of hits, including Copacabana, Can’t Smile Without You and Could It Be Magic, to his name. Perhaps it's no wonder Rolling Stone crowned him "'a giant among entertainers...the showman of our generation.’"

Andy Stott is Head of Popular Music at the RNCM. In a statement he said he was delighted to honour Manilow's career. "'The RNCM’s Popular Music programme aims to produce professional musicians who are top quality performers and original artists in their own right, and I’m delighted that we are able honour the career of a musician who has been just that for over five decades. Barry Manilow is an icon of the pop music industry – not only is he a prolific songwriter, charismatic performer and producer, but he is a truly outstanding musician whose work has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world. I look forward to developing a relationship that will enable him to inspire our students creatively and to make a positive and influential impact on their careers."

After the concert, popular music students were invited backstage to meet Barry.

September 4, 2018 BillboardBarry Manilow Honored With Honorary Fellowship in England
It’s a long way from Copacabana, but they sure do love Barry Manilow in Manchester. The veteran crooner received an honorary fellowship from the Royal Northern College of Music part way through his performance Sunday night at the Manchester Arena, in northern England. “I tell you, something like this just inspires me to keep making make more and more and more music for you. So thanks for this ... thank you so much,” Manilow said on receiving his award, Reuters reports.

College principal Linda Merrick and the head of the popular music degree program, Andy Stott, were on hand to fete the 75-year-old singer, who Stott described as “one of the world’s greatest showmen”.

[Manilow's] tour moves on Arena Birmingham on Tuesday night followed by three dates at London’s O2, starting Thursday night.

September 3, 2018 ReutersFrom the Copacabana to Manchester: UK college honors Manilow
LONDON (Reuters) - Star singer Barry Manilow got another award for his trophy cabinet in front of an audience of roaring fans in the northern English city of Manchester. Staff at the city’s Royal Northern College of Music handed over an Honorary Fellowship to the Emmy and Grammy winner part way through his performance at the Manchester Arena on Sunday.

“You know what they say, that giving is better than receiving - but not tonight,” said the 75-year-old performer, whose glitzy hits include “I Write the Songs”, “Copacabana”, “Mandy” and “Ready to Take a Chance Again”. “I tell you, something like this just inspires me to keep making make more and more and more music for you. So thanks for this ... thank you so much,” he added, before getting his band back into the groove with an “Alright boys let’s go!”

College principal Linda Merrick handed over the certificate after a speech by the head of the popular music degree program, Andy Stott, who described Manilow as “one of the world’s greatest showmen”. “For over five decades, Barry has become an icon of the popular music industry,” said Stott as the singer raised his eyebrows behind him. After the show, Stott said he was hoping to build up links with Manilow so the star could inspire his students and boost their careers.

September 2, 2018 Leeds Live"Barry Manilow admits he is 'smitten with Britain' in stellar Leeds performance on surprise return to UK: The singer was back in Leeds just two years after his farewell tour and wowed a packed First Direct Arena" by Matt Millington
"What's your 75-year-old Grandad doing tonight?" That was probably the best line from Barry Manilow on his momentous return to the First Direct Arena on Saturday (September 1).

Two years ago the music icon was here on his farewell tour - at the time aged 73 and you'd have forgiven him for never making that long trip to these shores again. Yet prior to this latest tour of the UK, as Manilow told the crowd, he'd done 22 others here in a career spanning over 40 years. One more can't hurt, surely!

He described a 'love affair with England which started way back in 1978' between hits, and in truth it was remarkable to watch as Bazza soaked up the atmosphere of thousands of screaming fans - fans who know they might never get that moment again.

He danced his way through upbeat classics like "It's A Miracle" and "Could It Be Magic," and effortlessly nailed ballads "Even Now," "Looks Like We Made It" and "[Weekend In New England]" to take the audience back to the decades gone by when his music stole their hearts.

For 90 minutes, Leeds celebrated Manilow's life in music with him - perhaps the most touching moment, when he told fans about how his own Grandad was the one who saw his musical talent before anyone else when he was just three-years-old. "This one's for you" provided the most fitting tribute.

He looked on as a video on the big screen showed his performance of Mandy on its release back in 1974 - the song that catapulted his career. Manilow then took to the piano to play alongside his younger self over 40 years and millions of record sales later.

The audience even had the chance to become Bazza himself when they were given a pair of 3D glasses to take a 'flying' tour of his birth place New York - this a link to his latest album This Is My Town (Songs of New York).

