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March 24, 2017 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Joins Next Month's 'CONCERT FOR AMERICA' at The Town Hall
CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! announced today that music icon Barry Manilow will be kicking off the fourth edition of the benefit concert series, which will take place on Tuesday April 18th at 8pm at The Town Hall in NYC (123 W. 43rd Street). Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with a staggering 50 top 40 hits. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released over 40 albums over the course of his legendary career.

CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! concert proceeds will support five national organizations working to protect human rights: Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, The Sierra Club Foundation, NAACP and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The previously announced performers and presenters include Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Oskar Eustis, Lisa Lampanelli, LaChanze, and Andy Cohen. Tickets range from $30 to $250 and are available at www.ConcertsForAmerica.com. Sponsorships are available. For more information, email concertforamerica@gmail.com.

The concert series was created and organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, in association with Your Kids, Our Kids as well as the generous support of The Actors Fund and Janet and Howard Kagan. It is co-produced by Joey Monda and Frankie Dailey and will be directed by Tony Award nominee Lisa Mordente.

CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! will be broadcast Live via Facebook and at ConcertsforAmerica.com, beginning at 8PM ET/5PM PT on Tuesday April 18th. Supporters unable to attend are encouraged to view and donate via the concert's website or Facebook's livestream.

CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! is the innovation of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who also organized the Broadway For Orlando/"What the World Needs Now is Love" recording. The benefit concert series debuted to critical acclaim at New York City's The Town Hall on Inauguration Day and two additional concerts in New York and Chicago evolved.

For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation, visit www.ConcertsforAmerica.com, or follow on Facebook: Facebook.com/ConcertForAmerica and Twitter: @Concerts4USA.

March 24, 2017 PlaybillBarry Manilow Joins Roster for Upcoming Concert for America: The monthly fundraising event will be held at The Town Hall in New York" by Andrew Gans
Grammy and Emmy winner Barry Manilow has joined the lineup of performers for the next concert in the fundraising series Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, which will be presented April 18 at 8 PM at The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. The Tony Award honoree joins Ugly Betty co-stars Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie, Oskar Eustis, Lisa Lampanelli, LaChanze, and Andy Cohen for the evening of song, comedy, and commentary. Tony nominee Lisa Mordente directs.

The innovation of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the concert event is part of the monthly series benefiting five national organizations working to protect human rights: Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, The Sierra Club Foundation, NAACP, and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. For those unable to attend the concert in person, it will be broadcast via Facebook Live and at ConcertsforAmerica.com, beginning at 8 PM ET.

Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is created and organized by Rudetsky and Wesley in association with Your Kids, Our Kids, as well as the support of The Actors Fund. It is co-produced by Joey Monda and Frankie Dailey. Tickets start at $30 and are available at Ticketmaster.com and at The Town Hall box office.

March 24, 2017 Western Massachusetts News"Barry Manilow joins concert to help human rights groups" by Mark Kennedy
Barry Manilow is adding his legendary voice to a concert series in New York City that raises money for human rights organizations. The Grammy-winning singer of songs such as "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It" will appear at the next monthly "Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!" on April 18 at The Town Hall. It also will be streamed live on Facebook. Manilow will join other performers and presenters including Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Lisa Lampanelli, LaChanze and Andy Cohen.

Proceeds will benefit the NAACP, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center and the Sierra Club Foundation. Tickets range from $30 to $250. The monthly series, which started on Inauguration Day, is the brainchild of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. There have been two additional concerts in New York and Chicago. Online: http://thetownhall.org/event/concertforamerica

March 24, 2017 CBS SF Bay AreaBarry Manilow To Perform At 'Concert For America' On Facebook Live
NEW YORK (CBS SF) – Legendary entertainer Barry Manilow has been added to the monthly concert series, “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!,” created by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. Manilow’s performance will be on April 18th, helping to raise funds for human rights organizations.

Best known for his hit songs "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It," just to name a few, the Grammy-winner joins other artists and presenters including Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Lisa Lampanelli, LaChanze and Andy Cohen. The event will be held at The Town Hall and will stream on Facebook Live.

Previous concerts featured artists and entertainers like Ingrid Michaelson, Martha Wash, Ellen Burstyn, Andrea Martin, Stephanie Mills, Piper Perabo, Kate Mulgrew, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie Perez and many more.

Tickets to attend the show go between $30.00 to $250.00 with proceeds benefitting the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center and the Sierra Club Foundation. More information on the concert can be found at their website, concertsforamerica.com.

March 23, 2017 Broadway WorldBWW World Premiere Exclusive: First Listen to Barry Manilow's 'Coney Island' from THIS IS MY TOWN
This Is My Town: Songs of New York is the album Barry Manilow was born to make. A native New Yorker, Barry's been in love with the rhythms, melodies and music of the Big Apple since childhood. Now, with the release of his new album, out on April 21 on Verve Label Group, he's "saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency" with a thematic song-cycle celebrating his home town. Below, BroadwayWorld has a world-premiere exclusive first listen to "Coney Island"!

Pre-order the album on Amazon and iTunes, and get "This Is My Town" instantly!

"I'm grateful for having been raised there because I've always felt grounded," Manilow says. "One of the things I'm most proud of is that having gone through the hurricane of success, I feel I'm still the same guy that took the subway every day to work in Manhattan. And I attribute that grounding to being raised in New York."

More than a year in creation, This Is My Town: Songs of New York premieres ten new Barry Manilow studio recordings with the songs evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. While writing his own songs for the album, Barry made demos of the classic New York-inspired songs he loved to sing.

According to Barry, "the album is like a melting pot - just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you're going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B, and Broadway. That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

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 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row. Barry Manilow was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and has his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously.

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is co-produced by Barry Manilow with David Benson, except for "Coney Island" [which] was co-produced with Michael Lloyd.

March 17, 2017 WGN RadioBarry Manilow: I may not be rock and roll, but my music is passionate
Bill and Wendy are joined on the phone by the GREAT singer and musician, Barry Manilow! They talk about his new album, 'This Is My Town', his love for Chicago, his love for his fans, and much more.

CLICK HERE to LISTEN!
March 9, 2017 Billboard.com"Barry Manilow Premieres 'New York City Rhythm/On Broadway' From New Album" by Gary Graff
There's no question what state of mind Barry Manilow is in on his next album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York. The set, due out April 21 on Decca, features 10 Big Apple-centric songs, mixing Manilow originals and covers as well as mash-ups such as the "NYC Medley" and "New York City Rhythm/On Broadway," which is premiering below. "I come from New York," Manilow, a Brooklyn native, tells Billboard. "When you come from New York you are always a New Yorker. Even though I've lived on the West Coast for more years than I did in New York. I still feel like a New Yorker. I still talk fast. I still have my Brooklyn accent if I don't watch out. I still feel like a New York guy, so this (album) made sense."

Manilow considered "a lot of different angles" for the musical love letter to his home town -- some narrative, some thematic like previous releases such as 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe, Swing Street and Here at The Mayflower. He ultimately decided on a more general direction. "This is just great songs about New York," he explains. "It started off being a jazz album, but then I did a little pop and then a little blues along with the jazz and a little Broadway and I said, 'Y'know, that's what New York is. It's a melting pot of different styles.'"

The "New York City Rhythm"/"On Broadway," combo, knitting Manilow's 1975 original with the Drifters classic, came together by happenstance, as Manilow was putting together demos and experimenting with ideas for This Is My Town. "'New York City Rhythm' was done as an uptempo thing," he says, "but I decided to slow it down and use it as an intro into 'On Broadway,' and then in 'On Broadway' I kept quoting the strong lines of 'New York City Rhythm.' So only fans or people who actually know my music will understand that I used a lot of the string line from 'New York City Rhythm' in 'On Broadway.' That was just an arranger's trick, but I think it worked fine."

That experimentation extended to the eight-song "NYC Medley," which includes the theme from New York, New York, Billy Joel's "New York State Of Mind" and Jay Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State Of Mind." "If you took a look at my computer and saw all the ideas I had for this album, they go on and on and on," says Manilow, who also does a virtual, posthumous duet with Mel Torme on "Brooklyn Bridge." I thought I'd sound like a real idiot with ('Empire State Of Mind') in the middle of that medley; I did, but not as much as I thought I would. I think I pulled it off." That plethora of ideas doesn't mean he'll do a sequel, however.

"No. One album and that's it," Manilow says. "The only album I wanted to do a volume two of was Paradise Cafe. It's the only one I would've considered, but every time I tried... Y'know, sometimes you've just got to leave it alone, so I left that one along. But no second New York album. This is it."

Metropolitan New York will be one of three places Manilow plays this year -- along with Los Angeles and Chicago. He ended his touring career, he swears, last June in England after spending more than a year "saying goodbye to every city possible." But starting in May he'll be playing a series of bi-monthly shows, kicking off May 14 at The Forum Inglewood, Calif., then playing May 17 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., and the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

"It's going to be a residency type of thing, every other month for as long as people will come," Manilow says. As he did during his residency at Paris in Las Vegas, Manilow plans to mix the setlists up and dig deep into his catalog to keep his fans coming. "We loved it in Vegas 'cause I was able to change the show around every six weeks or so, and it was totally different than the last time," he says. "That's what I could do with this thing I'm going to be doing. We'll see if I can pull it off. It should be exciting."

March 10, 2017 RTT NewsBarry Manilow Releases Medley From New Album
Barry Manilow has released his new medley "New York City Rhythm/On Broadway" from his upcoming new album. The album, which is titled This Is My Town: Songs of New York, finds Manilow backed by a 10-piece big band. The release is due out April 21 via Decca Records and the New York native said it's truly a love letter to his hometown: "I come from New York," Manilow, a Brooklyn native, tells Billboard. "When you come from New York you are always a New Yorker. Even though I've lived on the West Coast for more years than I did in New York. I still feel like a New Yorker. I still talk fast. I still have my Brooklyn accent if I don't watch out. I still feel like a New York guy, so this (album) made sense."

March 10, 2017 WJBD RadioHear Manilow's "New York City Rhythm"/"On Broadway" online now
Barry Manilow's upcoming studio album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, is an homage to his hometown that mixes new original tunes and classic standards, all celebrating the Big Apple. Now, one of the pop legend's new tracks, a mash-up of his own song "New York City Rhythm" and the Drifters hit "On Broadway," has premiered at Billboard.com.

Barry tells Billboard that he came up with the idea for the mash-up while he was making demos for the project. "'New York City Rhythm' was done as an uptempo thing, but I decided to slow it down and use it as an intro into 'On Broadway,'" he explains. "And then in 'On Broadway' I kept quoting the string lines of 'New York City Rhythm.' So only fans or people who actually know my music will understand that I used a lot of the string line from 'New York City Rhythm' in 'On Broadway.'"

Regarding the album's concept, Barry notes, "This is just great songs about New York. It started off being a jazz album, but then I did a little pop and then a little blues along with the jazz and a little Broadway and I said, 'Y'know, that's what New York is. It's a melting pot of different styles.'"

The album ends with a track called "NYC Medley" that features segments of the theme from New York, New York, Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" and the Jay Z-Alicia Keys duet "Empire State of Mind." Manilow admits, "I thought I'd sound like a real idiot with ['Empire State of Mind'] in the middle of that medley; I did, but not as much as I thought I would. I think I pulled it off."

This Is My Town: Songs of New York will be released on April 21.

March 1, 2017 Daily HeraldBarry Manilow comes to Allstate Arena in May
Barry Manilow is heading back on tour with a stop at Rosemont's Allstate Arena at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter will be performing his top pop hits as well as selections from his forthcoming album "This Is My Town: Songs of New York." Tickets are $19.75 to $349.75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit allstatearena.com.
February 27, 2017 Chicago Tribune"Barry Manilow to play Allstate Arena in May" by Jessi Roti
Pop music showman Barry Manilow is embarking on a three-city concert stint this spring, playing Allstate Arena in Rosemont on May 17. Touring in support of his new album "This Is My Town: Songs of New York," due April 21 as well as his numerous hits such as "Mandy" and "Copacabana," Manilow will play shows in Los Angeles and New York. Tickets go on sale noon Friday through Livenation. Each pair of tickets comes with a copy of Manilow's new album.
February 22, 2017 News OK"Barry Manilow to perform spring show in Durant" by Brandy McDonnell
DURANT - Pop music icon Barry Manilow will take the stage May 12 at Choctaw Grand Theater, 4418 S Hwy 69/75 at Choctaw Casino Resort, to celebrate his new album. “This is My Town: Songs of New York” is due out April 21 on Verve Label Group. More than a year in creation, the album includes 10 new studio recordings, with the selections evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. In Durant, Manilow will perform his greatest hits like “Copacabana” and “Mandy” as well as songs from his new album on the intimate Grand Theater stage.

Manilow has sold more than 85 million albums and scored 50 Top 40 hits. Last year, he played Oklahoma City and Tulsa on his "One Last Time!” multi-city North American tour, announcing his intention to limit his concert appearances after the trek. The Durant show is one of only four currently listed on his tour itinerary; the other May concerts will be in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Tickets to his Oklahoma show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Ticket prices are $100 and $125. For more information, go to www.choctawcasinos.com/choctaw-durant.

February 16, 2017 People.com"FIRST LISTEN: Barry Manilow Drops Upbeat Ode to His Hometown 'I Dig New York'" by Jeff Nelson
He writes the songs - and this time around, they’re all about the Big Apple! Barry Manilow is back with a new album, and PEOPLE has an exclusive first listen to his new song, "I Dig New York."

The track will appear on the icon’s latest album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, due April 21. Inspired by his hometown — Manilow, 73, grew up in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood - the 10-track collection includes original songs, in addition to classics like "On Broadway."

This Is My Town is Manilow’s first album [that] he’s released since undergoing emergency oral surgery in February of 2016; the surgery was successful, and a week later the modern Great American Songbook contributor performed at Clive Davis’ 40th pre-Grammy party in L.A.

February 14, 2017 Press Release
SOURCE: STILETTO Entertainment
These Are My Towns! Music Legend Barry Manilow Announces 2017 Three City Concert Residency
NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pop Music Icon Barry Manilow announced today that he will perform a three-city 2017 concert residency in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles' Forum will host the first concert on Sunday, May 14th (Mother's Day) followed by the Allstate Arena in Rosemont (Chicago) on Wednesday, May 17th and the NEW Nassau Coliseum in New York on Thursday, May 25.

Manilow's concerts will feature his Greatest Hits along with songs from his new album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, scheduled to be released on April 21st by the Verve Label Group (Universal). Every pair (2) of tickets for these show's will include a physical CD of Barry's new album.

The album features the following tracks:

  1. This Is My Town
  2. New York City Rhythm / On Broadway
  3. Coney Island
  4. Lonely Town
  5. Lovin' At Birdland
  6. Downtown / Uptown
  7. On The Roof
  8. I Dig New York
  9. The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet with Mel Tormé)
  10. NYC Medley

"I'm thrilled to perform in these three exciting cities. Each are unique and hold very special memories for me," said Manilow.

Tickets for the upcoming This Is My Town concerts are scheduled to go on sale this week. Ticket information will be available online at www.manilow.com
, www.facebook.com/barrymanilow
and www.ticketmaster.com.

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:
www.manilow.com
www.facebook.com/barrymanilow
www.twitter.com/barrymanilow

February 14, 2017 Newsday"Barry Manilow 2017 tour includes Nassau Coliseum concert" by Glenn Gamboa
Barry Manilow just can’t say goodbye. Though the Brooklyn native wrapped up his “One Last Time!” tour last year — he said it would be his final time around — he has planned a short tour to promote his upcoming “This Is My Town: Songs of New York” album, including a stop at Nassau Coliseum on May 25.

Uniondale will be one of only three cities on the limited engagement, which also includes stops in Los Angeles and Chicago. “I’m thrilled to perform in these three exciting cities,” Manilow said in a statement. “Each are unique and hold very special memories for me. Finally, I’m home,” Manilow said at his Nassau Coliseum show in 2015. “Finally, I can talk as fast as I want to.”

Tickets for Manilow’s show go on sale at noon Friday through Ticketmaster. His album, a tribute to his life in New York, is due out on April 21 through Verve Records.

February 14, 2017 NorthJersey.com"Barry Manilow to perform in New York, Chicago and L.A." by Raymond A. Edel
Barry Manilow gave the perfect Valentine's Day gift to his Fanilows (what his fans call themselves) on Tuesday. The pop music icon announced that he will perform a three-city 2017 concert residency in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles' Forum will host the first concert on May 14 followed by the Allstate Arena in Rosemont (Chicago) on May 17 and The New Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on May 25.

Manilow's concerts will feature his greatest hits along with song from his new album, "This Is My Town: Songs of New York." Every pair of tickets for these shows will include a physical CD of Manilow's new album.

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale noon Feb. 17. Ticket information is available at www.manilow.com, www.facebook.com/barrymanilow and www.ticketmaster.com

February 8, 2017 WJBD Radio 100.1Barry Manilow Pays Tribute to His City with 'This Is My Town: Songs of New York'
Start spreading the news! Barry Manilow will release a brand-new album paying tribute to his hometown, New York City, on April 21. This Is My Town: Songs of New York is a song cycle mixing new original tunes and renditions of standards celebrating the Big Apple.

As Manilow explains, the themed 10-track collection is his way of "saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency." The singer reveals that he decided to include classic non-original material on the record because "it felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew."

The album features a mash-up of his own 1975 tune "New York City Rhythm" and the Drifters hit "On Broadway," other medleys that include Petula Clark's "Downtown" and Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," and a virtual duet with late crooner Mel Tormé on the song "The Brooklyn Bridge."

Kicking off This Is My Town is the title track, an anthem which was co-written by Manilow and his longtime collaborator, Bruce Sussman, and features Barry declaring his love for the city. You can listen to the song now at Manilow's official VEVO YouTube channel.

