Barry Briefs

The following items have something to do with Barry, in brief:

  • L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award nominations announced - The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle on Thursday announced its nominations for excellence in theater for Los Angeles and Orange counties in 2014. Among the names singled out for recognition in a ceremony to be hosted by Dixie Longate of "Dixie's Tupperware Party" fame on March 16: Annette Bening for her solo performance in "Ruth Draper's Monologues" at the Geffen Playhouse, Barry Manilow for his work on the score of "Harmony" at the Ahmanson Theatre and Cicely Tyson for her lead performance in "The Trip to Bountiful," also at the Ahmanson ... Musical Score: Barry Manilow (music) and Bruce Sussman (lyrics), "Harmony," Center Theatre Group and Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Ga.; Ahmanson Theatre ... Choreography: JoAnn M. Hunter, "Harmony," Center Theatre Group and Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Ga., at Ahmanson Theatre. (L.A. Times, 1/22/2015)

  • Copacabana is the perfect tonic for the January blues - Yellow feathers, showgirls, dazzling dresses and magical music... Barry Manilow just had to be at the helm of this classy musical. And who better than Mellow Dramatics to bring Copacabana to the Burton stage with fever and gusto? The show begins in present-day New York and songwriter Stephen is grappling with the lyrics and music to his latest ‘hit’ song – Copacabana. To find his inspiration, Stephen lets his imagination run wild and is transported back to post-war 1940s New York and the city’s hottest night spot – the Copacabana. The tale unfolds following the love story between an aspiring songwriter,Tony Forte, and wannabe showgirl Lola La Mar. Where music and passion were always the fashion, the Copa is run by slightly slippery Sam Silver, who gives Lola her chance to join the Copa Girls. Tony – who has always tended bar (get the gist?) – is promoted to club pianist and all in the garden looks rosy for our love-struck pair. However, Lola attracts the amorous attentions of shady Cuban nightclub boss Rico (he wears a diamond), who drugs her and takes her to his Tropicana Club in Havana. Jealousy and murder unfolds amid a rainbow of a sensational score – but who shot who? Outstanding leads Edward Moore (Stephen/Tony Forte) and Emilie Arnoux (Samantha/Lola La Mar) are divine as 1940s star-crossed lovers and play their parts with sublime naivety. However, our gorgeous pair need to watch out – Anita Nathan, who plays Gladys Murphy, Lola’s friend and mentor, is an absolute delight with excellent comedy timing. Not once did anyone drop their American – or Cuban – accent and I absolutely applaud the showgirls for being able to negotiate the stairs in full costume, including rather large headdresses. Packed with fun and frolics, this musical is the perfect tonic for the January blues – who could ask for more? Performances take place at the Brewhouse arts centre, in Union Street, Burton, until Saturday (17 January) and tickets are available by calling 01283 508100 or logging on to (Burton Mail, 14 January 2015)

  • Darius Rucker first took the pop world by storm with '90s faves Hootie and the Blowfish, and for the past seven years has been topping the charts as a solo country artist. But how well do you really know the singer? Get to [know] Rucker – who just announced his fourth solo studio album, Southern Style, out March 31 – even better ... "I'm a Fanilow. One of my absolute favorite artists in the world is Barry Manilow. I went to see him last year and I'll see him again this year. The last time I saw him, I went backstage and hung out. I was shocked because back in the early Hootie days I would do 'Mandy' a cappella and he actually saw me do it on YouTube and I was like, 'You're kidding me!' He was like, 'I saw it and you were great!' So I guess he's a Darius-a-low!" (, 1/13/2015)

  • This Week in Billboard Chart History - Jan. 18, 1975: The hit that inspired Barry-oke: Barry Manilow's debut Billboard Hot 100 entry "Mandy" became his first No. 1, rising to the top of the chart 40 years ago today. (, 1/12/2015)

  • Spend a night at the famous Copacabana - The word gruff wouldn’t normally be associated with squeaky clean Jimmy Osmond. But the 51-year-old, best known as Little Jimmy Osmond who sang Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool, is looking forward to taking on the role of gruff manager Sam Silver when he stars in Copacabana. Written by Barry Manilow, the musical will be at the Wyvern Theatre from March 16 to March 21. "Barry is a family friend and it’s fun now to be in one of his creative productions," said Jimmy, who is the youngest of The Osmonds ... With original songs by Barry Manilow, dazzling costumes and fabulous choreography, Copacabana is a tale of romance and stardom that has captivated audiences across the globe. Featuring brand new arrangements of hits such as Dancin’ Fool, Welcome to Havana, Who Needs to Dream?, and of course, the Grammy award-winning Copacabana, this show will have you dancing in the aisles. Copacabana is at the Wyvern from March 16 to 21. For tickets, which cost from £18 to £30.50, visit or call 01793 524481. (Swindon Advertiser, 7 January 2015)

  • Barry Manilow’s "One Last Time" sweepstakes - Spend Valentine’s Day with one of the greatest pop recording artists of all time! Starting on Monday, January 5, listeners will have the chance to qualify to win a special Barry Manilow Holiday Package, complete with tickets to see crooner perform live at the United Center on February 14, 2015, as part of his “One Last Time” tour! Every day between 1pm and 3pm on the Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano show, the hosts will announce that day’s Barry Manilow audio clip, along with a designated time window during the remainder of their show for listeners to tune-in to hear the clip. The clip will be a brief audio sound bite voiced by Steve Cochran or staff members of the Steve Cochran show with an audio identifier. At some time during the designated time window announced that day, the Barry Manilow audio clip will play and prompt listeners to be a specified numbered caller to the WGN Radio Contest Line (312.981-7200) to be a finalist and eligible to win the Barry Manilow Holiday package (9 finalists total). On Friday, January 16, 2015, the Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano show will randomly select a winner from the 9 finalists and announce the Grand Prize Winner. Grand Prize Winner will receive: (1) Two tickets to Barry Manilow’s February 14th performance at the United Center, (2) Dinner for two, and (3) Holiday merchandise pack, featuring Barry Manilow CDs and DVDs. This Sweepstakes is open to legal U.S. residents of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, or Iowa who are 18 years and older as of the first day of the Sweepstakes Period. Click here for official rules. (WGN Radio, 1/4/2015)

  • Copacabana tickets on sale for performance - The box office is still open for people to buy tickets to see Copacabana at Burton's Brewhouse arts centre. The Mellow Dramatics will perform the Barry Manilow show from January 13 to 17, with shows running at 7.30pm each night. There will also be a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets cost from £10, and are available by calling The Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100. (Burton Mail, 05 January 2015)

  • Barry Manilow Holiday Package sweepstakes - The “Barry Manilow Holiday package” sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 1pm CT on Monday, January 5, 2015 and ends on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 3:00pm CT. (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Every weekday during the Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano show (1pm-3pm) during the Sweepstakes Period, a host will announce that day’s Barry Manilow Holiday Package Clip, which will replay one time during the remainder of that day’s show (“Entry Period”). The clip will be a brief audio sound bite (could be voiced by staff members of WGN Radio or designated piece of audio) with The Game audio identifier. Every day during the Entry Period, the Barry Manilow Holiday package clip will play and prompt listeners to be the specified (nth) caller to become a qualified finalist to win a pair of tickets to the Barry Manilow concert at the United Center on Saturday, February 14, 2015, as well as dinner for two and a Barry Manilow merchandise compilation. CLICK HERE for complete contest rules. (WGN Radio, 12/22/2014)

  • Barry Manilow, Tony Yazbeck and More Visit with Lorna Luft Backstage at 54 Below - Emmy Award-winning performer Lorna Luft made her 54 Below debut Dec. 17-18 in concerts filled with music from the catalogue of her late mother, Judy Garland, as well as standards from the Great American Songbook and holiday tunes.

    Luft appeared in the Broadway production of Promises, Promises and the national tours of Guys and Dolls, They're Playing Our Song and Jerry Herman's Broadway Years. She also appeared in the U.K. bow of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. She has toured her show Songs My Mother Taught Me: The Judy Garland Songbook to acclaim. She most recently appeared in a U.K. tour of Puttin' on the Ritz. For more information, please visit (, 12/21/2014)

  • Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M’s Michael Stipe and Barry Manilow were on hand to give Stephen Colbert a big-time send-off Thursday night. They were just a few in a dizzying cast of musicians, movie and media personalities, athletes and politicians who joined in for a celebratory round of "We’ll Meet Again," as the razor-sharp talk-show host called-time on his 10-year stint at the helm of The Colbert Report. The grand occasion brought together the likes of NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, actors Patrick Stewart, Bryan Cranston and James Franco, movie makers George Lucas and J.J. Abrahams, Ric Ocasek of the Cars, Daily Show host Jon Stewart, and Sesame Street favorites Big Bird and Cookie Monster. Colbert should meet again with all his famous pals once he takes the throne at David Letterman’s The Late Show in 2015. (Billboard, 12/19/2014)

  • Radio's Hungerthon boosts nationwide charity with assists from Bruce Springsteen, Barry Manilow - It’s the annual Hungerthon fund-raiser for WhyHunger, whose grass-roots support network connects communities to food-related resources and promotes sustainable food systems. It also maintains the only national hotline directing people to local food resource centers. Hungerthon has relied heavily on radio stations since it was cofounded in 1975 (as World Hunger Year) by the late Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres, who remains WhyHunger’s executive director. Stations joining the fund-raiser Tuesday include WFAN (660 AM), WCBS-AM (880), WINS (1010 AM), WCBS-FM (101.1), WOR (710 AM) and much of SiriusXM satellite service. Most drives will start at 5 or 6 a.m. and run all day. Hungerthon takes direct donations, which can be made through Hungerthon also runs an auction with extensive sports and music memorabilia ... Music items include a drumhead signed by all the current Allman Brothers, signed Springsteen items, a meeting with Jason Aldean and a signed Barry Manilow piano bench. Most auction items close Dec. 10. All the proceeds fund WhyHunger - whose mission, Ayres says, is unfortunately as great as ever. “Forty-nine million Americans struggle to find their next meal,” he says, “including 16 million children. In New York, 2.6 million people are food-insecure.” (New York Daily News, 11/25/2014)

  • Melissa Manchester to donate funds to the Manilow Music Project - Melissa Manchester's first studio album in more than 10 years, You Gotta Love the Life, will be released on February 10, 2015. The 14-track collection features contributions from some well-known stars, including Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Al Jarreau, acclaimed trumpet player Dave Koz and, in one of his final recordings, jazz pianist Joe Sample. Wonder plays harmonica on a romantic tune titled “Your Love Is Where I Live.” Warwick lends guest vocals to “Other End of the Phone,” a song Manchester co-wrote with legendary lyricist Hal David. The words David contributed to the track were the final lyrics he wrote before passing away in 2012 ... Melissa helped finance the recording of You Gotta Love the Life via an Indiegogo campaign. She plans to donate some of the funds she raised to Barry Manilow‘s The Manilow Music Project, which provides instruments and needed materials to school music programs. Manchester will celebrate the album’s release at party scheduled to take place on January 31 at Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge, a new venue and eatery in Beverly Hills, California. (Classic Hits and Oldies, 11/19/2014)

  • Saturday Night Live Young Tarts & Old Farts - Kendrick Lamar made a cameo during a hilarious comedy sketch that spoofed Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s new duets album, Cheek to Cheek. During a mock advertisement for an album titled Young Tarts & Old Farts, Lamar appears alongside a confused looking Barry Manilow.


    Other collaborations on the set included Ariana Grande and Lionel Richie; B.B. King and Meghan Trainor; Sam Smith and James Taylor; Lorde and Miley Cyrus, and others. (, 11/16/2014)

  • Barry Manilow classic show at town theatre - The bright lights of Rio de Janeiro will be coming to Burton in the new year, when the Mellow Dramatics perform the musical Copacabana early in the new year. The group will take to the stage at The Brewhouse Arts Centre to perform the Barry Manilow production in January, but tickets are already on sale for keen fans who want to make sure they can get a seat. The show will be performed from January 13 to 17, 2015, with evening productions each night and a matinee on the Saturday. Tickets cost £10 on Tuesday and for the matinee, and £12 for all other shows. Further information is available by visiting and tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01283 508100. (Burton Mail, 11 November 2014)

  • Throwback Thursday (October 23, 2014) ... Not Too Far Back!

    Barry Manilow is pictured here with THE SHARK TANK’S Lori Greiner at QVC Headquarters right before his Q Sessions Live broadcast to debut MY DREAM DUETS (October 17, 2014)!

    Our friends at QVC still have a very limited quantity of their special version of MY DREAM DUETS with FOUR never released bonus tracks exclusive only to QVC.

    So, if you have not purchased your copy... you still can!

    You can get the QVC version of MY DREAM DUETS and watch the one-hour broadcast from last week right here:

  • Magic Johnson honored at Carousel of Hope Ball - Basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar bestowed the Brass Ring Award on Saturday on NBA superstar Earvin "Magic" Johnson at the Carousel of Hope Ball. Hosted by Barbara Davis, and presented by Mercedes Benz, the biannual black-tie gala raised funds for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. Emcee Jay Leno called himself "the least famous person in the room," and indeed, the Beverly Hilton’s ballroom was packed with music icons, such as Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, songwriter Diane Warren and Motown founder Berry Gordy; comedy greats Kathy Griffin and Jon Lovitz; actors, business leaders and others, including Anjelica Huston, Diane Keaton, Bellamy Young, Raquel Welch, Joan Collins, Kelly Lynch, Larry King, Nigel Lythgoe and Kat Dennings.

    David Foster served as music director, George Schlatter as producer, and Quincy Jones and Clive Davis as music chairs. "You know what I love? It’s 10:30 and the room is still full," said Foster. "Now for L.A., that’s some kind of record." True, while gala-goers often head for the exit after the last spoonful of dessert, almost everyone stuck around to the very end of the sterling musical line-up: Josh Groban, Jennifer Hudson and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. Groban started the show, acknowledging that he performed at the Carousel Ball at about age 19. "Everybody still feels like they can pinch my cheeks," he said, later dedicating "You Raise Me Up" to Johnson. Hudson belted out her signature tune, "And I Am Telling You," and Edmonds took on the challenge of improvising a song, using the phrase "Carousel of Hope Delivers Dreams." (He rhymed it with "streams.")

    In recognition of Johnson’s humanitarian efforts, Jabbar described the honoree as an extraordinary athlete, extraordinary human being and a proven leader, before adding a few words about Johnson’s famous smile. "You know that smile, the one that can light up a room, brighten an arena and illuminate the world," he said. Johnson, in turn, recounted his first experience with the Davis family, many years ago when he cold-called the event chair’s late husband. He hoped, he said, to get business tips from Marvin Davis, the former owner of 20th Century Fox. "I said, 'Marvin, can I take you to lunch?' and he said, 'No, but I’ll take you to lunch,'" Johnson recalled, before going on to praise Barbara Davis for raising millions of dollars to help people lead long, healthy lives.

