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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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June 22, 2018 Las Vegas Magazine"Q&A: Barry Manilow" by Brock Radke
The iconic singer and songwriter Barry Manilow last performed in Las Vegas at the Paris Theater for two years, but before that he spent 2005 to 2010 singing in the historic International Theater at the Las Vegas Hilton. He’s returned to the legendary property, now Westgate Las Vegas, for a brand-new residency production dubbed Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home, and he couldn’t be more excited to be back onstage in one of his favorite cities. I spoke with Manilow about the comfy confines of his Vegas home, what’s new with his show and what hasn’t changed regarding his love affair with music.

Las Vegas Magazine (LVM): Your music is some of the first music I experienced, specifically listening to my mom’s copy of This One’s For You as a very young child. Do people say things like this to you a lot?
Barry Manilow (BM): Yeah, they do, and I couldn’t be happier that my music has withstood time and had that kind of impact on people. Because what happens to all young artists that become successful overnight is [that] I was getting killed by the critics. I mean, killed. They tried to annihilate me and my music. And then as the years go by things being to change, and then I hear stuff like this, that while I was getting killed there was a whole batch of people who were loving what they were hearing. While it was happening, I didn’t realize that. I just had to believe it was good.

LVM: Has your creative process and methods of songwriting changed over the years?
BM: No, I don’t think it has. I’m a melody guy. I miss the melodies on the radio. Sure, there’s one or two now and again but these days it’s all about rhythm and it’s wonderful, irresistible, but I come from the world of music and lyrics and I do miss that. My writing style is the same as it has always been. I try to come up with as good a melody as I can and as great a lyric as I can. The hardest thing about writing a song is always the idea. What is it about? What do you want the song to say? When you figure that out, writing the song is fun and that hasn’t changed. What has changed is the way I render the music. I’m very good with my computer and the machines we use to make music these days. And I still do it myself. I record my own vocals by myself, without an engineer, then I bring in an orchestrator and go into Capitol Records. But the lion’s share is just me by myself in front of my computer, writing and arranging.

LVM: The Westgate—where you performed when it was still the Las Vegas Hilton—has done a lot to recapture the excitement of a great Las Vegas entertainment legacy. Was that a big factor in your decision to return to the stage there?
BM: Yes. I’m so glad they haven’t touched the showroom. If you put long tables in that room instead of the theater seating, it would take you back to the days of Sinatra and Dean Martin. Showrooms just don’t look like that anymore and they even kept the name of the International Theater. Barbra [Streisand] opened it followed by Elvis, and everyone from Aretha Franklin to Michael Bublé has played that stage. Even when I walk out for soundcheck, it really does feel like a very special place. And there are a lot of seats but it always feels intimate. I’ve been on the road for so many years playing for 10,000 people in arenas and that’s wonderful, but what I like to do most is connect with audiences. You can do that in an arena but it’s much easier and more powerful in a smaller room, and that’s what I love about the International.

LVM: What kind of adjustments have you made to your show and your song selection?
BM: It’s interesting now. About five years ago things started to change in the audience, where before that you could do more album cuts. And I’ve had so many different albums and concepts, from big band to showtunes to jazz. I could do any of them and everyone would be happy. But then I realized some of [those songs] weren’t going over like they used to, that the audiences wanted to hear the hits. 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. As the audiences have grown older and younger, they want to hear the songs they know and I’m happy to do that, so I’ve changed my show around with most of the songs being familiar and that’s what I’m planning on doing. Maybe I’ll throw one or two in just for me.

LVM: Are you hoping this Westgate residency turns into a long-term situation?
BM: I haven’t even thought about that yet, I’ve just been soaking in it and putting the show up and making those changes from what I do on the road. There’s some additional production I wanted to do that we can do in this show. But I’m planning on being there forever. We started at the Hilton for one year and would up with five years, so who knows what happens. If nobody comes, they’ll throw me out. (Laughs.)

June 16, 2018 Sunday Post"Music legend Barry Manilow is full of excitement and energy in a ‘really great’ 2018" by Bernard Bale
What a year for Barry Manilow – a spectacular return to Las Vegas for a long season AND a six-date trip to his second home – Britain. Oh, yes, and Barry has another big day on Sunday June 17, when he will be 75!

“This is turning out to be a really great year – I am so happy and excited,” said Barry, who is buzzing about the future. Can you believe this? I’m supposed to be at an age when I am comfy in slippers and with a pipe but I’m starting another residency at the Westgate International Theatre in Las Vegas. Shouldn’t I be taking a cruise or being wheeled around a park? Nah! Not me! Being in your 70s is like being in your 50s these days and I feel great. Yes, I have had a few ops here and there but I can sing, I can dance, I can do almost all the things I did when I was in my 20s but I am better now. It probably takes me a little longer to get my breath back but I am having fun."

"I have nothing but great memories of Las Vegas. When I first did a residency there all those years ago, people told me it would be difficult, but the audiences every night were just fantastic. The band, my crew, we all had such a great time – it is no wonder that we are all excited about being back. We have a nine-piece band but the way we are staging the whole thing, it will sound like a 900-piece. We will give them more than just a guy standing in front of the band – Sinatra used to do that brilliantly but I also like the production stuff. I’ll be able to change the show every night in some areas, and keep those big Vegas moments, too."

"I honestly feel about 35. I am pretty fit and I have as much passion and energy as ever. Age only matters if you’re a banana and have limited time before you start to go a funny colour. Being active is the answer to being young. If I stopped and just sat around on the couch all day glued to the television, I would get old really quick. I’m not at all like that. I am always looking forward to the next album, tour, production... whatever."

“The show is called Barry Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home and that’s exactly what we are going to do – have a big party to celebrate all the hits. I am doing two nights in the great national stadium in Mexico City and then in September I shall be in my second home – Great Britain!” he enthused. "I am so looking forward to that – we are going to Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London."

"I have so many fantastic memories of my visits to London – I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be back again. I have found you can drop into any roadside cafe or pub and you are just treated like an ordinary guy, an old friend who has just called in. That’s so great, I love it. We are squeezing these dates in among the residency and I know that as well as coming to Britain, there are a lot of fans planning holiday trips to Vegas to come and see me, and that is just so good. Imagine people jumping onto a plane and travelling thousands of miles just to come to see my show. I am really amazed by that, and a big thank you to all of them.”

Barry has never drifted from his fans. He knows what it is like to be a fan himself, coming as he does from humble beginnings. “I was a Brooklyn kid from a typically Jewish family,” he said. “We all loved music and we sang and played instruments. In those days, you just had to play the accordion, it was almost a tradition and I was no different."

"It was my grandfather, Joe Manilow, who got me into recording when I was just five years old. We used to have recording booths in shops in those days and he used to take me each week to make a recording of a song and playing the accordion. I loved those occasions but it did not give me any great ambitions towards showbusiness. I was just an average kid. I got average grades at school and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I just took each day as it arrived.”

When Barry was 13, his mother married an Irishman named Willie Murphy who also loved music. At Barry’s bar mitzvah, his new dad gave him a celebratory present of a piano and thus unwittingly began a journey into the exciting world of showbusiness. "Playing the accordion helped a lot because I knew my way around a keyboard,” said Barry. “I took to the piano very quickly and began giving recitals. I was hooked on music and I knew there was only one life for me."

"Performing was not the first option. I studied music and became a musical director. That was really how it all started. I was still a teenager and doing some arranging and accompanying people on piano. Then one day, I had a real break when I was asked to accompany Bette Midler. From then on, we worked together on tours and even though we were both strong characters who wanted to get our own way, we worked well together. It is history now that I began to do more numbers and got a good reaction from the audience and that was it, Barry Manilow was doing his own thing. Bette and I are still friends and never rule out doing more together.”

So here is Barry some years later and still an international star with more energy than entertainers a third of his age. “I don’t know what is in store for my actual birthday,” he said. “It is on the Sunday just after our official opening in Las Vegas and I shall have a big drink – probably a latte, my favourite coffee."

"It is hard to think about something like that when your head is full of performing and making sure you put on the best possible show. 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 to most and you were able to follow your star. That doesn’t make you special, that makes you very lucky.”

Although Barry considers himself to have been fortunate, there is no doubt that to the rest of us, he’s just a massive talent that has brought delight to millions all over the world – and he is still doing it. “The last time I started a residency in Vegas, we aimed for about a few months and ran for about eight years,” he said. “Imagine if that happens again – I’ll be celebrating my 83rd birthday singing Copacabana amid a group of dancers on a fantastic stage. How good will that be!”

June 15, 2018 USA Today"Barry Manilow hospitalized with bronchial infection, cancels opening shows in Las Vegas" by Maria Puente
Barry Manilow was in a hospital recovering from a bronchial infection Friday instead of belting out his hits in his new Las Vegas show. The pop superstar, 74, was taken ill Wednesday night as he prepared for a sold-out opening weekend of “Manilow Las Vegas -- The Hits Come Home,” which was supposed to have premiered Thursday night at the Westgate Las Vegas. “I can’t believe this is happening, “ Manilow said in a statement posted on Twitter and Facebook. “Our new show is ready, we’re all ready, and we were all looking forward to (Thursday night).”

Instead, the shows scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday were cancelled. Westgate Resorts said the show would resume its regular schedule on June 21, 22 and 23. Manilow's rep, Victoria Varela, said in a statement to USA TODAY that Manilow expects to be released from the hospital soon. "Barry is recovering quickly and expects to be released tomorrow," she said. "He feels terrible about rescheduling the first three shows and is anxious to get back on stage on Thursday."

“The entire Westgate family wishes Barry a speedy recovery and we know that he will dazzle audiences when his show resumes on June 21st,” said Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel in a statement.

In Manilow’s place, longtime Vegas entertainers Clint Holmes and Earl Turner will perform their show, “Soundtrack: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show." Westgate said refunds for the Manilow tickets or ticket exchanges for future dates will be issued, and also all ticket holders could see the "Soundtrack" show free.

June 14, 2018 Fox News"Barry Manilow hospitalized with bronchial infection, forced to cancel show" by Mariah Haas
Barry Manilow has been hospitalized with a bronchial infection. The singer, who was set to start his residency at the Westgate in Las Vegas this weekend, had to cancel his sold-out show. "I can’t believe this is happening," Manilow said in a statement obtained by Fox News. "Our new show is ready, we’re all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight."

The Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning singer is currently under the care of his doctors and is being "closely monitered and supervised,"' according to the statement. Manilow, who is expected to be released in a few days and make a speedy recovery, will return to the stage on June 21. "The entire Westgate family wishes Barry a speedy recovery and we know that he will dazzle audiences when his show resumes on June 21st," David Siegel, Westgate Resorts’ Founder & CEO, said in a statement.

June 14, 2018 People"Barry Manilow Hospitalized with Bronchial Infection and Cancels Residency Kickoff: 'I Can't Believe This Is Happening'" by Maria Pasquini
Barry Manilow has been hospitalized with a bronchial infection, PEOPLE can confirm. Although Manilow was scheduled to kick off his residency at the Westgate Las Vegas on Thursday with a series of sold-out shows, the singer has had to cancel his opening weekend of performances. “I can’t believe this is happening,” Manilow, 74, said in a statement to PEOPLE, confirming he has been hospitalized and diagnosed with a bronchial infection. “Our new show is ready, we’re all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight.” Manilow is expected to make a speedy recovery and be released in a few days.

“The entire Westgate family wishes Barry a speedy recovery and we know that he will dazzle audiences when his show resumes on June 21st,” said David Siegel, Westgate Resorts’ Founder & CEO. Guests originally scheduled to attend this weekend’s performances will have the opportunity to get a full refund for the tickets. Additionally, once future dates are released, ticket exchanges will be offered. Manilow Las Vegas – The Hits Come Home will be back to its regular schedule starting June 21.

June 14, 2018 Yahoo! News"Barry Manilow Hospitalized for Bronchial Infection" by Desiree Murphy‍ (Entertainment Tonight)
Barry Manilow is currently in the hospital after being diagnosed with a bronchial infection. The 74-year-old singer was admitted on the eve of a sold-out opening weekend of his new The Hits Come Home residency at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, according to a statement posted to his official Facebook page on Thursday. "I can't believe this is happening," Manilow, who is offering full refunds or ticket exchanges for future dates, said in the statement. "Our new show is ready, we're all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight."

"The entire Westgate family wishes Barry a speedy recovery and we know that he will dazzle audiences when his show resumes on June 21st," added David Siegel, Westgate Resorts' Founder & CEO.

The statement also revealed that Manilow is "under the care of the best doctors" and "being closely monitored and supervised." He is expected to be released in a few days. The news comes just ahead of his 75th birthday on Sunday.

Manilow seemed to be ecstatic about his return to Vegas during a sit-down, in-studio interview with Entertainment Tonight back in April. "I have such great memories of my time in Las Vegas, so I am going back!" he exclaimed at the time. "I'm coming back to Vegas."

June 8, 2018 People.comBarry Manilow’s visit to Waitress the Musical on Broadway!
From Hollywood to New York and everywhere in between, see what your favorite stars are up to. Looks Like They Made It!

Pop icon Barry Manilow visited Waitress star Erich Bergen backstage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Thursday, two days after Bergen made his Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated musical.

June 6, 2018 Pulso SLPBarry triumphs in Mexico
[Google Translation] After 22 years of absence, pop music star Barry Manilow returned triumphant to Mexico by offering a spectacular concert at the National Auditorium before little more than eight thousand people. As part of his "Barry Manilow Live in Mexico City" tour, for almost two hours, the US singer-songwriter performed around twenty songs, among which the successes that have marked his 45-year career on international stages stood out. It was an unforgettable evening for his followers, bus also for the new generations.
June 5, 2018 AM de QueretaroAfter 22 years, Barry Manilow returned to Mexico as part of his tour
[Google Translation] Manilow, originally from Brooklyn, came to Mexico as part of his tour "Barry Manilow Live In Mexico City", in which he played highlighting the successes that have marked his 45-year career. After 22 years of absence, pop music star Barry Manilow returned triumphant to Mexico by offering a spectacular concert at the National Auditorium before little more than eight thousand people.

As part of his "Barry Manilow Live In Mexico City" tour, for almost two hours, the American singer-songwriter performed around twenty songs, among which the successes that have marked his 45-year career on international stages stood out. It was an unforgettable evening for his faithful followers, but also for the new generations who know and admire the artistic legacy of who is considered an icon of pop culture.

It was a night with a clear sky in which the idol, through successes to the rhythm of pop, rock and roll, jazz and a bit of R&B, corroborated that the love that Mexicans have for him or that he is stronger than never. "Hello Mexico. How are you?" he said in Spanish and now in English, added: "After 22 years I come to Mexico City and I feel very grateful. I'm seeing that there are a lot of people, so, let's have fun..."

This is how Barry Manilow greeted [them] after being received with a standing ovation from the public and minutes after opening his show with the songs "It's a Miracle" and "Daybreak"... "Let me introduce myself. Probably, after a long time they already know me. They are the musicians who accompany me on this tour and we promise you a great evening," he added.

"Somewhere in the Night" continued in the repertoire and again addressed those present, but this time to tell them that they would do everything possible to communicate in Spanish, although he hesitated a bit. "I went to a school where I learned Spanish, but only a little, and of phrases like 'Where is the bathroom?'. Thank you for coming, thank you for giving us your time," he said, then sat down at the piano and began to sing one of his most emblematic songs: "Can't Smile Without You." Immediately, the audience stood up to accompany him with his voice and as if it were a multitudinous chorus.

At the same time, through a screen installed in the central part of the stage, he appeared in the first interview they did in 1975 for television. With "Bandstand Boogie" he put everyone to dance. After emphasizing that he would give his best effort in the remainder of the evening, he delivered "The Old Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It."

"I come from Brooklyn, which is very similar to Mexico City. Both are very cosmopolitan cities, "he said as an introduction to some of the melodies that emerge from his latest album:" This Is My Town: Songs Of New York." With the quality of his voice, which remains intact despite the passage of time, the artist of almost 75 years then delighted with "On Broadway" and "New York City Rhythm" to end with "Even Now".

Accompanied by ten musicians and three choristers, dressed in a bright jacket, dark trousers and white shirt, Barry Manilow fascinated with "All The Time" at the piano. While the feeling excels in its interpretation. The singer, who is distinguished by his high degree of humility and is a faithful fighter of social causes, thrilled with "Even Now".

To immortalize the moment, people activated fluorescent lights that at the beginning of the concert distributed the security elements of the National Auditorium. Always smiling, always friendly, Barry Manilow paused because his fans gave him more than a minute of applause and in unison they shouted "Barry, Barry!"

"Thanks, they make me feel like Justin Bieber or something like that. You know, I was the Justin Bieber of my time. Ask your moms about those times," he said in order to go back to the glorious decade of the eighties.

After delighting with his great joviality, Barry Manilow closed his "show" with a big party to the rhythm of "Copacabana" and "It's a Miracle." "Thanks for this night. Good evening, my friends," he pronounced as a farewell and the public dismissed him as a big man. It was with a long standing ovation and at the exit of the venue, they continued to dance and sing

The interpreter and producer is considered one of the best-selling artists of all time, placing millions of copies of his more than 40 studio albums, live and compilations, published since 1973. This Tuesday , June 5, the singer will offer a second concert at the National Auditorium.

