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  • Man oh Manilow spices up Westgate - Yes, Spiderman, it’s great to be “your friendly, neighborhood” gossip columnist. It’s been a week full of shows, parties and other exclusive events, and I’ve learned so much to share with you. First are nuggets coming out of Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino...

    Barry Manilow, my childhood neighbor from across the river in Brooklyn, returns to the International Theatre on Sept. 27, with “Manilow: The Hits Come Home.” You “can’t smile without” hearing many of his dozens of Top 40 hits from album sales of more than 85 million, including 12 No. 1 hits.

    The show’s run ends on Oct. 27 so you need to secure your seats soon. It’s part of a major revamping at Westgate, which includes an impressive lineup. (Gaming Today, 8/7/2018)
    https://www.gamingtoday.com/vegasstyle/article/76714-
    Man_oh_Manilow_spices_up_Westgate_Hopping_Divas_finds_a_new_home

  • Chrissy Teigen Sings To Baby Miles in Instagram Photo - Chrissy Teigen has shared a new photo of her baby, Miles, on Instagram and it’s adorable. In the photo, both mother and son are laying in a bed and it looks like Teigen is singing. The caption reveals that she’s singing his Favourite song: "Copacabana," she wrote. The photo got a great response from Teigen’s followers. (Inquisitr.com, 7/29/2018)
    http://www.inquisitr.com/5007209/chrissy-teigen-shares-
    adorable-photo-with-baby-miles-singing-his-favorite-song/

  • Music and passion are always the fashion with Round Barn's production of 'Copacabana' - The Barry Manilow hit “Copacabana,” about a club where “music and passion were always the fashion,” has been running through listeners’ minds since the late ’70s. For most, all it takes is, “Her name was Lola,” to begin the musical tale of how a showgirl and bartender’s romance at the Copacabana, “the hottest spot north of Havana,” is derailed by a man named Rico wearing a diamond. The 1978 hit became the basis for the musical “Barry Manilow’s Copacabana,” which continues through Aug. 26 at Amish Acres’ Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee. “There is a lot of spectacle, but the songs are really the star of the show,” director Jerry O’Boyle says.

    Unlike with a jukebox musical that takes existing songs and creates a plot around them, aside from the title song, Manilow wrote all of the songs in “Copacabana” for the musical. Paul Rigano, who plays Stephen and Tony in Round Barn’s production, says the musical offers something for any fan of musical theater. “If you are more of a ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ fan and you like modern storytelling and that kind of music, you’re still going to love this piece,” he says. “If you grew up on [Danny Kaye] and Fred Astaire and the golden age of Hollywood, you are going to love that aspect of it ... And then, of course, who can’t tap their toes to Barry Manilow’s music? It’s so rich and so good.”

    At the beginning of the musical, the audience meets Stephen, a composer struggling to write a song about Lola and the Copacabana. Also a composer, Rigano sees a lot of himself in the character. “The more I read about him, the more I think he’s loosely based on my own life,” he says. “He is a New York City-based composer who is struggling with trying to write a hit tune at the top of the show and he discovers this idea, he keeps hearing this tune: ‘The Copa,’ ‘Copacabana,’ and he’s trying to figure out the song. That’s where the story first picks up. Over the course of the evening, he pictures this MGM musical, sort of this big classic golden age musical-type show, and that is the story of the Copacabana as we know it in Barry Manilow’s very famous song, and he assumes that role (of) Tony at that 1947 nightclub.”

    Tony works as a bartender at the Copa, where he meets and falls in love with aspiring showbiz star Lola, fresh to the city from Tulsa, Okla. Unfortunately, Lola also attracts the attention of Rico, who kidnaps the young woman and takes her to his nightclub in Havana. The Copa crew sets off to rescue Lola and bring her home. “(The audience is) going to laugh so much, especially if they are fans of Barry Manilow” Rigano says. “They were able to slip in a few little jokes that true, true Manilow fans will really enjoy, and I don’t want to give too much away, but I think you can tell with the way the show is constructed that they set out to write a feel-good musical that, you know, something that had a classic feel but with a modern twist, which is very much sort of where I love to make art.” (South Bend Tribune, 7/26/2018)
    https://www.southbendtribune.com/entertainment/inthebend/arts/
    music-and-passion-are-always-the-fashion-with-round-barn/article_
    52cfb3b1-cab5-5f4c-8e8b-459979ba7525.html

  • Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees Enjoy Barry Manilow’s Show at Westgate - Musicians Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, of the multi-platinum boy band 98°, enjoyed Barry Manilow’s hit new show at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on Saturday night, alongside friends. The pop stars, who were seen dancing to Manilow’s hits throughout the evening, joined the legendary performer for photos following the show. (VegasNews.com, 7/23/2018)
    https://www.vegasnews.com/176448/jeff-timmons-and-justin-jeffre-of-
    98-enjoy-barry-manilows-show-at-westgate-las-vegas-resort-casino.html


    (Pictured: Justin Jeffre, Barry Manilow, Jeff Timmons and friends)

  • Barry Manilow's Copacabana Sets The Stage For Summer Fun At The Round Barn Theatre - The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres in Nappanee presents "Barry Manilow's Copacabana" Playrights: Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, Lyricists: Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, produced by special arrangement with Musical Theatre, International, July 24 through August 26. American Sign Language performance August 25th at 8:00 PM. For tickets and reservations call the box office at 800-800-4942 or go to www.amishacres.com.

    You can safely assume that a musical named "Barry Manilow's Copacabana" has at least something to do with the 1978 hit written and sung by renowned pop star. But this is not what is sometimes known as a jukebox musical, built around one hit after another. When the legendary Dick Clark asked Manilow to compose a 1985 Made For TV musical around "Copacabana" Manilow wrote all new songs, great music and great lyrics with his writing partners Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman. This is good news, because it means the music is written in Manilow's inimitable style. Few singer/songwriters can boast the number of hits as Barry Manilow, but it's not only the number, but kind of hits Manilow has created -- each song leaves an indelible mark. If you hear a bar or two of a Barry Manilow hit you'll find yourself singing the whole song to yourself.

    Over the years "Copacabana" has grown as it became a musical on the London stage, and later toured America. Right now during rehearsals the cast has learned what Round Barn audiences will soon discover -- this is one wonderful show. Jerry O'Boyle is directing "Copacabana." As he describes it, the musical is about a songwriter named Stephen who's stuck trying to write the words and music for an idea he can't get out of his head. "He's trying to write this song, while at the same time his wife Samantha is trying to get him to go out to dinner with her parents. But he won't stop trying to write the song." In his mind it's 1947, and his name is Tony, and in walks a girl named Lola, who looks a lot like Samantha. "It's like an MGM movie," O'Boyle continued. "No browns, no beiges, it's all in technicolor."

    The songs sound perfectly in period, like the old movies, but it's recognizably Manilow's style at the same time. There are all the familiar characters: villains, fall guys, the good-hearted cigarette girl, classic clowns, and the boss who runs the theatre. A hero to believe in and a heroine to sigh and die for. "All these classic characters give us a chance to keep the characters real but also have broad, recognizable characterizations," O'Boyle noted. "It's a really fun show." There are also several kinds of classic dance styles, from tap to bolero. "It's been great," O'Boyle said of the rehearsal process. "The actors are all very enthusiastic. It's a new show to them, and they're telling me, 'I'm liking this a lot more than I thought I would.'" (Broadway World, 7/18/2018)
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-bend/article/Barry-Manilows-
    Copacabana-Sets-The-Stage-For-Summer-Fun-At-The-Round-Barn-Theatre-20180718

  • Oakcrest Select Choir performs with Barry Manilow at the Borgata - The Oakcrest High School Select Choir, along with some former graduates, joined Barry Manilow on stage on July 6th and 7th at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City to perform during the shows’ finale. Both performances (July 6-7) were sellouts. “We were invited to sing in the concert by one of Barry Manilow's concert coordinators,” Choir Director Richard T. Tinsley II said. “It was pretty exciting. For some of these students and alumni this was a once in a lifetime performance. For the rest of their lives they'll be able to brag that they once sang background for the music legend, Barry Manilow.”

    The choir joined with Manilow to sing “I Write the Songs,” “Copacabana” and “Miracle.” “A majority of the students had no idea who Barry Manilow was, so it really made for fun rehearsals,” Tinsley said. “This allowed me to show them new music and honestly broaden their musical horizons. This is big for our program and for our school. It promotes Oakcrest Performing Arts in a positive way and yet again shows that our music department is a one of a kind, top notch program. The students and parents are extremely happy and thankful to have had this opportunity. Some even felt like celebrities.”

    Elena Castillo is a 2017 graduate of Oakcrest who participated in the concert. "At first it felt really weird, I feel old,” she said. “But it felt good to back in my choir music classroom. I study music in college and what I miss most about music at Oakcrest is that it’s more than music. It’s like family in the Oakcrest Choir and that makes the music and performance that much better." (The Press of Atlantic City, 7/12/2018)
    https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/currents_gazettes/hamilton_township/
    oakcrest-select-choir-performs-with-barry-manilow-at-the-borgata/
    article_c324a798-3e6b-5924-8916-969851e110d7.html

  • Round Barn Theatre's production of Barry Manilow's Copacabana - Barry Manilow's unforgettable hit song is brought to life onstage in this entertaining nightclub spectacle. "Her name was Lola. She was a showgirl..." So begins this tale of romance and stardom that has captivated audiences across the globe. With sensational originality, Barry Manilow's Copacabana is a show that will leave you breathless. The story starts with Stephen, a present-day, aspiring songwriter, who is in the midst of writing a tune that tells the story of Lola: fresh off the train from Tulsa, she arrives in New York with showbiz aspirations. Tony is a bartender/composer who falls in love with her and helps her become a Copa girl. Lola, of course, attracts the amorous attentions of Rico..."he wore a diamond". When Rico goes a bit too far by Lola taking her to his rival nightclub in Havana, Tony and the whole Copacabana crew set off to rescue Lola and as they say "Hilarity ensues".

    Audiences will delight in Copacabana's splashy production numbers and the slew of brand new Barry Manilow songs. A return to traditional American musical theatre flair, the large cast size boasts numerous chances for performers to shine, while the title alone will incite the interest of both subscribers and newcomers to the theatre. The Round Barn Theatre production is directed by Artistic Director Jerry O'Boyle. Melanie Greyson has choreographed the show. Austin Schoenfelder is the Production Stage Manager and will be assisted by Jackie Robinson, who is also in charge of sound. Karen J. Payton designed the costumes for the show, and Richard Pletcher is the Executive Producer who has also provided the Set Design. Paul Rigano is the Music Director and takes on the dual role of Stephen/Tony, the representation of a composer much like Mr. Manilow himself...

    Copacabana opens on Tuesday, July 24, and continues through Sunday, August 26 with 2 p.m. matinees and 8 p.m. evening performances. Copacabana will be translated by American Sign Language interpreters for the deaf on Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. Assisted listening devices are available upon request at all performances. A complete show schedule, ticket availability and reservations can be found by calling the Box Office at (800) 800-4942 extension 2 or online at AmishAcres.com. (Broadway World, 7/9/2018)
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-bend/article/The-Round-Barn-
    Theatre-Is-Featuring-The-Love-Affair-Of-The-Generation
    The-Laugh-Affair-Of-The-Century-20180709

  • Ticket giveaway for Barry Manilow’s Leeds First Direct Arena concert - The YEP is giving away front row tickets to Barry Manilow at Leeds First Direct Arena on September 1. Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. Scoring his first number one single in 1974, he has been at the top of the business for an astounding 40 years, having gone on to achieve worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, and even ranking as the top adult contemporary chart artist of all time with more than 50 Top 40 hits. Known for his classic hits such as ‘Mandy’, ‘Copacabana’, ‘Can’t Smile Without You’, and ‘Could It Be Magic’, the GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® award-winning pop star will perform at the Leeds First Direct Arena on September 1.

    Promising to be an unforgettable night, this will be the first time Manilow has returned to Leeds following his sensational show at the same venue in June 2016. He will go on to perform in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Special guests for the show are Collabro, the world’s most successful musical theatre group. Hailing from the UK, their 2014 Britain’s Got Talent win sent their debut album soaring straight to the top of the charts, and subsequently they have performed to standing ovations around the world from Japan to the US and Canada. Tickets are available from Ticketline, Ticketmaster and the venue box office.

    The Yorkshire Evening Post has one pair of front row tickets to give away to the show at Leeds First Direct Arena on September 1 in our free prize draw. To enter, pick up a copy of the Yorkshire Evening Post on Saturday. Usual Johnston Press rules, terms and conditions apply see www.johnstonpress.co.uk/competition. Your data will be shared securely between Johnston Press and Deacon Communications for the purposes of alerting our winner/s and distributing the prize/s. We respect your privacy and your details will not be used for any other purpose than that for which you have given consent. (Yorkshire Evening Post, 12 July 2018)
    https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/ticket-giveaway-
    for-barry-manilow-s-leeds-first-direct-arena-concert-1-9247860

  • High school choir to hit Colosseum stage with pop music icon Manilow - They may not know Barry but most have heard of Lola. She was a showgirl.A combined student choir from St. Anne and Cardinal Carter secondary schools will perform on stage with pop music icon Barry Manilow Friday at Caesars Windsor. “I think there was one student who knew who he was but they all knew Copacabana,” said St. Anne’s choir director Anna Villella of one of Manilow’s hit songs about “the hottest spot north of Havana.”

    While his musical taste leans toward Twenty One Pilots and Cage the Elephant, St. Anne’s Lukas Radlin recognized Copacabana although he couldn’t place exactly why. “I knew the song but I didn’t know who Barry Manilow was or that he sang it,” the 18-year-old said. As for It’s A Miracle and I Write the Songs, Radlin had never heard either before rehearsals. The 30-member choir will perform a medley of all three Manilow mega hits as part of his grand finale on the Caesars Windsor Colosseum stage. “It’ll be a different perspective being on stage,” Radlin said. “It’ll be cool to see the crowd. I’m excited.”

    The 75-year-old Manilow often invites a local community choir to join his show and, so, a call was placed to the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board looking for talent. Villella has taught and helped out with the choir at St. Anne for 19 years. “Of course I said yes,” she said of an offer to share the spotlight with a Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter who has sold more than 85 million albums. Knowing that mustering 30 voices from her own program in the middle of summer vacation might be an issue, she extended the invite to co-directors Lindsay Longpre and Melissa Ciotoli at Cardinal Carter. There are 16 singers from St. Anne, a dozen more from Cardinal Carter, and Villella and Longpre will join them on stage.

    At 36, Longpre is a fan of Manilow’s music with I Write the Songs being one of her personal favourites. “I’ve always loved his music,” Longpre said. “It’s fun stuff and I’ve really enjoyed introducing it to them.”

    Like Radlin, Cardinal Carter’s Samantha Lambier is eager to perform on stage before a large audience. “I’m an actor as well so I’m looking forward to being on the stage and getting that experience,” the 18-year-old said.

    The Colosseum seats 5,000 people and casino officials noted the performance was almost sold out as of Thursday afternoon. While the concert kicks off at 9 p.m., the choir reports for a 5 p.m. run-through when the group is hoping to meet the man himself. “I think it’s going to be really memorable,” Longpre said. (Windsor Star, 7/12/2018)
    https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/high-school-choir-to-hit-
    colosseum-stage-with-pop-music-icon-manilow

  • Windsor student choirs joining Barry Manilow on stage at Caesars July 13 - When Chloe Chang was told she'll be singing with Barry Manilow at Caesars, she did not jump for joy. "Who is this old guy?" She remembers thinking. But when she told her family the news that her choir at school will be joining him on stage during the finale next Friday at The Colosseum, her dad was incredibly excited. "My dad goes nuts. He's going crazy, he's like 'Oh my God, we have to get tickets. Do we get discounted tickets?" Chang recalls. Chang is a grade 10 student from St. Anne Catholic High School and her choir, along with the choir at Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School will be singing Manilow's three hits — "Copacabana," "[It's A] Miracle" and "I Write the Songs."

