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  • Enter to win a pair of tickets to Barry Manilow! - Barry Manilow's mega hit song, "Mandy," debuted #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1975! Anybody who enters the contest named Mandy (will need to show proof of ID) will be given a chance to win a pair of tickets to attend Manilow's ONE LAST TIME! concert at Bellco Theatre on May 6 or 7. If your name is Mandy, enter your info HERE. Winners will be contacted via email by Thursday, May 5 with tickets to the show! (Westword, 4/28/2016)

  • Kinver performers set to bring glitzy nightclub musical Copacabana to life - Kinver Light Operatic Society is gearing up to stage an all-singing all-dancing production of Barry Manilow's Copacabana. The show, which centres on a bartender/aspiring songwriter at the famous Copacabana nightclub - dreamed up by a struggling songwriter, will run at Kinver High School from May 9 to 14. Among the lead performers is Olivia Ashley-Smith who stars as showgirl Lola La Mar - a small-town girl from Tulsa who gets her big break when she auditions for a spot at the Copa. Tickets are available by calling 01384 836963 or email'ing (Stourbridge News, 26 April 2016)

  • Stars Donating Signed Items to Cancer Charity Auction - Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton are among the major pop and rock stars who have contributed signed and/or worn neck ties and other fashion accessories to an online auction to benefit Cahonas Scotland, a U.K. charity that raises awareness about cancers that specifically affect men. The Loosen Up! auction, which promotes Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, runs through this Sunday, April 24, and the items are up for bid now at

    Among the many other music artists contributing items to the sale are Rod Stewart, Queen guitarist Brian May, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, The Pet Shop Boys‘ Neil Tennent and Elvis Costello. McCartney has donated a yellow scarf he wore in conjunction with promoting the 1984 animated film Rupert and the Frog Song. According to Cahonas Scotland, the ties, scarves and other items donated to the sale are meant to encourage men to “loosen up” and not be “tongue tied” about discussing male cancers such as testicular, prostate and breast cancer. (Eastern Mirror (Nagaland), 24 April 2016)

  • La'Porsha Renae, Trent Harmon share 'One Voice' with former 'Idols' - "American Idol" finalist La’Porsha Renae shows once again that she can keep up with the best of them when she opened Thursday's (April 7) finale, singing Barry Manilow's "One Voice." Renae's voice echoes as she belts out, "One voice, singing in the darkness."

    The familiar voices that joined in the crowd included "Idol" contestants from throughout the years. Katharine McPhee, Constantine Maroulis, Dalton Rapattoni (from this season), Trent Harmon (Renae's competing finalist), Jordin Sparks and others were present. "We need just one voice facing the unknown, and then that one voice would never be alone," they sing.

    More and more contestants pour onto the stage to share the spotlight, harmonizing seamlessly. By the end, nearly 50 voices make up an "American Idol" choir making this a proper send-off for the show that made them all -- at one time or another -- household names. (Zap2It, 4/7/2016)

  • Best events this weekend - 21Alive and Visit Fort Wayne are partnering together to bring you a guide to some of the best events in Fort Wayne each weekend ... Barry Manilow “One Last Time!” Tour, Friday, April 22, Memorial Coliseum. Enjoy Barry Manilow’s One Last Time! tour as him and his band of 13 musicians and singers make a stop in Fort Wayne. This concert is sure to be one big party with everyone dancing in the aisle! (21 Alive, 4/21/2016)

  • Coachella artists can be seen around the valley - Coachella week continues in the desert and with it comes some compelling [events] ... The [list] of the top [things] to do in and around the Coachella Valley [include] ... April 21-30: Barry Manilow’s Copacabana The Musical, 7 p.m. [The] Coachella Valley premiere of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana the musical. $8 General Admission $5 for Senior Citizens and Seniors. Cathedral City High School Theater for the Performing Arts, Theater, 69250 Dinah Shore Drive, Cathedral City. (760) 770-0194. (The Desert Sun, 4/18/2016)

  • Ticket Alert...Barry Manilow...Broadmoor World Arena - Take a step back in time [starting] with a 7:30 p.m. May 4 concert by America’s favorite lounge-act and soft-rock prince of the 1970s, Barry Manilow. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning crooner will play the Broadmoor World Arena as part of his "ONE LAST TIME!" tour. Manilow scored his first of 11 top 10 hits in 1975 with the ubiquitous ballad “Mandy.” Which is why, according to a press release, tickets for the show will start at $19.75. They max out at $169.75. You can pick up passes right now by logging on to (The Pueblo Chieftain, 4/18/2016)

  • Even now, Manilow songs shine - My wife and I had a good friend over to our house a couple of weeks ago. Topics of discussion and glasses of wine started to flow, until the conversation found its way to Barry Manilow. Why Barry, you ask? It had just been announced that Manilow, who turns 73 in June, would be making a stop in Erie for what his promoters are calling the legendary singer-songwriter's last big tour. I mentioned how I'd love to score tickets to his April 25 concert at Erie Insurance Arena ... Erica was surprised, borderline shocked, and our friend didn't believe me one bit. After I played four to five Manilow hits off my iPhone, turning the kitchen into my own personal karaoke stage, they believed me. Barry's songs have made women swoon for decades. And yes, yours truly admits to having a man-crush on Brooklyn-born Barry Alan Pincus. I know I'm not alone ... Hey, if admitting love for Barry Manilow's music is wrong, then I don't want to be right. As a kid in the 1970s, I remember wearing the vinyl off my copy of Manilow's "Greatest Hits" Double LP. His heartfelt anthem, "Could It Be Magic," makes me think of an old girlfriend.

    When I first saw "Foul Play," the 1978 comedy-thriller starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, I was thrilled to hear Barry's "Ready to Take a Chance Again" as the movie's theme song. The tune went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for best original song. Many of Manilow's numbers are ballads about love found and love lost, featuring catchy lyrics and mellow melodies. His work has been largely panned by music critics ... But we're talking about a man who has sold more than 80 million records, making Manilow one of the best-selling artists ever. Between 1974 and 1983, he had 25 songs that reached the Billboard Top 40. So many of his hits are ingrained into the history of American pop culture. "Mandy." "Looks Like We Made It." "Weekend in New England." And of course, the iconic disco anthem "Copacabana," and the drama between Lola, Tony and Rico. Barry fans, unite. This one's for you. (, 17 April 2016)

  • Inside the head of...Suzi Quatro - She was a devil of a child who pulled up her neighbour's tulips and bit her baby sister ... [But when asked] What’s your guilty pleasure? Suzi's response: "I love Barry Manilow. I came to him later in life – but after seeing him in concert with my husband I was won over. He’s so wonderfully schmaltzy." (Daily Mail, 16 April 2016)

  • Rocking it in Liverpool in 2016 ... Barry Manilow is coming to the Liverpool ECHO arena, June 17: It’s Copacabana time at the arena when 72-year-old songster Barry Manilow heads for the city this summer. The One Last Time tour features 13 musicians and singers on stage. (Liverpool Echo, 11 Apr 2016)

  • Nigel Lythgoe Reveals 'American Idol' Finale Secrets - Nigel Lythgoe was there for American Idol's first note and he'll be there for the last. The executive producer, who started at Pop Idol in the U.K. then transferred to the U.S. when the show was sold to Fox in 2002 (he took a few seasons off during the series' 15-year run), is helming the grand finale on Thursday night which will feature Idol alums of every stripe. He took time out from a very busy Wednesday rehearsal schedule to sit down with The Hollywood Reporter and offer a preview of what's to come ...

    Hollywood Reporter: The opening song we hear is by Barry Manilow...

    Nigel Lythgoe: There is something very special that precedes the opening number. When I saw it, it was inspiring to me. Back around season two, we did a Barry Manilow song called "One Voice" as a group number, so I thought how wonderful would that be to do a new arrangement where it starts with one person, then the kids who are in the top 2 and the top 3... until the stage is full of more than 50 American Idols. And it’s chilling. I think within the first four minutes of the show people are gonna be in tears. (, 4/6/2016)

  • Barry Manilow Prize Patrol edition - Barry Manilow is coming to San Antonio next week for his "One Last Time!" tour. He will be at the AT&T Center on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, please visit or (KSAT-12 ABC, 4/5/2016)

  • Win a pair of tickets to see Barry Manilow at the BOK Center April 15 - This week, we are giving away five pairs of tickets to the Barry Manilow concert at the BOK Center April 15, 2016. Barry Manilow will be in Tulsa for one night only. Tickets for the Barry Manilow concert are on sale now.


    Contest begins April 4, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. and ends April 9, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. The value on this prize is $79.50. Prizes must be picked up from KJRH studios located at 3701 S. Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105 Monday through Thursday 9am to 5pm and before 3pm on April 15th or the prize will be forfeited. This contest is sponsored by the BOK Center. (KJRH-2 Tulsa, 4/4/2016)

  • Test your Barry Manilow fandom - Barry Manilow will perform his final show in the Twin Cities on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center. The 72-year-old is calling it his One Last Time Tour. CLICK HERE for one last Fanilow quiz to get you ready. (Star Tribune, 4/4/2016)

  • Mark your calendar for Tucson spring concerts ... Barry Manilow - Tucson Convention Center on May 2: The best concert to go to on a Monday night (or if your mom is in town), Barry Manilow is a hero among singer-songwriters. He was huge in the 1970s, but he’s still kickin’. This concert would create a great date night. Tickets are $17.75-167.75 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. (Arizona Daily Wildcat, 3/29/2016)

  • I'm not a true Fanilow, but the concert was good - It was girls’ night Saturday night. My friends and I got together to celebrate our friend Kim Boldt’s birthday in a big way. We went to the Barry Manilow concert in Rockford. I have seen him perform before, but this night was for Kim. She is the true Fanilow. This was her 20th concert to see the singer, and boy did she dance during the concert. The BMO Harris Bank Center was packed. The age demographics were to be expected, and it was also a bit of a who’s who of Freeport ... But, this night was also about friendship. The core group of friends all come together to do something special to celebrate a birthday. In the past we have traveled, mostly to Chicago for a nice weekend, but I have to say this was our first concert together ... Kim’s actual birthday is not until April 4. Barry Manilow’s concert was her birthday celebration, but I know that on the day of her birthday there just may be a clink of the wine glass to acknowledge the day. Kim deserves that. For me the best part of the concert was watching Kim have her night. She stood up in her seat for most of the concert, waving her glow stick and singing all the words to the songs. She is a true Fanilow, and when one of us told her this may be the last time she was to see him, she responded by saying, “I’ll find him at another concert.” In the end, it was another successful birthday spent among friends ... Kim, I wish you an early birthday. I’m glad you enjoyed Barry, and the next drink on April 4 is on me. Happy Birthday! - Jane Lethlean (Journal Standard, 3/29/2016)

  • What's happening in the Rock River Valley - He 'can't smile without you' - Barry Manilow will perform his "One Last Time" tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford. The award-winning singer/songwriter will perform with his band of 13 musicians and singers. He plans to sing many of his fan favorites and a few new songs. For three of his songs - "I Write the Songs," "Copacabana" and "It's a Miracle" - Manilow will be joined by 25 members of the Rockford Choral Union. Tickets: $19.75-$169.75, plus fees. For more information or for tickets: 815-968-5222; (Rockford Register Star, 3/25/2016)

  • Things to do 3/25-27 - This week’s list of events includes...a Barry Manilow concert! Van Andel Arena will host Barry Manilow on his “One Last Time!” tour, which will be his last concert tour. Manilow is known for songs such as “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” Ready To Take A Chance Again” and “Copacabana.” The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and ticket prices range from $19.75 to $149.75 depending on seat choice and availability. (The Collegiate, 3/25/2016)

  • Win tickets to see Barry Manilow - Be there for the farewell tour of music icon Barry Manilow! His “One Last Time” tour is coming to Grand Rapids with a performance at Van Andel Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25. eightWest is giving away four tickets to the show. Enter to win below. The winner will be picked on Monday, March 21. (WOOD TV 8 (Grand Rapids), 3/18/2016)

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  • A Conversation About Music In The Schools - When thinking of music in schools, one would assume it’s only an extracurricular activity. Rome Free Academy (RFA) believes differently. To them, it’s a career path and the students who participate in the music programs are nurtured and prepared accordingly. NYS Music had an opportunity to talk with a local high school music educator at Rome Free Academy about past students, current students, and musical opportunities for the students in their future.

    Kathy Stockbridge (NYS Music): Hi Michelle, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with our readers. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Michelle, she is a music teacher at the Rome Free Academy (RFA) ... You bring so much experience to the students at RFA, and the RFA Music Program is one of several in the Rome School District. These programs have always been supported whole-heartedly in the district. Talk to us a little about the philosophy of music in our school district and how it plays a critical role for students. How does RFA’s program stand out?
    Michelle Rushford (RFA): Music is the universal language. Musical involvement improves a student’s self-discipline, dexterity, coordination, self-esteem, thinking skills, listening skills, creative abilities, cooperation, teamwork and personal expression. At RFA we provide many options to students interested in music. There are two choirs, orchestras, and bands along with other curricular music classes. There should be more to come soon as well, as we are working on adding some new music classes to the curriculum. There are also many extra-curricular activities for the students to choose from (auditioned choir groups, band and string clubs).

    NYS: We have had several students go on to study music further, whether it’s professionally, teaching, music therapy, etc... How does RFA play a part in their preparation for careers in the music field?
    RFA: There are so many opportunities and classes that our students get to take and experience that will definitely play a part in their future, whether it be music or something else. I tell my music students, don’t choose to pursue music as a career, that they can still go on to music in their lives as they can always sing in a band, or sing at a local event, or restaurant.

    NYS: As most already know as we are all so very excited, your current A Capella Group, Fermata Nowhere, will be performing March 18 with Barry Manilow at the Turning Stone Event Center. How exciting this is? Can you share how this came about?
    RFA: Yes, we are all so excited. What an amazing opportunity for these students. I am so happy that they will get to experience something so incredible. One of Barry Manilow’s production managers called RFA, as he had heard there was an A Capella group. I couldn’t believe it. “No Way, Barry Manilow?” I told him I would ask the group and get back to him. I called him the next day after dicussing it with the kids, and it was set.

    NYS:We are so excited for the students and hope to be able to bring our readers highlights from that show...

    Music has a silent greatness to it. Its ability to pacify anger, express emotions, tell stories, communicate beyond language barriers, and fit every person personally like a custom made piece, transcends quietly with a strength never given enough credit.

    In a setting where millions of people need ways to express their individualism, music is key to doing so. In a career field that is finding its way back to listeners in new and inventive ways, these students need to nurture their passions just as much as those taking math and science courses. Not everyone is cut from the same cloth, however this bolt of fabric known as music somehow magically fits many.