June 5, 2018 am.com.mx"Yo era el Justin Bieber de los 70", asegura Barry Manilow: Manilow regresó a México para ofrecer un concierto en el Auditorio Nacional
[Google Translation] Perhaps most of the people who attended the concert of Barry Manilow were not adolescents but their energy, shouts and applause far outweighed those provoked by an audience of twenty-somethings, which shone by their absence. Minutes after 9:10 p.m., a sea of ​​green phosphorescent lights, delivered to all the attendees before going to their seats, welcomed the artist who with a smile showed his gratitude.

After starting the evening with Manilow he took the microphone to direct the first words to the audience: "Good evening my friends," he would say in Spanish and then add: "We are very happy to come back here and that you all welcome us", comment that he was applauded by the public that packed the National Auditorium.

Accompanied by ten musicians and three choristers dressed in black, Manilow showed that at age 74 his charisma and voice remain as fresh as in his early days. Wearing his characteristic trousers and black shoes, accompanied by a white shirt and a gray jacket with bright flashes that made him look even more on stage, the singer was charismatic and good at all times.

When playing the song "Bandstand Boogie," the screen behind him became a television frame where Manilow's participation in the famous program of the seventies was projected American Bandstand. Before singing "This Is My Town", theme of his most recent album of the same title, the singer remembered the big apple comparing it with Mexico City, except for the food.

Other songs with which the singer delighted the audience were "Can't Smile Without You", "They Dance!" and "I [Write The Songs]," and there was even room for a few jokes, like when Manilow was accompanied by three of his musicians with whom he was rotating the turn on the piano and a keyboard, an occurrence that earned him a standing ovation by the public Mexican.

There was a moment when the applause of the audience and the green lights that moved in the hands of everyone present so moved the artist that he wiped his eyes with a few tears and said: "They make me feel like Justin Bieber," he joked. "For real! Ask your moms and I was the Justin Bieber of the '70s," he said before singing "Let's Hang On."

On more than one occasion, Manilow took the opportunity to play the piano and send kisses to the audience. He even surprised himself by quickly changing his jacket when he sang "Could It Be Magic," which reminded Donna Summer that he would print his disco and that he would do the same years later.

"75 years. Age does not matter as long as you have a banana," he joked again, alluding to the 70's. "Sit down, for God's sake," he said, provoking laughter, as he sat at the center of the stage on a bench.

Taking a brief pause and leaving the stage, another participation of the singer was projected in a 1975 program, which began to chant the audience and was continued by Manilow, who returned to the stage with a third costume change, now wearing a white sack. The chosen song was "[Could It Be Magic]" and the voices of the video like that of the live artist made a duet that was applauded and cheered.

After an hour and a half of concert, Manilow showed that his career and the applause of the public wherever he goes, the only thing he has done is to rejuvenate him to keep falling in love with his voice.

June 2, 2018 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Joins Delilah For Podcast Conversations With Delilah
BARRY MANILOW - the man who 'writes the songs that make the whole word sing' - joins DELILAH - the queen of Sappy love songs - on the latest edition of her popular podcast, Conversations with Delilah. Manilow and Delilah talk about his iconic career (50 Top 40 Hits and over 85 million albums sold) along with his upcoming return to Vegas for his residency at the International Theatre at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. And, you'll hear the inspiration behind a few of your favorite Manilow tunes. Don't miss this special episode! Click here to listen.
May 25, 2018 Hollywood OutbreakBarry Manilow Brings His Hits Back To Vegas
Although Barry Manilow’s 75th birthday is less than a month away, he’s not ready to give up performing just yet. Though he’s cut back on his touring, Manilow has signed a deal for a residency at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with shows running through early October. Manilow told us that when he was offered the residency, it was just too good to pass up.

With a career to draw from that has now spanned five decades, Manilow said his fondest memories are of the decade that started it all for him, the ’70s.

One of the things Manilow finds surprising is that there’s a whole new audience at his shows, one that wasn’t even born in the ’70s! And he thinks it’s wonderful that new generations have been finding his music... and singing along!

Barry Manilow: The Hits Come Home is running selected weekends through early October at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

May 25, 2018 Celebrity Radio"REVIEW: Barry Manilow WESTGATE Las Vegas" by Alex Belfield
Barry Manilow is back in Las Vegas at Westgate and looking more excited to be on stage than EVER! With 50 Top 40 hits and sales of more than 85 million albums, Barry is back in Sin City as the resident headliner at the Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. This show is a 5* masterclass in Live music.

The former home of Elvis, this legendary theatre is home once again to Barry and his adoring fans. With the exception of Elton and Joel, who else has created more hits and can wow an audience with self penned legendary tunes, a golden voice and piano genius like Bazza? Barry Manilow is the definition of a triple threat! Now in his 70’s, he’s never looked more at home on stage. A pure legend. “I’m 75, what’s your Grandpa doing tonight?” – Genius!

You cannot fail to be impressed by Manilow’s legend, class and pure talent. Don’t miss this Star in the Westgate’s (relatively) intimate showroom. BOOK TICKETS AT WESTGATE HERE!

Who can doubt the impact Manilow has had on pop music? Mandy, Can’t Smile Without You, Through The Rain & of course Copacabana – timeless. What I love the most about Manilow ‘The Hits Come Home’ is that it gives the audience what they want. No fillet – all killer hits.

This new show looks beautiful. It’s perfectly produced and is a seamless 90 minutes celebrating Manilow’s brilliance. You get the hits as well as a lovely New York section from his last #1 selling album. The sound is excellent and the band & backing singers are stunning.

Here’s Manilow’s tour dates @ WESTGATE confirmed so far: JUNE: 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23. JULY 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28. SEPT 27, 28, 29. OCT 4, 5, 6.

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May 21, 2018 Las Vegas Sun"Barry’s back: Manilow begins new Westgate show this week" by Brock Radke
I’m a fan of R&B and hip-hop. I grew up listening to Prince and Michael Jackson, memorized Snoop Dogg’s first album in high school and immersed myself in Nirvana and Radiohead in my 20s. Classic soul, heavy metal, indie rock, you name the genre, I’ve dabbled - and enjoyed all of it. I’m sure you’ve done the same.

But what was your first music? The first record I can remember listening to -- yes, vinyl -- was “This One’s for You” by Barry Manilow, which he released in 1976, the year I was born. I’d sit on the floor in front of my parents’ stereo and listen to “Daybreak” and “Looks Like We Made It.” First music.

I’m not the only one whose pop music consciousness is founded on Barry Manilow. And I’m not the only person to explain that to Barry Manilow. “I couldn’t be happier that my music has withstood time and had that kind of impact on people,” says Manilow, who begins his new residency at the Westgate resort this week. “Because what happens to all young artists that become successful overnight is I was getting killed by the critics. I mean, killed. They tried to annihilate me and my music. And then as the years go by things begin to change, and then I hear stuff like this, that while I was getting killed there was a whole batch of people who were loving what they were hearing. While it was happening, I didn’t realize that.”

Despite early criticism, of course, Manilow went on to become one of pop music’s most prolific and successful songwriters and recording artists, notching 47 Top 40 singles and 12 No. 1 hits. He hasn’t really ever stopped, releasing his 30th album “This Is My Town: Songs of New York” last year following two albums in 2014.

Manilow says his creative process hasn’t changed much over the years. He remains focused on melody even if today’s radio hits are more rhythmic. “I miss the melodies on the radio. Sure, there’s one or two now and again but these days it’s all about rhythm and it’s wonderful, irresistible,” he says. “My writing style is the same as [it's] always been. I try to come up with as good a melody as I can and as great a lyric as I can. The hardest thing about writing a song is always the idea. What is it about? What do you want the song to say? When you figure that out, writing the song is fun and that hasn’t changed.”

Manilow performed at the Westgate from 2005 to 2010 (when the off-Strip resort was still known as the Las Vegas Hilton) then slid over to Paris Las Vegas for a two-year run. He’s excited to be performing in Las Vegas again, especially at the Westgate which has seen quite a bit of renovation and activation but left its historic showroom, the International Theater, intact. “I’m so glad they haven’t touched the showroom,” he says. “If you put long tables in that room instead of the theater seating, it would take you back to the days of Sinatra and Dean Martin. Showrooms just don’t look like that anymore and they even kept the name. Barbra [Streisand] opened it, followed by Elvis, and everyone from Aretha Franklin to Michael Bublé has played that stage. Even when I walk out for soundcheck, it really does feel like a very special place.”

When Manilow takes that stage again for his first show on Thursday, expect to hear all the hits, from “Mandy” to “Can’t Smile Without You” to “Copacabana.” He’s booked into October but is hoping this Vegas show will last much longer. “I’m planning on being there forever,” he laughs. “We started at the Hilton for one year and wound up with five years, so who knows what happens. If nobody comes, they’ll throw me out.”

“Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home” will be presented at the Westgate International Theater (3000 Paradise Road, 888-796-3564) at 8 p.m. May 24-26, June 14-16 and 21-23, July 19-21 and 26-28, and October 4-6 and 11-13. More information can be found at westgateresorts.com.

May 11, 2018 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Comes to Ocesa Teatro in MANILOW: LIVE IN MEXICO CITY
Barry Manilow will grace the stage at Ocesa Teatro in MANILOW: LIVE IN MEXICO CITY on June 4 at 8:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter boasts a career that spans over 50 years and features smash-hits such as, "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You," and "Copacabana." He will also feature a scheduled encore performance on June 5. For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.ocesa.com.mx/evento/barry-manilow/.

May 7, 2018 Montville PatchMusic Legend Barry Manilow Performs At Mohegan Sun Arena In July: Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster
MONTVILLE, CT - From Mohegan Sun Arena: GRAMMY®, TONY® and EMMY® Award-winning Pop superstar Barry Manilow will take the stage at Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday, July 10th starting at 7:30 pm. Manilow will perform his greatest hits such as "Copacabana," "Weekend In New England" and "Mandy" plus many more! Tickets are $125.00, $59.50 and $39.50 and go on sale Friday, May 11th at 10:00 am through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to Ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster's national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000. Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office beginning on Saturday, May 12th, subject to availability.

About Barry Manilow: Barry 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. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits. For more information on Barry Manilow please visit: manilow.com, facebook.com/barrymanilow and twitter.com/barrymanilow.

May 5, 2018 The CW San DiegoBarry Manilow returning to Las Vegas
SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Need more Copacabana in your life? Well you’re in luck! Barry Manilow is taking up residency at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas for select dates between May and October. The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow joined Morning Extra to talk about his new Vegas show.

Want to win tickets to one of his shows along with a $100 gas card AND a two-night stay at the Westgate Las Vegas? Enter to win here! (Must enter the contest by 11:59 pm on May 6)

May 2, 2018 3 News Las Vegas"Manilow returns: Our conversation with a music icon" by Jeff Gillan
We're sitting across from a guy who has 47 top 40 singles, 12 number one hits, 27 songs in the top ten, and Barry Manilow tells me this: “I never even thought about singing, or performing.”

He kind of fell into it, already paving a path as a sought-after pianist and musician in New York in the 60’s and 70’s. He also made a name for himself producing albums, earning a Grammy in 1973 for his role producing Bette Midler’s “The Divine Miss M.” -- Stardom in his own right? “I was going to be a musician, if I was lucky. I was going to have a career as a musician, as an arranger like Nelson Riddle,” Manilow says.

He had a debut solo album in 1973, and then 1974 happened, with the release of “Barry Manilow II,” with its hit song “Mandy.” The tune made Manilow a household name and propelled him toward becoming a pop music icon. My friend Bruce and I were driving in Florida and the DJ came on and said, 'now the number one selling record in Dade County - Barry Manilow's Mandy.’ I'll never forget it. Bruce nearly drove off the road,” Manilow tells me.

Fame, he says, was quite the adjustment. “Yeah, fame was terrifying, and I was not 19 years old like they are on American Idol. I was in my late 20’s when fame hit me, and it nearly knocked me over because everything changes – everything changes,” Manilow says.

44 years later, we sit on one of the most famous stages in Las Vegas, home to Streisand and Elvis. “It has such history. But for me, the size of this room is my favorite size,” he says, looking at the space that sits about 1,600 people. He told me he appreciates the fact he can still sell out an arena, but here, in this theater, he appreciates the relative intimacy. “In this room, I’m in your lap,” he says.

This will be his second stint in this theater - first, when the resort was the Las Vegas Hilton in the mid-2000’s, and now The Westgate. He’ll do a 20-date engagement beginning May 24, singing the songs that made him famous.

While his pop tunes have brought him fortune and fame, he’s also written and/or sung some of the most recognizable commercial “jingles” in American history. Decades later, mention “like a good neighbor, State Farm is there,” or McDonald’s “You deserve a break today,” to someone, and chances are pretty good they’ll be able to sing you the line.

What’s harder, I asked him: writing a jingle or writing a song? “I’m not sure harder is the right word, but for jingles, you have to write the “catchiest” melody you can in 15 seconds,” he says.

When he was young, Manilow studied for a time at the prestigious Julliard School in New York, a pinnacle for aspiring musicians. “I think I learned more in my four years in my commercial industry than I did ever taking classes,” he tells me. Nonetheless, his durable career, which spans countless concerts and 44 albums, continues. He still has his legions of fans.

As we talked, I had another question: how does he write those songs? “If it doesn't come quickly, I know it's not going to work. It's got to come quick. ‘Copa’ was in two takes. That was it,” he says, referring to the 1978 “Copacabana.”

He tells me he’s a melody guy, which rules out for him, he says, a lot of what passes for pop in 2018. “I don’t hear it on the pop radio and I can’t handle what I am hearing, so I go back to my jazz stations and I go back to my classical music, and these are the kind of things that inspire me,” he says.

In the meantime, Manilow has returned, melodies-and-all. His stint at the Westgate runs from May to October.

May 1, 2018 Los Angeles Times"Barry Manilow will return to Las Vegas for 20 shows. Tickets go on sale soon" by Jay Jones
Could it be magic? Barry Manilow is about to begin another residency in Las Vegas. Manilow, 74, will return to the stage at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The hotel announced Friday that Manilow would return for 20 dates beginning in late May. Tickets go on sale Wednesday.

The off-Strip property's sole headliner, Manilow will be performing in the resort's International Theater, where he sang tunes from his huge repertoire of hits during a residency from 2005 to 2010 (It was then named the Las Vegas Hilton). Manilow then did a two-year stint at Paris Las Vegas.

Recently announced show dates are:

May 24-26
June 14-16 and 21-23
July 19-21 and 26-28
Sept. 27-29
Oct. 4-6

Info: The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road; (702) 732-5111. Tickets cost from $20 to $330.

Manilow has had nearly 50 pop hits, including "Copacabana," "Could It Be Magic," "I Write the Songs," "Mandy" and "Weekend in New England." He has sold 85 million albums worldwide and is adored by fans who often refer to themselves as "Fanilows." The Brooklyn native, who rose to stardom during the 1970s, will turn 75 on June 17. He joins several other septuagenarians who regularly perform in Las Vegas, including Cher (71), Elton John (71), Wayne Newton (76) and Rod Stewart (73).

May 1, 2018 The Herald-DispatchSinger Barry Manilow returns to Vegas for series of shows
Singer Barry Manilow is returning to Las Vegas for shows starting this month at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Westgate Resorts founder and CEO David Siegel says in a statement that Manilow is "an icon and one of the world's greatest performers."

The 74-year-old Manilow had a residency at the same theater from 2005 to 2010 when the resort known as the Las Vegas Hilton. He later had a two-year stint at the Paris Las Vegas. Manilow says in a statement that he has great memories of Las Vegas and is excited to return.

Tickets for Manilow's 85-minute show celebrating his greatest hits such as "Mandy" and "Can't Smile Without You" will go on sale Wednesday. They range from $19.75 to $329.75.

April 30, 2018 The Music Universe"Barry Manilow Announces Return to Las Vegas: Pop Music Icon Inks Deal with Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino" by Buddy Iahn
Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow has announced 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 spectactular 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," says Manilow. "I'm very excited to be returning. Get ready, Las Vegas! Here I come!"

"Barry Manilow is an icon and one of the world's greatest performers," states David Siegel, Founder & CEO of Westgate Resorts. "We are thrilled to be welcoming him back to our historic stage so that he can once again make it home. Our guests will be delighted by his repertoire of more than 50 Top-40 hits."

Tickets will range in price from $19.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees and will go on sale Wednesday, May 2nd at 8 am PT. Show dates going on sale will be May 24-26, June 14-16, June 21-23, July 19-21, July 26-28, October 4-6 and October 11-13.

April 30, 2018 Celebrity Access"Barry Manilow Announces Return To Vegas" by Juliette Jagger
Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician, Barry Manilow has announced that he will be returning to Las Vegas later this year. The residency, which will once again see Manilow step into the role of exclusive headliner at Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, will feature a brand new 85-minute stage show built around more than 50 of the singer’s greatest hits.

“Barry Manilow is an icon and one of the world’s greatest performers,” said David Siegel, Founder & CEO of Westgate Resorts. “We are thrilled to be welcoming him back to our historic stage so that he can once again make it home.”

“I have nothing but great memories of my seven years performing in Las Vegas,” added Manilow. “I’m very excited to be returning. Get ready, Las Vegas! Here I come!”