    "I Write the Songs" happens to be Lindsay Longpre's favourite. She's the teacher with Cardinal Carter's choir. And next Friday night will be a special one not just for the students, but also the two choir directors -- because they get to sing on stage with the choir and Manilow. "It's really a once in a lifetime opportunity for us," she says.

    The two choirs have been practicing separately for about three weeks. They have several joined rehearsals before the big night and even though it's summer break, the students are still showing up to practice. "The music kids are always the good kids that we get, we're so lucky," says Anna Villella, music teacher at St. Anne.

    Hours before the performance, the students will be learning some basic choreography to go with the songs as well. And for Chang who didn't know who Manilow was when she first heard the news, she's now giddy about the prospects of being on stage with him. "He's an amazing writer," she says. "The harmonies in [the songs] ... I find it really fun. I want to get a picture with Barry." (CBC, 7/6/2018)
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/barry-manilow-caesars-windsor-choir-1.4736040

  • Things to do in CNY this weekend ... Barry Manilow - If the scorching hot start to July kept you inside with the AC, then you'll want to get out of the house this weekend and check [out] fun things to do around Central New York ... Legendary pop star Barry Manilow is bringing "Mandy," "Copacabana" and the countless other hits he's sung over his career, which has spanned more than half a century, to Central New York this weekend. The show marks the second year in a row he's performed at Turning Stone. Where: Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona. When: Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m. How much: Tickets start at $54. (Syracuse.com, 7/11/2018)
    https://www.syracuse.com/expo/life-and-culture/erry-
    2018/07/06ac20f1454103/weezer_onondaga_cup_lakefest_t.html

  • Live Music: Tuesday, July 10 - Barry Manilow is at the Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, Connecticut (888) 226-7711, mohegansun.com. $39.50-$125. 7:30 p.m. (Providence Journal, 7/9/2018)
    http://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20180709/live-music-tuesday-july-10

  • Make it a sell-out for showman Barry - Great news, Mr. Manilow is back in town, at Leeds First Direct Arena on 1st September. His previous show “One Last Time” was not, it seems. But we are lucky to have him back as he is only doing a very short tour.So let’s make it a complete sell out for the most charismatic showman of our time.*Look out for a great competition coming soon in the YEP to win front row seats at the Barry Manilow show at Leeds Arena. (Yorkshire Evening Post, 09 July 2018)
    https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/your-say/yep-letters-july-2-1-9242656

  • Pop and Rock Shows This Week ... Barry Manilow - GRAMMY®, TONY® and EMMY® Award-winning Pop superstar Barry Manilow will take the stage at Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday, July 10th starting at 7:30pm. Manilow will perform his greatest hits such as “Copacabana,” “Weekend In New England” and “Mandy” plus many more! Tickets are $125.00, $59.50 and $39.50 and go on sale Friday, May 11th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to Ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000. Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office beginning on Saturday, May 12th, subject to availability. Barry Manilow - Mohegan Sun Arena, July 10, 2018 - Uncasville. 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. 888-226-7711. $39.50, $59.50, and $125.

    Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits. For more information on Barry Manilow please visit: manilow.com, facebook.com/barrymanilow and twitter.com/barrymanilow. (NYC's Original City Guide, 7/8/2018)
    https://www.cityguideny.com/article/Pop-and-Rock-Shows-in-
    New-York-City-This-Week-July-8-July-15

  • Shows to see this week (July 8 to 14) - In tune with summer, stages in Central New York are heating up with world class acts and award-winning artists ... Barry Manilow is perhaps one of the most recognizable and iconic contemporary crooners of our time. Although often seen as over the top, overplayed, and overly sensational, Manilow speaks to the art of dramatic performance with a love and reverence only few can do with such success. Throughout his solo career, which began in the mid-1970s, Barry Manilow has dominated adult contemporary music. But before such success, he worked for Bette Midler in the early 1970s as her pianist, musical director, accompanist, and played a significant role in the creation of her first two albums. With the release of "Mandy" in 1974 came the launching pad for Barry Manilow's career. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Where: Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona. When: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12. How much: Tickets start at $54. Details here. (Syracuse.com, 7/8/2018)
    https://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/07/sugarland_
    rebelution_and_the_zydeco_cha_chas_6_shows_to_see_this_week_july_8_to.html

  • Upcoming concerts...Barry Manilow - A look ahead at some of the most-anticipated concerts in western and central Massachusetts and Connecticut ... Barry Manilow: July 10, 7:30 p.m. - Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (MassLive, 7/8/2018)
    https://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/07/upcoming_
    concerts_barry_manilo_1.html

  • Things to do down the Shore: Barry Manilow - Just when you thought the new joints would get all the crowds, the Borgata fetes its 15th birthday this weekend, with two performances by one-and-only Manilow to help celebrate. Sing-alongs among Fanilows ensue. 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Borgata Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, $109-$249, 866-900-4849, theborgata.com (The Inquirer, 7/5/2018)
    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/things_to_do/lifeguard-
    championships-baby-parade-barry-manilow-20180705.html

  • Barry Manilow is among performers slated to help Borgata celebrate its 15th birthday - Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7 - Old Homestead presents: BARRY MANILOW, 8 P.M. BORGATA / $109, $149, $249. WHAT TO EXPECT: Legendary singer Barry Manilow has sold over 80 million albums and scored twelve number one hits over the course of his illustrious career. The 75-year-old New York native heads to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa as part of their 15th Anniversary celebration. Manilow will break out all of the big hits this weekend including “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana (At the Copa).” BarryManilow.com, TheBorgata.com (Atlantic City Weekly, 7/3/2018)
    https://www.atlanticcityweekly.com/arts_and_entertainment/upcoming-headline-
    acts-comedy-and-events/article_a4277a2b-c498-5b5a-a99b-31dbcc1d658d.html

  • Copacabana was 'razzmatazz at its best' - Written by Barry Manilow, Copacabana started out as a song in 1978, was expanded into a TV special seven years later by Dick Clark, then became a live show at Caesars Palace before being transformed into a full-blown, smash hit Transatlantic musical in 1994 and is now a staple of amateur operatic companies the world over. And no wonder. ‘Copacabana’ is an exhilarating show (Southport Spotlights, 27-30 June), full of glamour and razzmatazz set alongside a soundtrack of exciting 40s big band music and Latin rhythms, played here by a top-class 12-piece orchestra under the expert direction of Chris Rimmer. Songs like the title track and [Sweet] Heaven lingered on long after the final curtain.

    John Delahunty and Toni Spofforth were both outstanding as barman/would-be songwriter, Tony Forte, and wannabe singer, Lola Lamar, who work together and fall in love at New York’s legendary Copacabana Club. Amanda Shaw was a delight to watch as cigarette lady, Gladys, an ex-showgirl herself, who persuades club owner, Sam (the lively Ian Lawson) to take on Lola as a singer. Naturally, she becomes the star attraction, with Tony as her accompanist, and they take the club by storm. But Lola is drugged by rival club owner, gangster Rico Castelli played by Dom Tolley who, with his Clarke Gable moustache and sinister smile, personified a pre-war villain. Next minute, we are in Cuba. Rico has flown Lola to Havana to headline at his Tropicana Club, Cuba’s top nightspot, intending her to replace current singer, the alluring Conchita (a temptingly seductive performance by Janine Burrows), both onstage and in his bed. Tony arrives in Cuba, along with Gladys and Sam, in pursuit of his lost love. Rico makes to kill him but Conchita beats him to it and shoots her lover dead. Very much a ‘with one bound, Lola was free’ explanation but, heigh ho, this is a musical not a thriller and it is the music and dancing that are important so, on with the show.

    The colourful costumes for this production were quite spectacular and would not have looked out of place at the London Palladium and were matched by the exuberance of the fleet-footed dancers. Directed by award-winning Stephen Hughes-Alty, and with a supporting cast of 22 dancers and singers, this was a big-time, feel-good show in what has been a highly successful year for Southport Spotlights. (Champion News, 7/1/2018
    http://www.champnews.com/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=GN4_ART_1032938

  • 3D Glasses at Westgate Las Vegas show - It’s 2018, yes, but 3D glasses never go out of style. Barry Manilow is handing out (or rather, his people are handing out) throwback 3D glasses to his show at International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas. This visual effect, which gained popularity in movie theaters in the 1950s, still has a dizzying quality. Manilow employs the 3D effects during a New York-inspired medley midway through the show. It works, and this it the reason you’ll see a bunch of selfies posted by those in the audience looking like members of Devo. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6/23/2018)
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/entertainment-columns/
    kats/ex-phantom-barrett-returns-to-las-vegas-strip-for-ribbon/

  • Manilow mania coming to Westgate in Las Vegas - Shows are opening in both of the theaters in which Barry Manilow performed in Vegas from 2005-2012. The International (formerly Las Vegas Hilton Theater) is one, and Paris Las Vegas is the other. “Marilyn: A New Musical” opens its preview period tonight, with the gala premiere June 1, also Monroe’s birthday. I hear that employee comps for Manilow are scarce, incidentally, commonly an indication of strong ticket sales. The ticket-buying public is more fickle than it was when Manilow opened at the Hilton 13 years ago. But Manilow still has his fans, and so far they are to party it up at the Copa (Copacabana), the hottest spot north of Havana. - John Katsilometes (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/23/2018)
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/entertainment-columns/kats/
    manilow-mania-and-a-wrap-coming-to-westgate-in-las-vegas/

  • Borgata celebrates its Sweet 15 with parties, promos and some serious performers - It’s been 15 years since Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa opened its doors to the public, and in order to mark the occasion, the resort has announced a summer-long celebration. Events will take place throughout the summer season and include one off parties and culinary experiences at Old Homestead, Izakaya and more, as well as a variety of new casino promotions. But perhaps the biggest news is the exciting additions to its live entertainment lineup, including shows by Cher (Aug. 17 and 18), Barry Manilow (July 6 and 7) ... two performances by Ringo Starr (June 1 and 2), plus a pop-up gallery featuring art from the former Beatle. Tickets for most shows go on sale Friday, May 11. Go to Ticketmaster.com. “As Borgata celebrates 15 years as both leaders and innovators in the Atlantic City market, we are excited to present an entire summer of programming that truly encapsulates what makes Borgata the preeminent travel destination on the East Coast,” said Marcus Glover, president and chief operating officer for Borgata Hotel Casino& Spa. “Since entering the market in 2003, Borgata has made it our mission to grow and invest in not only our property and product, but our team members and guests; offering an unrivaled experience to anyone who walks through our doors.” For a full calendar of events, as well as all on-sale dates, go to TheBorgata.com. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is located at 1 Borgata Way in Atlantic City. (At The Shore, 5/7/2018)
    http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/attheshore/headliners/borgata-
    celebrates-its-sweet-with-parties-promos-and-some-serious/article_
    61360bc6-ea5f-5a94-bf7c-d5e083d6e932.html

  • Barry Manilow and More Celebrate Borgata's 15th Birthday - Presenting an unparalleled travel experience on the East Coast, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa continues to raise the bar in Atlantic City fifteen years after its momentous debut, offering guests an electrifying summer season of the biggest names in entertainment, exclusive culinary experiences, as well as unique casino promotions and special events. "As Borgata celebrates 15 years as both leaders and innovators in the Atlantic City market, we are excited to present an entire summer of programming that truly encapsulates what makes Borgata the preeminent travel destination on the East Coast," said Marcus Glover, President and Chief Operating Officer for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. "Since entering the market in 2003, Borgata has made it our mission to grow and invest in not only our property and product, but our team members and guests; offering an unrivaled experience to anyone who walks through our doors."

    Headline Concerts: 15 years after blazing a trail as a leading entertainment destination, Borgata continues to bring world-class artists to Atlantic City with a highly sought-after lineup that rivals some of the country's top venues. Borgata today announced the addition of Cher, Barry Manilow, Dave Chappelle, Camila Cabello, and a second Ringo Starr performance to an already stellar summer lineup ... Barry Manilow: Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Barry Manilow brings his iconic artistry to The Event Center on July 6-7 in a series of performances that are sure to delight "fanilows" of all ages. The shows will be presented by Old Homestead in celebration of their 15 years with Borgata. Tickets go on-sale at theborgata.com on Friday, May 11th. Visit theborgata.com. (Broadway World, 5/7/2018)
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/las-vegas/article/Cher-Barry-Manilow-
    Ringo-Starr-And-More-Celebrate-Borgatas-15th-Birthday-20180507

  • Melissa Manchester talks duet with Barry Manilow and singing backup for Bette Midler - Melissa Manchester has played with many symphonies over the years. Her father played bassoon with the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, so she was in a way raised in a symphonic atmosphere. Given that, performing with the Coachella Valley Symphony on Saturday and helping the non-profit celebrate its 25 anniversary is special for the prolific singer-songwriter (Melissa Manchester will perform with the Coachella Valley Symphony and help them celebrate 25 years during a show at the McCallum Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday). “It’s always a thrill hearing your music manifested in its grandest form and to share the stage with live players is always a thrill,” Manchester said in an interview this week with The Desert Sun.

    Manchester is known for her hits in the 1970s and '80s that include “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Through the Eyes of Love,” and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” She got her start in New York City playing the Manhattan club scene alongside her contemporaries and Barry Manilow and Bette Midler, with whom she's still friends today. “We were both jingle singers and so we sort of discovered each other,” Manchester said of Manilow. “And he hired me to sing on a demo of his and we were all sort of traveling in a pack of young singer-songwriters.”

    And she’s still working with Manilow. Most recently the two did a duet “For Me and My Gal” for her 21st album, “The Fellas,” released in 2017. “He agreed to do the only duet on the album which was our tribute to Gene Kelly, who was not only a great masterful dancer and a silver screen star but had a beautiful singing voice. It was one of those voices I grew up with. We are old dear friends and I asked him is he would consider singing the only duet and he not only considered it, he came up with the idea which is true ... he’s a show guy so he comes up with these fantastic ideas,” said Manchester.

    “The Fellas” is Manchester’s tribute to male crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin and the iconic songs they made famous. This album follows her 1989 “Tribute” album which honored all the great female singers who influenced her. She plans to perform songs from both those albums on Saturday. “It’s the first time that I get a chance to really share the journey with an audience and I’m really excited to be doing it with (the McCallum) audience,” Manchester said.

    Desert Sun (DS): How did you become a back-up singer for Bette Midler?
    Melissa Manchester (MM): (Barry Manilow) was the music director for Better Midler and I was playing at a club up the street from where they performed. And on their night off they both came to see me and after my set I introduced myself to Bette who had just been on the Johnny Carson Show for the first time and I congratulated her and asked her what she was up to next. And she said "I’m getting ready for my Carnegie Hall debut" and I asked her if she was thinking of having any background singers and she said "I don’t know would you like to sing in back of me" and I said "Actually I’d like to sing instead of you but in the meantime I’d be happy to sing in back of you." And Barry and I created what would be the Harlettes. I worked for her for 6 months.

    DS: Are you still an adjunct professor at USC?
    MM: No. I’m taking a sabbatical from USC. But I’m rather involved with Citrus Community College which is down in Glendora and that’s where Manilow came to record for “Me and My Gal.” I recorded by last two albums “You Gotta Love the Life” and “The Fellas” in their spectacular state of the art studio which is also a teaching studio. On “The Fellows” I used their student big band, the Blue Note orchestra of students, alumni and professors and it was thrilling. It was thrilling to watch everyone rise to the occasion because this music is not the genre of most of the students and so when they jumped into the deep end of this they knew they part of a large adventure and that was really exciting for them. (The Desert Sun, 5/10/2018)
    https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/entertainment/people/2018/05/10/melissa-
    manchester-helps-coachella-valley-symphony-celebrate-25-years/592829002/

  • Barry’s back - Barry Manilow has signed on for a residency at Westgate Las Vegas, returning to the venue at which he starred from 2005 through 2009 (when it was the LV Hilton). He’ll play from one to four weekends per month, with the first batch of dates landing on the lighter side of that schedule. The show will debut in previews May 24-26 and hold its official opening June 21-23. (Honolulu Star Advertiser, 5/6/2018)
    http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/05/06/travel/las-vegas-advisor/
    village-planned-for-silverton/

  • Marcio Donaldson Sings 'It's a Miracle' by Barry Manilow - Marcio Donaldson sings "It's a Miracle" by Barry Manilow for his Top 14 performance in front of a live audience and Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on American Idol 2018 (April 22, 2018).