    The gala attracted nearly 1,000 guests with tickets priced from $1,000, tables ranging up to $100,000 and a live auction that included, among other items, a 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe. The gala also featured a substantial silent auction. Final results are still being tabulated. (Los Angeles Times, 10/12/2014)


  • Jay Leno Hosts, Jennifer Hudson Sings at Carousel of Hope Fundraiser - Magic Johnson was honored at the star-studded event to raise money to fight children's diabetes. Before the Oct. 11 Carousel of Hope Ball began at the Beverly Hilton, Magic Johnson said the reason he agreed to be honored at the event’s 27th go-round was “diabetes is rampant in my community. It’s the work and Barbara Davis.” The Ball is definitely Davis’ baby. She’s the driving force that’s made the children’s diabetes fundraiser succeed 27 times and raise over $100 million since 1978. “It’s a good cause, but there’re a lot of good causes,” said Motown founder Berry Gordy. “Barbara is so committed, it’s hard to say no.” Among those in the crowd for the George Schlatter-produced show were Clive Davis, George Hamilton, Diane Keaton, Mimi Rogers, Barry Manilow, Sidney Poitier, both Jackie and Joan Collins, Raquel Welch, Rod Stewart, Kathy Griffin, Johnny Mathis, Derek Theler, Anjelica Huston, Quincy Jones and musical director David Foster. Before dinner, Davis spoke of the 30 million people in the United States who have diabetes, that one-in-three infants will develop it in their lifetime and how it’s “a devastating disease that’s nearly doubled in the last two decades.” After dinner (which featured a dessert of ice cream covered in meringue with chocolate sauce that any diabetics attending probably should have avoided) were performances by Josh Groban, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on acoustic guitar and a set by a Jennifer Hudson with the high-point coming on Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah." Former Laker Kareem Abdul Jabbar presented Johnson with his award, and the honoree in turn reminded the crowd of Jabbar’s five championship seasons and his being the all-time NBA point scorer. Johnson said his living for 25 years with HIV constantly reminds him that “what you do for people is so important ... God has kept his hands on me and let me do the things that I do.” (Hollywood Reporter, 10/12/2014)

  • Stars turn out for Carousel of Hope gala - Some of the biggest Hollywood stars turned up at the Carousel of Hope Ball on Saturday in Beverly Hills, California. The fundraiser was launched by Barbara Davis and her late husband and 20th Century Fox owner, Marvin Davis, in the 1970s, after their daughter Dana was diagnosed with diabetes. The event has helped raise more than $80 million (Dh293.9 million) to combat childhood diabetes. Attendees of the night included music industry executive Clive Davis, Scandal actress Bellamy Young and Magic Johnson, who was honoured with the Brass Ring Award winner for his humanitarian work. Johnson attended with his wife Cookie and family, including son Earvin III Johnson, the reality star of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. Other attendees included Kat Dennings, Mimi Rogers, George Hamilton, Raquel Welch, Kathy Griffin, Angelica Huston, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster. Jennifer Hudson and Josh Groban performed. (Gulf News, 10/12/2014)

  • Copacabana at the Buxton Opera House - 'Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl’ ... The Hit Musical Copacabana by Barry Manilow is coming to Buxton Opera House for the first time in October. With Lyrics by Bruce Sussman & Jack Feldman plus sensational original songs by Barry Manilow, the famous tale of romance and stardom has captivated audiences across the globe. The show is known for its spectacular mix of not only razzle dazzle music but also sparkling costumes and fabulous choreography, producing a show that will leave you breathless! Having Just arrived from Tulsa, "Okla-nowhere," is Lola Lamarr; with two suitcases in hand and a number of thankless auditions under her belt, the wannabe star confidently strides into the nightclub Copacabana where she meets Tony Starr, a bartender with dreams of his own. Smitten by the sheer beauty and fiery spirit of the talented performer, Tony arranges an audition with the club proprietor, Sam Silver, launching Lola on the path to stardom as a Copa Girl. 'His name was Rico - He wore a diamond - He was escorted to his chair. He saw Lola dancing there...' Captivated by Lola, adorned in a revealing Carmen Miranda style costume the famous villain Rico pursues Lola, whisking her away and holding her captive at the Tropicana club in Havana. Will Rico ever let Lola out of his sight? Will Tony risk his life to rescue the girl of his dreams? ... Starring in Copacabana will be S Club 7 and West End star Jon Lee (Jersey Boys andLes Misérables) and Richard Grieve (Neighbours and Home and Away), featuring hits such as the Grammy award-winning Copacabana, Dancin Fool, Who Needs to Dream, and Welcome to Havana, the Opera House will be the hottest spot north of Buxton! Copacabana takes place from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 October at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced at £22 and £24 and discounts are available. To buy tickets or for more information call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at (Leek Post & Times, 10 October 2014)

  • Why Big Artists Are Banking on Year-End Covers Albums - Aretha, Streisand, Manilow and more are banking on old favorites this holiday season - On deck for the fourth quarter: a virtual avalanche of all-covers albums. From the divas (Annie Lennox' Nostalgia, Barbra Streisand's Partners, Bette Midler's It's The Girls, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's Cheek To Cheek, Aretha Franklin's Sings the Great Diva Classics) to the showmen (Barry Manilow’s My Dream Duets), rock radio vets (Bryan Adams’ Tracks of My Years) to hipsters du jour (She & Him’s Classics), it seems established artists have found a new safe haven for full-length releases, a role that holiday­collections have served in the past. And it’s no wonder: Covers offer a low-risk alternative for an artist not only to take a creative break while maintaining their public presence, but also to have the potential for big returns.

    The two best examples from the last decade: Rod Stewart, who revitalized his career with his five-volume Great American Songbook series, which debuted in 2002, and Ray Charles, whose multiplatinum, Grammy-sweeping Genius Loves Company duets album landed in 2004, just before his death. The economics of such compilations, particularly those released by major labels, defy the typical album creation process. For instance, cover albums can be put together relatively quickly and inexpensively because no songwriting is required. Moreover, they save the artist recording costs and deal points. Big sales for original material from mature acts are never guaranteed, and the fourth quarter is when cover albums’ target demographic -- adults age 35 and older -- is most likely to buy music for the holidays.

    So far, the category is off to a strong start, as Barbra Streisand’s Partners debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Oct. 4 with 196,000 sold in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan), the biggest week for a female artist’s album in 2014. "This year’s schedule is overkill," says Trans World’s Mark Hudson. But even he concedes, "We were amazed by the Streisand sales."

  • Copacabana at the Buxton Opera House - 'Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl’ ... The Hit Musical Copacabana by Barry Manilow is coming to Buxton Opera House for the first time in October. With Lyrics by Bruce Sussman & Jack Feldman plus sensational original songs by Barry Manilow, the famous tale of romance and stardom has captivated audiences across the globe. The show is known for its spectacular mix of not only razzle dazzle music but also sparkling costumes and fabulous choreography, producing a show that will leave you breathless! Having Just arrived from Tulsa, "Okla-nowhere," is Lola Lamarr; with two suitcases in hand and a number of thankless auditions under her belt, the wannabe star confidently strides into the nightclub Copacabana where she meets Tony Starr, a bartender with dreams of his own. Smitten by the sheer beauty and fiery spirit of the talented performer, Tony arranges an audition with the club proprietor, Sam Silver, launching Lola on the path to stardom as a Copa Girl. 'His name was Rico - He wore a diamond - He was escorted to his chair. He saw Lola dancing there...' Captivated by Lola, adorned in a revealing Carmen Miranda style costume the famous villain Rico pursues Lola, whisking her away and holding her captive at the Tropicana club in Havana. Will Rico ever let Lola out of his sight? Will Tony risk his life to rescue the girl of his dreams? ... Starring in Copacabana will be S Club 7 and West End star Jon Lee (Jersey Boys andLes Misérables) and Richard Grieve (Neighbours and Home and Away), featuring hits such as the Grammy award-winning Copacabana, Dancin Fool, Who Needs to Dream, and Welcome to Havana, the Opera House will be the hottest spot north of Buxton! Copacabana takes place from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 October at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced at £22 and £24 and discounts are available. To buy tickets or for more information call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at (Leek Post & Times, 10 October 2014)

  • Win tickets to see Copacabana starring S Club 7 singer Jon Lee - Barry Manilow’s hit musical, Copacabana is visiting Buxton Opera House on its first UK tour in ten years. Jon Lee from pop sensations S Club 7 stars as an aspiring songwriter who dreams of creating a big hit. His quest takes him back to an era when music and passion were always the fashion ... at the Copacabana nightclub. Richard Grieve (Emmerdale and Neighbours) plays the gruff but kindly manager of the nightclub in New York. The show is packed with hits such as Dancin’ Fool, Who Needs to Dream, and the Grammy award-winning Copacabana. This glamorous show will be staged at the Opera House from October 15 to 18 at 7.30pm with a matinee on October 18 at 2.30pm. To win tickets for the performance on October 15, complete the name of the show’s superstar composer: Barry ....... Email answer with your name, address and phone number, marking Barry in subject line, to: Entries close Oct 13. (Derbyshire Times, 06 October 2014)

  • Copacabana at The Kings Theatre Southsea - Last night saw the opening night of the touring production of Barry Manilow's Copacabana at the Kings Theatre in Southsea. Starring S Club 7 and Jersey Boys' Jon Lee, Neighbours, Home and Away and Emmerdale star Richard Grieve and introducing Jennifer Harding as Lola in the timeless tale of the 1940's nightclub scene, this is a musical you will not want to miss! It is hard to believe that this show introduces Jennifer Harding. Her professional and cool approach to such a powerful musical made it seem like she had been doing it all her life. Equally Jon Lee, who is best known from his 90's pop career, won the show with his unique and show-stopping voice, which was complimented by Grieve who was so convincing in his performance you could easily remember his soap career as an after-thought! From the very start this production exploded on stage as a cascade of colour and vibrancy with super-charged energy which enchanted and engulfed the audience so much that you would be forgiven for thinking there had been a power-cut when it ended. Fans of this show will know how the story is brought to life by continuous song and dance, and this production did not disappoint as the vocal talents, and ridiculously energetic dance routines projected off the stage, bringing the audience back in with it. But it wasn't just the main players who impressed. The chorus line, as would have been at the actual Copacabana, were flawless - with particular mention going out to the Copa-Boys whose acrobatics were executed with unbelievable synchronicity and accuracy, always with the brightest smiles to accessorise. If you have never seen this show before, it is a fantastic way to spend an evening and will have every audience member, young and old, up on their feet clapping and singing along. Copacabana is playing at The Kings Theatre until Saturday 11th October - Click here to book your ticket now and avoid disappointment, we can't imagine there will be an empty seat in the house! (AboutMyArea Portsmouth, 07 October 2014)

  • Review: Copacabana at The Playhouse in Harlow - Tales of starstruck young performers turning up at big city nightspots, determined to find fame and fortune, are legion within the entertainment world. As soon as song and dance girl Lola Lamar (Jennifer Harding) sets foot on the stage, bursting with enthusiasm and naivety in equal measure, there are no prizes for guessing where this story is going – or where it is going to end. In Barry Manilow's cheery and fast-paced musical, the gullible but talented youngster is initially rebuffed by the Manhattan nightclub management, then given her chance – only to be drugged, kidnapped and flown off to Havana (this is pre-revolutionary Cuba) by sinister club owner/crime boss Enrico Castelli (Ricky Johnson). Can she be saved? Of course she can! Nightclub favourite Tony Starr (former S Club singer Jon Lee) dashes to the rescue, winning the heart of the lovely Lola and guaranteeing the requisite happy ending. Written by Manilow and his long-time collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, Copacabana has not been seen in the UK for 10 years and this three-night run at Harlow premièred a revised version of the original show. With a pared-down set and the highly accomplished band tucked away under an elevated walkway, the performers were able to command the stage with their dazzling costumes and stunning dance routines. But it was Manilow’s songs that truly grabbed the attention. Hits including Dancin’ Fool, Who Needs to Dream, Welcome to Havana and, of course, the Grammy Award-winning Copacabana (At The Copa), had the audience on their feet and dancing in the aisles. And the cast worked hard to deliver the songs in style with some powerful vocal performances. Jennifer Harding (Lola) and Sharon Sexton (Castelli's discarded mistress Conchita) brought warmth and passion to their roles while Ricky Johnson's rich baritone voice made for a suitably sinister Castelli. There was humour too, thanks in the main to Lucy Garrioch's feisty and magnificent cigarette girl, Gladys, while Jon Lee made for a charming and romantic Tony. A great show! I heard the phrase "West End standards" mentioned on more than one occasion. No wonder the audience was on its feet and clapping along to the beat. Manilow fans must have been wishing the great entertainer himself could've been up on the Playhouse stage. That was never going to happen, of course, but they had the next best thing - some of his best-loved songs. (HarlowStar, 06 October 2014)

  • Jon comes to the Copa - A fresh new version of musical Copacabana, plays at the Kings Theatre next week featuring a familiar face. Copacabana follows Stephen, a young songwriter trying to write his first hit musical. As he works Stephen journeys into his own imagination where he takes on the alter-ego of Tony Forte, a songwriter in 1940s New York working at the Copacabana nightclub where he meets and falls for the beautiful singer Lola de Mar. Taking on the role of Tony is Jon Lee, probably best known as a member of pop sensation S Club 7. However, Jon also has many theatre credits including playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre), Aladdin in Aladdin (Mayflower, Southampton) and Marius in Les Misérables (Palace/Queen’s Theatre). "It’s one of those shows that I’ve known since I was a kid," says Jon. "The songs are written by Barry Manilow so they’re very catchy. I wake up at four in the morning with them going round my head!" The show features hits by Barry Manilow including Dancin’ Fool, Who Needs to Dream and the Grammy Award-winning Copacabana. "I’m really proud to be part of Copacabana," says Jon. "The cast is a really talented bunch. We’ve got people from Oliver, Jersey Boys and Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and it’s come together really well – it’s been a really creative process. Copacabana is really fun, it’s great drama and comedy and it’s a great family show too." Copacabana will be at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, from Monday, October 6 - Saturday October 11 at 7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets: £22-£29, call (023) 9282 8282 or visit (Portsmouth News, 05 October 2014)

  • Things to do in and around Harlow this weekend ... #5 - The Playhouse: Her name was Lola and she was a showgirl. So begins Copacabana, a musical romance that has captivated audiences in the West End, Atlantic City and on-screen across the US. With original songs by Barry Manilow, dazzling costumes and fabulous choreography is a show that will leave you breathless. Runs from Thursday to Saturday, with performances starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14-£19. Details: (01279) 431945. (HarlowStar, 03 October 2014)

  • Jimmy Osmond to star in Copacabana at St Helens Theatre Royal - Copacabana is heading for Merseyside next year for the start of a UK tour and the cast is to be led by none other than Jimmy Osmond. The show will come to St Helens Theatre Royal in February at the start of a UK tour. The 51-year-old member of the Osmond clan - who had a Christmas number one hit with Long Haired Lover From Liverpool – will play the role of Sam Silver in the musical, written by Barry Manilow and long-time collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman. He will be joined on stage by S Club 7’s Jon Lee as Tony Starr, and Canadian Jennifer Harding as Lola. The new production, packed with Manilow songs including Dancin’ Fool, Who Needs to Dream, Welcome to Havana, and the Grammy Award-winning Copacabana (At The Copa), revisits the original stage version first performed in the US in 1991. Aspiring songwriter Tony is working as a pianist in a bar when he meets Lola, who is determined to make it in showbiz. At Manhattan’s Copacabana Lounge both start to find fame, before fate steps in and Lola is swept away to Havana to work in a nightclub. But her new mentor and boss Rico may demand a high price for putting her name in lights. Barry Manilow said: "I’m honoured Copacabana will return to the UK stage and send my wishes for success to Jon, Jimmy, and the entire company." Theatre manager Chantelle Nolan said: "Our programme grows in quality and diversity year on year. We’re thrilled our popular venue starts the 2015 UK tour, and this will be the first chance theatregoers will have to see Jimmy Osmond as part of the hit musical." Copacabana is at St Helens Theatre Royal from February 2-7. (Liverpool Echo, 02 October 2014)