Tickets for Manilow’s Vegas residency go on sale Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 8 a.m. PT. For more information, visit: barrymanilow.com or westgatelasvegas.com.

April 27, 2018 Billboard.com"Barry Manilow Announces Las Vegas Residency" by Rania Aniftos
Vegas visitors have a new act to add to their list of must-sees: Barry Manilow. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winner announced Friday (April 27) on CBS’ The Talk that he will be heading to Sin City in May for a couple of shows throughout 2018. “Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home" heads to Westgate Las Vegas, eight years after the star performed his residency at Westgate’s International Theater from 2005 to 2010.

The show opens for previews May 24-26, with grand opening weekend falling from June 14-16 just before his 75th birthday on June 17. Other show dates are June 21-23, July 19-21, July 26-28, Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13. Tickets go on sale May 2.

April 28, 2018 The Desert Sun"Fanilows quickly snap up tickets to Barry Manilow Las Vegas residency" by Bruce Fessier
Barry Manilow announced Friday on the CBS show, ‘The Talk,’ he will return to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in May [with] a new show called “Barry Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home.” The hotel confirmed he will do periodic Thursday-Friday engagements beginning with previews May 24-27. Tickets will be sold through Oct. 13 on the Westgate website, but more dates could be added.

Manilow had a five-year residency at the hotel when it was called the Las Vegas Hilton, starting in 2005. He began a two-year run at the Paris Las Vegas in 2010. He has said in the past few years he'd like to cut back on tours of one-night shows, which keep him away from Palm Springs for weeks at a time. But he told The Desert Sun in December he has no intention of retiring, like contemporaries Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers. “I didn’t want to stop performing because I really enjoy when I do it,” Manilow said at the time. “I’m doing one-nighters now and again, but I can’t keep my band if I’m just going to do that. So, when this offer came in, it sounded like a way to keep my band together and I have great memories of working at the Hilton. It’s only two weekends a month and that would keep the band working. For me, two weekends a month is a dream.”

After May 26, he’s scheduled to perform June 14-16 and June 21-23, and July 19-21 and July 26-28. He’s currently scheduled to skip August and return to the Westgate Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13. He’ll turn 75 one day after his June 16 show at the Westgate.

The Hilton showroom opened as the International Hotel in 1969 with a show by Barbra Streisand, and Elvis Presley began a long run afterwards as it changed to the Hilton in 1970. Manilow said he would again be staying in the suite where Elvis held court with famous Las Vegas guests. “Yeah, the Elvis suite!” Manilow said. “It was all pink. And it was huge on the top floor and the roof of the Hilton. You could see the whole of Vegas from every window. It had a Jacuzzi that said it would only seat 46 people. If you bring 47 people, the cops come out. They had a lawn on the roof of the Hilton and the rooms were ridiculously big. I made one room into a recording studio. I just had the greatest time there.”

But he said he won’t commute nightly by private plane from Palm Springs to Las Vegas, as he did in the 2000s. He said he’d return home on Saturday nights. “It’s a 20-minute flight and I’m on the stage having a ball with my road family,” he said. “Sometimes I bring the dogs. I have nothing but good memories of my experiences there.”

Tickets range from $19.75 to a $329.75 VIP package, plus fees. Manilow fan club members and Westgate Resorts residency owners were offered pre-sales beginning Friday. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Manilow is called the top-selling adult contemporary recording artist of all time with sales of 85 million albums and 40 Top 40 Hits, including such hits as “Mandy,” “Copacabana” and “I Write the Songs.” He last performed in the Coachella Valley in December when he gave his fourth series of six “Gift of Love” concerts benefiting 25 local charities.

April 27, 2018 Las Vegas Sun"Barry Manilow announces new residency at Westgate Las Vegas" by Brock Radke
Barry Manilow is ready to take a chance again on Las Vegas. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning singer and songwriter announced today on CBS’ “The Talk” that he’s returning to the Vegas stage next month at Westgate Las Vegas for a new production show dubbed “Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home.”

“They wanted me to come back and I have nothing but great memories of my five years there so I said yes,” Manilow said on “The Talk.” He performed in the Westgate’s International Theater from 2005 to [2009] when the resort was still known as the Las Vegas Hilton, and more recently played for two years at Paris Las Vegas on the Strip. But the Westgate is the place that feels like home for Manilow. “It’s gorgeous now, but the room is one of my favorite places to play. I’m usually on the road playing for 10,000 people and it’s terribly exciting but I love this room. It’s still big, 3,000 people, but for me, it’s intimate. I try to connect with people and it’s difficult with 10,000 people. This room, I just love it.”

“Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home” opens May 24 and tickets go on sale May 2 at barrymanilow.com and westgatelasvegas.com. Tickets will range from $20 to $330 and Manilow fan club members and Westgate Resorts owners will have access to a presale that started today. Show dates going on sale will be May 24-26, June 14-16 and 21-23, July 19-21 and 26-28 and October 4-6 and 11-13.

Long a Vegas favorite, Manilow has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide and has notched fifty Top 40 singles throughout his career. Billboard ranks him as the No. 1 Adult Contemporary artist of all time.

The residency is another entertainment expansion at the Westgate, which recently scheduled concerts from Alan Parsons on June 9, Yes on September 1 and John Prine on December 12, as well as the musical production show “Soundtrack” starring Clint Holmes and Earl Turner.

April 27, 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal"Barry Manilow sets opening dates for Las Vegas residency" by John Katsilometes
So much has changed since Barry Manilow opened his residency 13 years ago at what is now the Westgate Las Vegas. The hotel was called Las Vegas Hilton then, the main performance venue was known as the Hilton Theater and Manilow was stepping in to supplant “Star Trek: The Experience” as the hotel’s main entertainment attraction. The old Trek-themed Quarks restaurant is now a gift shop, certain to be stocked heavily with Manilow merch.

What hasn’t changed is Manilow himself. The hits are forever familiar, and he’s still cruising at Warp 7. “Can you believe, this? I’m as old as the (expletive) hills and I’m starting another residency in Las Vegas,” Manilow said, whose grand opening for “Barry Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home” coincides with his 75th birthday. “Shouldn’t I be on a cruise or something?”

Manilow’s fans, the indefatigable “Fanilows,” would certainly find him on that boat. Adhering to his strong box-office appeal on tour, Manilow is taking on an ambitious performance schedule in his return to VegasVille. He opens for previews May 24-26, with his grand opening weekend June 14-16 (his birthday is June 17). Other announced show dates are June 21-23, July 19-21, July 26-28, Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13. Tickets range from $19.75 to a $329.75 VIP package (fees not included). Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Wednesday, with Manilow’s fan club members and Westgate Resorts residency owners already offered pre-sales beginning today.

Manilow anticipates performing at least two, and up to four, weekends per month through Oct. 13 as more dates are announced. Expect an extension if he does the business the hotel expects. As Westgate Resorts founder and CEO David Siegel said, “Barry Manilow is an icon and one of the world’s greatest performers. We are thrilled to be welcoming him back to our historic stage so that he can once again make it home.”

What hasn’t been formally addressed is how the Manilow ripple effect at International Theater effects “Soundtrack,” starring Clint Holmes and Earl Turner, the theater’s 7 p.m. show running on select Thursdays through Saturdays. The current ticket schedule has “Soundtrack” performing alternate nights, when Manilow’s show is off, through the fall. There is no overlap between the two shows, and expect a stage show every weekend — including such headliners as Alan Parsons Project, Yes featuring Jon Anderson, and John Prine — throughout this year at Westgate. The hotel is booking partners with industry vet Danny Zelisko at International Theater.

Manilow knows the property - especially the International stage - very well. He spent five years, 2005-[2009], at the Las Vegas Hilton and another two at Paris Las Vegas. “I have nothing but great memories of Las Vegas. People told me it would be difficult, but the audiences every night were just fantastic,” Manilow said. “The band, my crew, had a great time. We’re all so looking forward to it.”

Manilow has forecast his zeal for Las Vegas for several months, He and his team have been spotted on the property since last winter. On Dec. 8, Manilow was quoted as saying the contract with the hotel was essentially a done deal, only the “the dotting of i’s and crossing of t’s” to be finished off. But the subsequent lag between that comment and today’s formal announcement sparked questions about the residency possibly unraveling.

Manilow simply applied patience in the process, though when asked if he was concerned the deal might never be signed, he said, “Yeah, we all were. It kept going back and forth, and I think the Westgate was just working for a long time until everyone was happy. We were ready - me and my band were ready to go. We’re ready to go now.”

Manilow is backed by a nine-piece band that he promises “will sound like 900,” and a show loaded with a healthy sampling from his 27 top-10 hits. The show will blend lavish Vegas production value with classic showmanship. “When I’ve been on the road, I’ve tried bringing 25 trucks and that kind of show, a big-big production, full symphony orchestra with band risers splitting the musicians and stairs in the middle,” Manilow said. “But when it come to me, the fans want to hear the songs they love.’ We will give them more than just a guy standing in front of the band - Sinatra and those guys used to do that, but I also like stuff. There will be three or four big moments in the show and that’s what I’m working on, right now... I’ll be able to change the show every night in some areas, and keep those big Vegas moments too.”

In his previous Vegas productions, Manilow rolled out a fully costumed and choreographed number to “Copacabana,” and similar focus on that number can be expected. “I’m still thinking, thinking and not sure what we’ll do,” Manilow says. “We’re just beginning to put it together. It’s too early to commit to anything specifically.”

Manilow is just eager to be back onstage. He’s continued to book performances internationally, including shows June 4-5 in Mexico City and a five-concert tour of the United Kingdom in September, capped by three appearances at O2 Arena in London. “I’m telling you, I feel 35. I don’t feel any different than I’ve ever felt,” he said. “I have no pot belly. I have as much passion and energy as ever. All the stuff I’ve heard in my life - age is a number, age only matters if you’re a banana (laughs) - that’s true.”

The return to the Vegas stage will only continue to fuel his passion for music. “Being active is the answer to being young,” Manilow said. “If I stopped and just sat around and watch television, I would get old and maybe get sick. But for me, it’s always the next album, production, the next whatever. Every morning I can’t wait to do things with music. If you stop moving, you’re going to stop. And I never stop.”

April 27, 2018 Press Release
[ SOURCE: Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino ]
He's Back! Barry Manilow Announces Return To Las Vegas: Pop Music Icon Inks Deal with Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
LAS VEGAS, April 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow announced today 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!"

"Barry Manilow is an icon and one of the world's greatest performers," said David Siegel, Founder & CEO of Westgate Resorts. "We are thrilled to be welcoming him back to our historic stage so that he can once again make it home. Our guests will be delighted by his repertoire of more than 50 Top-40 hits."

Tickets will range in price from $19.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees and will go on sale Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 8 a.m. PT. Show dates going on sale will be May 24-26, June 14-16, June 21-23, July 19-21, July 26-28, Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13.

Barry Manilow fan club members and Westgate Resorts Owners will have access to a pre-sale beginning Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. PT.

For more show and ticket information, please visit www.BarryManilow.com or www.WestgateLasVegas.com.

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.

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.

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April 18, 2018 The Morning Call"Barry Manilow sends his love – and a piano – to Allen High School" by Daniel Patrick Sheehan
Somebody needs to tell Barry Manilow that the electric piano he donated to Allen High School was an enormous hit. Members of the school’s chorale gasped when it emerged from its giant box Wednesday, a gleaming ebony masterpiece of keys, pedals and software. “I can see my reflection!” said sophomore Aliya Nagbe, staring into the polished top as junior Josh Roth sat down to play the instrument for the first time.

The song he chose was a pretty one, with a title -- “Dream of Flying” -- most fitting for these talented and ambitious young people who sang with Manilow last October during his concert at PPL Center. During the show, the famed crooner said he would be making a donation of some kind to the Allentown School District through his Manilow Music Project, created to help depleted school music programs.

But it wasn’t until last month that chorale Director Brandon Remp learned the gift was a piano and that it would be coming to Allen. “This is the first new piano we’ve gotten in at least 30 years or so,” Remp said, standing in the choir room where the students, through endless practice, have learned to wow crowds as big as the one at the Manilow show and as small as the ones at area senior centers.

It’s a busy group, performing about 50 times a year. And there is a robust social consciousness at work among the members. The chorale takes a trip every year, but instead of attending competitions, it does community service. This year’s trip, to Atlanta, begins Thursday and will include working a shift at a soup kitchen and performing for its clients.

Years ago, a previous incarnation of the chorale backed Manilow during a show at the Allentown Fair. He must have been pleased, because Remp got an email out of the blue last summer from Manilow’s assistant, asking if the group would play the October show. “I thought, ‘Is this a joke?” Remp recalled. “You don’t always get emails like that.”

It was no joke. Twenty members of the chorale backed Manilow on a medley that included two of his hits -- “Copacabana” and “I Write the Songs.” “It was fun,” said sophomore CaSandra Danubio, 17. “I was very nervous, but a lot of my family was there. They all know his music.”

The group didn’t get to meet Manilow, except for their interaction on stage, but the experience was remarkable, according to Remp. “The energy was out of this world,” he said. “There were 8,000 people there and it was electric.”

The applause might have been reward enough. But now the chorale has the piano, a Yamaha upright that retails at about $7,000 and, by digital magic, can flawlessly imitate a concert grand. It also has a harpsichord function and lots of other bells and whistles. The students could barely keep their hands off it. “It does feel just like a real piano,” Roth said. “It feels really nice. I’m going to look forward to playing it all year.”

April 14, 2018 Coventry Live"Barry Manilow announces new UK tour - how to get tickets" by James Rodger
Barry Manilow has announced three new UK arena dates for September 2018. Due to "overwhelming demand", the star will play at Leeds on September 1, Manchester on September 2 and Birmingham on September 4. The shows come on top of the three nights at London's O2 Arena on September 7, 8 and 9. Manilow is known for his classic hits such as Mandy, Copacabana, Can’t Smile Without You, Could It Be Magic, and many more. Tickets are priced £100.75 / £85.75 / £65.75 / £45.75 / £30.75 / £19.75 - plus fees.

They went on general sale from 9am on Friday, April 13, and are available from The Ticket Factory bookings site. The artist's fan club members had exclusive access to a pre-sale on March 21. Further pre-sales, including one for Arena Birmingham email subscribers, were on April 11 and 12. Maximum of six tickets per order. Children under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18.

April 13, 2018 Radio Times"How to buy tickets for Barry Manilow’s UK tour 2018: The pop legend has added three new dates - in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester" by Claire Webb
Could this be the magic at last? Magic or not, Barry Manilow fans are in for a treat: the grandaddy of pop is embarking on a UK tour in September. Manilow will play six live shows: three at London’s O2, plus concerts in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. Tickets are available now from ticketmaster.co.uk.

Manilow is famous for his hits “Mandy”, “Copacabana”, “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Could It Be Magic.” During a career spanning over 50 years, he’s had over 50 Top 40 hits and sold over 85 million records, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists. He will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro, a musical theatre group.

Concert dates and venues -- Buy tickets now:

  • 1 September – First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 2 September – Manchester Arena
  • 4 September – Arena Birmingham
  • 7 September – The O2, London
  • 8 September – The O2, London
  • 9 September – The O2, London
April 13, 2018 Syracuse.com"Barry Manilow returns to Turning Stone this summer" by Jacob Pucci
For a second year in a row, Barry Manilow is coming to Central New York. The legendary pop star will be performing "Manilow: Live in Verona!" at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona on Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale today (April 13) at noon. Ticket prices range from $54 to $94 and are available at the Turning Stone Box Office, online via Ticketmaster or by calling (877) 883-7469 (SHOW).

The "Mandy" and "Copacabana" star last performed at Turning Stone in September. The 74-year-old Manilow has performed for more than half a century, racking up a number of Grammy, Tony and Emmy awards, as well as 12 No. 1 singles. Manilow has released 31 studio albums since 1973. His most recent album, "This Is My Town: Songs of New York," released in April 2017, reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart.

April 11, 2018 About Manchester"Manilow adds Manchester Arena concert to his UK tour" by Nigel Barlow
Due to overwhelming demand Award-winning pop superstar Barry Manilow has announced three new UK arena dates this September which includes a night at the Manchester Arena. Manilow will play Leeds 1st September, Manchester 2nd September and Birmingham 4th September, in addition to the three shows at London’s The O2 Arena on 7th, 8th and 9th September.

Manilow is known for his classic hits such as ‘Mandy’, ‘Copacabana’, ‘Can’t Smile Without You’, ‘Could It Be Magic’, and many more. Also, announced today as special guests are Collabro, the world’s most successful musical theatre group. Hailing from the UK, they have performed across the globe to standing ovations, from the US, Japan and Canada. Tickets on sale Friday 13th April and are available from Ticketline, Ticketmaster and venue box office.

April 10, 2018 Smooth Radio 97-108Barry Manilow announces more dates on his UK tour - tickets on sale this week
Music icon Barry Manilow is returning to the UK later this year, and due to popular demand he's just announced a few more shows! Barry will now play three extra dates across the UK this September. He will play shows in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, to go alongside his previously-announced three dates at London's O2 Arena.