  • Round Barn Theatre's 2018 season kicks off - This year's Round Barn Theatre lineup features upbeat Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, comedies and dramas. The season includes performances from April 11 through Dec. 31, [including] Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" -- July 24-Aug. 26.

    begins this tale of romance and stardom that has captivated audiences across the globe. With sensational originality, “Barry Manilow's Copacabana” is a show that will leave you breathless. Audiences will delight in “...Copacabana's” splashy production numbers and the slew of brand new Barry Manilow songs. A return to traditional American musical theatre flair, the large cast size boasts numerous chances for performers to shine, while the title alone will incite the interest of subscribers and entire newcomers to the theatre. For more information, go online to www.amishacres.com/theatre.

    IF YOU GO... WHAT: Barry Manilow's "Copacabana." WHEN: July 24-Aug. 26. WHERE: Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres, 1600 W. Market St., Nappanee. PHONE: 574-773-4188. ONLINE: www.amishacres.com (The Goshen News, 4/9/2018)
    http://www.goshennews.com/news/entertainment/round-barn-theatre-s-
    season-kicks-off-wednesday/article_8f552e77-33c8-5c33-83e8-2daa5f308698.html

  • Review: 'Copacabana' sparkles on Naples' TheatreZone stage - Her name was Lola, and she danced her way into the hearts of Naples' theatergoers for the opening night of "Copacabana." Inspired by legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow's similarly titled hit song, the TheatreZone production on the campus of The Community School of Naples sparkles like a bright disco ball. With elaborate showgirl headpieces, sparkly outfits and fast-paced dance numbers, "Copacabana" proves two things: good things come in small packages in the intimate theater, and Manilow's songs are still as catchy as ever.

    Thursday night, the theater transformed into a 1940s New York City nightclub. The song "Copacabana," inspired by a nightclub of the same name, was released in 1978, and later became a popular musical highlighting Manilow's many hits. The song -- and musical -- begins like this: Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl.

    In the opening scene of the musical, Stephen, an aspiring songwriter, is in the middle of writing a tune that tells the story of Lola. He struggles at his keyboard to find a word that rhymes with Copacabana. He charmingly sings Montana and banana to the audience before landing on Havana. As his song unfolds, the story of Lola comes to life onstage.

    The premise goes like this: Tony, who Stephen imagines as himself, is a 1940s bartender who falls in love with Lola and helps her become a Copacabana girl. Her talents and looks attract the attention of Rico, who abducts Lola and takes her to his rival nightclub in Havana. It's up to Tony to get his girl back.

    The nearly two-hour production is entertaining from start to finish. Alex Jorth, who plays Tony and Stephen, oozes charm and innocence as he dances in a long tail tuxedo to "Dancin' Fool." His chemistry is undeniable with Lola, played by Haley Ondrejka. Ondrejka brings her own special energy and comedic talents to the table. As Lola, an aspiring performer, she tries standing out at auditions by awkwardly jumping on a piano and singing sensually to the casting director.

    The jazzy tunes of a bygone era carry the lighthearted musical to the climax, which shifts dramatically when Rico kidnaps Lola and forces her to perform at his Havana nightclub called Tropicana. The musical conveys a change of scene seamlessly through the characters more tropical attire, including fruit on headpieces.

    The characters are engaging, and some jump off stage throughout the production, reeling the audience in. Rico, played by Steve Geyer, appears in the middle aisle, and fires a gun shot as Tony rescues Lola. If you watch the musical, be prepared to leave the theater with the song "Copacabana" playing on repeat in your head.

    'Copacabana' -- When: 8 p.m. March 10, March 15-17; 2 p.m. March 10-11 and March 17-18; 7:30 p.m. March 11 and March 18. Where: TheatreZone, 13275 Livingston Road (just north of Pine Ridge Road), on the campus of The Community School of Naples. Cost: The show is sold out for regular performance dates. But you still have another chance to watch it. A special performance will take place during a March 14 fundraiser, Eat, Drink & Be Broadway. Cost is $125 per person and includes food, beer, wine and soft drinks. Information: theatrezone-florida.com; 239-424-9500. (Naples Daily News, 3/9/2018)
    https://www.naplesnews.com/story/life/neapolitan/2018/03/09/review-
    copacabana-sparkles-naples-theatrezone-stage/402821002

  • 'Copacabana' dances way into Naples' TheatreZone - The lyrics tell the story in the song that Barry Manilow decided to turn into a play. "Copacabana" -- which the legendary singer-songwriter released in 1978 -- was a hit that years later became a popular musical. It reaches Southwest Florida starting Thursday night, in the latest TheatreZone production on the campus of The Community School of Naples. “It’s a fun little vehicle for a story, to take this song that already had this story in it we all knew if you grew up in the '70s and listened to AM radio,” said Mark Danni, TheatreZone's artistic director.

    For those who grew up after 1978, or never heard "Copacabana," it begins like this: Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl / With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there / She would merengue and do the cha-cha / And while she tried to be a star / Tony always tended bar / Across the crowded floor, they worked from eight til four

    Alex Jorth plays Tony, and Stephen, a songwriter struggling to write a musical. The Boynton Beach resident said he's up for the challenge of playing two characters. The premise of the play is a guy, Stephen, trying to write a hit musical. It follows his thoughts to the late 1940s, as Stephen essentially builds on the original song's lyrics into a full-out production. “It was a treat to get offered the roll," he said. "It’s a great musical show. The show is all about the music, celebrating Barry Manilow’s great songs.” Manilow created an entire score for the play, so those "Fanilows" expecting to hear "Mandy" hopefully won't be too disappointed. It features tunes including "Sweet Heaven (I'm In Love Again)," one of the more popular songs in the musical.

    Other key characters joining Jorth on stage in Naples include Haley Ondrejka as Lola and Carolina Ordonez of Miami, who plays the colorful Latina bombshell Conchita. Ordonez said she's enjoying the role of Conchita, who she calls "a diva with a heart of gold, an aging star who's having a hard time growing a little older and realizing that some of the parts are no longer suitable for her." Thursday night's show will be Ordonez's first performance with TheatreZone. “I’ve always heard that Naples has a great art scene, art and culture," she said. "I saw a notice and thought, hey, it’s only a two-hour drive. And because I’m of Cuban descent and have a little bit of an accent, I had an upper hand in that respect. It’s been a total blast.”

    While he never saw "Copacabana" on stage, Jorth said he's attended two Manilow concerts including one of his Las Vegas shows complete with showgirls, dancers and lasers. “We’re excited to try and live up to that and present a little bit of it to the Naples audience," he said.

    Danni said "Copacabana" the musical showcased even more the greatness of Manilow's songwriting. "Every song is the show is so well written," he said. "It’s that great music that he has always had the great to write. And here you have a whole score, a whole show written.”

    'Copacabana': When: 8 p.m. March 8-10, March 15-17; 2 p.m. March 10-11 and March 17-18; 7:30 p.m. March 11 and March 18. Where: TheatreZone, 13275 Livingston Road (just north of Pine Ridge Road), on the campus of The Community School of Naples. Cost: $50, $60 or $75. Information: theatrezone-florida.com; 239-424-9500 (Naples Daily News, 3/7/2018)
    https://www.naplesnews.com/story/entertainment/theater/2018/03/07/
    copacabana-dances-way-into-naples-theatrezone-month/400171002/

  • Round Barn holds company auditions - The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres will hold auditions by appointment-only for resident company members for its nine-month 2018 season of repertory theater from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. March 11 at 1600 W. Market St. The theater seeks many different types of actors who sing and dance and can play a wide age range. The company will include non-union actor/singer/dancers and technical staff ... The 2018 season includes “The Rat Pack Lounge,” “Plain and Fancy,” “Mamma Mia,” “Barry Manilow’s Copacabana,” “Happy Days — A New Musical,” “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Annie.” To sign up for a time slot, call artistic director Amber Burgess at 547-773-4188, ext. 203, or email rbtdirector@gmail.com. (South Bend Tribune, 3/4/2018)
    https://www.southbendtribune.com/entertainment/inthebend/arts/round-barn-
    holds-company-auditions/article_647399c0-1f9c-11e8-bb06-1fc01c6d887c.html

  • Atlantic Coast High art student creates inspiration - Good News ... The 120-member Robert E. Lee High School Chorus recently performed with a Grammy Award winner. They accompanied Barry Manilow on his hits, “[It's A] Miracle,” “I Write the Songs” and “Copacabana,” during his recent concert at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. During the holidays, the chorus performs at airports, elementary schools, nursing homes and community celebrations. (The Florida Times-Union, 3/2/2018)
    http://www.jacksonville.com/news/20180302/good-news-atlantic-
    coast-high-art-student-creates-inspiration

  • Music and passion return to Selkirk with the sensational Copacabana - For one week only Selkirk has become the hottest spot north of Havana. Selkirk Musical Theatre Company’s sensational toe-tapping production of Copacabana is certainly the best thing to have hit the Victoria Hall stage in an awfully long time. And hopes are high that the magical Barry Manilow musical will begin a bright new chapter for this talented production company. Music and passion have been in fashion for decades each spring in Selkirk as the town’s leading actors strut their stuff. But this year Copacabana, with all its sequins, smiles and songs, has taken the annual week-long ‘opera’ run to a whole new level. This is slick, polished and utterly sensational. And even the great Manilow himself would surely... ask for more.

    Everyone already knows Stuart Mitchell is as highly a talented actor and singer as you’ll find on stages in these parts. But, as both Tony Forte and struggling songwriter Stephen, he surely produces his finest moments in the spotlight. He is convincing, charismatic and compelling throughout. The worry when someone is in such scintillating form is that it will create to a rather lopsided production. But when you have the multi-talented Lauren Gracie playing the other lead, there’s little danger of the stardom see-saw being stuck to the ground. It’s fair to say Mr. Mitchell has met his match. Lauren not only plays Lola La Mar and Samantha with the type of authority and presence you’d expect from a seasoned professional, but she also choreographed this entire production – and what choreography it is.

    The Copa Girls – Zoe Hood, Donna Dodds, Rachel Inglis, Imogen Hoppe, Kara Roberts and Iona Cuthbert – perform the type of complexities you’d encounter during the final of Strictly. Yet each and every one of them can high-kick, drop-splits and boogie with the best – and all in perfect timing. And they can all sing beautifully as well.

    Set in 1947 New York when the ‘boys are back from the war and everyone is in love’, Copacabana is an all-singing, all-dancing masterpiece from Manilow. The narrative is amusing and sweet, the songs are ridiculously good and the costumes are incredible. It’s imaginative in many ways with behind-curtain shadows and split stages all being used to great effect. It’s well-paced and above all it allows the talented cast from Selkirk Musical Theatre Company to show just how good they can be. For around two hours, flamboyance and fun flows from the Victoria Hall stage like the Copa cocktails. The sets are magnificent, the scene changes are creative and slick, and the score is stunning with the occasional Copacabana refrains leading wonderfully to the finale.

    Producer and musical director Derek Calder should take several bows for helping create this visual and audible treat. Selkirk Musical Theatre Company’s Copacabana is a show not to be missed. It runs every evening this week from 7.30pm, with a matinee show also staged on Saturday. (Border Telegraph, 27 February 2018)
    http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/16051394.Music_and_passion_
    return_to_Selkirk_with_sensational_Copacabana

  • Hollywood’s biggest names team with Parkland students to raise millions in a single day - How appealing is the cause of the Parkland students who organized a “March for Our Lives” rally against gun violence in Washington next month? Plenty. In just one day, the student activists have seen Hollywood’s biggest names promise to cut checks for $500,000 apiece. And some have offered to march alongside the students, supporting their cause after 17 people were killed in a Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ... Pop star Barry Manilow is also pitching in. On Tuesday, he announced that he would donate his ticket sales from his concert Wednesday night at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood to the Parkland victims’ families. The Parkland students’ GoFundMe campaign, started by junior Cameron Kasky on Sunday with a goal of $1.5 million, has raised $1.04 million from more than 14,000 donors on its own, even without the celebs’ deep pockets. (Bradenton Herald, 2/21/2018)
    http://www.bradenton.com/news/state/florida/article201267529.html

  • Stage group hopes Selkirk will fall back in love at the Copa - Apparently music and passion were always in fashion at the Selkirk Musical Theatre Company. And next week they aim to help the town fall back in love with musicals. The highly-talented cast are putting the final touches to the Barry Manilow stage show, Copacabana. The Selkirk singers, actors, musicians and dancers hope Copacabana will be a watershed moment in the musical company's fortunes. From next Tuesday (February 27) through to the Saturday, it is hoped the Victoria Hall will once again be standing room only as the stage is turned into Manhattan's Copacabana club. Expect plenty of dancing and singing as Lola and Tony take their first steps towards fame in post-war America - as well as yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there. Tickets are available from the Selkirk Musical Theatre's pop-up shop at 71 High Street each day from 10am to 2pm. Each evening's performance starts at 7.30pm with a matinee being staged on the Saturday afternoon from 2pm. (Border Telegraph, 21 February 2018)
    http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/16036915.Stage_group_
    hopes_Selkirk_will_fall_back_in_love_at_the_Copa/

  • The Best Concerts in Miami This Week, February 19-25... A new week means another onslaught of must-see concerts in South Florida... Wednesday, February 21: Barry Manilow: 8 p.m., $65-$180. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-797-5531, hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. (Miami New Times, 2/19/2018)
    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/music/miami-concert-calendar-
    february-19-through-february-25-10094709

  • Barry Manilow will perform...at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood - Jewish singer/songwriter Barry Manilow will perform hit songs from his career on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.

    Manilow wrote a musical about a Jewish musical group in Nazi Germany titled "Harmony" and, in the musical, wrote the song "Where You Go" based on The Book of Ruth from the Torah. "'Where You Go' is such a perfect song from The Book of Ruth for the musical. Two women sing 'where you go, I will go' that fits the story so well," said Manilow to music writer Margery Wilson on the website www.marjerywilson.com.

    For tickets at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood, call 954-797-5531 or go to www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com. (Florida Jewish Journal, 2/16/2018)
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/florida-jewish-journal/news/palm/
    fl-jjps-concerts-0221-20180216-story.html

  • Van Wezel Foundation hosted their annual gala on Feb. 16 - The Van Wezel Foundation celebrated [its] 30-year anniversary with its annual Van Wezel Gala on Feb. 16 at the Van Wezel Performing Art Center. VIP guests were treated to a special cocktail hour, featuring premium wines and hors d’oeuvres in the VIP tent next to the bay. The 17th annual event hosted Barry Manilow as the entertainment. In addition, the foundation had silent and live auctions. (YourObserver.com, 2/16/2018)
    https://www.yourobserver.com/photo-gallery/van-wezel-
    foundation-gala-barry-manilow

  • E.C. Glass HS brings 'Copacabana' to Lynchburg - This weekend and next, you can see the first regional showing of Barry Manilow's 'Copacabana'. The show is being put on by the students at E.C. Glass High School and faculty says it’s the first time it’s been done in the region, perhaps even across Virginia. The music is played by a local band, Apple Butter Soul, that sits right on stage with the performers.

    The show follows an aspiring songwriter while he is writing a show tune. Copacabana showcases flair and dancing, which the students say is their favorite part. “I just want them to have fun,” said Spencer Cohen, a senior at E.C. Glass in the show. “This show is a lot lighter so it's less about the lessons they learn and more just having that hour where everything else fades away,” said Marina Pantner, a junior at E.C. Glass. “They're just in there with us listening to this band like they're in the club too.”

