|November 9, 2018 ||Las Vegas Magazine||"Barry Manilow creates magic onstage" by Brock Radke|
|If you’re a participant in the crazy holiday sweater trend, you’re going to need to head over to Westgate Las Vegas and check out the one at the Barry Manilow gift shop just outside the iconic International Theater. It’s bright red and white, covered in pine trees and snowflakes and emblazoned with “Barry Christmas,” and it’s certain to be the present you keep for yourself this year. Stuff your friends’ and family’s stockings with a 2019 Barry Manilow calendar or perhaps a “Copacabana”-inspired feather boa, but hold on to that glorious sweater.|
You can catch Manilow wrapping up the fall 2018 leg of his new Westgate residency on Nov. 15-17, but after that he’s not scheduled to reappear in Las Vegas until Valentine’s Day. The superstar singer and songwriter recently announced some holiday concerts in a different desert: He’ll take A Very Barry Christmas! to the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Dec. 15-16, with proceeds from the second show going to local Coachella Valley charities. It’s no doubt those shows will be stocked with music from Manilow’s varied holiday albums, including the latest In the Swing of Christmas from 2007.
Those festive concerts will mark Manilow’s debut in that area, but his return to Las Vegas with the new Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home in the spring of 2018 has already had a far greater impact. Selling out the Westgate International Theater night after night, Manilow’s presence brings a timeless vision of Vegas-style entertainment back to the Strip and cements this artist as one of the city’s all-time greatest headliners.
There’s stiff competition there, even if you’re only considering who has performed in this particular room. Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Liberace, Charo, Wayne Newton, The Righteous Brothers, Sheena Easton and Engelbert Humperdinck all starred on this stage, and Manilow performed a highly successful five-year run in the International Theater beginning in 2005. He’s returned in an era when a Vegas residency means the biggest stars in the biggest rooms, but for Manilow fans, there is no competition, no decision to be made. We’re all here for Barry.
Manilow Las Vegas is a true celebration of the music those fans adore. The show opens with “It’s a Miracle,” a song about coming home again after a long time out on the road without the love and comforts of the place where you belong. It’s about feeling like you’re finally where you should be and never wanting to leave again, and that song really resonates with fans who are overwhelmed to see Manilow in Las Vegas again. It also closes the show as part of a mash-up medley with “Copacabana” and “Dancing in the Streets,” a high-energy party that gets those fans out of their seats and brings the star as close as he can get to every member of his audience, thanks to a grand staircase that descends from the ceiling.
It’s a special moment you can’t get from any other Vegas show—or any other headlining artist. Westgate Las Vegas, 7 p.m. Nov. 15-17, $21.53-$216.91 plus tax and fee. 702.732.5111.
|October 30, 2018 ||Broadway World||iHeart Listeners Chose Brenna Tripp of Manteno Elementary School as the "Outstanding Music Teacher"|
|The Manilow Music Project and iHeartMedia teamed up to honor "Outstanding Music Teacher," Brenna Tripp, by giving her a VIP experience to Manilow's concert at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino where the pop icon has a residency. Tripp will be traveling to Las Vegas to meet Manilow before his concert on Friday, October 26.|
Tripp was chosen from hundreds of nominations received by iHeartMedia via a national campaign, who reached out to their listening audience asking them to nominate a music teacher they felt deserved a VIP concert experience which included a two-night stay at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, dinner, two front row tickets, and a chance to meet Manilow backstage. After reviewing the nominations in an open process, iHeartMedia selected Tripp as the winner. Tripp teaches music at Manteno Elementary School in Manteno, IL outside Chicago.