Meanwhile, Britain's Got Talent stars Collabro will join Barry as his support act. Tickets for the new shows will go on sale this Friday (April 13) at 9am. The full dates are:

September 2018

  • 1: First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 2: Manchester Arena
  • 4: Arena, Birmingham
  • 7: The O2, London
  • 8: The O2, London
  • 9: The O2, London
  • April 10, 2018 Manchester Evening News"Barry Manilow to play Manchester Arena on UK tour in September" by Matthew Cooper
    New York legend and global superstar Barry Manilow will be embarking on a UK tour this September. He's playing only three cities in this country - fortunately one of those will be Manchester, and he will stop by the Arena on September 2. His special guests are Collabro, the world’s most successful musical theatre group.

    Over a career spanning five decades, Manilow has scored more than 50 Top 40 hits and has won multiple Grammy, Tony and Emmy awards. His biggest hits include ‘Mandy’, ‘Copacabana’, 'Could It Be Magic' and ‘Can’t Smile Without You’.

    The full UK dates are:

    1 September - First Direct Arena, Leeds
    2 September - Manchester Arena
    4 September - Arena Birmingham
    7 September - The O2, London * on sale now
    8 September - The O2, London * on sale now
    9 September - The O2, London * on sale now

    Tickets for the Manchester show go on sale on Friday April 13 and are available from Ticketline, Ticketmaster and venue box office.

    April 9, 2018 Nepa SceneLegendary singer Barry Manilow performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on July 5
    It was announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Barry Manilow, known for hits like “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” and “Copacabana (At the Copa),” will perform at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Thursday, July 5 at 8 p.m.

    Tickets, which are $99, $125, and $150, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. A pre-sale for members of the venue’s Music Insiders Club will take place on Thursday, April 12 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

    “In a world forever striving for peace, could Barry Manilow be the answer?” the Washington Post asked after Barry Manilow’s headlining performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. Billboard Magazine wrote, “Among the few things one can count on in life: the taste of McDonald’s cheeseburgers, “I Love Lucy” reruns are still funny, and Barry Manilow never wearing out his welcome at the top of the charts.”

    With worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, Manilow’s success is a benchmark in popular music. His concerts sell out instantly. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records) and Billboard magazines. Rolling Stone crowned him “a giant among entertainers... the showman of our generation.” Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters stated that “Barry Manilow is the coolest m-----f----- in the world,” and Frank Sinatra summed up Manilow best when Ol’ Blue Eyes told the British press, “He’s next.”

    Music is Manilow’s passion, both in the studio and in the classroom. While he has released over 40 albums, Manilow has also raised millions of dollars through his Manilow Music Project, which donated a piano to Leo E. Solomon/Plains Junior High School in Wilkes-Barre in 2016. In response to drastic budget cuts in arts programs across the U.S., the Manilow Music Project is keeping the music alive by ensuring that middle and high school students have instruments in their hands to use in their music classes.

    After spending an unprecedented 10 years at the top of the pop music charts, this multi-talented, producer, arranger, musician, composer, singer, and performer has succeeded with albums focused on 1950s jazz, techno jazz, big band swing, show tunes, Sinatra swing, songs from the Great American Songbook, Christmas music, and rock ‘n’ roll, winning Grammy, Tony, and Emmy awards. No wonder Rolling Stone dubbed him “the showman of our generation.”

    His latest album, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” was released on April 21, 2017 by Decca Records and Stiletto Entertainment. The record celebrates his hometown of New York City by “saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor, and my decency”, according to Manilow. It consists both of new original Manilow compositions and standards “evoking the spirit and energy of New York City.”

    April 9, 2018 Daily Post"Barry Manilow announces extra tour dates due to 'overhwhelming demand' and here's how to get tickets" by Zara Whelan
    Award-winning pop superstar Barry Manilow has announced a huge 2018 tour. Due to “overwhelming demand”, the star will play at Leeds (First Direct Arena) on September 1, Manchester (Manchester Arena) on September 2 and Birmingham (Arena Birmingham) on September 4. The shows come on top of the three nights at London’s O2 Arena on September 7, 8 and 9. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday (April 13) at 9am and are available here. His fan club members had exclusive access to a pre-sale on March 21. Further pre-sales are on April 11 and 12. There’s a maximum of six tickets per order and children under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18.

    Manilow is known for his classic hits such as Mandy, Copacabana, Can’t Smile Without You, Could It Be Magic, and many more. His career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in nearly every medium of entertainment. During his career of more than 50 years, Barry has won an array of awards including Emmys, a Grammy, a Tony and his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

    He has also produced and arranged albums for other top artists, including Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, as well as writing and performing songs for musicals, films. He has also produced work for corporations such as McDonald’s, Pepsi, and Band Aid. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits.

    April 9, 2018 The Morning Call"Barry Manilow to play Sands Bethlehem Event Center" by John J. Moser
    Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning pop singer Barry Manilow, who in October performed his first concert in the Lehigh Valley in more than 17 years, is making a much quicker return, and to a more intimate venue, it was announced Monday.

    Manilow will perform 8 p.m. July 5 at the Sands. Tickets, at $99-$150 for Manilow go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at the event center box office, at www.sandseventcenter.com and at 800-745-3000.

    Manilow, who has sold more than 85 million albums, in October played a nearly sold-out show at Allentown’s 10,000-capacity PPL Center. Sands Bethlehem Event Center holds about 2,400 for a seated show. Before then, Manilow last performed in the Lehigh Valley in May 2000 at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena. In addition to the Stabler Arena show, Manilow played to a sold-out grandstand at the Allentown Fair in 1993, and played the fair again in 1994.

    Billboard magazine says Manilow is the No. 1 Adult Contemporary artist of all time. In a recording career spanning 44 years, he has released 31 studio albums, six live albums, 17 compilations and four soundtracks. Thirty-two of those discs sold gold (more than 500,000) or platinum (more than 1 million), including his first 14. From 1975-78, he had three straight albums - “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling,” “This One’s for You” and “Even Now” - sell triple-platinum.

    His [1977] album “Barry Manilow Live” and 2006’s “The Greatest Songs of the Fifties” both hit No. 1. His newest album, “This is My Town: Songs of New York,” released a year ago, hit No. 1 on the Pop Album chart. Twenty-five of his songs hit No. 1, including “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs” and “Looks Like We Made It.” He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

    April 9, 2018 WFMZ-TV 69 NewsBarry Manilow to play Sands Bethlehem
    Brooklyn-born superstar Barry Manilow will take the stage in Bethlehem this summer. The Sands Bethlehem Event Center will host Manilow on Thursday, July 5th at 8 p.m. Tickets ranging from $99 to $150 will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Manilow is known for songs like "Copacabana," "Weekend in New England" and "Mandy." Visit SandsEventCenter.com for more information.
    April 9, 2018 Lehigh Valley Live"Barry Manilow is heading to Bethlehem this summer" by Andrew Doerfler
    Less than a year after he last stopped into the area, Barry Manilow is making his return to the Lehigh Valley. The bestselling singer-songwriter is scheduled to perform at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Thursday, July 5 at 10 a.m., the venue announced Monday.

    Tickets, which cost from $99 to $150, go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. Sands Bethlehem's Music Insiders Club Members will get an early crack at tickets during a presale on Thursday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can learn more about the Music Insiders Club here.

    Manilow's appearance will be a little more intimate than his last appearance in the Lehigh Valley: His last local show was at Allentown's PPL Center in Oct. 2017.

    A consummate entertainer, Manilow has notched 12 number-one singles and 47 total top-40 hits. Songs like "Mandy" and "Copacabana (At the Copa)" have cemented themselves in the pop culture canon. His career has spanned more than 50 years, and he's still putting out new music. Manilow's 2017 record "This is My Town: Songs of New York" hit number 12 on Billboard album chart.

    For more information about the venue's schedule, go to sandseventcenter.com.

    April 9, 2018 Express & Star"Barry Manilow to play Birmingham 'due to overwhelming public demand'" by Kirsten Rawlins
    Barry Manilow will play a show for fans in Birmingham this autumn. The Brooklyn-born superstar will perform at Arena Birmingham due to 'overwhelming public demand', says the venue.

    Barry, aged 74, has recorded and released 47 top 40 singles and is best known for songs such as Mandy, Copacabana, I Write The Songs, Can't Smile Without You, Could It Be Magic and many more. During his career of more than 50 years, Barry has won an array of awards including Emmys, a Grammy, a Tony and a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. He has also produced and arranged albums for other top artists, including Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, as well as writing and performing songs for musicals, films, and commercials for corporations such as McDonald's, Pepsi, and Band Aid.

    Barry Manilow will play Birmingham on Tuesday, September 4. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 9am. For more information, click here.

    April 9, 2018 Birmingham Live"Barry Manilow announces new UK tour including Birmingham - how to get tickets: Three new arena dates announced for September 2018 on top of London shows" by David Bentley
    Barry Manilow has announced three new UK arena dates for September 2018. Due to "overwhelming demand", the star will play at Leeds on September 1, Manchester on September 2 and Birmingham on September 4. The shows come on top of the three nights at London's O2 Arena on September 7, 8 and 9. Manilow is known for his classic hits such as Mandy, Copacabana, Can’t Smile Without You, Could It Be Magic, and many more.

    Tickets are priced £100.75 / £85.75 / £65.75 / £45.75 / £30.75 / £19.75 - plus fees. They go on general sale from 9am on Friday, April 13, and are available from The Ticket Factory bookings site.

    The artist's fan club members had exclusive access to a pre-sale on March 21. Further pre-sales, including one for Arena Birmingham email subscribers, are on April 11 and 12. Maximum of six tickets per order. Children under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18.

    Barry Manilow 2018 Tour:

      1 September First Direct Arena, Leeds
      2 September Manchester Arena
      4 September Arena Birmingham
      7 September The O2, London
      8 September The O2, London
      9 September The O2, London

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    February 23, 2018 Miami Herald"Barry Manilow sings a dedication to 'all of us' grieving the Parkland massacre" by Howard Cohen
    Barry Manilow wasn’t sure what he should do about his scheduled concert Wednesday night at Hard Rock Live near Hollywood -- just one week after Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Hard Rock Live had already decided to donate proceeds from Manilow’s ticket sales to the victims and their families of the shootings. But should the concert, itself, go on, Manilow pondered? Manilow decided it would, of course, go on.

    From the stage, about 16 songs into his set, he told his near sold-out audience at Hard Rock Live he wanted to do “the right thing.” While he said he had considered canceling so soon after the terrible events in Parkland, “I kept thinking what could I do, what should I do? I kept coming back the only thing I know how to do is make music for you,” Manilow said, as fans waved green glow sticks and cheered. “So we decided to do the show in hopes maybe it would make you feel a little better tonight. So before I sing this song I’d like to dedicate it to the victims and to the family members and for all of us who are grieving.” And with that, the singer-songwriter began to sing his 1980 hit “I Made It Through the Rain,” its intro in a capella and, with a dramatic flourish, the band joined in with a swell of sound and light.

    Manilow, 74, has long held a positive relationship with South Florida. On the eve of what he was billing as his One Last Time! Tour in February 2016, before his concert at Sunrise’s BB&T Center, he told The Miami Herald about how his first hit, “Mandy,” broke first in Miami thanks to radio station WHYI Y-100.7 FM in the Christmas season of 1974. “That song came out of Dade County. I’ll never forget it. Bruce [Sussman, his frequent collaborator] and I were driving in the car and the DJ said, ‘Now, the No. 1 record in Dade County — Barry Manilow’s Mandy.’ Bruce and I nearly drove off the road. It was the first time that that had happened.”

    In addition to ticket sales proceeds, Hard Rock Live offered a featured cocktail, Parkland Strong, and donated sales from that drink to the fund, said a Hard Rock spokeswoman.

    February 20, 2018 SouthFlorida.com"Barry Manilow bringing smiles to Hard Rock Live" by Ben Crandell
    Barry Manilow wasn’t one of the cool kids when he arrived at Eastern District High School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the late 1950s. But he went from outsider to insider once he sat down at the keyboard. “When they learned I could play the piano, suddenly I was in great demand. I became a popular geek,” Manilow says, laughing.

    Manilow’s concert is special for other reasons: He was part of the vanguard of artists, dominant for decades on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart, who have announced they will stop touring. They include fellow Brooklyn singer-songwriter Neil Diamond and Elton John. “We crossed paths. He was a great guy. It’s a heartbreaking story what’s going on with him. I was in a real funk for a time,” says Manilow, who remembers buying Diamond’s debut single, “Solitary Man,” in 1966. “He’s a wonderful performer with a tremendous catalog of music. I hope [the Parkinson’s disease] is easy on him.”

    Via mutual friends, Elton John and Manilow have been in more frequent contact over the years. John announced in January that his extended Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour (with two performances in Sunrise and one in Miami) would be his last. “We’ll see about that. I know he wants to take time off and be there to raise his kids. But then, he announced a three-year tour,” Manilow says, laughing. “We’ll see if he actually stops.”

    Manilow has so far been able to stick to his decision to stop doing major tours after a 2015 trek that coincided with the 40th anniversary of "Mandy," the first of 16 top 10 hits between 1974 and 1981. The Hard Rock concert is one of the “one-nighters I’ll plug in every once in a while,” he says. While not the focus of the announcement of Manilow’s final tour, the singer says a principal motivation was to spend more time at home with husband and manager Garry Kief.

    An intensely private person, Manilow went public with his 40-year relationship with Kief in a People magazine interview last April. “Everybody knew that Garry and I were a couple. You can’t hide for 40 years, not that I ever would,” Manilow says. “I’m a private guy. I don’t want people knowing what my dogs ate. I don’t like people knowing where and how I live. I’m very public, but there’s some parts of me that I’ve kept to myself. It’s the only way I’ve been able to survive.”

    Manilow admits that for a time he was reluctant to talk about the relationship for fear of disappointing his fans. But the reaction was something he calls “a beautiful experience.” “They really care for me. And when they found out that I was happy and not sitting alone in some big mansion, they were very happy for me,” he says.

    Manilow says there is one song that he’s looking forward to performing at Hard Rock Live on Wednesday night. “Boy, I never would have said this years ago, but it’s ‘Can’t Smile Without You,’” Manilow says of his [1978 hit]. “I’ve never seen a happier crowd. I never really respected it as much as I do now. It’s an amazing thing that happens, night after night. I think people in that audience forget all the negative stuff that’s outside the arena when that song hits. And that’s really what I’m there for. That song starts that feeling, and from then on, it’s a big party.”

    The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Hard Rock Live will donate this week’s proceeds from Barry Manilow ticket sales to the GoFundMe page created by the Broward Education Foundation to support the victims of the shooting in Parkland and their families, which can be found at GoFundMe.com/StonemanDouglasVictimsFund. In addition, proceeds from sales of a specialty cocktail sold during Manilow’s performance will go to the fund. For more information, go to SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com/Parkland-Strong.htm.

    Barry Manilow will perform 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 1 Seminole Way, in Hollywood. Tickets cost $65-$180. For more information, go to MyHRL.com.

    February 17, 2018 Herald-Tribune"Barry Manilow gets crowd singing in Van Wezel debut: Grammy-winning singer performs for the Van Wezel Foundation gala" by Jay Handelman
    Barry Manilow probably could have performed for three hours or more and not touched on all the hits he recorded or the songs that die-hard fans were longing to hear during his Sarasota debut Friday night at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

    As it was, backed by three singers and a lively band, the Grammy Award-winning singer presented a 90-minute show featuring hits that touched on different periods of his long career. Manilow may have initially been a reluctant performer when he started recording his own music in the 1970s, but he’s a showman at heart (as well as a fine songwriter and craftsman) and he clearly loves what he’s doing. And he must get pleasure from standing on stage or sitting at the piano to play one of his old favorites and have 1,700 people enthusiastically singing along.

    In a concert that was part of the annual Van Wezel Foundation gala, Manilow performed 20 songs, joked about himself and turned the theater into a party room. Audience members were given green glow sticks as they entered the theater, and throughout the show, you could see the lights bouncing to the lively beats or swaying during one of the ballads.

    Of the gala and the Van Wezel, he said, “You have the support of your community, the respect of your peers and tonight you have something no one else has, you have me.” That set the crowd cheering even louder than they had at the opening number, “It’s a Miracle.”

    It’s an elaborate show with lots of flashing lights and a video screen that kept Manilow in focus especially for those in the back of the theater. His performance of “Bandstand Boogie” was sung as a video clip played of “American Bandstand” and its longtime host Dick Clark. “I Can’t Smile Without You” was accompanied by a video of a bouncing smiley face and the lyrics, but it didn’t seem like many people needed the words to join in the sing-along.

    Before performing his first big hit, “Mandy,” he briefly left the stage to change into a white jacket as a video showed him performing the song years ago on the old “Midnight Special” TV series. He then joined in with his old self as the video displayed him then and now.

    The crowd started cheering as they quickly recognized each song from just the first few notes. The ballads have a bit more bombast when he performs them on stage, but they still convey the heart. Before launching into the tender “Somewhere in the Night,” he noted a distinction in his music. “Music is all about rhythm these days. I keep thinking, where did the melodies go. Well, they’re right here tonight.”

    Manilow has reason to boast after selling more than 85 million records since 1974. The show is schmaltzy, filled with big arrangements and dramatic punches on the expected key changes. But it all fits Manilow, and the audience members clearly eat it up. That’s partly because he performs with such affection. He’s enjoying himself, so you can, too.