    The show opens on February 9th at the E.C. Glass Auditorium with a 7:00 p.m. showing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The following weekend there will be performances on Thursday the 15th as well as the following Friday and Saturday, all at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the E.C. Glass Box Office one hour before each performance or at Bloom by Doyles and the Lynchburg Visitor’s Center. For more information, email glasstheatreboxoffice@gmail.com or call 434-515-5370 x82017. (WDBJ-7, 2/7/2018)
    http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/EC-Glass-HS-brings-Copacabana-
    to-Lynchburg--473241193.html

  • Spotlights celebrate awards - Each year the over arching organisation for British amateur theatre, NODA (National Operatic & Dramatic Association) gives awards for groups who have performed shows during the year and Southport Spotlights have won two prizes. Southport is home to the winners of the 2017 Best Director of a show (Deborah Bloom), the Best Musical and the Best Overall Production. The winner is Southport Spotlights Musical Theatre Society for their performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Little Theatre. Spotlights are currently about to open their next production, My Fair Lady which runs from February 7 to 10 at the Little Theatre. Meanwhile the group are this year celebrating 65 years since their first production Lilac Domino. Spotlights decided to mark their Sapphire Year by performing the well loved My Fair Lady at the Little Theatre. The award winning society is now preparing to cast Barry Manilow’s Copacabana for their performance in the Little Theatre from June 27-30, 2018. An introductory talk-up meeting is planned for Thursday, February 15 at Greenbank School, Hastings Road, Birkdale at 7.30pm. They are looking for people who can sing, dance or both and are interested in being part of this fabulous show. People do not need to be a current member of the society – they will become a member if they are selected. Individuals do not need stage experience, Southport Spotlights will welcome them. If you would like to help backstage or on props, wardrobe or publicity, they would also like people to be involved. More details at www.southportspotlights.co.uk. (Champion, 06 February 2018)
    http://www.champnews.com/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=GN4_ART_864994

  • Great Day Houston's Barry Manilow Sing-A-Long - We asked our staff to sing along with their favorite Barry Manilow songs. (Great Day Houston, 2/2/2018)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G2Wo_03Lw0&feature=youtu.be

  • Live music in Fort Myers, Cape Coral...Barry Manilow - Looking for live music? Here are some of my best bets for touring bands, original tunes, big acts and otherwise cool shows in Southwest Florida ... This list focuses mostly on original music and interesting concerts... Feb. 20: Barry Manilow, pop music icon known for “Copacabana,” “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs” and other hits. 7:30 p.m. $55-$247. Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. 948-7825 or germainarena.com (News-Press, 2/1/2018)
    https://www.news-press.com/story/entertainment/2018/02/01/live-music-
    fort-myers-cape-coral-gladys-knight-bike-night-willie-nelson-barry-manilow-tanya-tucker-s/1069737001/

  • What to Do in San Antonio Today: January 31 - Barry Manilow in San Antonio - Hear songs from Barry Manilow’s latest album, This is My Town: Songs from New York, plus old favorites, like “Copacabana” and “Mandy.” Manilow has sold over 85 million records and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., majesticempire.com. (San Antonio Magazine, 1/31/2018)
    http://www.sanantoniomag.com/February-2018/What-to-Do-in-
    San-Antonio-Today-January-31/

  • Barry Manilow says 'bye, BBQ for Super Bowl - He writes the songs: Barry Manilow has appeared ageless for decades now. But the beloved crooner has decided, at 74, to call it a career as a touring artist. Manilow has never really veered from the path of making lush vocal pop, so don't expect much in the way of curveballs here. He'll likely pull a few songs from last year's "This Is My Town: Songs of New York," but more from that period between 1974 and 1983, when he put 25 songs in the Top 40. When: 8 p.m. Friday. Where: Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. Details: $59-$249; 281-207-6278, smartfinancialcentre.com (Houston Chronicle, 1/31/2018)
    http://www.chron.com/life/article/Must-List-Barry-Manilow-
    says-bye-BBQ-for-Super-12540869.php#photo-14971139

  • 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 Katie Couric, Ben Platt, Leslie Odom Jr., Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Luis Fonsi, Quincy Jones and Logic — at the Sheraton Times Square in New York. Jay Z might have received the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award at Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's annual Pre-Grammy Gala, but the night really belonged to the ladies. Katie Couric kicked off the proceedings at the Sheraton Times Square, introducing the 85-year-old Davis as "the original American idol," and Gladys Knight, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson gave epic performances before a room packed with such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Martha Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Ivana Trump, Katie Holmes, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sting. Knight joined Dear Evan Hansen's Ben Platt and Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr. in a Broadway medley, then went solo with "Stand by Me," bringing the crowd to its feet. Keys performed piano renditions of Jay Z chart-toppers, and Barry Manilow, Luis Fonsi, Migos, Khalid and Logic also took the stage. Davis announced that Hudson had been handpicked by Aretha Franklin to play the icon in an upcoming biopic and, fittingly, Hudson closed the evening with an incendiary performance of Franklin hits, including "Respect." (Hollywood Reporter, 1/31/2018)
    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/clive-davis-grammy-party-
    class-photo-jennifer-hudson-john-legend-camila-cabello-more-1080084

  • Don't miss the chance to catch some rare TV drama classics on the big screen - Waris Hussein has been a leading light in film and television since the early 1960s, and will probably be most familiar to our readers as the very first, and very influential, director of Doctor Who ... There is so much more to his career. The youngest drama director employed by the BBC in 1960, Waris was the only person of South Asian descent working in that field and helmed many key plays and series in the golden age of television – winning a Bafta for Edward & Mrs Simpson in 1979. ... He’s still a viable force in the film world and it’s only fitting, as he enters his 80th year, that the British Film Institute in London is honouring him with this month-long retrospective of some of his finest work ... Tuesday 27 February 6.20pm - Copacabana (US 1985): The season closes with this shimmering, very 80s TV movie – a rare acting vehicle for Barry Manilow as a love-smitten Manhattan pianist. “Her name was Lola/She was a showgirl” etc.... Not as camp as you might hope, but it bagged Waris an Emmy. (Radio Times, 30 January 2018)
    http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-01-30/waris-hussein-doctor-whos-
    first-director-is-being-honoured-by-a-bfi-retrospective

  • 10 Best Concerts of the Week ...Barry Manilow... - It's a pretty impressive week of music to round out the month ... Barry Manilow; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, 316 W. Las Colinas Blvd., 972-810-1499 or livenation.com, $59 and up. Despite his fame and success, Barry Manilow has never been taken seriously - not by self-consciously “serious” listeners and critics, anyway. Manilow does not suffer from self-consciousness, and it’s why he’s enjoyed such a broad and, at times, devoted fan base for more than half a century. Revisit mega hits like “Mandy” or “Copacabana,” and you’ll find plenty of emotional indulgences and simple-sugar hooks, but you’ll also find an immensely underrated talent for arrangement. It’s no accident he’s composed for artists as big as Bette Midler and been praised by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan. His music might scan as corny or sappy, but really it’s just genuine and uninhibited - more so than we’re accustomed to in modern music. The late writer David Foster Wallace once remarked that “what passes for hip ... is really some kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human is probably to be unavoidably sentimental and naive and goo-prone.” If we’re to take those words to heart, there are few artists alive as unabashedly human as Barry Manilow. (Dallas Observer, 1/29/2018)
    http://www.dallasobserver.com/music/best-dallas-concerts-
    january-29-through-february-4-10304001

  • Grammys 2018 party photos: Clive Davis' bash, after-parties, more - Celebrities partied the night away at various events ahead of the 2018 ceremony: Barry Manilow performs at the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala. (amNewYork, 1/28/2018)
    https://www.amny.com/amp/entertainment/grammy-party-clive-davis-
    photos-1.16399452

  • On the red carpet at the Pre-Grammy gala - Musicians and artists walk the red carpet at the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on Saturday in New York City ... Clive Davis, Jennifer Hudson and Barry Manilow arrive on the red carpet. (UPI.com, 1/28/2018)
    https://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/Photos/On-the-red-carpet-at-the-Pre-Grammy-gala/fp/11391/

  • Clive Davis honored Jay-Z at his pre-Grammy gala - How to kick off a salute to Jay-Z on the eve of the Grammy Awards? With a performance by Barry Manilow, of course. That was the typically curious reasoning at work Saturday night in a glittering ballroom at the Sheraton New York Times Square, where the veteran music impresario Clive Davis gathered a crowd of show-biz insiders for his annual pre-Grammy gala. Each year the party recognizes a different player, and this time it was the hit-making rapper (Jay-Z) headed into Sunday's ceremony with eight nominations for awards including album, record and song of the year. But if the choice of honoree gave Davis' bash an on-message feel, that didn't mean that the event had any more internal logic than it usually does. Before an audience that included Beyoncé, Jerry Seinfeld, Pink, Sting, Nancy Pelosi, Timbaland, Tina Fey, John Legend, Martha Stewart and Cardi B, Manilow began the evening's performances with a deeply schmaltzy rendition of "This Is My Town," followed by "Theme from New York, New York" ... (Los Angeles Times, 1/28/2018)
    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-grammys-
    clive-davis-gala-20180128-story.html

  • Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala on January 27 - The gala and Grammy Salute to Industry Icons was held in New York City and honoring rap star Jay-Z’s contribution to music over the decades. Many stars attended the event including famous crooner Barry Manilow. He attended the evening looking sharp in a tailored white-and-black suit. [Pictured: Barry Manilow hanging out with Clive Davis and Jennifer Hudson] (Starts At 60, 1/27/2018)
    https://startsat60.com/lifestyle/style/ivana-trump-dares-to-bare-in-plunging-gown-at-grammy-party

  • Barry Manilow Donates New Yamaha Keyboard to Kick Off Music Instrument Drive - Pop music icon Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to Kingwood High School. Kingwood High School was left devastated after Hurricane Harvey. The legendary singer/songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha keyboard to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive 2 free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come first serve basis) for Manilow’s February 2 concert in Sugar Land at the Smart Financial Centre. Additionally, $20 of every ticket sold through www.humbleisd.net/khs/manilow will be donated back to support Kingwood High School Fine Arts.

    The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs. “I’m thrilled to once again bring the gift of music to these kids,” added Manilow. Donated instruments will benefit Fine Arts Education in Humble ISD. The box office at Smart Financial Centre will be the drop off point for the instrument drive now through February 2. Hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On show day February 2, the box office will be open an hour into the show.

    “Fine arts are an essential part of education,” Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said. “Barry Manilow’s donation of a piano keyboard to Kingwood High School touches our hearts and shows that the ravages of flooding will not stop the music. Humble ISD is honored that a true legend -- one of the world’s best-selling artists -- cares for students.” (Humble Independent School District, January 2018)
    https://www.humbleisd.net/site/default.aspx

  • How Barry Manilow's biggest money mistake left him with just $11,000 in the bank - The icon didn’t pay much attention to his finances early in his career. Despite a million-dollar single and numerous successful albums, he had little to show for it. (MSN.com, 1/26/2018)
    http://www.msn.com/en-sg/money/other/how-barry-manilows-biggest-money-mistake-
    left-him-with-just-dollar11000-in-the-bank/vi-AAvaK7W

  • Barry Manilow shares well wishes for Neil Diamond - Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring due to his recent Parkinson's disease diagnosis. The legendary singer, who turns 77 on Wednesday, shared the sad news via a press release on his official website on Monday. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring," he said in the statement. "I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years" ... The “Sweet Caroline” singer also thanked his fans for their “support and encouragement” over the years. “My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world,” he stated. “You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”

    Upon hearing the news, fellow crooner Barry Manilow shared his well wishes for his fellow iconic singer and fellow native New Yorker. “So, so sorry to hear about the great Neil Diamond’s illness,” Manilow tweeted. “I’m rooting for you Neil! Fight on from another Brooklyn boy!”

    The Recording Academy will honor Diamond with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during the GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28, airing on CBS at 7:30 p.m. ET. (Yahoo! News, 1/22/2018)
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/neil-diamond-announces-retirement-touring-050737076.html

  • Manilow Music Project to John E. Ford PK-8 School - If you’re a fan of pop music star Barry Manilow, you have a chance to hear him in person. The singer-songwriter is bringing his Manilow Music Project to John E. Ford PK-8 School by donating a Yamaha keyboard to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used instrument will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come, first served basis) for Manilow’s concert Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. The instrument drop-off point is the box office at the Times-Union Center at 300 Water St. The drive ends Feb. 18. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

    The Manilow Music Project has conducted similar drives across the country to assist schools with their music programs. For more information on the project, go to manilowmusicproject.org. (The Florida Times-Union, 1/19/2018)
    http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2018-01-19/good-news-volunteers-
    build-trails-stuff-backpacks-enhance-playgrounds-and

  • CBF Morning Run: Singing ballads with Barry Manilow - This day in history: In 1975, singer/songwriter Barry Manilow earns his first No. 1 pop hit with "Mandy." What can I say? It was the 1970s and not everyone wanted to listen to disco, the Grateful Dead or the Rolling Stones. Manilow sang this ballad like he didn't care what year it was. When it was released, millions of listeners identified with "Mandy" and gobbled up what Barry was selling them. He went on to have 21 top-40 songs into the 1980s and sold more than 75 million records during his career... (Columbus Business First, 1/18/2018)
    https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/01/18/
    cbf-morning-run-doing-the-chicken-dance-replacing.html

  • Win Barry Manilow Gold Circle Concert Seats (Houston) - Win Barry Manilow Gold Circle Concert Seats! Eligibility. Subject to the additional restrictions below, “Win Barry Manilow Gold Circle Concert Seats” (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to legal U.S. residents of the State of Texas living within 100 miles of Houston City Hall, who are 18 years or older at the time of entry. Employees and contractors of KHOU 11 (“Sponsor”), Smart Financial Centre and each of their respective affiliated companies, and advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees or contractors, are not eligible to enter or to win. How to Enter: The Sweepstakes will begin at 9:00 a.m. (C.T.) on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 and end at 9:00 a.m. (C.T.) on Monday, January 29, 2018 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Enter by visiting the KHOU 11 Facebook page at website (https://www.facebook.com/khou11), click on the Sweepstakes tab and complete all of the required information on the online entry form (complete name, phone number and email) and submit to receive one (1) entry. Only One (1) entry per person, per day. All entries must be received by the end of the Sweepstakes Period. Bonus Entries: You can receive up to three (3) bonus entries for each of your Facebook friends who enters the Sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Period through a link shared from you (maximum of three (3) bonus entries per Facebook friend, per day during the Sweepstakes Period). Winner Selection. On or about Monday, January 29, 2018 one (1) Grand Prize Winner and one (1) Runner-Up Winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. CLICK HERE for more details. (KHOU.com, 1/16/2018)
    http://www.khou.com/features/win-barry-manilow-gold-
    circle-concert-seats-official-rules/508510057

  • This week in music: 1975 Barry Manilow - Let's turn back the clock and head back to the mid-1970's. This morning the music from this week in 1975. Forty-three years ago, Billboard Magazine had these songs at the top of the Hot 100 Chart. At number five was Elton John with a remake of the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" ... Checking in at number four was Barry White with "You're The First, The Last, My Everything" ... Neil Sedaka was in the number three spot with "Laughter in the Rain" ... The Carpenters were still churning out hits in '75. [with] "Please Mr. Postman" ... And in the top spot for this week was the very first number one single by Barry Manilow. "Mandy" was originally titled "Brandy" and was a moderate hit in Great Britain back in 1971. But the song became a huge hit when Manilow covered it and changed the title from "Brandy" to "Mandy." The change was made to avoid confusion with Looking Glass's "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)." "Mandy" was the start of a string of hit singles by Manilow which stretched into the 1980's. (KFVS-12, 1/15/2018)
    http://www.kfvs12.com/story/37265709/this-week-in-music-1975-barry-manilow