  • Jimmy Osmond to star in Copacabana at Theatre Royal - The baby of the Osmond family will star in Copacabana which opens in St Helens next February. Barry Manilow’s hit musical will tour the UK, beginning at St Helens Theatre Royal. Jimmy Osmond, who found fame with hits including Long Haired Lover from Liverpool and Love me for a Reason, will star alongside Jon Lee, a member of '90s pop group S Club 7. The production will re-imagine the original stage version of Copacabana, which was first performed in the US in 1991 and has never before been seen in the UK. Barry Manilow said: “I’m honoured that Copacabana will return to the UK stage and send my wishes for success to Jimmy, Jon and the entire company.” Featuring Manilow hits including Dancin’ Fool, Who Needs to Dream, Welcome to Havana and of course, the Grammy Award-winning Copacabana which was released in 1978, this production promises to have audience members dancing in the aisles. The story of Copacabana follows aspiring songwriter Tony who works as a pianist in a bar when he meets the gorgeous Lola, who is determined to make it in showbiz. Quickly falling for Lola, Tony does everything he can to assist her attempts to find stardom. At Manhattan's Copacabana Lounge both start to find fame, before fate steps in and Lola is swept away to Havana to work in a night club. But Lola's new mentor and boss Rico may demand a price for putting her name in lights. Jimmy Osmond will star as gruff Copacabana manager Sam Silver and Jon Lee will play Tony Starr. The production introduces Jennifer Harding as Lola. Jimmy is the youngest member of the world famous Osmond family, and for nearly 50 years has performed with The Osmonds. Together they have sold over 100 million records, earning more than 53 gold and platinum records. As a solo artist, Jimmy has accumulated six gold records, one platinum record and two gold albums. Copacabana will run at the theatre royal from Monday to Saturday, February 2 to 7 at 7.30pm. There will be matinees at 2.30pm on the Wednesday and Saturday. (St. Helens Star, 02 October 2014)

  • Partners - Great voices don’t always make beautiful music together - because collaborations don’t just require exceptional pipes, they also demand vocal harmony and good chemistry. So, does "Love Me Tender," Barbra Streisand’s duet with Elvis Presley, make the grade? We’re happy to note that the song is one of the best tracks in the 72-year-old diva’s 34th studio album, "Partners." The fact that Streisand, the best-selling female recording artist in history, also sings with the gifted likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban and John Legend makes "Love Me Tender" a more impressive feat ... The recording’s deluxe edition includes five more tracks, mostly from the 2002 "Duets" compilation: "I’ve Got A Crush On You," with Frank Sinatra; "Guilty," with Barry Gibb; "I Won’t Be The One To Let Go," with Barry Manilow; "I Finally Found Someone," with Bryan Adams, as well as the new version of her duet with Kris Kristofferson, "Lost Inside Of You" - this time, with Babyface. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9/20/2014)

  • Barbra Streisand's "Partners" Album ... Barbra Streisand's second duets album, titled "Partners" - featuring an all-male lineup of guest performers, including Billy Joel, Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, the late Elvis Presley and her son, Jason Gould - is released Sept. 16. The 12-track album also features Andrea Bocelli, Babyface, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie and Blake Shelton. A deluxe version of the album, available at Target, includes the following tracks: Lost Inside of You (w/ Babyface); I've Got a Crush On You (w/ Frank Sinatra); I've Finally Foundf Someone (w/ Bryan Adams); I Won't Be the One to Let Go (w/ Barry Manilow); Guilty (w/ Barry Gibb) (Playbill, 9/16/2014)


  • Win Tickets to See Copacabana at the Kings Theatre - Barry Manilow's hit musical, Copacabana comes to the Kings Theatre on Monday 6th October and AboutMyArea has a pair of tickets to give away. The musical, written by Manilow and his longtime collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, has not been seen in the UK for ten years. Packed with original songs, dazzling costumes and dynamic choreography, this new production will reimagine the original stage version of Copacabana, which was first performed in the US in 1991 and has never before been seen in the UK. Featuring Manilow hits including Dancin' Fool, Who Needs to Dream, Welcome to Havana and of course, the Grammy Award-winning Copacabana (At The Copa), this production will have audience members dancing in the aisles. Critics and audience members agree that Copacabana "explodes with memorable songs and dances." The story of Copacabana has captivated millions of spectators around the globe. This tale of romance and stardom features aspiring songwriter Tony working as a pianist in a bar when he meets the gorgeous Lola, who is determined to make it in showbiz. Quickly falling for Lola, Tony does everything he can to assist her attempts to find stardom. At Manhattan's Copacabana Lounge both start to find fame, before fate steps in and Lola is swept away to Havana to work in a splashy night club. But Lola's new mentor and boss Rico may demand a price for putting her name in lights. Jon Lee (from S Club 7) stars as 'Tony Starr' and Richard Grieve (from Neighbours and Home and Away) stars as 'Sam Silver'. Barry Manilow said: "I'm honoured that Copacabana will return to the UK Stage and send my wishes for success to Jon, Richard, and the entire company." For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the opening night, Answer the Survey Question Here! Closing date is the 2nd October. Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2QJ, Performances: Monday 6th - Saturday 11th October 2014, 7.30pm with 2.30pm Mat Wed & Sat. Tickets: £29 - £22, conc. Available Box Office 02392 828282 Groups: 02392 852232. (AboutMyArea, 25 September 2014)

  • Jon Lee cast in new UK tour of Copacabana - Jon Lee is to star in a new UK touring production of Copacabana beginning this October. Lee, a former member of pop band S Club 7, will play Tony Starr alongside Richard Grieve, who has previously appeared in TV soap opera Neighbours and will take on the role of Sam Silver. They are joined by Jennifer Harding appearing as Lola. The musical, written by Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussmann and Jack Feldman, will begin its run at the Harlow Playhouse on October 2, with press night on October 3. It will then visit venues including Jersey Opera House, Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre and Billingham Forum Theatre, where it runs until November 22. Further dates have yet to be announced. The show includes songs by Manilow such as Dancin’ Fool, Who Needs To Dream? and Copacabana. It is directed by Thom Sutherland, whose previous credits include Titanic and Mack and Mabel, which both ran at the Southwark Playhouse in London. Choreography is by Tim Jackson, musical direction is by Lee Freeman and lighting design is by Tom Boucher. Copacabana is produced by Anthony Stuart-Hicks and Paul Leno for Dancing Fool Theatrical Ltd in association with Harlow Playhouse. (The Stage, 19 Aug 2014)

  • Aaron Paul on 15 Minutes...the Rock Opera - Aaron Paul is lending his vocal talents to "Bojack Horseman," Netflix's first animated adult program set to premiere Friday. The former "Breaking Bad" actor is also nominated for an Emmy at Monday's awards for the last season of his star-making performance. Paul took a few minutes to speak with Indiewire about his new show ... and the best inspiration for writing a rock opera.

    Indiewire: In the fourth episode, Todd (your character on "Bojack Horseman") writes and performs a Space Rock Opera. Did you have any hand in writing those very special lyrics?

    Aaron Paul: I mean, I knew that it was happening pretty early on when we were recording the second episode and they were planning on doing this whole rock opera episode, and I was very, very excited. I had no hand in writing the rock opera, but I did bring the rock opera to life. I kind of figured out on my own Todd way how I thought Todd would sing it, and I think Raphael and I kind of fine-tuned... I mean, it was brilliant. Let's be honest. [laughs]

    I just listened to the most incredible CD, and when I first started hearing it, the CD was on shuffle so the songs were just scattered. It was kind of like a rock opera, but I didn't know -- I mean, it was like a rock opera -- but I didn't know when I first started listening to it. Oh my God. What's his name? It's called "15 Minutes." You have to listen to it. One second. I have to -- [to a friend] Hey, Angel! Who sings "15 Minutes"? Yeah, the rock opera. [Angel: "Barry Manilow!"]

    Barry Manilow. Oh my God. You have to just download it and do yourself a favor and listen to it. When I started listening to it, I was like, "What is this?" And then it would skip to Track 7 and it would be something completely different and it seemed like it had this really, kind of sad musician singing. Then you realize, "Oh. It's a kind of rock opera." It's all about this guy's kind of rise and fall, trying to get his 15 minutes of fame. It's amazing. Anyway, sorry. I went off on a tangent.

    Indiewire: No, that's great. I will absolutely take you up on that recommendation.

    (Indiewire, 8/19/2014)

  • He's a big Barry Manilow fan (by Sonja Reis for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

    While his mom was away with the PTA, fourth-grader Gage Zurcher was watching the adult-geared animated comedy "Family Guy" and saw an episode featuring music legend Barry Manilow. Now entering ninth grade at West Allegheny Senior High School, Gage’s taste in cartoons has evolved, but the seeds of passion for Mr. Manilow’s music continue to bloom. Those seeds were planted when Gage first heard "Ready to Take a Chance Again" and "Mandy," albeit with lyrics changed slightly to be sung to "Family Guy" character Glenn Quagmire.

    Through the Internet, the 14-year-old has become familiar with Mr. Manilow’s work on jingles, commercials, musicals and the theme he composed for "American Bandstand." Gage’s devotion to the singer-songwriter’s tunes have led him to concerts, meet and greets, an invitation to Las Vegas, attendance at a private rehearsal and philanthropic work. "He’s an old soul," said Tracy Zurcher, his mother.

    Gage owns all of the pop icon’s vinyl records and considers himself to be Mr. Manilow’s "biggest fan." The North Fayette teen is truly a "Fanilow" with a desire to help aspiring musicians who can’t afford an instrument. He does so with the help of his mother, who has contacted school districts over the past two years outlining her son’s plan.

    Gage’s goal is to emulate The Manilow Music Project, which has a website,, created "in response to the needs of the local public schools and their severely depleted music programs by providing quality instruments to those in need." Gage used money he received as birthday gifts and from mowing lawns and doing chores to refurbish and purchase used instruments. He also accepts instrument donations. "I feel that no child should be without a musical opportunity," he said. About two years ago, Gage distributed more than 20 instruments, including a piano, trumpets, clarinets, guitars and a drum set, to students in the Wilkinsburg School District. During the past school year, two instrument deliveries were made to Sto-Rox High School.

    In August 2011, his mother surprised him with tickets to a performance by Mr. Manilow with The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Zurcher asked the performer’s fan club if she could purchase meet-and-greet tickets for her son and they received upgraded tickets with backstage access. His initial meeting with the pop/rock artist consisted of questions designed to see if it was Mrs. Zurcher and not Gage who was the true fan. Once he passed muster, the two chatted for about 45 minutes, and Gage was presented with a goodie bag including autographed sheet music for "Copacabana."

    The young fan must have made an impression because within a few months he was invited to Mr. Manilow’s performances at the Paris Las Vegas hotel on the Strip. Gage suffered from health issues as a child; a misdiagnosis almost took his life in 2005. Approximately 85 percent of one of his lungs was removed to combat the problem. "He had a rough childhood," his mother said. While in Las Vegas, he visited traditional tourist sites while also attending four performances, where he was seated with the likes of Suzanne Somers. Even better than the celebrity schmoozing was a last-minute invitation to attend a private rehearsal. "[It was] so different to see him in a sweatshirt instead of a tuxedo," Gage said of his singing idol.

    During an April 2014 performance in Pittsburgh, Gage said he was unable to meet with his favorite musician because Mr. Manilow, 70, was sick at the time and not entertaining guests. After his Manilow craze was featured on a local newscast, a fellow "Fanilow" who came into town for the show saw the broadcast and recognized Gage at the concert. The two hit it off. They text, talk and Skype almost daily.

    Gage also keeps busy with his charitable projects and plays the drums as a member of the school band, jazz ensemble and marching band. On Saturday, he and his family will be at the Strand Theater in Zelienople to pick up monetary and instrument donations. The Strand has been a partner and a drop-off site for his project. He will recondition the donated pieces for delivery to students in need. He has partnerships set up with Lawrence Music and Hollis and Germann Music, both in the Castle Shannon area. The music outlets help with items he is unable to refurbish himself. Money donated at The Strand will be sent to The Manilow Music Project. Through collections and his own hard work, he hass contributed more than $3,000 to date. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8/7/2014)

  • How Barry Manilow Inspired A Young Teen Who Was Being Bullied (by Allison Carmen)

    Recently, I had the opportunity to see Linda, a friend who grew up next door to me in Long Island. It had been many years since we'd seen each other and there was so much to catch up on. We started to speak about other people that had grown up on our block and I mentioned a girl named Debbie (her name has been changed for this post). Linda immediately responded that Debbie was so mean and she had been bullied by her in high school. And then she proceeded to share with me the following story.

    In 1978, when Linda was 14-years-old, she and her friend Mary wrote a Valentine's Day card to Barry Manilow. On the way to the bus stop she accidentally dropped the card. Debbie snatched it up, opened it and then read it to the entire bus on the way to school. Everyone laughed at Linda and Mary for their sweet wishes to Barry. They tried to stick up for themselves but to no avail. Linda and Mary cried and felt terribly humiliated. Linda's pain that day was so deep that she could barely catch her breath.

    After school Linda and Mary ran home from the bus stop as fast as they could and decided all they could do was write Barry Manilow a letter and tell him about the terrible events that had taken place. A few weeks later, [Linda] received [a letter] in the mail (right).

    Linda and Mary's hearts sang the day they received his letter. He acknowledged their painful experience and showed he cared, and he gave them free tickets to his next New York concert. In fact, they were tickets for four front row seats right next to Barry Manilow's mother!

    I asked Linda if Barry's letter had made her feel stronger against Debbie and other bullies at school. Linda responded, "Barry's letter gave me an inner strength, but I don't think I was mature enough to manifest it outwardly for many years. Eventually though, Barry's letter plus his music was the platform for my transformation into the strong person I am today." In fact, Linda held on to her love for Barry's music quietly over the years until with Facebook she was able to transform her love for Barry's music into a new world of friendships and experiences. She has made so many friends that share her passion and meets many of them at his concerts. It is one of the most cherished and enjoyable parts of her life. She has met Barry several times in person and says he continues to be the most genuine, nicest and talented man she has ever met.

    After reflecting more on the experience so many years later, Linda feels a bit softer towards Debbie and more forgiving. During our last correspondence Linda wrote, "There's a quote of Barry's that goes...'you give in, you give out but you never give up.' I love it and live it!" In that terrible moment on the bus so many years ago, Linda had no idea that her anguish would lead to one of the most rewarding parts of her life. This is a beautiful reminder for all of us, and a lesson that we can teach our children: No matter how painful an experience is in the moment, things will always change and MAYBE lead us somewhere special. It gives us all hope that the lives we desire can still be waiting for us at DAYBREAK!

    A big shout-out to Barry Manilow for being such a kind and dear person to a 14-year-old girl who really needed some love and support! (Huffington Post, 8/6/2014)

  • Pop Music’s Classical Inspiration - If you believed that concertos and chart hits were entirely separate beasts, think again. BBC Culture picked five pop songs that betray their classical origins... (1) Pet Shop Boys – Go West / Pachelbel – Canon in D ... (2) Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale / Bach – Air on a G String ... (3) Barry Manilow – Could it be Magic / Chopin – Prelude in C Minor
    Before he became a global superstar, Barry Manilow cut his teeth writing commercial jingles, composing and arranging for radio and TV as well as for other artists – including Bette Midler. Manilow was upfront about the influence of Chopin’s Prelude in C Minor – Could it be Magic opens with the piano work’s sombre, majestic chords, creating an unusual effect for a syrupy ballad. Donna Summer had a hit with her version of it, in 1976 – retaining Chopin’s chord progression underneath her customary breathy vocals and disco beat. But by the time of UK boyband Take That’s upbeat cover in 1992, Chopin’s trademark chords were buried under a ton of synthetic production.

    (4) Muse – Plug in Baby / Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor ... (5) Elvis – It’s Now or Never / Eduardo di Capua – O Sole Mio. (BBC Culture, 06 August 2014)

  • Dana Robbins Album Release - Nashville’s a guitar town, but of course, great players of all stripes call it home. Cue Dana Robbins, a Detroit transplant and saxophone MVP who recently took time from her regular gigs with Aretha Franklin’s and Delbert McClinton’s bands to cut her second solo album.

