Barry Briefs

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

  • The Manilow 500 - Barry Manilow celebrated his 500th show at International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas on Thursday night. That run dates to when he performed at the Las Vegas Hilton from [1988-1990 and] 2005-2010, and the hotel was the Las Vegas Hilton. He also performed a two-year residency at Paris Theater. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/19/2019)

    Barry Manilow with Winston, the Westgate Las Vegas’ doggie mascot (April 18, 2019)

  • Annenberg Theater says 'thank you' with a private party for donors - This year as the Annenberg Theater fundraiser “Take Your Seat” was wrapping up after four years, [Terri] Ketover and [David] Zippel wanted to do something special to thank the donors who each gave $1,000 per seat. The campaign has raised $300,000 for upgraded systems and technical equipment for the theater. They hit on the idea of throwing a “Thank You” party that would be free for donors. The party would include a reception followed by a show. Terri and Bart Ketover offered to sponsor a reception, and Zippel offered to produce a show. The private party began in the museum’s main hall with a reception catered by Lulu California Bistro. An hour later, guests descended the big orange carpeted staircase leading to the theater and enjoyed a show by Zippel, a well-known Broadway lyricist. Barry Manilow and Garry Kief, who share a love of the Annenberg, underwrote all show expenses. Harold Matzner paid the performers’ accommodation expenses... (Desert Sun, 4/13/2019)

  • Sun on the Strip Podcast: April 10, 2019 - On this episode of the Sun on the Strip, entertainment writer Brock Radke welcomes Las Vegas Weekly staff writer C. Moon Reed to talk about this week’s Strip showbiz news: Mo’Nique and Barry Manilow have extended their shows. CLICK HERE to listen. (Las Vegas Sun, 4/10/2019)

  • Stars Shine At Celebrity Fight Night XXV - On Saturday, March 23, 2019, stars and athletes from around the country, gathered at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night. GRAMMY Award winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire returned for her fifteenth year as emcee. Lonnie Ali introduced this year’s illustrious honorees, and was joined by each of them on stage. Dr. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State, was honored for his unparalleled work as an educator, knowledge enterprise architect, science and technology policy scholar, and higher education leader. Muhammad Ali’s neurologist, Dr. Abe Lieberman was recognized for not only his dedication and achievements professionally, but for his commitment to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center ... Honoree Renee Parsons spoke passionately about the extraordinary philanthropic work that she is involved in, providing life-changing services for those in underserved communities all around the country. Grammy Award-winning producer, musician, composer, and film producer Quincy Jones received the Muhammad Ali Entertainer Award. The legendary artist and longtime friend to Muhammad Ali took time to thank the doctors and researchers in the room, recognizing them as the real heroes. He gave an emotional tribute to his late friend saying that there were “no words” to express the impact that he’s had.

    The black tie event featured a cocktail reception, silent auction, elegant dinner and exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items. The live auction featured dinner with Quincy Jones and David Foster, a week-long trip to a private home in Deer Valley, dinner in Las Vegas with Reba McEntire, a round of golf with Jack Nicklaus on his home course in Jupiter, Florida, and dinners with Billy Crystal, Martin Short, and Jimmy Kimmel, and Andrea Bocelli and his family. The crowd was surprised with an additional auction item – dinner with Buzz Aldrin, who was in attendance at the celebration.

    The evening began with a powerful performance by Caroline Campbell and Michael Joseph, followed by an introduction from Reba McEntire who showed a highlight reel of the unforgettable moments from the past 24 years of Celebrity Fight Night. Actress Melissa Peterman took on the role of Musical Director for the evening, introducing each of the stellar artists who came to the stage. The night was packed with amazing performances from Michael W. Smith, Gunnar Gehl, Shari Rowe, Rita Wilson, Angelica Hale, Pia Toscano, Brian McKnight, and a comedy set from Chris Tucker. The evening closed out with headliner and legendary performer Barry Manilow, who had the crowd on their feet singing along to his greatest hits including “Looks Like We Made It,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “I Made It Through The Rain,” and fan favorite “Copacabana.”

    Additional celebrity guests included George Brett, John Corbett, Bo Derek, Larry Fitzgerald, Paul Konerko, Nancy Lieberman, Nick Lowery, Harvey Mackay, Donovan McNabb, John O'Hurley, Chris Rich, Lindsay Wagner, and many more. (Look To The Stars, 3/27/2019)

  • Celebrity Fight Night celebrated its 25th year (March 23) - Celebrity Fight Night celebrated its 25th year Saturday night with a star-studded event that included a pair of music legends and even one of the few people to walk the moon. The 25th Annual Celebrity Fight Night took place Saturday night at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix. Superstar Barry Manilow was the headlining performer, while among the honorees was 28-time Grammy winner Quincy Jones.