    After singing a disco version of his early hit “Could it be Magic” that had him dancing a bit with his backup singers, Manilow jokingly noted, “I’m still a sex God. And this sex God has got to sit down. What’s your 74-year-old grandfather doing tonight? Mine could barely cough up phlegm.” That reference to his age is stunning because for the most part he looks pretty much as he did 40 or more years ago. He’s trim and energetic, still singing in a clear and strong, if slightly raspier voice.

    He could have used any dozen of his songs as a closer, but he chose perhaps his most popular song, “Copacabana,” which featured members of the Sarasota High School choir singing and dancing in the background. The audience was on its feet, glow sticks waving in the air and the energy rising. And with cheers, he waved his goodbyes and said “I hope I’ll see you again.” 90 minutes and done. A true showman knows to always leave them wanting more.

    February 17, 2018 Herald-Tribune"Manilow headlines Van Wezel Gala" by Gayle Guynup
    Van Wezel Foundation Gala: For those of us who grew up in the1970s and ’80s, hearing Barry Manilow was like stepping back in time, each song spurring some memory of teenage angst and young love. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. The 17th annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala, which also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, began at a gala dinner held under tent, adjacent to the hall.

    Mary Kenealy Events created a beautiful, pearl-inspired setting. The evening began with cocktails on the bayfront, the ideal spot to take in a picture-perfect sunset. Guests then moved into the tent, where they were greeted by new COO Jim Selinski, who announced a $10 million legacy gift from Herta Klauser Cuneo, who passed away on Sept. 11, 2017. “Her legacy will live on forever through her truly transformative gift (the largest in the foundation’s history),” Selinski said.

    The hall’s Executive Director Mary Bensel then noted that “This is the most important night of the Van Wezel’s year.” Proceeds benefit the hall’s educational programs, which annually bring 30,000 students to a variety of performances. “We provide a safe place and a joyful experience,” she said. “That is what our education program is all about - creating a memory that will last a lifetime.”

    Following dinner catered by Michael’s on East, and a live auction and paddle raise led by Michael Klauber, it was time to move into the hall for a 90-minute performance by Barry Manilow. The high-energy show began with “It’s a Miracle,” and the hits kept on coming ... “Can’t Smile Without You,” “I Write the Songs,” “Mandy,” “Even Now” and many more. The 74-year-old performer put on a show that delighted people of all ages.

    February 15, 2018 News-Press"Barry Manilow gives gift of music to Dunbar High as he prepares for Germain Arena show" by Charles Runnells
    Barry Manilow knows it better than just about anybody: The piano can change your life forever. For him, the change started modestly in elementary school. “Suddenly I became the most popular kid in school,” Manilow says. “Because I knew how to play the PIANO.”

    Then along came his love song “Mandy” in 1975 -- a song Manilow will no doubt play Tuesday when he visits Germain Arena in Estero. And boy, did Manilow’s life change after that one. Forty three years later, he says, it’s still the song that means the most to him. “That was the first one,” says Manilow, 74, of Palm Springs, Calif. “It was the biggest surprise of my life. I never thought I’d have a hit record. Suddenly, I had a No. 1 record, and it was crazy. It was the most exciting and terrifying couple of years of my life."

    Manilow never saw himself as the superstar he later became, a pop icon who’s 50 Top 40 hits include “Copacabana,” “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Looks Like We Made It.”

    He had a more low-key career planned, in fact. “I was going to be a musician, an arranger, a conductor, a songwriter,” he says. “That’s where I was heading. And suddenly I wind up with a No. 1 record. And boy oh boy, that was a crazy year. It exploded in a million pieces, and I just wasn’t prepared for it ... I’d never even thought of it. And really, it changed my life.”

    That’s why Manilow started his Manilow Music Project about 10 years ago. Wherever he performs -- including Tuesday’s Germain Arena concert -- he donates a keyboard to kick off a musical-instrument drive for a local school’s musical program (in this case, Dunbar High School). Then he asks his fans to donate instruments, too. And here's the sweetener: If they do, they get two free tickets to the Manilow show. So far, Germain Arena has collected about 12 instruments for Dunbar High, including keyboards, guitars, trumpets, a saxophone, a clarinet and a flute, according to Germain’s event coordinator, Channa Harrington.

    Dunbar High’s principal, Carl Burnside, said he's excited to be selected as a beneficiary of the Manilow Music Project. “The gift of music is a very powerful one,” he said in a press release last month announcing the charity drive. "I am extremely appreciative that students of Dunbar High will benefit from Mr. Manilow’s mission of highlighting the importance of music programs in schools.”

    Manilow says he got the idea for the Manilow Music Project from a friend in Palm Springs, California. “He asked me if I knew where his daughter could get a sax, because the school didn’t have one,” he says. “And I said, ‘They don’t have a sax?’ And I started looking around and reading up on it. And yeah, nearly all the middle schools and high schools around the country, because of budget problems... the first thing that goes is music and art. That’s the first thing that goes. And I said, ‘I’m a musician. I have to do something!’”

    Music is important, Manilow explains. Sure, most people don’t become famous pop stars. But learning to play an instrument can boost your confidence, sharpen your memory, improve your math and reading skills, and a lot more. “A lot of people think it’s playtime, but it really isn’t,” Manilow says. “It’s more than just playtime. I’ve spoken to principals and teachers, and they always tell me that (the students’) grades go up when they’re in music classes. “It’s more important than people think. It changes peoples lives -- like it did mine!”

    If you go... Who: Barry Manilow. When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Where: Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Tickets: $55-$247. Info: 948-7825 or germainarena.com.

    Donate a musical instrument, get two free tickets to Barry Manilow: Barry Manilow got things started last month by donating a Yamaha keyboard to Dunbar High School. Now the pop icon wants Southwest Florida residents to step up, too, and donate more musical instruments to the school. Anyone who donates a new or “gently used” instrument will get two free tickets to Tuesday’s Manilow show (while supplies last, valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come, first served basis). Donations can be dropped off at the Germain Arena box office between now and Tuesday. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Learn more about the Manilow Music Project at manilowmusicproject.org.

    February 14, 2018 Local 10 News (ABC)"Barry Manilow Live at Hard Rock Live, Wed., Feb. 21" by Brian Doughty
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Barry Manilow performs live at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Wednesday, February 21st. Fans will get to hear hits like "Mandy", "I Write the Songs" and of course, "Copacabana"! The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information click here.
    February 14, 2018 Jacksonville.com (Florida Times-Union)"Retirement isn’t in the cards for Barry Manilow" by Tom Szaroleta
    In the past month or so, Neil Diamond announced that he’s retiring from performing due to health problems. Elton John announced his final tour. Paul Simon said he’s calling it quits. Even Lynyrd Skynyrd is going out on its final tour. Don’t expect Barry Manilow to follow suit any time soon. “First of all, Neil has to because he’s ill and Elton’s got children, so that makes sense,” Manilow said last week in a phone interview. “Me? I’ve just backed off on the big tours. I’m not leaving the road. Last year I realized that I’ve got to stop being away from home as much as I am so I go out a few times a month and that’s good enough for me. I don’t think I will retire, but I don’t go out as much as I used to.”

    Manilow plays the Times-Union Center in Jacksonville on Sunday, one of a handful of Florida dates. Manilow said he’s negotiating to do a residency in Las Vegas, where he can play in one place and have his fans come to him. That would be ideal, he said, because it would allow him to spend more time at home while still keeping his longtime band busy. “That’s the answer for me. My band and my crew, I’m going to lose them if I don’t do something and I don’t want to lose them,” he said. “It would be terrible to have to break in new people. I’ve got such a huge catalog and the people who work for me know the stuff inside out so we don’t even have to rehearse very much.”

    Another option would be to pair up with another big star and go out on a co-headlining tour, but Manilow said that isn’t really his style. His fans are pretty hardcore, he said, and are there to hear his music. He rarely tours with opening acts but when he does, he usually chooses comics or jazz saxman Dave Koz, whose work fits in with his crowd.

    And don’t look for Manilow to go on the road opening for someone else. He said it’s been decades since he was an opening act, and he doesn’t miss it. “When my first album came out -- which nobody bought -- I had to go out and promote it. I was the opening act for Country Joe, without his Fish. He was the headliner, so you can imagine that audience; they were so stoned they were laying in the aisles and I came out with my commercial [medley] and they didn’t know what they were looking at. I opened for Johnny Rivers. I was the opening act for Freddie Hubbard, the jazz trumpet player. When he heard my commercials [medley], which went over very well, he refused to go on. He said he refused to go on with anybody who plays commercials. He wanted nothing to do with me.”

    Manilow said he plans to go into the studio soon, but he’s not sure what he’ll record. He’s done the best songs of the ’50s, ’60. ’70s and ’80s, songs of New York, Christmas songs, duets, big band and Frank Sinatra songs. So what’s next? He said he might turn to Nashville for inspiration. “If you take some of those country songs and dig into them, suddenly you find there’s a pretty ballad hiding in that song,” he said. “I couldn’t just do a country album, that would be silly, it’s not who I am. But maybe there are some songs out there that I could do.”

    Barry Manilow: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Times-Union Center. $57-$247.

    February 14, 2018 Herald-Tribune"Barry Manilow says farewell in Van Wezel concert stop: Singer makes his Sarasota debut in a concert of hits" by Jay Handelman
    When I was a junior in high school, I remember talking with some friends between classes in the hallway one day when our math teacher joined us and, out of the blue, asked, “Have you heard this Barry Manilow guy?”

    It was late in 1974, and at the time, Manilow had his first hit record with the song “Mandy” by Scott English and Richard Kerr. It was hard not to have heard the song, which soared to the top of the charts at a time when Top 40 radio was still popular (and about the only place to hear new music). “I think he’s going to be big,” Mr. Stevenson told us. He taught math, not music, but he was certainly right.

    Those words have stuck with me all these years. I have heard that teacher’s voice in my head every time I listen to one of Manilow’s albums or when I’ve seen an interview or watched him perform on television: “He’s going to be big.”

    Over the years, Manilow has sang his way to selling more than 80 million records, with lively hits like “Copacabana” and all those sorrowful ballads about missed chances, the ships passing in the night and the relationships that didn’t make it through the rain or survive that “Weekend in New England.”

    I’m not sure if my teacher had anything to do with it, but I’ve followed along all these years, from the big hits at the start of his solo career, through the holiday albums and his recordings celebrating great songs of Frank Sinatra and music from the 1950s through the ’80s, even his most recent record, released last year, of songs about New York.

    In a telephone interview a few weeks ago to talk about his concert Friday night at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Manilow said his popularity coincided with a desire on the part of music lovers to hear songs with a melody and a good lyric. And his Sarasota concert will feature “90 minutes of songs that everybody will recognize. I’m one of the lucky guys that has a catalog of songs that people know.”

    Though he was initially a reluctant performer, he realized the theatricality of the music he wrote and the songs by other composers that he popularized. (He didn’t write “I Write the Songs,” but his recording hit No. 1 and stayed on the charts for 20 weeks in 1975.)

    His songs usually tell stories. “Copacabana,” about the showgirl Lola’s descent into drunken loneliness after a fight one night between her boyfriend and a mobster, became the focus of an original stage musical that he hopes will someday make it to Broadway.

    His 1976 hit “Weekend in New England” is typical of the kind of ballads he sang, about a man having to wait to be with his love once again. “When will our eyes meet? When can I touch you? When will this strong yearning end? And when will I hold you again?” he sings.

    As he brings his long-running farewell tour to Sarasota, Manilow will be touching on all those feelings, performing hits “that make the whole world sing.”

    Barry Manilow’s chart-topping songs, according to Billboard: “Mandy,” 1974, peaked at No. 1, on the charts for 16 weeks. “I Write the Songs,” 1975, peaked at No. 1, 20 weeks. “Looks Like We Made It,” 1977, peaked at No. 1, 19 weeks. “Can’t Smile Without You,” 1978, peaked at No. 3, 19 weeks. “Could it Be Magic,” 1975, peaked at No. 6, 18 weeks. “Copacabana,” 1978, peaked at No. 6, 16 weeks. “Somewhere in the Night,” 1978, peaked at No. 9, 15 weeks. “Ships,” 1979, peaked at No. 9, 14 weeks. “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again,” 1976, peaked at No. 10, 15 weeks. “Weekend in New England,” 1976, peaked at No. 10, 19 weeks.

    Barry Manilow performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, as part of the Van Wezel Foundation annual gala. Remaining tickets are $206-$256. For more information: 941-953-3368; vanwezel.org. For information on the gala dinner and event: 941-366-5578; vwfoundation.org.

    February 14, 2018 Bradenton Herald"Barry Manilow writes the songs that make the whole word sing, but not all of the ones he sings" by Marty Clear
    He got his start as a jingle writer, and if you watched TV in the 1960s, his commercial melodies probably wormed their way into your ears. You heard them on commercials for State Farm Insurance (“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there”) “Band-Aid” (“I am stuck on Band-Aid and Band-Aid’s stuck on me”) and McDonald’s (“You deserve a break today”). He later went on to pop megastardom, singing the kind of personal-sounding ballads that songwriters usually sing themselves.

    And Barry Manilow did write or co-write a lot of his big hits. But there are a lot that he covered, or that other people wrote for him. They’re some of his best songs, even his most ardent fans would agree. So, in honor of Manilow’s Sarasota debut, Friday evening at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (it’s the featured performance for Van Wezel’s annual gala), here’s a look at some of his best songs that he didn’t write:

    1. “Read ’em and Weep.” Jim Steinman wrote it, Meat Loaf recorded it first, but it was still obscure when Manilow released it on his 1983 “Greatest Hits” album. It had not been a hit before them, but it was released as a single and reached the top of the Adult Contemporary Chart.

    2. “Mandy.” Originally titled “Brandy,” it was a hit in a couple other countries by other performers before Manilow changed the name to “Mandy” and re-wrote it a bit and made it a bigger hit here in 1974. Despite the prevalent urban myth, it is apparently not about the songwriter’s dog.

    3. “Ships.” By far the most improbable source for a Manilow song. This one’s by British classic rocker Ian Hunter, best known as the frontman for Mott the Hoople, from his great solo album.“You’re Never Alone With a Schizophrenic.” Manilow’s version is lusher but less edgy than Hunter’s. Which version makes you miss your father more is simply a matter of your musical taste.

    4. “I Write the Songs.” It must have taken a bit of hubris for Bruce Johnston to write a song that says he writes the songs that make the whole world sing. It must have taken a bit more for Manilow to sing the song that he writes the songs that make the whole world sing when he didn’t even write the song that says that.

    5. “Weekend in New England.” Randy Edelman’s lyric [barely] mentions New England and doesn’t mention weekends at all. But it’s a pretty song and Manilow’s version has gorgeous orchestration.

    6. “I Made It Through the Rain.” The original version was about a songwriter. Manilow rewrote the lyrics so they were not specific to the protagonist’s occupation. It was only a few years after “I Write the Songs” so maybe he didn’t want to record too many songs he didn’t write about being a songwriter.

    7. “Can’t Smile Without You.” Several artists, including the Carpenters, recorded this old-fashioned sing-along ditty before Manilow.

    8. “Looks Like We Made It.” Richard Kerr (who co-wrote “Mandy”) and Will Jennings (who wrote “My Heart Will Go One”) wrote it, but Manilow was the first to record it. The lyrics are intriguingly ironic, because they’re about two former lovers who find happiness with other partners, not with each other.

    9. “Ready to Take a Chance Again.” Written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, who also wrote “Killing Me Softly.”

    10. “Somewhere in the Night.” Another Kerr and Jennings song, it was a recorded by third-tier ’70s folkies Batdorf & Rodney and became a hit for Helen Reddy before Manilow made it famous.

    Details: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $106-$256. 941-953-3368, vanwezel.org.

    February 14, 2018 News-Press"Barry Manilow talks about Germain Arena show, his 'secret' marriage, 'Mandy' and more" by Charles Runnells
    Barry Manilow performs Tuesday at Germain Arena, but first, he chatted with The News-Press about the concert, his "secret" marriage, why he quit doing big tours and much more.

    Here's what the pop icon had to say about...

    • The difference between his current Florida shows and his One Last Time Tour, the massive two-year tour that visited Germain Arena in 2016 and signaled the end of big tours for Manilow: These are one nighters,” Manilow says about the Florida shows. “We’re doing four in Florida, and then I’m off for a month or so. THAT I can do. It’s not a tour. The one that we did (the One Last Time Tour) was really a tour. It was the last time I was going to do those big tours that kept me away for weeks at a time, going from city to city, hotel to hotel. I was done with that ... It's a young person's gig. It really is. It was the One Last Time Tour, and I wasn’t kidding. That was the end of my big touring years. That was the end of it."

    • His plans to play live shows as long as he can: “As long as they come, I’ll be there,” he says. “And they still seem to be coming to see the shows and enjoy the music. And I certainly do love it, being with my band and my crew ... It’s fun.”

    • His “secret” relationship with longtime partner Garry Kief, now his husband since 2014 (Manilow revealed the marriage to the public last year): “Everybody knew that Garry and I were a couple, for forever!” he says and laughs. “We’ve been together - this is our 40th year together. We’ve been together for 40 years. Everybody knew we were a couple since year one. So it wasn’t like I was hiding. Never! I’ve never been hiding. I just never talked about it unless somebody brought it up. And nobody brought it up!”