Manilow only seemed to get better as the performance went on, and by favourite "Copacabana" the majority of fans were on their feet. "I Write The Songs" had preceeded it in an overwhelming end to the show. "What a ride it's been Leeds" he told the crowd - perhaps an indication that this might be it for his time touring the UK.

In terms of record sales, the figures are astounding and make him one the of the best selling solo artists of all time. And his tour figures are rather impressive too - his 23rd UK tour, 44 years after "Mandy" took the world by storm - all at the age of 75.

I'll ask you again - "What was your 75-year-old Grandad doing last night?!"

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August 30, 2018 The Guardian"Barry Manilow - all his greatest songs ranked!" by Alexis Petridis
As [Barry Manilow] tours the UK, possibly for the last time, we cast an eye over his musical achievements.

16. Rain (1979): Proof that every artist has a moment that might reasonably be described as Balearic: Rain features a slinky, sampler-friendly rhythm track, some glittering synth arpeggios, a hint of smooth soul about the dampened guitars and a sound that falls somewhere between quiet storm R&B and yacht rock.

15. Can’t Smile Without You (1978): Perhaps the point at which Manilow’s oeuvre of greatest hits becomes a bit too runny for all but devotees – if you are allergic to sugary sentimentality, steer well clear – Can’t Smile Without You nevertheless boasts a tune that sounds instantly familiar, as if it had been remembered rather than freshly written.

14. Flashy Lady (1973): Trying on different styles for size on his debut album, Manilow proved more versatile than he would later allow himself to be. He was clearly never going to make it as a rocker, but if Flashy Lady had been released on RAK Records by a band called something like Thumper, it would be acclaimed as a junk-shop glam classic and fetch £25 in VG+ condition.

13. Read ’Em and Weep (1983): Casting around for material in the 80s, Manilow occasionally ended up singing some pretty odd things, including a cover of Some Girls by Racey, a band best described as the Tesco Value version of Showaddywaddy. But Read ’Em and Weep – originally recorded by Meat Loaf – was an inspired choice: songwriter Jim Steinman’s patent brand of table-banging melodrama suits him perfectly.

12. She’s a Star (1975) / He’s a Star (2011): A noticeably tougher and darker song than Manilow is usually associated with, She’s a Star offers a grim depiction of celebrity, allegedly inspired by his former boss Bette Midler. Manilow reworked it for his surprisingly adventurous 2011 concept album 15 Minutes, also home to a track that features him rapping.

11. Looks Like We Made It (1977): The standard line about Barry Manilow – that he deals solely in unctuous schmaltz – is wide of the mark, as demonstrated by Looks Like We Made It. It is an MOR ballad with real emotional depth: the lead characters are divorced and have both remarried, but they’re haunted by the past, unable to fully accept their new happiness. A very grownup tear-jerker.

10. Sandra (1974): Relatively stripped back by Manilow standards, the overlooked Sandra is his answer to the Carpenters’ Rainy Days and Mondays or Dr Hook’s The Ballad of Lucy Jordan: a beautifully drawn, sympathetic depiction of a bored housewife and mother, who shifts from daytime drinking to a botched suicide attempt.

9. Ships (1979): Tucked away on 1979’s One Voice was a cover of an elegiac song about a strained relationship between a son and his father, written and originally recorded by Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter. Manilow’s version is sweeter, but the song’s emotional punch remains fully intact: “That guy’s no slouch when it comes to arranging,” Hunter subsequently noted.

8. When October Goes (1984): His record sales declining, his image terminally naff, Manilow repositioned his music in the 80s: 2:00 AM Paradise Café was jazzy and downbeat. A man who served his musical apprenticeship in nightclubs and gay bath houses, he makes a convincing early-hours barfly, on a song based on an unfinished lyric by Great American Songbook writer Johnny Mercer.

7. Copacabana (At the Copa) (1978): Released as a single at the suggestion of Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Copacabana turned the Latin and big band-infused disco minted by Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band into something so wildly camp it made the sound’s originators sound like Lynyrd Skynyrd: the saga of Lola, Tony and Rico plays out to screams, melodramatic backing vocals and film-soundtrack strings.

6. I Write the Songs (1975): Manilow was initially resistant to recording Beach Boy Bruce Johnson’s paean to the power of music, thinking the lyric sounded egotistical. Persuaded by label boss Clive Davis, he proceeded to give it the full, kitchen-sink showstopper treatment – harps, orchestras, massed backing vocalists – resulting in something that’s simultaneously preposterously OTT and oddly moving.

5. Weekend in New England (1976): Barry’s been for a quick break in the country, now he is back in New York City and is not happy about it in the slightest. Yearning melancholy set to soaring strings and explosive key changes, Weekend in New England is as good as mid-70s MOR balladry gets. No wonder Frank Sinatra was a fan.