"To say that I am excited about our first trip to Las Vegas, and the $5,000 for my school, is an understatement, said Brenna Tripp. "This generous donation from the Barry Manilow Music Project will be used to support the numerous creative endeavors of the young musicians of Manteno. Our little town is incredibly supportive of the arts, its teachers, and the families that call this community home. We hope to use these funds to meet the ever-expanding needs of our students and provide them with every musical opportunity that their hearts desire. I honestly have the best job and I am grateful for the opportunity to strengthen the financial support for these amazing kids. This award is an amazing honor to receive, and I can't thank Kaylee Aagent enough for nominating me. Music has been the greatest gift in my life. It provided me with a creative outlet in my youth. It is a powerful and life-changing force, and music continues to change my life in positive and incredible ways. Again, I am so thankful for this award and I can't wait to share what we our young musicians of Manteno do with the donation in the future."
"iHeartMedia is committed to serving the communities in which we live and work, and this campaign was a great opportunity to uncover incredible teachers who are positively shaping the lives of students across the country," said Alisa Pollack, EVP, Global Music Marketing and Strategy, iHeartMedia.
The Manilow Music Project is part of Manilow's non-profit, the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. The mission statement of the Manilow Music Project highlights the importance of music programs in our schools and donates instruments and materials to school music programs.
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|Brenna Tripp of Manteno Elementary School receives $5000 from Barry Manilow and the Manilow Music Project for Manteno's music program!|
|October 2018 ||Las Vegas Review-Journal: Best of Las Vegas||Congratulations 2018 Best of Las Vegas Winners|
|2018 Best of Las Vegas Winner: Barry Manilow - The Hits Come Home! ... in Entertainment, 2018 Silver Best Resident Performer/Headliner, 2018 Gold Best New Act/Show!|
Barry Manilow has more than 50 Top 40 Hits and has sold more than 85 million albums. Now his hits have returned to Las Vegas through June 2019 with exclusive shows in the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino: 3000 Paradise Road, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
|October 8, 2018 ||Palm Desert Patch||Barry Manilow Brings 'A Very Barry Christmas!' To The Desert: Tickets for both shows will go on sale on October 13th|
|From Hot Water Casino: Christmas will come to the Coachella Valley early this year when pop culture icon Barry Manilow brings his special holiday concert – Barry Manilow – A Very Barry Christmas! – for the first time ever to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa for a two-night stand on Saturday, December 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 7 p.m. Manilow has announced that he will donate proceeds from the December 16 show to local Coachella Valley charities.|
Manilow's A Very Barry Christmas! concert will feature performances of his hit songs and holiday favorites. Guests will get in the holiday spirit at these shows as past holiday concerts have surprised audiences with a performance by a children's choir, an appearance by Santa Claus, and even snow.
Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. He's had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles, including 12 No. 1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked as the No. 1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines. Throughout his career, Manilow has released several holiday albums, including 1990's Because it's Christmas, 2002's A Christmas Gift of Love, and 2007's In the Swing of Christmas.
Show Information: Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018; 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 16, 2018; 7 p.m. Location: The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage. Purchase tickets: Prices: $100-$250, based on seat location. www.HotWaterCasino.com; (800) 514-3849.
|October 3, 2018 ||The Desert Sun||"Barry Manilow to give first Coachella Valley casino concert at The Show" by Bruce Fessier|
|Barry Manilow, who historically gives benefit concerts every two or three years at the McCallum Theatre, will perform his first Coachella Valley casino show in December. Manilow, a Palm Springs resident for almost 40 years, will perform a holiday concert Dec. 15-16 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. "Platinum Experience" tickets, including seats near or in the front row, plus meet-and-greet opportunities for the Dec.16 show, went on sale Wednesday morning for Manilow Fan Club members with special codes. The Agua Caliente Casino is expected to announce tickets for the general public on Monday.|
Manilow announced last month he’ll perform his holiday show, “A Very Barry Christmas,” in San Diego for the first time on Dec. 13 at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. He gave a version of that holiday show, featuring fake snow, more than a dozen Christmas trees and a crackling fire, over five nights at the McCallum Theatre last December as part of a “Gift Of Love” fundraiser for 25 Coachella Valley charities.