Regarding the various genres featured on the album, Barry describes it as a melting pot. "There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B and Broadway," says Manilow. "That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

Here's the full track list of This Is My Town: Songs of New York:

"This Is My Town"
"New York City Rhythm"/"On Broadway"
"Coney Island"
"Lonely Town"
"Lovin' at Birdland"
"Downtown"/"Uptown"
"On the Roof"
"I Dig New York"
"The Brooklyn Bridge" (virtual duet with Mel Tormé)
"NYC Medley"

February 7, 2017 Press Release
[SOURCE: VERVE LABEL GROUP]
Grammy, Emmy & Tony-Award Winner Barry Manilow Releases New Studio Album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York A Love Letter to The Big Apple, Out April 21 on Verve Label Group
NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- This Is My Town: Songs of New York is the album Barry Manilow was born to make. A native New Yorker, Barry's been in love with the rhythms, melodies and music of the Big Apple since childhood. Now, with the release of his new album, out on April 21 on Verve Label Group, he's "saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency" with a thematic song-cycle celebrating his home town.

"I'm grateful for having been raised there because I've always felt grounded," he says. "One of the things I'm most proud of is that having gone through the hurricane of success, I feel I'm still the same guy that took the subway every day to work in Manhattan. And I attribute that grounding to being raised in New York."

More than a year in creation, This Is My Town: Songs of New York premieres ten new Barry Manilow studio recordings with the songs evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. While writing his own songs for the album, Barry made demos of the classic New York-inspired songs he loved to sing.

"I didn't want to do a full original album," he says. "It felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew. I must have done 50 demos of standards as I was writing the original songs. That's what took the longest: to choose the standards. And, of course, to write the originals."

The title song, "This Is My Town" sets up the album's musical journey through New York's five boroughs. The track was co-written by Barry Manilow "with my brilliant, long-time collaborator, Bruce Sussman. I'm very proud of the production, arrangement, orchestration and melody. And listen to Bruce's brilliant lyric. Only a New Yorker could have written that lyric."

According to Barry, "the album is like a melting pot – just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you're going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B, and Broadway. That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time best-selling recording artists. He's had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row.

Barry Manilow was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and has his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously.

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is co-produced by Barry Manilow with David Benson. Except for "Coney Island" was co-produced with Michael Lloyd.

This Is My Town: Songs of New York Track listing:

  1. This Is My Town
  2. New York City Rhythm / On Broadway
  3. Coney Island
  4. Lonely Town
  5. Lovin' At Birdland
  6. Downtown / Uptown
  7. On The Roof
  8. I Dig New York
  9. The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet with Mel Tormé)
  10. NYC Medley

www.manilow.com
www.facebook.com/barrymanilow
www.twitter.com/barrymanilow

Pre-order the album:
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iTunes (Get "This Is My Town" instantly): http://smarturl.it/ThisIsMyTown_iTu
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February 7, 2017 Vintage Vinyl NewsBarry Manilow Saluting Songs About New York on His New Album
Barry Manilow had some of the biggest hits of the 70's and early 80's, many of which he actually didn't write even though he is a Songwriters Hall of Fame member. That's one of the things that made Manilow unique in the music of the last five decades. He was as adept at singing his own songs as he was at interpreting the music of others.

Since 2006, Barry has released nine albums with only one, 2011's 15 Minutes, being a strictly Manilow composed set. The rest highlighted the best songs of each decade, love songs, duets and holiday music.

On April 21, Barry will mix originals with covers on the album This is My Town: Songs of New York. In fact, he has split the album evenly between new songs and standards, all of which evoke the spirit and energy of his home town, New York City.

Manilow said "I'm grateful for having been raised there because I've always felt grounded. One of the things I'm most proud of is that having gone through the hurricane of success, I feel I'm still the same guy that took the subway every day to work in Manhattan. And I attribute that grounding to being raised in New York."

The singer recorded dozens of demos of songs about the city while writing his original material. "I didn't want to do a full original album. It felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew. I must have done 50 demos of standards as I was writing the original songs. That's what took the longest: to choose the standards. And, of course, to write the originals."

The title song, This Is My Town, sets up the album's musical journey through New York's five boroughs. The track was co-written by Barry Manilow "with my brilliant, long-time collaborator, Bruce Sussman. I'm very proud of the production, arrangement, orchestration and melody. And listen to Bruce's brilliant lyric. Only a New Yorker could have written that lyric."

According to Barry, "the album is like a melting pot – just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you're going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B, and Broadway. That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

The track list:

  • This Is My Town
  • New York City Rhythm / On Broadway
  • Coney Island
  • Lonely Town
  • Lovin' At Birdland
  • Downtown / Uptown
  • On The Roof
  • I Dig New York
  • The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet with Mel Tormé)
  • NYC Medley
February 3, 2017 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Sets Spring Release for New Album THIS IS MY TOWN: SONGS OF NEW YORK
This Is My Town: Songs of New York is the album Barry Manilow was born to make. A native New Yorker, Barry's been in love with the rhythms, melodies and music of the Big Apple since childhood.

Now, with the release of his new album, out on April 21 on Verve Label Group, he's "saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency" with a thematic song-cycle celebrating his home town.

"I'm grateful for having been raised there because I've always felt grounded," he says. "One of the things I'm most proud of is that having gone through the hurricane of success, I feel I'm still the same guy that took the subway every day to work in Manhattan. And I attribute that grounding to being raised in New York."

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More than a year in creation, This Is My Town: Songs of New York premieres ten new Barry Manilow studio recordings with the songs evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. While writing his own songs for the album, Barry made demos of the classic New York-inspired songs he loved to sing. "I didn't want to do a full original album," he says. "It felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew. I must have done 50 demos of standards as I was writing the original songs. That's what took the longest: to choose the standards. And, of course, to write the originals."

The title song, "This Is My Town" sets up the album's musical journey through New York's five boroughs. The track was co-written by Barry Manilow "with my brilliant, long-time collaborator, Bruce Sussman. I'm very proud of the production, arrangement, orchestration and melody. And listen to Bruce's brilliant lyric. Only a New Yorker could have written that lyric."

According to Barry, "the album is like a melting pot - just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you're going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B, and Broadway. That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

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 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row. Barry Manilow was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and has his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously.

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is co-produced by Barry Manilow with David Benson. Except for "Coney Island" [is] co-produced with Michael Lloyd.

Track listing:

  1. This Is My Town
  2. New York City Rhythm / On Broadway
  3. Coney Island
  4. Lonely Town
  5. Lovin' At Birdland
  6. Downtown / Uptown
  7. On The Roof
  8. I Dig New York
  9. The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet with Mel Tormé)
  10. NYC Medley

For more about Barry, visit www.manilow.com or find him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/barrymanilow and Twitter: www.twitter.com/barrymanilow.

February 2, 2017 USA Today"Exclusive premiere: Barry Manilow's 'This Is My Town'" by Jayme Deerwester
Calling all Fanilows.

This is your chance to hear Barry Manilow's new single, This Is My Town, the first track from his upcoming album My Town: Songs of New York, due April 21. He's debuting it exclusively with USA TODAY.

“I’m a New York City boy; born and raised," he explained. "So when it came time to create a new album, I thought, 'How about celebrating New York?' How about saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency?"

Verve Label Group says This Is My Town sets up the album's musical journey through New York's five boroughs. So, think of it as running the New York Marathon without having to destroy your shins or hit the wall at Mile 18.

Listen below.

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December 22, 2016 Yahoo! Finance News'iHeartMedia’s National Jingle Day Presented by Jingle Punks' to Celebrate The Power of Sound With 13 Top Brands
iHeartMedia, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other radio or television outlet, today announced its partnership with audio creative agency Jingle Punks for a fun adventure in sound featuring original audio collaborations from 13 leading brands. iHeartMedia’s National Jingle Day Presented by Jingle Punks will take place on Monday, December 26 and will debut new jingles from the ACLU, Aloe Gloe, Axe Hair, Band-Aid® Brand Adhesive Bandages, Chase Freedom Unlimited, Glade®, Logitech, musical.ly, Outback Steakhouse, Suave, Ziploc® and more.

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The brands collaborated with iHeartMedia and Jingle Punks to script, record and produce 13 original jingles back-to-back in 13 hours. Select jingles will air nationwide on December 26 across hundreds of iHeartMedia radio stations as well as on iHeartRadio, the company’s all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service - a unique advertising opportunity for these brands. In addition, musical.ly, the world’s fastest growing video social network, will celebrate iHeartMedia’s National Jingle Day Presented by Jingle Punks by sharing a selection of the original jingles with its community of more than 160 million users, allowing them to create videos set to their favorite jingle.

"National Jingle Day will celebrate the pure creative power of a great jingle," said Gayle Troberman, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for iHeartMedia. "When you combine a simple message with a few of the right notes and the massive reach of iHeartMedia, a brand can find its way into consumers’ heads and hearts forever."

"National Jingle Day was created to bring the jingle back into the spotlight in an impactful, disruptive way," said Jingle Punks’ president and CCO, Jared Gutstadt. "Music is the most powerful way to reach people, so we teamed up with iHeartMedia to create 13 jingles for 13 brands in 13 hours, and ended up with some kick ass audio creative that celebrates the adventure of sound in today’s modern world."

As part of iHeartMedia’s National Jingle Day Presented by Jingle Punks, recording artist Barry Manilow will be the first-ever honoree inducted into the National Jingle Day Hall of Fame for his voice work on iconic brands such as McDonald’s, Band-Aid, KFC and State Farm. Fans can visit youtu.be/MRRQHHBcnp4 to hear a compilation of select jingles from Manilow’s career. "I’m honored to be the first inductee for the National Jingle Day Hall of Fame," said Manilow. "I’ve been writing and recording jingles for more than 45 years and they’re always the cornerstone of popular and recognizable marketing campaigns. Jingles have a way of getting stuck in our heads and I’ve worked with dozens of brands that can attest to the power of a catchy tune."

Beginning December 26, listeners can visit iHeartRadio.com/JingleDay to learn more and hear all the jingles. Download hi-res b-roll footage of recording sessions from iHeartMedia’s National Jingle Day Presented by Jingle Punks here.

June 23, 2016 The Wharf"How do I get to Barry Manilow at The O2?" by Laura Enfield
Floods of ‘fanilows’ will be in floods of tears as they head to The O2 to see Barry Manilow perform there for the last time (Thursday, June 23, from £19.75). The 72-year-old singer is hitting the road for one final hurrah before hanging up his sequinned touring jacket for good.

Trying to navigate your way through all the emotional turmoil will be tough enough so we have out together a handy guide to make sure you get there safely and in time to hear him croon Mandy, Copacabana and (sob) Can’t Smile Without You.

Tube: The Jubilee line is the best way to travel to the venue - just get off at North Greenwich and remember the last tube to central London will be at 12.19am and to Stratford at 1.02am for those in an after party mood. Check here for Tube status.

Driving: There is parking on site and The O2 is signposted from the M25, the A2 and A20 (from the South East), and the M11 (from the North). Take the junction for Millennium Way or Edmund Halley Way. Or just tap in the postcode - SE10 0DX into your Sat Nav.

Bus: The 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472 and 486 all stop at North Greenwich station . And the 188 is 24 hours to and from Waterloo station. Sit on the top deck for a View To (A) Kill for.

Boat: The MBNA Thames Clippers service to North Greenwich comes from as far west as Putney and as far east as Woolwich (at limited times).

Cable car: It may only come over from the Royal Docks, but the Emirates Air Line is certainly a more scenic route for those adventurous sorts among you. If you’re travelling on the DLR as well, you can change at Royal Victoria and get to it from there.

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June 23, 2016 The Wharf"Barry Manilow tour comes to The O2 for the last time" by Laura Enfield
There’ll be sing-alongs, schmaltz, romance and plenty of tears as Barry Manilow returns to The O2 – for the last time (Thursday, June 23, from £19.75). The 72-year-old singer is hitting the road for one final hurrah before hanging up his sequinned touring jacket for good.

After performing more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 through 2011, the Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winner has had enough of travelling the world so will no longer be doing big concert series. With his band of 13 musicians and singers, the legendary singer said: “We had a great time putting the show together. We hope to take everyone on an emotional roller coaster. I can’t wait to see everyone dancing in the aisles.”

His gig in north Greenwich will be the last stop on his One Last Time tour and his adoring “fanilows” are sure to turn out in their droves to raise their lighters and join in renditions of Mandy, Can’t Smile Without You, Could It Be Magic, and Copacabana. He said: “It’s my way of thanking everyone for their years of support…one last time!”

June 22, 2016 Southern Daily Echo"Review: Barry Manilow, 'One Last Time Tour', BIC" by Hilary Porter
Bournemouth went Barry bonkers as Brooklyn's biggest superstar brought his One Last Time tour to the BIC. At the grand old age of 73, after a 50 year career, countless tours, two hugely successful Vegas residencies and record sales in excess of 80 million, Barry Manilow has declared this his final tour.

And from the moment the huge red theatrical velvet drapes parted to reveal the youthful and energised entertainer - resplendent under the light of neon glow sticks given out to fans as they arrived, the excitement was almost tangible. Screaming, singing, stamping of feet and standing ovations for song after song, the reaction of the crowd was extraordinary.

Dressed in a dark three piece suit and white shirt, he opened with It's a Miracle accompanied by a stunning band and backing singers and was soon into the crowd pleasers with Can't Smile Without You where the lyrics were projected on the large screen behind him and he led the audience in a rousing karaoke singalong.

In both an upbeat and reflective mood, he told the audience: "I'm always surprised by how I got here. I come from Brooklyn from a very rough neighbourhood. John F. Kennedy once said, 'you don't know where you're going unless you know where you've been.'" It was his introduction to the song he wrote about it, Brooklyn Blues, which he performed at the piano with his excellent support act, saxophonist [Dave] Koz, providing stunning accompaniment.

There was a number from his recent [My] Dream Duets album - Judy Garland on the screen with Barry singing along with her to 'Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart.'

Probably one of the most moving points of the evening though was a video clip of the boyish " new star" Barry Manilow performing Mandy at the piano leading to him duetting with his younger self. It actually highlighted how much better he sounds now than then!

Every song seemed to hit the mark from the "sexed up" uptempo version of his 70's ballad Could it be Magic to a rousing rendition of 'Memory' from Cats and his feel good cover of Frankie Valley's Let's Hang [On].'

The 90 minute set reached it's natural conclusion with I Write the Songs followed by the final roof- raising Copacabana ending with multi-coloured streamers being shot across the crowd. "I've been looking forward to this - I've got such great memories here...you make me feel like Justin Bieber! " he told his fans with a twinkling smile. The allusion highlighted the age gap between them but judging by this performance I feel there will be a lot more shows to come!

June 21, 2016 Daily Echo - Bournemouth"Barry Manilow, The One Last Time Tour, BIC" by Nicky Findley
They sang, they danced, they cheered and some even shed a tear. Legendary showman Barry Manilow promised that his last ever tour would be an emotional roller coaster and he didn’t disappoint. Thousands of fans flocked to Bournemouth to say farewell to the living legend who took to the stage at the BIC for The One Last Time Tour.

Dressed in classic black tuck and tails at the start, Manilow’s performance, supported by his band of 13 singers and musicians, was everything you would expect it to be - flamboyant, cheesy, magical and memorable. At times it resembled a West End show with all the carefully choreographed dance routines and visual effects.

But although his hip gyrating days may well be over, the multi award-winning singer who has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, proved he could still belt out the hits that have made him one of the most successful artists in music history.

"Can’t Smile Without You" and "Looks Like We Made It" were among the more familiar songs at the start which also featured some heartfelt ballads and even some rhythm and blues inspired by his home town of Brooklyn. One of the highlights of the show was Manilow singing "Mandy" as a duet with himself using the original footage of when he first shot to fame with the hit in 1975 playing on the big screen behind him.

For the last few songs of the night Manilow was joined by members of the fabulous Bournemouth-based Funky Little Choir for a dazzling grand finale which included "Copacabana" (and a quick outfit change to a suitably jazzy jacket) followed by "I Write the Songs" which was a fitting finale for a man who says he likes to write the songs that make the whole world sing. He certainly had the whole audience at the BIC singing their hearts out anyway!

June 19, 2016 Wales Online"A Welsh choir will join Barry Manilow to sing his biggest hits during his final arena tour" by Karen Price
He's one of the world's most famous crooners and as Barry Manilow heads to Wales during what is expected to be his final tour, it's going to be an emotional time for his fans. It's also going to be an extra special concert for members of one Welsh choir too, as they've been invited to join him on stage to help him perform some of his biggest hits.

Cor Caerdydd has been asked to sing backing vocals on Copacabana, I Write The Sings and It's A Miracle. For the 60-strong mixed choir, which was formed 24 years ago, it's understandably one of the highlights of their summer programme.

The Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning star has invited a local choir to sing with him during every concert of his tour, which is billed One Last Time! And Cor Caerdydd were thrilled to get the invitation for his Cardiff Motorpoint Arena date. “We got a call from Barry Manilow’s tour management asking us to join him on stage which was totally unexpected, but it’s a huge honour," said conductor Gwawr Owen. "It’s a new challenge for us and a unique opportunity. We’re all looking forward to it greatly and we’re very excited.”

Manilow has already visited a number of other UK cities and towns as part of the tour, including Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow and the legendary showman, his singers and band have been entertaining fans with new versions of some of his classics. There have also been a number of surprises with nods to dance tracks like Underworld's Born Slippy and Fatboy Slim's Right Here Right Now.

While Manilow, now 73, isn't planning another tour, he'a adamant he's not quitting yet. He recently told Billboard: "I'll do shows and I'll promote albums if I make any more, but no more big tours. That's it. It's too much packing."