4. Mandy (1974): Mandy began life as Brandy, a single by its co-author Scott English and a perfect example of the British bubblegum that filled the UK charts between the death of the 60s and the birth of glam. Manilow turned it into something more expansive: amping up the vocal drama, layering on the orchestra, choir and crashing drums until its finale sounded like a homage to Phil Spector.

3. New York City Rhythm (1975): Manilow’s best songs are almost invariably ballads, but his homage to lushly orchestrated Philly soul – and, more unexpected still, the Latin funk-rock of Santana – is the exception: there is definitely a hint of the showtune about it, but an unexpected intimation of seaminess too: “I live my life with strangers and the danger’s always there.”

2. Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again (1975): Manilow’s greatest skill might be in singing songs about romantic despair that end up sounding epic and triumphant: the musical equivalent of a tearfully stoic smile. And Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again, the title track of his best album, may be the greatest example. Sneer at it as music for housewives if you want – this is a fantastic song.

1. Could It Be Magic? (1973): After serving an apprenticeship as a jingle writer and Bette Midler’s musical director, Manilow’s solo career began inauspiciously. His debut album was a flop, but it contained his most famous song, a portentous seven-minute epic that ultimately defined Manilow’s style: heavily orchestrated, big on surging drama, poised somewhere between a power ballad and the middle of the road, unafraid to sound a little Broadway. The latter aspect would doom his critical reputation, but Could It Be Magic? is a spectacularly well-crafted song that over time has been turned into everything from a disco anthem (by Donna Summer) to high-camp boyband hit (Take That) to part of a gorgeous falsetto medley with Leon Russell’s A Song For You (Sylvester).

August 22, 2018 Press Release
(SOURCE: STILETTO Entertainment
Barry Manilow Extends Hit Show Into 2019 At Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino: The Award-winning superstar's newest show, MANILOW: LAS VEGAS - The Hits Come Home! will continue to dazzle audiences at the Westgate International Theater; Tickets for the first few shows of 2019 to go on sale Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10am P.D.T.
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow announced his hit show MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! has been extended at the historic Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Tickets for performances through February 2019 go on sale Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10am P.D.T.

"There are few performers in the world who can create and deliver a concert of hits that consistently thrills our guests, such as Barry Manilow," said David Siegel, Founder & CEO of Westgate Resorts. "Barry Manilow is one of the most iconic performers of all time and we're thrilled he'll continue to perform on our historic Westgate International stage through 2019."

MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! made its debut in May 2018 to rave reviews and sold-out audiences. The 85-minute show celebrates Manilow's greatest hits, which includes an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits.

SHOWS CURRENTLY ON SALE:
September 27-29
October 4-6
October 25-27

NEWLY-ANNOUNCED DATES:
November 1-3
November 15-17
February 14-16
February 21-23
March 7-9
March 28-30
April 11-13
May 2-4
May 9-11
June 6-8
June 13-15

Tickets for MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! performances through February 2019 range in price from $39.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees and will go on sale Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10am P.D.T. Tickets can be purchased at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office at (800) 222-5361 or online at www.barrymanilow.com or www.westgatelasvegas.com.

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ABOUT BARRY MANILOW

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits. He is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

August 22, 2018 KTNV 13 Action News"New dates added for Barry Manilow's show at Westgate Las Vegas" by Katherine Jarvis
Barry Manilow announced new dates into 2019 for his show at the Westgate hotel-casino. He performs in the Westgate International Theater. Shows through Oct. 27 are currently on sale and new shows have been added through June.

Shows currently on sale: Sept. 27-29 | Oct. 4-6, 25-27.

Newly-announced dates: Nov. 1-3, 15-17 | Feb. 14-16, 21-23 | March 7-9, 28-30 | April 11-13 | May 2-4, 9-11 | June 6-8, 13-15.

Tickets for "The Hits Come Home!" performances through February 2019 range in price from $39.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees and will go on sale Friday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office at (800) 222-5361 or online at www.barrymanilow.com or www.westgatelasvegas.com.

August 22, 2018 Las Vegas NOW"Barry Manilow extends Las Vegas show into 2019" by Kel Dansby
Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow announced his hit show "MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home!" has been extended at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. “There are few performers in the world who can create and deliver a concert of hits that consistently thrills our guests, such as Barry Manilow,” said David Siegel, Founder & CEO of Westgate Resorts. “Barry Manilow is one of the most iconic performers of all time and we’re thrilled he’ll continue to perform on our historic Westgate International stage through 2019.” Tickets for performances through Feb.2019 go on sale Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.
August 22, 2018 The Music Universe"Barry Manilow extends Westgate Las Vegas residency into 2019: Tickets for the first few shows of 2019 to go on sale Friday, August 24th at 10 am PT" by Buddy Iahn
Barry Manilow has announced his hit show Manilow: Las Vegas – The Hits Come Home! has been extended at the historic Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Tickets for performances through February 2019 go on sale Friday, August 24th at 10 am PT.