It was his fourth series of “Gift Of Love” benefit concerts since 2009 and an indication of the support he’s shown the McCallum for decades. Manilow's long-time manager, Garry Kief, president and CEO of the Stiletto Entertainment Group, donates to the theater as a Founder.
The Show has roughly twice as many seats as the McCallum and Manilow isn’t scheduled to perform his "Gift of Love" benefits this season. But Kief said the decision to play the Agua Caliente is no sign of a weakening of support for the McCallum. “We often play different venues in the same market,” Kief said. “Different buildings tend to have different audiences. (Also) The Show has been our home base for numerous rehearsals for different tours. It’s a great room with a larger capacity.”
Manilow, who turned 75 in June, said in his last Desert Sun interview he was giving up long concert tours of one-night shows because he wanted to spend more time at home in Palm Springs. He has a resident engagement at the Westgate Las Vegas International Theater, which Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley launched when it was the International Hotel in 1969. He’s appearing there Thursday through Sunday and again Oct. 25-26.
Manilow did a short run through England last month, performing in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London over eight nights. He returned to California in time to attend the Los Angeles premiere of “A Star Is Born” Sept. 25 with Rancho Mirage resident Lorna Luft, a long-time friend whose mother, Judy Garland, starred in the 1954 version of “A Star Is Born.” Luft, who has rebounded from a bout with cancer, told USA Today on the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium, her mother “would have loved” the new “A Star Is Born.” Garland, who died in 1969, is one of Manilow’s favorite artists. He recorded a technology-aided duet with her on “Zing! Went the Strings Of My Heart” for his 2014 album, “My Dream Duets.”
Tickets to Manilow's San Diego show, expected to include a mix of hits and holiday favorites, are $39 to $249, plus fees. Ticket prices for his Rancho Mirage show are expected to be announced next week.
|October 3, 2018 ||The Desert Sun||Barry Manilow performs in London|
|September 21, 2018 ||Las Vegas Magazine||"Barry Manilow brings the hits back to Vegas" by Brock Radke|
|With the recent revelation that Bally’s Jubilee Theater will be completely transformed into a different venue to accommodate a motorcycle stunt show next year, it’s not a bad time to take stock of the Las Vegas Strip’s dwindling supply of classic showrooms. The entertainment landscape continues to evolve and get bigger, but there will always be a demand for the kind of vintage Vegas vibes you can only get in one of these rare rooms.|
One could argue there’s only one truly great old-school theater left, and it’s just off the Strip at Westgate Las Vegas. The International Theater has been home to Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley and Liberace when this resort was the International Hotel and then the Las Vegas Hilton, and its most successful modern-day star has returned in 2018.
Barry Manilow is an ideal fit for the current versions of this room and this resort, where he performed Manilow: Music and Passion and Ultimate Manilow: The Hits from 2005 to 2010. His new production, Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home, splashes some colorful new touches across his tried-and-true blueprint for giving his dedicated fans all the music they love. Be prepared for sing-alongs and standing ovations when you file into the International Theater for this musical experience.
The first big audience connection point comes when the lyrics to the chorus of “Can’t Smile Without You” are flashed on video screens during Manilow’s performance of the 1978 smash, as if everyone in the building doesn’t already know all the words. Next, enjoy some storytelling detailing his grandfather’s discovery of his musical talent when Manilow was just a child, followed by a particularly powerful performance of “This One’s For You.”
A fun and silly 3-D tour of New York City allows the legendary singer and songwriter to inject some extra humor into the production, although he’s clearly comfortable joking about his image and reputation in between songs. As he has done for years in Las Vegas performances, Manilow slips into singing his first No. 1 hit, “Mandy,” by playing a clip from his breakthrough 1975 appearance on The Midnight Special musical variety series. The fact that his voice sounds so close to the way it did some 43 years ago is not lost on his audience, which erupts when Manilow harmonizes with his younger self to complete an epic presentation.