    Robbins is a versatile stylist whose résumé also includes work with Frank Zappa, Barry Manilow, James Brown, Roger Daltrey and Chaka Khan. But her new self-titled album hews close to the bones of R&B and soul. It features vocal turns from McClinton and Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall. (Nashville Scene, 7/18/2014)
  • New Buxton Opera House line-up unveiled - The September 2014 to January 2015 line-up has been unveiled [for] the new season at Buxton Opera House and the Pavilion Arts Centre, [featuring] a host of sparkling events for all the family ... Barry Manilow’s Grammy award-winning musical Copacabana will arrive on Wednesday October 15 until Saturday October 18 ... Tickets are available in person from the Buxton Opera House Box Office, or online at (Buxton Advertiser, 05 July 2014)

  • Ramona L. Brooks; 1951-2014 - She was born Jan. 8, 1951, to Paul and Theresa Stubblefield. She had 10 siblings and was the youngest of six girls, yet she took the lead when she and sisters Mavis and Paula sang at home. "She would sing Martha Reeves, and me and my sister Paula would do the oohs and aahs,” her sister Mavis said. “Our harmony was perfect behind her. She could really belt it out" ... She auditioned for Barry Manilow in late 1974, and when her name appeared as one of his backing singers, the Flashy Ladies, on his 1975 "Tryin’ to Get the Feeling" album, she’‍d taken her father’s middle name, Brooks, as her surname. As a member of Mr. Manilow’‍s troupe, she went on tour — including a stop in Toledo — and appeared on popular television variety and talk shows of the day. "When you would go see Ramona perform, she had such a stage presence," her sister Mavis said. "You would feel she was singing just for you. When she was on stage, she was a beautiful swan. This was where she was supposed to be." Before performing with Mr. Manilow, Ms. Brooks appeared in two off-Broadway productions and a summer stock company of Hair. She made her Broadway debut in 1976, with a part in I Have A Dream, which starred Billy Dee Williams as Martin Luther King, Jr. She later had a leading role in The Magic Show, which starred Doug Henning. (Toledo Blade, 6/13/2014)

  • Another successful stage built for Barry Manilow - Acorn strikes again with another impressive Space Roof for Barry Manilow’s concert at Ipswich Football Club on the 16th May 2014 where thousands attended to enjoy the music of the legendary artist. Acorn’s 6 tower space roof configuration provided a performance area of 20m x 16m providing the American Star and his live band with a large performance area. Acorn’s Director Andy Nutter said "We are very proud to have had the opportunity to work with Liz Hobbs Group, Serious Stages and Ipswich Borough Council on this spectacular event." The event went well from start to finish and Acorn made sure they were on top of everything with careful planning and preparation followed by excellent communication whilst on site to ensure the event ran smoothly. Liz Hobbs Group’s Assistant Head of Event Operations’ Suzanne Johnson said to Acorn about the event "it’s a credit to your guys that it went so very well." Acorn would like to thank both Liz Hobbs Group and Ipswich Borough Council for choosing them to provide the staging for event. Andy said "It has been a great pleasure to work with Liz Hobbs Group, Serious Stages and Ipswich Borough Council and we are very positive that our relationship will continue to prosper for many years to come." (Event Industry News, 09 June 2014)

  • Barry Manilow in surprise visit to Hatfield Peverel pub - Undeterred at the prospect of crazed fans or the English weather, international superstar Barry Manilow proved he will go to any lengths for the perfect plate of fish and chips, when he instructed his tour bus to stop off at a Hatfield Peverel pub on Friday. Taking on board glowing recommendations for the Duke of Wellington's 'Fish Friday', the American singer-songwriter knew there was quite simply no other place to sample his first taste of the British classic mushy peas. After visiting the village the singer also stopped off in Braintree, sampling a cheese omelette in the White Hart Hotel and coffee at the Horse and Groom. He was even spotted by stunned shoppers strolling through the town centre. "He said he loved our fish and chips - he'd never tried the mushy peas before and he said he liked them," said Duke of Wellington pub supervisor Alana Smith, who served up the nine helpings of battered cod and chips while Mr. Manilow sunned himself in the beer garden over lunch. "We were very surprised to see him; his manager booked a table but didn't give any inkling of who it was for. The next minute there was a big tour bus outside. When he first came in we thought it might be an impersonator but then we realised it was actually Barry Manilow. Customers wanted to take photos but we asked them to stay calm because he just wanted to have a quiet afternoon's fish and chips. He had originally wanted to sit out of the way but it was such a lovely day he sat in the garden instead. He even asked me to take pictures of him with his fish and chips."

    Unsure if her own eyes were deceiving her, super-fan Pauline Barnard decided to keep quiet when she first watched who looked like Mr Manilow stroll past the table where she was enjoying her own plate of fish and chips with friend Sandy Bisset, and their husbands. "We were eating and these seven men in dark suits went up to the bar and then there he was. I thought if I said something they would say 'don't be stupid' so I didn't say anything but then my husband went up to get a drink and heard someone saying it was Barry Manilow," said Pauline, from Chelmsford. "I thought he could only say no to a photo so I went down to the garden and waited till he had finished talking. I said 'Barry Manilow, I absolutely love you and I love your records'." The flattery, and perhaps their mutual love of the Duke of Wellington's famous fish and chips, worked a charm and Mr. Manilow happily posed with the two women.

    By the time Mr. Manilow pulled away from Hatfield Peverel en route to a performance in Ipswich later that day, he and the pub's staff were even on first name terms. (Essex Chronicle, 29 May 2014)

  • Stephen Mangan Stunned By Celebrity Fan - Stephen Mangan was stunned to discover Barry Manilow is a fan of his. The 'Episodes' actor recently met the legendary musician and was left speechless when he began quoting lines from his hit comedy show, which also stars Matt Le Blanc. Stephen explained: "I was on 'Graham Norton' this week and Barry Manilow came over and started quoting 'Episodes' lines to me. And the idea that Barry Manilow knows who I am is incredible. It is a really bizarre thing." (Female First, 24 May 2014)

  • Review: The Academy's Copacabana at Ffwrnes, Llanelli - Fresh from winning Best Production at the NODA awards in Hereford, the Academy took to the Ffwrnes stage last night to perform Copacabana. Director Peter Sharp promised a fantastic show, and it lived up to expectation on the first of a three-night stint at the Ffwrnes stage. In a Hollywood dream world, aspiring songwriter Stephen recalls the 'music and passion' of New York’s Copacabana Night Club. Taking her first tentative steps into the world of showbiz, hopeful showgirl Lola La Mar is propelled to star status by her bartender musician boyfriend Tony. But success and happiness is countered with jealousy and intrigue as treacherous Rico Castelli whisks her off to Havana and his Tropicana Nightclub. Lead actors Eve Dalling (Lola La Mar) and Declan Stewart (Tony) produced excellent stand-out vocal and acting performances, with their on-stage chemistry only surpassed by their interpretation of Barry Manilow’s songs. The story of love interrupted by jealousy and villainy was portrayed with humour and enthusiasm by Ann Benjamin (Conchita Alvarez) and Anthony Evans (Rico Castelli). Elizabeth Bevan (Gladys Murphy) and Roger Bowen (Sam Silver) also brought the laughs with some great comedy moments in the show. The cast as a whole deserve credit for bringing the show to life, with a range of colourful costumes, a host of dynamic dance routines along with a great musical score from Diane Williams and her orchestra. It has added to The Academy’s ever growing reputation of delivering a top night’s entertainment for audiences across Llanelli. It will be on again at Ffwrnes tonight and Saturday at 7pm. (Llanelli Star, 23 May 2014)

  • First sniff of freedom for beagles rescued from lab testing - A touching video of nine beagles getting their first taste of sunshine after being rescued from an American animal testing lab has gone viral on Youtube. The Beagle Freedom Project rescued the beagles from an animal testing lab in Nevada, in the USA, and introduced them to a new life in the backyard of a Las Vegas support of the group on May 6th. After uploading the video to Youtube two days later it received more than 1.7 million views and 5,790 likes in less than a month. Although tentative at first, the beagles quickly took to their new surroundings and were soon sniffing, bounding and playing with each other in their new environment. The beagles were released one by one and each time a new member of the group arrived another dog raced over to welcome them to their new surroundings ... The rescued beagles were also given names, after previously only having identification numbers. They were named after honor of famous Las Vegas names including the Rat Pack -- Frankie, Dean, Sammy, and Joey ... and Wayne, Barry, Peter, and Tommy. "These animals deserve a chance, and given the proper care, most of these animals can have very full lives," Las Vegas Senator Mark Manendo told The Las Vegas Review-Journal after the pups were freed ... For more information about the Beagle Freedom Project visit their website: (, 5/23/2014)

  • The fans' verdict: Barry Manilow, SSE Hydro, Glasgow - Barry Manilow has remained at the top of the charts - and within many hearts - for the last couple of decades, quite simple because of his enthusiastic fans. His army of 'Fanilows' follow his every move and come out to support his tour in their masses. (Evening Times, 19 May 2014)

    • "It's just so much fun. I saw him a couple of years ago and I enjoyed it then. I wouldn't have come back unless he was good," said Wendy McAllister from Wishaw.
    • Sister Mandy Smith - who may have been named after the song made famous by Manilow - came to the show to celebrate a special birthday. She said: "I enjoyed it and he sang Mandy." The sisters' mum Alison Carlin added: "He is a wonderful entertainer."
    • James Mullen, from Glasgow, admitted it was his first time seeing Manilow in concert and he was pleasantly surprised at how good he was. He said: "He is like a fine whisky, he gets better as he matures. I remember all his hits in the 70s and I never thought he would be as good live. I was blown away, he simply has an outstanding voice."
    • Fife couple Peter and Helen loved the show but felt the interval was too long - and they would have liked to have seen more Manilow on stage. Peter said: "He is a fabulous entertainer. I would have just liked him on earlier and the interval could have been shorter."
    • Dundee friends Agnes Gowans and Wendy Rae wore their football style Manilow scarfs to the gig. The girls, who have saw him loads throughout the year, said they loved the show. Agnes added: "It brought a tear to my when he sang back to his younger self on the screen during Mandy."
  • Superstar Barry Manilow samples food and strolls through Braintree during tour travels - Legendary crooner Barry Manilow stopped over in Braintree at the weekend during his travels for his UK tour. The international superstar had a cheese omelette at Braintree’s White Hart Hotel, drank coffee in the Horse and Groom, in Rayne Road, and ate fish and chips at the Duke of Wellington in Hatfield Peverel. Eagle-eyed fans even spotted him wandering through the town centre in the sun. (Braintree and Witham Times, 21 May 2014)

  • Llanelli theatre company The Academy win Best Production award ahead of Copacabana show - Llanelli theatre company The Academy won the prestigious Best Production title at the annual NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) awards [for] their production of Jesus Christ Superstar. It comes as the theatre company prepare to return to Ffwrnes with their show Copacabana from Thursday until Saturday. The production tells the famous story of aspiring singer Lola and songwriter Tony. Tony, played by Declan Stewart, attempts to assist her to break into show business, however fate steps in and Lola, played by Eve Dalling, is swept away to find fame and fortune. The lavish stage show, originally written by Barry Manilow, will be taking to the stage at Ffwrnes between Thursday, May 22 and Saturday, May 24. They will be joined on stage by an all singing, all dancing cast of more than 50 people. Producer Peter Sharp said it was set to be a “fantastic” show. All performances take place at 7pm. (Llanelli Star, 20 May 2014)

  • The "Ultimate Cocktail Party" (April 5th, 2014) climbed quickly to cruising altitude at the Palm Springs Air Museum for Celebrity Doodles. Everything from the classic, doodled cocktail napkin to beautiful, fully realized illustrations by celebrities including Bob Mackie, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Rosie O’Donnell, Dr. Phil, Lily Tomlin, Vanessa Williams,and many others were available in the silent auction. The 350 attendees sipped cocktails and enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres by Lulu California Bistro as they eagerly submitted their bids, raising a total of more than $30,000 for Desert AIDS Project. Celebrity Doodles event founders and producers Peter Demopoulos, Mark Messenger, and Julie Turkel were delighted with the response from celebrities and guests alike. "I think this 4th Annual Celebrity Doodles was the best yet," said Demopoulos. "And the silent auction was the biggest it’s ever been." Alan Hamel, manager-husband of the incomparable Suzanne Somers -- who created the very first doodles that got this event started in 2010 -- once again made their artistic contributions, even though they were the guests of honor as recipients of the inaugural "Doodle Master Award." Since Leeza Gibbons, a close friend of Somers, was unable to present the award due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, Bill Feingold stepped in and had the crowd murmuring "Did he really just SAY that?" while Somers and Hamel laughed, along with Somers-BFF Barry Manilow and Lorna Luft. Erin Quill of Broadway fame and Matthew Dowden, a triply-talented singer/comedian/magician, performed host duties throughout the evening. Taylor Dayne rocked the crowd... (Desert Sun, 5/18/2014)

  • Ipswich: Not long until Barry Manilow plays Portman Road - With more than 50 Top 40 hits to his name, the Grammy, Tony and multi-Emmy Award winner has sold more than 80 million records around the world. The Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, famous for performing, composing, arranging and producing will be supported by nine-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz. Gates for Friday’s concert open at 5pm, with the show starting at 8pm. See Saturday’s East Anglian Daily Times for pictures. (East Anglian Daily Times, 14 May 2014)

  • Celebrities pay tribute to fundraiser - Teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, raised more than £3.2m for the Teenage Cancer Trust. In a post on Facebook announcing Stephen's death, his mother, Jane Sutton, said he was a "courageous, selfless, inspirational son". Celebrities have paid tribute to him on Twitter ... Cricketer Kevin Pietersen: So sad to hear the news about Stephen Sutton. What an amazing, selfless and immensely inspirational young man ... Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais: A true hero & inspiration to us all. ... Singer Barry Manilow: What an inspiring and beautiful soul ... Comedian Sarah Millican: So sad to hear about Stephen Sutton. What a wonderful and inspiring man ... Actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham: What a brave and wonderful boy ... (BBC News, 14 May 2014)

  • Sax star Dave Koz blows into town with Barry Manilow this Friday - Sibling rivalry can lead to good things. Take nine-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz, supporting Barry Manilow at Portman Road on May 16. "I was 13 and my older brother had a band growing up that played weddings, bar mitzvahs, fraternity parties, stuff like that. I saw him and his friends not have to get regular jobs, working on the weekends and making pretty good bucks and I was like okay, I want to be in that band. He made it very clear that was not going to ever happen," remembers the platinum-selling solo artist, who has seven number one contemporary jazz albums under his belt. "One day he let it slip the only way I could get in was if I played the sax because they didn’t have a sax player. So when I was in seventh grade I picked up the alto - which was the first instrument I played that felt really right in my hands - and I practiced my butt off for a couple of years. I would constantly bug him, it drove him crazy. I think how I really got into the band was so he could get me to shut. He said ‘fine you can do this one gig’ and that was all I really needed to prove myself. I think it was a wedding in Woodland Hills California."

    LA-born Koz, who’s played with the likes of Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Shelby Lynne, Kenny Loggins, U2, Manilow, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross and Rod Stewart among others, admits he’s excited and nervous about opening for his long-term friend Manilow on tour. "Not nervous because of him but because of the these venues we’re playing. I know everyone comes to see Barry, they’re going to see me and go ‘who are you, where’s Barry’," he laughs. "It’s a nice thing to be able to have half and hour, whatever, to say ‘here’s what I do and here’s who I am’ and I’m excited and honoured to bring my music to Barry’s audience.

    "I’m sure many people will be seeing me for the first time; I hope not to disappoint you and if you don’t like it I promise you it will be short enough, you’ll be seeing Barry soon enough" he laughs again. Koz is a regular visitor to Europe and Britain, playing with his UK collective who will back him up this time too. He loves English audiences. "I love getting the chance to be an ambassador of American music, specifically American jazz music. UK audiences are so musically adventurous and the average person’s knowledge of music seems to go far deeper than the average American so that’s very inspiring."