    While those two were perhaps the biggest names to attend this year’s event, one of the most popular people to walk the red carpet Saturday night was Buzz Aldrin, who 50 years ago in July, was part of the first mission to land on the moon. Aldrin was resplendent in a gray tuxedo adorned with a pattern of satellites, planets, stars and comets. He received a standing ovation when he was introduced in the ballroom.

    Celebrities give back through Fight Night: Over the previous 24 years, the event has raised more than $86 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities. It has done so with the help of countless celebrities who have contributed their time and talents to making Celebrity Fight Night the spectacular fundraising event it has become.

    Singer Brian McKnight has performed at the event multiple times. He said its longtime association with the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali was part of its appeal. The 2019 event was special for another reason as it honored Quincy Jones, who McKnight said “meant the world” to him ... “The fact that he was doing what he was doing at a time when so many of us couldn’t even have worked with someone like Frank Sinatra means so much. I’m just glad we’re able to honor him while he’s still with us.”

    Jones, when accepting the Muhammad Ali Entertainer of the Year award, paid tribute to his friend, Muhammad Ali, and the work being done in Ali's name. “The work being done by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Barrow Neurological Institute is noble work,” Jones said. “I’d like to take a moment to thank the doctors, counselors, and medical professionals who have devoted their talents to this endeavor. They are the real heroes. One day, with God’s will, an announcement will come that a breakthrough has been made to find a cure, and you’ll know your work has played a major part.”

    Other honorees at this year’s event were Arizona State University President Michael Crow; Dr. Abraham Lieberman, medical director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute; and business leader and philanthropist Renee Parsons. (AZ Central, 3/23/2019)

  • Celebrity Fight Night XXV Returns To Phoenix, Arizona - Celebrity Fight Night is returning to Phoenix, Arizona in March. Celebrity Fight Night will be hosted by Grammy Award-winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire. This will be McEntire’s fifteenth year hosting Celebrity Fight Night. The black-tie evening will begin with a welcome reception, followed by dinner, an exciting live auction, an array of special performances and more. Grammy winning songwriter and producer David Foster will be returning for his 20th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director. This year’s sponsors include Parsons Xtreme Golf, USA Today Sports, Patrón Spirits, M Group Scenic, iHeart Media, and GO Media.

    Expected to attend are: Honorees Dr. Michael Crow, Quincy Jones, Dr. Abraham Lieberman, and Renee Parsons, Performers Barry Manilow, Caroline Campbell, Gunnar Gehl, Angelica Hale, William Joseph, Brian McKnight, Shari Rowe, Michael W. Smith, Pia Toscano, and Rita Wilson, Music Director, David Foster, Special Guests Randy Jackson, Bo Derek, Melissa Peterman, Chris Rich, Nancy Lieberman, and more.

    WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2019. WHERE: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa; 5350 E. Marriott Drive; Phoenix, Arizona 85054

    MORE: This year, Celebrity Fight Night will benefit the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program as well as the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, in addition to other charities. Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by long-time Arizona resident and businessman Jimmy Walker to support numerous charities. Each year, Celebrity Fight Night attracts first class celebrities from the sports and entertainment worlds. Recognized as one of the nation’s elite charity events, this power-packed evening leaves a lasting impression on attendees. For more information, please visit (Look To The Stars, 3/7/2019)

  • A look at what life was like in Tucson in 1984-1985 - Barry Manilow in Tucson: Barry Manilow performing in McKale Center at the University of Arizona on Jan. 11, 1985. The Daily Star wrote, "Manilow was dressed mostly in black, a color well-suited to his new smoky saloon tunes." (, 3/8/2019)

  • Best Bets for your Las Vegas weekend ... Barry Manilow - Barry’s back Friday and Saturday and will return to the Westgate International Theater later this month, too. If you haven’t seen the ultimate pop singer-songwriter in his ideal Vegas venue, you’re just not doing it right. March 8-9, info at (Las Vegas Sun, 3/8/2019)

  • Copacabana run will support West Sussex sight loss charity - A group of University of Chichester students will be raising money for 4Sight Vision Support, a charity which helps people with sight loss, with their production of the Barry Manilow musical Copacabana at Bognor Regis’ Alexandra Theatre from Thursday to Saturday, March 7-9. The musical, backed by other fundraising activities, is a collaboration between the university’s musical theatre students and undergraduates on its charity development degree. Bethany Stanley, who is part of the ensemble in the show, said 4Sight was a great charity to put on a musical for ... Copacabana seemed the perfect musical for their plans. “It has got quite a large cast which means we can be really inclusive, and it is a good family show. “We figured that it would attract a wider audience, perhaps especially people wanting to go out for the night in Bognor, and we also felt that the musical would suit the area’s demographic. “The show consists of Barry Manilow’s hits such as Sweet Heaven, Just Arrived and, of course, Copacabana. “It follows an aspiring writer Stephen whose imagination takes us to New York in the 40s where we meet an ambitious singer Lola Lamar. We follow the love story of Lola and Tony ... ”4Sight Vision Support provides support, advice and training to improve the quality of life for people who are visually impaired. A spokesman said: “Our service users are at the heart of everything we do, and we aim to help them, understand their sight condition, retain their independence, maintain and improve their quality of life and participate fully in their community whilst having a voice. ”Copacabana will be at the Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis, on March 7, 8 and 9. Tickets from the Regis Centre on or by phone on 01243 861010. (Chichester Observer, 04 March 2019)