“There are few performers in the world who can create and deliver a concert of hits that consistently thrills our guests, such as Barry Manilow,” states David Siegel, Founder & CEO of Westgate Resorts. “Barry Manilow is one of the most iconic performers of all time and we’re thrilled he’ll continue to perform on our historic Westgate International stage through 2019.”

Manilow: Las Vegas – The Hits Come Home! made its debut in May 2018 to rave reviews and sold-out audiences. The 85-minute show celebrates Manilow’s greatest hits, which includes an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 No. 1s and 27 Top 10 hits.

Newly announced dates include November 1-3rd; November 15-17th; February 14-16th; February 21-23rd; March 7-9th; March 28-30th; April 11-13th; May 2-4th; May 9-11th; June 6-8th and June 13-15th.

Tickets for Manilow: Las Vegas – The Hits Come Home! performances through February 2019 range in price from $39.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees and will go on sale Friday, August 24th at 10 am PT. Tickets can be purchased at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office at (800) 222-5361 or online at barrymanilow.com or westgatelasvegas.com.

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July 23, 2018 Las Vegas Sun"Barry Manilow is at home in Las Vegas at the International Theater" by Brock Radke
With the recent news that Bally’s Jubilee Theater will soon be refashioned into a different venue to accommodate a motorcycle stunt show next year, it’s time to take stock of the Strip’s dwindling supply of classic showrooms. I’d argue there’s only one truly great old-school theater left and it’s just off the Strip at Westgate Las Vegas. The International Theater has been home to Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley and Liberace when this resort was the International Hotel and then the Las Vegas Hilton, and now its most successful modern-day star has returned.

Barry Manilow is an ideal fit for the current versions of this room and this resort, where he performed “Manilow: Music and Passion” and “Ultimate Manilow: The Hits” from 2005 to 2010. His new production, “Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home” splashes some colorful new touches across his tried-and-true blueprint for giving his dedicated fans all the music they love. Plenty of sing-alongs and standing ovations speckled the experience at Manilow’s July 20 performance.

After initial previews in late May, Manilow missed his sold-out grand-opening weekend in mid-June due to a bronchial infection. He’s wrapping up his summer run with vigor in an attempt to make up for lost time. The first big audience connection comes when the lyrics to the chorus of “Can’t Smile Without You” are flashed on video screens during Manilow’s performance of the 1978 smash, as if everyone in the building doesn’t already know all the words. Next was some storytelling detailing his grandfather’s discovery of his musical talent and a particularly powerful performance of “This One’s For You.”

A fun and silly 3-D tour of New York City allows Manilow to inject some extra humor into the production, although he’s clearly comfortable joking about his image and reputation in between songs. As he did during his most recent Vegas show at the Paris Theater, Manilow slips into singing his first No. 1 hit “Mandy” by playing a clip from his breakthrough 1975 appearance on “The Midnight Special” musical variety series. The fact that his voice sounds similar to the way it did some 43 years ago is not lost on his audience, which erupted when Manilow harmonized with his younger self to complete the performance.

The new show closes with “I Write the Songs” and a dance-party celebration to “Copacabana” during which a huge horseshoe staircase descends from the theater’s ceiling, allowing Manilow to get close to the fans in the balcony. It’s a grand moment in this grand Vegas room, likely another memorable musical event installed in the legacy of the International Theater.

“Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home” returns at 8 p.m. July 26-28 to the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas (3000 Paradise Road, 702-732-5111) and more information can be found at westgateresorts.com. After these shows, Manilow will resume his Vegas residency with dates in September and October.

July 20, 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal"It’s Manilow Live! from Westgate in Las Vegas" by John Katsilometes
Barry Manilow is back in the showroom made famous by, among other, Elvis, Liberace Wayne Newton ... and Doug Henning. Yes, the late magician star of the 1970s and early ’80s was an inspiration of Joe Labero of “Inferno” at Paris Las Vegas, one of Manilow’s old Vegas haunts. Labero, who is seeing Manilow for the first time, told me the last time he was in this venue was in the mid-1970s, when he was a teenager and Henning was all over network television.