  • Barbara Sinatra Charity Golf Tournament - The Barbara and Frank Sinatra Classic (10-12 December 2017) held recently at Bighorn was another great success. This is one of the most elegant charity events in the Valley and for a very worthy cause. Barbara Sinatra passed on this past summer but she would have been very happy to see the turnout and results. The event kicked off with a reception at The Vault at Bighorn ... Party goers were able to tour [an incredible collection of cars] at their leisure while sipping their favorite beverage and enjoying lite fare ... Most of the guests had [a] bond to the Sinatra's and the Children's Center inspired by Barbara Sinatra. The Center has provided treatment and therapy for abused children since its opening in 1986 ... Golf the next day started with a putting clinic with Dave Stockton, Jr... The awards luncheon was right on schedule overlooking the 18th hole. The festivities concluded Tuesday evening with the Barry Manilow concert at the McCallum [Theatre] (12/12). Visit BarbaraSinatraChildrensCenter.org for further details. (The Desert Sun, 1/6/2018)
    http://www.desertsun.com/story/life/2018/01/06/
    barbara-sinatra-charity-golf-tournament/1005720001/

  • Barry Manilow Just Announced His Presidential Ambitions - Sort Of - Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency has spurred a number of other celebrities to publicly mull a run at the office ... The iconic 70s singer, Barry Manilow, announced in a Tweet his plans to run for president late Wednesday night. Well, kind of. (Fortune, 12/21/2017)
    http://www.fortune.com/2017/12/21/barry-manilow-president

  • Barry Manilow Giveaway - Grammy Winning pop icon Barry Manilow is coming to Los Angeles for a ‘Very Barry Christmas’. The man who writes the songs will sing your favorite Christmas tunes along with all his classic hits. Watch the KTLA 5 Morning News on Thursday December 14th for your chance to win two tickets [to] see Barry Manilow at the Forum on Wednesday, December 20th. Tickets are on sale at livenation.com. Deck the halls at the Copacabana cause this is a Christmas spectacular you won’t want to miss. (KTLA-5, 12/8/2017)
    http://ktla.com/2017/12/08/barry-manilow-giveaway/

  • Dave Koz on His New Christmas Album, Dave Grohl and His Hallmark Movie Debut - Throughout December, Dave Koz is criss-crossing the United States on the “Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour.” A portion of the proceeds from the tour and Christmas album will go to the Salvation Army and its “Do Good” Campaign to help hurricane survivors in the United States ... Koz shared seven cool things about himself... #5 - He connected Dave Grohl and Barry Manilow. “In 2009 when I got my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I invited a few people who are great friends of mine. Dave Grohl was there. Barry Manilow inducted me. Barry is a huge fan of Dave Grohl. And Dave, totally to Barry’s surprise, is a huge fan of Barry’s. They met for the first time at that Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony and became great friends. I was so proud to be the conduit to introduce these two superstars." (Parade, 12/4/2017)
    https://parade.com/625911/jerylbrunner/saxophonist-dave-koz-on-
    his-new-christmas-album-dave-grohl-and-his-hallmark-movie-debut/

  • Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower - Barry Manilow kicked off "A Very Barry Christmas" at Allstate Arena and before his show he popped by Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower. Thanks for stopping by! (imgo.world, December 2017)
    http://imgo.world/media/1665355899965765662_24811071

  • Somewhere Down The Road on The Orville - Fox-TV's The Orville (about a space vessel in the 25th Century) stars Seth MacFarlane. Excerpt from Episode 8: "Manilow was a Genius!" (November 2017)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx10ctSpkRE

  • 'Manilow, not cool? That's not what I hear' - Tony Iannelli - Wait, are you not cool if you admit that you went to the Barry Manilow concert at PPL Center? Does that make you a not-so-hip old guy? I mean, I did go to the Nickelback concert. Doesn’t that count for some coolness points? OK, I admit I went to see Manilow, and it was packed and he was great. Seeing Manilow at the incredible PPL Center reminded me of the very first time I saw him. He performed at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia in the ’70s. That’s right, I said the ’70s. Remember, we used to have to travel to Philly to see any acclaimed act. Actually, to see almost any act, period. Those days are over, baby. You can see almost anyone you’ve dreamed of right here in the Lehigh Valley ... Back to Manilow. He has a song that goes: “I made it through the rain and found myself respected by the others who got rained on too and made it through.” This formerly gritty industrial valley took some tough hits as it weathered the storm. It seemed like forever and it took tenacity, but ... we made it through the rain. I’m not saying we don't have more work to do. I am saying that the revitalization and creation of incredible retail outlets, restaurants and entertainment venues have given us fewer reasons for those trips to Philly. So here’s to the mayors, the many council people, the developers, the entrepreneurs, the home restorers, the new arrivals and the lifelong residents like me. To all of you crusaders who never, ever gave up -- no matter how bad things looked -- thanks for staying true. As the man said, “The miracle is you.” (The Morning Call, 10/17/2017)
    http://mcall.com/business/mc-biz-iannelli-manilow-lehigh-valley-20171017-story.html

  • Joy Behar Celebrates Birthday On 'The View' With Barry Manilow - Joy Behar celebrated her birthday on “The View” on Friday. The longtime co-host, who will turn 74 on Saturday, was feted by Barry Manilow, Taraji P. Henson and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. The special episode of the ABC talk show began with Behar, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and Paula Faris walking out to Katy Perry’s “Birthday.” Italian treats, including dozens of cannolis, were laid out on the table, leading her to crack, “Just what I wanted: I’m going to put seven pounds on my ass” ... Manilow was there to serenade her, nearly 20 years after she professed her love for him on the show. In her honor, he played an unrehearsed medley of “Looks Like We Made It,” “Mandy,” “I Write The Songs” and “Copacabana.” The music icon also brought Behar memorabilia, and closed his mini-set with “Can’t Smile Without You.” And though it was Behar’s birthday, she decided to give out a gift of her own. She explained, “I wanted to give something back this year,” and so she chose to highlight The Retreat, an organization for victims of domestic violence. Some of the group’s employees and beneficiaries were in attendance, and Behar enlisted Toyota to give a donation of $30,000 as well as a new van to transport those in need of assistance. (Gossip Cop, 10/6/2017)

  • Tickets: Barry Manilow's 'Christmas' on sale Friday - Barry Manilow's "A Very Barry Christmas" tour plays 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Barry Manilow -- "A Very Barry Christmas": 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont: pop/rock. $19-$121. On sale 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. (Daily Herald, 10/11/2017)
    http://www.dailyherald.com/entlife/20171011/tickets-barry-
    manilows-christmas-on-sale-friday

  • Nick Lachey, Peta Murgatroyd Dance Sweet Foxtrot to Manilow’s ‘Mandy' - Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd's [dancing performance was] a foxtrot to “Mandy” by Barry Manilow on Dancing with the Stars. Bruno Tonioli says it started well, but points out that something happened in the turns. Murgatroyd says that her dress became caught while dancing. Carrie Ann Inaba notices an improvement, but encourages Murgatroyd to stretch Lachey out a bit. Len Goodman calls it “lovely,” but feels as though the dance was too “fragile.” They score a 19 out of 30. (Business 2 Community, 9/25/2017)
    http://www.business2community.com/entertainment/dancing-stars-nick-lachey-peta-murgatroyd-dance-sweet-foxtrot-barry-manilows-mandy-01924128#vb709WYZzyoiVsCY.97

  • New Jersey Youth Chorus members to sing along with Manilow - The New Jersey Youth Chorus has announced several performances this fall, including that some of the most experienced Coriste and Camerata choristers will perform with Barry Manilow on Thursday, Oct. 5. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark... (Chatham Courier, 9/30/2017)
    http://www.newjerseyhills.com/chatham_courier/news/new-jersey-youth-chorus-
    members-to-sing-along-with-manilow/article_fef3292f-fbfe-5821-be7c-7df933371c7b.html

  • In 'Clive Davis,' the Evolution of a Music Mogul - Chris Perkel’s reverent documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” is a valedictory for Mr. Davis, the music executive whose Midas touch with radio hits across genres -- especially at Arista Records, from 1975-2000 -- is industry legend. The career of Mr. Davis, now 85, covering the 1960s to the present, is remarkable when you consider his longevity and resilience given pop music’s core audience of young listeners. Entertainment luminaries -- Aretha Franklin, Puff Daddy, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys and many others -- attest to his golden ear and marketplace savvy ... Later discoveries included Barry Manilow, whose debut album, Mr. Davis felt, needed a hit; he recommended the song that became "Mandy," which exploded on radio... (New York Times, 9/26/2017)
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/26/movies/clive-davis-
    the-soundtrack-of-our-lives-review.html

  • Star Sightings (Entertainment Tonight) - Melissa Manchester premiered the video for her duet with Barry Manilow, "For Me and My Gal" on Sept. 12, four days after releasing her 21st studio album, The Fellas. (Yahoo! News, 9/21/2017)
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/star-sightings-sarah-hyland-
    julianne-210502984.html

  • Clive Davis Documentary 'The Soundtrack of Our Lives' Premieres on Apple Music Oct. 3 - The documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, will debut exclusively on Apple Music on October 3, with a limited theatrical release in select cities starting on September 27. The film, which was directed by Chris Perkel, examines Davis’ life and career in great detail. Davis, now 85, began his career as an attorney and was hired by Columbia Records, a client of the firm for which he worked, in 1960. He rose through the ranks and was appointed president of the label in 1967, and shortly afterward experienced an epiphany at the Monterey Pop Festival (the 50th anniversary of which is coming up in June), coming away with not just a vision of the burgeoning rock revolution, but also a contract for Janis Joplin. In the half century since then -- at Columbia, the two labels he founded, Arista and J, and his current role as chief creative officer for Sony Music -- he’s directed or had a strong hand in the careers of Sly and the Family Stone, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, and many others; via deals with L.A. Reid and Babyface’s LaFace Records and Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy, he’s also been connected with Outkast, TLC, Usher, Pink, and The Notorious B.I.G. It’s all explored in great detail in the film - check out a trailer below. (Yahoo! Entertainment, 9/18/2017)
    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/clive-davis-documentary-
    soundtrack-lives-premieres-apple-music-180214704.html

  • Melissa Manchester Brings Her Favorite Fellas to Birdland - Birdland, the venue that has presented so many music luminaries in it’s long history had the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester on it’s stage last night. Melissa, one of the true giants of the music world made her Birdland debut and celebrated the release of her 21st album, “The Fellas.” The album pays tribute to the male singers, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, and others who influenced her as a young artist ... Melissa, born in The Bronx and discovered by Barry Manilow while she was playing in NYC clubs, was introduced by him to Bette Midler in 1971. She became a member of Bette’s back up singers the Harlettes and the rest is history. Home is LA but Melissa came back to her roots last night and the audience at Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland series was thrilled beyond words (and music) hearing so many great tunes sung by a great artist. The line of folks without reservations on 44th street couldn’t be stopped from Crying Out Loud for this one night only show. (Times Square Chronicles, 9/12/2017)
    http://t2conline.com/my-view-melissa-manchester-brings-her-
    favorite-fellas-to-birdland

  • Long Island Concerts & Events: September 11-14 - Barry Manilow: With a solo career spanning more than 50 years, this classy crooner is still going just as strong from when it began in the ‘70s. He’s well known for hits like “Mandy” and “Copacabana.” NYCB Live at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale. nycblive.com $18.25-$248.25. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. (Long Island Press, 9/11/2017)
    https://www.longislandpress.com/2017/09/11/long-island-
    concerts-events-september-11-14/

  • The best concerts coming to the Lehigh Valley area this fall - The fall concert season is reliably packed with marquee tours stopping into the area, and this year is no exception. The Lehigh Valley area is drawing intriguing up-and-comers, established hitmakers and long-running legends to rooms ranging from the Bethlehem Area Public Library to the PPL Center. We've compiled a list of tours visiting the region that you shouldn't miss this fall, whether they're all-time bestsellers like Barry Manilow, rising acts like the R&B singer PnB Rock or Broadway stars like Leslie Odom Jr.: ... Barry Manilow. When: Friday, Oct. 6. Where: PPL Center. Price: $19.75-$149.75. The 74-year-old superstar already has more top-40 hits than can fit into one concert, but he’s showing no signs of slowing down. The voice behind “Mandy” and “Copacabana (At the Copa)” notched another Billboard-charting album in April with “This is My Town: Songs of New York.” (Lehigh Valley Live, 9/11/2017)
    http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/09/lehigh_valley_fall_concert_cal.html

  • Shows to see this week (Sept. 10 to 16) - The summer concert season may be over, but fall is booming with exciting shows. From bracing beats by Blackalicious at the Westcott to Barry Manilow's ballads, you can find great entertainment in our area or a short drive away. Here are shows to see this week... 5. Barry Manilow: You know him as the smooth-voiced balladeer who made famous the lines, "I write the songs that make the whole world sing, I write the songs of love and special things." Funnily enough, Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys actually penned that famous tune, but Manilow has many other hits to perform at Turning Stone. Groove to "Copacabana" and sway along to "Mandy" at the casino's Event Center. Where: Turning Stone's Event Center at 5218 Patrick Rd., Verona. When: Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. How much: Tickets start at $54. (Syracuse.com, 9/10/2017)
    http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/09/
    5_shows_to_see_sept_10_to_16.html

  • The best concerts in Boston this fall - BARRY MANILOW Pop’s king of schmaltz, now 50 years into his storied career as a songwriter and performer, is still going strong, playing smashes like the longing “Mandy” and the disco murder ballad “Copacabana (At the Copa)” alongside selections from his newest album, “This Is My Town,” which salutes New York City. Oct. 3. Tickets $29.50 and up. TD Garden, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. (Boston Globe, 9/8/2017)
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2017/09/08/the-best-
    concerts-coming-boston-this-fall/MjGPHtOLKnXCjNugXKsAlI/story.html

  • The hottest concert tours coming to N.J. this fall - And we thought the summer concert season in New Jersey was busy. The 2017 fall concert schedule is loaded -- and we mean loaded -- with huge names and incredible musicians coming through the Garden State between now and Thanksgiving. Frankly, I can’t remember a more full schedule, from mega-pop stars like Katy Perry and Bruno Mars to old favorites likes Yes and Barry Manilow. See our list of the hottest concerts to hit New Jersey this fall... Barry Manilow: Oct. 5, Prudential Center, Newark. Remember in 2015 when Manilow announced his “One Last Time!” tour? Wasn’t that supposed to be the songwriter’s farewell trek? Apparently not, because Manilow, 74, visits Prudential Center this fall in celebration of his newest album, “This is My Town: Songs of New York. (NJ.com, 9/7/2017)
    http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2017/09/the_
    33_hottest_concert_tours_coming_to_nj_this_fal.html

  • FALL MUSIC...Grab a calendar and find a concert you love - For many people, Labor Day weekend marks the start of the fall concert season -- and this year looks to be an especially busy one ... let’s take a look at some of the big shows scheduled around the region in the coming months... Barry Manilow. When: Sept. 16. Where: Turning Stone Event Center, Verona. Tickets: $54-$94. More info: turningstone.com. One of pop’s top showmen is still out on the road, singing hits such as “Mandy,” “I Write The Songs” and “Copacabana.” Catch him while you can! (PressConnects, 8/29/2017)
    http://www.pressconnects.com/story/entertainment/2017/08/29/fall-music-hear-live-rock-jazz-folk/105102688/

  • 35 years of Centrum/DCU Center concerts (Worcester, Massachusetts) ... Year three (Sept. 1, 1984 – Aug. 30, 1985): 59 concerts by 42 different recording artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Deep Purple, Prince, U2, The Firm, Huey Lewis and the News (headlining), Robert Plant, Barry Manilow, Kenny Rogers, the Grateful Dead, Culture Club and Madonna ... Year 31 (Sept. 1, 2012 – Aug. 30, 2013): Three concerts by three different recording artists, including Barry Manilow and Carrie Underwood ... (Telegram.com, 8/26/2017)
    http://www.telegram.com/news/20170826/35-years-of-centrum
    dcu-center-concerts