Barry Manilow plays Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on Monday, June 20. Visit www.livenation.co.uk/cardiff.

June 19, 2016 Daily Echo - BournemouthBarry Manilow brings his farewell tour to Bournemouth on Tuesday
Barry Manilow fans are promised “an emotional rollercoaster,” when the legendary showman comes to Bournemouth this week. The Mandy and Could It Be Magic singer will perform at the BIC on Tuesday as part of his last ever concert tour. Extra dates, including one at the BIC, were added to the tour due to phenomenal public demand, soon after Manilow announced last year that he was going to “hit the road” and perform concerts across the world one last time.

The entertainer launched his multi-city One Last Time Tour last autumn in North America and is now [touring in] the UK. Before the tour began, with his band of 13 musicians and singers, Manilow said: “We had a great time putting the show together. We hope to take everyone on an emotional roller coaster. I can’t wait to see everyone dancing in the aisles” ... He thanked everyone who had been to see him in the US, saying his audiences were “all incredible” and that it had been “a perfect way to end my American touring days.”

It was clear that Manilow’s last American concert, which took place in Denver, was an emotional experience for him: “Singing the lyric “How can I thank you for the love you’ve given me”, looking out on friends who had been supporting me for over 40 years without breaking down and blubbering was a real feat of strength. Because it’s exactly how I feel. How I’ve always felt. I don’t think that anyone in entertainment has ever had fans and friends like you. I’m sure we’ll see each other again. We’re already thinking about what we should do to promote the New York album. But it’s the end of going from city to city and I’m probably saying goodbye to many people who have been with me for years. So once again, 'How can I thank you for the love you’ve given me?' There’s nobody like you. I couldn’t be more grateful. All my love, Barry.”

He has performed more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 through 2011, but Manilow has now decided to limit his concert appearances. The One Last Time Tour is a major undertaking and as Manilow said, “is my way of thanking everyone for their years of support…one last time!”

The Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning musician’s career sky-rocketed to super-stardom when his mega hit song, Mandy, topped the charts in 1975. Over the past 45 years he has built a massive collection of music. Of course, there are songs like Copacabana, Looks Like We Made It and Can’t Smile Without You, but Manilow has nearly 30 studio albums and has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide.

Platinum-selling and nine-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz has also been announced as special guest for the UK. Koz, who has previously performed with such superstars as Burt Bacharach, Kenny Loggins, U2, Luther Vandross and Rod Stewart, is no stranger to the UK, having previously opened for the likes of Liza Minelli at the Royal Albert Hall, and also supporting Barry on his last tour of the UK back in 2014.

Tickets are priced £34.25 – £107.25, available from BH Live Tickets on 0844 576 3000. Book online at bhlivetickets.co.uk or visit the BIC box office in person.

June 17, 2016 Liverpool Echo"Review: Barry Manilow at ECHO Arena" by Jade Wright
Of all the places Barry Manilow could have spent his 73rd birthday, he chose to be in Liverpool with thousands of his most devoted fans. He even changed the words to his first song - [It's A Miracle] - to include the city.

The crowd loved every minute, cheering and singing along to every word of Can't Smile Without You, Looks Like We Made It and All The Time. They waved the glow sticks he'd given out at the door - slowly and respectfully from the big ballads like Weekend In New England, and frantically fast for an uptempo reworking of Could It Be Magic and fabulous Four [Seasons] cover Let's [Hang] On. For Bermuda Triangle he recruited two good sports from the audience to join him - Alison and Suzanne - for a fun-filled run through of the holiday romance and infidelity story.

He'd ripped up the set list we'd seen him do in other cities, giving Liverpool a real greatest hits set, and even adding a Beatles cover in homage of being in the Fab Four's hometown. He lead the crowd in a heartfelt sing-along version of Yesterday, before bringing out some big guns of his own - I Made It Through The Rain, Mandy and I Write The Songs.

With an energy and a voice that belies his years, Barry has the kind of infectious joy that can get a whole room on its feet and dancing. There was just time for an encore [of] Copacabana, squeezing [another] hit into the list. Happy birthday Barry, and many happy returns.

June 17, 2016 Liverpool Echo"Barry Manilow at Liverpool ECHO arena" by Kirsty McHale
Tonight is the night that Barry Manilow heads to Liverpool for One Last Time. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy award winning singer is coming to the ECHO arena, on his birthday no less, to celebrate his final tour with his Liverpool fans. And it's set to be quite a show. With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits.

Have you got a ticket for Barry Manilow at the ECHO arena? We've headed to setlist.fm and taken a look at previous shows on the One Last Time tour to see which of Barry's hits he could be performing tonight... It's a Miracle; Daybreak; Somewhere in the Night; Can't Smile Without You; Looks Like We Made It; Could It Be Magic; Brooklyn Blues; I Am Your Child; Even Now; Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart; Weekend in New England; Let's Hang On!; Sweet Heaven (I'm in Love Again); I Made It Through the Rain; Mandy; I Write the Songs; Copacabana (At the Copa)

June 16, 2016 Centre Daily Times"Bald Eagle loves Barry Manilow" by Britney Milazzo
Bald Eagle Area High School student Michael Bailey was the first to test a piano donated to the school by Barry Manilow. It was shipped to the South Eagle Valley Road facility on the afternoon of June 8. When it was unwrapped, Bailey hit the keys.

For BEA music educators and students, it’s more than just a piano; it’s a way to enhance music education. And after attending a Manilow concert, at least one student said it wasn’t hard to see why the singer-songwriter was so invested in music education. “I went with my family to his concert and absolutely loved it,” said Jessica Cain, 16, who will be a senior next school year. “His music is fun and the concert was amazing. To have someone as talented and gifted in music and entertainment as Barry Manilow give our small school a piano is such a blessing. I believe he really understands and appreciates the importance of music education.”

Before his concert March 12 at the Bryce Jordan Center, the entertainer announced that, through The Manilow Music Project, he would donate a new Yamaha piano to the Bald Eagle Area School District. “I’m thrilled to be giving the gift of music to these kids,” Manilow said in a press release.

District business manager Craig Livergood said Manilow’s management company approached the BJC and asked about a local school or organization that would benefit from his program. A representative from the BJC then contacted the district on March 1. “I don’t know how we were chosen but (we) were asked if we wanted to be a part of it and said yes,” Livergood said.

The next day, the district got the final confirmation it would receive the gift. “This is the future of music education, and we have been blessed to receive such a gift,” high school music and band director Kellie Long said. “When someone like Barry Manilow shows how important music education is, people notice. I am so impressed with that, and (with) Barry Manilow’s success he still recognizes that music education is important, and he is using his success to give back to communities where he performs ... Bald Eagle loves Barry Manilow and will be forever grateful for his gift.​”

The piano will be used for all aspects of the high school’s music program. “As a choir student, we use a piano every day to learn the pitches and memorize them,” said Lacey Geyer, 16. “It is then used to accompany us and create a foundation to sing along with. In jazz band, the whole band will tune to the piano because it is the only instrument we cannot change. Being able to replace our piano means we can use a piano that will always be in tune — a huge benefit to our ensemble.”

Choir Director Ryan Wade told the CDT in March the piano will allow him to make changes to lesson plans that could benefit students. The piano can be used to record songs that can later be used during activities like choir rehearsal at a time the teacher needs to step away from the piano, but students can still practice to accompanying music.

But more so than receiving the gift, students and teachers said they’re more impressed with Manilow’s advocacy in investing in music education. “It’s just really great that someone of Mr. Manilow’s status is doing all kinds of things to help keep music alive in schools,” Wade said. “For some students, it’s all they have. For athletes, their bodies will eventually break down, but musicians can have a lifetime of music.”

June 16, 2016 Birmingham Mail"What to expect when Barry Manilow plays the Genting Arena in Birmingham" by David Bentley
Barry Manilow is on his way to the Genting Arena in Birmingham as part of his One Last Time! tour. So, as the tour title suggests, this may well be your final chance to see him in the flesh belting out his back catalogue of hits. But what can we expect when the legendary showman comes to town? We took a look at Manilow’s gigs as covered by our sister titles in Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow to see what’s likely to happen when he takes to the stage this Saturday, June 18.

  1. Intro music: You might expect a remixed, rearranged or orchestral version of one (or several) of Manilow’s classics, or at least something with a classic disco or cabaret feel. But it seems he comes on stage following a pulsating intro consisting of Underworld’s Born Slippy and Fatboy Slim’s Right Here Right Now ... The audience were even given green glowsticks to complete the 'rave' ambience before the show started.
  2. A fun party atmosphere: While there have been subdued atmospheres at some recent pop concerts by artists including Kylie and Little Mix, expect no such restraint from the Manilow massive. They might be a 'mature' crowd but they will be straight on their feet for standing ovations, singing along, swaying along and having a good dance. Put on your dancing shoes and drink plenty to keep your singing voice strong! Can’t Smile Without You even has onscreen lyrics for added encouragement. But it doesn’t sound like much will be needed. There will be some Manilow-inspired outfits on show too, so expect a forest of fruit-laden Carmen Miranda hats from the musical Copacabana which, like Manilow’s hit song, is based on the New York nightclub of that name.
  3. A Vegas vibe to the staging: Barry’s famous for his Vegas shows - he headlined at the Las Vegas Hilton from 2005 to 2009 and the city’s Paris Hotel [from 2010 to 2011]. So it’s no surprise that he is bringing a Vegas feel to his tour too. It’s his natural habitat, his comfort zone. Expect lavish curtains framing the stage, simple but effective spotlighting and a fantastic band of musicians behind him.
  4. All the hits you could want: Well, it wouldn’t be right if One Last Time! didn’t run through Barry’s big hits for everyone to enjoy and sing along to. Expect the enduring classics with their catchy choruses and massive melodies, with a focus more on the ballads such as Can’t Smile Without You, Mandy and I Made It Through The Rain.
  5. Audience members joining him on stage: As part of the performance of Bermuda Triangle, the crooner has been pulling two fans out the crowd to sing and act along with the track’s story, while decked out in suitable garb. Are you prepared for getting up on the stage?
June 16, 2016 Manchester Evening News"Barry Manilow turns heads as he goes out in Manchester following his arena concert" by Katie Fitzpatrick
Legendary singer Barry Manilow may be bowing out with his final One Last Time tour - but he looked on fine form as he stepped out in Manchester following his show at the Manchester Arena. The Could It Be Magic and Mandy crooner turned heads as he headed into swanky celeb spot Artisan after the concert, looking very debonair in a smart black patterned jacket.

Fans couldn’t quite believe their eyes when they spotted the 72-year-old superstar showman from Brooklyn, whose hits include I Made It Through the Rain, walking through the rain to Spinningfields. Thankfully he made [it] after he was shielded by an umbrella. An onlooker said: “People had to look twice because they couldn’t believe it was Barry Manilow walking past them.”

The ballad-belting hitmaker is bowing out with a farewell showcase after racking up scores of tours to his name and and two hugely successful Las Vegas residencies. The curtain is falling on Barry’s 50-year career with a tour featuring all the classics, including Can’t Smile Without You. In Manchester the crowd were on their feet to give the true entertainer many standing ovations for the show which ended with a theatrical Copacabana finale.

Barry, who is performing with a band of 13 musicians and singers, says he is taking fans on “an emotional roller coaster” with the tour. He says it’s his way of thanking everyone for their years of support.

June 16, 2016 Manchester Evening News"Review: Barry Manilow at Manchester Arena" by Annaliese Watkins
Having amassed a back catalogue of chart-toppers and dance floor favourites since the mid-seventies, Barry Manilow could have happily slipped into a Palm Springs retirement many moons ago. But the ballad-belting legend has remained a failsafe on the live music scene, with scores of tours to his name and and two hugely successful Las Vegas residencies. But it seems the curtain may be finally falling on Manilow’s fifty year career as he embarks on his farewell One Last Time tour.

Framed by velvet drapes, the old school crooner bounded onto the stage with the energy and pizzazz of a man half his age, lit up majestically by the glare of the crowd’s neon glowsticks. His vocals too, are as smooth and effortless as they were all those years ago, seamlessly gliding through the classics with all the ease of a finely-tuned cabaret.

The man is a class act; a knowing smile plays on his lips and there’s a glint in his eyes as he begins with It’s A Miracle, blowing kisses to the mature, but nonetheless excitable, crowd. In his Brooklyn twang, the natural born showman greets the crowd with kisses and warmth and by the time the opener has finished, the crowd are on their feet for the first of many standing ovations.

The first ballad of the evening, All The Time, leaves the audience speechless. I’ve never heard the arena as quiet as when Manilow purrs his way through the 1976 hit. You could have heard a pin (or glowstick) drop. Or at least I would have done if it wasn’t for my mum singing along at the top of her voice along with the rest of the Fanilows. (“He’s going through the LP I had when I was your age,” she tells me as Even Now kicks in. “The one your sister melted in the sun.”)

There’s all the classics of course, including a duet with his 1975 self for Mandy, a fantastic audience-participation performance for Bermuda Triangle and the original composition of Could It Be Magic. The occasional and perhaps questionable hip thrust is thrown in, but Manilow remains a true entertainer, the kind you only find in old school Vegas cocktail lounges.

As always, theatrics abound - especially so with the Copacabana finale - and as the curtains finally close on Manilow’s topcoat and tails, it’s clear we are bidding a fond farewell to one of our last true showmen.

June 15, 2016 The Herald - Scotland"Music review: Barry Manilow at SSE Hydro, Glasgow" by Keith Bruce
The House lights dimmed and thousands of glo-sticks, issued to ticket-holders at the doors, are waved enthusiastically in response to the pulsing dance anthems of Underworld's Born Slippy and Fat Boy Slim's Right Here Right Now before the lavish red drapes slide back to reveal the thirteen-piece band and the main attraction striding onstage. It may be some years past his heyday as well as the Second Summer of Love, but that incongruous opening has the Third Age crowd on their feet from the start, which is how they stay, in the stalls at least, for much of the night.

When you are eating out of the hand of Barry Manilow, the trappings of rave culture somehow sit easily alongside a karaoke trot through Can't Smile Without You that has a smiley face emoji bouncing helpfully along the lyrics projected on the screen at the back of the stage for a singalong that climbs enthusiastically through the key changes in an orgy of mutual modulation. The "Justin Beiber of the 70s" (his description) also interacts with the wraith of Judy Garland on screen in a technically sharp sample from his recent Dream Duets album, and later his younger self (a youthful 32 in fact) singing Mandy and the ballad version of Could It Be Magic that had earlier been (supposedly) rejected by his musicians in favour of a somewhat clunky tilt at Take That's disco version.

There had been more theatre in Bermuda Triangle as two carefully selected audience members helped him and the backing singer act out the narrative, and when the local Ace choir emerged in scarlet surplices to boost the chorus of I Write The Songs and Copacabana. Not that the vocal thousands really needed any help. Hottest spot north of Havana? You better beliebe it.

June 14, 2016 The Herald - Scotland"Barry Manilow pulls out all the stops at the SSE Hydro" by Linda Howard
Music icon Barry Manilow performed in front of a packed audience at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro tonight. The 72-year-old American singer-songwriter played host to 13,000 fans as part of his One Last Time tour.

After more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 to 2011, Manilow has limited his live appearances. The star, whose career has spanned over fifty years said his latest tour - launched in the USA earlier this year - was “my way of thanking everyone for their years of support...one last time!”

The tour continues tomorrow night in Manchester.

June 14, 2016 Birmingham Mail"Can I still get tickets for Barry Manilow at the Genting Arena?" by David Bentley
Never mind being at the Copacabana, the singing legend Barry Manilow is bringing his music to Birmingham this weekend. He’ll be performing at the Genting Arena on Saturday, June 18. It’s billed as his One Last Time! tour so this sounds like the 72-year-old star's last tour...

The Birmingham show is not far away and if you haven’t already booked but fancy going along, are there any tickets left? The good news is: Yes, there are, though ticket options are becoming more and more restricted as we get nearer the weekend. The most expensive tickets at £114.04 and £97.17 are sold out, as are both hospitality packages costing £150.35 and £97.17 each. Seats nearest the stage are now all gone. But there are still some decent seats left at this point. You can get tickets at £22.92, £35.29 or £63.42 or go for the remaining expensive option of £80.29. These prices include fees.

Best to act fast if you are thinking of going, or you might end up right at the back with Manilow a dot in the distance and then having to watch most of it on a large screen. Book your seats at The Ticket Factory.

June 14, 2016 Glasgow Live"If you do one thing in Glasgow today ... Barry Manilow at The Hydro: The crooner's latest tour - One Last Time! - is to be his final ever series of shows" by Fraser Glen
If you're a Barry Manilow fan and have never seen him live - then this is your final chance. The crooner's latest tour - One Last Time! - is to be his final ever series of shows. And even if you're not the biggest fan, you're bound to have heard at least of one his big hits.

Barry is performing at Glasgow's SSE Hydro tonight and you can expect to see a show packed full of Manilow standards, including Mandy, Could It Be Magic and I Write The Songs. And, if previous Vegas shows are anything to go by, this will be a night with plenty of showmanship and sparkle about it.

June 14, 2016 PR NewswireLondon Singers Join Barry Manilow for Final Concert at the O2
Singers from Popchoir will be performing with Barry Manilow on the final night of his 'One Last Time' tour at The O2 on Thursday 23rd June. The choir, made up of amateur singers who perform regularly at charity and community events across London, are honoured to have been asked to take part in the concert, which will be Manilow's last ever touring performance.

Popchoir founder and director Helen Hampton said, "We are thrilled to be singing with Barry Manilow who is a genuine superstar music legend. The fact that this will be the last night of his last ever world tour makes it even more special. It's an incredible honour, and we are rehearsed and ready, and cannot wait to be part of the show."