Manilow opens with a video splash of album covers - “Manilow II,” “Duets,” “This One’s For You,” “Tryin’ To Get The Feeling” in this rollout. His name is spelled out on the LED screen, which covers the entire width of the stage. “Hello Los Angeles," “Hello Houston,” “Hello Denver.” Manilow is taking us on a road trip... Samples of Manilow’s hits are played in a mash-up, too, as a taste of what’s to come. Some artists would be averse to playing segments of their own music before a show. But not Manilow. He’s just tryin’ to get the feelin’, again. Crowd, rife with Fanilows, is all worked up.

“It’s a Miracle” kicks it off. “Hi, up there in the balcony!” the superstar shouts, an indication the balcony is indeed open. The Super Bowl party and Barry Manilow. That’s when the balcony is open at the International.

Manilow asks a question to which he knows the answer. “Where did the melodies go? They are right here tonight! We have loads of melodies.” Love that. ‘Loads of Melodies” should be the subtitle of this show. As he leads into “This One’s for You,” Manilow tells us he was raised by two Russian immigrants. “They just thought I was the cat's pajamas!” he says...

As the opening bars of “On Broadway” play, Manilow shows up in a leather jacket on stage right. Like magic Henning! His arrival is startling to those on house left. “Scared the (stuff) out of you, eh?” says Barry.

We’re in 3-D mode for “This is My Town,” and we take an aerial tour of New York. “Superman, eat your heart out!” Manilow calls as we fly up the side of the Empire State Building and out to Yankee Stadium and Coney Island. It might be fun to use this time-honored effect for a tour of Las Vegas. Just a thought from someone watching a show in Las Vegas.

“New York City Rhythm,” is Manilow’s ode to his hometown. He’s from Brooklyn, actually.

If you can actually hear swooning, you hear it at the start of “Weekend In New England.” “When can I touch you?” Manilow sings, and there are shouts of, “Now!” He laughs, breaking the song and saying, “Thank you!” Wonderfully constructed song. This is a real story, and as Manilow always says, the phrase, “Weekend in New England” isn’t in it.

Oh, maybe we know this one: “I am stuck on Band-Aid! ‘Cuz Band-Aid’s stuck on me!” Manilow runs through a few of his commercial jingles from the ’70s. “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is theeeere!” “I got called to write a commercial for a douche,” he says. “I drew the line there. Besides, nothing rhymes with douche.”

Displayed grandly behind Manilow is an image of his debut album, from 1973, or as he says, “1821.” He glances at the screen and says, “I look like the Mona Lisa there.”

I’d forgotten Donna Summer covered “Could It Be Magic?” Manilow performs that version. With his backing dancers in red sequins ... we have groovers. “So!” Manilow asks at the end of that dance-fest. “What’s your 75-year-old grandfather doing tonight? When I was a kid, the only thing my grandfather could bring up was phlegm!” But as he says, “Age does not matter - [unless] you’re a banana! And my banana is doing fine, thank you!”

The song written by Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, “I Write the Songs,” has the crowd waving glowsticks.

A full-splash “Copacabana” closes this one, with Manilow decked out in a blazing fuschia jacket. He and the backing singers take to a horseshoe-shaped catwalk built especially for the show. “Copacabana” might seem twice-dated by now, a 1970s song reminicing about the ’[40s]. But at in three crisp verses, the song tells a whole story. I’ve felt there are two types of people in this world: Tonys, and Ricos. Except for Barry. He stands alone.

July 2018 Southwest The MagazineSing Along with a Legend
After eight years away, Barry Manilow has returned to the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino for his second residency, "Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home!"

With more than 85 million albums sold worldwide, Manilow is one of the best-selling recording artists in history, with 50 Top 40 singles and 12 No. 1 hits. He has received a Grammy, a Tony, two Emmys, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

If there's a secret to Manilow's success, it seems to lie in one simple musical principle. "I like a melody," he says. "I like a song that has a lyric you remember and a melody you can't forget. That's always been my mantra whenever I'm composing anything."

Manilow's Las Vegas reign continues through October. During the 85-minute spectacle, listen for favorites like "Copacabana," "Could It Be Magic" "Mandy," and "Weekend In New England."

July 13, 2018 Las Vegas Magazine"Can't smile without Barry Manilow" by Brock Radke
It doesn’t matter if you’re a true Fanilow or if you only know the words to “Mandy” -- you’re going to get all the hits when you catch Barry Manilow in his new Las Vegas residency.