  • Music and passion are going to be the fashion in Selkirk - Selkirk Musical Theatre Company, (formerly known as Selkirk Amateur Operatic Society), will be holding their enrolment night on Wednesday, August 23, at Selkirk High School for next year’s show – Barry Manilow’s ‘Copacabana’. The enrolment night starts at 7pm in the music department and all existing, past and especially new members are invited to attend. It will be a chance to find out about the show, meet the production team, enjoy a few light refreshments and have a sing through of some of the big show numbers. SMTC have set themselves an ambitious target of £7,000 for fundraising this year and will be holding a large number of events over the next few months... (The Southern Reporter, 21 August 2017)
    http://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/music-and-passion-
    are-going-to-be-the-fashion-in-selkirk-1-4537612

  • Jazz at Hyatt Regency Monterey - The lobby of this hotel, dubbed the Fireplace Lounge, has morphed into the closest thing to an urban jazz club that Monterey has. Chaired and hosted by Dr. David Morwood, these sessions feature a changing membership of players, and this month showcases two outstanding sax players. The series expands into four nights, from Aug. 17-21, as L.A. session guitarist Mike Lent, fresh from touring and recording with the Barry Manilow orchestra, chimes in. And look for bassist Steve Ucello to join Morwood and Lent along with local fave Ben Herod on sax and flute on Aug. 25. The Billy Bosch Jazz Band rounds out the month joining Morwood and friends on Sat., Aug, 26. Music begins at 7pm. Hyatt Regency Monterey. No cover. http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com. (Monterey County Weekly, 8/17/2017)
    http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/calendar/jazz-at-hyatt-
    regency-monterey/event_59ffb23e-7886-11e7-b2cc-5cb9017befd0.html

  • Saddle up for a thoroughly modern music company in Selkirk - Selkirk Musical Theatre Company - formerly known as Selkirk Amateur Operatic Society - is about to embark on a new chapter. Having entertained audiences in the Victoria Hall for around 90 years with lavish productions from Gilbert and Sullivan, Broadway and London's West End, the Society has adapted a more ambitious approach in recent years. This year's performances of Thoroughly Modern Millie were considered a major success. And plans, under the new name, are well under way for next year's production of Barry Manilow's Copacabana. Enrolment night takes place on Wednesday (August 23) at Selkirk High School. Robin Murray from Selkirk Musical Theatre Company told us: "The enrolment night starts at 7pm in the Music Department and all existing, past and especially new members are invited to attend. It will be a chance to find out about the show, meet the production team, enjoy a few light refreshments and have a sing through of some of the big show numbers." (Border Telegraph, 17 August 2017)
    http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/15478882.Saddle_up_this_
    weekend_for_a_thoroughly_modern_music_company_in_Selkirk/

  • Kats talks about Sarah Jessica Parker, Barry Manilow, and Human Nature - John Katsilometes from the Las Vegas Review-Journal talks about what's going on in Las Vegas this week, including Sarah Jessica Parker's new boutique, Barry Manilow returning to the Strip, and Human Nature signing on for two more years at the Venetian. CLICK HERE for details! (KTNV 13 - Action News, 8/16/2017)
    http://www.ktnv.com/on-air/interviews/kats-talks-about-
    sarah-jessica-parker-barry-manilow-and-human-nature

  • What to do in Los Angeles: Week of August 4-10 - August 4 -- Barry Manilow -- Singer, songwriter and producer Barry Manilow’s career has spanned more than 50 years. He has released 47 Top 40 singles and has sold more than 80 million albums, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He brings his catchy pop repertoire to Southern California. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40. (This concert was originally scheduled for May 14. Tickets issued for the original date will be honored at the rescheduled date. No exchange necessary.) The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 330-7300. fabulousforum.com. (Jewish Journal: Los Angeles, 8/4/2017)
    http://jewishjournal.com/news/los_angeles/calendar_stories/
    222561/los-angeles-week-august-4-10/

  • Stars Of Show: Maine West Choraliers at Barry's Allstate Arena show - Manilow joined on stage by Maine West's Choraliers (background) for Saturday night's encore at Allstate Arena in Rosemont (July 29). (Journal Online (Chicago), 8/2/2017)
    http://www.journal-topics.com/image_09f831ba-77b6-11e7-af74-f78669072168.html

  • Warming Up: Maine West Choraliers prepare for Barry's Allstate Arena show - The Maine West Choraliers warm up for Saturday night's finale and encore with Barry Manilow at Allstate Arena (July 29). (Journal Online (Chicago), 8/2/2017)
    http://www.journal-topics.com/image_098f94a2-77b6-11e7-88c0-335d4c19460f.html

  • Maine West Singers Get Chance On Stage With Manilow - Music legend Barry Manilow had some very special guests at his Saturday concert: members of the Maine West High School Choraliers. “It’s very exciting,” said Maine West Choral Director Jim Schiffer. “Even though they might not know all of Barry Manilow’s songs, I think they definitely appreciate what an icon he is for their parents’ generation and just in general in pop music and pop culture.”

    Originally scheduled for May 17, the concert and Choraliers performance was postponed after Manilow suffered from strained vocal chords. But, he rescheduled his concert for July 29, keeping the Choraliers in tow.

    Since the cancellation and subsequent rescheduling, the students held four additional rehearsals in preparation of the show. Three took place over summer vacation, at times making perfect attendance impossible. “It has been tough, but we’ve made it work,” said Schiffer. “A lot of students, of course, were already scheduled for vacation, summer camps... I had to be flexible.”

    Before the concert, Schiffer was most looking forward to his students getting a behind-the-scenes peek at the show, from lighting to sound check. “I’m really most looking forward to the students getting that experience of seeing how a professional touring show works,” he said Friday. “Being able to see that from the backstage point of view is a really unique experience.”

    Choralier students sang during the show’s finale and encore. The Choraliers is an extracurricular, a capella group at Maine West in Des Plaines. Students audition for the group, which focuses on pop music. (Journal Online, 7/31/2017)
    http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_c0b7013c-759b-
    11e7-b93f-17d98bae2419.html

  • Barry Manilow brings the hits to Allstate Arena - 'Copacabana' man - Beloved singer and songwriter Barry Manilow ("Mandy," "Even Now") performs a rescheduled concert Saturday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $15-$20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29. (Daily Herald, 7/29/2017)
    http://www.dailyherald.com/entlife/20170729/weekend-picks-
    barry-manilow-brings-the-hits-to-allstate-arena

  • Atlanta Concerts this week: Barry Manilow - Despite saying farewell on a 2015 tour, the beloved songsmith is heading back to Atlanta on a tour to support his new album, "This [Is] My Town: Songs of New York," which pays tribute to his Brooklyn upbringing. Tracks include the classics "On Broadway" and "Lonely Town" and original Manilow compositions, "Coney Island" and "On the Roof." The last time Manilow played the Fox was April 2002. Barry Manilow: 7:30 p.m. July 27. $49-$299. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org. (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 7/21/2017)
    http://music.blog.ajc.com/2017/07/21/atlanta-concerts-
    this-week-charlie-wilson-barry-manilow/

  • Flashback Friday: Manilow in Hurstville - There were amazing scenes when Barry Manilow visited Westfield shopping centre in Hurstville in 1994. Thousands of fans of the singer-songwriter superstar packed the three levels of the complex to catch a glimpse of their idol, with some lucky enough to get autographs. Manilow took time out to visit Hurstville while performing three shows at the Sydney Entertainment Centre during his Greatest Hits Tour of Australia. On the opening night he had a special girl on stage as he sang his signature hit, "Can’t Smile Without You." When the house lights went up, there was Dame Edna Everage, resplendent in sequins and wearing a lilac wig. It was Manilow’s second concert series in Sydney. In 1983 he did the entire show to open the Sydney Entertainment Centre. (The Leader, 30 June 2017)
    http://www.theleader.com.au/story/4728535/flashback-friday-
    manilow-in-hurstville/

  • Melissa Manchester to Release "The Fellas" on September 8 - Melissa Manchester will release her 21st studio album, The Fellas, on September 8 via her own Long Run Entertainment. Funded by a recent Indiegogo campaign, the album is the culmination of a multi-decade goal for the singer. "In 1989, I released my Tribute album to honor the great women singers who meant so much to me as a young artist – singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Rosie Clooney, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gormé ... that rarified bunch. Ever since, I've wanted to complete the idea with another album paying homage to the great male singers who, likewise, set the platinum standard for the rest of us – Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé, Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin ... the greats."

    For The Fellas, Manchester is once again working at Citrus College in Glendora, CA where she recorded her last album, You Gotta Love the Life, in their state-of-the art production facilities. This time, she is co-producing with Robert Slack, Dean of the Visual and Performing Arts school and working with The Citrus College Blue Note Orchestra.

    Manchester said "It seems fitting that I help pass the torch to these dedicated young musicians as I'm paying tribute to the artists who inspired me. Some would think it's risky to entrust a recording project to a group of students. What I found was that, under the expert tutelage of Bob Slack and Alan Waddington (and the rest of the Citrus faculty), these young musicians rose to, and exceeded, our expectations, every time, every song. This is a community college, open to all who want to learn, and these students truly appreciate the opportunity to be part of a grand musical adventure." Also joining Melissa is her long-time friend Barry Manilow with the pair dueting on "For Me and My Gal."

    The track list (with the artist to which the song is dedicated):

    • Ain’t That A Kick In The Head (Dean Martin)
    • Chances Are (Johnny Mathis)
    • They Say It’s Wonderful (Johnny Hartman)
    • For Me And My Gal (feat. Barry Manilow) (Gene Kelly (and Judy Garland))
    • Love Is Just Around The Corner (Mel Tormé)
    • Smile (Nat King Cole)
    • Night And Day (Frank Sinatra)
    • How Do You Keep The Music Playing (Tony Bennett)




    (Vinyl Vintage News, 6/21/2017)
    http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2017/06/melissa-manchester-
    to-release-fellas-on.html

  • Leeza Gibbons raises funds for caretakers at Midlands event - (Columbia, South Carolina) On Saturday, hundreds of locals came together with local and national celebrities alike, all in honor of those in need. The "Dare To Care" event was hosted by Leeza Gibbons to raise funds, awareness and support for her organization, Leeza's Care Connection. The charity aims to assist caretakers caring for those with chronic illnesses, such as Alzheimer's.

    The day kicked off with a family fun fair for adults and children alike to enjoy, followed by a health and wellness expo. The evening commenced with silent auctions, complete with the "Take the Dare Live" auction, where celebrities gave out dares for participants to do for the highest bidders. Other displays included the Thigh Master Showdown with Suzanne Sommers and Barry Manilow singing "Copacabana."

    Gibbons, best known as correspondent and co-host of Entertainment Tonight, says it's all in the name of helping those who spend their lives helping others. "We help connect them to services. We help connect them to their strength. We help connect them to what they need to know to survive it for the long haul. So, we're there for the husbands and the wives and the sons and daughters, the family caregivers, the care partners...who have a very tough journey to walk." The fundraiser lasted from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. (WACH Fox 57, 6/25/2017)
    http://www.leezascareconnection.org/
    http://wach.com/news/local/leeza-gibbons-raises-funds-
    for-caretakers-at-midlands-event

  • Celebs to join TV star Leeza Gibbons for Columbia fundraiser - Imagine being dared by Barry Manilow to sing “Copacabana,” by Suzanne Somers to work out beside her, or by the Chippendales to mimic their dance moves – all on stage in front of a crowd. Those are a few of the dares that will be issued at the Take the Dare Live Auction, part of a fundraising extravaganza Saturday for Leeza’s Care Connection in Irmo. Leeza Gibbons is hosting the event, which include celebrity appearances – by video and in person – along with a Dare2Care Fair, a Health and Wellness Expo, a silent auction, a Kindness Movement dinner and the Take the Dare Live Auction. “Dare2Care is more than a fundraiser; it is a movement that underscores our belief that there is strength in kindness and caring,” Gibbons said. Much will be going on during the Saturday event at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, all designed to promote kindness, understanding, and fun while raising money for Leeza’s Care Connection.

    Gibbons created The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation in 2002 as a promise to her mother to “tell her story and make it count” after her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Leeza’s Care Connection, the signature program of The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, is a place for caregivers to go for support, to ask questions, find resources and connect with other caregivers. When it came time to raise money, Gibbons wanted to do something that also positively impacted the community, and she knew that offering some “celebrity sizzle” would add interest.

    Gibbons wants the event to feel like friends are gathered for dinner and a game of charades. She will be there, along with local celebrities including Dawn Staley, Frank Martin, Ray Tanner, Joe Pinner, Tony Clyburn and Mary King. Several television stars will join Manilow and Somers via video, including Gary Sinise, Maria Shriver, Marie Osmond, Mario Lopez, Geraldo Rivera, Sharon Osbourne, Nancy O’Dell and Craig Melvin. These celebrities will be “daring” audience members to do certain feats to show they care. The dares will range from the fun and silly, such as Lopez challenging folks to don boxing gloves, to the serious, such as Sinise challenging folks to stand up and show support and respect for veterans and Shriver charging everyone to work toward creating a world without Alzheimer's.

    If you go... Fundraiser for Leeza’s Care Connection. Date: Saturday. Time: Fun Fair and Health and Wellness Expo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner and Take the Dare Live Auction, 5-8 p.m. Where: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street. Cost: Fair and Expo free; Dinner and Take the Dare Auction $60 in advance, $70 at the event. Includes dinner, drink and auction. Details: www.LeezaGibbonsDare2Care.com (The State, 6/21/2017)
    http://www.thestate.com/entertainment/local-events/
    article157419289.html

  • Seniors Say Goodbye - Almost 200 members of the Mount Anthony Union High School senior class stood together for the last time as high school students on Friday. The school's 51st commencement ceremony took place on the school's Spinelli Field. The ceremony was accompanied by the sound of the MAUHS band, under the direction of Marjorie Rooen, and the MAUHS choir, under the direction of Lynn Sweet ... When the graduates entered, the band played the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance," by Edward Elgar. The processional was led by Principal Glenda Cresto and Superintendent Jim Culkeen. Cresto gave the opening remarks. "On this field tonight are some pretty remarkable people," she said, "They are all scholars. Many are artists, actors, singers, and musicians. Some are athletes, and many of our athletes are heading the championship games next week."

    Andre Wright, the president of the class, spoke next. "Nobody knows what the future holds for sure, because it's our job to innovate it" ... The first faculty speaker was Judi Estes, who took the students on a verbal journey that began in 2004 ... "Today, they are sitting near [their] friends, many from that first day of kindergarten back in 2004," she said, "May they live happily ever after. Don't let yourself stagnate," she implored the students, "Always try to improve your physical and emotional being, otherwise you'll fall behind. Focus on what's important to you."

    The second member of the faculty to give a speech was Amy Thivierge. "I stand before you humbled by the idea that you think I have ideas worth listening to," she told her colleagues, before addressing the graduates, telling various people throughout history who had the opportunity to change the world by being one of the few who was willing to speak up. "One voice, their voice, speaking up, gave others the courage to follow," she said, "One voice began, others joined in, and the world changed. I challenge you today to use your voice," she said, "I ask you to believe that using your voice to speak up for what is right and true is worth it."