    Please support music education in your communities, your local musicians, and venues. Today’s students are tomorrow’s superstars. You never know if those students you see performing on the high school stage may one day be back up singers for Barry Manilow at Turning Stone! (NYS Music, 3/16/2016)

  • Comedy and costumes in Copacabana show - Thringstone Pantomime and Drama Society have just announced its latest production of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana. It will be held at Thringstone Community Centre from May 17 to 21, at 7.30pm. Expressions Dance and Drama School will be joining the group to provide the fabulous Copa Girls. The company says you can expect “lively catchy songs, lots of comedy and fabulous costumes”. The musical opens with a dream sequence showing Stephen at the front of an elegant 1940s nightclub. We are in the Copacabana of his mind. As the opening number finishes the audience finds themselves in a New York apartment in the present day and Stephen snaps back into reality. Samantha, his wife, reminds him that her parents are visiting as she wishes he spent as much time looking at her as he does his keyboard and drum machine. His song comes to life and we meet a new girl at the Copa in 1947, fresh off the train from Grand Central Station. As Lola enters the bar she meets Tony, a songwriter and performer at the bar who dances with her and the ensemble of eccentric chorus boys. Lola manages to secure an audition with the boss Sam Silver the next day. Tony watches Lola leave and decides that he is in love with her. The next day Tony and Lola go through many rounds of auditions. Lola is disappointed with the results so far and her friend Gladys gives her some helpful advice. Tony offers to play for Lola’s audition, and as Sam Shepherd stops her she thinks she has blown it. He asks her to dance more aggressively and she becomes bolder with her moves. She gets the job and Tony finds himself back in the show. There are also plenty of other exciting characters as the story unfolds. Tickets are £8 (£7 children) and can be booked by calling 01530 834575 or emailing More information can be found at (Loughborough Echo, 14 March 2016)

  • NH365.Org event of the week - Barry Manilow will bring his “One Last Time!” tour to the Verizon Wireless Arena tomorrow, March 15. Keep an eye out for members of The Manchester Choral Society, who have been asked to provide back up for Manilow in three of his songs.The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are between $19.75 and $169.75. For more information on other shows coming up at the Verizon Wireless Arena, visit (New Hampshire Union Leader, 3/13/2016)

  • He Writes the Songs - Barry Manilow’s One Last Time! Tour visits the Bryce Jordan Center at 7:30 p.m. Ticket info is available at the Bryce Jordan Center website, or donate a new or gently used instrument at the BJC Box Office and get two free tickets. Details on the instrument donation drive can be found here. (State College, 3/11/2016)

  • Arts and entertainment briefs: Barry Manilow here! - Tickets are currently on sale for Barry Manilow’s “One Last Time! Tour” which begins at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at the Memorial Coliseum. His career skyrocketed to superstardom when his mega hit song, “Mandy,” topped the charts in 1975. In the spirit of that special year, tickets will start at $19.75. Tickets are available at For more information about the tour, go to (News-Sentinel, 3/9/2016)

  • Top Concerts of the Coming Week ... BARRY MANILOW! - It's been more than a year since Barry Manilow started what he's calling his farewell tour last February. And it seems a fitting time to go for the singer, who observed the 50th year of his career in 2014 and now is 42 years past the release of his debut album. What a career it's been: More than 30 gold and platinum albums, with nearly 40 million copies sold, outting him among the 100 best-selling musical acts of all time. He's had more than 20 Top 20 hits, with such iconic titles as "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It" ... 7:30 p.m. March 13, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. Tickets: $79.75-$169.75,, 800-745-3000. (The Morning Call, 3/9/2016)

  • Things to do in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: It’s Manilow Time! - Catch Barry Manilow “One Last Time” on Sunday, March 13, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Tickets start at $19.75 in recognition of his hit 1975 song “Mandy.” The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning singer-songwriter performed more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 to 2011 before embarking on his latest venture, the “One Last Time” tour, to thank his fans for their decades of support. Manilow will be backed by 13 musicians and singers and joined by special guest Dave Koz. A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, Manilow attended the Juilliard School in New York City, wrote music for television and commercials, and joined Bette Midler for a nightclub act before hitting it big as a solo act. His other hits include “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana.” For details, visit (The 570, 3/9/2016)

  • Affordable things to do in Wilkes-Barre this weekend - Barry Manilow. $19.75. Coming through Northeastern Pennsylvania on his ONE LAST TIME! Tour, Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning pop musician Barry Manilow will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. Manilow will arrive into town with his band of 13 musicians and singers. Tickets are available at (Weekender, 3/8/2016)

  • Clive Davis' Grammy Party Class Photo - On the eve of music's big night, Sony Music's chief creative officer, for the 42nd year, brought together industry titans and top talent -- including Elle King, Beck and more -- at the Beverly Hilton. Says Carly Simon of the V-Day bash: "He's a national treasure, so in a way, it's a national holiday." "Parties aren't supposed to be fun, right?" said Jack Antonoff, Grammy winner for his work on Taylor Swift's album 1989, as he marveled at the music giants gathered at the Beverly Hilton for Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala.

    The 2016 edition, held Feb. 14, honored manager Irving Azoff with a Salute to Industry Icons award and featured performances by Beck (with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic), Barry Manilow (in his first appearance following a brief hospitalization), newcomers Tori Kelly, Elle King and Fetty Wap, and Carly Simon, who performed "You're So Vain." While some stars were across town for the Jimmy Iovine-Liberty Ross wedding, Davis was unfazed. "This will be a lifetime memory for all those who are there." (The Hollywood Reporter, 2/17/2016)

  • New security at Intrust Bank Arena makes debut at Barry Manilow show - Whether it’s a big game or a concert, security is on everyone’s minds and that’s why venues across the country, including Intrust Bank Arena, are taking steps to improve security and make it faster. People waiting in line for Friday night’s Barry Manilow concert told KSN they’re thankful for the added efficiency and security that the new metal detectors bring. “They’re in effect now for all events going moving forward,” said Intrust Bank Arena General Manager, A.J. Boleski. The venue expected anywhere from 5,000-6,000 people at tonight’s concert. And everyone had to file through security before enjoying the show. “It’s been kinda driven by the industry as a whole as you go to professional sports, major league baseball, NBA, those types of things; you see this more and more,” Boleski said. “Several promoters in the concert industry are now requiring it so that kind of factored into what we’re doing today”

    KSN wanted to see the security in action so we watched as people filed in and low and behold, the process was pretty fast. “This is kind of an upgrade from the wands obviously, it’s a little bit more efficient,” Boleski said. And some people waiting outside said the metal detectors make them feel safer. “There’s going to be a lot of people here tonight and I like to be sure that everybody’s safe and Barry’s safe and his band and everything. And this makes me feel really good,” said Tammy Hargis, who traveled with her husband from Topeka for the show. “I assume be safe and have them do the right thing than you know, rather having something go wrong,” said Kenny Bell, who was waiting outside the arena before the concert. There are 33 metal detectors in total and they cost nearly $130,000. They were purchased with money from the Sedgwick County Arena Reserve Fund. (, 2/19/2016)

  • Barry Manilow at Scottrade Center in St. Louis - It's Friday and that means it's time to go "front row" with St. Louis Post-Dispatch music critic and Blender Blog host Kevin Johnson for the scoop on the big concerts coming to town. Classic singer Barry Manilow is at Scottrade Center with a concert on March 31. The show is part of his 'One Last Time!' tour. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16.75-$166.75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at Ticketmaster outlets,, 800-745-3000 and at the box office. (Fox2Now, 2/19/2016)

  • Win tickets to see Barry Manilow - Barry Manilow recently announced that he is going to "hit the road" and perform concerts across North America One Last Time! The music legend launched his multi-city One Last Time! Tour earlier this year and will stop in Manchester, NH at the Verizon Wireless Arena on March 15th! Dave Koz will be a special guest on this date! ENTER HERE to win a pair of tickets to see Barry Manilow at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on March 15.

    Visitors are only allowed to enter once a day. Additional entries will be disqualified. Each complete entry is put into a drawing to win a pair of (2) tickets. One winner will be chosen on March 4, 2016. You need not be present to win. The winner will be notified via email. is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, incomplete, illegible, or misdirected form submissions. No facsimiles, photocopies or mechanically reproduced entries allowed. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Employees, agents and families of Union Leader Corporation and affiliated subsidiaries are not eligible. Subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law. All taxes on prizes are the responsibility of winner. Winners agree to sign an affidavit and any state, federal or other tax documentation that may be required at contest completion. (Union Leader, 2/17/2016)

  • Intrust Bank Arena to use walk-through metal detectors starting with Barry Manilow concert - Intrust Bank Arena will begin using walk-through metal detectors for all events starting with the Barry Manilow concert this Friday night, the venue announced Wednesday. The arena has been using wands, searching bags and prohibiting large bags since the Taylor Swift concert in August 2013, a news release said. The walk-through detectors are another step in increasing security, the release said. Walk-through metal detectors have become more common across the country, the news release said, and the arena used them at the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concerts in December without noting any increased delays in getting people in. The arena said that the security measures will be used to prevent hazardous and prohibited items from entering the venue. Bags that are bigger than 16 inches long by 8 inches wide by 12 inches high are not allowed. A list of some of the other prohibited items can be found on the arena’s website, (The Wichita Eagle, 2/17/2016)

  • Here's Why You Can't Get That Top 40 Song Out Of Your Head - If most of the aughts were scored by Beyoncé’s pulsing successes, each more danceable and soulful than the last, then the end of 2015 was a brief fermata, a chance for another powerful voice to chime back in. If you’re a Top 40 devotee, you know that voice was Adele’s, a sorrowful croon that can burst into a vivid range of auditory flourishes on a whim. When “Hello” came out last fall, it impressed critics, who were already primed to love the edgy, young Cockney singer’s tear-jerking tunes. It also broke a lot of records. The power ballad is Adele’s fourth song to top the Billboard Top 100 charts, but her first -- and the first ever -- to sell one million digital copies in one week. “Hello” surpassed Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” in YouTube views, speaking to the song’s catchiness. Even listeners who didn’t want to commit to purchasing the track couldn’t stop replaying it, hooked by its mournful, nostalgic tone and slow-marching buildup, culminating in an explosion of feels. This Monday, she'll preform the hit live at the Grammys. To figure out what it is about “Hello” that continues to hook both Adele-lovers and reluctant fans, I spoke with David Metzer, professor of music at the University of British Columbia. He’s literally writing the book on the history of the ballad right now, so his insights seemed like they might be valuable -- and they were.

    First off, Metzer cautioned against categorizing songs too stringently, especially contemporary hits, which are much more likely to incorporate disparate genres. Although Adele’s “Hello” could be classified as a power ballad, it also pulls in pop, soul and what Metzer called “singer-songwriter intimacy.” That it touches on so many sounds is part of the song’s appeal. That being said, it also follows a formula -- one that’s been employed by ballad writers in the 1970s and beyond, demonstrating a keen ability to please. “A power ballad is based on one musical formula, and simply put it's one of constant escalation. These songs begin quietly and subdued, but then it's just nonstop building step by step by step by step,” Metzer explained. “So, usually, you’ll just have piano and voice or something like that, but by the end you’ll have a full orchestra and some electric guitars and all that, so it’s just this ramp-up of emotional intensity and musical intensity.” The switch from slow build to intense release usually happens about three-quarters of the way through the song, according to Metzer. Spurred by an abrupt change of key, the jerky shift in a power ballad is referred to as a “truck driver modulation,” a sudden escalation that makes the heart soar. “You can sense it right away,” Metzer says. “It’s just like everything literally has been taken up a step.”

    Metzer traces the power ballad formula -- three quarters escalation, one quarter no-holds-barred emotion -- back to a musician who ostensibly has nothing in common with Adele: the schmaltzy, Broadway-inspired Barry Manilow. “If you look at songs like 'Mandy' or even 'I Write the Songs,' he’s the one who really came up with this formula that I’ve been following, where it’s just constant escalation and modulation at the end,” Metzer said. “In fact, a critic in the early 1980s called it the 'Big Bang' formula.” It’s the basis for a bevy of '80s pop and rock hits, including Aerosmith’s head bang-inducing “Dream On,” and Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” “I think in the 1980s, you had pop and rock groups pick up on these ideas of ballads that just got bigger and bigger and bigger,” Metzer said. “I’m not sure if they were referring to the Manilow songs, but, really, in the late '70s and early '80s the Manilow songs were inescapable, so I’m sure they picked up on it in some way.” So a simple formula, and the emotional lyrics they tend to encapsulate, unites Adele’s unfiltered love letters, Barry Manilow’s show-tunesy ditties, and Poison’s gravelly insights.