    Next year marks his 25th anniversary of making his own records, he was gigging another 10 years before that. "Like most things in life, if you stick around long enough people start to go ‘okay, I guess you’re not going away better take this seriously’," he jokes as we discuss the roll-call of stars he’s collaborated with. "I feel very blessed, all kidding aside, for a guy who blows through a piece of metal. I’ve had some unbelievable experiences and gotten the chance to make music around the world too with so many different people and take my own music around the world."

    Koz is a huge Manilow fan, promising Ipswich fans they’re in for phenomenal time. "I know he takes each tour, each series of shows, very seriously and puts together a show that is truly magnificent. We haven’t gotten into the actual set yet, but I’ve a sneaking suspicion he’s going to drag me out there. I’d much rather play and be a part of the fun than sit on the side of the stage but whatever it is I’ll be happy." (Ipswich Star, 13 May 2014)

  • In the next episode of The Graham Norton Show... Norton welcomes double Oscar-nominated actress Brenda Blethyn, iconic fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, comic actor Stephen Mangan, and musical legend Barry Manilow ... Manilow joins Norton and his guests to chat about his new album and UK tour. Talking about the success of his album, he says, "It’s been an amazing experience. It is in the top 10 with people I don’t know – they are all so young." Talking about his famous Copacabana shirt, he says, "The Smithsonian Museum asked if they could have it. I sent it to them and when I later made a joke that I always thought it would end up in an institution, they sent it back." Manilow performs "I Write the Songs," live in the studio. This episode of The Graham Norton Show airs on Tuesday, 20 May at 21:35 on BBC Entertainment, channel 120 on DStv. (Media Update, 13 May 2014)

  • "Evening Under The Stars" Boogies to "First Ladies of Disco" - The First Ladies of Disco proved to be a smashing success at the 21st annual Evening Under The Stars held May 3 to benefit the AIDS Assistance Program (AAP). Nearly 1,500 guests gathered at O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs to support the organization that provides food vouchers for men, women, and children who are HIV/AIDS positive.

    There was heavy bidding during the pre-dinner silent auction and the live auction that offered everything from an Andy Warhol portrait by Michael Childers to exotic trips and cocktail and dinner parties, and even a fancy wedding package. The high bids plus large sponsor donations all added up to an expected $250,000 for AAP, according to Mark Anton, executive director.
  • The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 tonight with Barry Manilow, Jean Paul Gaultier, Brenda Blethyn & Stephen Mangan - More star guests are on the sofa as the current series of The Graham Norton Show continues on BBC One tonight (Friday, May 9). The show includes a mix of comedy, celebrity chat and music. Among the guests tonight are actress Brenda Blethyn, who talks about her role in detective drama Vera. Comic actor Stephen Mangan is also on the programme, along with fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and musical legend Barry Manilow. The programme will be screened at 10.35pm. (Scunthorpe Telegraph, 09 May 2014)

  • The Graham Norton Show, tonight with Stephen Mangan Jean Paul Gaultier and more! - Last week's X-Men extravaganza on The Graham Norton show is a very tough act to follow. However, the Irish talk show host and comic is always up for a challenge and this week's show looks like it has all the makings of a very special show. With Jean Paul Gaultier sharing the sofa with Stephen Mangan, the star of the new Postman Pat movie, and Oscar-nominated actress Brenda Brethyn, as well as music from the one and only Barry Manilow, we think he might just nail it ... The last time that Barry Manilow was on The Graham Norton Show, the Irish comic convinced him to perform a short rendition of his classic Mandy, and he and Katherine Jenkins performed a verse from I Write the Songs. It was short and sweet and we all wanted more. Well, this time, we are going to be treated to an exclusive performance. The crooner has recently released Night Songs, an album of his classics which features just him and his piano. So maybe he will perform a track from that, but you won't know unless you tune in at 10.35pm tonight! (Celebrity Red Carpet, 09 May 2014)

  • The Academy's Copacabana set to hit Ffwrnes - Glitz, glamour, and an abundance of feathers will be on the agenda when Copacabana comes to town this month. The lavish stage show, originally written by Barry Manilow, will be taking to the stage at Ffwrnes between Thursday, May 22 and Saturday, May 24. Brought to the venue by The Academy theatre group, the production tells the famous story of aspiring singer Lola and songwriter Tony. Tony attempts to assist her to break into show business, however fate steps in and Lola is swept away to find fame and fortune. But will it come at a high price? Taking on the leading roles are choreographer and actress Eve Dalling and Declan Stewart. They will be joined on stage by an all singing, all dancing cast of more than 50 people. Producer Peter Sharp said it was set to be a "fantastic" show. He added: "This is a big dance show. We did the production 10 years ago and I didn't think it could get bigger. But this has grown even bigger. It's huge. There's still a bit of tidying up to do in rehearsals, but we are ready. Everyone is delighted and can't wait as they know they have quite lavish costumes to wear." One person who has worked particularly hard to bring the production to the stage is choreographer Ms. Dalling. Not only is she starring in the show, but she has also choreographed the production's numerous dance routines. Mr. Sharp added: "She has been working hard at it since the beginning it will be brilliant. Copa is simply a fantasy from the beginning to the end." And by coincidence, the show's famous creator will also be performing in Cardiff that same week. The show runs at Ffwrnes from Thursday, May 22 to Saturday, May 24. (Llanelli Star, 07 May 2014)

  • Copacabana at the Barrington Theatre, Ferndown - Songwriting legend Barry Manilow arrives at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on 21st May to perform one of his very rare UK Gigs, but if you haven’t managed to get a ticket, Ferndown Phoenix Musical Society has the next best thing. The society is staging Copacabana at the Barrington Theatre from 21st to 24th May. The entire musical score is written by Manilow and although many of the songs will be unfamiliar to some, it's likely that they will all seem to be strangely familiar, which is a tribute to Manilow's talent as a songwriter. He writes catchy tunes, that you must have heard somewhere before. The show centres around the Copacabana nightclub in post-war New York and features the character of the famous Copacabana song. Those familiar with the song, will recognise the names of Lola (she was a showgirl), Tony (he tended the bar) and Rico (he wore a diamond). The storyline is an intriguing one and will keep the audience guessing right up until the end, Will Lola find true happiness? Will Tony turn out to be the hero or will Rico triumph? Will the world-famous Copacabana nightclub survive the ultimate treat to its very existence? The principle roles are taken by Jason Harris, Lindsay McGowan, Marion Taylor, Derek Salt, Lee Neal and Charlotte Giddins. (Blackmore Vale Magazine, 06 May 2014)

  • Win! A pair of tickets to see Barry Manilow at Phones 4u Arena - We have got together with the Phones 4u Arena to offer you a brilliant Barry Manilow prize. The crooner heads to Manchester on May 18 and we have two pairs of tickets to give away. The prize also includes a copy of Barry's new album, Night Songs. Barry has a huge back catalogue of hits to choose from, with singles such as Mandy and Copacabana expected to be on his setlist. Closing date for all entries is Friday, May 16 at 12pm. Enter the competition HERE to be in with a chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets - and a copy of Barry's new album! (Manchester Evening News, 28 April 2014)

  • Barry Manilow back in the Top 50! - This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Frozen" soundtrack spent its 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1, selling 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan ... Outside the top 10, there were a number of movers and shakers -- let's take a closer look at some of them ... Barry Manilow, "Night Songs" - [No.] 43 - Web-based orders of "Night Songs" via Manilow's Website send the set surging back onto the list at No. 43 after a one-week absence (up 300%). (Billboard, 4/18/2014)


  • Stand Out Talent’s Copacabana the Musical - On Sunday, Stand Out Talent brought their Community Production of extremely talented actors to Roseville’s historic Tower Theatre, to perform "Barry Manilow’s – Copacabana the Musical." A little over three years ago, husband and wife team, Jason and Jennifer Bortz attempted to bring Copacabana to Roseville, but Jennifer quickly realized the production was simply too big for their first year, so she patiently waited for just the right season. Lucky for audience members, the wait paid off, as a stellar cast put on a fantastic show that had the audience laughing and booing at just the right moments. Olivia Lawrence was spectacular as Lola La Mar, as she went from a country bumpkin trying to make it as a Capana Girl, to a full fledge star at the Copacabana, all due to the efforts of Tony Forte, played by Tyler Leung, marking his first major role. Kevin Kirtlan played villain Rico Castelli, who steals Lola away from the Copacabana and whisks her to a seedy club in Cuba. Kirtlan did such a fantastic job, he had everyone in the audience yelling and booing at him through most of the show. This was Kevin’s first musical role. The "standout" of the show was Jason Bortz, president of Stand Out Talent, who had to fill in at the last minute for an ailing Michael Coleman, who was scheduled to play Sam Silver, but was rushed to the hospital at the last minute. Not knowing the lines, or the songs, Jason had five minutes to get into costume and prepare for the part. The entire crew pitched in to make it happen. Jason tackled it like a pro, as he grabbed a clipboard with the script and used it as a prop. The audience loved him and gave him a standing ovation at the end. Stand Out Talent is a training facility and production company geared towards training young and old alike to meet the challenges in all aspects of performing and media arts ... For the Copacabana production the majority of the performers were trained in their roles (singing, acting and dancing). (Celebrity Examiner, 4/16/2014)

  • Revisit the Copacabana with Barry Manilow at the O2 - Barry Manilow will be returning to London in May with a scintillating performance lined up for the O2 on May 26th. The hit American singer-songwriter, who has been responsible for such hits as Mandy, Copacabana (at the Copa) and Can't Smile Without You, has amassed a legion of followers all over the world in the past [four] decades. With over 80 million record sales to his name, the 70-year-old has enjoyed a long and sustained career unmatched by few, even among the pantheon of great pop and rock acts. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has produced and released over 40 albums since the early [1970s], as well as writing for the likes of Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick. With Grammys, Emmys, Tonys and an Oscar nomination to his name, Manilow certainly knows how to put together a catchy tune - and you'll be able to listen to him perform many of his greatest hits for one night only at the O2. Check out London hotels now so that you don't have to worry about battling your way out of the capital after the show. (SuperBreak, 10 April 2014)

  • Elaine Paige Recording, "The Ultimate Collection," Will Feature Unreleased Tracks from "Stages" and "Cinema" - Rhino/Warner Music UK will celebrate Elaine Paige's 50 years in show business with a new compilation album entitled "The Ultimate Collection." Featuring songs released between 1978 and 2011, the recording will be available in the U.K. beginning May 12. "The Ultimate Collection" includes songs from Paige’s roles in musical theatre, her favorite albums and singles, a recently commissioned club remix and two previously unreleased songs from the Warner Music vaults. The track list for the standard CD and digital download version of the recording [includes] THE PRAYER Duet with Barry Manilow. "The Ultimate Collection" can be pre-ordered by clicking here. (Playbill, 4/9/2014)
  • Manilow And Sussman’s Harmony – A New Musical Uses Masque Sound - When Sound Designers David Patridge and John Shivers returned for the second run of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony - A New Musical, they once again turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a new custom audio equipment package. The show’s Los Angeles production at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre marks the second time the duo was personally chosen by Manilow and Sussman to create the sound design - and while the story remains the same, the sound design was completely different. Harmony recounts the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young men who in 1920s Germany took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics. The Comedian Harmonists sold millions of records, starred in dozens of films and packed the most prestigious concert halls around the globe until the world they knew forever changed with the commencement of World War II. “After the Atlanta run [of Harmony] came to an end, the equipment we used went back into Masque Sound’s shop and we rebuilt the entire show for this second run in Los Angeles,” says Patridge. “Every theatre and venue is a challenge of its own. One of the obstacles was the theatre’s size, as the Ahmanson is a much bigger theatre than Atlanta. You can’t cookie cutter these things and they have to be morphed into whatever works for the architecture. Masque Sound did an excellent job accommodating our needs.” Directed by Drama Desk Award-nominee Tony Speciale (Classic Stage Company's Unnatural Acts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Harmony officially opened at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on March 4 and is slated to run through April 13, 2014. (Studio Live Design, 4/9/2014)

  • Stars come out for Clive Davis' birthday - Barry Manilow, Jane Fonda and Joan Collins were among the stars who turned out to celebrate music mogul Clive Davis' 82nd birthday at a lavish party in California. The music industry veteran turned 82 on Friday (04 Apr 14) and he celebrated the milestone by organising a glitzy bash at a Moroccan-themed mansion in Palm Springs over the weekend (05-06 Apr 14). Guests included Manilow, Fonda and Collins. Other attendees included actress Suzanne Somers and producer Richard Perry. A source tells the New York Daily News, "...Clive sat in the middle of the table with Jane (Fonda) and Suzanne (Somers) on his left and Barry (Manilow) and Joan (Collins) on his right." The party also featured a performance by rising singer Avery Davis. (, 4/9/2014)

  • Auction for Junior Ice Hockey Team - An auction and raffle are being held this week to raise funds for the Isle of Wight Junior Ice Hockey Club. Starting at 19:30 on Friday (4 April) in the bar of Planet Ice in Ryde, several fabulous lots are on offer including font row tickets to see Barry Manilow, 4 VDub camping tickets and two 3 month gold One Cards for use in Council run leisure facilities. If you’d like to bid but can’t attend, you can like the club’s Facebook page here and send a private message including your details. (IslandEcho, 03 April 2014)

  • Black Country stage stars set to glam it up in glitzy Barry Manilow musical - CRADLEY Heath's Tab Operatic Society is getting set to stage Barry Manilow's glitzy musical Copacabana in Brierley Hill next week. Featuring sing-a-long Manilow hits Lola and Copacabana and a host of others - the show will run nightly at Brierley Hill Civic Hall from Tuesday April 8 to Saturday April 11 from 7.15pm; there's also a matinee on Saturday April 11 starting at 2pm. Society newcomer Mitchell Bastable stars as struggling songwriter Stephen who dreams up alter ego Tony, Forte an aspiring songwriter/bartender at the famousCopacabana nightclub, while seasoned Black Country stage star Fleur Petford is set to appear as showgirl Lola Lamar who gets her big break when she auditions for a spot at the Copa in 1947. But it's not all plain sailing as after catching the eye of villainous gangster Rico Castelli (played by newcomer John Nicholas) Lola is kidnapped and taken to Rico's club - the Tropicana in Havana, Cuba. Society regular Louise Griffin is also set to appear as Gladys Murphy, the girlfriend of the Copa's hard-headed manager Sam Silver (played by Grant Chapman), and Sarah Field stars as Cuban singer and Rico's moll - Conchita Alvarez. Tickets for the show range from £10 to £13.50 and they are available from the Tab ticket hotline - 07722 417962. (Halesowen News, 31 March 2014)

  • Celebrity 'Rebels' raise money for cancer research - The event: Rebels With a Cause at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood on Thursday honored Oracle Corp. co-founder and Chief Executive Larry Ellison, raising $9 million to benefit the medical research of Dr. David Agus, director of the USC Westside Cancer Center and the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. The news: Paramount CEO Brad Grey announced plans to build a new cancer institute in Los Angeles. He said it's envisioned to be "a life-changing and life-saving facility, dedicated to providing the most cutting edge and groundbreaking medicine available." The show: Pharrell Williams bounded from onstage into the audience, singing his Oscar-nominated tune "Happy" as guests rose up to dance along, some of them, such as January Jones, snapping close-ups. Jonah Hill and Anna Kendrick read grateful letters from patients treated by Agus, and as a finale, Barry Manilow sang three numbers, ending with "One Voice," as, one by one, the 62 voices of the USC Choir joined in. The crowd: Honorary event co-chairs Grey, his wife, Cassandra Grey, and Dr. Carmen Puliafito, dean of USC's Keck School of Medicine, drew from the entertainment, business and medical communities for the guest list. It included actors Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, Molly Shannon, B.J. Novak, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Alice Eve; model Helen Lasichanh; Japanese recording star Yoshiki; songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and Robert Daly; writer-director Christopher Nolan; producer Jerry Bruckheimer and philanthropist-financier Michael Milken. Lynne Benioff and Marc Benioff, chief executive of, served as co-presenting sponsors, with David Foster as musical director and Don Mischer as event producer. The honoree: In remarks, the 16-time Grammy-winning Foster praised Ellison for, among other qualities, his complexity, comprehensive knowledge, world-changing technology, love for life, good manners, America’s Cup win, "superb and overlooked Oscar-worthy acting performance in ‘Iron Man 2’" and his generosity, which the honoree later proved by announcing that he would match the gala’s up-to-then $4.5 million in proceeds, doubling the night’s total haul. (L.A. Times, March 21, 2014)