    After a musical interlude featuring Thivierge and the entire graduating class singing Barry Manilow's "One Voice," with more and more voices gradually joining in, the class salutatorian, Erika McCarthy, gave her speech. "The people here today, in the audience, have played a huge role in shaping us, and we can never forget that," she said, "As we all go out into the world, it's important to realize we'll be affecting a whole lot more people." (The Berkshire Eagle, 6/9/2017)
    http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/seniors-say-goodbye,510087

  • Dual Yamaha PM10s for Manilow Tour - Barry Manilow is back on the road in support of his new record “This Is My Town: Songs of New York." Engineer Will Miller has chosen a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 Digital Audio Console for mixing Manilow’s monitors. Cameron Manes is using a second PM10 for the band’s monitor mix. Hi-Tech Audio (Hayward, CA) provided the dual PM10s to Delicate Productions (Camarillo, CA) who is handling production for the tour. A long-time Yamaha digital console user, Will Miller has been mixing Manilow’s monitors for five years ... Miller says he has a sense of the sound Manilow prefers. “It's not an obvious mix, but once you know what works, you keep at it. My main concern with switching consoles was always going to be making the transition seamless for him. I don't want Barry to give up any of his time in rehearsal to work on his monitor sound. Obviously, sticking with Yamaha was a given; not that I have any desire to stray anyway, but it was paramount that the new PM10 console be able to replicate the sound Barry was used to ... By far the most reassuring parts of the PM10 were all the 'Legacy' EQs, compressors, and effects. I know at some point I will really delve into all the cool options that are built into each channel and the system, but for the time being, it was very important to copy EQ curves and reverb settings that work for Barry’s sound, and having the ability to precisely replicate what I was doing on the PM1D was incredibly reassuring...” (Live Design, 5/30/2017)
    http://www.livedesignonline.com/briefing-room/dual-yamaha-pm10s-manilow-tour

  • Daily Market Reports: Her Name Was Lola - Commentators had expected a quiet Friday on Wall Street ahead of the Memorial Day long weekend, if for no other reason Thursday was already quiet. They weren't wrong. The Dow closed down -2 points, the S&P closed flat at 2415, and the Nasdaq managed a gain of less than 0.1%. Indeed, the biggest highlight of the day was the arrival of Barry Manilow on the floor of the NYSE late in the afternoon, to ring the closing bell... (Financial News Arena, 5/28/2017)
    http://www.fnarena.com/index.php/2017/05/29/the-monday-report-330/

  • Ledyard Chamber Choir rehearsal - Ledyard High School music director Russell Hammond directs as the school's Chamber Choir rehearses for their upcoming year-end concert, Monday, May 22, 2017. The choir has been invited to sing back-up to Barry Manilow at this weekend's concert at Foxwoods (May 27, 2017). (The Day, 5/22/2017)
    http://www.theday.com/local/20170522/ledyard-chamber-choir-rehearsal

  • Scoop: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON 5/17 - 5/23 on NBC - "The Tonight Show" returned to its New York origins when "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" made its broadcast debut from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center. Emmy Award- and Grammy Award-winning comedian Jimmy Fallon brings a high-tempo energy to the storied NBC franchise with his welcoming interview style, love of audience participation, spot-on impersonations and innovative sketches.

    An American television institution for almost 60 years, "The Tonight Show" continues to be a home to big-name celebrity guests and a stage for top musical and comedic talent. Taking a cue from his unforgettable predecessors, including hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Fallon carrys on the tradition that audiences know and love - kicking off every show with the iconic "Tonight Show" monologue.

    'THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON' LISTINGS: May 16 - May 23 ..... Tuesday, May 23: Guests include Javier Bardem, Gal Gadot, Barry Manilow. Musical guest Barry Manilow. (Broadway World, 5/17/2017)
    http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Scoop-TONIGHT-SHOW-
    STARRING-JIMMY-FALLON-517-523-on-NBC-20170517

  • Show Will Go On For Maine West, Manilow, In July - Though a local Barry Manilow concert on Wednesday, May 17 was cancelled, Des Plaines’ Maine West High School Choraliers Club will still get to perform with the prolific singer-songwriter on July 29. According to Maine Township High School District 207 Director of Communications Dave Beery, the 20-member group was scheduled to perform with Manilow on Wednesday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. However, the singer cancelled his performance due to strained vocal chords. Beery said that the concert has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 29. All of the Choraliers, including graduated seniors, are invited to perform with Manilow at the show. "I received word about the rescheduled date yesterday morning with an invitation to still sing. I am very excited to announce that I just received word this morning from our fantastic school administration that all students originally scheduled to perform will get to," said Maine West Choral Director Jim Schiffer. In preparation for the show, the students practiced for more than 10 hours. (Journal Online, 5/15/2017)
    http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_f556f8e0-3999
    -11e7-a293-4b2166b75c35.html

  • Maine West singers to perform with Barry Manilow - Barry Manilow, the 73-year-old pop crooner and decorated artist, will get some help from a few Maine West High School singers at a concert next week. Manilow Productions called up the high school's choral director Jim Schiffer and asked whether students would join the singer for a concert Wednesday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. This week, Schiffer told the 20 members of the school's a cappella group "Choraliers" that they'll be joining Manilow for the concert's finale. The students will practice and rehearse about 10 hours in preparation for the concert. Which song has the singer of hits like "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You," and "Copacabana" picked for his finale? That's under wraps until show time. (Daily Herald, 5/11/2017)
    http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170511/maine-west-singers-
    to-perform-with-barry-manilow

  • DMS to perform with Barry Manilow - World-renowned entertainer Barry Manilow brings his stage show to Choctaw’s Grand Theater tonight. His agents made a surprise call to Durant Middle School this week to invite the Durant Middle School Choir to sing, dance and be his special guests at his show. They had in mind to use Durant High School Choir but cooperation and a sense of fairness between directors has DMS performing. Aprill Raines, Director of DMS Choir said, “They talked about us and the high school doing this together, but we decided that the high school kids performed at Foreigner, so we’d perform with Barry.”

    Raines didn’t even have a full week to get her students ready for the performance, but she has confidence in her students. Raines said, “They called me Monday and we are singing 3 songs. I have a small select ensemble at the Middle School that has auditioned as a show choir. They are called “Appawse” like applause but we use it because of the Lion paws. We came up with this cute little name.” Raines said her group stays busy performing and she’s glad they can do the show with Manilow.

    Raines said, “We perform out in the community all the time. We did Three Valley Museum’s open house at Christmas. We caroled downtown. We did Santa on the Square event. We performed for the Teacher’s Education Sorority in town. We just performed at Branson on the Branson Belle. They did a broadway review there. Then I get this call Monday to do the Barry Manilow finale during his concert.”

    They have a choreographer they sent to rehearse with the students. Raines said, “They will have a rehearsal, then a staging rehearsal. Then we perform the concert with our 26 students, 7th and 8th graders.” They will be at the venue 4 hours early in preparation for the performance. According to Raines, they will perform "I Write the Songs", "Copacabana", and they finish with "It’s a Miracle." Every performance is special, but this performance should be a memory the students will cherish a lifetime. (Durant Daily Democrat, 5/11/2017)
    http://durantdemocrat.com/news/local-news-1/12066/dms-to-
    perform-with-barry-manilow

  • Barry Manilow Scores 26th Top 40 Album With 'This Is My Town' - On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated May 13), Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. spent a second straight week atop the list. Elsewhere in the top 10, Incubus’ 8 arrived at No. 4, while the Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 soundtrack beamed in at No. 8. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the latest Billboard 200 chart:

    Barry Manilow, This Is My Town: Songs of New York – No. 12 - Barry Manilow achieves his 26th top 40-charting album on the Billboard 200, as This Is My Town: Songs of New York arrives at No. 12 with 29,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 27. Nearly all of that sum was driven by traditional album sales. A significant number of the album’s sales were via QVC, which hosted the singer in a special on April 12. The QVC edition of the album came with four live bonus tracks.

    Manilow has been on a Billboard 200 hot streak since 2002, when his greatest-hits collection Ultimate Manilow debuted and peaked at No. 3 (Feb. 23, 2002), becoming his highest-charting set (and first top 10) since 1979’s One Voice (No. 9). Since 2002, Manilow has logged a dozen top 40 efforts (including Ultimate). Further, he has notched at least one top 40 album in each decade from the 1970s through the 2010s. (Billboard, 5/4/2017)
    http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7784821/
    billboard-200-chart-moves-barry-manilow

  • What You Missed at the Concert for America Starring Barry Manilow - Seth Rudetsky shares highlights from the April Concert for America with Barry Manilow, Chita Rivera... We flew back from London on Sunday, I rehearsed my amazing back-up singers on Monday, and we tech’d the show on Tuesday. It went so great! It all began when I emailed Barry Manilow a few months and asked him to do our first Concert For America on Inauguration Day. He wasn’t going to be in NYC, but he wrote back and told us that he would be here the week of April 17 for Clive Davis’ Radio City Music Hall bash and he would do it that week if we wanted. YES we wanted! We didn’t know what he’d be willing to do... one song and then peace out? Well, turns out, he did so much more than we expected!

    At the beginning of the show, James and I came out and told everyone that Concert For America is a monthly concert raising money for NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Sierra Club Foundation and the National Immigration Law Center. Then I told everyone that the main purpose of the concert (besides raising funds and awareness) is to cheer people up. “And what’s more joyous than this opening vamp?” And I played the beginning of “Daybreak”! The crowd went crazy. And then I added, “And who more perfect to sing it than the man who wrote it? Mr. Barry Manilow!” He came out and sang it in the original key (he’s 73!)!

    We talked about his return to NYC and how much he loves it and he launched into the title track from his new CD “This Is My Town.” I had him on my SiriusXM radio show the next day and we talked about how during rehearsal he initially didn’t want to do the song in our concert. James and I actually had to talk him into it. Why? Well, he said he was nervous to perform that tune because it was “preceded by six words that strike fear into the audience: Here’s one of my new songs.” So hilarious and so true! Barry told us that he knows people come to concerts to hear the hits and people will literally stream out of the audience whenever artists try to do a new song. But this one was so perfect that James and I knew he had to do it.

    Barry made his second appearance halfway through the concert and sang one of his hits... then another... then another! It was literally 9 minutes of hit songs! I’m talking “Weekend In New England,” “Even Now,” “Ready To Take A Chance Again,” “One Voice,” “It’s A Miracle,” “I Write The Songs,” and MORE! He began with “Mandy,” which he said was his first hit “released way back in 1821.” When I was chatting with him on SiriusXM the next day he talked about how much he learned about songwriting when he was doing jingles in the ’70s (such as “You deserve a break today...”). Some of those jingles are still being used today, but he doesn’t make any money on them! Turns out, jingle composers made a one-time fee per tune…in the 1970s—around $500. But the singer gets residuals every time it’s used, so any jingle of his played with the original recording still doles out money to the original singer. He jokes that the woman who sang “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there...” is on her third Mercedes.

    I asked him about becoming famous in the ’70s and if he ever got to do American Bandstand. He said he was so excited to do it in the classic American Bandstand studio but instead, they filmed it on a beach! I, of course, asked if he wore a skimpy bathing suit and he said no because he has “pelican legs.”

    Another highlight of the Concert was when Richard Cohen, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, announced a lawsuit they had just filed against a major neo-Nazi organization ... Richard has worked on this kind of lawsuit before and bankrupted major leaders of hate groups, which prevents their power from spreading. Right after he spoke we applauded his group for standing up for American values and freedom and Barry walked onstage and simply started “Let Freedom Ring.” So moving and inspiring! (Playbill.com, 4/24/2017)
    http://www.playbill.com/article/what-you-missed-at-the-
    concert-for-america-starring-barry-manilow

  • Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Aretha Franklin [was] on hand at Radio City Music Hall to honor the music mogul at the world premiere of the new documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” which opened this year’s Tribeca Film Festival ... Rocking a white dress and gamely shimmying across the stage, she dished out solid if unspectacular versions of “You Make me Feel Like a (Natural Woman)” and “Freeway of Love,” and saluted Davis’ influence on the music world ... The night’s bill of artists featured a string of Davis’ many finds and signings. First up was Barry Manilow, who opened the show with a medley of hits including “Copacabana,” “Mandy,” and “Can’t Smile Without You.” Earth, Wind and Fire also ran through some R&B classics, including “The Way You Move” (assisted by easy-listening legend Kenny G), while Dionne Warwick added some soft soul with “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” and “That’s What Friends are For.” Davis’ most famous discovery, Whitney Houston, was also acknowledged by way of a medley sung by Jennifer Hudson... (New York Post, 4/20/2017)
    http://nypost.com/2017/04/20/aretha-franklin-battles-
    illness-to-sing-for-clive-davis/

  • Documentary delves into life of music pioneer Clive Davis - Clive Davis celebrated his legacy with the debut of a documentary about his life, along with performances from artists he helped become icons, during the opening night of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Davis, 85, said it was a dream come true to launch "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall since he grew up in Brooklyn and didn't visit Manhattan until he was 13.

    The music mogul was all smiles at the multi-hour event Wednesday night, as performers like Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Barry Manilow and Earth, Wind & Fire took the stage to pay tribute to Davis. Jennifer Hudson left the stage to walk into the aisles to dance with the crowd as she sang Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." When Franklin - who closed the show - sang "Natural Woman," she pointed to Davis and sang the lyrics, "He makes me feel." She also called her longtime collaborator a "chieftain" and "humanitarian."

    Others shared the sentiment on-screen. "The Soundtrack of Our Lives," directed by Chris Perkel, gave a peek into Davis' personal and professional life. He lost his parents while he was an undergraduate at New York University, and later attended Harvard Law School. After working as a lawyer for Columbia Records, he was promoted to president in 1967, despite not desiring a career in music. "I had no inkling that music would be my passion of life," he said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday from his office at the new Sony building in Manhattan. "I had no money after my parents died, so I went through school on scholarships. And I was going to be a lawyer."

    He said watching the documentary was somewhat hard, especially scenes with Houston, who died in 2012. "It was very emotional to see artists that I worked with 20, 30, 40 years ago have the same vivid memories of how we interrelated and what we worked on and issues that arose," he said. "It certainly gives a very compelling picture of the relationship that I had with Whitney Houston and of course that's filled with emotional impact, and it really showed sides of Whitney that no one has ever seen before."

    Davis went on to become the world's most popular music executive, discovering talents such as Houston, Alicia Keys and Manilow and creating second acts for legends like Franklin and Santana. He even had a large role in shaping the careers of Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin and Billy Joel. "What a movie," Manilow yelled before he sang some of his popular hits.

    Other performers included Kenny G and Dionne Warwick, who earned a standing ovation after she hit a high note. Davis founded Arista Records in 1975 and J Records in 2000. His documentary will be available on Apple Music. (The Journal Gazette, 4/20/2017)
    http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20170420/AP/304209898

  • Chita Rivera, Barry Manilow, and Vanessa Williams Will Sing Out at April 18 Concert for America - Tony Award winners Chita Rivera and LaChanze will join Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Adrienne Warren among topliners at the latest in the fundraising series Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, which will be presented 8 PM April 18 at The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. in New York. Also taking part in the evening of song, comedy, and commentary are singer Barry Manilow, comedian-actor Caroline Rhea, Ugly Betty co-star Michael Urie, Public Theater chief Oskar Eustis, comedian Lisa Lampanelli, Watch What Happens Live! host Andy Cohen, singer Kaytie O’Hara, and Sesame Street star Sonia Manzano. Tony nominee Lisa Mordente directs.

    Created and hosted by Playbill columnist Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the concert event is part of the monthly series benefiting five national organizations working to protect human rights: Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, The Sierra Club Foundation, NAACP, and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

    For those unable to attend the concert in person, it will be broadcast via Facebook Live and at ConcertsforAmerica.com, beginning at 8 PM ET. Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is created and organized by Rudetsky and Wesley in association with Your Kids, Our Kids, as well as the support of The Actors Fund. It is co-produced by Joey Monda and Frankie Dailey. Tickets start at $30 and are available at Ticketmaster.com and at the Town Hall box office. (Playbill.com, 4/18/2017)
    http://www.playbill.com/article/chita-rivera-barry-manilow-and-
    vanessa-williams-will-sing-out-at-april-18-concert-for-america

  • NYC's Concert for America tickets still available - Barry Manilow, Vanessa Williams, and Chita Rivera are just some of the stars taking the stage for Concert for America on April 18, 2017, in New York. The event, which was first held to coincide with President Trump's inauguration, hopes to raise awareness about human and civil rights issues. Producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley are bringing the concert to cities across the country to raise money for five different nonprofit organizations. You can watch the concert live stream online or attend in person at Town Hall in Times Square. Click here for info and tickets. (Fox 5 New York, 4/13/2017)
    http://www.fox5ny.com/news/248205309-story

  • Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow among stars performing at NYC concert celebrating premiere of Clive Davis documentary - Davis has worked with an impressive list of music artists over the years, and some of those big names will perform at a special concert celebrating the world premiere of a new documentary about the record-industry mogul on April 19 during the opening night of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. The show will feature Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick and Jennifer Hudson, and will be held at Radio City Music Hall immediately following the debut screening of the film, titled Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.