    Beyond the catharsis provided by these songs’ structures, Metzer believes they appeal to listeners because they provide moments of earnest emotional indulgence -- which are rarities on the bubbly, glossy Billboard charts, populated as they are with teenage dreams and cheery commands to “Shake It Off.” “If you look at pop culture, there are very few moments where you do get that unbridled release,” Metzer said. “And these songs provide them, so I think people grabbed onto them for that reason.” It’s a weighty task for a single song to carry, which is why it makes sense that Adele’s “Hello” is a big, enveloping force, with bold, broad lyrics that could describe the feelings that accompany a variety of lost loves. Adele has said that “the other side” refers to the maturity she’s discovered beyond the threshold of a rough-and-tumble youth. The song, she’s said, is about no one in particular -- an ode to everyone in the past she’s left behind. So when we sing along, we chant the mantra of a universal feeling: the creeping approach of adulthood, a smooth ride for occasional bursts of overwhelming nostalgia. (Huffington Post Arts & Culture, 2/11/2016)

  • Storm-Tossed Cruise Ship Returns To N.J. - After enduring winds that topped 120 mph and waves that tossed their ship around, passengers of the Anthem of the Seas are on dry land Thursday, having cut short a planned cruise to the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean says the storm that damaged the ship and forced its return to New Jersey "far exceeded forecasts." The cruise line also says it will revise its policies about avoiding severe weather. Passengers had posted photos and video showing damage and extreme conditions on board. When the ship docked Wednesday night, passengers say, the onboard speakers played Barry Manilow's song "Looks Like We Made It" and cheering erupted from the balconies... "Our ship and our crew performed very well to keep everyone safe during severe weather," the cruise line says. And while it apologized to passengers "for what they went through," Royal Caribbean adds, "of more than 6,000 people on board, only four minor injuries were reported." (NPR, 2/11/2016)

  • Local Arts News: Orlando - The Orlando Ballet has brought in the big guns to help it pirouette its fortunes. Michael M. Kaiser, chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland and past president of Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, will serve as a "turnaround expert" to get the Ballet back on track. By now, nearly every member of the organization except artistic director Robert Hill, has been replaced in recent years; here's hoping they finally stick the landing on this latest leap. You don't usually think of Amway Center as a venue for local artists, but two recent exceptions prove the rule. During Barry Manilow's farewell tour stop in Orlando on Feb. 2, 35 members of Central Florida Community Arts' choir were invited to act as backup singers on classics like "Copacabana." And on Feb. 28, Logan Anderson hosts "Pure Magic," a slam poetry pre-show before the Magic-76ers game... (Orlando Weekly, 2/10/2016)

  • Bandit Launches Touring Season With grandMA Console Purchases - Due to the incredible increasing demand of the upcoming year, Bandit Lites recently added several grandMA 2 consoles, grandMA 2 Lites and grandMA2 NPUs to their touring inventory as spring tours gear up and prepare to load out. “Since the Grand MA Line of consoles continues to lead the pack in lighting control, I’m excited to add more to our inventory,” said Director of Technical Services Jake Tickle. “MA Lighting continues to pave the way we think about programming and expands the possibilities of creativity.” With 4,096 parameters and 15 motorized executor faders, the grandMA 2 Lite has become an industry staple that allows infinite possibilities for lighting designers and programmers while remaining cost effective. Country music sensation Billy Currington’s Summer Forever Tour will feature the new consoles with lighting designer Chris Shrom while Mark Butt’s design for Grammy-award winning Little Big Town will take another on the road with Luke Bryan. Alternative rock band Shinedown will also include a grandMA console as will Seth Jackson’s lighting design for Barry Manilow. Along with the consoles, Bandit also added several grandMA 2 NPUs to help expand its ever growing inventory of MA2 products, giving designers better access to the industry leading console line and its accessories. (Live Design, 2/10/2016)

  • Saxophonist Reflects on Musical Legends - In a phone interview two weeks ago, I was supposed to discuss smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz’s upcoming appearance on tour with Barry Manilow at the BB&T Center. But, the conversation quickly turned to musical legend David Bowie, who suddenly died just a few days earlier, sparking worldwide reaction. “It’s funny. People who have been around for a long time, you take them for granted for a long time,” Koz said. “It’s a reason to take another look at the body of work they have created.” Koz, who is openly gay, genuinely admired Bowie, who was bisexual and brought down many sexual identity stereotypes through his alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust. “It’s amazing to look at how courageous this man was. He was genre-busting and fearless. What he stood for was so powerful at a time when nobody had the guts,” he explained. “David Bowie brought about a massive amount of change.” Ironically, Bowie’s last album, “Blackstar,” was released just two days before his death. A parting gift to fans, the album included a single, “Lazarus,” named after the Biblical character raised from the dead by Jesus. “That’s the spirit of musicians. It keeps you young, always searching. That’s where the real inspiration comes from,” Koz said of his musical hero.

    The smooth jazz saxophonist, who regular appears in the region on his annual “Dave Koz & Friends” Christmas tour, returns to South Florida with another hero, Barry Manilow, on the singer and songwriter’s “One Last Time” tour. Koz, who appeared with Manilow in 30 cities in 2015, said the experience was an honor. “I grew up listening to Barry’s music,” Koz said. “When I was 13, 14, 15 years old, that was the music I loved. I really was a pop kid. Even though I played saxophone, I was raised on pop music. I remember looking at him and listening to him and absorbing his music.” Now, Koz is on the road with the icon, taking advantage of the opportunity to “see how he works,” adding, “Barry is a great performer, but he’s also a great musician. The side people don’t see is he’s always tinkering with the music to make it sound fresh every year.” Manilow may be 72, but Koz says he shows up to every performance and gives it “every bit of what he is. I want to be doing that for another 20 years. If I have breath, I want it to be going through a saxophone.” Koz himself celebrated the 25th anniversary of his own first album last year and his career continues to be “a dream.” He toured mainland China for the first time last year and was “completely blown away” by the number of fans who attended his concerts. His smooth jazz cruise of the southern Caribbean later this year has already sold out and he’s planning another in 2017 in the Mediterranean. Another album is also in the works. But, in the meantime, he’s just enjoying the opportunity to bring a little musical joy to audiences with Barry Manilow.

    Dave Koz appears with Barry Manilow on Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Tickets are available at (South Florida Gay News, 2/3/2016)

  • The Week Ahead: Feb. 3 to 8 - Barry Manilow has named his 2016 tour “One Last Time,” implying, well ... finality. Are we supposed to believe that this ageless road warrior really is giving up touring after this jaunt, or is it a marketing ploy? The 72-year-old pop legend says it’s true. He may play a few one-off shows, but no more national tours, recently telling the Tampa Tribune that, “I’ve had 45 years of room service, and that’s enough.” So if you’ve never heard the crooner belt out “Copacabana,” “Daybreak,” “Could It Be Magic” and his other cultural touchstones in a live setting, this may actually be the last opportunity to do so. There’s also a local tie-in that makes this swan song extra special: 35 members of the Nova Singers of Nova Southeastern University will back Manilow up on many of his iconic songs. Smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz will open the show. What: Barry Manilow. Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $19.75-$179.75. Contact: 954/835-8000, (Boca Raton Magazine, 2/3/2016)

  • Barry checks out Dave Koz at Amoeba - Posted on Dave Koz' Facebook account: Could u imagine seeing Barry Manilow record shopping?! Well he did at Amoeba Music in Hollywood the other day and sent me this photo of him in the DK section -- hilarious. SO excited to be joining Barry again on his One Last Time! Tour as it continues later this month and next. for the full list of dates! Amazing show, come see it! (Facebook/DaveKozMusic, 1/9/2016)

  • Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Feb. 1-7 - Music: We Can't Smile Without You, Barry Manilow, at Amalie Arena on Thursday with saxophonist Dave Koz ($19.75-$149.75). (Tampa Bay Times, 2/1/2016)

  • Increased Security Measures for Weekend CenturyLink Shows - The CenturyLink Center is increasing security measures for the Barry Manilow and Lil’ Wayne concerts this weekend. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday for the Manilow show, and at 6:30 Sunday night for Lil’ Wayne. Guests are advised to arrive early and only bring necessary items to the event to expedite screenings. All patrons, employees, vendors and visitors will be required to enter a security checkpoint for bag check and metal detection prior to entry. Patrols will be limited to small bags measuring a maximum of 6" x 9". Small medical bags or diaper bags will be allowed, as well as clear bags bigger than 6" x 9". All bags will be searched and no backpacks will be allowed. There will be an entrance for patrons with no bags. (News Radio 710 KEEL, 1/28/2016)

  • ONJ and Marie Osmond bond at NBT - Nevada Ballet Theatre’s Black & White Ball was once more a celebration of the city’s artistic heritage, philanthropic spirit and pure star power. A superstar friend and contemporary, Marie Osmond, joined this year’s Woman of the Year honoree, Olivia Newton-John, onstage. The speech by Osmond introducing Newton-John to the crowd at Wynn Las Vegas’ Latour Ballroom was a dandy. She recalled meeting Newton-John during “The Donny & Marie Show” in the late 1970s, and that Newton-John was so vocally flawless, sweet and pretty that Osmond couldn’t find any reason to resent her ... A lengthy videomontage of Newton-John’s career was played, covering her time as a young country star through “Grease,” “Xanadu,” “Physical” and her walk across the Great Wall of China to mark her battle with breast cancer. Paying tribute via video were such stars as Barry Manilow, John Travolta, Julianne Hough, Didi Conn, Jane Lynch and Richard Marx. Newton-John took the stage and said, “Wow, I did all that?” The body of work, including 100 million records sold, 10 No. hits and the legacy of “Grease” and her continuing run at Flamingo, is truly remarkable. (Las Vegas Sun, 1/25/2016)

  • Manilow worried people would miss deeper meaning of 'I Write the Songs' - Today's Morning Edition music is from "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow, which was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 40 years ago [January 17, 1976]. The song was actually written by Bruce Johnston, best known as a member of the Beach Boys. Johnston said it's about the general notion of where music comes from. In his eyes, it comes from God. At first, Manilow was reluctant to record the song because he felt that if you didn't listen closely to the words you would think he was talking about himself and would sound like an egomaniac. It won a Grammy Award as the 1976 Song of the Year. (Minnesota Public Radio, 1/21/2016)

  • Returning to the stage - If you're looking for [good] music, Bossier City has you covered. [Shows] are coming to the area from performers who've dominated their industries — and they're dedicated to the fans who've been right there in their corner through it all. Check out who's coming to town and giving 2016 an entertaining start... Barry Manilow: [He's] coming back! Manilow will relaunch his ONE LAST TIME! tour and perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City. Manilow's band of 13 singers and musicians will join him to perform timeless classics, including hits "Mandy," "Copacabana" and "I Write the Songs." The Grammy, Tony and Emmy winning artist has racked up platinum records, appeared on television, movies and stages with many more accomplishments to round out his multi-decade career. The ONE LAST TIME! tour is Manilow's way of saying "thank you" to fans for the love and support over the years. This may be your last time to let your Manilow-mania [loose] at a live show, so don't hesitate to get your ticket. (Shreveport Times, 1/20/2016)

  • The Biggest Concerts in Dallas in (the First Half of) 2016 - Is it too early to look ahead to the biggest concerts in Dallas in the next six months? No, it is not too early to anticipate the biggest acts coming to town in 2016. It might even be too late ... Snag tickets while you can: Barry Manilow at American Airlines Center | Feb. 18: The 72-year-old crooner is billing this tour as his final bow. This may indeed be your last chance to hear "Can’t Smile Without You," "Copacabana (At the Copa)," and "Mandy" done as Manilow intended. Location: American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, TX 75219. 214-222-3687. Neighborhood: Downtown. Category: Music. Schedule: February 18, 2016 7pm. (D Magazine, 1/18/2016)

  • Famous Songsters You Never Knew Were Musical Theatre Writers - Before they wrote "It's Raining Men" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" the talents behind these pop songs (and others) actually wrote musicals. What other karaoke staples have theatre-writer roots, artists who are widely known for working consistently in musical theatre and pop music [but] actually started out writing for the stage before moving on to careers as radio hit-makers? ... #10 Barry Manilow. Most famous songs: "Mandy," "Copacabana (At The Copa)," "Can't Smile Without You." Musical he wrote before his songwriting career: The Drunkard, Now(musical director, arranger). In 1964, when he was only 21 years old, Barry Manilow wrote music and lyrics for an Off-Broadway show called The Drunkard, which played for eight years at the 13th Street Theatre. The Drunkard was a 19th-century melodrama, very different from Manilow's next prominent off-Broadway credit, Now, a topical revue. Now only ran for three weeks, and as the 1960s ended, Manilow moved away from theatre (although he'd be back!) and focused on his soon-to-be skyrocketing singer-songwriter career. Manilow has later returned to his theatre roots, working on projects like Copacabana and Harmony, but he has yet to reach Broadway with an original musical. On "The Today Show" in 2013, Manilow shared: "When I started, [writing musicals was what I really] wanted to do, and then the record career took off and we just never found [the] five years that you need to [make] a bona fide musical [happen]." (Playbill, 1/9/2016)

  • Manilow’s stage presence among unmissable concert moments in 2016 - A new year means a new lineup of concerts at music venues in and around Wichita. And even though in January we likely know only a small portion of the acts that will pass through Wichita at venues such as Intrust Bank Arena, the Orpheum, and Salina’s Stiefel Theatre, so far, the 2016 list rocks...

    #1 -- Barry Manilow, Intrust Bank Arena, Feb. 19: Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I was aware of Manilow’s cheesy-yet-peppy song catalog, but I kept it pushed into the back of my consciousness. When I saw Manilow perform at the arena in 2012, though, his stage presence and production quality quickly turned me into a "Fanilow." He swung his recently reconstructed hips, chatted and joked warmly with the audience and delivered hits like "Can’t Smile Without You," "The Old Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It." Three years later, I still tell people about his rendition of "Mandy," which Manilow performed alongside a video projection of a younger version of himself. Goosebumps!

    I won’t be missing Manilow when he returns next month. Tickets: $19.75, $59.75, $79.75, $99.75 and $149.75 at, by calling 316-755-7328, at Select-a-Seat outlets and at the Intrust Bank Arena box office. - Denise Neil

    (The Wichita Eagle, 1/6/2016)

  • The Best of Miami's Gala Season 2015 - Miamians never turn down a good reason to get fancy, especially when our beloved charities are the recipients of the community's largesse. There were too many black-tie events to count -- often, up to four a weekend -- celebrating milestones and raising millions of dollars for causes dear to our hearts... including #6: International superstar Barry Manilow captivated over 400 guests with a concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County's 9th Anniversary Gala on April 24, 2015. A special tribute to Frank Sinatra in honor of Sinatra's 100th birthday, the event was held at the Ziff Ballet Opera House, which was transformed into an intimate supper club with cocktails, dinner, and dancing directly on the Lynn Wolfson Stage. Monies raised by the Gala were reinvested into the Arsht Center's educational programming. In addition to the extensive programming, The Center hosts 12 signature series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, the biggest flamenco festival on the East Coast (who knew?), and an arts education program that serves nearly 30,000 children each year. Margaret and Mike Eidson joined philanthropists Swanee and Paul DiMare to form the Gala leadership committee. The Center's name benefactor, the glamorous Adrienne Arsht, served as honorary chair of the committee for the black tie event. (Huffington Post, 1/4/2016)

  • PS Film fest afterparty attended by honored celebs - Many of the celebrities that walked the red carpet for the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala Saturday, followed up the awards program with some cocktails and hobnobbing at the popular afterparty held at Parker Palm Springs. The doors opened at 9:15 p.m and as guests walked in, they were greeted with glasses of wine, fancy Jell-O shots and delicious hors d’oeuvres. A horde of people had gathered around Cate Blanchett and Brie Larson to say hi and ask for photos ... Other celebrities who transitioned from the Palm Springs Convention Center awards gala to the Parker were Paul Dano, Jacob Tremblay, Saoirse Ronan, Finn Wittrock and Jeremy Strong. The affair even attracted celebrities not from the world of movies such as valley favorite Barry Manilow and famed fashion designer Christian Siriano. (The Desert Sun, 1/3/2016)

  • Win a Pair of Tickets to see Barry Manilow's "One Last Time!" Tour at BB&T Center! - Barry Manilow has "hit the road" to perform concerts across North America ONE LAST TIME! The music legend's ONE LAST TIME! Tour stops in Sunrise at The BB&T Center with nine-time GRAMMY® nominated saxophonist Dave Koz as a special guest on February 5, 2016. Tickets are available at the BB&T Center Box Office, at or by calling 800-745-3000. ENTER [HERE] TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS! (Broward Palm Beach New Times, January 2016)

  • At INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita - Pop Superstar Barry Manilow will perform at Intrust Bank Arena on Feb. 19 for his One Last Time tour. Tickets are on sale at, by phone at (855) 755-SEAT (7328), in person at the INTRUST Bank Arena box office or at participating Dillons locations. With his band of 13 musicians and singers, Manilow said, “We’re having a great time putting the show together. We hope to take everyone on an emotional roller coaster. I can’t wait to see everyone dancing in the aisles.” After performing more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 through 2011, Manilow has limited his concert appearances. The ONE LAST TIME! Tour is a major undertaking and as Manilow said, “is my way of thanking everyone for their years of last time!” (Parsons Sun, 12/30/2015)

  • Dave Koz to join Barry Manilow in Tampa - Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling saxophonist Dave Koz will open the show when Barry Manilow’s One Last Time Tour stops at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Feb. 4. The venue announced the addition of Koz in a news release saying Koz will perform in his "signature smooth Jazz style" with singles such as "Got To Get You Into My Life," "Put The Top Down," "Castle of Dreams," "Faces of the Heart" and "Honey-Dipped." Koz has had nine albums reach No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and hosts the "Dave Koz Radio Show," which has been on the air for 20 years. (Tampa Tribune, 12/21/2015)

  • Halton drama students wow the audience with Barry Manilow's musical - Halton drama students wowed audiences with a magnificent performance of a well known musical. Cronton sixth formers staged Copacabana, written by Barry Manilow. Three shows were a sell out and they also played to an audience of pupils from Wade Deacon High School. Ritchie Redmond, 19, of Whitchurch Way, Halton Lodge, Runcorn played Stephen, Emma Passey, 18, of Ash Lane, Widnes was Samantha and Lola La Mar. Chloe Astre, 17, of Tibbs Cross Lane, Widnes played Conchita Alvarez and Reuben Austin, 17, of Hampton Drive, Widnes was Rico Castelli. Students received wonderful feedback from the audience.