    • Why he waited until 2017 to discuss his marriage publicly. Part of it was worry about how fans might react, he says. But the bigger part was his longtime need for privacy: “I’m a private guy,” he says. “I don’t invite you into my house unless I invite you. You can’t come in unless I invite you. So since 1975, I’ve kept my life to myself. My life is so filled with people and music and noise and everything, and I keep that part to myself. It’s one little piece of the pie, and it’s mine. It’s got nothing to do with being gay or not. It’s just, I don’t want people knowing the names of my dogs! ... And I’ve kept that forever. So a relationship is the most private thing you can have, and I didn’t talk about it for that reason only.”

    • His fans' total acceptance and support after he announced his marriage: “I kind of expected that,” he says. “These people who have been in my corner for all these years, they only care that I’m happy. That’s it. So when they read that, they were really happy for me. And I got no negatives, not one negative comment anywhere. And I kind of expected it, because I know who these people are. So that part was beautiful.”

    • How his style of songwriting isn’t in fashion anymore in pop music: “They don’t do it anymore!” he says. “It’s all about rhythm and drum machines and loops. But where’d the melodies go? Did you see the Grammys? Can you sing one (song) back? For what they’re doing, they’re great. For that genre. But the melody seems to have gone the way of the Great American Songbook.”

    • Barry Manilow fans who call themselves “fanilows”: “It’s definitely been a thing for many years,” he says. “It started on the 'Will & Grace' show. One of the characters was standing outside in a really long line for a show I was supposed to be giving, and Eric (actor Eric McCormack) said, ‘What are you, a fanilow?’” Manilow admits he didn’t love the term, at first, but he grew to accept it. “I’m fine with it now,” he says. “Because when people tell me they’re fanilows, they are SERIOUS. And they’re proud to say it. So I got rid of my icks, and I’m fine with it now.”

    • Why "Mandy" is still the song that means the most to him, 43 three years later: “That was the first one,” he says. "It was the biggest surprise of my life. I never thought I’d have a hit record. Suddenly, I had a No. 1 record, and it was crazy. It was the most exciting and terrifying couple of years of my life."

    • Manilow never saw himself as the superstar he later became, a pop icon who’s 50 Top 40 hits include “Copacabana,” “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Looks Like We Made It.” He had a more low-key career planned, in fact. “I was going to be a musician, an arranger, a conductor, a songwriter,” he says. “That’s where I was heading. And suddenly I wind up with a No. 1 record. And boy oh boy, that was a crazy year. It exploded in a million pieces, and I just wasn’t prepared for it ... I’d never even thought of it. And really, it changed my life.”

    • How he learned to play the piano... “I was raised by my grandparents and my mother in a Jewish household (in Brooklyn),” he says. “And if you were a Jew or an Italian, you had to play the accordion. They won’t let you over the Brooklyn Bridge if you don’t play the accordion. (My family) knew I was musical, but they didn’t know what to do with me. And certainly they had no money. But somehow, they put a whole bunch of money together to rent me an accordion and get an accordion teacher. And I was good at it. But the best part about it was I learned to read music. And that was the beginning, for me. And then my mother remarried, and Willie Murphy came into my life. That's my stepfather. And he got rid of the accordion and rented me a piano. And from that moment on, I was on my way.”
    February 10, 2018 Herald-Tribune"Barry Manilow brings his hits to Van Wezel gala concert: Singer makes a stop on his farewell tour Feb. 16 in Sarasota" by Jay Handelman
    Though he became one of the top-selling recording stars of all time, Barry Manilow never gave a thought to a singing career when he was growing up in Brooklyn and started working as an arranger, orchestrator and accompanist for Bette Midler. It was a fluke, he says, that led to four decades of best-selling singles including “Mandy” “Copacabana” “I Write the Songs,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Could it Be Magic” “Looks Like We Made It.” He has sold more than 80 million records.

    “Before I started making records, I had 10 years of being an arranger, conductor and songwriter. When ‘Mandy’ came out in ’75, I was already 29. I already had a career. That’s where I thought I would be going. I was conducting and arranging for Bette Midler and then I figured I’d go to the next great singer and the next,” he said. And while he didn’t personally compose “I Write the Songs” (that credit goes to Randy Johnston), Manilow said he wanted people to hear his own music. So, to save money on hiring a professional singer, he made demos of his songs and started sending them around to record labels.

    He recalls that it was a time when singer-songwriters like Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro were rising in popularity. “A record executive heard them and asked me if I wanted to record them. When I got a record contract, the only reason I accepted it was because it was a way to get my music out there,” he said in a telephone interview about his performance on Friday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the annual Van Wezel Foundation gala.

    The concert is part of an extended farewell tour that is expected to mark his retirement from touring. The tour began in 2015 and he has dates booked through the year. He once recalled in a radio interview that even Midler, whom he accompanied during her now legendary performances at the Continental Baths in New York City, was surprised that he was recording his own music.

    Audiences instantly connected with his music, but that meant he had to start touring to promote the recordings. Behind the scenes or the piano, he was fine. But it was a different thing being in the spotlight. “I was terrible. I’m telling you I was just terrible. But the audiences didn’t think I was. They never did. They were OK with me on that stage bumbling around not knowing what I was doing,” he said.

    Manilow, who is now 74, eventually “made friends with the idea” of performing, which he has been doing regularly for more than 40 years, from Las Vegas nightclubs, to arena shows and occasionally smaller theaters like Van Wezel, which are his favorite venues. “I like the smaller ones better. What I do is more intimate. When I do it in front of 10,000 people, it’s very exciting, but I like doing it in a smaller venue. They can understand the lyrics, it’s clearer,” he said. And he’s different. “The show is pretty much the same, 90 minutes of songs that everybody will recognize. But it’s different for me because we’re closer,” he said.

    Many of his songs are meant to be performed live, he said. “I’ve always written big. Sure, I do some small songs, but I always had this kind of theatrical bent to my writing, always a big idea, a catchy melody, a real interesting arrangement. Those kind of songs work just great when you put them on stage,” he said. Manilow could probably do a four-hour show and not touch on all the songs that he has written or recorded that hit the top 40 or the commercials he wrote or performed from McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today” to State Farm’s “Like a Good Neighbor” and “Grab a bucket of Chicken” for KFC.

    A musical theater major at Juilliard, Manilow also has written two stage shows with original songs -- “Copacabana,” built around his 1978 hit and “Harmony,” about the German male sextet the Comedian harmonists. The shows have been well-received in different regional productions but haven’t made it to Broadway, which he still hopes will happen at some point.

    Various producers and writers also have proposed creating a jukebox musical built around his hit songs (in the style of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” or “Jersey Boys”). “People have approached me about a musical and I tell them to put something together and send it to me and if I like it, I’ll give them permission to do it, but nothing has come of it yet,” he said.

    Unlike a lot of performers still plugging away with hits from decades ago, Manilow hasn’t stopped recording. He has recorded more than 30 albums, most recently “This is My Town: Songs of New York,” which was released last year. “I just have ideas. The well hasn’t run dry. I’m still writing. I go from one idea to the next and I’m lucky that record companies are still interested and interested in having me make records. So far so good. I have ideas for three albums right now.”

    His other recent albums have featured a series of greatest songs albums from each decade from the 1950s to the 1980s, and the “Greatest Love Songs of All Time,” as well a tribute to Frank Sinatra and several Christmas albums. And audiences haven’t tired of listening to him. “I think I will always connect with an audience with a good melody and a good lyric. If you see what goes on in these concerts, as I do, you’ll feel the same way,” he said. “I think they’re starving for it. They’re starving for a song that has a nice melody and a nice lyric. And I have to believe there will always be an audience for that.”

    Barry Manilow: The singer performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, as part of the Van Wezel Foundation annual gala. Remaining tickets are $206-$256. For more information: 941-953-3368; vanwezel.org. For information on the gala dinner and event: 941-366-5578; vwfoundation.org

    February 3, 2018 Houston Chronicle"Kingwood High gets musical boost from Barry Manilow" by Melanie Feuk
    Barry Manilow's concert in Sugar Land drew in much more than fans on the night of Friday, Feb. 2. Some in the crowd of people arriving at the Smart Financial Center carried instruments with them. This unusual behavior may have troubled concert performers under normal circumstances, but was more than welcome at this event.

    Through his nonprofit, the Manilow Music Project, Manilow himself launched an instrument drive for music students at Kingwood High School by announcing his donation of a Yamaha keyboard. Anyone who donated a musical instrument received two free tickets to the concert. Among those arriving at the event center were students from Kingwood High School.

    Kingwood High School students have been displaced from their school due to flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. The school's fine arts programs suffered a crippling loss of over $1 million worth of equipment. The Humble ISD Education Foundation began a fundraising initiative for the Kingwood High School fine arts, which had collected approximately $12,000 through several events and connections.

    The Manilow concert helped boost the fine arts fundraising total by donating $20 of each ticket purchased through the Humble ISD website to Kingwood High School fine arts. "Fine arts are an essential part of education," Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen stated in a news release. "Barry Manilow's donation of a piano keyboard to Kingwood High School touches our hearts and shows that the ravages of flooding will not stop the music. Humble ISD is honored that a true legend - one of the world's best-selling artists - cares for students," Fagen said.

    February 2, 2018 News-Press"Free tickets to Barry Manilow at Germain Arena: Just donate musical instruments for kids" by Charles Runnells
    Barry Manilow got things started with his plans to donate a Yamaha keyboard to Dunbar High School. Now the pop icon wants Southwest Florida residents to step up, too, and donate more musical instruments to the school. And here’s the bonus: If you donate, you’ll also get two free tickets to Manilow’s Feb. 20 show at Germain Arena (while supplies last).

    Manilow kicked off the charity drive last week with a press release for his Manilow Music Project. “I’m thrilled to once again bring the gift of music to these kids,” Manilow said in the release sent by Germain Arena. He couldn’t be reached for further comment through his publicist.

    The Manilow Music Project has conducted musical-instrument drives all over the country to help schools with their music programs. Dunbar High’s principal, Carl Burnside, said he was excited to be selected as a beneficiary of the Manilow Music Project. “The gift of music is a very powerful one,” he said in the press release. “I am extremely appreciative that students of Dunbar High will benefit from Mr. Manilow’s mission of highlighting the importance of music programs in schools.”

    Donations can be dropped off at the Germain Arena box office between now and Feb. 20. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Anyone who donates a new or “gently used” instrument will get two free tickets to the Feb. 20 show (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come, first served basis).

    Tickets for the Germain Arena concert are $55-$247 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. Learn more about the Manilow Music Project at manilowmusicproject.org.

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    January 31, 2018 Rare Houston"Houston Show Choir to sing alongside legend Barry Manilow at upcoming high school benefit concert" by Danielle Husband
    This weekend, the Houston Show Choir will take the stage alongside music legend Barry Manilow as the star performs in town. Thirty-two lucky members of the 70-person choir will sing backup for Manilow at his Friday concert.

    Join the Grammy-winning crooner on three of his famous hits, the group will don black choir robes as they perform: “We’re doing, ‘I Write The Songs,’ ‘Copacabana’ and ‘It's a Miracle,'” music director Jen Young said in an interview with KHOU. “From what I can gather, the whole stage is going to go black, and we get about 17 seconds to get everybody on stage in our choir risers, behind everything else. So, we’re this extra dimension that comes in for these big final three songs.”

    The all-volunteer, unpaid choir members said they are rehearsing hard for the opportunity, preparing to make Houston proud. But this isn’t the first time the choir performed with Manilow; he first worked with them in 2016, when they delighted him with their background vocals.

    Manilow’s concert is also reportedly helping a local school recover from Hurricane Harvey, thanks to the Manilow Music Project: Kingwood High School, part of Humble ISD, sustained extensive damage in the storm, prompting Manilow to raise funds and [donating musical instruments] to help students get back on track with their music studies.

    Fans who donated a new or gently-used musical instrument received two free tickets to Manilow’s upcoming concert, while fans who couldn’t donate an instrument could buy concert tickets through a special link. For each ticket sold through the link, $20 went to the foundation to help the high school. Manilow takes the stage at the Smart Financial Center in Sugarland on Friday, February 2nd.

    January 28, 2018 KHOU-TVHouston choir to perform with Barry Manilow
    Grammy award-winner Barry Manilow will be in concert in Sugar Land this Friday. The music legend will sing his greatest hits with the help of the Houston Show Choir. Thirty-two of the choir's 70 members will participate in the February 2, 2018 concert. This weekend, the group rehearsed at a middle school in The Heights. "Big deal! Huge deal! International Superstar," gushed music director Jen Young. "Huge deal!"

    The Houston Show Choir is a volunteer-based, unpaid singing group. Members range in age from 20 to 71-years old. "There are a few in this choir that were probably born well after he was more than famous," said 62-year old member Rhonda Cold-Thrailkill.

    Friday, the group will wear black robes and have only 17 seconds between songs to enter the stage at the Smart Financial Center. "We’re doing, 'I Write The Songs,' 'Copacabana' and '[It's A] Miracle,'" said Young. "From what I can gather, the whole stage is going to go black and we get about 17 seconds to get everybody on stage in our choir risers, behind everything else. So, we’re this extra dimension that comes in for these big final three songs."

    The Grammy-winning Manilow first found the singing group two years ago when he needed a local choir to boost his performance in 2016. They sang so well, the choir was asked to return for this year's performance. They're the only local musicians singing with Manilow. "We actually get to meet him when we’re on stage with him," said Young. The group will rehearse with Manilow's band Friday ahead of the performance. "I would just like to be able to shake his hand and say thanks," said Young. "Thanks for your contribution to music and the musical world."

    January 27, 2018 Chronicle Live"When Barry Manilow brought a little piece of the Copacabana to Newcastle: American singer-songwriter Barry Manilow played to a sold-out Newcastle Arena on this night 20 years ago" by David Morton
    Whatever your taste in music, it’s hard to deny Barry Manilow has knocked out a decent pop tune or two. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1943, the singer-songwriter’s career has spanned more than five decades and he’s sold more than 70 million records. Working early on as a musical arranger for the likes of Bette Midler, Manilow’s first UK hit, Mandy, reached number 11, in early 1975. And on this night 20 years ago, the 54-year-old was stepping out in concert at Newcastle Arena.

    A Chronicle reviewer was at the sold-out venue which, for a short while anyway, became a little piece of the Copacabana. We reported: “On a freezing cold night, Barry Manilow soon warmed the hearts of his adoring fans with a super performance. “The new-style Manilow - all high-tech gadgets and new songs - was preaching to the converted, but they loved it. From the opening number, reminiscing Barry ran through 20 years of hits from his major albums through to the latest in remixed versions of Could It Be Magic, the big hit for Take That. A light interlude came when Manilow pulled two people from the audience to perform Bermuda Triangle, and he followed this up with It’s A Miracle and one of his best known songs, Mandy. After a one-minute break, he returned to perform Can’t Smile Without You. Manilow praised all of his fans for attending and had a quiet word for their escorts when he said leading into the final finale: ‘For those who were dragged here, this will be agony’. But even those who were forced into going must have appreciated the professionalism of the man who continues to write the songs that makes the whole world sing, and who entertained for more than two hours.”

    Two decades down the line, and today at 74, Barry Manilow last performed in a high-profile show late last year at Los Angeles Forum called A Very Barry Christmas.

    January 26, 2018 Fox 26 NewsBarry Manilow giving back to Humble ISD
    KINGWOOD, Texas (FOX 26) - Pop music icon Barry Manilow is bringing his Manilow Music Project to Kingwood High School, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The legendary singer-songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha keyboard to launch a local music instrument drive.

    Manilow also wants the public to participate in his project. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive two free tickets for his February 2 concert in Sugar Land at the Smart Financial Centre.

    $20 of every ticket sold through www.humbleisd.net/khs/manilow will be donated back to support Kingwood High School Fine Arts. “I’m thrilled to once again bring the gift of music to these kids,” said Manilow. Donated instruments will benefit Fine Arts Education in Humble ISD.

    The box office at Smart Financial Centre will be the drop off point for the instrument drive now through February 2. Hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On show day February 2, the box office will be open an hour into the show. “Fine arts are an essential part of education,” Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said. “Barry Manilow’s donation of a piano keyboard to Kingwood High School touches our hearts and shows that the ravages of flooding will not stop the music. Humble ISD is honored that a true legend -- one of the world’s best-selling artists -- cares for students.”

    January 26, 2018 KPRC Click2Houston"Barry Manilow brings music project drive to Kingwood HS for Hurricane Harvey relief" By Cynthia Capers
    KINGWOOD, Texas - Pop music icon Barry Manilow is leading by example in hopes others will follow as he brings his Manilow Music Project to flood-ravaged Kingwood High School. Kingwood School was left devastated after Hurricane Harvey hit in August.

    Manilow plans to donate a Yamaha keyboard to launch a local music instrument drive. "I’m thrilled to once again bring the gift of music to these kids," Manilow said. He said anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive two free tickets for preselected seats, on a first-come, first-serve basis, for Manilow's concert on Feb. 2 at Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land.

    Additionally, $20 per ticket sold through Humbleisd.net will be donated to support Kingwood High School Fine Arts. "Fine arts are an essential part of education, " Humble Independent School District Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen said. "Barry Manilow's donation of a piano keyboard to Kingwood High School touches our hearts and shows that the ravages of flooding will not stop the music. Humble ISD is honored that a true legend, one of the world's best-selling artists, cares for our students."