  • Paramount's Star-Studded Gala Raises $9 Million for USC Cancer Researcher - In a town that understands how stars are made, Dr. David B. Agus is a medical supernova, which is why a glittering constellation of Hollywood notables turned out Thursday night to raise a stunning $9 million to support his pioneering cancer research. The Paramount Pictures fundraiser -- labeled "Rebels with a Cause" -- was put together by the studio’s chief, Brad Grey, who amassed $4.5 million in contributions from the entertainment industry. When high-tech multi-billionaire and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, who was being honored for his longtime support of Agus’ cutting-edge research into cancer’s genetic roots, was informed of that total, he promptly offered to match it with a personal donation. That brought the night’s total to $9 million. Though Agus is perhaps best known for treating Steve Jobs in the final years of his advanced illness, it was the physician’s treatment of Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone that prompted entertainment industry philanthropists to take notice of his work. Redstone credits Agus with saving his life after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. The USC medical researcher's patient roster also includes Neil Young, Ted Kennedy, Lance Armstrong and Robin Quivers ... Apart from Grey and Ellison, those attending the Paramount fundraiser included, among many others, Haim Saban, Barry Manilow and Pharrell Williams (who performed), Jonah Hill, Anna Kendrick, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Jimmy Kimmel (who emceed), Alice Eve, January Jones, Chris Pine, Molly Shannon, Christopher Nolan, John Stamos, Carole Bayer Sager, B.J. Novak, Michael Milken and Jerry Bruckheimer. "You have all heard about the breakthroughs in cancer treatments in the media, but I am here to tell you that the time is now for major change," Agus told the crowd. "We are at a tipping point where technology will allow us to make quantum leaps in treating this horrible disease." (Hollywood Reporter, 3/21/2014)

  • Larry Ellison Donates $4.5 Million at Rebels With a Cause Cancer Research Gala - The second annual Rebels With a Cause gala Thursday raised more than $9 million thanks to honoree Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO and co-founder, as he matched donations with $4.5 million of his own. Hosted at Paramount Pictures Studios, the event supported the cancer research done by Dr. David Agus and the USC Center for Applied Medicine. "How much did we raise here this evening?" asked Ellison while accepting the Rebels With a Cause Award, "$4.5? OK, I’d like to match that." CEO of Paramount Pictures and co-chair of the event Brad Grey has been working with Agus for the past three years and said, "We call out our friends (and) we asked them to come support this. We hope to raise a great deal of money and we hope to make that money exponential in years to come." Sporting his famous hat, Pharrell Williams kicked off the night with his Oscar-nominated song "Happy," as the crowd danced and sang along. Late-night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel emceed the gala and brought his usual humor. "Dr. Agus is doing incredible things in the fight against cancer, and he needs our help and by our help I mean your help because I’m not usually much help with anything," Kimmel said ... Barry Manilow closed out the night by performing his hit songs "I Made It Through the Rain" and "Copacabana." It was a star-studded evening with guests including Grey’s wife and co-chair, Cassandra Grey, David Foster, Jerry Bruckheimer, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Chris Pine, January Jones, Molly Shannon, B.J. Novak, Jennifer Missoni, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Robert Evans, Alice Eve, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, Linda Ramone and Rob Moore. (Variety, 3/21/2014)

  • Brad Grey announces new cancer institute at star-studded gala - Paramount boss Brad Grey and his wife Cassandra hosted the star-studded Rebels With a Cause gala Wednesday night to honor Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and cancer specialist Dr. David Agus. Jimmy Kimmel emceed and guests included Barbra Streisand, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonah Hill. Barry Manilow and Pharrell Williams performed at the celebration of Ellison’s philanthropy and Agus’ work as director of the USC Westside Cancer Center and USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. Grey announced a new LA cancer institute for "personalized medicine and care." Also there: Anna Kendrick, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham and Sumner Redstone. (PageSix, 3/20/2014)

  • Pharrell Williams And Barry Manilow To Perform At Rebels With A Cause Gala - Stars of movies, music, medicine and technology will join at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood on March 20 for the second annual Rebels With a Cause gala honoring titan of technology and powerhouse philanthropist, Larry J. Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation. Last year’s event raised $3.6 million for the revolutionary and life-saving research of David B. Agus, M.D., director of the USC Westside Cancer Center and the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM). Honorary co-chairs are Cassandra and Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, and Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the Keck School of Medicine. Co-presenting sponsors are Lynne and Marc Benioff, founder, chairman and CEO of The gala will feature special performances by music superstar Barry Manilow and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-record producer Pharrell Williams with Grammy Award-winner David Foster serving as musical director. Internationally acclaimed director and producer Don Mischer will produce and Jimmy Kimmel will host... (Look To The Stars, 3/12/2014)

  • Dave Koz To Support Barry Manilow On UK Tour - Smooth jazz star Dave Koz has been confirmed as the support act for Barry Manilow’s forthcoming UK tour. Manilow is set to arrive on these shores in May, with three London dates - two at Wembley Arena (May 13-14) and one at The O2 (May 26) - complemented by shows in Ipswich (May 16), Manchester (May 18), Glasgow (May 19), Cardiff (May 22) and Southampton (May 24). (, 11 March 2014)

  • Larry Ellison to Be Honored at Rebels With a Cause Gala - Jimmy Kimmel will host the event set to feature guest performances by Barry Manilow and Pharrell Williams: Tech mogul and philanthropist Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, has been named the honoree of the 2nd annual Rebels With a Cause gala, which will take place later this month. The event will benefit the cancer research efforts of David B. Agus, M.D., director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and the USC Westside Cancer Center. "Larry has been a champion of our Center's work from day one when his Ellison Medical Foundation announced funding for the initiation of our cancer research at the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine," Agus said in a statement. "His generous support through the years is allowing us to explore unique approaches to medical oncology that will help us better control a disease which impacts millions worldwide." Music veteran Barry Manilow and Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams are set to showcase special guest performances at the gala, where David Foster, 16-time Grammy Award winner, will serve as the night's musical director. Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the event as the master of ceremonies ... The Rebels With a Cause gala will be held at the Paramount Pictures Studio on March 20. (Hollywood Reporter, 3/10/2014)

  • Rebels With a Cause gala - Oracle co-founder and chief executive Larry Ellison will be the guest of honor at this year's "Rebels With a Cause" gala, an event to benefit cancer research at USC. The second annual gala, being held March 20 at Paramount Pictures Studios, will be emceed by Jimmy Kimmel and feature guest performances by Barry Manilow and Pharrell Williams. Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey and wife Cassandra, along with Keck School of Medicine dean Carmen Puliafito, are honorary co-chairs of the event. Proceeds benefit the research of David Agus, director of the USC Westside Cancer Center and the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. Sixteen-time Grammy winner David Foster will serve as musical director, while Don Mischer will produce. (Yahoo! Celebrity, 3/7/2014)

  • TCTC thinks outside the box with Vaudeville production - Tyler Civic Theatre Center’s musical production of W.H. Smith’s "The Drunkard" is, if nothing else, an interesting slice of theatrical history. The original version of the play (also known as "The Fallen Saved") first debuted in 1844 and was essentially a piece of agitprop for the rising Temperance Movement. It soared in popularity and was soon picked up by P.T. Barnum, who took the production to New York City and soon began preaching the benefits of temperance in between acts. Although, successful as the run was, Barnum eventually ended the production as men in the audience would, in addition to sneaking out back for a nip, would cheer on the villain and would shout at the protagonist to drink more. There were revivals here and there, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that "The Drunkard" was reinvented. TCTC’s production follows that reinvention as the musical version adapted by Bro Herrod and Barry Manilow (yes, that Barry Manilow). You’ll hear the cast singing about giving up "demon rum." You’ll watch as Jarratt Calvert (appropriately) devours the scenery, relishing every twirl of the handlebar mustache glued beneath the prosthetic nose. He’s Snidely Whiplash, if Whiplash’s main goal was to get Dudley Do-Right on the sauce and ruin his life and marriage. I’m not really exaggerating, either. The nefarious lawyer Mr. Cribbs (Calvert) wants to sell the cottage inhabited by Mary (Victoria Dickson) and her mother, Mrs. Wilson (Laura Foster). However, when the charming and handsome Edward (Jonathan Davidson) is smitten of Mary, he’s determined to wed her and thusly save the cottage from sale. Cribbs, though, won’t be thwarted so easily and discovers Jonathan’s one weakness: Alcohol! It’s actually a pretty fun little production, and not just for the cast who is clearly enjoying going big and broad and slathering on the drama that surely caused thousands of pearls to be breathlessly clutched. No, this goes the whole Vaudeville route, complete with crew members holding up signs to prompt cheers and jeers, bags of popcorn to toss at the villain, and live piano accompaniment. It’s fun stuff, makes for a lively presentation and helps to assuage the fact that it’s slightly too long for its own good. Mostly though it’s fun getting a little bit of a history lesson that also goes to some lengths to poke fun at the Very Serious Business of warning the masses about the evils and dangers of Satan’s nectar. It’s almost hard to believe that people ever took material like this (well, the base material, at least) seriously. That’s beside the point, however. The point being this was a fun show. I’m always happy to see organizations like TCTC think outside the box when it comes to their season and having a Vaudeville-esque production that’s also enlightening is certainly the way to go. "The Drunkard" opens tonight at Tyler Civic Theatre Center. Descriptive theatre services for the visually impaired will also be made available beginning with this production, though reservations are required. For more information or for tickets, call 903-592-0561 or visit (Tyler Morning Telegraph, 06 March 2014)

  • Copacabana really gets in your head - Only an iron-willed individual could come away from Derby Dinner Playhouse’s pulsating theatrical treatment of Barry Manilow’s "Copacabana" without that song’s infectious melody pounding through the brain. Director/associate producer Lee Buckholz, who works wonders with musicals, and producer Bekki Jo Schneider lavish skill and affection on the oft-used tale of a small-town girl with show-biz dreams who snags song-and-dance stardom, this time at New York’s famed Copacabana club in 1947. Kayla Peabody is the entrancing girl ("her name was Lola, she was a showgirl") who hits the Big Apple from Tulsa and quickly gets taken under the wing of wise-cracking ex-Copa, now cigarette, girl Gladys Murphy (Cami Glauser). Songwriter/dancer Tony Forte (Jordan Cyphert) is immediately smitten, and tough-talking softie club owner Sam Silver (John Vessels) hires her as a Copa girl. The show morphs into a kind of technicolor noir travelogue when Mafia gangster Rico Castelli (virile singer Nick Fitzer) and Conchita Alvarez (the smashing Jillian Prefach), his longtime lover and star of his Tropicana nightclub in Havana, catch Lola’s act in New York. Rico kidnaps Lola and shanghais her to Cuba to make her his new star. Visually the show is a knockout with top honors going to Sharon Murray Harrah’s fabulous costumes, starting with white-gowned showgirls sporting feathered headdresses and looking as if they’d stepped from Stephen Sondheim’s "Follies." Partnered with elegant dancing men in white tuxes, they later appear in glittering red costumes exposing bare midriffs. Outstanding, too, is Heather Paige Folsom’s dynamic choreography. Manilow’s other catchy melodies besides the title tune include "Sweet Heaven (I’m in Love Again" for Tony, who is spectacular in his "Dancin’ Fool" routine with the men, Conchita’s "Welcome to Havana" a la Carmen Miranda, and sexy, evil Rico’s "Bolero D’Amore" with ensemble. Sam and Gladys, show stealers par excellence in Vessels and Glauser, nail the big comic number "Who Am I Kidding?" about ineffectual Sam’s plan to play hero to help Tony rescue Lola. Musical director Scott Bradley, on piano, and his musicians - Darryel Cotten, drums; Mark McCulloch, bass; Timothy Whalen, woodwinds, and Stacy Simpson, trumpet - provide exemplary accompaniment. Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, Manilow’s longtime collaborators, are his lyricists while all three wrote the book for the show, which ran two years in London but has never been on Broadway. It started life as a 1985 TV movie. "Copacabana" runs through March 30. For tickets and information: 812-288-8281; toll free 877-898-8577, or [visit] (News and Tribune, 2/21/2014)

  • Steve Lawrence brings lifetime of experience to new album - Ron Dante, who produced Lawrence's new album, "When You Come Back to Me Again," which Curb Records released this month exclusively on Amazon, said Lawrence "sounds like a young man. When we would turn on the microphone I became a fan again." The album is dedicated to Lawrence's late wife and singing partner, Eydie Gorme, who died in August in Las Vegas, at the age of 84. The couple, who were often referred to as the Lunts of Las Vegas, had been married for more than 55 years. The album, which features songs by such composers as Garth Brooks (When You Come Back To Me), Billy Joel (Tell Her About It), Barry Manilow (I Was A Fool To Let You Go) and Neil Sedaka (The Hungry Years), as well as such standards as "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "That Sunday, That Summer," was completed before Gorme's death. "Eydie heard that album and she thought it was terrific," Lawrence said softly. When Gorme died, the release date was put on hold. When Lawrence was approached recently about the release, he told them, "Let's put it out for Valentine's Day." Lawrence couldn't recall the last time he recorded a new studio album. Then Dante called out of the blue a few years ago. The producer and his girlfriend had seen Lawrence and Gorme perform at the Stardust in Las Vegas right before the hotel closed in 2006. "He just stunned me with his voice, so a little time later, I finally got his number and called him and said what are you doing?" said Dante. "I would love to produce you." Lawrence and Dante picked out songs for the album. "What a joyous experience it was," said Dante. "I could see his mind working as he sang the songs. I could see him digesting what does [this lyric] really mean. He is a legendary talent." (Los Angeles Times, 2/21/2014)

  • Finding fame in Derby Dinner's Copacabana - Her name is Lola, and she will be part of the Derby Dinner Playhouse presentation Copacabana, which opens Tuesday. Copacabana will take place each day except Mondays from Feb. 18-Mar. 30. Evening shows will take place at 7:45 p.m. with doors and buffet opening at 6 p.m. Sunday matinees start at 1:30 p.m. with an 11:45 a.m. door and buffet opening. Finally, Wednesday matinees will start at 1 p.m. with doors and buffet opening also at 11:45 a.m. All performances are to go on at Derby Dinner Playhouse, located at 525 Marriott Drive in Clarksville, IN. Tickets for each dinner and show range from $36-$45, depending on day of the show. All tickets can be purchased at the door, the Derby Dinner website, or by calling the Derby Dinner box office at 812-288-8281. More information on the show can also be found at the Derby Dinner website. Copacabana takes a writer and audiences back to the 1940s and the New York nightclub that bares the same name as Barry Mainlow's song. Imagine, like the writer named Stephen, the lights, the sounds, and the soon-to-be-starlets, including Lola. She and the nightclub worker Tony hit it off and begin their tale of love, music, and danger. Manilow crated the musical Copacabana along with Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman. Lee Buckholz directed the production, which features Jordan Cyphert as Stephen and Tony and Kayla Peabody as Lola and Samantha. (, 2/17/2014)