Las Vegas has become one of Manilow’s favorite places to perform over the years and he’s played plenty of different venues, but the intimate and old-school International is the prime place to enjoy his classic catalog. The superstar singer and songwriter told Las Vegas Magazine he’s honed his set down to the audience’s absolute favorites: “I would try to throw in an album cut and they’d be okay with it but then I’d do ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ and the roof would cave in. They were telling me what they wanted. They want to hear the songs they know and I’m happy to do that.”

So warm up your vocal cords for a spectacular sing-along and get ready for “I Write the Songs,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Weekend in New England,” “Copacabana” and many more. Expect Manilow’s famous cover of the Four Seasons’ tune “Let’s Hang On!” and maybe a little “Strangers in the Night,” too. If you want it, you’re going to get it.

Westgate Las Vegas, 8 p.m. July 19-21 & 26-28, $19.75-$329.75 plus tax and fee. 702.732.5111.

July 11, 2018 MassLive"Barry Manilow pleases Mohegan Sun crowd (review)" by Keith O'Connor
Pop superstar Barry Manilow has certainly had his detractors over the years, plenty of them critics, but some listeners as well, who consider him the king of schlock. But on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena, there was mostly love for the 75-year-old singer from an adoring crowd of fans who packed the venue to see the veteran tunesmith.

The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning musician's career skyrocketed to superstardom when his mega hit song, "Mandy," topped the charts in 1975. Since then, his worldwide record sales have exceeded 85 million and today he is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits.

Manilow could have called this his "greatest hits" tour -- filling an 85-minute show with 17 bonafide hit singles and four album tracks. Most of the songs were from his early hit-making days of the seventies -- tunes like "Can't Smile Without You," "Even Now," "Mandy," "I Write the Songs," "Weekend in New England," "Daybreak," "Could It Be Magic" and more. There were also two songs from his '80's catalog, "Let's Hang On" and "I Made It Through the Rain," then jumping ahead more than 30 years with two cuts from his 2017 album, "This Is My Town: Songs from New York," including the title tune and "On Broadway/New York City Rhythm." "Let's get this party started," Manilow told the audience after taking the stage about 8:15 p.m. "We have so much music that we may be here all night."

Dressed in black with a sparkling jacket, the popular showman began the evening with the high-energy "It's A Miracle." Highlights included his rendition of "Even Now" while sitting at the piano. When the song ended, the crowd went wild, endlessly clapping and stomping their feet. "I'm so glad you still love these songs," he said, seemingly surprised by the reaction.

Manilow even surprised himself on a disco version of "Could It Be Magic," reworked from the original which appeared on his first album in 1973, telling his audience, "So, what's your 75-year-old grandfather doing tonight?"

For "Mandy," a video of Manilow was used showing him singing the song on telvision's "The Midnight Special," and being introduced to the world by record impresario Clive Davis. Not long into the song, Manilow came back out on stage to sit at the piano and duet with himself on the screen.

The superstar singer and composer also took a moment to reflect on the music of the day, noting "there is an element missing in the songs on the radio today." "Is it just me," he asked the audience, "or is there a lack of melody? Where did the melodies go? They're right here tonight."

For his encore, Manilow came back with a rousing version of "Copacabana (At the Copa)," complete with a disco ball descending from above ... A final, second encore included a shortend version of "It's A Miracle," which he said he was happy to sing again after opening the show with the song.

A band of nine musicians and three backup singers accompanied Manilow throughout the show. Glow sticks were handed out while entering the arena for audience members to wave throughout the night. And they did, endlessly.

July 6, 2018 The Morning Call"REVIEW: Barry Manilow finds the magic at Sands Bethlehem Event Center" by John J. Moser
As good as singer Barry Manilow’s concert at Allentown’s PPL Center last October was, his show at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Thursday was better. It wasn’t just that the venue [was] smaller... It was more [that] it was the right setting for it. And that Manilow performed better.

On the first point, Manilow’s concert is very much in the Las Vegas vein – with a healthy dose of “show” to it. So that when, during the hit “Can’t Smile Without You,” he put up the words with a bouncing ball on a screen behind him for the crowd to follow (and, oh, they did), it seemed natural. Or when he did choreographed dancing with his three background singers, then did a quick-switch playing at the piano with two members of his six-man band during “New York [City] Rhythm” from his latest album. Or when he danced during a Donna Summer-disco version of his song “Could It Be Magic” -- and made a point of it by asking the crowd, “So what’s your 75-year-old grandfather doing tonight?” (Yes, Manilow is 75.) Those things would have been lost on a much larger crowd, but made the Sands show far more fun. Even his sparkly, blue-gray suit screamed casino...