    The box office at Smart Financial Centre will be the drop-off point for the instrument drive now through Feb. 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday through Friday.

    January 25, 2018 Sarasota Magazine"That Manilow Magic! Barry Manilow Comes to the Van Wezel: The singer makes his Sarasota debut on Feb. 16, at the Van Wezel Foundation’s annual gala" by Kay Kipling
    Barry Manilow (“Mandy,” “Copacabana,” “Ready to Take a Chance Again”) makes his Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall debut Feb. 16, as part of the Van Wezel Foundation’s annual gala, which raises funds to support the hall’s education programs. The cause dovetails with Manilow’s own aims to put musical instruments into schools with his Manilow Music Project. No longer on the road regularly, Manilow makes special appearances like this one; we chatted with him about the show business career he never expected to happen the way it did.

    Sarasota Magazine (SM): After such a long career and so many hits, what keeps you motivated to perform?
    Barry Manilow (BM): I haven’t got an answer for that. I’ve always been a self starter; I’ve always been able to just create out of thin air. It doesn’t seem to me it’s ever going away.

    SM: You don’t ever have writer’s block?
    BM: Sometimes writing is a little more difficult than others. But I’ve never been a guy that waits for the phone to ring. I always am able to create, and there’s usually enough interest from record companies or TV shows to want me to do albums or TV specials. And the audiences are still coming. I don’t understand it, but I’m glad and grateful.

    SM: Did you know from early childhood that music was it for you?
    BM: Yeah, but I didn’t believe it, because I come from nothing, Brooklyn, New York, no money. When you come from that background, you don’t take a chance; you’ve got to get that Friday paycheck. As soon as I got out of high school, I got a day job; then I went to college and did music in the evenings. I was playing piano for singers, arranging music for singers, and I started making more money as an arranger and piano player than the day job. So I quit the day job and went into the music world.

    SM: There was no background in your family of music?
    BM: No, but they knew that I was a musical kid. They had no money, so they stuck an accordion in my hands. Every Jewish and Italian kid in Brooklyn had that. I knew how to read music, so it was easy to switch to piano later. But I never wanted to be a singer. I was going to be a songwriter, an arranger, a producer. I wanted to be in the background. But in that era, the early 1970s, the singer-songwriters like Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, were becoming popular, and record companies were looking for their version of singer-songwriters. I started to send demos of the songs that I wrote to record companies. I couldn’t afford real singers, so I sang on my own demos. And I got a record contract from those demos, which was a big laugh for all my friends. When I told them I got a record deal, they said, “Doing what?”

    SM: Did it take you a while to get used to thinking of yourself as a singer?
    BM: Oh, yeah. I was more comfortable in the recording studio, because I had already done two albums as a producer/arranger for Bette Midler. So I knew how to make my own albums, and I had a great co-producer, Ron Dante. But in order to promote an album, you have to go out on the road and sing and get up on a stage and be personable with the audience... and I was terrible. But from the very first show, something happened, they connected with me and I connected with them, and it took off. I didn’t understand it then, and I don’t really understand it now. I know I’ve gotten better at it, gotten more comfortable on stage. But back then I couldn’t figure out why they weren’t throwing tomatoes.

    SM: What musicians have you learned the most from?
    BM: My musicians have taught me more than anybody. These guys are inspiring, because they are true musicians; that’s all they think about and all they live for. But as a performer, Bette was my role model. When I started I tried to be Bette, and that’s probably why I was terrible, because nobody can be Bette. So I tossed that idea out. I had to trust that I just had to be myself up there.

    SM: How would you describe your style?
    BM: Anything that makes people feel. I always know I’m wrong if I don’t get goosebumps from a melody I’ve written, or even if it’s another person’s song. If it doesn’t make me feel something, no one else will feel it, either.

    SM: Tell me about your current album.
    BM: It’s a tribute to New York; half originals, half standards. I always knew I’d do this album. This Is My Town. I’ve lived in California now longer than I lived in New York, but when you come from New York, you are always a New Yorker. I talk fast, I walk fast. I have to slow down a little bit when I’m in the middle of the country.

    SM: Was there a specific moment where you thought, “I’ve made it, this is success”?
    BM: No. I’ve never felt that. Yes, I’ve had lots of hit records but... do people think like that? I don’t. I’m always thinking of the next one.

    SM: What are you particularly proud of?
    BM: That I stayed the same guy I was when I started. I started older than most people; “Mandy” was No. 1 when I was 28 or 29, so I’d already had a career. It was thrilling, but I was an adult. I remained the same guy, and I think that’s rare. It’s tempting to change, and there’s a lot of pressure for a young person. I did American Idol three times, as a judge and mentor. I remember there was this young girl, and they were putting so much make-up on her and she was wearing Versace, and I thought, what is she in for? I was hoping that she didn’t win, and could go back home and grow up.

    SM: What other interests do you pursue?
    BM: I’m shallow. That’s all I do. I’ve got my dogs, I’ve got my partner, I’ve got a beautiful life. But I’ve been on the road for so many years I haven’t had time to collect stamps or cars or do any of that.

    SM: Were you pleasantly surprised by the public response when the news of your marriage came out?
    BM: When Garry and I met in 1978... then, I wouldn’t have had a career. But these days you come out and nobody cares. By the way, I’ve always been out. Everybody’s always known about Garry and me, even the public, I’m sure. I’ve never hidden that I’m a gay man. The fans, the people who’ve supported me all these years, they care about me. So when they read that I was happy and that I had somebody in my life, they were happy for me.

    January-March 2018 Desert Charities News"Q&A with Barry Manilow" by Mary Guinane
    Desert Charities News (DCN): 1. You've chosen many charities to receive funds from the benefit concerts, is there a personal connection you could share that inspired you to choose one or two of them?
    Barry Manilow (BM): The Manilow Music Project all began when a friend's daughter wanted to learn how to play the saxophone and the school didn't have one. When I dove into finding out why they didn't have the instrument, I learned that because of budget cuts all the middle schools around the country are running out of instruments. And that's how the Manilow Music Project was born. We got instruments to all the schools in the Coachella Valley, but we were helped tremendously by Brian the Music Director at the Palm Springs High School. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for him and for the school because they were the first. Barbara Sinatra's Children Center, Desert AIDS Foundation, Guide Dogs of the Desert and Desert Cancer Foundation all have personal connections.

    DCN: 2. How would you spend your favorite day out and about in Palm Springs?
    BM: I rarely leave my gorgeous home. It's big with lots of acreage and my own recording studio. People who visit me for the first time always say, "Why would you ever leave here?" I always answer, "I DON'T!"

    DCN: 3. You've inspired other musicians, who inspired you to get on stage?
    BM: Nobody ever inspired me to perform on a stage because I never wanted to! I was going to be a musician, arranger, conductor or songwriter when I was younger. So the thought of performing on a stage was terrifying to me. Everyone I knew understood this. But there HAVE been people who have inspired me over the years: My stepfather, Willie Murphy, introduced me to great music. But most of all, it's my band - really, my band who inspires me the most. They are true musicians; totally committed to their craft and all of them decent people.

    DCN: 4. Was there a something specific that inspired you to give back to Palm Springs?
    See answer 1.

    DCN: 5. You've given so generously to many schools, have you heard of students pursuing a musical career after receiving an instrument from those donations?
    BM: I've received many thank you notes from young students and I would hope some of them have decided to pursue a career as musicians.

    DCN: 6. Do these benefit concerts feel different than regular concerts for you?
    BM: There's a feeling of gratitude coming from the audience to me and from me to them that is beautiful and a little different than in my usual concerts.

    DCN: 7. If you only got to sing one song ever again, which would you choose?
    BM: My song "Could It Be Magic" based on the Chopin Prelude in C Minor because it was one of the first professional songs I wrote.

    DCN: 8. Any funny snafus you can share that have happened behind the scenes during one of the benefit concerts?
    BM: During the last Gift Of Love concerts, the ... organization were planning on bringing out a Porcupine and an Eagle to show the audience how they had saved their lives. During the rehearsal the Porcupine freaked out. Wouldn't come out of his cage and when they got him out he spun around and around and then tried to run away. I guess it was stage fright! So they took him home. All for the best. But we kept the Eagle.

    DCN: 9. If you could have any singer alive or dead join you on stage at the McCallum in December, who would you invite?
    BM: Frank Sinatra. Judy Garland. Lady Gaga.

    DCN: 10. What motivated you to make Palm Springs home?
    BM: Peace. My life is so loud and energetic. I needed a place where all the noise goes away when I get home. Palm Springs is paradise for me.

    DCN: 11. What can readers do to best support young musicians today?
    BM: First, get your children a music teacher. See if playing an instrument turns them on. Then, try and go to concerts that have young musicians. Donate whatever you can to those organizations that showcase young musicians.

    DCN: 12. Which of the song lyrics you've written resonate the most with you personally?
    BM: One Voice is the one I always come back to. I wrote the song in a dream. It's about how it takes just one person to make a difference.

    DCN: 13. In your opinion, what's been the most profound change in the music industry during your career?
    BM: The ability to write and record songs on computers using the amazing music machines that are available. The sound of music has changed entirely because even young musicians who are just starting out can write and record pretty good sounding songs.

    DCN: 14. What advice would you give to an aspiring musician still in school?
    BM: Learn to read music. Because even if you don't become the next superstar, you'll always be able to work if you can read music.

    DCN: 15. If there's ever a "retired" Barry Manilow, how will he spend his time?
    I can't even say the word "retired"! They'll be carrying me out and I'll be yelling, "Wait! I've got one more idea!!"

    DCN: 16. Is there one performance in your career you could go back and enjoy again, which one would it be?
    BM: First time playing Carnegie Hall. My grandparents were there. I'll never forget it.

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    December 23, 2017 The Desert Sun"Barry Manilow's 'Gift Of Love' was a neighborly event" by Trudy Tedder
    "Good neighbors make a huge difference in the quality of life." - Robert Fulghum. I agree! And so does Barry Manilow. At his recent benefit concert, Manilow made repeated references to the joys of performing "at home" in the Coachella Valley.

    This was the 4th year that Manilow has performed a series of five sold-out "Gift Of Love" concerts at the McCallum Theatre, benefitting 25 local charities. Good neighbor indeed! Over $500,000 was raised in support of ACT for MS, AAP-Food Samaritans, Angel View, Animal Samaritans, Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley, Cancer Partners, California CareForce, College of the Desert Foundation, Desert AIDS Project, Desert Arc, Desert Cancer Foundation, The Desert Symphony, The Girlfriend Factor, Guide Dogs of the Desert, JFS of the Desert, The Center, The Manilow Music Project, Martha's Village & Kitchen, McCallum Theatre Institute, "Paws and Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy, S.O.S., Tools for Tomorrow, United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire, and The Well in the Desert.

    During each of the 5 concerts, a different charity came on stage with Barry and told about their organization, what they do and how they help the community. Please visit the individual charity websites for more information on how you can volunteer or donate or BOTH.

    December 13, 2017 The Desert Sun"Barry Manilow brings snow and holiday cheer home to the desert with charity shows" by Xochitl Pena
    The first of Barry Manilow’s five holiday shows at the McCallum Theatre kicked off with a winter wonderland of fun that included glow sticks, a sing-a-long, streamers and some of his most iconic songs. The show opened in dramatic fashion, the red velvet curtain slowly gliding back to reveal an elaborate stage with more than a dozen Christmas trees, lots of fake snow and a huge crackling fire. Then Manilow, wearing a red sequin tuxedo jacket, walked on stage to a fanatical roar from the crowd and opened the show with “It’s a Miracle.”

    Tuesday was his fourth “Gift of Love” benefit concert series which were also held in 2009, 2012 and 2015. The benefit shows raise money for 25 charities and includes five holiday shows over the course of six days, wrapping up on Sunday. “So glad to see all of you. So glad to do this again,” said Manilow to the full house. “And I’m so happy to be home where I live. I live right around here. There’s nothing like being home around the holiday season for me.”

    Manilow, one of the best-selling adult contemporary recording artists of all time, has a home in Palm Springs with his long-time manager and partner, Garry Kief. The hour-and-a-half show was a mixture of pop hits and Christmas songs. His set list included “Christmas is Just Around the Corner,” “Somewhere in the Night,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “Looks Like We Made It,” and “I Made it Through the Rain.” When he sang “(There’s no place like) Home for the Holiday’s” he had some fun by changing the lyrics to include places like “Indio,” “Palm Desert,” “Desert Hot Springs,” and “Palm Springs.”

    He also sang the Frank Sinatra ditty “Violets for Your Fur,” which he said he found on one of the Rat Packer’s older albums, but not before sharing a few words about the popular crooner whose birthday was Tuesday and also lived in Palm Springs. “Everybody loves Sinatra. He and Barbara lived here for years. We even named a street after him in Rancho Mirage. I’d be happy if they named a drive-way after me in Temecula,” he said garnering lots of laughs from the audience.

    Manilow also had his signature white grand piano on stage, which he utilized for his songs “Even Now,” “Weekend in New England,” and “Mandy.” His elaborate rendition of "Mandy" though, also included an an outfit change into a white tuxedo blazer and an accompanying video of himself in 1975 sitting at an identical piano. So his 2017 self sang "Mandy" with his 1975 self.

    “No one does arrangements the way Barry Manilow does arrangements. And no one can crawl into a song the way Barry can crawl into a song,” said Alan Silberlight from Pennsylvania who has been to more than 500 Manilow shows and met his wife Linda on a Manilow internet chat site. “It’s his showmanship, the sincerity, the honesty, the way he presents himself. The way when he sings you feel like he’s talking to you,” said Silberlight of why he is such a fan. “His music speaks to my soul,” added his wife Linda Silberlight.

    The audience was filled with hardcore Manilow fans, equipped with glow sticks passed out prior to the show, who waved them in the air during such iconic songs as “I Write the Songs” and “Copacabana (At the Copa).”

    Manilow has brought so many people together with their love of his music, many of whom travel from across the globe to see him perform. And lots there on Tuesday, like Chris Olson from Long Beach, planned to attend all five “Gift of Love” Shows. “I came to all five shows two years ago and I love it because it’s Christmas music. I just love the Christmas season,” she said.

    The show winded down with Manilow, now dressed in a black tuxedo with tails, on stage with young children and Santa, who all helped with a Christmas medley of “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Feliz Navidad,” and “White Christmas,” which also included a scene-setting snow shower inside the theater. Then to end the show, he brought out the Washington Charter Children’s Choir, dressed in their holiday best, to help him sing “Because It’s Christmas.”

    Manilow concerts in the desert. What: Barry Manilow's “Gift of Love” holiday concerts. When: 8 p.m. Tue.-Wed., Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sunday. Where: The McCallum Theatre, 73-000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. Tickets: $90-$400. Information: (760) 340-ARTS.

    Charity beneficiaries: ACT For MS; AAP-Food Samaritans; Angel View; Animal Samaritans; Barbara Sinatra Children's Center; Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley; California CareForce; College of the Desert Foundation; Desert AIDS Project; Desert Arc; Desert Cancer Foundation; The Desert Symphony; Gilda's Club Desert Cities; The Girlfriend Factor; Guide Dogs of the Desert; JFS of the Desert; The LGBT Community Center of the Desert; The Manilow Music Project; Martha's Village & Kitchen; McCallum Theatre Institute; "Paws and Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy; S.O.S.; Tools for Tomorrow; United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire; The Well in the Desert.

    December 13, 2017 SouthFlorida.com"Barry Manilow among acts playing South Florida casinos" by David Raterman
    Fans of classic rock and pop and standup comics have lots to look forward to at South Florida casinos... The various organizers must have had my sister Lisa in mind. Barry Manilow [was one of] her early crushes ... Barry Manilow will perform at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) on Feb. 21. Lisa loves all his songs, but her favorites are “Looks Like We Made It” and “Even Now.” Tickets cost from $65 to $180.
    December 9, 2017 Las Vegas Review-Journal"Manilow at Westgate: Could this be the magic?" by John Katsilometes
    It’s dot-and-cross time for Barry Manilow, as he maps out his anticipated return to Las Vegas and residency at Westgate. For the first time in detail, Manilow described his talks with Westgate officials to the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, California (his adopted hometown). “It looks better and better,” he said, mentioning his manager, Garry [Kief]. “Garry’s up to dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. It’s that close.”

    Westgate owner David Siegel confirmed he’s pursuing Manilow. “We’re in talks,” he said in a text message Saturday. “No deal yet.”

    Manilow is expected to visit the Westgate this week and meet with Siegel and other hotel reps. The 74-year-old pop superstar has an opening in his schedule Thursday and Friday as he breaks from holiday benefit concerts at Palm Desert, California’s McCallum Theatre.

    Westgate’s interest bringing Manilow back to its property was first reported here in mid-August. Manilow headlined at the old Elvis Presley showroom from 2005-[2009], when the hotel was branded Las Vegas Hilton. He moved to Paris Theater for two years, closing in December [2011] as “Jersey Boys” moved into the hotel.

    In his interview with the Desert Sun, published Saturday, Manilow described his “dream” residency. He would perform two weekends a month and fly in from Palm Springs on Thursdays and do the show Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, then return home on Saturday night. “I’m doing one-nighters now and again, but I can’t keep my band if I’m just going to do that,” he said. “So, when this offer came in, it sounded like a way to keep my band together and I have great memories of working at the Hilton, or what they’re calling it now, the Westgate. I would do it because it’s only two weekends a month and that would keep the band working,” he added. “For me, two weekends a month is a dream.”