  • Things you need to know, happening in Florida on Friday, January 31 ... Barry Manilow in concert! Superstar Barry Manilow will perform in concert at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday night. Manilow, with than 50 Top 40 hits, is considered by many the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time. He has thrilled millions for decades with such hit songs as Mandy, Can't Smile Without You, and Copacabana (at The Copa). Besides performing his own compositions, Manilow has written and produced songs for many stars including Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, and Dionne Warwick. The 70-year-old singer-songwriter has won two Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and a Tony Award. He has also received an Oscar nomination. Tonight's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. To learn more information about Barry Manilow, visit his official website at (ABC Action News, 1/31/2014)

  • Barry Manilow performing tonight - Barry Manilow will perform at the Pensacola Bay Center. WEAR teamed up with Manilow and the Manilow Music Project. One local music teacher won your hearts and votes for a VIP Barry Manilow concert experience. Heidi Graves teaches music and chorus at Bagdad Elementary School. [She] has been out of the classroom since doctors discovered a brain tumor earlier this month. Graves received multiple nominations from her principal, her co-workers and parents of her students. "It gives me a want to go and do it more." "keep going" "keep going." "I want to get back so bad." After dinner at Jackson's Steakhouse, Heidi and her husband will meet Barry Manilow. Then watch the concert from the front row. (WEAR-TV, 1/30/2014)

  • Things to do in Baton Rouge this weekend ... International pop star Barry Manilow was scheduled to perform at the Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday, Jan. 29, but Tuesday's ice storm delayed the show until Monday, Feb. 3. Since his breakout hit, "Mandy," was released in 1974, Manilow has released numerous hits and nearly 20 albums. That work has garnered him a number of awards, including Emmys, American Music Awards, Emmys, a Special Tony and a Grammy. Tickets start at $18 and are available through the River Center or Ticketmaster. (The Times-Picayune, 1/29/2014)

  • Barry Manilow at Germain Arena - Barry Manilow performed live at Germain Arena on Friday, Jan. 24. Manilow is a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career. -- Photos (Southwest Florida News, 1/25/2014)

  • IHOP manager treats employees to Barry Manilow concert - Parked outside the IHOP on 103rd in Jacksonville is a Mini Cooper with a sticker in the back windshield that says "Manilow University." The Florida license plate says "MANILOW." It belongs to Penny Johnson, the operator/manager of the IHOP, the self proclaimed biggest Manilow fan (Fanilow?) in Jacksonville. "It's just a major connection with the music," she said. "I've seen him more than 250 times." Johnson knows not everyone in her restaurant is a Manilow fan, so she takes the role educator very seriously. She shows off all her memorabilia in the restaurant, sure, but last time Manilow came to town she gave her employees a masters course. "It was 2011 and I told them next time Barry comes to town I'll take you, and I took 42 people," she said. It was a $7,000 gift to her employees, and she made sure none sat farther back than row 6. This time through, she's taking all the fellow managers and operators around Jacksonville. "Yeah, it's 10 in total," she said. "It's something I'm very passionate about." And next time, who knows, maybe more employees will get to experience Barry Manilow in person for themselves. "They've all heard me go on and on about him for so long, so when they finally see him they'll be like 'Fine, I may not be a fan, but I get it,'" she said. "Then they'll know I'm not crazy." (First Coast News, 1/23/2014)

  • Barry Manilow Performs in Concert at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, January 18, 2014: Photo Gallery. (Orlando Sentinel, 1/18/2014)

  • Barry Manilow concert at BB&T Center - Barry Manilow performed at the BB&T Center Friday night. Our (WPLG - Miami) Local 10 cameras were flashing. Check out the pictures. (Local 10 Miami, 1/17/2014)

  • Kyle Dennis performs with Barry Manilow - Pop icon Barry Manilow will be performing in the Lowcountry this weekend. Back in 2005, our own Kyle Dennis joined Mr. Manilow onstage in Las Vegas for a duet, and the News 2 Today crew had some fun with the video Thursday morning. Check it out! (WCBD-TV Charleston, 1/16/2014)

  • La magia de Barry Manilow llega al BB&T Center en Sunrise - ¿Qué tiene Barry Manilow que sigue siendo uno de los artistas clásicos contemporáneos más admirados? Con un rostro increíblemente infantil a pesar de sus 70 años y una voz siempre joven, llena de energía, ritmo y romance, este nativo de Brooklyn, Nueva York, sigue haciendo sonreír y cantar al unísono a sus seguidores. Como lo hará el 17 de enero, a las 8 p.m., en el BB&T Center de Sunrise. (Sun-Sentinel, 1/15/2014)

  • This Week In Billboard Chart History ... Jan. 18, 1975: The hit that inspired Barry-oke: Barry Manilow's debut Billboard Hot 100 entry "Mandy" became his first No. 1, rising to the top of the chart 39 years ago today. (Billboard, 1/13/2014)

  • "I'd never have survived breast cancer if it wasn't for my best friend Barry Manilow (and sister Liza)": Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft on ten months of tears and pain - Lorna Luft sinks into the sofa in her manager’s office in Los Angeles. "Welcome to the first day of the rest of my life," she says, and smiles that face-splitting smile. She has more reason than most for her genuine good cheer. Yesterday, she completed a six-week course of radiotherapy, marking what she hopes will be the last treatment she undergoes for breast cancer.

    Now she is en route to New York and two benefit concerts at a club called Birdland in which she will perform with her elder sister, Liza Minnelli. The pair are the daughters of screen legend Judy Garland.

    The past 12 months have been a testing time for Lorna. On December 17, 2012, she was relaxing in front of the television after giving a concert in New York. "My hand brushed across my right breast and touched what seemed to be a lump," she recalls. "I asked my husband Colin what he thought it was. He didn’t know but he confirmed that yes, there was a hard lump in my breast."

    When she got home to Palm Springs, California, Lorna, 59, told a girlfriend what she had discovered. "She said I ought to go and see a doctor right away. I said I couldn’t, that I was due to perform cabaret in London. I was in total denial. But when I got back to America, I did make an appointment to see a doctor, who sent me immediately to have a mammogram. The radiologist told me the lump didn’t look great because it didn’t have liquid around it, which it would if it were a cyst."

    Lorna was informed she must have a biopsy. "But I was off to New York to work. I wasn’t dealing with what was happening. Finally, three weeks after I first discovered the lump, I agreed to the procedure."

    Two days later, Lorna was having a pedicure when she got a call from the radiographer. "He told me, 'Lorna, you have Grade-3 breast cancer.' I stood and, barefoot, walked out of the salon. I was saying, 'Oh my God!' over and over. I didn’t know what a 'grade' was as opposed to a 'stage'." Only later did Lorna learn that the grade relates to the size of the tumour, and the stage is how far it has advanced. She was at Stage 2A – and there are four stages.

    Reeling from the news, Lorna called her husband and then her manager. "I felt like I’d been pushed out of a helicopter into the ocean and been told to swim home," she says. "I didn’t know where I was going or what I was doing. Next I called my best friend, Barry Manilow. I have known him since 1972. He’s like my brother."

    It was Barry who would set Lorna on the best possible path to recovery. The first surgeon she saw was "totally lacking" in bedside manner, she says. "The doctor said, 'OK, you’re going to have one month of chemotherapy, your hair will fall out and you’ll feel like s***.' That’s when I started crying."

    She stepped out of the consulting room determined to seek a second opinion. "And that’s when my phone rang. It was Barry. I told him what had just occurred. 'I will not allow this to happen to you,' he said, and fixed an appointment for me to see David Agus, one of the top cancer specialists in the world who had taken care of cyclist Lance Armstrong [who survived advanced testicular cancer]."

    In due course, Lorna underwent a number of tests and scans, which were sent to Agus. Once all the results were in, "he called and said, 'I’m looking at your biopsy and I can tell you right now, Lorna, you’re going to be OK'."

    It was then that Lorna started taking her condition seriously. "I’d been pushing it to one side," she admits. She told her son, Jesse, 29, and daughter, Vanessa, 22, about her diagnosis. "Jesse was stoic, Vanessa was very upset. My husband is British so he’s not given to great displays of emotion, but from the start he’s been there for me."

    Before Lorna’s first face-to-face appointment with Agus, there was a strange occurrence. "There’s a tiny little cafe called the Lazy Daisy right in the middle of Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles where my friend Kim and I stopped to buy some coffee before my consultation," she says. "I stepped up to the counter to pay and happened to glance up at the wall behind the cash register. There was just one poster pinned there. It was of my mother in A Star Is Born. I saw her eyes looking straight back at me over the coffee cans. It was a sign."

    Agus told Lorna about the team he’d put together for her, giving her the names of her surgeon, oncologist and nurse practitioner.

    Dr Jerrold Steiner, the surgeon, presented her with two options: either a lumpectomy possibly followed by chemo and radiation, or a mastectomy and no after-care. "I opted for the first because I wanted to save my breast," says Lorna. Two days later, she was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. "I had surgery and was back home again within the day," she reveals.

    Scans showed the cancer hadn’t spread. After another appointment with Dr Steiner 48 hours later, Lorna went to see Philomena McAndrew, her oncologist. "She told me that because there was a small possibility that some cancer cells could have broken off from the tumour and remained in my body following surgery, she wanted to be on the safe side. She strongly recommended chemotherapy. I started sobbing."

    It was explained to Lorna that a "port" would be inserted underneath her arm and that, during batches of six separate sessions held three weeks apart, drugs called Taxotere and Cytoxan would be injected via the port into her system.

    "Chemo wasn’t something I wanted," Lorna admits. "But the alternative – that is, the cancer returning – was something I wanted even less. So I told my children and Barry what was happening and then rang my sister Liza. From the first moment I’d told her after the original diagnosis, she was asking, 'OK, what do we do? Where do we go?' It was 'we' from the start. She was my big sister. Liza was just extraordinary. Throughout it all, she would phone Colin every other day for news."

    The port was duly inserted. "It was the most painful bit of the whole process," Lorna recalls.

    "A week later – it was the middle of March by now – I went for the first lengthy session. It took six hours. They gave me steroids, then fluids followed by anti-nausea medication, which turn off the nausea receptors in your brain and which meant I never felt sick. Finally, they wrapped my feet and my hands in ice because one of the chemo drugs can cause nerve problems. With the use of ice, the chemo doesn’t reach those nerve endings."

    Before this first session, Lorna was introduced to a woman who makes wigs.

    "She told me not to cut my hair before we met. She then put a dark brown wig on me and cut it to exactly the length and shape of my current hairstyle before taking it home and colouring it to precisely the same shade as my real hair."

    Lorna started losing her hair 17 days after the first session of chemo. "I’d just had a shower and, as I started drying my hair, it began coming away in my hands. I ran to Colin who held me as I cried. Then a hairdresser friend and another friend came over. Colin opened a bottle of wine and then they shaved my head."

    Lorna wears the wig – which looks exactly like her original locks – for our pictures, but as her hair is now growing back, away from the camera she sports a trilby.

    After the second chemo session, she started complaining of an aching scalp. "It was as if my hair had been in a very tight ponytail and had then been released. My scalp was throbbing. So I did the unthinkable, the one thing I’d been told not to do – I began researching this side effect on the internet. "But, actually, I came up with the solution. One woman who had suffered what I was going through said she’d taken the sort of Velcro roller you use to get lint off garments and she’d rolled it over her head. It pulled out all the stubbly bits of hair that remained on her head. I tried it and it relieved all the tension in my scalp."

    After the fourth session of chemo, Lorna developed breathing difficulties – her oncologist diagnosed an allergic reaction to Cytoxan. "It was terrifying," she says. "Philomena suggested having the fifth session using just Taxotere and then we called it a day." That was June 28.

    She had a month’s break, during which she went to New York to see Liza. "Contrary to what you might have read, Liza and I get on great. Everyone seems to want to create drama around our relationship but we don’t have drama. We have love. And my brother Joey has just been great, too."

    Next came a course of radiation. "You lie on a table and they zap your breast for five minutes every weekday for six weeks," explains Lorna. "It doesn’t hurt but in time it makes the target area feel as though it’s sunburnt."

    In the past ten months or so, many tears have been shed, but positivity has been the overriding name of the game. "I never spent one day in bed," she says defiantly.

    "I never spent one day without full make-up. They told me that 98 per cent of my recovery was going to be linked to my attitude. So I made up my mind: if I was going to have breast cancer, I was going to do it in stilettos." Lorna must take an anti-oestrogen pill once a day for five years and undergo six-monthly check-ups. "David Agus also recommended that I eat at the same time each day. I shouldn’t skip meals."

    Now Lorna is due in London for a two-week residency at The Crazy Coqs venue in Piccadilly. "It’ll just be me singing and Colin on piano," she says. "I can’t wait. I lived half my childhood in London because my mother spent so much time performing there. Coming back is also a way of thanking all those lovely Brits who wrote to me on Facebook when I was going through chemo."

    The previous evening, Colin had arranged a dinner party for his wife’s closest friends. Lorna says: "Barry was there. At one point, I turned to him and said, 'Thanks for saving my life.' Because he did." And the tears that Lorna has successfully kept at bay for over an hour finally fall unchecked.

    Lorna Luft will be at The Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zédel, London, from December 3 to 7 and 10 to 14. For tickets, visit or call 020 7734 4888. To find out more about breast cancer symptoms, visit (Daily Mail, 16 November 2013)

  • Stars perform at Children in Need Rocks concert - Some of the biggest stars in music have taken to the stage for the first of two Children In Need Rocks concerts. Among the acts joining organiser Gary Barlow on stage was former Abba star Agnetha Faltskog, performing in front of a live audience for the first time in 25 years. It is the first time the pair have performed their duet, I Should've Followed You Home, together - as they originally recorded their parts of the song separately. Little Mix, Dizzee Rascal, Barry Manilow, Nicole Scherzinger, Kings of Leon and Barlow's former Take That band mate Robbie Williams were also among those who performed at London's Hammersmith Apollo. (BBC News, 13 Nov 2013)

  • Children in Need Rocks fundraising concert - Gary Barlow, who organised the Children in Need Rocks gig, was joined on stage by Robbie Williams and Barry Manilow. This was the first of two concerts in support of the charity, held at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. (BBC Newsbeat, 13 Nov 2013)

  • Could it be magic: Barry Manilow joins Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams for Children In Need Rocks - Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Dizzee Rascal were among the stars who performed at the first of two Children in Need Rocks concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo last night. Other acts who turned out for the charity bash included former Abba star Agnetha Faltstog, who took to the stage for her first performance in 25 years. (London Evening Standard, 13 Nov 2013)

  • Dream Foundation Hosts Annual Gala: Star-Studded Event Raises Cash, Recognizes Humanitarian Work - The Dream Foundation, a Santa Barbara-based organization that grants the wishes of adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses, hosted its 12th annual Celebration of Dreams Gala on Saturday. According to the nonprofit, the event put on at the Bacara Resort & Spa drew numerous celebrities, $200,000 in donations, and enough funds raised to cover one-third of the organization’s annual budget. The fundraiser’s famous faces included Barry Manilow, who received an award for his humanitarian work, Olivia Newton-John, and Richie Sambora, all of whom sung. "Glee" actress Jane Lynch and "Bachelor" alum Andrew Firestone also attended, auctioning off trips to the French Alps and Africa and Lakers tickets. Other attendees included Priscilla Presley, Alan Thicke, Nigel Lythgoe, "Glee" star Darren Criss, and Broadway star Teal Wicks. Thomas Rollerson, the foundation’s founder and president, thanked everyone for their work with the organization, saying "It is through bravery that we charge forward, it is through bravery that we fight every day, and it is through bravery that we continue to make dreams come true." (Santa Barbara Independent, 10/31/2013)