About Popchoir: Popchoir was founded in 2008 by professional singer Helen Hampton. There are currently 9 branches of Popchoir across South East England. The choir perform a range of pop classics from Abba to Adele, Lady Gaga to James Bay and have appeared not only at their own concerts at the Central Hall Westminster, Mermaid Theatre and Fairfield Halls, but also at awards ceremonies, large scale events such as the Ideal Home Show, and Sport and Comic Relief, as well as numerous charity appearances across London and the surrounds, annually raising thousands of pounds for good causes. Other highlights include shooting a music video with singer Josh Groban, performing with Foreigner in London, taking part in a flashmob marriage proposal, TV shows including The Slammer , Songs of Praise, London Live, Richard Hammond's Secret Service, Dispatches, and two appearances on TOWIE.

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June 13, 2016 Birmingham Mail"Barry Manilow at the Genting Arena: Everything you need to know about Barry Manilow's One Last Time! concert in Birmingham" by David Bentley
Barry Manilow is coming to Birmingham. He will be playing at the Genting Arena on Saturday, June 18, as part of his One Last Time! tour. After performing more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 to 2011, Manilow has limited his concert appearances. The star said his latest tour - launched in the USA earlier this year - was “my way of thanking everyone for their years of support...one last time!”

Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz is the special guest for the concert. California-born Dave Koz has released a string of smooth jazz albums and singles. Manilow himself [will] perform with his band of 13 musicians and singers.

Arena doors open at 6pm. Dave Koz is on at 7.30pm. This is followed by an interval at 8.05pm. Barry Manilow comes on stage at 8.25pm. The concert finishes around 10.05pm. Tickets range in price from £22.29 to £114.04. The most expensive tickets are sold out, so the priciest ones are now £97.17. Book at The Ticket Factory website.

The Genting Arena is part of the NEC complex, which has more than 16,000 parking spaces. Use the postcode B40 1NT for your sat nav. As you get to the NEC, follow the local event signs to the car parking for the concert. Parking costs £10 if not booked beforehand. Pay with cash or card at the kiosks on arrival and keep your ticket as you will need it when leaving the site. Pre-paid parking is a bit cheaper at £8 and means you won’t have to queue to pay at the ticket kiosks when you arrive and leave.

NEC Express Parking gets you a guaranteed space in a car park just 450 metres from the arena. You also get priority exit from the site. It can be booked up to three months in advance and costs £20. The NEC runs a free shuttle bus service from the East car parks to the Genting Arena on show days. They normally operate from half an hour before arena doors open time to one hour after the show finishes. All shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible. There is no shuttle bus service from the South and West car parks so if you park there, you have to walk to the venue.

There are plenty of food and drink outlets within the Genting Arena building. These include Great British Fish & Chips which does meals deals from just £8.10, Beers & Balti where you can get chicken or sweet potato balti with race and naan bread from just £6, Hot Wok with Chinese meal deals from £9.40, Classic Burger Kitchen meal deals from £7.90 or Deli Grab & Go sandwiches from £4.90. Or go for pizza, Old El Paso Kitchen or a dessert at Sugar Rush. Alcholic and soft drinks are available at most food outlets, or try the Lakeside Cafe and bars.

June 13, 2016 Glasgow Live"Barry Manilow at The Hydro: The Ultimate Guide" by Mary Palmer
Whether you consider yourself a Fanilow or not, chances are you know the words to at least a few of Barry Manilow's extensive catalogue of chart toppers. You've probably found yourself shimmying along to Copacabana or howling with emotion at Made It Through The Rain at least once on a night out.

It's sad news for fans of the balladier as this latest tour - One Last Time! - is to be his final ever series of shows. So Glasgow Fanilows can lap up the chance to see the singer-songwriter in the flesh for the very last time.

Expect to see a show packed full of Manilow standards, including Mandy, Could It Be Magic and I Write The Songs. And, if previous Vegas shows are anything to go by, this will be a night with plenty of showmanship and sparkle about it.

You can get to [The Hydro] by rail, bus and car. Of course, it's not too far a walk from the city centre, either, if you felt up to it.

If you're catching the train, you'll want to head to the lower level of Central Station and get on the train headed for Milngavie. The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is the stop you are looking for, and you should only be 4 minutes away from your destination. Once there, head through the SECC walkway,which drops you just a few short steps away from the venue.

By bus, the 100 Riversider service runs from George Square (north) in Glasgow city centre to the SECC, then Riverside Museum and return, every 30 minutes. Or you can catch the X19 bus from Renfield Street along the Broomielaw towards the Hydro.

There are also plenty of parking spaces within the Hydro. On-site pay machines are located on Level 2 and ground floor main foyer of the car park. Payment can be made by cash or credit/debit card. Up to 12 hours stay will cost approximately £8.

The taxi and train queues might be a bit on the long side when you get out of the venue, but it's definitely the safest way to get home.

If you fancy a bite to eat before the show, look no further than The Rotunda. With three restaurants inside - La Rotuna, Yen and The Bar & Diner - you'll be spoiled for choice. So if you fancy contemporary Italian, traditional Chinese or casual dining, this restaurant is barely a few minutes walk from the venue. Pre-theatre deals are often available.

If you want a taste of something spicier, India Quay is fastly becoming one of the best curry houses in the city. They have a great menu of Indian standards, as well as a tasty buffet. Definitely worth making a pit-stop for pakora on the way home.

If you're heading a little further afield, Finnieston is the place to be for friendly pubs and trendy eateries. Take a look at our Best Bars in Finnieston guide to plan your pre-concert cocktails.

There are also snacks and drinks available inside the venue, as well as official merchandise stalls. Typical food on offer includes pizza, chips, burgers and hot dogs. There is plenty of beer, wine and spirits available, too. There are cash machines inside the Hydro and most vendors take card.

June 13, 2016 Huffington Post (UK)"Barry Manilow Plays Leeds - Gig Review" by Roger Crow
He’s never been seen as cool Barry Manilow, [but] when it comes to creating crowd pleasing tunes, the man has skills, and then some. When he took to the First Direct Arena in Leeds in mid June 2016, his first gig in the city and the first night of his latest, perhaps last, UK tour, 10,000 fans couldn’t have cared less whether he was cool or not. They were there to have a good time, and the seasoned New Yorker did not disappoint.

All the old favourites, from Can’t Smile Without You to the inevitable Copacabana led to countless standing ovations ... Barry dug deep for one of his greatest tunes, Weekend in New England, and mined a rich vein of emotion. Tears were shed in the audience and Manilow, humble as ever, seemed amazed at how well the track was received.

Despite a technical snafu with a Judy Garland on-screen duet (plugging his new album of dream duets with showbiz legends), Barry took it all in his stride. We were soon back on track, and the man who writes the songs (except that one) belted out the rest of his set with the gusto of a bloke half his age.

[This] may be One Last Time, according to the gig’s title, but there’s little sign of Barry Manilow settling for an easy life just yet. When you have 10,000 people dancing in the aisles, that’s a hard buzz to give up.

June 12, 2016 Chronicle Live"Barry Manilow wows Newcastle fans One Last Time at Metro Radio Arena: King of the key change Barry Manilow dazzled Newcastle with hits like Mandy, I Write The Songs and Copacabana" by Simon Duke
Legend, showman, icon- just three words that have been used to describe Barry Manilow over the years and there were plenty attributes of all of those titles as the multi-platinum award winner hit the Newcastle stage for what is looking like the final time on Sunday.

There were plenty of very enthusiastic cheers and Manilow-inspired outfits to greet the American singer as he sang his first notes on the Metro Radio Arena stage after very unpredictably being introduced by pulsating dance beats from Underworld’s Born Slippy and Fatboy Slim’s Right Here Right Now. With a career spanning nearly six decades, Barry would have been spoilt for choice when it came to picking a suitable set list for his swan song but all the hits were in there.

As a more casual fan of all things Manilow, prior to the concert I probably would only need two hands at most to count the number of his tracks I was familiar with and, while all of those were on the setlist there were others that made a fine impression.

After opening with It’s A Miracle and Daybreak it was one of Barry’s most famous numbers that really saw the night burst into action. There was plenty of singing and swaying along to Can’t Smile Without You - complete with on screen lyrics for added encouragement - not that the captive audience needed it! Lovers of a Manilow ballad were kept on a high with Weekend in New England, I Made it Through The Rain arriving in close succession.

Now I have to say, while I’m a huge fan of Little Mix and Kylie Minogue, the atmosphere for both of their concerts at the arena was more subdued than I expected, with many punters choosing to sit for long lengths of their shows and the mood being a bit restrained. But the same definitely couldn’t be said for the Manilow massive who were straight on their feet ready to greet Barry and were back out of their seats to give him a standing ovation on many an occasion. He clearly relished the reaction too, remarking “I feel like Justin Bieber!”

Barry is famous for having a Las Vegas residency and it really did feel like Sin City came to the banks of the Tyne - with lavish curtains framing the stage, simple but effective lighting putting the focus it’s star attraction and a fantastic band of musicians behind him.

The king of the key change, the vocals that first propelled Barry to fame in the 1970s are still as impressive as ever and were showcased to perfection in tracks by Keep Each Other Warm and Even Now. One of the big highlights of the show for the audience was Bermuda Triangle which saw Geordie fans Jean and Sue join their idol on stage and get decked out in suitable garb.

Speaking of highlights, you can't look much further than Mandy. A karaoke favourite of many it has stood the test of time and is undoubtedly one of pop’s great ballads. But for me there was only ever going to be one shining moment. Now I don’t know what ever became of showgirl Lola, but Copacabana is still every inch the showstopper. My all time greatest guilty pleasure, it was a pinch myself moment to finally see it done in the flesh.

There’s a reason why Barry Manilow is regarded as the ultimate showman. His Newcastle faithful will hope One Last Time will come round again.

June 10, 2016 Dorset ECHO"THE GUIDE INTERVIEW: Looks like he made it - Barry Manilow bids farewell" by Joanna Davis
He's regularly taken his tour to Dorset but this time the final curtain will go down as Barry Manilow says farewell to touring with his last ever tour, taking in the BIC this month. Joanna Davis looks back at an extraordinary career and previews what the Dorset audience can expect. Lighters at the ready for a show-stopping finale as Barry Manilow plays the Bournemouth International Centre as part of his final world tour.

It's going to be hard for Manilow's legion of fans, 'the Fanilows', to keep the tears at bay as the American singer closes with one of his power ballads; Mandy or Looks Like We Made It, the likes of which have never been emulated. Manilow's career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing.

A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow is ranked as the top adult contemporary chart artist of all time with more than 50 Top 40 hits. His worldwide record sales exceed 80 million. In 1978, five of Manilow's albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously, a feat equalled only by Herb Alpert, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, and Johnny Mathis. He has recorded and released 25 Top 40 Billboard hit singles.

The legendary showman, 72, who has been entertaining since 1974, brings the One Last Time Tour to the BIC on Tuesday June 21. Last year Barry Manilow announced that he is going to “hit the road” and perform concerts across the world one last time. The entertainer launched his multi-city One Last Time Tour last autumn in North America and is now heading to the UK.

Due to phenomenal public demand, extra dates were added including the BIC. Platinum-selling and nine time Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz has also been announced as special guest for the UK.

With his band of 13 musicians and singers, Manilow said, “We had a great time putting the show together. We hope to take everyone on an emotional roller coaster. I can’t wait to see everyone dancing in the aisles.” After performing more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 through 2011, Manilow has limited his concert appearances.

The New York-born singer, who rose to fame in the 1970s, has a global fanbase. He is best-known for hits Mandy and Copacabana (At the Copa). The One Last Time Tour is a major undertaking and as Manilow said, 'is my way of thanking everyone for their years of support…one last time!'

But there's not really much he'll miss about touring, he says. "No, I won't miss much at all. The only thing that's wonderful is the gig and the audience. If I could just do that every night, I'd be a happy guy. I heard this joke, 'Like the prostitute said, 'It's not the work, it's the stairs.' It's getting there that's the hard part for me. When that curtain opens and 10,000 people are screaming, you gotta be dead not to get so excited and grateful that they're still there. And 45 years of room service, it's enough."

And the room service really doesn't float his boat, Manilow says. "In all these hotels, they're all the same. I don't like eating. I know that's crazy to say. I just don't really pay much attention to food. When I start to tremble, I think, 'Ooh, boy, I better eat something.' Usually it's a hamburger."

He loves taking technology on the road with him. "These days, of course, I take my iPad, my computer. My Bose speaker has gotta come along with me." Manilow's latest album, the Grammy-nominated My Dream Duets, features duets with the likes of Whitney Houston, John Denver and Louis Armstrong.

There isn't really anyone left who he dreams of duetting with, he says. "When I sang with Barbra (Streisand), that probably was the last of my list. When I was younger, she was it for me. Getting to know her as a friend and singing with her as a collaborator was the top of the pyramid for me."

And Bette Midler was someone who Manilow performed with at an early age. "She's got her own life," he says. "I've got mine. But I did produce two albums for her: the Rosemary Clooney tribute (2003) and the Peggy Lee tribute (2005). We hadn't been very much in touch before that. It was fun and energetic and exciting and crazy. Just the way it was when I used to work with her. Bette is the genius of our generation. She is so smart and so talented. And she's funny. There's nobody like her. She can do anything."

One Last Time, One Last Tour is his final live tour, taking in the UK and North America. The American leg of the tour has received good reviews - proving a homage to the Fanilows who have supported him over his four decade long career. He has used video monitors to sing two duets – one with Judy Garland and another with himself, juxtaposing 1975 Manilow with 2016 Manilow.

In between tracks he has been plugging his Manilow Music Project, which gives used music instruments to children in need. It is scheduled to end on June 23 at the O2 Arena in London. It may be the final tour but chances are we haven't seen the last of Manilow yet. Barry Manilow is at the BIC on Tuesday June 21. Contact the box office for tickets.

June 9, 2016 Chronicle Live"Barry Manilow at Metro Radio Arena for One Last Time" by Gordon Barr
Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena will be transformed into the Copacabana this weekend as music legend Barry Manilow comes to Toon for the final time. Last year Manilow announced he was going to “hit the road” and perform concerts across the world One Last Time and will be at the venue this Sunday. The icon launched his multi-city One Last Time! tour last autumn in North America and is now headed to the UK for a clutch of shows.

Platinum-selling and nine time Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz has also been announced as special guest for the UK. Koz, who has previously performed with such superstars as Burt Bacharach, Kenny Loggins, U2, Luther Vandross and Rod Stewart, is no stranger to the UK, having previously opened for the likes of Liza Minelli at the Royal Albert Hall, and also supporting Barry on his last tour of the UK back in 2014.

With his band of 13 musicians and singers, Manilow said: “We had a great time putting the show together. We hope to take everyone on an emotional roller coaster. I can’t wait to see everyone dancing in the aisles.” After performing more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 to 2011, Manilow has limited his concert appearances. The One Last Time! tour is a major undertaking and as Manilow said: “It is my way of thanking everyone for their years of support...one last time!”

The award-winning musician’s career skyrocketed to superstardom when his mega hit song Mandy topped the charts in 1975. In the spirit of that special year, tickets have been priced to tie into that year and start at £19.75. Manilow insisted that the average ticket price remain low and that a greater range of ticket prices be available.

June 7, 2016 The Jerusalem PostBarry Manilow show in Tel Aviv postponed
Barry Manilow’s show slated for June 30 at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena has been postponed.

The veteran Grammy award winning singer-songwriter had announced the show on his Facebook page in April by posting: “Manilow. Israel. June. Will you be there?”

Manilow, born Barry Alan Pincus in New York, was immediately bombarded in the comments to his post by fans, some questioning if the post was a joke while others begged for information on ticket sales. Manilow responded to the comments stating that this was in fact not a joke and that the show will take place June 30 in Tel Aviv, with ticket sales opening shortly.

However, producers of the show announced its postponement last week. A publicist for the promoters gave the reason as being due to the overflowing schedule of international artists performing in Israel, adding that the show would be rescheduled when the concert calendar lightened up later in the year.

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May 25, 2016 The Guide - LiverpoolCome on we all love Copacabana on the sly! Barry Manilow heads to Liverpool!
Okay, so we know this is probably one for the Mums, Dads and maybe more so the Nans out there. Barry Manilow is on his way to Liverpool arriving on Friday 17 June with his band of 13 musicians and singers to play our Echo Arena. Did you know...

  • The most legendary swing singer of all time, Frank Sinatra tipped him for the top, he was quoted in the 1970s saying, “He’s next.”
  • In 1988, Bob Dylan himself stopped Manilow at a party, hugged him and said, “Don’t stop what you’re doing, man. We’re all inspired by you.”
  • Manilow made headlines in June 2006 when Australian officials blasted his music from 9pm until midnight every Friday, Saturday and Sunday to deter gangs of youths from congregating in a residential area late at night. On July 18, 2006, Manilow released a tongue-in-cheek statement saying that the youths might actually like his music.
  • His song 'Mandy' was his first number one over 40 years ago and was also a number one for Westlife in 2003 selling 190,000 copies.
  • Another song, another boy band cover –- Manilow’s cover of ‘Could It Be Magic’ -- was also a hit for Take That in 1992.

After performing more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 through 2011, Manilow has limited his concert appearances. The ONE LAST TIME! Tour is a major undertaking and as Manilow said, “it’s my way of thanking everyone for their years of support...one last time!”

Barry Manilow, Echo Arena Friday 17th June. Tickets available here www.echoarena.com/whats-on/barry-manilow/.