The new show closes with “I Write the Songs” and a dance-party celebration to “Copacabana,” during which a huge horseshoe staircase descends from the theater’s ceiling, allowing Manilow to get close to the fans in the balcony. It’s a grand moment in this grand Vegas room, likely another memorable musical event installed in the legacy of the International Theater.
Westgate Las Vegas, 7 p.m. Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6, $21.53-$216.91 plus tax and fee. 702.732.5111
|September 17, 2018 ||AM 760 KFMB||Win a trip to Vegas to see Barry Manilow|
|Enter to win a trip to Vegas to see Barry Manilow. Listen for the code word on AM 760, when you hear it ENTER CONTEST HERE (Enter by: 11:59 pm on September 30). Barry Manilow celebrates rockin the International Theater at The Westgate for 10 years with new Manilow Las Vegas residency dates NOW through June, 2019.|
Prize package includes:
- Two VIP tickets to Manilow Las Vegas , The Hits Come Home! $300
- Two Night stay at the Westgate: $300
- Dinner for two at Edge Steakhouse: $100
- Manilow Gift Bag: ($150 – inclusions may change)
- Branded Manilow Las Vegas Hat $30
- Branded Manilow Las Vegas Luggage Tag: $30
- Exclusive Manilow Puzzle $30
- Manilow Coloring Book $20
- Manilow Las Vegas Keychain: $15
- Manilow Live Concert DVD’s x 2: $45
Ticket Link: www.BarryManilow.com. Ticket information: Tickets range in price from $19.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees. Shows at 7:00 pm. For more show and ticket information, please visit www.BarryManilow.com or www.WestgateLasVegas.com.
SHOWS CURRENTLY ON SALE:
September 27, 28, 29
October 4, 5, 6 & October 25, 26, 27
November 1, 2, 3 & November 15, 16, 17
February 14, 15, 16 & February 21, 22, 23
SHOWS ON SALE IN 2019:
March 7, 8, 9 & March 28, 29, 30
April 11, 12, 13
May 2, 3, 4 & May 9, 10, 11
June 6, 7, 8 & June 13, 14, 15
Barry Manilow: GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow announces that he will be returning to Las Vegas with a brand new stage production to perform his extensive catalog of hits as the exclusive headliner at the Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The legendary entertainer will return to where he previously made his spectacular residency debut on February 24, 2005. The 85-minute show will celebrate his well-loved greatest hits. “I have nothing but great memories of my seven years performing in Las Vegas,” said Manilow. “I’m very excited to be returning. Get ready, Las Vegas! Here I come!” Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits. He is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.
About Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino: Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, a legendary world-class destination, offers a unique blend of amenities and excitement with all your favorite table games, hottest slots on the market, incredible restaurants, endless entertainment, more than 225,000 square feet of meeting space and the world's largest Race & Sports SuperBook®, which is home to Nevada’s largest wagering system and more than 4,488 square feet of state-of-the-art HD video screens, in a comfortable, smoke-free environment. Westgate Las Vegas provides a range of culinary adventures with eight restaurants, including the world-famous Benihana, the award-winning Edge Steakhouse and the newest addition Fresco Italiano. The property features entertainment options in the International Theater and the Westgate Cabaret and has recently undergone a more than $150 million renovation, that has encompassed every square inch of the property, including the addition of 300 timeshare villas, the all-new International Bar, a fully renovated pool deck, 1,200 remodeled Signature Rooms and the luxurious Serenity Spa, which was recently awarded the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award. For more information or to book accommodations, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to WestgateVegas.com.