As he did at PPL Center, Manilow opened with “It’s a Miracle,” and quickly established a connection with the crowd, noting it had been 18 years since he had played in Bethlehem (last time in 2000 at Stabler Arena), and also referencing his Allentown show. “We’ve got a lot of time to make up for,” he said.

He [told] the crowd that [its] standing ovation after “Even Now” made him feel like Justin Bieber. That response was deserved; the 40-year-old song holds up extraordinarily well, and Manilow performed it strongly – slow and serious at piano to start, then standing for a big finish that included a long, strong note.

That brings us to the second previous point: Manilow’s performance Thursday was unmistakably stronger... On the night’s second song, “Daybreak,” he showed he was clearly in good voice, and the following “Somewhere in the Night” succeeded because of his vocals. “Looks Like We Made It” started softer and sweeter, but grew into a more bombastic finish on which Manilow reached for – and achieved – a long, high note.

Manilow followed that with a very good, well-sung “Weekend in New England.” “You’re a romantic crowd,” he told the audience after its reception to that song. “That’s a romantic song. I was turning myself on. I never dreamed I would become the super mega sex god I am.”

That also showed the good humor Manilow displayed throughout the show. He also did a couple of fun [songs] during the night: His theme to “American Bandstand” and a medley of TV commercials he wrote, such as for Band-Aids and State Farm insurance. Even more serious songs were fun: A cover of The Four Seasons’ “Let’s Hang On,” and the show-tune-ish songs from his new disc, “This is My Town.” That was true of its title song, but it worked – precisely because Manilow is good at that. And a pairing of The Drifters’ “On Broadway” with his new “New York [City] Rhythm,” on which he also did choreographed dance with his backup singers.

[The] true success of Manilow’s show was how many of his hits hold up because of how well constructed they are. Early on, he told the audience the “element missing on today’s pop radio...would be melody. Where did the melodies go? I’ll tell you, they’re right here tonight.” And it really showed as the show wound down. “I Made It Through the Rain” was essentially autobiographical: Manilow really has made it through the rain to continue his career as long as he has. And at the end, he reprised a snippet of “Looks Like We Made It,” to let the audience know it was a part of that, too.

He saved his biggest hits for last... “Mandy” [paired] with a reprise of “Could It Be Magic” and duetting with a younger version of himself on the old “Midnight Special” TV show on the large screen. A red-robed chorale from Bethlehem’s Liberty High School joined Manilow on stage for “I Write the Songs” and a fun “Copacabana (At the Copa)” before he ended with a reprise of “It’s a Miracle.”

July 7, 2018 The Sun"BARRY'S BACK Barry Manilow’s 2018 UK tour ... All you need to know" by Hayley Coyle
Barry Manilow kicks off his UK dates of The Manilow - The Hits Come Home tour on September 1. He is currently touring in the US until July 28 before a short break. He's got one date in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham then the rest are in London. The dates are:

  • Leeds September 01
  • Manchester September 02
  • Birmingham September 04
  • London September 06-08

For the Leeds gig [tickets are] £21.05 [to] £110.05. For Manchester very front row tickets are £450; general seating ranges from £36 to £110. In Birmingham tickets start at £22 and go up to £93. Then in London the range is from £76 to £118. Tickets can be bought from barrymanilow.com/tickets.

Barry Manilow is a celebrated singer whose career has spanned more than five decades. His career kicked off in the early 60s when a CBS director asked him to arrange some songs for a musical adaptation of The Drunkard, which went on to have an eight year run in the 13th Street Theatre. In 1974 he achieved success with his break out hit "Mandy" and his musical career continued from then until the present day. He has released 32 studio albums, 4 live albums, 15 compilation albums, and 57 singles and has sold over 80 million records worldwide.

July 4, 2018 Bucks County Courier Times"Barry Manilow sings the old songs in Atlantic City: The singer/songwriter will perform many of his biggest hits on stage at the Borgata" by Ed Condran
Barry Manilow writes the songs. The legendary singer-songwriter wrote most of his hits. However, Manilow did not pen one of his popular tunes, “I Write the Songs.” The Beach Boys’ Bruce Johnston actually wrote the song, which Manilow was initially reluctant to record. Upon first glance, Manilow believed the song exuded hubris. “That’s what it looked like to me,” Manilow says. “Then I took a deeper look. I realized that the song is an anthem. I realized that I could make it into a terrific anthem. I rearranged it and it became a hit. I did have some concerns at first that it would sound like I was bragging when I sang the song but if you look at the words, I’m not singing it as if it’s me. The first line of the song is ‘I’ve been [alive] forever.’ I’ve been around for a long time but please.”