    One person who watched the show said: "The production was fantastic, there was clear dialogue and lively music. After being lucky enough to see several productions in the West End, I left the hall with the same sense of well-being."

    Matt Plant, head of the centre of excellence for performing arts, said: "This was a real departure for us and hugely inspired by our backstage trip at the Moulin Rouge earlier this year. We wanted to do something that would appeal to many different members of our audience and Barry Manilow certainly seems to get people up and about. Most of all it enabled us to use our wonderful dancers and this, together with our hard working and hugely committed students, became our biggest success to date." (Runcorn and Widnes World, 10 December 2015)

  • Bennett, Dylan, Manilow Up for 2016 Grammy - They're an odd trio to be fighting over the same Grammy (Traditional Pop Vocal album), but Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, and Barry Manilow are doing just that. The 2016 Grammy nominations list is out, [and] fans of 50s, 60s, and 70s music will have to resign themselves to the epic battle between Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap's The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern, Dylan's album of standards Shadows in the Night, and Manilow's My Dream Duets. The 58th Grammy Awards will be broadcast February 15 on CBS.

  • Gifts of music - Barry Manilow has been selling out arenas in support of his newly Grammy-nominated album, "My Dream Duets," and his catalog of best-selling adult contemporary pop. But he creates a new show every time he comes into the McCallum Theatre and you can bet this weekend’s shows will be a mix of hits, duets and Christmas music. This is the Palm Springs resident’s third series of "Gift of Love" benefit shows and tickets were almost sold out at mid-week. That means he’s making a lot of money for 30 different local charities, including his Manilow Music Project that supplies instruments for public school kids. Just as significantly, these "Gift of Love" shows pull out all the stops to make them the best holiday concerts you could possibly attend. Barry Manilow’s "A Gift of Love III," 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, McCallum Theatre, 73-000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. $127-$252. Benefits 30 charities throughout the desert. (760)340-ARTS. (The Desert Sun, 12/8/2015)

  • Scarlett Johansson, Barry Manilow & Jimmy Kimmel star in the (RED) SHOPATHON Holiday Jingle - In support of the (SHOPATHON)RED – a month long holiday shopping extravaganza launching on World AIDS Day, December 1 2015 - Scarlett Johansson stars alongside music legend, Barry Manilow, and Jimmy Kimmel, in the '(RED) Shopathon Holiday Jingle.' Written by Barry Manilow & Adam Schlesinger, the jingle is a playful piece with a serious message… and that’s that everyone, everywhere, can SHOP (RED) and SAVE LIVES this December!

    Watch Jimmy Kimmel Live on December 1st - World AIDS Day - and SHOP (RED) SAVE LIVES. ABC 11.35 ET / 10.35 CT. Every dollar raised the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match it up to $20 MILLION.

    This December SHOP (RED) SAVE LIVES at THE (RED) SHOPATHON and fight AIDS:

    ((RED), 30 November 2015)

  • Barry Manilow [among] top 50 shows - The Coachella Valley has been famous for its lounge music ever since Frank Sinatra was prowling the bars. But who are the cream of the performers in this post-Sinatra era? [Among the] top 50 things to do in and around the Coachella Valley: Dec. 8-9, 11-13: Barry Manilow’s “A Gift of Love III,” 8 p.m. excewpt Sunday at 7 p.m., McCallum Theatre, 73-000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. $127-$252. Benefits 30 charities throughout the desert. (760) 340-ARTS. (The Desert Sun, 11/23/2015)

  • See the story behind the song at the Victoria - Barry Manilow fan or not, you’ll be singing along to 'Copacabana' at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, next week. Halifax Light Opera Society presents the musical based on the Manilow song everyone knows. It’s all glitz and glamour in the award winning musical, which expands the story in the song. The theme of the song prompted singer and composer Barry Manilow to come up with a full scale musical which took the West End by storm. The show, starring Ashley Wade as Tony and Amy Straw as Lola, has been delighting audiences in Britain, the USA and further afield since 1994, and as the song goes: "At the Copa, Copacabana..." - see you’re singing it already. "People are bound to leave the theatre singing its title song," said director Kathryn Beverley. Tickets range from £14. Contact Victoria Theatre box office 01422 351158 or go to website www.victoria (Halifax Courier, 07 November 2015)

  • Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl... - Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl... - Everyone knows how that song starts. But Copacabana is more than a song - it’s a hit musical, which Halifax Light Opera stages next month at the Victoria Theatre. The song became a by-word for glitz and glamour - and its success prompted singer and composer Barry Manilow to adapt it into a full scale musical which took the West End by storm in 1994. Now Halifax Light Opera Society puts its own stamp on the show. As director Kathryn Beverley says: "It’s a fast moving show filled with music and dance and whether you’re a Manilow fan or not you’re bound to leave the theatre singing its title song. It’s a tremendous spectacle with a song everyone knows." The show has allowed numerous top performers including, principally Gary Wilmot, to come up with their own interpretations of Manilow’s hits, including 'Dancing Fool' and 'Sweet Heaven' which are featured in its story. Original songs created by Barry Manilow, dazzling costumes, spectacular sets and sensational choreography all add up to an evening of entertainment that will leave audiences breathless. Stephen, an aspiring songwriter, engrossed in the perpetual tempo of his electric synthesizer, envisions and creates the world’s next big hit, as his patient wife vies for attention. But alas, only this new song is on his mind and in his heart. His remarkable inspiration carries him and the audience back to an era when music and passion were always the fashion at the world famous Copacabana nightclub in New York city as the saga of Lola and Tony begins. The show has been delighting audiences in Britain, the USA and further afield since 1994, and as the song goes: "At the Copa, Copacabana..." - see, you’re singing it already! The show will run from Wednesday, November 11 to Saturday, November 14 at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. Tickets from £14. Contact Victoria Theatre box office 01422 351158, www.victoria (Halifax Courier, 30 October 2015)

  • Why Frank Sinatra, even on his 100th birthday, will always be with us - I figure he’ll wait until the curtain goes up and the lights come down before slipping in the backstage door and finding a spot in the wings. The chairman of the board wouldn’t miss a night like this. His son is throwing him a 100th birthday party, and if you know anything about the greatest singer to ever pick up a microphone, you know this. Frank Sinatra never missed a good party.

    His body may have called it quits at age 82 in 1998, but his music and memory are still as fresh and vibrant as ever 17 years later, and not just with gray hairs, like me. From heavy metal and Irish boy bands to Bob Dylan, Julie Budd and Tony Bennett, entertainers from every music genre have paid their respects to Sinatra with tribute albums. In homes all across this country he still lives on vinyl and CDs. Not a year goes by without a new tell-all book written about him or a TV special on his incredible life.

    His Rat Pack image is still sought after for snazzy TV commercials, and in bars and haunts where people go to forget, it’s still Sinatra’s torch songs that help get them through the night. Gone? Nah, he’ll never be gone. "Rain or Shine," "Night and Day," Sinatra will always be with us.

    In 2013, Frank Sinatra Jr. began writing this 100th birthday show, "Centennial Celebration," which will be performed Dec. 12 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills -- the kind of intimate joint his father loved to play. He’s counting on many members of his family being there, including his 98-year-old mom, Nancy, who is doing pretty well, he said last week from his home in Camarillo. "It’s going to be a proud evening for the Sinatra family."

    He’s been on the road this year perfecting the show, adding audio-visuals, and it’s been received very well, he said. The Dec. 12 show will have a different conclusion -- a "narrative point" he wants to share. "The music people know, the legends they know, now it’s time to learn about the man," Sinatra Junior said. "That’s where our show is going. If there are 1,000 legends about Sinatra, and there probably are, 999 of them are fallacies, exaggerations or outright falsity. The entire backbone of this show is about truth."

    As a fan, the only truth I knew for sure was that Sinatra’s songs helped a few generations of guys like me make it through some rough times. He was our big brother running interference for us in life so the hurts he knew were coming our way maybe didn’t hurt so much. He taught us it was okay to find yourself sitting at the end of a bar at 2 a.m. staring into a glass of scotch and wondering how you let her get away? He taught us it was okay to feel the tears well up in your eyes when Old Glory came waving down the street on Memorial Day -- Okay to swell up inside with pride for your country. He taught us it was okay to cry. But don’t whine, and never beg. In short, he taught us how to be men.

    His son knows. Much has been written about their relationship, but he’s the only one who knows the truth. "There were moments of happiness, of course, but there were the other moments, as well," he says. "Life is life. No person’s life is going to be happy or unhappy 24 hours a day, every day."

    As a young man, he and his father went their separate ways performing, but that ended with a surprise phone call when his father was 72 and he was 44, Sinatra Junior says. "He called me one day and asked me to be his conductor. I was floored because he could have gotten a thousand better conductors than I am. For the last seven years that he gave concerts, I was his musical director. We used to talk about the music all the time. We’d listen to the classics together. For someone who was not officially educated, he had a considerable depth of knowledge of the classics and our kind of music, as well."

    He calls the more than a dozen tribute albums that have been recorded in his father’s honor "a great show of respect." "Barry Manilow came out with a tribute album that had a song on it that blew me away," he says. "It was called '[One] Man in [a] Spotlight.' The [song] he [and Bruce Sussman] wrote was: ‘One man in [a] spotlight, one man [with a song]. When it came [to] love, he [showed] us [how].’ Now that’s very flattering, but very predictable. It was the next stanza that just blew me away. 'Was there ever a time he wasn’t [there], 'til now?...'"

    Seventeen years later, Sinatra’s still here. Still making us snap our fingers or cry in our beer -- still as hip and cool as ever. I have a feeling a lot of his die-hard fans, like me, are going to be waking up Dec. 13 with a nasty hangover after being up most of the night playing our favorite Sinatra albums, having a few too many and remembering when.

    For ticket information on the Sinatra Centennial Celebration at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, go to, or call the Saban Theatre box office at 888-645-5006. The theater is located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. (LA Daily News, 10/30/2015)

  • Transport yourself to Rio for fun musical - As tickets for Barry Manilow’s final tour go on sale, Halifax Light Opera Society are putting the final touches to its version of his hit musical "Copacabana." The singer-songwriter is performing concerts across the world in his 'One Last Time!' Tour and next year in the UK starting June 11, he is at the Leeds Arena among other dates. The "Copacabana" musical is based on his smash hit of the same name. It’s a song with a story known to millions. The Light Opera Society will be staging it at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, from November 11 – 14, including a Saturday matinee. "The whole show is glitz and glamour with some of Barry Manilow’s best music. It’s a tremendous spectacle, with a song everyone knows," said director Kathryn Beverley. Tickets from Victoria Theatre 01422 351158. (Hebdenbridge Times, 24 October 2015)

  • Operatic society set to stage Manilow musical - There will be a real treat for fans of Barry Manilow when the musical Copacabana takes to the stage. Abingdon Operatic Society is performing the show from Tuesday to Saturday next week at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School. It follows the success of the amateur group’s production of The Sound of Music in April. The society’s latest show features a string of Manilow’s hits, including Dancin’ Fool, Who Needs to Dream, Welcome to Havana and, of course, the Grammy Award-winning Copacabana (At the Copa). The musical is a tale of romance and stardom set in a glamorous New York nightclub in the 1940s. Aspiring songwriter Tony is 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 the flashy Tropicana night club. But Lola’s new boss, Rico, may demand a high price for putting her name in lights. The show is directed by Jennifer Scott, who said: “This is the second show I have directed for Abingdon Operatic Society. The cast have been absolutely amazing during rehearsals, with so much enthusiasm and energy. This Barry Manilow show really is worth seeing. Songs are great, dancing energetic and slick, not to mention the costumes, which are fabulous. If you’re looking for a night out full of enjoyment, this is the place to come.” Leading man Paul Bruce added: “As soon as I had read the synopsis and character profile for Tony I thought, ‘That’s me in a nutshell, except I don’t play piano’.” Copacabana is based on Manilow’s 1978 hit song. In 1985, he and collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman expanded the song into a full-length, made-for-television musical starring the singer. This was then further expanded into a full-length stage musical that ran in the West End. More than 200 productions of it have since been mounted worldwide. Copacabana at the Amey Theatre in Abingdon runs from Tuesday, October 27, to Saturday, October 31, with performances at 7.30pm each night and a 2.30pm matinée on the Saturday. Tickets, ranging from £9.50 to £16, can be bought from the Newbury Building Society in Abingdon, by calling 01235 834383 or online at (The Herald, 21 October 2015)