RULES: Must be 21 years of age or older. Prize may be used only for the date(s) specified. Hotel guest room accommodations for winner and guest, double occupancy, three days and two nights based on availability. Not redeemable for cash, not transferable, may not be combined with another offer. Winner must use all prize components in a single visit. Winner may not substitute prize components. In the unlikely event that one or more of the prize components is not available for any reason, Westgate Las Vegas reserves the right to substitute a Las Vegas experience of equal or greater value at its sole discretion. In the unlikely event that the artist does not perform during the scheduled trip, for any reason, Westgate Las Vegas may substitute a Las Vegas resort experience of equal or greater value at its sole discretion. Westgate Las Vegas is not responsible for ground transportation. Gratuities are not included. Hotel guest must present a major credit card at check-in to guarantee hotel charges not included in this prize.
|September 17, 2018 ||San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (SDGLN)||"Barry Manilow coming to San Diego for special Christmas concert: The iconic singer brings yuletide magic to America's Finest City. Tickets go on sale Sept. 22" by Timothy Rawles|
|Get ready for a special holiday gift from one of the most legendary singers on the planet. Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmas is coming to Viejas Arena on Thursday, December 13, 2018.|
For more than 50 years, Manilow has been at the top of adult contemporary radio playlists with generational favorites such as "Mandy," "I Write the Songs," and "Copacabana" from the '70s. He then made a successful transition into the '80's with pop-friendly tunes such as "Somewhere Down the Road" and "I Made it Through the Rain." In the '90s he made his first record dedicated to the holidays, titled Because It's Christmas, the LP is filled with inspirational wintertime standards. The album went platinum and stayed at the top of the Billboard special Christmas album chart for 1990.
Manilow is bringing that spirit back in December for A Very Barry Christmas, a live San Diego concert event filled with classic tunes that define the season.
The singer [was] on tour in [the UK] but will return at the end of September where he will pick back up on his popular Las Vegas show until [it's] time to hit the road once again for this very special multi-city engagement. If there is anything that can get San Diego's sun worshippers into the Christmas spirit it's a catalog of holiday tunes sung by America's most beloved singer/songwriter Barry Manilow.
Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmas is on Thursday, December 13, 2018. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 22 at 10 am.
|September 6, 2018 ||icFlorida||Amway Center to host A Very Barry Christmas|
|ORLANDO, Fla. - Music icon Barry Manilow is taking the stage for a special holiday engagement, A Very Barry Christmas, where fans will see Manilow perform his greatest hits like, “Copacabana” and “Mandy,” as well as Christmas favorites. Manilow returns to Orlando’s Amway Center on Saturday, December 8. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 14 at 10 a.m.|
Manilow's unrivaled career encompasses nearly every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. As the undisputed number one Adult Contemporary Chart artist of all time, his worldwide record sales exceed 85 million and he has earned 50 Top 40 hits.
Tickets start at $15.75, prices subject to change, and all tickets are reserved. You can buy tickets at Amway Center box office, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.
For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office). The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.
|September 6, 2018 ||The Telegraph||"Barry Manilow, London's O2 Arena, review: a show of giddy flamboyance that shows no sign of fading with age" by Neil McCormick|
|It seems as if a whole generation of musical legends are bringing their careers to a close. Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Elton John and Joan Baez are amongst the septuagenarian superstars who have recently announced an end to touring. Barry Manilow [bid] farewell on 2015’s One Last Time tour. But like the showbiz trouper he clearly is, he's already back for more. “You know, I really didn't think we were going to be back here,” he told London's packed O2 Arena. “But I'm so glad we are...”|
Manilow has never exactly been the retiring kind, at least not in the shy sense of the word. This is a show of giddy flamboyance, packed with big singalong hits, delivered with glittery panache and underpinned by a deep emotional connection between performer and fans.
He must have had more than his fair share of standing ovations over five decades on the road but he still managed to look genuinely moved when the audience rose to roar and stamped their feet for the big notes that ended Even Now ... When he duets with footage of his younger self on his 1974 hit Mandy, there is an appealing gravity to the deeper timbre of his mature vocal.