May 24, 2016 Buxton AdvertiserManilow magic for one last time: Legendary entertainer Barry Manilow will perform in Manchester this month as part of his One Last Time tour
He will be performing all his classics, including his mega-hit Mandy, which first topped the charts 40 years ago in 1975. Barry said: “We had a great time putting the show together. We hope to take everyone on an emotional roller coaster. I can’t wait to see everyone dancing in the aisles.” He has limited his concert appearances in recent years but, as he has said, the One Last Time Tour “is my way of thanking everyone for their years of support...one last time!”

Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. He has won the American Music Award for favourite pop/rock male artist three times and sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. As well as producing and arranging albums for other artists, including Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, Manilow has written songs for musicals, films, and commercials. He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

Barry will be performing at Manchester Arena on June 15. Tickets £23.75-£111.75. Contact 0844 8478000 or visit www.eventim.co.uk.

May 24, 2016 Penn State News'Looks Like We Made It': Behrend choristers perform alongside Barry Manilow: Choirs join Manilow at April concert
It was not until the lights came on that Elizabeth Seng fully realized the significance of the moment. Behind her was a jumbotron. In front stood a multi-platinum singer-songwriter. Beyond him was a crowd of thousands of people.

Seng, a senior psychology major at Penn State Behrend, has made many memories in her four years at the college, but performing alongside Barry Manilow as part of the choirs of Penn State Behrend might take the cake. “We were out on the stage, and then they shined the lights on us,” said Seng, a Seattle native who has been a regular member of the choir during her time at the college. “There were all these people there, and it was just really exhilarating. It was probably my most memorable experience I’ve had here at Behrend.”

Manilow invited the Behrend Choirs to perform alongside him at his April 25 concert at Erie Insurance Arena. Tone-Acious, Penn State Behrend’s student a cappella club, joined the choir for the performance, which was part of Manilow’s “One Last Time!” tour. “This was a really unique opportunity, and it highlighted Behrend’s arts offerings in front of a huge audience,” said Gabrielle Dietrich, director of choral ensembles at the college. “It also provided a fun and highly motivating year-end experience for our students.”

“When I found out, I was like, 'Oh my gosh, are you serious?'” Seng said. “It just felt so special to think that Barry Manilow thought we were good enough to be a part of his concert.” The choirs’ performance was especially meaningful because they joined him for the three final songs of the concert, which were amongst his greatest hits: “Copacabana,” “Miracle,” and “I Write the Songs.”

The day of the concert, the choirs arrived at the arena at 3:30 p.m. and practiced before going on stage at 9:30 p.m. “We were sent to holding rooms in which they had us practice a lot and learn the choreography,” said Taylor May, a junior software engineering major and member of both the Behrend Choirs and Tone-Acious. “We even ran through it once on the stage with the soundtrack, but thankfully we got to relax a bit before the concert.”

To honor the occasion, choristers created “Behrend Hearts Barry” T-shirts which they wore under their gowns during the concert. They even gave an extra T-shirt to Manilow as a memento. The shirts are a reminder of what was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the choristers. “Before you knew it, you could see the streamers (coming down from the ceiling), and that was it. It just went by so fast,” Seng said. “To be part of one of his final tours was just really, really cool. I’ll remember it forever.”

May 22, 2016 Salem News"Barry Manilow says goodbye to Youngstown on final tour" by John Butera
YOUNGSTOWN - The man who writes the songs will still be writing them. He just won't be performing them as much. To his credit, however, Barry Manilow is making as many stops as possible on his "One Last Time" tour. One of those stops was at the Covelli Centre recently (April 23), and to the many who turned out it was clear that while he's cutting back, Manilow is still on top of his game.

In a performance that covered just over one hour and 20 minutes Manilow managed to get in all of his hits, a few humorous remarks and some interesting banter that kept the crowd excited the entire show.

Dave Koz, an outstanding sax player, opened the show with a high energy half-hour effort explaining that he always enjoyed the tour. "Say it ain't so Barry," Koz commented on this being the final tour.

Wearing a tux with a white open collar shirt, Manilow opened with "It's a Miracle," playing to the crowd in the big money seats, and singing "The cities and towns I've been in. From Boston to Youngstown and every town in between." "Hello Youngstown," he exclaimed. "It's really good to be back. Such great memories."

Continuing with "Daybreak," "Somewhere in the Night" and my favorite, "Can't Smile Without You," Manilow invited the crowd to sing along. They need not have needed an invite to do so, however, as by this time the crowd was already in mid-concert form, waving the provided green and red glow sticks. "It was just the best," noted Kathy Wiery of Columbiana. "And it just kept getting better. I had seen him in the past and he still performed like it was the late '80s."

Moving to the piano and then back, the front stage neatly dropped as Manilow invited a happy fan to dance with him. Next he talked briefly about how he donates a piano to a local school at each tour stop. "Music will change a kid's life," he said. "Like it did mine."

After singing "Even Now," Manilow took a moment to take in the applause joking, "I've still got it. You make me feel like Justin Bieber. I WAS the Justin Bieber of the '90s." In agreement were Mary Calinger and Steph Baylor, both of Columbiana. "He's truly an entertainer who makes you feel that we are part of the show," said Baylor, while the always vivacious Calinger added, "What a privilege to be at the final tour of an icon."

Hitting stride [Manilow] continued to roll with "Weekend in New England," "Let's Hang On," "Mandy," "The Old Songs," "Ships" and all the others. "Every song was outstanding," noted Vicki Windram of Leetonia. "And the Covelli is just such a great venue for a show like his." Vicki and husband Glen picked "Mandy" and "Weekend in New England" as their favorites.

Teasing the crowd a little by making us think "I Write the Songs" would be the finale, Manilow asked "Who wants to hear Copacabana?" So he then delighted all with that selection before closing with "It's a Miracle." Quite fitting as that's what his career in music truly has been!

May 16, 2016 WIFR-23Elementary Students Make Music Video Thanking Barry Manilow for Donation
ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Some local elementary school kids put on a show to say “thank you” to Barry Manilow for a new musical instrument they’re receiving. The students at Maud Johnson School recently found out they would be getting a new hybrid piano courtesy of the Manilow Music Project and decided the best way to show their appreciation was to create a music video of them singing and dancing to Manilow’s song “Daybreak.”

The kids helped with the whole video including the choreography. The school’s music teacher says it was a fun project to work on and that the school is excited for the piano. "Our school is very much of a performing school. Each grade level does a music program every month and so they love to perform. So this was just an easy thing to do for them,” says Mary Shore, music teacher at Maud Johnson Elementary School.

The new piano was promised as a donation when Barry Manilow was in town for a concert in March. The piano is expected to arrive at the school later this week.

May 3, 2016 Tucson.com"Manilow's farewell didn't feel like goodbye" by Cathalena E. Burch
A sea of neon green glow sticks flickered throughout Tucson Arena Monday night as Barry Manilow opened what very well could have been his final Tucson show. "For those who don't know me, my name is Barry Manilow," he told the crowd of 3,500, barely enough people to fill half the arena. But the thunderous applause they showered on the legendary pop singer filled the arena as if every seat was occupied.

And for the next 90 minutes, Manilow reminded them of the last time he stood on the Tucson Arena stage in [1981]. The audience and Manilow were kids back then, in their 20s and 30s, full of youthful untapped ambition. The years painted their hair grey and wrinkles around their eyes were evidence of the decades that have passed. On Monday night, they were all kids again. Music has a way of erasing the years, returning you to your youth when nothing could stop you from singing along as Manilow belted out all those great hits from yesteryear -- "Daybreak," "Weekend in New England," "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "Bandstand Boogie," "Jump Shout Boogie."

His setlist was a greatest hits rewind, some of it bundled up in medleys ("The Old Songs," "Read 'Em and Weep," "This One's For You," "Ready to Take A Chance Again," "Tryin' to Get That Feeling Again"), some sung at the piano with a solo light casting a warm shadow. During "Brooklyn Blues," he invited the opening act, superstar jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, back on stage and the two played the blues/jazzy finale like final, breathtaking scene of a great Hollywood musical.

It was hard not to forget that it's 2016 and Manilow hasn't had a charted single in decades. He surely was performing as if he was still that young hitmaker, singing songs that sneak into your subconscious and stay there for days on end. Chances are you might run into a coworker today humming one of those songs. And if you ask them about the show, they will tell you that Manilow sounded pretty terrific for a man of 72, a man who has sung those songs for the better part of those years and still sings them with a sense that the audience is hearing them for the first time.

His voice was an octave or two lower [but] he easily transcended into that higher register for the final chorus of "Even Now," holding that note for a good 20, 30 seconds. It was impressive. "You make me feel like Justin Bieber," he told the cheering crowd, some of them encouraging him with high-pitched whistles and screams. "You know I was Justin Bieber in the '70s."

Justin Bieber may have a few less decades on Manilow and he may dance with a little more swagger, but Manilow held his own Monday night. He boogied around the stage from end to end, dancing a little more deliberately but with the energy and enthusiasm of someone who loved the stage and all the magic it still held.

There weren't many young people in the audience beyond the occasional thirty-something kid hanging out with their sixty-something parent. But a group of Tucson high schoolers who could relate more to Bieber than Barry shared the stage with Manilow for his final songs. About two dozen members of the Tucson Magnet High School choir, dressed in bright red robes and wearing smiles that swallowed their faces, sang harmony on the midtempo ballad "I Write the Songs" and grooved along to Manilow's signature hit "Copacabana."

Manilow even dueted with Judy Garland on her hit "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," courtesy a large screen and some vintage black-and-white video of the late Broadway/Hollywood songstress singing the song. It's one of the "Dream Duets" Manilow recorded on his Grammy-nominated CD that includes collaborations with Whitney Houston, Andy Williams, Marilyn Monroe and other famous artists who Manilow grew up listening to. The singer rearranged the tunes to create duets, then mixed himself into the original recordings to create something entirely new and fresh.

This is Barry Manilow's latest chapter and one more reason to believe that Monday night was not a forever goodbye, just a so-long-until-next-time goodbye. "We haven't been here in a long time," Manilow told Monday's audience; his last Tucson show was at Casino del Sol in 2002. "We've played here for years. What a ride this has been."

May 2, 2016 KRDO.com"Colorado Springs Barry Manilow concert cancelled" by Chris Loveless
The Broadmoor World Arena says that Wednesday night's Barry Manilow concert has been cancelled. The venue blamed "unforeseen logistical issues" for the cancellation. The stop was planned as part of Manilow's "one last time" tour, which is billed as his last.

Credit card ticket purchases made at the Broadmoor World Arena box office, Pikes Peak Center box office, by phone, ticketswest.com, and broadmoorworldarena.com will be automatically refunded within 72 hours; your banking institution may take 5 - 10 business days to post the credit back to your account.

If your card issuing company has changed since your purchase, you are asked to email Kathleen.Kelley@ticketswest.com with the subject line "BARRY MANILOW REFUND."

If you paid cash at the World Arena or Pikes Peak Center box office, you will be able to take your tickets to those locations for a refund beginning on May 3. Tickets purchased at outlets such as King Soopers, City Market and Front Range Military bases need to be taken back to the point of purchase to process a refund.

May 2, 2016 KKTV 11 NewsBarry Manilow Cancels Colorado Springs Concert
Barry Manilow has cancelled his show scheduled for Wednesday in Colorado Springs. The show was cancelled for "unforeseen logistical issues," a news release said. "We are all terribly sorry for this inconvenience and apologize to the fans who were looking forward to Barry’s ONE LAST TIME CONCERT," organizers said.

Credit card ticket purchases made at the Broadmoor World Arena box office, Pikes Peak Center box office, phone, ticketswest.com, and broadmoorworldarena.com will be automatically refunded within 72 hours. However, it make take 5 to 10 business days to post the credit back to your account.

If your card issuing company has changed since your purchase, please contact Kat Kelley via email, Kathleen.kelley@ticketswest.com. She will contact you to get the updated credit card information and process your refund. Please use subject line “BARRY MANILOW REFUND."

Tickets purchased with cash at the Broadmoor World Arena or Pikes Peak Center box office need to be taken back to point of purchase to receive a cash refund beginning Tuesday. Tickets purchased at outlets such as King Soopers, City Market, and Front Range Military bases need to be taken back to the point of purchase to process a refund.

May 2, 2016 Fox 21 News"Barry Manilow Concert at Broadmoor Cancelled" by Alexa Mae Asperin
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Barry Manilow’s concert scheduled for Wednesday, May 4 at the Broadmoor World Arena has unfortunately been cancelled. Manilow’s publicist has cited “unforeseen logistical issues” as the culprit for the cancellation.

There’s been no word yet on whether the “Mandy” singer will make his way back to the Springs at a later date; however, refunds are being issued by method of purchase to customers as follows:

  • Credit card purchases made at the Broadmoor World Arena box office, Pikes Peak Center box office, phone, ticketswest.com, and broadmoorworldarena.com will be automatically refunded within 72 hours. Your banking institution may take five to 10 business days to post the credit back to your account. If your card issuing company has changed since your purchase, please contact Kat Kelley via email at kathleen.kelley@ticketswest.com. She will contact you for your updated credit card information and process your refund.
  • Cash purchases at the Broadmoor World Arena or Pikes Peak Center box office need to physically be taken back to the point of purchase to receive a cash refund starting Tuesday, May 3.
  • Tickets purchased at outlets such as King Soopers, City Market and Front Range Military bases must be taken back to the point of purchase to process a refund.
May 2, 2016 The Gazette"Barry Manilow cancels Colorado Springs concert" by Jen Mulson
Due to logistical issues the Barry Manilow concert scheduled for Wednesday at Broadmoor World Arena has been canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Credit card ticket purchases made at the Broadmoor World Arena box office, phone, ticketswest.com, and broadmoorworldarena.com will be automatically refunded within 72 hours.

The Palmer High School Chamber Singers were scheduled to accompany Manilow on "I Write the Songs," "Copacabana" and "It's a Miracle." A Manilow staff person who attended college locally suggested Palmer High School.

Manilow concerts scheduled in Denver on May 6 and 7 at the Bellco Theatre will continue as planned.

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April 29, 2016 Tucson.com"Your old guitar could be worth 2 tickets to see Barry Manilow" by Cathalena E. Burch
In almost every city he has visited on his "One Last Time" tour, Barry Manilow has collected musical instruments to donate to local schools through his Manilow Music Project. He is doing the same thing in Tucson. From now through Monday, bring a new or gently used instrument -- guitars, violins, drums, flutes, tubas, music stands, etc. -- to the Tucson Convention Center Box Office, 260 S. Church Ave., and exchange it for two tickets to his concert Monday night. The instruments will be donated to Ironwood Ridge High School, part of the Amphitheater School District. Manilow said he also will donate the new Yamaha piano that he will play Monday night at the Tucson Arena.

"I believe a lot in teaching a young kid how to play an instrument because it makes their lives better or different,” the iconic pop superstar said during a phone call from California in mid-April. “All these schools are running out of them or they are broken down. These wonderful teachers, they stay until the middle of the night fixing up these instruments because the school districts don’t give them money for it. They are looking for everything. They are looking for music stands, sheet music that these kids can play."

Manilow's "One Last Time" tour officially ends his days of cross-country touring, although it is not the end of his performing days. He said he still plans to do shows, but doesn't want to do the long-haul touring that he has done year in and year out over his 40-plus-year career. The Tucson Convention Center Box Office is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and an hour before shows.

The Manilow Music Project is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, a grassroots organization tthat assists local charities and programs. In addition to providing musical instruments to high schools and middle schools, it offers music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada and the UK.

April 29, 2016 Tucson.com"Amphi music program gets a lift from pop legend Manilow" by Alexis Huicochea
A Tucson music program is about to get a boost from pop legend Barry Manilow. The singer-songwriter, who will be performing in Tucson on Monday night, plans to donate a piano to students at Ironwood Ridge High School. Manilow is also encouraging community members to get in on the act by donating their gently used instruments in exchange for two tickets to his show. Community members in other cities have donated trumpets, saxophones, guitars, cellos, flutes, clarinets, tubas, trombones, French horns, violins and more.

Manilow’s piano will be housed at Ironwood Ridge, and any donated instruments will be distributed to elementary and middle-schoolers in need, said Mark Hodge, the music coordinator for the Amphitheater School District. “I love the idea behind this project,” Hodge said. “It’s reflective of Barry Manilow’s desire to make sure music is prevalent in every community. Fine arts are an integral part of a well-rounded education... Our schools provide a wonderful canvas in which students in the fine arts can express themselves through band, orchestra and choir.”

There are more than 1,000 students involved in music programs across Amphi, many of whom are not familiar with Manilow’s work, Hodge said. But since being selected to participate in the Manilow Music Project, students have been exposed to Manilow’s music and have been able to connect with parents who have shared memories of attending Barry Manilow concerts, Hodge said. “There are a few icons who do what they can to support music in schools,” Hodge said. Manilow “is taking his time and money and putting it toward the communities in which he is performing. It’s pretty cool, and we appreciate it.”

The piano and donated instruments were initially offered to the Tucson Unified School District, but the Manilow Music Project moved on to Ironwood Ridge when TUSD was unable to make an immediate commitment.

How you can help? Bring a gently used instrument to the Tucson Convention Center Box Office, 260 S. Church Ave., in exchange for two tickets to the Barry Manilow concert Monday night. Drop off hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donations will continue to be accepted after the show through May 8.

April 29, 2016 Hastings Star Gazette"Hastings’ Abby Schultz performed with Barry Manilow, Augsburg College Choir" by Katrina Styx
Hastings High School graduate Abby Schultz got what she calls a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” recently. A junior at Augsburg College and the choir manager of the Augsburg College Choir, she got to join her fellow vocalists on stage with the legendary Barry Manilow April 7, when he stopped at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on his farewell “One Last Time!” tour.

Manilow routinely invites choirs to perform with him, choosing groups that are based in the places he gives concerts. “Barry Manilow apparently saw Augsburg Choir performing on a YouTube clip and he picked (us),” Schultz said. About 30 of the choir’s 54 members got to participate.