  • Copacabana at Rose Theatre, Kidderminster - If you enjoy a show with plenty of song and dance, comedy and sparkling costumes this is the show for you. Barry Manilow’s famous musical comes to life thanks to the excellent performances of Julian Richards, Kathryn Painter, Georgie Taylor, Chris Paine, Zoe Darks and Dave Clarke. You will meet Stephen, who really ignores his wife, Samantha while he is trying to write a story. He then imagines a performance of this story, with himself and his wife as the two stars, Tony and the famous Lola of the title song. As always Julian can be relied on to give a strong performance and I especially enjoyed his version of "Sweet Heaven," which is probably the only other familiar song in the show. Kathryn is always a delight to see and hear and does not disappoint here, and Georgie makes an impressive debut for the company. Zoe Darks gives what I consider her best performance yet, as Conchita – a diverse character which she brought about to perfection, showing such emotion, especially when she was insulted (and hit) by the irrepressible Dave (as Rico Castelli)! He has such a stage presence, you cannot take your eyes off him when he is on and here he proves he can play the 'baddie' equally as well as the usual likeable character. Among other musical highlights was Chris’s rendition of "Who am I Kidding?," Zoe’s performance of "Havana/Caramba" and the spectacular finale. This was altogether an excellent working of Copa and I thought it was a better production of this lesser-known musical than the professional version I saw some years ago. (The Shuffle, 19 October 2015)

  • Give of yourself to charitable groups - The 'season' in the Coachella Valley is upon us and there is a buzz in the air as the weather starts to change and the social and charitable events kick off. Everyone who lives or visits here is fortunate that we have such a generous, philanthropically-minded community here in Palm Springs. With our great weather from now through April we also enjoy many fantastic events that provide not just great entertainment but that also help support vital services and programs throughout the valley. Theatre companies, museums, charities and the businesses that support them are a key component of our local economy and quality of life ... There are literally hundreds of events raising funds that help to make this a better place to live. Barry Manilow, with his Gift of Love holiday concerts, performs from the heart without charging a fee. The proceeds from those concerts will benefit 30 local charities. What a great example he is! (The Desert Sun, 10/14/2015)

  • Star gives blessing to local show - The county town of North Yorkshire is about to become the hottest spot north of Havana – when it plays host to the musical Copacabana. The hit show’s originator, international star Barry Manilow, has sent his best wishes to members of Northallerton Musical Theatre Company who will be staging their production from October 26 to 31 at the town’s Forum. Tickets are now on sale, priced £8 to £12, and can be obtained in person at the Forum box office, or by calling 01609-776230, or on line at (The Northern Echo, 08 October 2015)

  • Annual musical brings Barry Manilow's Copacabana to Kidderminster stage - Going full on glitz for their annual show, the Carpet Trades Musical Theatre Company (CTMTC) will dazzle audiences with Barry Manilow's Copacabana. At the Rose Theatre, in Kidderminster, the cast, which includes the glamorous Copa girls, will bring the Grammy Award-winning song to life on a local stage.

    After starting life written for a TV movie, the show became a hit in London’s West End, enjoyed numerous UK tours, and became one of the very first jukebox musicals. With an original story based around Manilow songs, CTMTC will show Wyre Forest audiences what a real night on the Havana club scene was really like - filled with fun, action, feathers, and sequins.

    The infamous story of Tony (played by Julian Richards) and Lola the show girl (Kathryn Painter) is one that audiences of all ages will connect with. Directed by Doug Forrester in his new role of main show director, this colourful spectacle will run from Thursday to Saturday October 15 to 24, including two matinees. Tickets are £11 to £13 and can be booked at the box office, by calling 01562 743745, or online at (The Kidderminster Shuttle, 30 September 2015)

  • Public voting open for Hall of Fame nominees - Starting today, the public will have the opportunity to vote online for another batch of nominees to America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame, the Canonsburg-based monument to music’s most potent hitmakers. Online voters can go on the Web to to pick 10 nominees out of 25 that have been put forth this year by the Hall of Fame’s selection committee, which includes radio and music industry professionals and experts on pop music history. The 25 nominees this year are: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass; the Association; Lou Christie; the Dave Clark Five; Petula Clark; Sam Cooke; Dion and the Belmonts; Fats Domino; Bob Dylan; the Four Tops; Connie Francis; the Grass Roots; the Jackson Five; Tommy James and the Shondells; the Lettermen; Barry Manilow; the Rascals; Paul Revere and the Raiders; Neil Sedaka; Smokey Robinson and the Miracles; Rod Stewart; Barbra Streisand; the Temptations; Three Dog Night; and Dionne Warwick.

    The nominees are chosen based on the volume of hits they generated and the influence they had on popular music. First-time nominees this year include seminal figures like Domino and Alpert, while Dylan, Francis and Three Dog Night have been nominated previously. "It’s probably the most diverse group that we’ve had," according to Terry Hazlett, the executive director of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame and the former borough manager of Canonsburg. Christie, who hails from the Pittsburgh region, is another first-timer. Other acts from the area that have already been inducted include Perry Como and Bobby Vinton, both of whom are from Canonsburg. Along with 10 nominees chosen by the public, in keeping with the Hall of Fame’s celebration of popular judgment, five additional nominees will be chosen by the selection committee. Also due to be inducted this year are five "legacy" acts – early hitmakers who were widely influential and popular in their time, but would perhaps not be able to win a 21st-century online contest, given their accomplishments are outside the memories of many who are alive today.

    According to Hazlett, plans are on track for a four-story building to house America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame, though the location remains uncertain. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino remains the preferred spot, he explained, but there are eight to 10 other locations in Washington County that are possibilities. A full induction ceremony is planned for Labor Day weekend in 2016, and a concert celebrating the Hall of Fame is set to happen next May at the Meadows, Hazlett said. The first group of nominees to America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame were inducted in 2013, and included such luminaries as the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

  • AVENUE Q Stars Channel Barry Manilow in Bid to the Finals of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - On last night's episode of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, hand puppets Ira and his mom Miriam covered the Barry Manilow classic, 'Copacabana' in a bid to move on to the finals of the competition. The masters behind the magic are AVENUE Q alum Howie Michael Smith and Christian Anderson. Check out the performance! (Broadway World, 9/10/2015)

  • He’s bringing sax-y back - In a career spanning a quarter century, out saxophonist Dave Koz has enjoyed many opportunities to combine forces with celebrated recording artists - a who’s who cross section of musical genres, including legends Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart, to name a few. And despite his own successes, each one left an impression on him. "I learned a lot from these people," Koz says. "It is the art of collaboration. If you go in with open eyes, open arms and open hearts, you can learn so much about yourself and about other people." To celebrate his history of artistic partnerships, Koz recently issued a new album entitled Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection. The 15-track disc, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Jazz chart, includes three newly-recorded tracks alongside some curated selections, each connected by a common thread of creative alliance. "It’s been the one thing that’s been the essence of my life, on and off the stage," say Koz, 52, of synergistic teaming. "We decided to look at some of those collaborations that never got to see the light of day - some from my albums and some from other artists’ albums - and to put together the best of the best." As Koz reviewed his portfolio, the roster of renowned musicians he has worked with gave him pause. He simultaneously felt satisfaction and humility. "It’s one thing to know them, it’s another thing to make music with them," Koz says. "It was a bit of a shot in the arm for me after 25 years to take a moment to reflect on some of those musical relationships. [For example,] I made music with Stevie Wonder, who is one of the greatest artists in almost any genre. He sang a song on my album. It’s kind of mind-blowing." Koz looks forward to sharing that experience with North Texas audiences, as he returns to Dallas with his summer tour. "A nice thing about our show in Dallas is that it’s during the day," Koz says. "It’s on a Sunday. You come in the early afternoon, they offer lunch and then you can enjoy an afternoon show. It’s kind of a perfect timing. We did it last year as an experiment and it really worked." The CD release and tour are only two components of what has become an exceptional year for the in-demand musician. Earlier, Barry Manilow - who appears on Collaborations - asked Koz to opening for him on his One Last Time! tour. Koz, who admits to being a Fanilow, did not pass on the opportunity. The job even offered a few perks. "[Barry] was kind enough to ask me to join him on his private plane, which, by the way, ruined me forever," Koz jokes. "The day after the tour was over, I was back on Southwest. I took a picture, and I said, 'Barry who are all these people on my private plane?'" While most of the tour stops with Manilow went smoothly, Koz recalls an awkward wardrobe malfunction of the Lenny Kravitz variety. "One day I split my pants about three-quarters of the way," Koz says. "And I’m talking ripped my pants in the crotch. I still had 10 minutes more onstage. Thankfully I was wearing underwear. I just thought, 'What am I gonna do?' The cameras are on me, and I’m on the big screen. I just kept my legs together for 10 minutes straight and I hobbled off stage. Talk about embarrassing!" (Dallas Voice, 8/28/2015)

  • Dave Koz breathes new life into favorites with 25th anniversary disc: Famed jazz man to play two shows at Thornton Winery on Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12 - Whenever jazz saxophonist Dave Koz teams up with other musicians, the result is something unbelievably special. Koz, who will perform Saturday and Sunday at Thornton Winery in Temecula with trumpeter Rick Braun and R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, has released an album’s worth of musical teamwork with new disc "Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection." "This is not a greatest hits project," Koz said during a recent telephone interview. "There is a breadth of wonderful collaborators, and the more different they are from my core genre, the more it will open listeners to great music." Among them are such icons as Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Toby Keith, David Benoit, Barry Manilow, Braun and Lattimore.

    One notable song is all Koz: "Let It Go," from the enormously successful "Frozen" movie and soundtrack. "I had to do it," he said, laughing. "My nieces are the ones that opened my eyes to it. I wasn’t around it like someone with kids is, but I did try to get inside it and start to play it and I got it and I understood it." He loves the meaning. "On a global level, it is a great message," he said. "It’s a great melody and it’s a beautiful song and I love what it represents. It pushed the idea of who you are and are you showing up in your fullest capacity. For me personally that is a big concept and motivation." And the fans love it. He has been playing it on tour with Barry Manilow this year and "it has gone over like gangbusters for the Manilow crowd."

    Koz is also a Beatles fan, and "All You Need Is Love" is on the record. "That song, I mean, who doesn’t know it?" he said. "The idea for the song came from Jeff Lorber, who did an album for Jonathan Butler, but didn’t use the song on the CD. I was on the road with Jonathan and he told me about it." The song is a departure from the classic Beatles version. "I listened and I love this song and the way they did it," he said. "We slowed it down and made it a lot more midtempo. Then came the idea to do it in a ‘We Are the World’ style. The payoff was Stevie Wonder, who is one of the people who are the embodiment of love on the planet. The song is about love and this is really a basic, very heartfelt rendition."

    Moving out of the genre, modern country star Keith also joined the project with "Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song)." "Keith is a country megastar, and I found myself wondering, what am I doing in the studio with him, but that’s the beautiful thing about music," he said. "It can tear down any wall. It was inspired by my buddy Wayman Tisdale and Toby’s friendship with him."

    His collaboration with Manilow on "Apartment 2G: I Hear Her Playing Music," took a nostalgic turn. "The first time I ever met Barry in the studio, it was when he was recording ‘Here at the Mayflower,’" Koz said. "He had written a song about a woman who was a loner and listened to music late at night, and he wrote the lyric saying at the end that she’s listening to Dave Koz in the middle of the night. This is the first time I am meeting a superstar and I hear him sing my name! I was in the lyric! That was our first connection and he’s been a huge part of my life so that’s why I chose the song."

    And Stewart’s appearance on "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" was a thrill as well. "When Rod was doing his American Songbooks, he had asked me through Phil Ramone to play on the first album," he said. "I played a few tracks with him. That dude is a rock star and we were playing jazz. I must have played 12 songs with him over those four albums and it was nice to have the kinship with him and when we asked him, he said, 'Sure.' I don’t play much on the song but it is a nice combination and it makes me stop in my tracks and think 'Wow, I’m playing with Rod Stewart!'"

    And Braun and Lattimore joined him for "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher." "We did 'Higher and Higher' and Kenny killed it," he said. "It’s a perfect song and we had good horn lines for me and Rick and a great melody for Kenny to sing." While he’s had a blast with Manilow, he’s looking forward to hitting the road with his jazz group. "The Thornton shows will be first shows of summer," he said. "It is all about fun, really. I’ve shared the stage with Rick for years and I love his music. We’ve added Kenny and I was blown away by him on our jazz cruise last year." Where: Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Admission: Saturday's show is $95 general admission and $170 for a reserved seat and supper. Sunday's show is $85 for general admission and $160 for a reserved seat and supper. Information: 951-699-3021, (The Press-Enterprise, 7/8/2015)

  • Dave Koz Celebrates 25th Anniversary ... Noted jazz saxophonist Dave Koz celebrates a career milestone with the July 31 release of "Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection." The Concord Records set features 15 tracks culled from Koz’s own previous recordings, projects he’s done with other artists and three new tracks. One of the new tracks is [an] instrumental version of "Let It Go" -- the anthem from the 2013 Disney film Frozen -- closes out the set. "Some of my favorite moments in the last 25 years have been collaborations with ... mentors, and friends and people whom I never would have expected to meet,” Koz said in a press release announcing the project. "And that's the power of music. It will come up against any wall that can divide people and bring it right down." The nine-time Grammy nominee will be performing at the Thornton Winery in Temecula, Calif., on July 11-12. His summer tour also includes stops in Atlanta (July 24), New York (Aug. 5), Las Vegas (Aug. 22), Los Angeles (Aug. 23) and San Diego (Sept. 25). "Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection" [includes] "Apartment 2G: I Hear Her Playing Music" - Barry Manilow featuring Dave Koz (from Barry's 2001 release, "Here At The Mayflower"). (, 7/6/2015)

  • July 4 2015 Events Washington DC: Things To Do For Independence Day In The Capital - July Fourth is finally here. Three days of fun, friends and fireworks await you no matter where you live in the United States, but the celebrations will be particularly joyous in the nation's capital. Washington, D.C. is the place to be for Independence Day, when history and modern culture collide with events of all kinds. The city was already preparing for the crowds: On Friday, the Metro Police Department set up security checkpoints inside subway stations, stopping people to conduct random inspections as visitors and residents entered the stations. Transportation Security Administration agents were also present, so you can celebrate safely. Here are things to do in D.C. this weekend ... On Saturday, kick back and listen to A Capitol Fourth, the traditional concert on the West Lawn. Admission starts at 3 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert, during which you'll hear the National Symphony Orchestra as well as legendary musician Barry Manilow, country singer Hunter Hayes and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Bringing food and drink is OK, but leave the alcohol at home. The show will also be broadcast live on PBS. (International Business Times, 7/3/2015)

  • Fourth of July TV highlights - Celebrate the holiday with the 35th annual "A Capitol Fourth" special (PBS at 8), featuring headliner Barry Manilow, Nicole Scherzinger, Alabama, Hunter Hayes, KC and the Sunshine Band, Meghan Linsey, Lang Lang, Jack Everly, Ronan Tynan, Robert Davi, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the National Symphony Orchestra as well as several military ensembles. (Washington Post, 7/3/2015)