You can't even say he looks his age at 75 ... He performed with such delight and vigour that, over the two hour show, the years melted away. “Age only matters if you're a banana,” he joked. “And my banana’s doing fine” ... There was such a cheer when he took off his jacket, Manilow shook his head and sighed “Wait til I take off my pants.”
All this cabaret patter is only a way of keeping things bubbling between one big song after another. He promised his audience a night full of “something I don't hear on the radio any more: melody.” And with songs of the quality of Could It Be Magic, Copacabana and Can't Smile Without You he delivered in spades.
Even at the height of his Seventies pop fame, Manilow stood outside of mainstream pop culture, impervious to trends and fashions, making music rooted in classic Broadway showtunes. Over the years, Manilow’s schmaltzy style has been the butt of many jokes. He himself quipped about his music always being heard in dental surgeries: “As long as there are teeth my songs will survive.”
The truth is that as long as he keeps putting on shows with this much zest and vigour, his music is in no danger of fading out.
|September 5, 2018 ||Orlando Sentinel||"Barry Manilow celebrates the holidays in Orlando" by Trevor Fraser|
|Is there a connection between Barry Manilow and Christmas? When you think of the holidays, is your first thought of showgirls with PTSD drinking themselves half-blind to forget the violence that killed their lovers? Probably not, but something about the Brooklyn native makes sense as a caroler. Maybe [it's] the cheery, energetic production of his songs that remind people of sparkling holiday lights. Or maybe it’s just the rich tones of his voice that sound right for leading a rousing rendition of “Jingle Bells.”|
It just seems that there must be a reason for his show A Very Barry Christmas other than the phonetic similarity between Barry and merry. Could it be magic? The Man Who Writes the Songs will brighten the season on Dec. 8 at Orlando’s Amway Center. Tickets, $15.75-$246.75, go on sale Sept. 14. Details at ticketmaster.com.
|September 4, 2018 ||ABC Action News||Barry Manilow to bring Christmas special to Tampa Bay|
|Music legend Barry Manilow is bringing a special holiday concert to Tampa on December 7. The pop music icon will take the stage at Amalie Arena for a special "A Very Barry Christmas" engagement. Fans will be in for a treat when they hear Manilow perform his greatest hits like "Copacabana" and "Mandy" as well as Christmas favorites.|
Manilow has sold over 85 million albums and has 50 Top-40 hits. Do not miss the chance to hear the legend in person. Tickets start at $16. They go on sale Friday, September 7 at 10 a.m. at the AMALIE Arena Ticket Office and Ticketmaster.com. Click here or call 813-301-2500 for more information.
|September 4, 2018 ||WTSP-10 News||"Barry Manilow to perform Christmas special at Amalie Arena in Tampa: 'A Very Barry Christmas' special is set to come to Amalie Arena on Dec. 7" by Mark Bergin|
|TAMPA, Fla. – Pop music legend Barry Manilow is bringing his Christmas special to Tampa this holiday season. On Dec. 7, Manilow is set to bring his "A Very Barry Christmas" special to Amalie Arena. Manilow is expected to sing classics like "Copacabana" and "Mandy" as well as Christmas favorites. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7.|
|September 4, 2018 ||Creative Loafing Tampa Bay||"One of Barry Manilow's three Christmas concerts is coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena: Tickets go on sale Friday, September 7" by Ray Roa|
|Yes, we're talking about Christmas in September, and it's all Barry Manilow's fault. The 75-year-old singer has announced that a special “A Very Barry Christmas” engagement will head to Tampa's Amalie Arena on December 7. A release said fans will hear "greatest hits like 'Copacabana' and 'Mandy' as well as Christmas favorites."|
Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, September 7 at 10 a.m. EDT and will cost fans $16-$246. The engagement is just one of three "Very Barry Christmas" shows Manilow is throwing nationwide (the others are on December 6 at Miami's American Airlines Arena and on December 8 at Amway Center in Orlando).