    The documentary offers an in-depth profile of Davis, whom Aretha once called “the greatest record man of all time,” and further delves into Clive’s successful and eventful five-decade career, spanning from the 1960s to the emergence of hip-hop and beyond. Among the many music legends appearing in the movie are Franklin, Manilow, Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Patti Smith and Alicia Keys.

    Davis and the movie’s director, Chris Perkel, are scheduled to attend the event, along with Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro. Other celebrities expected to be on hand for the premiere screening and concert include Ray Parker Jr., Peter Fonda, Diane Lane, Christina Ricci, Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Pitt, Brendan Fraser and Jason Derulo.

    Tickets for the event are available at RadioCity.com. (WFJA Classic Hits 105.5, 4/7/2017)
    http://www.classichitsandoldies.com/v2/80682/

  • At the Copa...Copacabana! Manilow musical arrives - Familiar with Lola? She was a showgirl apparently and if you want to know what happened to her you might want to get yourself to Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre this week as the curtain goes up on Copacabana. Yes the musical which of course has the same name as a massive hit single is opening on Tuesday for a five night run on Westgate Road.

    The show, staged by West End Operatic Society, is set in Copacabana Night Club in New York City where the resident jack-of-all-trades (bartender, songwriter and musician!), Tony Forte, will be played by Liam Gilbert. “I’m more used to serious acting roles,” laughs Liam. “It’s a bit of a change of gear to suddenly be doing something light-hearted, but a lot of the music is just as enjoyable to sing!”

    The musical follows Liam’s character - Tony - as his talent and charm win Lola, the girl responsible for Manilow’s most famous lyric: 'a yellow feather in her hair and a dress cut down to there.' Liam might be used to teaching serious poetry, but he seems to be quite enjoying swapping Browning for Barry Manilow: “It’s odd to be singing such famous - even iconic - lyrics, Barry Manilow is a great songwriter and it’s rather a privilege to be belting out some of his best songs in one of Newcastle’s oldest and most beautiful theatres.”

    And what about Lola? Well the famous show girl will be played by Helen Cash. But will ambitious country girl Lola’s dreams of becoming a star come true? Well you’ll have to get yourself a ticket to find out. Copacabana is on until Saturday and tickets are available from the Tyne Theatre box office and online at Eventim. (Chronicle Live, 03 April 2017)
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-news/
    copacopacabana-manilow-musical-arrives-newcastles-12837755

  • TheatreZone's next season (2017-2018) takes on 'Copacabana' - TheatreZone is bringing high kickers and a youngster with an emotional green thumb to make its 13th season a lucky one, staging popular, name musicals "Copacabana" and "The Secret Garden." "Copacabana" is one of two returning from TheatreZone's early years; "Baby," is the other. Mark Danni, founder and artistic director of TheatreZone [said] "'Baby' is one of my all-time favorite shows. It's so well-written. But we ran it our first year or two, when we only had three or four performances, and I thought, 'not a lot of people have seen that.' The same was true of 'Copacabana,' which we did in our fourth season. People loved that. We all love Barry Manilow here." Productions now run for 11 performances.

    Is the "Copacabana" the hottest spot north of Havana? Find out in this musical concocted on the foundation of a single Barry Manilow song by that name. The popular melody also buttressed a made-for-TV movie and an Atlantic City show, all in some form telling the tale of two nightclub performers whose love plans are thwarted by a gangster with a roving eye. TheatreZone first staged the musical in 2004, Danni said; its popularity then kept it high on the list of return requests.

    Individual tickets, priced at $50 to $75, will go on sale May 1. Purchase them online at theatrezone-florida.com or by calling the box office 888-966-3352. The on-site box office is at at the G&L Theatre on the Community School of Naples, 13275 Livingston Road, North Naples. It is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through June 13, and reopens Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. "Copacabana": March 8-18, 2018 (8:00 pm – March – 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 | 2:00 pm – March – 11, 17, 18 | 7:30 pm – March – 11, 18). Auditions will be held Sept. 9 and 10, with details to come later. (Naples News, 3/31/2017)
    http://www.naplesnews.com/story/entertainment/2017/03/31/
    theatrezone-looks-lucky-13-era-spanning-music/99793294/

  • Barry Manilow & Carly Simon join stars for Clive Davis film festival tribute - Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, and Dionne Warwick have been added to an all-star concert to mark the world premiere of music mogul Clive Davis' new The Soundtrack of Our Lives documentary at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. The trio will hit the Radio City Music Hall stage in New York City on 19 April 2017 with Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind and Fire, and Jennifer Hudson, among others. Director Chris Perkel's new film, based on Davis' bestselling 2013 memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, chronicles Davis' life from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York to his executive roles at Columbia Records, Arista Records and J Records. The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival will run from 19-30 April 2017. (Xpose.ie, 22 March 2017)
    http://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/entertainment-news/234746/Barry-
    Manilow--Carly-Simon-join-stars-for-Clive-Davis-film-festival-tribute

  • Performers Added to All-Star Concert at Tribeca Premiere of Clive Davis Doc - Barry Manilow, Carly Simon and Dionne Warwick have been added to an all-star concert following the red carpet world premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary about the legendary music executive that will open the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Tickets are now on sale for the event, being held April 19 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Other artists scheduled to perform include Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind and Fire and Jennifer Hudson, among others.

    Directed by Chris Perkel, the film is based on Davis' best-selling 2013 biography The Soundtrack of My Life and explores the Sony Music exec's life and career, from his humble Brooklyn beginnings to his rise at Columbia Records and his trailblazing work at Arista Records and J Records. "More than mere biography, The Soundtrack of Our Lives is a guided tour of cultural revolution from the '60s to the rise of hip-hop, led by a man who consistently caught the next wave before everyone else -- if he didn’t just create the wave himself," reads the film's description on Tribeca's website. (Billboard.com, 3/21/2017)
    http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7735510/
    tribeca-premiere-clive-davis-concert-lineup

  • Washington schoolboy brings Barry Manilow musical to life - Music and passion are always in fashion for a teen actor as he takes on a role in Copacabana. Jack Hindmarch, 16, from Washington, is preparing to help bring alive the colourful tale, with music by Barry Manilow, for a series of performances by the West End Operatic Society. The St. Robert of Newminster School pupil will take to the stage at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, in Newcastle, when the show is performed from April 4-8. He’ll be featuring as Willie the waiter and a dancer in the musical, which is based on Barry Manilow’s 1978 song of the same name. It tells the story of wannabe singer Lola who meets aspiring songwriter Tony when both are contestants on a radio show. Tony is immediately smitten with Lola and assists her flailing attempts to break into show business. Speaking about how he got into musical theatre, Jack said: “I used to play for a football team when I was younger, but I soon got bored of it and decided that it wasn’t for me. “I had always loved seeing shows and watching musical films. I decided to go to a local drama workshop and I was hooked. I think my favourite part is dancing. I know it sounds cheesy but dance takes away any stress you are feeling because you can lose yourself through dance. I could dance for ages.” Copacabana will be at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House from April 4-8. Tickets from Tel. 0844 249 1000. (Sunderland Echo, 17 March 2017)
    http://www.sunderlandecho.com/whats-on/theatre-and-comedy/
    washington-schoolboy-brings-barry-manilow-musical-to-life-1-8442667

  • Desert Regional donates $3 million at Steve Chase awards - The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards is known for its glitz and glamour. But it’s also known for surprises and this year was no exception. Toward the end of the evening Saturday, just before the Pointer Sisters took the stage, Carolyn Caldwell, CEO of Desert Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare, announced a donation of $3 million to help the expansion of Desert AIDS Project. Caldwell said she was inspired by her friend Annette Bloch who donated $3 million at the event last year.

    The gala is the largest fundraiser for DAP and is an opportunity to shine a light on those who have helped the cause. It’s been almost six years since Elizabeth Taylor died, but her spirit seemed ever present Saturday night as the actress-turned-activist was honored posthumously during the gala. Barry Manilow honored his longtime friend with the Partners for Life Award, presenting it to her grandchildren Tarquin and Naomi Wilding, who accepted it on Taylor’s behalf.

    Manilow recalled the first time he met Taylor. It was 1984. She called him up and asked if he could entertain at a benefit. When he said yes, she burst into tears because she had called so many others and been turned down. “Back then, AIDS was incorrectly known as the gay man’s disease. And there was this terrible stigma attached to it,” Manilow said. That started a lifelong friendship between him and Taylor.

    Manilow listed off Taylor’s accomplishment throughout the years, which included partnering with Dr. Michael Gottlieb and Dr. Mathilde Krim in 1985 to create amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Then in 1991, Taylor created her own organization, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, to help those with HIV and AIDS receive direct care.

    Last month, her organization awarded DAP with $15,000 to support clinical and social services programs for low-income people with HIV and AIDS. “She used her massive fame to shine a spotlight on the AIDS pandemic when nobody else would. I know she would be thrilled at this award and that you all remembered her,” said Manilow... (The Desert Sun, 2/12/2017)
    http://www.desertsun.com/story/life/entertainment/events/2017/
    02/12/desert-regional-donates-3-million-steve-chase-awards/97762332

  • Barry Manilow - The pop music icon announced that he’d perform a special three-city concert residency which includes New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The show, which will feature his greatest hits along with songs from his forthcoming album “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” due out April 21 will come to the Forum (3900 W. Manchester Blvd.) in Inglewood on May 14 (Mother’s Day). Tickets are $39.75-$499.75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster.com. (Orange County Register, 2/14/2017)
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/tickets-743993-tour-date.html

  • Thousands raise AIDS awareness at Steve Chase Awards in Palm Springs - Saturday, thousands of people gathered in Palm Springs for the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, the Desert AIDS Project's biggest fundraiser of the year. "There's so many humanitarians in our community, and they are moved to help out others," Desert AIDS Project CEO David Brinkman said. Some big names came out for a night of music, dancing and raising money for the organization helping Valley resident living with HIV and AIDS.

    Among those at the event included Emcee Lance Bass of N'SYNC, and pop music icon and longtime Palm Springs resident Barry Manilow. "They do wonderful work,' Manilow said. "They've got this organization, they've got this wonderful place that's grown bigger and bigger, that gives so much to the community, and to people that are suffering with AIDS."

    Manilow also took time to honor late friend and actress Elizabeth Taylor. Accepting the award on her behalf, Naoimi and Tarquin Wilding said they remember their grandmother being a pioneer caring for people living with HIV and AIDS. "When I was 17, she took me to the Freddie Mercury concert in London," Naoimi Wilding said. "And I think at that age, I didn't fully understand the work that they were doing, and how important she had become for the HIV and AIDS cause to see her stand in front of how many thousands of people, and to see the effect that they had just hearing their words."

    Now, they hope that effect will continue to make its mark, especially in the Valley for years to come. "That's what we're all about at the end of the day, is helping one another out," Brinkman said. Brinkman said they expected to raise more than $1 million to help about 3,600 patients and clients across the Valley. (KESQ, 2/11/2017)
    http://www.kesq.com/news/top-stories/thousands-raise-
    aids-awareness-at-steve-chase-awards-in-palm-springs/328844148

  • Whitney Houston: [Celebrities] Remember Singer On 5th Anniversary Of Her Tragic Death - Today marks the five-year anniversary of Whitney Houston‘s death, prompting many celebrities to share their fondest memories of the late singer. Barry Manilow, 73, took to social media to share a throwback pic of the two of them cracking up, alongside the heartfelt message, "5 years ago, we lost a legend. Remembering Whitney Houston..." (Hollywood Life, 2/11/2017)
    http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/02/11/celebrities-remember-
    whitney-houston-5th-anniversary-death-pics/

  • Barry Manilow, Desert AIDS Project honors Elizabeth Taylor - Desert AIDS Project’s biggest fundraiser of the year will honor Elizabeth Taylor posthumously for her trailblazing advocacy and care of people living with HIV and AIDS. Presenting the Partners for Life Award on Saturday to Taylor’s grandchildren Tarquin and Naomi Wilding is her longtime friend Barry Manilow. The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, in its 23rd year, is known as a star-studded evening of fun, fashion and philanthropy. Lance Bass will serve as celebrity MC while Kirsten Vangsness of "Criminal Minds" assists with the live auction. Two auction items of interest include lunch and an exclusive tour of the Elizabeth Taylor archives in Beverly Hills, and an exclusive tour of photographer Herb Ritts' vault and archives and one of his limited edition prints. Also being honored with Steve Chase Humanitarian awards is Barbara Keller, a D.A.P. board of directors, and from Eisenhower Medical Center, G. Aubrey Serfling, president and chief executive officer, and Martin J. Massiello, executive vice president and chief operating officer. The evening includes a red carpet where risk-takers and fashionistas can show off their looks and live performances by the Pointer Sisters and La Bouche. The money raised from the annual gala allows D.A.P to provide more than 3,600 people with medical and social service care. “This is a partnership. Together with the people who support Desert AIDS Project, we’re enhancing the health and wellness of our entire community,” said David Brinkman, Desert AIDS Project chief executive officer in a prepared statement. The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala is Saturday at the Palm Springs Convention Center. For tickets or more information go to desertaidsproject.org or call (760) 992-0445 (The Desert Sun, 2/8/2017)
    http://www.desertsun.com/story/life/entertainment/events/2017/02/08/
    barry-manilow-desert-aids-project-honors-elizabeth-taylor/97655574/

  • Music legend Barry Manilow to present award honoring legacy of Elizabeth Taylor - Pop music icon Barry Manilow will present the Partners for Life Award honoring the legacy of his friend Elizabeth Taylor during the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards February 11, 2017. The award will be accepted by Miss Taylor’s grandchildren, Tarquin and Naomi Wilding. Lance Bass will be the celebrity MC throughout the evening. Bass, an original member of NSYNC, is a singer, actor, author, and television producer. He has a long relationship with Palm Springs and is looking forward to welcoming attendees at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards. Kirsten Vangsness will keep the energy high during the evening’s live auction which will feature several unique experiences. Vangsness stars as FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds ... Funds raised at the gala will enable Desert AIDS Project’s dedicated team of medical and social service professionals to serve more than 3,600 individuals. Desert AIDS Project CEO, David Brinkman notes "This is a partnership. Together with the people who support Desert AIDS Project, we’re enhancing the health and wellness of our entire community." (Desert AIDS Project, 2/7/2017)
    https://www.desertaidsproject.org/barry-manilow-to-
    present-award-honoring-elizabeth-taylor/

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Can’t Hardly Wait - In 1998, Can’t Hardly Wait hit the silver screen, drawing in hoards of teen movie goers to watch the party of the year play out amid last chances at love, new friendships and unexpected couplings. Sure we all want to end up with our own Preston Meyers, but crushing aside, here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about this ’90s cult classic! ... #8. Amanda Beckett’s name wasn’t supposed to be Amanda, but was changed so the directors could play Barry Manilow’s song, “Mandy” in the movie. (Buzznet, 1/6/2017)
    http://www.buzznet.com/2017/01/10-things-you-didnt-know-
    about-cant-hardly-wait/

  • Debbie Reynolds’ 'Will & Grace' episodes air in WE TV marathon - To celebrate the life of late actress Debbie Reynolds, WE TV is airing a marathon of all the episodes of Will & Grace in which she appeared, the cable network announced Friday. The six-hour marathon, airing Saturday, puts the spotlight on Reynolds’ role as Bobbi Adler, the mother of Debra Messing’s character. The late actress was nominated for an Emmy in 2000 for her guest-starring role. The marathon begins Saturday at 11 a.m. ET and wraps up at 5 p.m. [and includes] Episode 610: 'Fanilow' -- Opting out of the annual Grace Adler Design Christmas party, ultimate "Fanilow" Will spends the night waiting in line for tickets to a special Barry Manilow concert -- only to have his weak bladder force him to make a quick pit stop and entrust Grace to hold his place. (Yahoo! News, 1/6/2017)
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/debbie-reynolds-grace-episodes-
    air-155251615.html

  • 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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