  • Let TV put you in the July Fourth spirit - By falling on a Saturday, the Fourth of July has created a conundrum for TV programmers. Do they start the holiday weekend on Friday and go for two days? Three? What about those who choose Monday as their official holiday? Don’t they deserve marathons, too? What if you’re relying on television to get you into the Independence Day spirit? Here are some shows and marathons that might help ... As it does every year, PBS broadcasts "A Capitol Fourth," live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 7 p.m. Saturday. Twenty cameras around Washington, D.C., show that "viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation," PBS says. This year’s performers include Alabama, Barry Manilow, Hunter Hayes, KC and the Sunshine Band and Ronan Tynan, with the National Symphony Orchestra and the U.S. Army Band. The whole show is repeated at 8:30. (Daily Herald (Provo, UT), 7/3/2015)

  • Fourth of July Music on TV - There's no better way to celebrate America's independence then by kicking your feet up in front of the TV -- hot dog in hand -- while watching some of your favorite artists sing on screen ... PBS' A Capitol Fourth is an hour and a half concert held on the U.S. Capitol Lawn hosted by Emmy-winning actor Bradley Whitford. Barry Manilow, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, Alabama, KC & the Sunshine Band and Meghan Linsey are just a few of the artists performing at the event, followed by a fireworks show (8–9:30 p.m. ET). (, 7/3/2015)

  • Not interested in fireworks outdoors? Try TV's, instead - If you're not out celebrating the Fourth of July on Saturday but still want to get in on the fireworks -- no worries. You can enjoy Independence Day happenings from the comfort of your couch. Twin Cities Public Television is airing "A Capitol Fourth" (7 p.m.) hosted by [Bradley Whitford] and featuring a grand fireworks display along with performances by Barry Manilow, Alabama, Hunter Hayes, KC and the Sunshine Band, the National Symphony Orchestra and pops conductor Jack Everly. (Pioneer Press (Twin Cities), 7/2/2015)

  • Things to do in the D.C. area on Fourth of July weekend - Here are the Independence Day weekend's best bets in nightlife, festivals, music, sports and so much more around the Washington area. For more information about July 4 events around the Mall, check out this list of Fourth of July events ... Saturday: The gates for "A Capitol Fourth" on the West Lawn of the Capitol open at 3 p.m., giving you plenty of time to find a spot for the concert -- featuring Barry Manilow, Alabama, up-and-coming country singer Hunter Hayes, KC and the Sunshine Band, the National Symphony Orchestra and others — and the fireworks, which start after dark. The concert starts at 8 p.m., the fireworks go boom at 9:09 p.m., and admission is free. (Washington Post, 7/2/2015)

  • 4th of July TV: local, national, 'Dandy' - If you love Fourth of July fireworks, television offers several options ... "A Capitol Fourth" is PBS' holiday contribution from 8 to 9:30 p.m., with an immediate repeat at 9:30 p.m. Bradley Whitford of "The West Wing" hosts the Washington event. The lineup includes Barry Manilow, KC and the Sunshine Band, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, Meghan Linsey of "The Voice," pianist Lang Lang and Irish tenor Ronan Tynan. Conductor Jack Everly leads the National Symphony Orchestra. Actor Robert Davi helps celebrate Frank Sinatra, one of America's greatest singers. (Orlando Sentinel, 7/2/2015)

  • D.C. community calendar ... A Capitol Fourth - [Bradley Whitford] hosts this year’s festivities: entertainment, fireworks, appearances by Barry Manilow, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, Meghan Linsey, KC and the Sunshine Band, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan and Robert Davi; Jack Everly conducting the National Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and other performers including the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery and members of the Joint Armed Forces Chorus, with members of the Military District of Washington carrying the state and territorial flags with the Armed Forces Color Guard, followed by spectacular fireworks. 8 p.m. U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, East Capitol and First streets. 202-619-7222. Free. (Washington Post, 7/2/2015)

  • In the District, Maryland and Virginia, July 4 celebrations will light up the sky - A Capitol Fourth Barry Manilow, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, Meghan Lindsay, KC and the Sunshine Band, Lang Lang and Ronan Tynan perform with the National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington and military ensembles for broadcast on PBS, concluding with fireworks. The Capitol grounds open at 3 p.m.; gates for the concert open at 5 p.m., concert, 8-9:30 p.m. West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building, 100 Constitution Ave. NE. 202-467-4600. Free. (Washington Post, 7/1/2015)

  • Local band heads to D.C. to play at Kennedy Center - Hand-picked for their musical excellence, roughly 30 high school jazz musicians will head to Washington D.C. to perform on July 4. "Being there in the nation's capital on the Fourth of July, that's just got to be an invigorating and electrifying experience," Pacific Grove trumpet player George Haugen said ... "It's a very big deal and it's just a fabulous opportunity for our county (to show off its best) students. These are students that have worked very, very hard this whole season," band director Paul Contos said ... The group has been rehearsing for weeks. "That's going to be amazing. It's great just being there and being able to be there with all my friends. Being able to play together in D.C. is just going to be amazing," band member Akili Bradley said ... "I'm just honored that we get to perform in a nationally recognized venue and of all days, July 4th," Haugen said. The band and vocal jazz ensemble [will] open for Barry Manilow, who will perform after the high schoolers in the well-known Capitol celebration. But for these students, it's about more than just prestige. It's all about the music. "Music gives me the chance to express myself," Haugen said. "It's all about the love and respect of America's music," band member Miranda Garcia said. (KSBW Action News 8, 6/30/2015)

  • Barry Manilow dines around town - Barry Manilow, who’s been running a musical instrument drive to benefit the Boston Public Schools through his Manilow Music Project, played the TD Garden on [Tuesday]. The day before, he was spotted at two local restaurants — Davio’s Boston and Legal Harborside. Manilow turns 72 on Wednesday. (Boston Globe, 6/16/2015)

  • Barry Manilow: June 13 at the Wells Fargo Center - A staple of the concert scene for decades, Barry Manilow is finally calling it a day. The "One Last Time" tour is exactly what it sounds like, a long goodbye. A storied career that has featured hits like "Mandy," "Copacabana" and "Can’t Smile Without You" isn’t exactly coming to a complete end; Manilow’s "Fanilows" will be happy to hear that Barry will still be performing, just on a limited basis from here on out. Expect more residency-like outings, including Las Vegas, where he’s already had some storied extensive stays. (The Mercury Entertainment, 6/10/2015)

  • Bethel author/musician has tales to spare - For most of his 74 years, Lenny Levine was a music man -- singing, composing, playing instruments -- that was his passion and source of income. After he retired in 1999, Levine's creative side took him in another direction -- writing fiction ... Levine grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and said his passion for music started in high school when a friend played him the album, "The Weavers at Carnegie Hall." While Levine began his music career as a folk singer, it wasn't long before he began writing songs. His mother taught him to play piano and he taught himself guitar and electric bass. When he was 30, back in 1971, he broke into the lucrative world of jingles. "I got into the business because of the kinds of songs I wrote -- humorous and lyric oriented," he said. "I was lucky enough to sell the first jingle I wrote." The winning tune -- "You can hardly go without Yardley" -- was for Yardley cologne. "I got a fee of $1,000, which to me was unbelievable," he said. "A publisher friend introduced me to the jingle producer who gave me that shot at Yardley. I did it on spec; it was like entering a contest. Once I had done that and a few more, I got into the business as a singer, as well as a writer. Barry Manilow sang the solo on the Yardley TV and radio commercial; I sang backup" ... Though he hasn't spoken to Manilow in many years, Levine recalls he was very nice. "He told me about another jingle producer who I later auditioned for, and he gave me a lot of work." Levine said "the jingle business is gone now," but in those days there was plenty of work to go around. He sang on most of the McDonald's commercials ("We do it all for you") in the 1970s. On Monday, June 15, Levine will speak at the Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave., at 6:30 p.m., free, recommended for adults; registration required, 203-794-8756, ( Connecticut, 6/10/2015)

  • Scenes from the Barry Manilow concert at the Arena at Gwinnett Center - CLICK HERE for the Gwinnett Daily Post photos from Barry Manilow's ONE LAST TIME! tour stop at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia (near Atlanta) on Thursday June 4th. (Gwinnett Daily Post, 6/5/2015)

  • Come on down to the Copacabana - There will be music and passion at the Lindley Church Amateur Operatic Society’s production of Copacabana – as well as plenty of glitz and glamour. On Tuesday, June 9, the company opens a five-night run at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield with the much-loved Barry Manilow stage musical. It will be the amateurs’ 76th production since the society’s foundation in 1934 – it celebrated its 80th anniversary last year – and will feature a cast of 28, including dancers. The show promises lavish costumes and scenery. The 80th anniversary concert featured songs from shows past, present and future, including numbers from Copacabana, which became a West End stage musical in 1994. Copacabana has a storyline involving an aspiring young songwriter who hopes to pen a new musical. His show features wannabe singer Lola who meets songwriter Tony and goes to work at the Copacabana nightclub in New York. Lola is spotted by Italian gangster Rico, who drugs her and flies her to Havana to work in his own establishment, where she is rescued by Tony. It is a tale of love and sacrifice with a score of lively music and ballads that include the famous title song Copacabana. Lindley CAOS has chosen semi-professional singer Rachel Clegg for the leading role of Lola. The part of Tony is being played by Andrew Lockwood. The show is directed by Martin Saxton. Tickets are from £9.50 to £14.50 from or 01484 430528. (Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 05 June 2015)

  • Spotted in Portland: Jonathan Silverman at Manilow Concert - On May 28th, actor Jonathan Silverman was spotted during the Barry Manilow concert at the Moda Center. When recognized by a fellow Fanilow, Silverman said that he is in town working on the new CW show, "Significant Mother." Silverman, who is well-known for his role as Richard Parker in Weekend at Bernie’s, will return to our living rooms this August [3rd] during the premier of "Significant Mother." (Go Local PDX, 6/1/2015)

  • Acts to see June 4-10 in Louisville - Barry Manilow wins just by virtue of never apologizing for being anything but Barry freaking Manilow, pop singer, old-school entertainer. His "ONE LAST TIME! TOUR" is upper-case for a reason. Dave Koz opens. WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday (June 5th). WHERE: KFC Yum! Center. COST: $129.75, $99.75, $79.75, $39.75, $19.75, available at the venue,, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone, (800) 745-3000. (The Courier-Journal, 6/2/2015)

  • Barry Manilow gets unexpected 'gift' at Key Arena - Crooner Barry Manilow still has moves, apparently. Manilow performed at the Key Arena Wednesday night as part of his "One Last Time" tour. The aging heartthrob, known for hits such as "Can’t Smile Without You" and "Copacabana (At the Copa)," received an unexpected surprise when a pair of women’s underwear flew on to the stage. Sure, they weren’t lacy or skimpy. In fact, M.J. McDermott called them "granny panties." But Manilow seemed thrilled, saying he hasn’t received a pair of underwear on stage since the ’70s. Manilow, you dog. You still got it. (Q13 Fox - Seattle, 5/28/2015)

  • Barry Manilow is among highlights for the week of May 24 - The mellow 71-year-old crooner, who normally sticks to Las Vegas, says this is his "One Last Time" tour. Time will tell. To honor his breakout 1975 hit, "Mandy," tickets are priced as low as $19.75 for the tour. Another fun fact: Manilow accompanied Bette Midler (who appears in Seattle June 1) when she started out at the Continental Baths in the early ’70s and produced her first album. Smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz opens the show. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $17.75-$125.75 (800-745-3000 or (The Seattle Times, 5/24/2015)

  • Barry Manilow and Suzanne Somers at Westgate Las Vegas Nevada United States, Saturday 23rd May 2015 - 'Suzanne Sizzles' Grand Opening at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino at Westgate - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 23rd May 2015. (Contact Music, 5/24/2015)

    Suzanne Somers' Las Vegas Residency Grand Opening - Barry Manilow and Suzanne Somers arrive at Suzanne's residency show grand opening at Westgate Hotel and Casino on May 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images, 5/24/2015)


  • Review: Copacabana, Cromer Pier - Music and passion are always in fashion at the Copacabana says Barry Manilow’s lyrics. And they always are in the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic Society’s annual musical too. So it was an apt, if brave, choice by the group, after a spate of seat-filling standards to tackle this show - which is heavy on dance and light on plot. It is loosely based on the crooner’s pulsating Latin hit - a tale of showgirls, gangsters and love. The story should be sponsored by Kraft, it is so thin and cheesy. But it is the spectacle of feather-draped showgirls, and choreography as bright as the glittering costumes, that are the backbone of this show. There was rumba, samba, tap, even a steamy balletic bolero, in numbers that tested an "am dram" cast. Choreographer Carole Beatty, leading by example, coached the best out of her troops - some of whom brought their dance skills to the fore, while others were stretched to new levels. Paul Allum impressed with a fine singing voice in the role of singer-songwriter Tony, with Annabelle Abendroth, as his dream girl Lola, combined a sweet voice with silky dance moves in her first leading musical role. Praise too for the sparkling supporting roles of Andrea Wilson as the bubbly cigarette girl Gladys and Nick Bird as the brash but comedic night club owner Sam Silver. Matt Scantlebury extracted panto baddie boos with his performance as rival Rico and Claire Reynolds was excellent as his wife, playing an aging star in Havana’s Tropicana club who is danger of being ousted by young incomer Lola - a part played with venom, humour and compassion in equal measure. The show, which runs until Saturday, is a bit of a one-song wonder. But, as ever, the CSODs, and director Chrissie Robertson, make it an entertaining and endearing escape. Who could ask for more? (Eastern Daily Press, 24 May 2015)

  • ShowStoppers to join Barry Manilow in concert: Perry Ehrlich’s troupe to join legend for a few songs at Rogers Arena - A group of teenagers will perform next week alongside a legend whose biggest hit came decades before they were born. The ShowStoppers, a teenaged performing group led by Richmond lawyer Perry Ehrlich, will perform some of Barry Manilow’s hits with the musician himself at his concert May 26 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The 71-year-old has worldwide record sales of over 80 million and has over 50 Top-40 hits, including his career-transforming hit "Mandy" in 1975. Manilow has staged few concerts in recent years, following 400 shows in Las Vegas from 2005 to 2011. Enter his One Last Time! Tour, a way of “thanking everyone for their years of support—one last time,” according to the artist. Manilow released his latest album, My Dream Duets, last fall, but one of his albums has a name the ShowStoppers recognize. The singer-songwriter released Showstoppers in 1991, an album that features classic hits of Broadway ... Tickets to Manilow’s May 26 concert are still available at Ticketmaster. Manilow insisted the average ticket price be accessible, and true to his word, tickets start at $19.75 -- a tribute to the year his career took off. The concert will feature Manilow’s band of 13 musicians and singers, along with special guest Dave Koz, a saxophonist. (Richmond Review, 5/22/2015)

  • CTV News Vancouver: Barry Manilow - CTV Vancouver is pleased to welcome Barry Manilow - One Last Time Tour to Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena on Tuesday, May 26th. Watch CTV Morning Live from Wednesday May 20th to Friday May 22nd for the Barry Manilow Code Word and enter for your chance to win a pair of ticket to the show PLUS round trip limo transportation courtesy of Ultimate Limousine.