Prior to the concert, the choir was given music and started rehearsing. They learned some basic dance moves and practiced with Manilow’s choir conductor just before the concert, but never actually got to rehearse with the star himself. “The first time we got to sing with him was in the concert,” Schultz said. The choir was part of Manilow’s closing act. Together, they sang three of his most popular songs: “I Write the Songs,” “Miracle” and “Copacabana (At the Copa).” “We were the big bang,” Schultz said.

The audience that evening treated Manilow with as much enthusiasm as if they were Justin Bieber’s fans. “I couldn’t see,” Schultz said, noting the view from on stage was a bit blinding, “but word is that a bunch of middle-aged women were screaming their heads off.... Women in the front row were going crazy.”

The fans got even louder when the Augsburg Choir took the stage, she said. Although Schultz is used to performing – she performed with the HHS Riverside Company show choir before heading off to college – the concert was one that ranks highly for her. “It’s an experience I will always remember, not only because I got to perform with Barry Manilow, but as the choir manager I got to be interviewed by KARE11 and FOX9,” she said. “I’m glad it happened when I was in the choir, for sure,” she said.

April 28, 2016 The Gazette"Barry Manilow's last tour comes to Broadmoor World Arena" by Jen Mulson
After more than four decades in the limelight, Barry Manilow has heard it all. The king of the ballads has read the bad reviews and heard the critics disparage him, but he's also experienced the love and devotion of the "Fanilows." And that's what his whole career is about - making an audience feel good. "That's all I think about," says the 72-year-old singer-songwriter. "I don't think about the band or the clothes - it's all about making the audience feel good. It's been that way since the very beginning. That's why I like to interpret lyrics and commune with people out there and make them feel something whether it's good, sad, nostalgic."

Manilow's "One Last Time!" tour will come to Broadmoor World Arena on Wednesday. The American portion of his tour ends in Denver on May 7. And while he feels somewhat wistful at the thought of not visiting cities anymore he's ready to be done. "Nothing," he says when asked what he'll miss about touring. And then adds, "The audiences."

Those audiences are what saved him when the criticism was at its most savage. After his first tour the critics loved him, he says, but as soon as his 1974 hit "Mandy" rocketed up the charts, they tore him to pieces. "They killed me for 10 years," he says. "The more hit records I had the worse they got."

And he didn't fare so well himself. The Emmy, Tony and Grammy award winner admitted to turning into a monster when the fame hit so fast and hard. "About four years into the explosion I went from being a person to an image," Manilow says. "When that happens, especially to young people, you are confused."

He eventually got clearheaded and returned to his roots - the friends and family who knew him before the fame and could keep him grounded. And that's what he's after now in his 70s - to return home where he can be around loved ones, including his two Labrador retrievers. "That's why I want to get off the road - because I like being a person," he says. "I love the job. I love the audiences, I love the music and the band. The curtain opens and all these people scream, you've gotta be dead to not enjoy that. I float onto the stage and into the wings. I won't give it up, but I've just got to get out of touring."

Manilow was in his 20s when Bette Midler selected him to assist production of her first two albums and act as musical director for the subsequent tour. She didn't need to give him advice, though. He soaked it up simply by watching her on stage. "She's the most brilliant performer we've ever had," he says. "She was never a phony on that stage. Everything she said and sang came from the truth. If you're talented and you tell the truth in lyrics and the way you talk - a lot of younger people don't do that - but if you can be real on that stage, where reality is so far away, then people will come back."

Whatever Midler taught him, it worked. The former jingle writer ("Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There" and "I Am Stuck on Band-Aids") found himself center stage and then a household name who scored 50 Top 40 hits, including "I Write the Songs" (which he didn't actually write), "Copacabana (At the Copa)," "Can't Smile Without You" and "Looks Like We Made It." He owned the adult contemporary genre for almost a decade.

Manilow is also a huge proponent of making sure kids are exposed to music. On every stop of his tour he donates a Yamaha piano to one local school district and also invites a local choir to perform with him. The Palmer High School Chamber Singers will accompany him on "I Write the Songs," "Copacabana" and "It's a Miracle." A Manilow staff person who attended college locally suggested Palmer High School.

Barry Manilow with Dave Koz, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., $19.75-$169.75; 520-7469, ticketswest.com. Something else: Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to Broadmoor World Arena will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) to Manilow's concert.

April 28, 2016 Tucson.com"'One Last Time' isn't really the last time" by Cathalena E. Burch
Barry Manilow played his first Tucson show in 1976 and his last one in 2002. “I know you guys,” he said, which is why the Old Pueblo was among the nearly 30 cities on his “One Last Time” tour itinerary. The tour pulls into the Tucson Arena on Monday, May 2, with jazz saxophonist Dave Koz opening.

It’s a farewell tour, but not a retirement. The 72-year-old Manilow will still perform live, but he won’t pack up the bus and hit the road for months on end as he’s done over the past four decades. “For me, it’s enough,” the legendary pop singer said early this month from his home in Palm Springs, California. “Forty years of room service is enough, thank you. But not performing and not the audiences. They are great and I won’t stop doing that. I just got to get off the road. ... It’s not retiring, it’s just no more touring.”

Manilow is pulling out the stops for the tour, recruiting college choirs in every city to join him on “I Write the Songs,” “Copacabana” and “It’s A Miracle.” “Every night I turn around and there are a whole bunch of faces that are clapping and smiling and singing their hearts out and they always sound great,” he said of the choirs. “They rehearse before they get there. One of my musicians teaches them the choreography and to make sure they are singing the right notes, and they have a great time.”

And, frankly, so does Manilow. He might be tired of the grind of touring, but his love of performing has probably never been stronger. “It is fun for me. I mean you’ve got to be dead not to be excited when the curtain opens and there are 10,000 people screaming,” said Manilow, who launched his career backing Bette Midler in the early 1970s. “Really, it’s an incredible gift that I’ve been given and that I’m still able to do this and still able to have audiences out there who are still coming. I can’t get over it. I’m a grateful guy.

”Next year he will release his latest album, “This is My Town: Songs of New York,” which he is recording now. The album is a mix of New York City standards and original songs, including the title song.

His show will hit all the high notes of his career, which have been many. Manilow has 50 Top 40 hits and has sold 80 million records. “I’m one of the lucky guys who has a catalogue of songs that people will recognize. So I’m doing all of them,” he said.

His setlist includes “Daybreak,” “Weekend In New England,” “One Voice,” “Mandy,” “Even Now,” “Jump Shout Boogie” and “Looks Like We Made It,” mixed with several songs that he hasn’t performed live in years: “Read ‘em and Weep,” “Somewhere Down the Road” and “Ships.” “I don’t remember the last time I did these songs. It’s great,” he said.

Manilow said that even the songs that he’s performed night after night, year after year, have taken on new meaning in this tour, particularly in cities that he suspects he won’t ever play again. “Knowing that it’s the end ... and I’m saying goodbye to some of these cities and I don’t want to get emotional every night because that would be bad and disgustingly sloppy,” he said. “But these songs that I never really thought were emotional -- ‘I Can’t Smile Without You’ — on an evening like that when I am saying goodbye, this happy hand-clapping thing means much more than it ever did. I’m finding that with a lot of songs that were great uptempo songs, but now because of the lyrics they’re becoming a little more emotional for me.”

The U.S. leg of “One Last Time” wraps up in Denver on May 7 before moving onto the U.K. for three shows in early June. Manilow said there is talk of adding shows in Australia, but as far as he knows his touring days will wrap up this summer. “I don’t want to retire. I’m in great shape. My voice is in great shape. I got my hair. I couldn’t be happier. I haven’t got a potbelly yet and I’m very old. I’m older than I ever intended to be. But in my mind, I’m still 35 and I’m running around the stage like I am. They say when the lights hit you you don’t feel anything,” he said. I always thought they were full of it, but I’m telling you, it’s true. The lights hit you, everything goes away and you just have a great time,” he said. “But this is it. This is the end of the road for me. I can’t wait to put my Tumi luggage in the garage. It’s been out since 1974. It goes in the garage at the end of England.”

If you go... What: Barry Manilow "One Last Time." Featuring: Saxophonist Dave Koz. When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2. Where: Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets: $19.75 to $169.75 through ticketmaster.com. Get two free tickets when you bring a used instrument - guitar, violin, keyboards, flute, etc. - to the arena box office. The instruments will be donated to local schools.

April 27, 2016 Green Bay Press-Gazette"Sharing Resch stage with Manilow was 'surreal'" by Kendra Meinert
When Randall Meder announced to his students in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chorale that Barry Manilow had invited them to perform with him at the Resch Center, junior Heather Roberts had to sit down. She wasn’t being overly dramatic. She was just being a Fanilow, and they’ve been getting a little weak in the knees for decades now.

No matter that Manilow’s first hit, 1975’s “Mandy,” is almost twice as old as Roberts. The 21-year-old from Florence discovered one of his concert DVDs by way of her mom when she was a teen, and that’s all it took. “The way he was so personable with the music, it kind of spoke truth to me,” said Roberts, who sings alto, plays piano and is studying music education. “He was the inspiration that began the piano journey for me when I was 14.”

So to find herself onstage with him singing along to “I Write the Songs,” “Copacabana (At the Copa)” and “It’s a Miracle” for the big, celebratory finish of his One Last Time! Tour stop last week, well ... “It was surreal,” she said. “If you had asked me five years ago, ‘Hey, would you like to perform with Barry Manilow?’ I would’ve said, ‘There’s no way on earth that would be possible.’”

Meder, in his 10th year as director of choral activities at UWGB, got an email from the tour’s choir director a month before the concert asking whether the chorale would like to be part of the show’s finale. Timing was a little tricky, since the group was already rehearsing for a performance with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay on April 17 at the Meyer Theatre as part of a 300-member mass choir for Mozart’s “Requiem in D Minor.” It also had its own concert, the final one of the season, coming up Saturday at the Weidner Center, where they’ll perform, among other things, Mozart’s “Requiem, K. 626.”

Meder wasn’t sure he could squeeze Manilow in between all that Mozart. He let the students have the final say. “I don’t think there was anyone who wasn’t thrilled about it,” Meder said. “There was nobody who said anything negative about it. They were really, really excited.”

With the exception of four students who had scheduling conflicts, the rest of the chorale’s 33 members were in. They received most of the music in advance to prepare but still had to be at the Resch at 4 p.m. on concert day so one of Manilow’s backup singers could show them the choreography and brief them on cues to watch for onstage. Their flashy red robes were courtesy of the tour.

Meder, who was given a seat in the sixth row, couldn’t have been more proud watching his students dive in with such enthusiasm, he said. It was a different experience for them, learning moves and performing in an arena with a crowd so loud they couldn’t hear the count and instead had to rely on the confetti cannons as their cue. Those things don't happen at a campus concert.

Being selected to share the stage with a music icon was an honor, Meder said. “Any time you get a chance to perform with someone who’s really been around ... He’s a name. Everybody recognizes the name Barry Manilow,” Meder said. “He was the real deal. He wrote music. He was a real songwriter. A lot of talent. I’ve always had a lot of respect for pop artists like him who brought a lot of chops to the game.”

Manilow’s tour gave each student two complimentary tickets so they could bring family or friends. Given the tight schedule of the tour, the students didn’t get to meet Manilow. That’s OK with Roberts. She got to sing with him - although she’s pretty sure there were a few times when her mouth was moving but there was no sound coming out. Meder jokes that he instructed the choir beforehand to keep an eye on her onstage. And if it looked like she was going to pass out, somebody [could] catch her.

Roberts had a different suggestion. “I said, 'If I faint, somebody better wake me up, because I don’t want to miss this.'”

April 27, 2016 Tucson.com"Jazz great goes from headliner to opening act for Manilow" by Cathalena E. Burch
Dave Koz finds himself cast in the role of opening act for Barry Manilow, and frankly he couldn’t be happier. “I haven’t been an opening act for a long time so that tool was in my tool shed, it just hasn’t been sharpened for awhile,” the superstar smooth jazz saxophonist said during a phone call somewhere in the California desert as he drove back to Los Angeles. “This is an opportunity to take that out and really sharpen it.”

So what is it like for the 53-year-old musician who has had a handful of hits, including “You Make Me Smile,” has recorded 19 albums since his 1990 eponymous debut and once served as the bandleader on the Food Network’s popular “The Emeril Lagasse Show,” to find himself performing before audiences of tens of thousands each night, most of whom likely have no idea who he is? Magical.

“The people are not there to see me”: “I think it’s a combination of having only 30 minutes to make my case and knowing that the people are not there to see me. They are there to see Barry, their favorite artist. So what is my job? It’s not a Dave Koz show so how can I put the essentials of what I do into 30 minutes, introduce these people who have never seen me before or never heard my name before? ... My actual job is to put these people into a great mood so that when Barry walks out on stage they are ready for him. That’s a great challenge for me and I really enjoy the process.”

“That’s the Manilow magic”: “From the music you hear when you walk into the venue to the music you hear when you leave, everything in that entire experience has been touched by the hand of Barry. He’s a part of everything. In his mind, he’s created this evening of entertainment, from the opening act to the main show and to the end. He invites me out to play a song and at the end, I come and take a bow with him. It’s a whole evening that makes sense from the beginning ... to the end.”

Birth of a friendship: “I met Barry going back 15 years ago. I got called by him to play on a recording session for the album ‘Here At the Mayflower.’ ... The concept of the album was about an apartment building and each song was about a particular apartment and the story going on inside. This song was about this lonely woman who lived next door who listened to this saxophone player over and over and over. At the end of the song he actually sung my name in the lyric and that was the first day I met him. I had to pick my jaw off the floor, but I knew then that this was going to be a special friendship in my life.”

Making memories one-on-one: “He’s been kind enough to ask me to travel with him, so we have lots of hang time and we have time to talk about music and life in general. It’s been the special part for me, getting to know him better and understand how that mind works and how this magical thing that he creates works.... I’ve really learned so many valuable lessons from this man.... You cannot put a price on that. I consider this one of the best experiences of my life, getting to hang with him.”

Jam-packed opening act: “It’s kind of a nice introduction for people who have never seen us or heard my music before. I play three of my songs (including ‘You Make Me Smile,’ ‘Together Again’) and three cover songs I’ve recorded before including ... the theme song to the movie ‘Frozen,’ ‘Let It Go.’ That’s on the ‘Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection’ album that I released in 2015. That’s really the one song in the Manilow show that people go, ‘Oh, OK , I get it.’ It comes right in the middle of the show; everybody knows that song. It always gets a great reaction.”

April 27, 2016 Sun Current"Eden Prairie graduate performs with Barry Manilow" by Michelle Doeden
Eden Prairie graduate Kaia Markovich, a junior at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, was one of 30 members of the Augsburg Choir who performed with Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Barry Manilow on April 7 when he stopped at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on his farewell “One Last Time!” tour. Markovich is a chemistry major who sings alto in the choir. The students joined Manilow on stage for his encore, which included his Billboard Top 100 chart toppers, “I Write the Songs,” “Miracle” and “Copacabana (At the Copa).” A video of part of the performance can be found online at https://youtu.be/KMGOU0vFbqo
April 26, 2016 The Independent Collegian"Toledo is 'Tryin’ to Get the Feeling': UT Concert Chorale sends Manilow off on his 'Farewell Tour'" by Emily Jackson
Best known for hits like “Mandy” and “Can’t Smile Without You,” legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow will be visiting Toledo “One Last Time” on his Farewell Tour. But Manilow won’t be the only one in the spotlight. The University of Toledo’s Concert Chorale has been invited to share the limelight and sing back-up during the show’s finale.

The group will perform with Manilow on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. “I have personally sung in some other huge performances, but this will probably the biggest audience for most of the singers,” said Bradley Pierson. “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to perform and show all that we have to offer." Pierson, UT’s Director of Choral Activities, will be singing with his students on stage that night.

The choir, which is comprised of 30 UT students, will perform three songs with Manilow. “[Copacabana]” and “I Write the Songs” have been chosen, but the third song will remain a secret until the night of the show.

Nate Krebs, a student and member of the Concert Chorale says that he and the choir are looking forward to the opportunity to sing with Manilow. “To say I am excited for the performance is an understatement, as having the chance to sing with a great pop musician in front of thousands of people is an unbelievable opportunity,” Krebs said. “It would be hard for the choir to forget such a performance.”

Anne Valade, a member of the Concert Chorale, said they dedicated one Saturday morning to rehearsing the music for the Manilow show, but the students are rehearsing on their own time as well. “The rest of the work comes from us individually practicing since we’re also working on some other great music in class for our concert on Saturday night,” Valade said.

Despite the UT choirs having two full concerts the following weekend featuring some difficult repertoire, Krebs said that he also feels the chorale is well prepared for Wednesday night. “The music itself was fairly straightforward to learn, but memorization of how the music fits all together is something we will still be working on up until the day of the performance,” Krebs said.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Huntington Center’s box office. Prices start at $39. For more information, please visit the Huntington Center Toledo’s website.

April 26, 2016 YourErie.comManilow comes to Erie
Legendary singer Barry Manilow took over the Erie Insurance Arena on Monday night, making everyone swoon. The singer-songwriter broke out the all-time favorites, as well as some more recent compositions. The Arena was filled to capacity with the Manilow faithful. A collaborative choir from Penn State Behrend was invited to help Barry close the show. Prior to the show, the non-profit Manilow Music Project donated a piano, musical instruments, and 200 free tickets for staff and students at the Erie School District. The tour is billed as the last for Manilow, who is now in his 70s.