    Whether Manilow’s dream is reality will likely be sorted out by Christmas, if not sooner.

    December 8, 2017 The Desert Sun"Barry Manilow hoping for Las Vegas residency after giving desert his 'Gift of Love'" by Bruce Fessier
    Barry Manilow has given up his old life of one-nighters. And it has nothing to do with his much publicized marriage of three years ago. Manilow, 74, gave up doing long concert tours of one city after another primarily because he wanted to spend more time at his expansive, sublime Palm Springs home. He released an album devoted to his native metropolis earlier this year, titled, “This Is My Town: The Songs of New York.” But Palm Springs is the town he looks forward to returning home to after being in New York.

    “My life is high energy,” he said between meetings with his writers and music directors for his upcoming "Gift of Love" benefit concerts. “And when I come home, I want what’s here. Everybody will tell you the same thing. It’s peace. That’s what it offers all of us, especially those of us who are on the road. I’m a very fortunate guy. I come home to this beauty and this magnificence.”

    Manilow still loves to perform and he’s not likely to quit as long as the fans who have made him arguably the best-selling adult contemporary recording artist of all time still clamor to see him. But now there are more ways to experience Manilow than possibly ever before. They start with his fourth set of "Gift of Love" benefit concerts since 2009, featuring five holiday shows in six days beginning Tuesday at the McCallum Theatre. He elaborated on his omnipresence in an interview covering the following variety of topics:

    The “Gift of Love” shows: “I actually put together a real bona fide Christmas show,” he said, “and it’s a real production, much bigger than the production I go on the road with. When that red curtain opens, I think that it’ll be a gas because it’s a beautiful, beautiful Christmas set. It will be a lot of the pop hits and a handful of the Christmas stuff. I’ve got three Christmas albums (not counting a 2012 holiday compilation LP) and those songs are great live, so, a mixture of both. We have little children and high school kids and then the choir at the end of the show.”

    Desert Sun (DS): How hard is it to narrow the list of recipients of your concert proceeds to 25 Coachella Valley charities?
    Barry Manilow (BM): "Garry (Kief, his husband and manager) and I work on it real hard. It starts off with a lot of names, and it’s hard to not use every one of them. I have a team of people who do the hard work. Then they give me a list. But they’re familiar to me by now. There’s a whole bunch of animal charities that really speak to me. But I can’t do too many of the same kind of organizations, so I pick the ones that I think need us – little charities here and there that are struggling. Those are the ones I like to pick."

    DS: You just did concerts in Chicago and New York and you have a show at The Forum in Los Angeles on Dec. 20.
    BM: "Yeah. That’s the first time I’m doing a Christmas show outside of here, and they’re big. If it works, if somebody comes to see it and they enjoy it, then I’ll probably do more next year around the country."

    A Las Vegas residency at the Westgate Hotel: “It looks better and better. Garry’s up to dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. It’s that close. I didn’t want to stop performing because I really enjoy when I do it. But I had to get away from going from city-to-city and hotel-to-hotel and being away from home for weeks at a time. I was done with that. I’m doing one-nighters now and again, but I can’t keep my band if I’m just going to do that. So, when this offer came in, it sounded like a way to keep my band together and I have great memories of working at the Hilton, or what they’re calling it now, the Westgate. I would do it because it’s only two weekends a month and that would keep the band working. For me, two weekends a month is a dream.”

    DS: Would you commute to work from Palm Springs, as you tried to do the last time you were at the Hilton?
    BM: “For a while, I took a private plane home every night. Then I saw the bills. So, we would leave on a Thursday and do the show Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and come home on Saturday night. That’s what I’ll do again. It’s really easy. It’s a 20-minute flight and I’m on the stage having a ball with my road family. The audiences there are great night after night and they give us a great big Las Vegas suite. Sometimes I bring the dogs. I have nothing but good memories of my experiences there.”

    DS: Would you be in the Elvis Presley suite?
    BM: “Yeah, the Elvis suite! It was all pink. And it was huge on the top floor and the roof of the Hilton. You could see the whole of Vegas from every window. It had a Jacuzzi that said it would only seat 46 people. If you bring 47 people, the cops come out. They had a lawn on the roof of the Hilton and the rooms were ridiculously big. I made one room into a recording studio. I just had the greatest time there. We were there for five years. They created a little bar for us. The band and I would go up on Friday nights. They called it Frank’s Friday because of Sinatra, and that’s when we’d all hang. A lot of famous people came to see our shows during those years. But Fridays were really great.”

    Places he’d still like to play: “The only one – and I did it twice – is Carnegie Hall. I don’t know why we never go back there. When we get to New York, we always do, I don’t know, a Madison Square Garden kind of place. I’ve done Radio City a lot and the legit houses. Those are great, too. But Carnegie Hall is so special. I did that when ‘Mandy’ came out and my grandparents were still alive, back in the ‘70s, and they got to see me – their grandson, at Carnegie Hall! That was really, really great.”

    DS: You once said you thought Palm Springs needed a singer’s showcase-type nightclub. Now Suzanne Somers is trying to buy the Plaza Theatre to use as a showcase for her talents. What are your feelings about that?
    BM: “I wish her luck. I think she’s a wonderful performer. I love the shows that I’ve seen her do. She sings better than anybody would imagine. She’s funny as hell. She’s beautiful up there. If she could find a place that she could do a show as much as she wanted, she would be so happy and these audiences would be very happy, too. If she can get that place, good luck, man. It would be wonderful for Palm Springs. She’s just great live. People think of her as an author, which she is. But they don’t know how wonderful she is an entertainer.”

    DS: Could you see yourself dropping in and doing a show or at least a few numbers with her once in a while?
    BM: “Who knows? We’ll see what happens.”

    On ManilowTV.com: “We’ve been doing this for a long time. I have taped audio or video of everything I have ever done and the only reason I do it is so I can learn from my mistakes or give my notes to my lighting people or my band. I learned that from Joan Rivers. Before I met Bette (Midler), I had an act with a girl singer. We were opening for Joan at a club called the Upstairs at the Downstairs in Manhattan. When I was playing her on, she would go on the stage with a little cassette machine. She would hit the record button and then she would do her show and she would listen to it and make corrections and add stuff. So, I did the same thing when I began to perform. I took a cassette machine and gave it to my audio guy. When I got a video camera, I did the same thing. Well, I’ve done this since the '70s and I have everything. So that’s what ManilowTV is. We just dig back into the archives of these performances of 40 years and we put it on ManilowTV. I think people have been enjoying it.”

    On Manilow radio: “I had my own channel on iHeartRadio. I had three years of that and I took that very seriously. I didn’t play my concerts. I played my favorite songs. I (now) have a BBC radio series. I’m on my third year of it and it’s all about songwriters. It’s very successful in Britain. It’s called “They Write the Songs.” I do 10 episodes a year and I just finished 10 episodes. It’s fun and funny and kind of informative.”

    On his recordings: “In the early days, (the critics) really were very brutal to me. In Britain, they call it “the tall poppy theory.” That means they cut down the tallest poppy. That do that to everybody. I was on the road for about a year promoting my first album, which had 'Could It Be Magic' on it, 'I Am A Child,' and it got great reviews. I would get to these little clubs and get great reviews for the show, too. Then 'Mandy' came out and went No. 1 and, as soon as the sold-out signs went up, I could do no right. I’m telling you, terrible reviews. Because I’m a human being, I would feel bad and I would pull the covers over my head and I would go into self-pity for one afternoon, and that would be it. I’d go back because I like what I do. The audiences were still loving it. I certainly wouldn’t be doing anything differently because of a review or two. I do what feels good.”

    DS: I like your most recent album, “This Is My Town: The Songs of New York.” “Lonely Town” reminds me of Sinatra and you have a great blend with Mel Torme on “Brooklyn Bridge.”
    BM: “I loved doing it. It took me over a year to create this one. Bruce (Sussman, his lyricist) and I had a great time writing the original stuff. It was choosing the standards (to complement the originals) that was the hard part because I didn’t realize how many great songs there were about New York. That’s why I wound up doing a long medley at the end of the album and I put “Uptown” and “Downtown” together. I didn’t want to leave anything out. I could have done five albums of New York songs, written by some great people.”

    DS: Do you have another album planned?
    BM: “I’m thinking about it. They take so long for me and they mean so much. I never just phone it in. Every single album I’ve made, I just dive in. This month is filled with Christmas and then if we hit Vegas, that’s going to be another exciting, creative experience."

    DS: Do you think that could happen by summer?
    BM: “I think it could be sooner than that. Garry will kill me for talking too much, but, if it happens, it will happen sooner than summer. It all depends on if he can work out all the deals. He’s telling me it’s getting very close.”

    Manilow concerts in the desert. What: Barry Manilow's “Gift of Love” holiday concerts. When: 8 p.m. Tue.-Wed., Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sunday. Where: The McCallum Theatre, 73-000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. Tickets: $90-$400. Information: (760) 340-ARTS.

    Charity beneficiaries: ACT For MS; AAP-Food Samaritans; Angel View; Animal Samaritans; Barbara Sinatra Children's Center; Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley; California CareForce; College of the Desert Foundation; Desert AIDS Project; Desert Arc; Desert Cancer Foundation; The Desert Symphony; Gilda's Club Desert Cities; The Girlfriend Factor; Guide Dogs of the Desert; JFS of the Desert; The LGBT Community Center of the Desert; The Manilow Music Project; Martha's Village & Kitchen; McCallum Theatre Institute; "Paws and Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy; S.O.S.; Tools for Tomorrow; United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire; The Well in the Desert.

    December 8, 2017 Chicago Tribune"Red Rose Children’s Choir help Barry Manilow bring holiday cheer at Allstate Arena" by Alan Parikh
    Thirty children from the Red Rose Children's Choir of Lake County and the Lake County Boys Choir received the holiday gift of a lifetime when they were selected to perform in Barry Manilow's holiday concert, "A Very Barry Christmas", at Allstate Arena on December 5. The children sang three songs with Mr. Manilow to a packed crowd, including the finale, helping him take his final bows.
    December 4, 2017 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Comes to the Majestic Theatre
    The pop music icon Barry Manilow will take the stage at the Majestic Theatre (224 E. Houston St.) in celebration of his newest album, This is My Town: Songs of New York on January 31, 2018 at 7:30PM. Fans will be in for a treat when they hear Manilow perform his greatest hits like "Copacabana" and "Mandy" as well as songs from his new album. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 8 at NOON.

    Manilow has sold over 85 million albums and has 50 Top 40 hits. Do not miss the chance to hear the legend in person on January 31! Tickets ($59.75 - $249.75) for Barry Manilow will be available In Person at the Majestic Theatre Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

    Barry 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. With worldwide sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time.

    For more information, visit manilow.com or majesticempire.com.

    December 4, 2017 News 4 San AntonioBarry Manilow set to perform at the Majestic Theatre in January
    The Majestic Theatre is getting some Copacabana love this January as pop music icon Barry Manilow will be stopping by to perform. Tickets will go on sale this Friday starting at $59.75. The show is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. You can get your tickets in person at the Majestic Theatre Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
    December 4, 2017 San Antonio Current"Barry Manilow Will Play Majestic Theatre in January" by Chris Conde
    With a career that speaks for itself – one that includes selling more than 85 million albums and securing 50 Top 40 hits – the legendary Barry Manilow doesn’t need much introduction. On tour with his latest album This is My Town: Songs of New York (released back in April) the “Copacabana” and “Mandy” singer will be playing the Majestic on Wednesday, January 31 just in time for us to recover from holiday bills. Tickets ($59.75-$249.75) go on sale this Friday, December 8 at noon and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
    December 1, 2017 Palm Springs Life"Barry Manilow Headlines Festive December Holiday Calendar" by Emily Chavous
    “I like the people here,” Barry Manilow once told Palm Springs Life. It’s clear the people of Greater Palm Springs like Barry too. Whenever he appears on our cover, the issue disappears from stands quicker than a loaf of monkey bread from the coffee table on Christmas morning. Maybe it’s a neighborly love. Manilow moved to the desert full-time 20 years ago, maintains an active philanthropic agenda, and has become a paragon of the LGBTQ community.

    Since the 1970s, the 74-year-old has sold more than 80 million records, positioning himself among an elite group of all-time best-selling artists. He launched his A Gift of Love concert series in 2009 as a way to demonstrate support for our valley. This year’s benefit includes five shows at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert contributing a portion of proceeds to 25 area charities. “I wish I could do this in every city where I perform,” he shared with editor Steven Biller in his 2012 interview for Palm Springs Life. “But I live here, so I can do more ... This is my way of saying thank you.”

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    November 14, 2017 Bradenton Herald"Barry Manilow makes his Van Wezel debut in February" by Marty Clear
    Barry Manilow is coming to Sarasota. The singer/songwriter/showman, who is still filling large venues after a nearly half a century of hit making, will entertain fans on Feb. 16 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

    Earlier this year, Manilow, who’s now 74 years old, released a new album titled “This is My Town: Songs of New York.” At the Van Wezel show, fans can expect to hear songs from that album, plus a lot of Manilow’s hits, which include “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs” and “Copacabana.”

    The Manilow concert is the featured performance of the 17th Annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala. Gala tickets (which include cocktails by the bay, live and silent auctions, an elegant dinner, Golden Circle seating for the Manilow performance, a drawing for a 2018 Jaguar XE and an exclusive after-party) start at $600 and go as high as $1,200 for VIP tickets. Tickets for just the concert start at $56.

    Details: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $56-$256. 941-953-3368, vanwezel.org.

    November 13, 2017 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Makes His Van Wezel Debut
    GRAMMY, TONY, and EMMY Award-winning musician and music icon Barry Manilow will take the stage at The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday, February 16 at 8:30PM in celebration of his latest album, This is My Town: Songs of New York. Fans will be in for a treat when they hear Manilow perform his greatest hits like "Copacabana" and "Mandy" as well as songs from his album on the intimate Van Wezel stage. This show is the featured performance of the 17th Annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala.

    Barry 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. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million and 50 Top 40 Hits, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time.

    Tickets are $56 - $256 and go on sale Friday, November 17 at 10AM. Purchase at VanWezel.org, the Box Office, or by calling 941-953-3368.

    Van Wezel Foundation Gala -Don't miss out on one of the most spectacular events of the season which includes cocktails by the Bay, live & silent auction, an elegant dinner, Golden Circle seating for the Barry Manilow performance and an exclusive after-party! Gala reservations begin at $600 and a VIP ticket option is being offered once again this year for $1,200. Various sponsorship and other underwriting opportunities are also available. In addition, this year's Gala will also include a chance drawing for an all-new 2018 Jaguar XE sponsored by Wilde Jaguar Sarasota. For additional information on gala reservations and sponsorships visit www.vwfoundation.org or contact the foundation office at (941) 366-5578.

    November 13, 2017 Tampa Bay Times"Barry Manilow coming to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota" by Jay Cridlin
    Early in 2016, Barry Manilow said in an interview that he was ready to get off the road, and a show coming up at Amalie Arena might be his last in the Tampa Bay area. Emphasis on might. "Come back in two years, and who knows?" he said then. Two years later, right on schedule, Manilow is coming back.

    The pop songwriting legend will return to Tampa Bay on Feb. 16 for a show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. It'll be the featured performance for the annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala - but tickets for the show alone, surprisingly, are not black-tie expensive, starting at just $56. Not too bad for the ageless pop idol who wrote "Mandy" and "Copacabana." (If you want access to the gala, tickets start at $600 and include premium seating and an after-party.) Click here for all the details.

    Here's what we wrote about Manilow's 2016 tour stop at Amalie Arena: "After briefly reminiscing about all his trips to Tampa ('We've been friends for a long time. Thanks for coming tonight. Thanks for all the years.'), he veered into an a cappella intro to I Made It Through The Rain that started out all kinds of shaky. But by the end, once again, the band's massive chords kicked in and rattled around the rafters, and those diehards leaped up once again, proving once again there's no hole a good Barry Manilow song can't get help you escape."

    November 13, 2017 Herald-Tribune"Barry Manilow to make Van Wezel debut: The pop star will be the featured performer for the 2018 Van Wezel Foundation Gala" by Jimmy Geurts
    A legendary pop singer making his debut at Sarasota’s landmark venue will be the featured performer at this season’s Van Wezel Foundation Gala. Barry Manilow plays Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Feb. 16, with tickets on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

    Manilow’s best-known songs include the 1970s hits “Mandy,” “Copacabana” and “Can’t Smile Without You.” Throughout his decades-long career, he has won two Emmys, a Grammy and a Tony. This year he released the album “This is My Town: Songs of New York,” which features both New York City-centric originals and standards. Before that, he released “My Dream Duets,” which received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

    The Sarasota concert costs $56-$256 and reservations start at $600 for the gala, which includes Golden Circle seating for Manilow’s performance, dinner, cocktails, an after-party and more. Tickets can be purchased at vanwezel.org, by calling 941-953-3368 or at Van Wezel’s box office at 777 N. Tamiami Trail. For more information on gala reservations and sponsorships, visit vwfoundation.org or call 941-366-5578.

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