    CLICK HERE for Barry Manilow Contest Official Rules & Regulations. Contest closes Friday, May 22, 2015 at 3:00pm PT. Tickets still available through (CTV News Vancouver, 5/20/2015)

  • Cromer curtain goes up on feathers and glitz of Copacabana this weekend - Showgirls, feathers, glitz and the pulse of Latin music are the heady cocktail being served up in an annual flagship musical at Cromer pier. Copacabana, which opens this weekend, is a new departure for the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society. It flits between the 1980s and 1940s as aspiring songwriter Tony heads back in time in his imagination, and to the glamorous Copacabana and Tropicana nightclubs in Manhattan and Havana. The 32-strong cast is tackling a "huge dance spectacular" said director Chrissie Robertson. It demands a 20-strong dance troupe including seven showgirls - and a rainbow of colourful costumes. "Our shows normally open with a big number followed by a bit of dialogue. But the first eight pages of Copacabana involve three big musical numbers. There are showstopper songs, and some of the hardest dancing we have ever done - so it is a lot of hard work." Mrs. Robertson said the society had done a series of popular well-known musicals such as Oliver and the Sound of Music in recent years to help grow its funds, so there was now a chance to do "something different." It auditioned for the key dancing parts in the Barry Manilow-penned musical and was thrilled by the level of applicants, who are being choreographed by Carol Beatty. The key roles see Paul Allum as songwriter Tony Forte, and Annabelle Abendroth as his wife, who becomes showgirl Lola in the 1940s. Matt Scantlebury is "baddie" Rico, and Claire Reynolds Conchita his girlfriend and star of the Tropicana. Nick Bird is club owner Sam Silver, and Andrea Wilson plays cigarette seller Gladys Murphy. Mrs. Robertson said the music was a mix of blues and Latin salsa - with some lavish full feather costumes. Copacabana runs from May 23-30 at the Pier Pavilion. Contact the box office on 01263 512495 or (Norwich Evening News 24, 20 May 2015)

  • Stephen Colbert announces major gift for SC teachers: Twitter users react to Stephen Colbert's gift to SC students - Social media lit up Thursday after a celebrity announced a major donation to South Carolina students. Comedian and soon-to-be "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert revealed that he would fund every grant request by South Carolina public school teachers on Colbert partnered with The Morgridge Family Foundation's Share Fair Nation and ScanSource, which is headquartered in Greenville, to fund nearly 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools, totaling $800,000. As news of the Palmetto State native's donation spread, Twitter users, including Barry Manilow, responded... "Bravo @StephenAtHome, thank you for supporting our teachers and everything they do to educate our children! (" (Greenville Online, 5/7/2015)

  • 9th Annual Adrienne Arsht Center Gala - For its 9th Anniversary Gala (Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.), the Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House will be reimagined into a supper club reminiscent of the days when "The Rat Pack" reigned. The legendary and beloved American singer/songwriter Barry Manilow will treat Arsht gala guests to a special tribute of song as we tip our fedora in honor of "Ol' Blue Eyes" and his 100th birthday. Mr. Manilow will be accompanied by the Henry Mancini Institute Big Band Orchestra led by Grammy-nominee Shelly Berg, with musical direction by multi-Grammy-winner Gregg Field. Philanthropists Swanee and Paul DiMare will chair the black tie gala; Adrienne Arsht, the Center's name benefactor, will serve as honorary chair; and Margaret and Mike Eidson will serve as Gala co-chairs. Dinner will be served on the Lynn Wolfson Stage at 8 p.m., followed by the special Barry Manilow Tribute. (Social Miami)

  • Barry Manilow gets the presidential treatment - Barry Manilow stayed in the Presidential Suite of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami before his performance Friday at the Adrienne Arsht Center Gala. (Miami Herald, 4/24/2015)

  • Barry Manilow to headline Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County 9th Anniversary Gala on April 24, 2015 - Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning international superstar Barry Manilow will wow guests with a concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s 9th Anniversary Gala on April 24, 2015 with a special tribute to Frank Sinatra in honor of Frank’s 100th birthday. For the Arsht Center’s annual celebration, the Center will transform the Ziff Ballet Opera House into an intimate "supper club" with cocktails, dinner, and dancing directly on the Lynn Wolfson Stage. "In what has become an annual tradition to welcome world-class talent to the Arsht Center’s state-of-the-art stages for our Anniversary Gala, guests this year will enjoy a performance by the legendary Barry Manilow," said Swanee DiMare, chair of the Gala for the third year in a row along with her husband Paul DiMare. "As an avid supporter of arts education, Mr. Manilow is the perfect choice to grace the stage, as all the money raised by the Gala will be reinvested into the Arsht Center’s robust educational programming." Manilow is also a strong believer in the importance of arts education, founding The Manilow Music Project in response to the severe reduction of music programs in public schools. The Project seeks to highlight the importance of music programs through donations of instruments and materials to middle and high schools across the country... (Arsht Center, 3/5/2015)

  • Colourful Copacabana show on Cromer Pier - A well-loved musical is set to bring colour laughter and a lot of dance to the coastal town of Cromer. Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society are bringing their version of Copacabana, complete with feathers and sequins galore, to the Pavilion Theatre Cromer Pier stage following the success of 2014’s centenary production of Oliver. Written by Barry Manilow and based on his Grammy-award winning song, Copacabana is the story of Lola from Tulsa, who arrives in New York with showbiz aspirations. Tony is a bartender and composer who falls in love with Lola and helps her become a Copa girl in the famous Copacabana nightclub. Lola attracts the amorous attentions of rival night club owner, Rico who abducts Lola and takes her to his club in Havana. With the help of his friends, Tony sets out to help rescue Lola. The musical, written by Manilow and his longtime collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, is packed with original songs, dazzling costumes and dynamic choreography. The show features classic Manilow hits including "Dancin’ Fool," "Who Needs to Dream," "Sweet Heaven" and of course, "Copacabana." After starting life as a made for television movie, the show became a hit in London’s West End where it played for over a year and enjoyed numerous UK tours. The show originally opened in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1994, with well-known stage actor Gary Wilmot as Tony and Nicola Dawn as Lola. It appealed to fans of Manilow, becoming one of the very first jukebox musicals. It has also enjoyed life on the US amateur theatre scene. Copacabana will run at Pavilion Theatre Cromer Pier from Saturday, May 23 to Saturday, May 30 with nightly performances at 7.30pm (except Sunday and Monday) and 2.30pm matinees on Sunday 24, Monday 25 and Saturday 30. Tickets range from £9.50 to £14 and are available from the Pavilion Theatre Cromer Pier Box Office on 01263 512495. (Eastern Daily Press, 24 April 2015)

  • Barry Manilow serenades Michigan native in Vegas! Locally, people may remember Susan Schubert for her role as Hannah, chief retainer, in the Otsego High School stage production of "Revenge of the Space Pandas." The 1988 OHS grad returned to a larger stage last Friday, April 10, when she was unexpectedly invited to dance by Barry Manilow, who twirled her around and spoke with her briefly during his "Moonlight Serenade" number on the One Last Time Farewell tour concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The arena seats 16,000 and was nearly sold out for Manilow's performance. "Sue from Kalamazoo," as she introduced herself to Manilow, calmly danced and quipped with the megastar before being escorted back to her seat. Her friend Dave caught it all on video.

    It was pure luck that found her seated right in front of the portion of the stage that Manilow used to walk out into the audience; she had changed seats with friends a few times at the end of the first set to accommodate the view of people seated behind her, she said. Already in possession of a wealth of knowledge about Manilow, "Sue from Kalamazoo" says it's all been kicked up a notch since her moment in the spotlight. "I am officially a Fanilow now," she said. (Michigan Live, 4/15/2015)

  • Instruments donated to students at Uniondale School District through Manilow Music Project - As part of the Manilow Music Project, an organization that is trying to keep music alive in schools and communities, any concert goer who donated a new or slightly used musical instrument received two free tickets to a Barry Manilow concert, which was last Friday at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Over 80 instruments were donated to the Uniondale School District, and students and teachers were ecstatic when the delivery arrived. (PIX 11, 4/9/2015)

  • BMFL Spots help Barry Manilow Say Farewell in Grand Style - Barry Manilow is in the midst of a memorable and extensive 'Farewell' US tour for which creative director Seth Jackson specified 12 Robe BMFL Spots as part of an elegant and stylish design to help ensure the legendary artist exits an incredible performance career on a high note. Manilow, one of the most prolific and successful singer/songwriters and producers in the world with over 80 million records sold, is also among the best-selling artists of all time. Responsible for classics like ‘Mandy’, ‘I Can’t Smile Without You’, ‘Copacabana’ and numerous others he is also celebrating 40 years at the top in show business. Seth has enjoyed a long-standing working relationship with the artist dating back to 1998 when he started as a 'fill-in guy'. Over that remarkable 27 years, he’s also taken on the lighting, set and production designer roles, and has enjoyed the various challenges of creating fresh and invigorating performance environments each time.

    Seth has used Robe products in other projects over the last couple of years – including Selena Gomez’s acclaimed ‘Stars Dance’ extravaganza – and this was his first chance to spec BMFL Spots. Knowing the tour was approaching, he 'auditioned' ten BMFL Spots during the Austin City Limits Music Festival towards the end of 2014 and was "immediately sold" on using them. The tour design does not feature a 'big light show' look as they wanted to avoid all the clichés of a rock concert. Instead they chose a sumptuous theatre-referenced look, with lots of red velour draping, warm wood trims and the trusses completely concealed. "It gives the stage an energy that’s more unusual in a standard world of grey carpets and truss toners," he remarked!

    The BMFL Spots are the only hard-edged fixture on the rig and are positioned on the overhead trusses and used from the front to wash the stage area and from further back as down and rear lighters. They cover multiple needs from general colour washes to gobo texturing to animation effects: "Incredibly versatile," says Seth. "The flexibility of the BMFL Spot is remarkable. From tight beams to washes, terrific colour mixing and the speed and brightness of the fixture, they are helping me cover a lot of ground with only a few units."

    Seth is particularly impressed with the power and brightness. "Even in the wider zooms with the most intensely saturated colours in, there is still enough headroom to cut through. It’s really quite amazing," he reiterates, adding that a split-second later you can snap the BMFL Spots into a tight pencil beam for graphic style looks. Seth and lighting director / programmer Nathan Alves worked very closely with video content producer Brent Sandrock to ensure they meticulously crafted an intelligent and thought-through big visual picture with a lot of impact, harmony and continuity to support Manilow’s massive charisma onstage. In addition to the BMFL Spots, there are also ten of Robe’s little LEDBeam 100s on the floor, used for punchy beam effects to help fill out the larger effects. "For their tiny footprint, they add enormous depth and scale to the space," comments Seth. Ten ROBIN CycFX 8s are positioned upstage to colour the soft goods and scenic elements.

    Thirty-six Anolis ArcDots are used to line the centre stage runway which allows Manilow to get right in amongst his fans. These were selected after a discussion with the artist in relation to his current 'Dream Duets' album, as he decided to perform his dream duet with Judy Garland. They had TV footage of her on a runway lined with lights, so this was added in to the touring set. Seth needed a suitable, durable and tourable light, to replicate the effect and when he saw the ArcDots on a visit to Robe Lighting’s Florida headquarters he found his solution! "They add a great look to the runway, give us plenty of options and are super-bright for such a small fixture," he confirms.

    The most difficult element of lighting this tour has been preparing for the vast back catalogue of music available for Manilow to play onstage. The artist himself is integrally involved in every aspect of the process of developing the show’s concepts and technical elements and always has the highest expectations from everyone on the creative team. Nathan is running the lighting from a grandMA2 ultra light console and the equipment is being supplied by Bandit Lites, crewed by Jeff Archibech and Carter Harris. Bandit and Seth have enjoyed a great working relationship since 1998 and the Tennessee based rental company first provided lighting for Manilow in 1999.

    This tour is project managed for Bandit – one of the first rental companies to invest in Robe’s new signature fixture – by Michal Golden, who says: "We’re extremely happy with the performance of the BMFL Spots." The company is also actively working on a number of other projects with them. Golden adds: "We’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working with some outstanding industry professionals in our years of supporting Barry Manilow’s live work, which – apart from Seth – includes production manager Sacha Bambadji and tour manager Adam Kief." (Entertainment Technology News On Web, 4/7/2015)

  • Glendale giving away Barry Manilow tickets - The Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving away a pair of tickets to see Barry Manilow perform Wednesday, April 8, at Gila River Arena. The pop singer is on his farewell tour and promises an "emotional roller coaster." A former jingle writer, Manilow was Bette Midler's musical director and arranger before launching a wildly successful career on the pop charts of the 1970s, topping Billboard's Hot 100 with "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It." Other Top 10 hits include "Could It Be Magic," "Copacabana (At the Copa)" and "I Made It Through the Rain." Visit and click on the 'Giveaway' tab. The deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, April 2. The winner will be drawn later that day and notified by email. (AZ Central, 4/1/2015)

  • Barry Manilow at STAPLES Center - Barry Manilow is coming to Southern California one last time. Don’t miss an epic night of hits at STAPLES Center on April 14th. Tickets are on sale now at AXS.COM. Be sure to watch the KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News this Sunday, April 5, for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show! (, 3/30/2015)

  • Dave Koz opens for Barry Manilow on 'One Last Time' tour - Dave Koz brought his smooth jazz saxophones to CSU's Wolstein Center on Monday night. His energetic performance prepped the audience for the headliner, Barry Manilow on his "One Last Time" tour. Koz, 52, never stopped moving. He danced and jumped. He strutted across the stage, stopping to riff off each musician on stage. Koz even sang a bit. Koz told the audience that he was honored to open for Manilow. He said there is no bigger Manilow fan than him, though he acknowledged that there might be some heavy competition for that title in the room. (, 3/31/2015)

  • Fox 8 Jukebox (Cleveland): Dave Koz - Smooth jazz artist Dave Koz paid a special visit to Fox 8 News in the Morning and performed some of his best known hit songs.

    [ "Honey-Dipped" | "Together Again" | "Let It Go" ]

    Dave is a nine-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and he’s currently on tour, opening for Barry Manilow on Barry’s 'One Last Time' tour. (, 3/30/2015)

  • Barry Manilow performs at Consol Energy Center - Highlights from the Barry Manilow concert at Consol Energy Center, March 26, 2015.