  • Henderson teen Malia Civetz, a 2012 Las Vegas Academy graduate, is well on her way to stardom. A sophomore at USC’s Thornton School of Music, Malia performed at the Dream Foundation Gala in Santa Barbara, Calif., honoring Barry Manilow with its Humanitarian Award. Malia joined Olivia Newton-John, Darren Criss, Richie Sambora, Jane Lynch and Nigel Lythgoe, among many others, in the Celebration of Dreams gala hosted by Priscilla Presley. Malia almost had no time to wait for the standing ovation and thunderous applause at [the] end. She rushed down to Staples Center in L.A. to belt out the Canadian and U.S. national anthems when the L.A. Kings took on the Edmonton Oilers. We remember Malia here on the Strip when she appeared onstage for Barry’s closing weekend at the Paris, when he selected her winner of his worldwide talent contest. (Las Vegas Sun, 10/29/2013)

  • Cecilian Musical Society launch Copacabana - "At the Copa,Co,Copacabana"... The catchy 1970s classic tune is the theme of the Cecilian Musical Society’s latest production which will take to the stage on Nov 27 -30 at the Lime Tree Theatre. Based around the Barry Manilow song Copacabana, the musical is sure to bring a touch of the tropics to Limerick this autumn. "Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl"... so begins the saga of Lola and Tony. Their tale of love and romance on the way to stardom had comes to Limerick in a Broadway-style musical fantasy. The Cecilian’s new production features a number of Barry Manilow hits, dazzling costumes, spectacular sets and sensational choreography and a few surprises. Having won the Association of Irish Musical Societies award for Best Choreography in three of the last four years, under the tutelage of Barbara Meany, Copacabana is perfectly suited to the talented cast that make up The Cecilians. This production can thank its musical director Shane Farrell; its choreographer Barbara Meany and cast members Sadhbh McCoy, Michael O’Gorman, Jessica Bray, Brian Henry, Grainne Hartnett and Nigel Dugdale. Shows are 8pm on Nov 27 through Nov 30 and tickets are E74 for a family ticket, E23 standard, E21 students/OAPs/unwaged and can be purchased online from or by ringing 061-774774. (Limerick Leader, 24 Oct 2013)

  • Barry Manilow, The Wanted, The Lumineers for Children in Need Rocks - Gary Barlow has announced a second batch of acts to be performing at his Children In Need Rocks concert. The musical event is being organized by the Take That frontman to raise money for the children's charity. Barry Manilow, The Wanted, The Lumineers and Tom Odell are the latest names to have been added to the list of acts. They join Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding and Rizzle Kicks for two concerts in November that will raise money to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Manilow said: "I have known Gary from early Take That days when they re-recorded my hit 'Could it be Magic' in 1992. We have remained friends and I am thrilled he asked me to be a part of this great BBC Children in Need Rocks night. I have been proud to support BBC Children in Need for many years as it's a truly wonderful cause that does great work for children and young people in the UK. See you there on the night." Barlow added: "We are in for a fantastic couple of nights with lots of amazing artists and some very exciting collaborations. I can't wait to get up on stage for a few numbers too, it's all for a great cause." Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton will host both evenings, which will be edited into one program to be broadcast on BBC One during Children in Need week. (Digital Spy, 10/17/2013)

  • Gary Barlow's charity line-up - Gary Barlow has added boy band The Wanted and veteran US singer Barry Manilow to the bill of his BBC Children In Need Rocks concerts. The Take That star is organising a pair of concerts next month to raise funds for the annual charity appeal, headlined by the likes of Robbie Williams and Rizzle Kicks. Also newly added to the line up of the shows, on November 12 and 13 at the Eventim Apollo in London, formerly the Hammersmith Apollo, are The Lumineers and Brit Award-winning songwriter Tom Odell. Barry said: "I have known Gary from early Take That days when they re-recorded my hit Could It Be Magic in 1992. We have remained friends and I am thrilled he asked me to be a part of this great BBC Children in Need Rocks night." Gary said: "We are in for a fantastic couple of nights with lots of amazing artists and some very exciting collaborations." (York Press and This is Lancashire, 18 October 2013)

  • Barry Manilow coming to Jacksonville in January - Fanilows rejoice! Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is coming to town in the New Year. Manilow, who is behind such hits as "Copacabana (at the Copa)" and "Mandy," will be at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets, which range from $9.99 to $179.99, are already on sale. They can be purchased on, or over the phone at 1-800-745-3000. (First Coast News, 10/8/2013)

  • Barry Manilow is coming to the Pensacola Bay Center - See the Music Legend Live in Concert on Thursday, January 30 Tickets start at just $19.99. PensacolaBay Center announced today that multi-million selling artist, Barry Manilow is coming to Pensacola on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Manilow, the undisputed #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, will bring his high-energy, hit-packed concert to cities across the nation and around the world. With more than 50 Top 40 hits like, "Mandy," "Can’t Smile Without You" and "Copacabana (at The Copa)," Manilow will perform for one night only at the Pensacola Bay Center. With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of entertainment, including performing, writing, composing, arranging, and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career. He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more. He has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, an Oscar nomination, and a top selling autobiography. BARRY MANILOW; THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th at 7:30pm; PENSACOLABAY CENTER; TICKETS: $19.99, $39.99, $69.99, $99.99, $129.99, $159.99, and $179.99. Purchase tickets at Pensacola Bay Center Box Office,, or by phone at 800-745-3000. (Santa Rosa's Press Gazette, 10/7/2013)

  • Barry Manilow to make one-night stop at North Charleston Coliseum - "Copacabana (at The Copa)" singer Barry Manilow, "the undisputed No. 1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time," will be making an appearance at the North Charleston Coliseum in January. With tickets starting at $19.99 (they go up to $139.99), the concert by the Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee is sure to feature a number of his more than 50 Top 40 hit. With songs like "Mandy" and "Can’t Smile Without You" to his credit, Manilow has released more than 40 albums and has a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award and an Oscar nomination to his credit. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Tickets can be purchased at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office, at or, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Go to for more information. (Charleston Scene, 10/7/2013)

  • Barry Manilow to perform at Tampa Bay Times Forum - The Tampa Bay Times Forum announced Monday Barry Manilow is coming to Tampa Bay on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Manilow, the undisputed #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, will bring his high-energy, hit-packed concert to cities across the nation and around the world. With more than 50 Top 40 hits like, "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana (at The Copa)," Manilow will perform for one night only at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tickets: Tickets for the event are on sale now at the McDonald's(r) Ticket Office at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Ticketmaster outlets and at To order tickets by phone call 800.745.3000. Ticket prices are $7.24, $37.24, $67.24, $97.24, $127.24 and $157.24. Prices do not include facility fee or service charges. (WTSP 10 News Tampa Bay, 10/7/2013)

  • Barry Manilow coming to Tampa for Jan. 31 show - Barry Manilow, who built a legendary pop music career off a run of 1970s singles such as "Copacabana," "Mandy" and "Can’t Smile Without You," will perform Jan. 31 at the Forum in downtown Tampa. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7.24, $37.24, $67.24, $97.24, $127.24 and $157.24, and are available at the Forum ticket office or through Ticketmaster. Prices do not include a facility fee or service charges. Manilow, 70, a renowned performer, producer, arranger and composer, has more than 50 top-40 hits, including "Looks Like We Made It," "Weekend in New England," "Bandstand Boogie" and "Even Now." For information, go to (TBO/The Tampa Tribune, 10/7/2013)

  • Barry Manilow tickets on-sale - Barry Manilow has been named the number one adult contemporary artist of all time. Now, folks in Southwest Florida have the chance to see him. On January 24th Barry Manilow will be performing in Estero at the Germain Arena. Tickets went on-sale at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Prices for tickets to the concert range from $8 to $150. For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets, visit the Germain Arena website. (ABC-7 WZVN-HD, 10/5/2013)

  • Copacabana comes to Dunmow - The Dunmow Players Musical Theatre Company is planning a production based on Barry Manilow’s iconic song Copacabana. They are promising a production full of glitz and glamour inspired by the 1979 Grammy Award winning tune. In 1985, Manilow and his collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman expanded the song into a full length, made-for-television musical. This film version was then further expanded into a full-length, two-act stage musical. In his love letter to the technicolour musicals of the 1940s, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana tells the story of Lola from Tulsa who arrives in New York with showbiz aspirations. Rehearsals have just commenced and The Dunmow Players are looking for more people, especially men to join the cast for this production. You should be 16 or over with loads of enthusiasm and a love of singing. To find out more contact the production secretary, Decia Ranger, on 01371 874073 or 07981 585620 or email (Herts And Essex Observer, 04 October 2013)

  • Barry Manilow plays Germain Arena in January - He writes the songs that make the whole world sing. Now Barry Manilow will be singing them at Germain Arena. The pop superstar performs Jan. 24 at the Estero venue, organizers have just announced. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. They range in cost from $7.99-147.99, not including fees and parking, according to Manilow’s many hits include "Mandy," "Can’t Smile Without You" and "Copacabana (at The Copa)." Tickets will be sold at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at (News-Press (Fort Myers), 10/2/2013)

  • Masque Sound Celebrates the Memory of Six Extraordinary Young Men in Barry Manilow's "Harmony - A New Musical" - When Tony® award-winner John Shivers, along with David Patridge were personally selected by Barry Manilow and theater veteran Bruce Sussman to create the sound design for the legendary singer's highly anticipated new musical, Harmony - A New Musical, they turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package. Harmony, which officially opened at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on September 15, recounts the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young men who in 1920s Germany took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics. The Comedian Harmonists sold millions of records, starred in dozens of films and packed the most prestigious concert halls around the globe until the world they knew forever changed with the commencement of World War II.

    Working with Masque Sound for more than 20 years now, Shivers most recently collaborated with the company on the Broadway smash Kinky Boots, for which he won the Tony® award for Best Sound Design of a Musical. "When Barry Manilow was in essence auditioning sound designers for Harmony, he came to see Kinky Boots," says Shivers. "He liked the sound of the show, and the very next day I received a call from Mr. Manilow asking if I could design the sound for Harmony. Masque Sound did a great job in providing the equipment and technical support for Kinky Boots, so they were my obvious choice for Harmony. I have a great relationship with them; they are wonderful to work with and are always attentive to my needs."

    One of the biggest challenges in the sound design for Harmony was achieving full-scale production sound on a limited-engagement show's budget. "Whenever you have a very experienced pop star like Barry Manilow personally involved in a show, expectations are very high," adds Shivers. "Although the show is only scheduled to run for a month, we did not want to compromise the sound in any way because of financial constraints. Through our design, along with Masque Sound's extensive inventory, we were able to put together a package that ultimately ended up sounding great and made Barry very happy."

    Shivers and Patridge designed an audio equipment package that included a DiGiCo SD10 digital console. The SD10 offers a reasonably large number of inputs and outputs, along with signal routing flexibility. "DiGiCo continues to provide valuable software as an added package to their SD consoles which is designed specifically for the theatrical market," says Patridge. "The SD10 was provided as an "SD10T" console with this software which allows the desk to operate in a manner very consistent with the needs of musical theatre. Theatre is such a small piece of the audio market and it is great to have vendors like Masque Sound who are willing to make the effort for us." In addition, Masque Sound provided a large speaker array of Meyer M'elodies, which Shivers likes because they have excellent clarity and punch in a relatively compact package. Masque Sound also provided Meyer subwoofers and Sennheiser Wireless SK5212s along with frequency coordination. "Every job and every theater has its unique challenges from a sound design standpoint, whether it be microphone placement on the actors, time constraints, room acoustics, etc.," adds Shivers. "Masque Sound is not only an equipment provider; their on-site support and troubleshooting is second to none."

    Directed by Drama Desk Award-nominee Tony Speciale (Classic Stage Company's Unnatural Acts, A Midsummer Night's Dream), Harmony runs through October 6 at the Alliance Theatre and will move to Los Angeles in the spring of 2013. (IT Business Net, 10/3/2013)

  • North Hills graduate adds musical to her acting resumé - During a community youth-theater class at Ross Elementary School in the late 1980s, 7-year-old Leigh Ann Wielgus climbed on stage and belted out a crowd-rousing rendition of "I am Stuck on Band-Aids," a commercial jingle written by pop-music superstar Barry Manilow. "She sang it with confidence covered with Band-aids!" said the class instructor, Annie Snyder of McCandless. "From the beginning, I could tell that there was something special about this little girl." Now, more than two decades later - and with principal roles in two major Broadway revivals, plus multiple TV appearances and other stage credits to her name - the 1998 North Hills Senior High School graduate has returned to Manilow for her latest theatrical success. "Harmony - A New Musical" opened at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on Sept. 6, and the run continues through Sunday, Oct. 6.

    The musical - written by Manilow and his longtime lyricist Bruce Sussman - took nearly 20 years to bring to the stage after exhaustive rewrites, soft starts and assorted business snafus. Its stint in Atlanta will be a proving ground for future plans, notably whether its creators can secure the millions of dollars needed to bump it up to Broadway. "Harmony" tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a German vaudevillian sextet in the 1920s and 1930s made up of three Jewish and three non-Jewish male performers. They offered something unprecedented in live performance at the time: complex six-part harmonies, vocal imitation of instruments and physical comedy. The men sold millions of records, starred in a dozen films and packed the houses of the most prestigious concert halls around the globe. However, their rise to international fame was cut short by the Nazis' rise to power.

    Leigh Ann Larkin - she uses her cousin's grandmother's maiden name as her stage name - plays the principal role of Mary Hegel. She is the non-Jewish girlfriend, fiancée and then wife of Josef Roman Cykowski, a rabbi from Poland who changes his career path when he joins the Comedian Harmonists as their baritone. He is the narrator of the show. Mary can foresee the conflicts brewing in Nazi Germany. "She's strong, grounded and the voice of reason," said Larkin, 33. "What I love most about the story is that it's true," Larkin continued. "We're playing real people and revisiting a time in history that's important to remember. We get to experience these men whom we otherwise would not have had a chance to hear. The story is full of great music. It's introspective, funny and heartbreaking."

    When Manilow and Sussman chose Larkin for the part, she was thrilled. "I had tears in my eyes!" she exclaimed. She said working alongside Manilow has been equally thrilling. "He is awesome! He never puts himself above anyone else. He's very collaborative and is very interested in what we bring to our songs. He's so vested in this piece, and that helps us to be even better," Larkin said. Still, she has discovered that the highlights of doing a new show often coincide with the challenges. "It's amazing to create a whole new role. You can do just about anything with the character," she said. "But that's also the hardest part because there are no guidelines or precedents to let you know whether you're doing it right or wrong ...You're laying down new land for what may well be the next iconic Broadway show!" Performances have been sold out or nearly so, Larkin said. The cast has received standing ovations, she said, and the show has gotten good reviews.

    Larkin, meanwhile, has gotten good reviews from Manilow and Sussman. "Leigh Ann may well be one of the greatest singers we've ever worked with. Add to that her deep understanding and love for the character she plays and, suffice to say, we could not have asked for more from her," they said in a statement.

    Larkin will audition for TV and film opportunities before the opening of another run of "Harmony" from March 4 to April 13 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. After that, Manilow, Sussman, and the cast and crew hope to finally take the show to Broadway. "I think it deserves to go to Broadway. ..." said Larkin, who lives near Broadway, on New York City's Upper West Side; her parents, Ed and Marilyn Wielgus still reside in Ross Township. "It would be my ultimate dream to portray Mary on Broadway." (TribLIVE, 10/2/2013)

  • 36,000 Spurs soccer fans at Tottenham Hotspur Football club in London chanting their theme song.

    Think those gangs with revving engines in Rockdale, Australia, are tougher than this crowd . . . ?

. . . Think again!!

    Thanks to Lisa & Duncan for sending this final word
    on what Barry Manilow's songs are REALLY used for!

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