Barry Manilow loves Christmas music, and in 2012, he told NPR why. "Whenever I get an opportunity to do an album full of standards, I jump at it because I miss it," he said, adding that he uses the opportunity to stretch the definition of a "Christmas song," and that one of his favorites is "Violets for Your Furs." "I thought, 'Well, it's a winter song, it's close enough.' And people should hear songs like that!" Manilow said. "It's a lovely song. Sinatra did it on one of his earlier albums. My stepfather showed it to me, and I never quite got over it."
Get more information on the show -- and then get in the spirit: A Very Barry Christmas w/Barry Manilow. Fri. Dec. 7, 7 p.m. $16-$246. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa. amaliearena.com.
|September 4, 2018 ||Tampa Bay Times||"Barry Manilow coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa" by Jay Cridlin|
|The way things are going, Barry Manilow might just tour forever. Especially around the holidays. The soft-pop king has announced plans for a new holiday tour that'll hit Tampa's Amalie Arena on Dec. 7. Tickets start at just $16 --— $16! -- and go on sale Sept. 14. Click here for details.|
We thought a couple of years ago that Manilow's last appearance at Amalie Arena might be, well, his last. But as he told us at the time: "Come back in two years, and who knows?"
The Christmas tour should spark a little life into his performance (not that he was ever lagging). He's released a handful of holiday albums over the years, most recently 2007's In the Swing of Christmas. He's sure to play a few classic crowd-pleasers, too, like Mandy and Looks Like We Made It.
Even if you're not a big fan, $16 is a heck of a price tag for an early stocking stuffer. Besides, you never know, maybe THIS will be your last chance to see Manilow in Tampa.
|September 4, 2018 ||Orlando Weekly||"Barry Manilow to bring his 'Very Barry Christmas' to Orlando" by Matthew Moyer|
|Crooner Barry Manilow has announced a trio of "Very Barry Christmas" holiday music shows in Florida, and the City Beautiful is one of those stops! As of this writing, the three Florida stops are the only announced dates period for Manilow's holiday music marathon, so start warming up the snow machines now. Barry Manilow's "A Very Barry Christmas" happens on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 14.|
|September 4, 2018 ||ITV News||Manchester's RNCM honours Barry Manilow|
|He may already have Emmy and Grammy awards to his name but Barry Manilow now has another accolade to add to his cabinet. The veteran singer was presented with an Honorary Fellowship by staff at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), part way through his performance at the Manchester Arena on Sunday.|
On receiving the Honorary Fellowship, he said: "‘I am honoured to have been chosen to receive this prestigious fellowship and thank the Royal Northern College of Music for this acknowledgement.’"
With worldwide sales of more than 85 million records, Barry is ranked as the top adult contemporary chart artist of all time (R&R and Billboard magazines) and his success is a benchmark for popular music. He's had a multitude of hits, including Copacabana, Can’t Smile Without You and Could It Be Magic, to his name. Perhaps it's no wonder Rolling Stone crowned him "'a giant among entertainers...the showman of our generation.’"
Andy Stott is Head of Popular Music at the RNCM. In a statement he said he was delighted to honour Manilow's career. "'The RNCM’s Popular Music programme aims to produce professional musicians who are top quality performers and original artists in their own right, and I’m delighted that we are able honour the career of a musician who has been just that for over five decades. Barry Manilow is an icon of the pop music industry – not only is he a prolific songwriter, charismatic performer and producer, but he is a truly outstanding musician whose work has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world. I look forward to developing a relationship that will enable him to inspire our students creatively and to make a positive and influential impact on their careers."
After the concert, popular music students were invited backstage to meet Barry.
|September 4, 2018 ||Billboard||Barry Manilow Honored With Honorary Fellowship in England|
|It’s a long way from Copacabana, but they sure do love Barry Manilow in Manchester. The veteran crooner received an honorary fellowship from the Royal Northern College of Music part way through his performance Sunday night at the Manchester Arena, in northern England. “I tell you, something like this just inspires me to keep making make more and more and more music for you. So thanks for this ... thank you so much,” Manilow said on receiving his award, Reuters reports.|
College principal Linda Merrick and the head of the popular music degree program, Andy Stott, were on hand to fete the 75-year-old singer, who Stott described as “one of the world’s greatest showmen”.