  • Legendary singer-songwriter and former Strip headliner Barry Manilow is hitting the road for his "One Last Time" Tour and hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he donates a Yamaha piano to launch a local instrument drive for Clark County School District. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday now through April 10 will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) for Barry’s April 10 concert here. "I know first-hand how invaluable music education is," said Barry. "It is a privilege for me to help bring the gift of music to these kids." The Manilow Music Project is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities in the U.S., Canada and U.K. More information: (Las Vegas Sun, 3/20/2015)

  • The Lengths to Go for Love - You, there, you are worthy of love. How would you like to be loved this week? ... Friday, head to Nassau Coliseum to see Barry Manilow, in what’s being billed as his last large-scale tour. (7:30 p.m., 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, N.Y., 800-745-3000, ... You deserve it. (New York Times, 3/22/2015)

  • Arizona Midday: "Barry Manilow 'One Last Time' Tour" Sweepstakes - Enter by watching KPNX-TV on March 16-20, 2014 between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm. After KPNX-TV broadcasts the "call now" announcement, the 12th caller will become a winner, provided that the caller meets the eligibility requirements stated in the Official Rules. The 12th Caller will win a pair of tickets to Barry Manilow's "One Last Time!" Tour at the Gila River Arena on April 8, 2015. Tickets are valued at $100 each. Winner will be notified by telephone. (The Arizona Republic, 3/13/2015)

  • Barry Manilow Ticket Sweepstakes - The Barry Manilow Ticket Sweepstakes begins at 4:30 a.m. (Mountain Standard Time (M.S.T.) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 and ends Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Sponsors: KPHO-TV/KPHO Broadcasting Corporation, 4016 North Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, Arizona 85017 and Mixed Media Entertainment, 50 South Stephanie Street, Suite 201, Henderson Nevada 89012. Watch CBS 5 Morning News on KPHO-TV from March 18, 2015 to March 18, 2015 from 4:30 – 7:00 am. A video and audio announcement will prompt viewers to call 1-877-755-2275 (CBS5). The 5th caller answered by the KPHO-TV is a winner, once eligibility is confirmed. (CBS 5 KPHO Phoenix, 3/17/2015)

  • Small theaters win big at L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards - Small theaters took home top honors at the 46th annual L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards on Monday night at Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale. The showing by companies such as Theatre @Boston Court and Echo Theater comes at a time when Actors Equity is advocating a significant increase in pay to actors in small theaters in Southern California. Two shows shared the night's top award for production: "Stupid ... Bird," the modern reimagining by Aaron Posner of Chekhov's "The Sea Gull" at Boston Court in Pasadena, and "Fireman," Tommy Smith's examination of sexual tension in middle school, produced by Echo Theater in the Atwater Village Theatre Complex ... Additional honors went to Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman for their score for "Harmony," which was staged at the Ahmanson by the CTG, and to Cicely Tyson for lead performance in CTG's "The Trip to Bountiful" at the Ahmanson --> Musical score : Barry Manilow (music) and Bruce Sussman (lyrics), "Harmony," Center Theatre Group and Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA, Ahmanson Theatre... (L.A. Times, 3/16/2015)

  • Bandit Lites and Barry Manilow Tour 'One Last Time' - Superstar Barry Manilow has taken to the stage for his 'One Last Time Tour' with Bandit Lites providing the lighting. In what is being hailed as his grand finale (or at least a goodbye to a full production touring show) Manilow brings his epic catalogue of hits from his 40+ year career to the adoring masses. Back in 1998, Seth Jackson was told he was 'filling in for a guy' and now jokes, "I don’t know when that guy is coming back!" "Over the years I moved from lighting director to lighting and set designer, production designer, and now I'm the show's creative director and production designer," he said. "We've been around the world a few times, spent seven years in Las Vegas residency, and now I guess we've got One Last Time." Planning for the tour started back in October with conversations between Manilow and Jackson starting with a blank drawing board and exploring every idea they had imagined. "Little by little we started to see certain ideas, song selections, and concepts start to come together," Jackson said. "It is always a long process for us. We spend a lot of hours on ideas that never even make it to rehearsal, but that process helps us really define what story we are trying to tell. At the end of the day we had a show that celebrated an enormous catalogue of hits and was all built on a performer who never planned on being a star looking back at what 40 years of hits has brought to his life and his fans." ... For the 'Fanilows' making the trek to say goodbye to the star who has serenaded them for decades, Jackson is confident they won’t be disappointed. "The show has some poignant moments and you just have to be amazed at the size of his body of work. The finale of the show involves an 18-minute medley of all of the hits we didn't have time to fit into the rest of the show. You can count on one hand the number of artists that have that kind of success. He'll never retire and I can't imagine him sitting around the house for the rest of his days." (Entertainment Technology Now, 3/13/2015)

  • Manilow reschedules concert for the Wolstein Center - Barry Manilow's previously scheduled concert at the Wolstein Center on Thursday, February 26, is now scheduled to take place on Monday, March 30. The show time remains 7:30, and Dave Koz will be the opening act. Tickets issued for the original February 26 date will be honored on Monday, March 30. Patrons holding tickets for the original date are encouraged to use them for the new date; no exchange is necessary. Please contact the point-of-purchase for more information. Barry's ONE LAST TIME! Tour hit the road two weeks ago, and played Omaha, Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit. The show is scheduled to travel to Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Seattle and more before performing for the first time at Barclays Center in his native Brooklyn on the star's June 17th birthday. (WKYC TV-3, 2/26/2015)

  • Manilow to stop touring - Barry Manilow, one of the premier entertainers of the past 40 years, has announced that this is the last year that he will be touring. In a release, the 71-year-old singer said, “I just wanted my life back ... I’m very grateful that I am still able to tour, that there still is an audience out there for me, but you lose your life with touring.” Manilow, who has sold more than 80 million records, said he plans to work on other projects including recording albums. During his glittering career, Manilow amassed 25 Top 40 hits including three No. 1 smashes – “Mandy” in 1974, “I Write the Songs” in 1975 and “Looks Like We Made It” in 1977. Manilow’s farewell tour will stop in Georgia on June 4 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. He is touring with jazz saxophonist Dave Koz. Tickets are still available for the show. (Albany Herald, 2/28/2015)

  • Copacabana musical is next week - Oregon High School students will present “Copacabana” on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. Doors open one half hour prior to the performance. “Copacabana” is a musical comedy based on the Barry Manilow song of the same name. A young songwriter, Stephen, dreams up a story set in the late 1940s about a songwriter named Tony Forte who falls in love with a naïve young show girl, Lola La Mar. Lola lands a job at the prestigious Copacabana night club. She is then kidnapped by an evil rival club owner, Rico Castelli, and whisked away to Havana, Cuba. Can Tony and club owner Sam Silver rescue Lola, or will Lola lose her love at the Tropicana? The show features Will Coots as Tony Forte and Kelsey Handschuh as Lola La Mar. They are supported by Connor Hopkins as Sam Silver, Alyssa Theisen as Gladys Murphy, Noah Russel as Rico Castelli, and Carly Stephens as Conchita Alvarez. The show is directed by Cole Davidson, vocals by Katie Sheridan, and Andy Eckardt directing the pit orchestra. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door prior to performances after the doors open. All tickets are for general admission seating. (Ogle County News, 2/27/2015)

  • Barry Manilow’s Cleveland concert rescheduled for March 30 - Barry Manilow’s previously postponed concert in Cleveland has been rescheduled for March 30. It will still take place at the Wolstein Center with Dave Koz as the opening act. Any tickets purchased for the original concert date will be honored. Manilow’s tour began two weeks ago and is scheduled through June. (Fox 8 Cleveland, 2/26/2015)

  • Local Manilow fans wait for final concert - Legions of Barry Manilow fans expecting to see him perform in Cleveland on his "One Last Time!" tour this week will have to wait, after the concert was postponed Monday. The concert, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26, will be rescheduled for a later time. That date has not been announced yet, but is expected to be some time next week. All tickets issued for the Feb. 26 concert at the Wolstein Center will be honored on the rescheduled night. Regardless of the date, the show will start at 7:30 p.m., with Dave Koz as the opening act. Manilow's "One Last Time!" tour kicked off two weeks ago in the Midwest, and concludes in Brooklyn this summer. (WKYC TV-3, 2/23/2015)

  • Manilow postpones Milwaukee show - Barry Manilow fans in Wisconsin will have to wait an extra week to see the entertainer in person. Officials at the BMO Harris Bradley Center said Manilow's tour has been postponed. Tickets to Manilow's Feb. 24 Milwaukee date will be honored on March 2. Ticket-holders do not need to exchange tickets for the new date. Tickets for the show are still available at or at 800-745-3000. (WISN Milwaukee, 2/23/2015)

  • Barry Manilow postpones Wolstein Center show scheduled for Thursday - Northeast Ohio music fans will have to wait longer to witness Barry Manilow's final performance in the area. Manilow's PR team Monday announced that the singer's show at CSU's Wolstein Center, which was scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed. The press release said the new Cleveland date would be announced late Wednesday. Fans have been directed to hang on to their original tickets for the rescheduled date. (, 2/23/2015)

  • Barry Manilow concert at BMO Harris Bradley Center postponed until March 2nd - The Barry Manilow concert scheduled for the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Tuesday, February 24th has been postponed and will now take place on Monday, March 2nd. Anyone with tickets to the show will still be able to use them on March 2nd. All show times remain 7:30 p.m. and Dave Koz will be the opening act. (WITI Fox6 News, 2/23/2015)

  • Barry Manilow postpones Tuesday's BMO Harris Bradley Center show - The day before Barry Manilow was set to perform in Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the 71-year-old singer-songwriter announced Monday that he has postponed that show. Manilow's Feb. 24 Bradley Center show will now take place on Monday, March 2. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. Refunds can be issued at the point of purchase. Manilow is playing arenas through June on his "One Last Time" tour, and he insisted in a Journal Sentinel interview that this would be his last tour. "I'll still make records and still do one-nighters," he said. "I'm not retiring, believe me, and I always enjoy the energy of a live audience. It's just that after 40 years, it's enough. Being away from home, being away from your life, it really does get old." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/23/2015)

  • Manilow's BMO Harris Bradley Center gig rescheduled for March 2 - This afternoon, classic crooner Barry Manilow announced that he was rescheduling three shows on his current "One Last Time!" tour, including his upcoming gig at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The show – once scheduled for tomorrow evening – will now be Monday, March 2, at the same time, 7:30 p.m. Any tickets already purchased for the Tuesday night show will be honored on the gig's new date. (, 2/23/2015)

  • Barry Manilow Cleveland concert rescheduled - Cleveland fans of Barry Manilow will have to wait to see him in concert after it was announced his show scheduled at the Wolstein Center has been postponed. In a press release, the “Barry Manilow One Last Time!” tour announced the show set for Feb. 26 will have to be rescheduled. A rescheduled date has not been announced. (NewsNet5 Cleveland, 2/23/2015)

  • Midland choir joins Manilow for “One Last Time” concert - Midland University students got to share the stage with a music legend on Wednesday. The 30-member Midland University Choir was invited to perform as backup singers for the opening night of Barry Manilow’s “One Last Time” tour at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. “This was an amazing opportunity for our students to perform on a monumental stage,” said Jim Logue, Midland’s director of choral activities. “We’re grateful for the chance to be a part of the event. It is a testament to the hard work put in by our students and the growth in both quality and opportunities within the performing arts at Midland.” Midland’s performance with the Gospel Honors Choir earlier [at] the Holland Center [led] to an invitation over the weekend from Manilow’s musical director to help out on opening night. Students spent the time leading up to the concert learning music and preparing, polishing arrangements in a special three-hour practice session on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Midland’s 30-member choir sang backup to Manilow, who has sold more than 80 million albums since his 1970s debut. Logue said the night also served as a powerful learning experience for Midland’s arts management students, who were able to get a behind-the-scenes, first-hand look at managing a major production. (Fremont Tribune, 2/12/2015)

  • West Milford Players transform in "The Addams Family": Shows are Feb. 22 through March 1 - Join The West Milford Players as they present Addams Family, The Musical. This wonderful, funny, enjoyable show is being presented at The Hillcrest Community Center, 1810 Macopin Road, in West Milford for six performances only. The weird and wonderful family comes to life in this show. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), and Olivier Award-winning original directors and designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with direction by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks ... Just as all shows in the past, proceeds from the show will be donated to The Manilow Music Project. Crocco, also being a preschool music teacher in the local area, realizes how important it is to keep music alive in children as well as in our schools. The Manilow Project responded to the needs of the local public schools and their severely depleted music programs. The mission statement of The Manilow Music Project highlights the importance of music programs in our schools and donates instruments and materials to school music programs to keep music alive in our schools. (The West Milford Messenger (New Jersey), 2/9/2015)

  • Clive Davis gala full of A-List youngsters, old school icons - Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala (Saturday, February 7) was as white-hot as usual: A-Listers from Taylor Swift to Jamie Foxx were in the audience, and performances ranged from chart-topping singers to old school icons. Davis even claimed his event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel would be "off the hook!" when he spoke onstage. The gala, which serves as a pre-party for Sunday's Grammy Awards, also featured performances by John Legend, Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Johnny Mathis and Carole King. Attendees included Barry Manilow, Al Gore, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Jane Fonda, Melissa Rivers and Miley Cyrus... (Yahoo! Canada News, 2/8/2015)

  • 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring Martin Bandier - Show: Recording artist Barry Manilow onstage during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Zimbio, 2/7/2015)

  • Barry Manilow Valentine’s Day sweepstakes - Fanilows rejoice! WGN Radio has your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Barry Manilow’s “One Last Time” show at the United Center on Saturday, February 14th! Every day, starting February 2 between 9am and 12pm on the Bill Leff & Wendy Snyder 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 of a Barry Manilow song or a recording of Bill and or Wendy 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 Valentine’s Day sweepstakes (9 finalists total). On Friday, February 13, 2015, Bill Leff & Wendy Snyder will randomly select a winner from the 9 finalists and announce the Grand Prize Winner. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a pair of tickets to Barry Manilow’s “One Last Time” show at the United Center on Valentine’s Day. 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, 2/2/2015)

  • Barry Manilow Concert Suite Giveaway - Barry Manilow is bringing his "One Last Time" tour to Milwaukee on February 24th at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and you have a chance to score tickets. Visit for information. Contest Rules: Must be at least 18 years old to enter One winner will be randomly selected after 9:00am CST on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. One winner will receive a certificate to see Barry Manilow with special guest Dave Koz. Price Package includes: 12 seats in a private suite, 5 preferred parking passes, select food and beverage. The winner will be notified by email. (Fox6Now, 2/4/2015)

  • 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)

  • 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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