Manilow, 75, has been a professional tunesmith for more than a half-century. The Brooklyn native started out during the early ’60s as a jingle writer. Some of his work still endures. His State Farm jingle, “Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There” is remarkably still utilized. Manilow wrote and sung jingles for McDonalds (“You deserve a break today”) and Pepsi (“All across the nation, it’s the Pepsi generation”). “Writing jingles is a challenge,” Manilow says. “But I enjoyed it so much. There is a real art to it. But I couldn’t write jingles forever. I had to move on.”

The ante was upped during the ’70s when Manilow became a pop singer-songwriter and hit sonic pay dirt. “This One’s For You,” “Daybreak” and “Copacabana” are just some of the hits he wrote. But it’s fascinating how many of the songs he recorded which charted that were written by other songwriters. “Weekend in New England,” “Looks Like We Made It” and “I Can’t Smile Without You” were penned by songwriters for hire.

The charismatic Manilow almost didn’t record the latter. “When I heard ‘I Can’t Smile Without You,’ it was a lousy production with a piano player and a singer singing out of tune. I turned down doing that song for three albums in a row. I said no way to that song. (Arista Records CEO) Clive (Davis) was like, ‘Who does he think he is, Bob Dylan?’”

It’s worked out well for Manilow, who will perform Friday and Saturday at the Borgata. He has reached the Top 40, 47 times; 27 of those singles hit the Top 10 and a dozen reached the top of the chart. The numbers are staggering. Manilow can’t play all of his hits at a concert, which is why over the years he has delivered medleys on occasion. “I’ve been unbelievably fortunate,” Manilow says. “It’s been an amazing career and it’s continuing. I can’t ask for anything more. I’ve experienced so much and the fans have never left me. They still come out. They’re supportive. They sing along. I can’t complain about anything.”

If You Go: Barry Manilow appears Friday and Saturday at the Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City. Tickets are $109, $149 and $249. Show time is 8 p.m. For more information: 609-317-1000 or theborgata.com.

July 4, 2018 The Day"Barry Manilow headlines Mohegan Sun Tuesday" by Mary Biekert
Barry Manilow told Rolling Stone once that he is haunted by Bob Dylan, a man who is still alive. Turns out some years back, Dylan stopped Manilow at a party, gave him a wonderful hug, looked [Manilow] in the eye, and said, “Don't stop doing what you're doing, man. We're all inspired by you." Was Dylan being serious? Or was he subtly mocking Manilow? I guess we’ll never really know, but such is the case for Manilow, who is keenly aware, at any given moment, that he and his music are often the punchlines to jokes and the butt of mean-spirited teasing. In fact, it seems that a Rite Aid in San Diego started blasting Manilow’s music over its outside loudspeakers in June to deter loiterers. Supposedly, the tactic worked. How’s that for an insult?

What is it, then, about Manilow’s music, with it Frank Sinatra-esque glamour, ’70s dance beats and sappy soft rock quality, that is so adored by some and detested by others? For Manilow fans, the answer to that is: no matter. He is their soft rock king, and well, why not? Manilow has the most contagious smile out there. One look at him, and how could you not want to give the guy a hug? And he genuinely seems like a nice guy, someone who certainly knows how to make fans feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.

Manilow, 74, will perform in concert Tuesday at Mohegan Sun. Fans will hear an array of the hits that he’s had over the years, from his earlier disco-inspired days to his more recent tunes. Tracks to look forward to include “It’s a Miracle,” “Somewhere in the Night,” “Weekend in New England,” and, of course, “Copacabana” and “Mandy.”

Barry Manilow, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Mohegan Sun Arena; $39.50-$125; 1-800-745-3000.

July 5, 2018 The Morning Call"Top Concerts of the Coming Week: Barry Manilow" by John J. Moser
In 2015, singer Barry Manilow did a tour he called One Last Time!, giving a clear indication he was giving up touring. Yet here it is three years later, and Manilow, now 75, is still doing shows. After an absence of 17 years, he is back in the Lehigh Valley for the second time in nine months; he performed at Allentown’s PPL Center in October. Does that matter? Probably not; Manilow’s PPL Center concert was very good -- a 21-song, 85-minute set filled with hits (he’s had 50 in the Top 40, making him the most successful adult contemporary artist ever). And this time it’s a much smaller venue. So prepare yourself, after seeing this show, to describe the experience using a Manilow song title: “It’s a Miracle.” 8 p.m. July5, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Blvd. Tickets: $125, $150, single seats only; other areas sold out; re-sale tickets available, www.sandseventcenter.com, 610-297-7414.

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