April 25, 2016 Tulsa World"McKinnon on Manilow tour" by John Ferguson
Music has taken Russ McKinnon to new career heights. And, it doesn’t get much higher than touring with singer Barry Manilow, either. As the 72-year-old Manilow continues his “One Last Time” concert swing in Toledo, Ohio tonight, he knows drummer McKinnon has his musical back. McKinnon, who grew up and went to school in Broken Arrow, enjoys his job. He is living his musical dream. And, the former Pride of Broken Arrow member has been on some kind of musical tour since 1989.

McKinnon enjoyed a recent homecoming when Manilow made a stop at Tulsa’s BOK Center for a concert. Otherwise, McKinnon has homes in Los Angeles and the big island in Hawaii. “It’s a huge thrill and honor to get to come home and play,” said McKinnon recently. “And, in the beautiful new (BOK) facility. We played it three years ago. I have played other venues. It is one of the finest and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Manilow’s last tour will end in Israel later this summer, but McKinnon has had a front-row seat on how the singer is giving back. The Manilow Music Project gives a new piano to a school at every concert venue. That’s not all. People can donate unused instruments and through the Manilow Music Project will collect them and fix them. Then, they are distributed to public schools with budget problems.

There was something extra during the stop in Tulsa. Manilow got to meet the Broken Arrow band directors that shaped McKinnon’s attitude for music. But, one person really ignited the musical fire....his mother, Frankie. “She taught junior high and high school in Broken Arrow,” McKinnon said. “I give her all the credit. She was the music and got me going.” Aside from his mother, McKinnon credits people like Tom Stout, Ron Perdl, Ken Grass and others for pushing him to reach higher music goals.

In his spare time, McKinnon teaches music in Hawaii and once did a stint at Union High School. “The BA band program is one of the finest,” McKinnon said. “I sent Barry some links to BA music program.” Plans were made to invite the past BA band directors to the Tulsa concert as McKinnon’s guest. Manilow even expressed an interest in meeting them.

What’s been the crowd reaction during this last Manilow tour? “Barry is one of the few artists that has the impressive catalog he does,” McKinnon said. “I rank him in the Top 5 (of them all). I think the more people realize how special he is. I think there is a new found appreciation.”

McKinnon has a bird’s-eye view of the reaction of concert goers. “The crowds are crazy,” McKinnon said. “But, they are crazy for him. It is a beautiful thing to see. This final tour...I’ve seen an up tick in him. I’ve seen him perk up.” Fans have appreciated him for decades for his songs and what Manilow continues to do for music in schools.

April 25, 2016 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay NewsManilow writes the songs that makes UW-Green Bay sing
They received a shout out from the legend himself. Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay Chorale, led by Randy Meder, who had the opportunity to sing back up to Barry Manilow< on his One Last Time tour at the Resch Center, Thursday, April 21.

Manilow saved the best for nearly last... According to Green Bay Press-Gazette correspondent Kendra Meinert, about 85-minutes into the show Manilow shouted, “Anybody want to hear ‘Copa?'” “With a giant disco ball above and about 30 red-robed members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chorale on stage with him, the Manilow magic of the last four decades proved to still be in top form,” Meinert reported. “A crowd that filled about three-fourths of the arena danced and sang along, reveling in their time together at the hottest spot north of Havana.”

April 25, 2016 The Tennessean"Barry Manilow comes to Nashville 'One Last Time'" by Juli Thanki
On Thursday night, Barry Manilow’s One Last Time Tour will come to Bridgestone Arena (he was originally scheduled to perform at Bridgestone in February, but had to postpone the concert due to complications following oral surgery). At 72 years old, he’s ready to get off the road once this multi-city tour ends. “It’s been 45 years of room service,” he says. “Touring is a young guy’s game.”

Thinking about playing Music City for the last time makes the pop icon remember his first trip to town more than 40 years ago. In November 1974, before he had the multi-platinum records, the awards and the legions of devoted “Fanilows,” Manilow played the Exit/In. “I was doing a small club tour promoting my first album, which was originally on Bell Records. Five people bought that album, and they were all my relatives,” he said. “I never thought anything would come from it. But in Nashville, of all places, they greeted this young Brooklyn kid so beautifully. They got me. Nashville was incredible for me … it kind of told me what was about to happen.”

Shortly after that concert, Manilow’s breakout single “Mandy” topped the charts and his life was never the same. He’d go on to sell more than 80 million records and release a number of hits, including “Looks Like We Made It,” “I Write the Songs” and “Copacabana.”

Even after all these years, Manilow can't quite believe that the young man who stepped onto that Exit/In stage before a small crowd 42 years ago will play his final Nashville show in an arena that seats thousands. Chuckling, he says, "It's an amazing, amazing thing that's happened to me."

April 24, 2016 The Blade (Toledo)"One last time for Manilow: Road warrior will give fans 40 years of hits" by Mike Pearson
Once upon a time Barry Manilow was synonymous with AM radio, a balladeer whose cheerful demeanor and memorable melodies made him a semipermanent resident atop the pop charts. He logged an impressive 25 Top 40 hits between 1974 and 1983 -- classics like “Mandy,” “Even Now,” “I Write the Songs,”“This One’s For You,” “Weekend in New England,” and “Copacabana,” which proved so ubiquitous in 1978 that one might easily have mistaken it for the national anthem. Fans can expect those to hear those songs and many others Wednesday, when Manilow brings his One Last Time tour to Huntington Center.

After four-plus decades of touring, the singer says this will be his road warrior swan song. “[Giving up touring] won’t be hard at all,” he said with a laugh from his home in Los Angeles in a chat with The Blade. “[I won’t miss] being away from home for weeks at a time, or going from hotel to hotel and plane to plane. The day I put my luggage in the garage will be a very big day. I’ve been doing this for 45 years, so this is the end of that kind of life, but not the end of performing.”

He confessed that he was a fish out of water when he first began touring in the early ’70s. “My first tour was a small club tour with a small band, three background singers, and no hit records. That was the moment where, in the act of a desperate man, I pulled out the commercials that I had done and put them all in a medley. It consisted of eight or nine jingles.”

Those jingles bespoke a successful Madison Avenue career in his early 20s, and included pitches for McDonald’s and Dr Pepper. At least two of his jingles -- “State Farm is There” and “I am Stuck on Band-Aid” are still used in commercials today. “It was even better than a hit record because the audience went wild to hear these commercials they’d been hearing on the radio and realized that here was the guy who wrote them. It was fantastic. This was before 'Mandy,' so it was a fun first tour.”

Still, in his jingle-writing days, Manilow said he never envisioned himself as a performer. “For me it was terrifying, because I had no idea what I was doing on the stage because I’d never wanted to do anything like it. Working with Bette (Midler at New York’s Continental Baths) wasn’t performing; I was behind her; I was her music director.”

Midler, of course, went off on her own successful career, leaving Manilow content to work as a producer and arranger for other artists. Then he released “Mandy” and things began to change. “It was terrifying,” he recalled. “I was happy being known as an arranger and producer, anything behind the scenes to make singers look and sound great. So when fame hit me — I was 29 years old -- it knocked me off my feet. I was an adult and already had a career, and this fame thing is a very, very difficult thing to adjust to.”

The rest is musical history; more hits, more tours, and Barry Manilow eventually becoming a buzz word for adult contemporary music with wide appeal. Still, it took years for Manilow to accept that he was a success. “'Mandy' was a hit record; it wasn’t me,” he observed. “Nobody knew who Barry Manilow was. They liked the record. It took a long time to introduce myself to the public. It took a while before I realized that this was more than just one shot. By the time 'Copacabana' hit, I knew that this was for real.”

Does he ever get tired of singing his chart-toppers — a complaint several A-list singers have lodged over the years? “I never get tired of doing my hits. I couldn’t be more grateful that these audiences want to hear them,” he said. “It’s an amazing ride that I’ve had, and since I’ve decided this is my last tour, I’m doing them all. It starts with ‘It’s A Miracle’ and 90 minutes later I hit ‘Copacabana.’ In the middle it’s every record [of mine] that was on the radio.”

That should be manna for devotees of his catalog. He understands an audience’s reluctance to sit through new music, even though such is the lifeblood of all performers. “The sentence that strikes fear into the audience is 'I’d like to do a few songs from my new album,'” the singer said. “Up the aisle they go, to the bathroom or for orange juice. These days I know they want to hear the stuff they’re familiar with. Years ago I went to see Sinatra for the first time, and I wanted to hear the stuff I knew - ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ and ‘I’ve Got the World on A String.’ And he gave it to us, then he gave us a handful of songs that he liked, and I’ll tell you something, he lost the audience during those songs. I’ll never forget it. It was a big lesson.”

As for the music he hears on Top 40 radio today, Manilow is disturbed by the trend of packaging over substance. “When I began they were still writing songs with great melodies and interesting lyrics,” he said. “They don’t do that today. It’s all about technology and great-sounding records. It’s all about machinery and loops and incredible rhythms. But as far as writing a melody and lyric, that isn’t there. I’m all about a good melody and an interesting lyric. I so believe the public is starving for that. Look at what’s happened with Adele. Here comes a girl who sings great and writes wonderful songs, and out of the box she sells 9 million records. That says the public is looking for that. What you hear on the radio are wonderful-sounding records, but not wonderful songs.”

Having sold more than 80 million records worldwide, the Grammy Award-winner knows his audience well, and he likes its diversity. When he looks out from the stage he sees “the same audience I’ve had for 45 years,” he said proudly. “It’s young kids, it’s grandmas, it’s parents. I’ve had a wide demographic of people for as long as I can remember. The music that I make seems to affect everybody, and that’s my goal, to make people feel great.”

If you go: Barry Manilow performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with special guest Dave Koz at Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. Tickets are $19.75-$169.75 at ticketmaster.com, the Huntington Center box office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

April 24, 2016 The Vindicator"Manilow concert near sell-out at Covelli Centre" by William K. Alcorn
To the delight of local ’70s and ’80s pop-music lovers, one of the kings of pop, Barry Manilow, included a Youngstown stop on his “One Last Time!” tour with a performance Saturday at the Covelli Centre. Manilow, 72, has said this is his last massive North American tour, but he has not ruled out performing concerts or becoming a permanent attraction in Las Vegas.

Taking the stage at 8:20 p.m., after an exciting set by saxophonist Dave Koz and his band, Manilow opened with several of his audience sing-along favorites, including “It’s a Miracle,” “Daybreak,” and “Somewhere in the Night.” And it only took that first familiar tune to draw the audience, already primed for Manilow, to get into the full spirit of the evening.

People of all ages and from all over the area and beyond took the opportunity to see and hear Manilow, who sounds as smooth and mellow as ever. Several ticket-holders talked about Manilow while waiting to get into the nearly sold-out venue. Among them were Lisa and Bob Matasy of Austintown. Lisa, who is a “big Manilow fan” and last saw the singer in Pittsburgh, said it was nice to not to have to drive far to see him again.

Carolyn Janosko of Hermitage, Pa., who described herself as a “heavy-duty” Manilow fan and said he is her “go-to guy,” noting that all the CDs in her car are by Manilow.

Also, Janosko and Barb Mason, of West Middlesex, Pa., had never before been to a live concert. “When I heard he was coming here, I said, ‘I’ve got to go,’” Mason said.

Cindy Balog of Youngstown and her sister, Linda Alley of Austintown, daughters of Jack Alley, a Vindicator printer for many years, said they came to the concert for their parents “who loved Manilow.”

Mary Angelo of Youngstown became a Barry Manilow fan while she and her five brothers and sisters had to clean the house on Saturdays. “We blasted Barry, and it made the cleaning easier,” she said.

Debby Fabian of Youngstown and her sister-in-law, Marilyn Fabian of Tucson, Ariz., were eager for the show to begin. “He puts on an awesome show,” said Debby, who saw him in Las Vegas. “I have never seen Barry in person. This is such a thrill. Yea!” said Marilyn.

Paul Yakubov of Austintown was waiting for his sister, Dr. Lyn Yakubov and people from her office. “I think we are all Barry Manilow fans,” said Yakubov, who was also interested in hearing Dave Koz. He explained: “I grew up playing the saxophone and formerly played in the Mike Roncone Band.”

Laura Weymer of Liberty and her mother, Kathy Bright of Grove City, Ohio, were among the throng waiting for the concert to begin. Bright said she saw Manilow years ago in Columbus, and was looking forward to singing along again, particularly to one of her favorite Manilow songs, “Mandy.”

Manilow’s performance also was expected to include a medley with excerpts from a dozen or so career-spanning songs. The medley includes “Read 'Em and Weep,” “Somewhere Down the Road,” and “Ships,” according to advance concert publicity. Among Manilow’s best recordings, according to the AXS website, are: “Could It Be Magic;” “It’s a Miracle,” “Mandy,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Ready To Take a Chance Again,” “I Write The Songs,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Even Now,” “Weekend in New England,” and “Copacabana,” which earned a Grammy in 1979.

April 24, 2016 Hudson Star-Observer"HHS alum performs with Barry Manilow" by Meg Heaton
McKenna Selissen, HHS Class of 2014, now a sophomore at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, was one of 30 members of the Augsburg choir who performed with Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Barry Manilow on April 7 when he stopped at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on his farewell “One Last Time!” tour. Selissen, the daughter of Therese & Dave Selissen of Hudson, is a music therapy major who sings soprano in the choir. She is a well-known performer in her hometown and throughout the Twin Cities as part of August Blues with Cavan Denning, Ben Tresselt and Dylan White, also HHS alumni.

The Augsburg students joined Manilow on stage for his encore, which included his Billboard Top 100 chart toppers, “I Write the Songs,” “[It's A] Miracle,” and “Copacabana.” Selissen said Manilow’s music director viewed tapes of several Twin Cities choirs before choosing Augsburg and the choir had about a week to prepare. They had one rehearsal with Manilow prior to the performance. “It was amazing to be up on stage with him and although we didn’t get to meet him personally, it was unbelievable to share the stage with someone so well respected and well known in the music world,” Selissen said. “I am amazed how many hit songs he's had and with all the commercial jingles he's wrote; he is extremely talented. It was such an honor to have had this opportunity, especially when he announced it would be his farewell concert tour.”

Selissen said she decided on a career in music therapy when she was in high school and volunteered in a program for people with Alzheimer's and other memory impairments. She has continued that work in college. “I have to say the most exciting part about it all for me was being able to give the complimentary tickets we received to two clients from the program I work with now. I actually discovered Barry Manilow's music from this client I worked with. Every day when staff works with him he asks to listen to Barry Manilow on an iPad. He knows every song and all the words so it was such a coincidence when we were asked to do this. This client was beyond excited to not only go to his first concert, but to see his very favorite singer.”

A video of part of the performance with Manilow can be found online at youtu.be/KMGOU0vFbqo.

April 23, 2016 News-SentinelManilow brings solid performance to Fort Wayne in farewell tour
Iconic performer and songsmith Barry Manilow confidently ran through his impressive catalogue of hits last night at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum to a crowd of about 4000 people. The 72 year-old performer was joined by this 13-piece band and opening act, jazz artist Dave Koz.

The show was a part of Manilow’s current farewell tour, “One Last Time!” Yet, the singer has said he plans to still play shows occasionally after the tour has completed. Any Manilow fans - or “Fanilows,” as some call themselves - hoping for more Fort Wayne shows in the future found some encouragement in the singer’s exit remark, “I hope to see you all again someday.”

Opening with the upbeat 1975 hit, “It’s a Miracle,” Manilow maintained a fan-friendly setlist throughout the show. Almost every song originated from his mid-1970s to early 1980s heydey. One notable exception was Manilow’s duet with long-deceased singer Judy Garland on “Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart,” off of Manilow’s 2014 “My Dream Duets” album, made up entirely of duets with deceased singers. During the concert, Garland’s vocals were provided by a video of her singing, played on a large screen at the back of the stage.

A similar effect was used for Manilow’s performance of his breakthrough 1974 hit “Mandy.” With this performance, Manilow sang along with an old recording of himself on the television show “The Midnight Special.”

The use of old footage was one of several examples of Manilow playing with the idea of nostalgia and making allusions to the past. He even refers to himself as being the “Justin Bieber of his day,” at one point. “Ask your mother,” he said to the few millennials in attendance who may not believe him. At one point, Manilow also described one of his songs as being “an oldie but a goodie” - quickly adding “just like me” for comic effect.

The performer appeared to be very comfortable with talking about the past and his place in it. Besides the duets and his sparingly-used back-up singers, Manilow kept the crowd engaged with his ballad-heavy repertoire mostly by himself.

After all these years, the songs do not seem to have lost their magic for the performer. During performances of classic tracks, such as “Could [It] Be Magic” or “Even Now,” Manilow seems to be taken in himself by the emotional heft of the songs. “Oh, isn’t this a romantic song,” he said in the middle of performing “Could [It] Be Magic,” sounding overcome with emotion.

Over the course of the 90-minute show, Manilow performed the songs that made him famous without much frills besides a solid band and a solid vocal delivery. If you are a fan of his work, that is really all you need, because the songs speak for themselves.

April 22, 2016 The Journal Gazette"One last time: Manilow touring career coming to an end, but not before visiting Memorial Coliseum" by Keiara Carr
Eventually being on the road gets to everybody, singer and musician Barry Manilow says. Except for Elton John. “Elton loves being on the road, and good for him,” he says with a chuckle. “But I’m reading that many artists, after many years on the road, decide that it’s time to get off the road.”

And for the man who writes the songs the whole world sings, Manilow is simply ready to spend more time at home. “(Touring is) a 24-hour a day gig. You’re away from home for weeks and weeks at a time. It becomes your life,” he says during a phone interview from his home in California.

But Manilow’s “One Last Time!” tour is more of a celebration than a consolation. Manilow’s final big tour is packed with all of his hits that span over more than 40 years. Manilow will perform today at Memorial Coliseum. Tickets for the show start at $19.75 to commemorate the year of Manilow’s first No. 1 hit, “Mandy.” Saxophonist Dave Koz will be a special guest. “It’s very exciting, as usual, but this is a little more exciting than usual because it’s the last time, and I think the audiences are aware of it, so they are even more excited,” Manilow says. “The shows are just wonderful, beautiful.”