[Manilow's] tour moves on Arena Birmingham on Tuesday night followed by three dates at London’s O2, starting Thursday night.
|September 3, 2018 ||Reuters||From the Copacabana to Manchester: UK college honors Manilow|
|LONDON (Reuters) - Star singer Barry Manilow got another award for his trophy cabinet in front of an audience of roaring fans in the northern English city of Manchester. Staff at the city’s Royal Northern College of Music handed over an Honorary Fellowship to the Emmy and Grammy winner part way through his performance at the Manchester Arena on Sunday.|
“You know what they say, that giving is better than receiving - but not tonight,” said the 75-year-old performer, whose glitzy hits include “I Write the Songs”, “Copacabana”, “Mandy” and “Ready to Take a Chance Again”. “I tell you, something like this just inspires me to keep making make more and more and more music for you. So thanks for this ... thank you so much,” he added, before getting his band back into the groove with an “Alright boys let’s go!”
College principal Linda Merrick handed over the certificate after a speech by the head of the popular music degree program, Andy Stott, who described Manilow as “one of the world’s greatest showmen”. “For over five decades, Barry has become an icon of the popular music industry,” said Stott as the singer raised his eyebrows behind him. After the show, Stott said he was hoping to build up links with Manilow so the star could inspire his students and boost their careers.
|September 2, 2018 ||Leeds Live||"Barry Manilow admits he is 'smitten with Britain' in stellar Leeds performance on surprise return to UK: The singer was back in Leeds just two years after his farewell tour and wowed a packed First Direct Arena" by Matt Millington|
|"What's your 75-year-old Grandad doing tonight?" That was probably the best line from Barry Manilow on his momentous return to the First Direct Arena on Saturday (September 1).|
Two years ago the music icon was here on his farewell tour - at the time aged 73 and you'd have forgiven him for never making that long trip to these shores again. Yet prior to this latest tour of the UK, as Manilow told the crowd, he'd done 22 others here in a career spanning over 40 years. One more can't hurt, surely!
He described a 'love affair with England which started way back in 1978' between hits, and in truth it was remarkable to watch as Bazza soaked up the atmosphere of thousands of screaming fans - fans who know they might never get that moment again.
He danced his way through upbeat classics like "It's A Miracle" and "Could It Be Magic," and effortlessly nailed ballads "Even Now," "Looks Like We Made It" and "[Weekend In New England]" to take the audience back to the decades gone by when his music stole their hearts.
For 90 minutes, Leeds celebrated Manilow's life in music with him - perhaps the most touching moment, when he told fans about how his own Grandad was the one who saw his musical talent before anyone else when he was just three-years-old. "This one's for you" provided the most fitting tribute.
He looked on as a video on the big screen showed his performance of Mandy on its release back in 1974 - the song that catapulted his career. Manilow then took to the piano to play alongside his younger self over 40 years and millions of record sales later.
The audience even had the chance to become Bazza himself when they were given a pair of 3D glasses to take a 'flying' tour of his birth place New York - this a link to his latest album This Is My Town (Songs of New York).
Manilow only seemed to get better as the performance went on, and by favourite "Copacabana" the majority of fans were on their feet. "I Write The Songs" had preceeded it in an overwhelming end to the show. "What a ride it's been Leeds" he told the crowd - perhaps an indication that this might be it for his time touring the UK.
In terms of record sales, the figures are astounding and make him one the of the best selling solo artists of all time. And his tour figures are rather impressive too - his 23rd UK tour, 44 years after "Mandy" took the world by storm - all at the age of 75.
I'll ask you again - "What was your 75-year-old Grandad doing last night?!"