Manilow says fans will hear some hits he hasn’t performed in years because usually his tours are focused on the promotion of a new album, which means the set list is typically a lineup of new music or medleys from his catalogue. “With this tour, I think just about every song, I think, are songs that are familiar to the audience, and I’ve never quite done it like that,” he says.

But this isn’t a retirement tour, Manilow stresses. He still plans to perform and record albums. He’s just at a point where he wants to savor the moments in between stops. “For me, it just felt like I was done with being away from home,” Manilow explains. “And I wanted more of my life than my career.”

A Brooklyn native, Manilow took accordion lessons and played his neighbor’s piano by the age of 7. Choosing to be a musician in his teens, Manilow attended New York College of Music and the Juilliard School of Music while working in CBS’s mailroom. From there, he launched into his career as a music director, arranger and pianist, working with Bette Midler in 1971. In 1974, Clive Davis brought Manilow to his new label, Arista, and the rest is history.

Manilow has never forgotten how important it is to get an instrument into a child’s hand. The Manilow Music Project is collecting instruments at participating tour stops to be donated to local schools in need. “We get a lot of instruments, thank goodness, in every city,” he says. “We collect 75 to 100 instruments (in) every city. And I think it’s maybe helping these schools.”

There isn’t much Manilow will miss about touring. “I never liked touring to begin with,” he says, frankly. But for the 90 minutes that he’s onstage, his focus remains on the audience. “I like them to sit there for over 90 minutes and forget the craziness that’s going on outside the arena. That’s my goal,” he says. “My work and these shows are really a great feeling evening. Hopefully, everybody will be able to forget their own troubles for 90 minutes and have a great time with some wonderful music, surrounded by wonderful people. These audiences are just great.”

If you go... What: Barry Manilow’s "One Last Time" Tour. When: 7:30 p.m. today. Where: Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Admission: Tickets start at $19.75; 483-1111 or www.memorialcoliseum.com.

April 21, 2016 Vindy.comBarry Manilow returns in final US tour ONE LAST TIME
It’s the end of the road for Barry Manilow. The pop legend’s current tour will be the last time he mounts a massive North American tour. He isn’t ruling out a concert here or there, or perhaps a residency in Las Vegas, and he is still planning to continue to record new albums.

But this time around, there is an air of finality when it comes to living life on the road. Luckily, the 72-year-old Manilow has included Youngstown on this road trip, appropriately titled the One Last Time! tour. It will hit Covelli Centre, with opening act Dave Koz, on Saturday.

Manilow’s only other visit to Youngstown was just five years ago. In that August 2011 concert at Covelli, he was backed by the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and then took the YSO with him on four more concerts in the Northeast and Canada. The YSO will not be accompanying him on the current tour.

But fans can expect a 90-minute concert that will be replete with the litany of hits Manilow has produced in his five-decade career. With no current album to push, there won’t be any little-known new songs. “The fans don’t want me to promote my latest anything,” he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I haven’t done a tour quite like this ever.”

The set list includes a medley with excerpts from at least a dozen career-spanning songs. The medley includes some concert rarities, including “Read ’Em and Weep,” “Somewhere Down the Road” and “Ships.” The singer told the newspaper that the tour also includes a virtual duet with the late Judy Garland - using a video, of course - on “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart.” It sounds like Manilow plans to share some memories with his fans before saying farewell.

April 21, 2016 GoErie.com"Barry Manilow brings One Last Time Tour to Erie on Monday" by Lindsey Poisson
There was a time when critics weren't fanilows. In fact, countless people have railed against Barry Manilow's sentimental style from the start of his performing career in the 1970s. "Critics had a lot trouble with me," he said in a recent phone interview. "It happens to everybody. When they explode out of nowhere, and the sold-out signs go up, the first thing (critics) say is 'He's not that great.' It was definitely a challenge to stay in my own shoes and to stay believing in what I was doing."

But no matter the reviews, audiences made it clear: They wanted more from Manilow. He continued to sell records and release chart-topping hits. "In their own way, they kept saying, 'Don't listen to them. We like what you're doing,'" he said. "That made it much easier for me to keep going."

And it looks like he made it. The Grammy-, Tony- and Emmy-winning artist, now 72, has sold more than 80 million records, released dozens of Top 40 hits and has become a musical icon in his more than 40-year career. Now the artist is making the rounds during his One Last Time Tour, which comes to Erie Insurance Arena on Monday.

Yes, it's true. The great singer and songwriter is officially giving up the touring life after his June appearances in Britain. "I'm not retiring," he assured. He'll continue to perform and record, but without all of the exhausting hassle of going from place to place every night. "I got to get off the road, that's all. This is the end of the tours."

Manilow, born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, started out as musical director of CBS' "Callback" in 1967 and soon dabbled in musical arrangement and jingle writing. But Manilow's first big step toward a musical career came when he began working with Bette Midler, who was still unknown in the early 1970s. Manilow recalled helping her develop her music, as well as her first two records. "I was her music director, her piano player, her arranger, her producer," he said. "She was inventing herself, and I was helping her to create the kind of music that she wanted to do."

It wasn't long, though, before Manilow began working on his own sound, and used Midler's success as a quick template. "When this performing career dropped in my lap, something I had never even thought about, I saw what she had done, and I'm sure I tried to do the same thing," he said. "I learned a lot from her as a performer, and then I had to figure out how to do it on my own. She was a big influence on me."

His first No. 1 hit, "Mandy," came out in 1974. It was soon followed by his singable classics "I Write the Songs" (1975), "Looks Like We Made It" (1976), "Weekend in New England" (1976), "Copacabana" (1978) and "Can't Smile Without You" (1978). Manilow will likely perform a few of those hits during Monday's show. Although the artist relishes any chance to perform a few of his lesser-known album cuts, it's the hit songs that bring the most joy. "If you pin me to the wall and ask me which ones I really look forward to, it's the ones (the fans) like," he said. "I love looking at these audiences, and when I know that they're smiling and excited and happy, that makes me happy, too."

And it's part of the reason why Manilow doesn't plan on completely retiring anytime soon. "When that curtain opens and people are reacting the way they do, you'd have to be dead not to be excited," he said with a laugh. "That will not stop."

April 21, 2016 GoErie.com"Saxophonist Dave Koz opens Monday's Erie concert" by Lindsey Poisson
Dave Koz never imagined becoming a successful recording musician back when he first took up the saxophone in seventh grade. He just wanted to be in his brother's band. "He had a band with his friends that was doing weddings, charity parties, that kind of thing," said Koz, 53, who's about four years younger than his brother, Jeff. "I had taken piano lessons and drum lessons, and really I had no talent whatsoever. But one day, he just sort of let it slip: He said 'The only way you would ever get in this band is to play the sax, because we don't have a sax player.'"

Decades -- and more than a dozen albums -- later, the nine-time Grammy nominee is a musical force on the jazz scene and touring with Barry Manilow, whom he'll open for at the Monday night show at Erie Insurance Arena. "The tour has been fantastic. It's a whole lot of fun for me because I get a chance to share the stage with a true superstar," he said. "It's kind of like the best master class there is in entertainment."

It's a strange but wonderful turn of events for Koz, who grew up listening to Manilow. "In the mid-'70s, when he was just coming out onto the scene, this was kind of when I was starting to discover music," Koz said.

Although music quickly became a passion, it was wasn't until after college that Koz, encouraged by mentor Jeff Lorber, abandoned his plans to get a regular job to pursue a musical career. He soon signed with Capitol Records and released his self-titled debut album in 1990.

Twenty-five years later, Koz marked a major career milestone by releasing "Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection," his 2015 album featuring recordings with megastars Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Toby Keith and Manilow, as well as jazz musicians Boney James, Rick Braun and Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox. "They're not necessarily the songs that were singles," he said. "When I look at those names and those experiences, it makes me feel very proud, very humbled and very grateful for the life that I've had for the last 25 years."

Although Koz said he's looking forward to a summer tour with his idol David Sanborn and -- somewhere in the near future -- recording another album, he's happy to keep it "all Manilow all the time" right now. "My job is to get people in the mood -- the mood for Manilow," he said. "Hopefully his fans will enjoy a little saxophone as a first course."

April 21, 2016 Vindy.com"Sax great Dave Koz learns a new role as opening act" by John Benson
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returns Sunday night, but Dave Koz won’t be tuning in. Sure, the saxophonist extraordinaire is currently opening for Barry Manilow’s farewell tour, which comes to Covelli Centre on Saturday; however, the real reason why is simply the Grammy Award-nominated artist isn’t caught up with the most-recent season of the Lannisters, White Walkers and flying dragons.

Granted, Koz is busy, but the fact that he’s known for his “Game of Thrones Theme [The Smooth Version]” makes this news surprising. “Originally, I didn’t even know about the show,” said Koz, calling from Palm Springs, Calif. “The song wasn’t my idea. Scott Bradlee of the Postmodern Jukebox is a friend. He taught me the music. We went into the studio, shot a video, and the next thing I knew, the video had 8 million views on YouTube overnight. “Since then I’ve become a big fan, and I do love that song. It’s a beautiful melody. So I am watching, but I haven’t seen the most-recent season. Don’t ruin it.”

Spoiler alerts aside regarding Jon Snow, Koz can’t wait to make his Youngstown debut opening for Manilow. Over the years, the two artists contributed to each other’s projects. During that time, they struck up a friendship. In fact, Manilow inducted Koz when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Then last year Koz was invited to open for the “Copacabana” singer’s swan-song tour. There was only one issue. “I don’t remember how to be an opening act,” Koz said. “It’s been so long, I’m guessing probably 20 years. But I know that they’re not there to see me. My job is simple: to just really get these 10,000 people ready to see their favorite artist. So I want to pump them up and put them in a great mood. I know a lot of people will be seeing me for the first time and may never see me again, but the time we’re together will be fun.”

Koz elaborated the time he spends with the legend is tantamount to the greatest master class ever. He’s been able to witness Manilow’s professionalism and creative decisions that have kept him relevant for more than four decades. “It’s pretty astonishing when you really think about it,” Koz said.

As the opener, Koz is limited to only 30 minutes a night. The set list touches upon his most- recent release, “Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection,” which includes collaborations with other artists as well as his new version of “Let it Go” from “Frozen.” Initially, Koz joked he recorded it to get his four nieces off his back, but his opinion of the ubiquitous track quickly changed. “I actually fell in love with the song,” Koz said. “I understand now why it was such a big hit globally. It’s a song where I think the Manilow fans really get it. That’s the first time in my set they really understand. It makes sense because they’re such a romantic, ballad-oriented crowd.”

Thinking about Koz as an unlikely opener brings up an unlikely comparison to Alice Cooper. Perhaps the sax man would have benefited from talking to the shock rocker, who spent the past two years opening the high-profile Motley Crue farewell tour. “The only difference is I imagine a fair amount of people are coming to see Alice,” Koz said, laughing. “Maybe one or two are coming to see me open for Barry.”

April 20, 2016 The Journal Gazette"Pick Five: Saxophonist Dave Koz" by Keiara Carr
Plantinum-selling Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz has been inspired by the greats like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Herbie Hancock ... and Disney's Elsa? There's still plenty to learn about Koz as he currently tours across the country as the special guest for Barry Manilow's "One Last Time!" Tour. Koz will make an appearance Friday at Memorial Coliseum as Manilow performs his final big concert in Fort Wayne.

In this Pick Five, we asked Koz 10 questions from serious to quirky through email. Here are the five he picked to answer.

Journal Gazette: How does it feel to be a special guest on Barry Manilow's "One Last Time" Tour?
Dave Koz: I am having the time of my life! Beyond just the shows, and playing for that many people every night, most of whom are seeing me for the first time – it’s the time I get to spend with Mr. Manilow that makes this gig so special. He’s been a great friend and mentor for years – but having the opportunity to travel together, to have wonderful, long conversations about music and life... well, it’s like the greatest ‘master class’ of all time! Seeing from the inside out, how he has created this amazing career for over 4 decades has taught me so much about longevity, vitality and truly making the most out of our time doing what we uniquely do while we’re here. It’s been one of the great experiences of my life, and I’m very grateful.

JG: Who are some of your jazz music heroes?
DK: I grew up worshipping David Sanborn, who was my main sax hero. I knew every lick on his albums… memorized the songs. He became a good friend and colleague over the years – and cut to this summer, we’re actually doing a tour together! I’m a nervous wreck about it! :) But so excited too. He’s taught me so much – and I can’t wait to learn more. In addition to Sanborn, I admire so many of the greats: Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Herbie Hancock, Grover Washington Jr., Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley… I could go on and on!

JG: 2015 marked 25 years in the music business for you. What have you learned?
DK: I think you have to be flexible. I suppose you could say that about any profession really… but especially in the music world, which changes dramatically almost daily, it’s been such an important thing. I never really had a ‘plan’… it’s all been very organic in my career – following what’s working and rolling with all the ups and downs. I can’t believe it’s been 25 years, frankly – I never would’ve imagined this in a million years – it’s been a real gift.

JG: If you were to go on the road with any person (dead or alive), who would you choose and where would you go?
DK: I sometimes feel like I was born in the wrong era – and that if I was alive making music in the '30s and '40s, I’d most surely be in one of those swinging big bands of that era. This was a time when instrumentalists (jazz artists!) were the pop stars of the day. If I could’ve been one of the sax players in Glenn Miller’s Orchestra or be on the road playing in the sax section with Tommy Dorsey’s band, or with Artie Shaw, Count Basie or Duke Ellington... that would be a WOW!

JG: Name your favorite song off the "Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection" album.
DK: I have to give credit to my four nieces for turning me on to the song “Let It Go” from the Disney film, "Frozen." They encouraged me to record it, and I did – and I fell in love with the song in the process. I understand now, why this song is so beloved all over the world. It’s a very special piece of music – and makes for a great sax instrumental! We do it every night in the Manilow show, and it’s always the song that changes the feeling in the arena – the audience all knows it and loves it… and at this moment in our short show, I can actually sense them saying to themselves… "Aha, I get it now!"

April 20, 2016 Toledo City Paper"Backup for Barry: UT Concert Chorale to sing with legendary performer Barry Manilow" by Jeff McGinnis
For nearly 50 years, Barry Manilow has crooned his way into the hearts of audiences worldwide with songs like "Can't Smile Without You" and "Mandy." Now, as he prepares to perform in the Glass City for his "One Last Time" farewell tour, the legendary singer has invited members of the University of Toledo's premiere chorus group to join him onstage as backup singers for what is sure to be a memorable finale.

A great showman: "I just got an email and a follow-up phone call from the tour manager, and I think they're using choirs throughout this tour as a part of the finale," said Dr. Brad Pierson, UT’s Director of Choral Activities. "He sent me an email and asked, 'Would you be interested?' and I said, 'Of course we would be interested!'" Pierson himself will be singing with his students on three of Manilow's most famous songs as part of the encore - "Copacabana," "I Write the Songs" and a secret third number that Pierson will not divulge.

Ironically, Pierson - who took over as Director of Choral Activities at UT this past August - is not really a big Manilow fan himself, although he is clearly thrilled at the chance for his chorus to perform with such a celebrated artist. "I'm not necessarily the guy who's getting in his car and popping in Barry Manilow albums," Pierson said with a chuckle. "But everybody talks about what a great showman he is, and anybody who has a career that has sustained over such a long period of time— even if you're not necessarily a fan of the music, you gotta show a lot of respect to somebody who can do it year in and year out, while still selling tickets."

An incredible opportunity: The appearance with Manilow is just part of a much larger season for Pierson's performers - a schedule so stacked with events that, as of this writing, the Concert Chorale hasn't even really begun preparing for the Manilow show. "We actually have not started rehearsal yet," Pierson said, noting how the group had just finished a pair of concerts not long before this interview - and are now focusing on another two toward end of the month, in addition to the Manilow performance. "With all the concerts, we have been busy focusing on other things," he noted.

Despite the crowded schedule, Pierson said he hopes his singers will appreciate the incredible opportunity this event affords them. "I don't know that it has entirely hit the students yet," Pierson said. "They know who Barry Manilow is, but... I don't think they have quite as much context as to why this is a big deal. They kind of get it, but I think once they get onstage, and they see the thousands of people out there, screaming for Barry, it will sink in."

For more information on UT's choral ensembles and their upcoming performances, visit: utoledo.edu/comm-arts/music/ensembles/ensembles_choral.html. 7:30pm Wednesday, April 27. $15-$170. The Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. huntingtoncentertoledo.com

April 20, 2016 Penn State NewsBehrend choirs to perform alongside Barry Manilow: 'One Last Time!’ tour comes to Erie on Monday, April 25
The choirs of Penn State Behrend have been invited to sing alongside multi-platinum singer-songwriter Barry Manilow during his April 25 concert at Erie Insurance Arena. The concert, part of Manilow’s “One Last Time!” tour, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at erieevents.com.

The choir will perform three numbers with Manilow, including “Copacabana” and “I Write the Songs.” Tone-Acious, Penn State Behrend’s student a cappella club, will join the choir for the performance. “This is a unique opportunity, and while it’s definitely outside the realm of what we would normally do in an academic choral ensemble, it highlights Behrend’s arts offerings in front of a huge audience and provides a fun and highly motivating year-end experience for our students,” said Gabrielle Dietrich, director of choral ensembles at Penn State Behrend.

With more than 50 Top 40 hits to his credit, Manilow’s worldwide record sales have exceeded $80 million. The Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning musician was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2002. The “One Last Time!” tour coincides with the 40th anniversary of “Mandy,” Manilow’s first No. 1 hit.

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