  • DAP's Steve Chase Gala harks back to its beginnings - Just when you think that all the unique ideas for fundraising have been used, along comes a new twist. When Desert AIDS Project's CEO David Brinkman and his board met to plan this year's Steve Chase gala, they invited reps from the Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM) and the Living Desert (TLD) to sit in. Their first goal was to decide who should be this year's recipient of the prestigious 25th annual 2019 Steve Chase Humanitarian Award but there was no single, obvious prospect. Then someone said, "Let's back up a bit and honor the man himself -- Steve Chase ... So this year's impressive two-day celebration became a posthumous event, honoring him.

    When Barry Manilow (who was honored 10 years ago) heard about it, he called his friend Kevin Bass, offering to bring his full Vegas show and perform it free for the event! The result, of course, was a unanimous declaration, "Best show I've ever seen."

    The marathon 2-day event began with Chase receiving a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, fronting the PS Art Museum. That was followed by a dazzling party for local donors and supporters. The next day Chase was honored at a snazzy black-tie extravaganza at the Palm Springs Convention Center where his award was accepted by The Living Desert’s Angie Woods on Chase’s behalf.

    An ad in the program by Barbara and Jerry Keller said “Bravo to DAP and Kudo’s to Geoff and James on their well-deserved awards. Thank you to Barry Manilow for your genuine generosity" ... Among the congratulatory comments overheard: Senator Barbara Boxer “One of my favorite events of the year, Manilow is as generous as he is talented.”

    The overriding message of this event was that every guest present is equally dedicated to supporting DAP – UNTIL THERE IS A CURE! (Desert Sun, 3/2/2019)

  • Melissa Manchester will appear with the San Bernardino Symphony March 16 - Cherished classics from the Great American Songbook should make for a splendid program when the San Bernardino Symphony hosts singer Melissa Manchester and guest conductor Sharon Lavery (7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16). The concert features the symphony performing Gershwin composition “Rhapsody in Blue” and opera “Porgy and Bess.” Then, the Grammy-winning vocalist spotlights her 2017 studio album “The Fellas” and her adult contemporary hits such as “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Through the Eyes of Love” ... “The Fellas” was recorded at Citrus College in Glendora with the Blue Note Orchestra, which comprises students, faculty and alumni from the school where Manchester is honorary artist-in-residence ... Barry Manilow, a big music education supporter, recorded and filmed “The Fellas” duet “For Me and My Gal” -- a fun nod to Gene Kelly and Judy Garland’s 1942 musical film theme song -- at Citrus College. What was it like to reunite with the old friend who helped provide an early career boost? The session involved plenty of laughter. “We have to work very hard to shut up and start singing because we just love each other so much,” explained Manchester. (Daily Bulletin, 2/28/2019)

  • Miley Cyrus Wore a Maison Martin Magiela Gown Made Entirely of Vinyl Records - Miley Cyrus wore the MOST fabulous outfit made out of vinyl records as she prepares to make a guest appearance on RuPaul's Drag Race [2019] premiere (Miley is guest-starring as a judge in the RuPaul's Drag Race premiere tonight) ... She's wearing a dress literally made out of pieces of vinyl records, and it's incredible. The dress is by Maison Martin Magiela, and it's over a decade old, first used for the 2008 "Artisanale" Couture Collection. SanchezZalba explains that the dress "is composed of a crepe de chine base decorated with gradated 35 and 45 rpm vinyl singles and albums, that have been cut, then molded to the body while still warm. Can you identify any musicians or songs? We can spot "Don’t talk to me of love" by Barry Manilow and Mirielle Mathieu on the shoulder!" (Marie Claire, 2/28/2019)

  • Barry Manilow for your Las Vegas weekend - BARRY MANILOW: The Westgate International Theater headliner helped close out New York Fashion Week on Wednesday when he popped up at a Michael Kors runway show to sing “Copacabana” in a flashy orange jacket. Manilow’s whirlwind week concludes with his hit-packed residency show in Las Vegas Friday and Saturday. February 15-16, info at (Las Vegas Sun, 2/15/2019)

  • Unforgettable dates for Valentine’s Day, Vegas-style - Forget heart-shaped chocolates and cheap teddy bears. You can’t buy romance at the drugstore, but on the Las Vegas Strip you can book it for date night. Whether that means cruising the city’s neon skies, gliding along a turquoise canal or clinking glasses at a coveted table, a Valentine’s Day to remember awaits you and your honey -- no Hallmark card required ... #9. Barry Manilow (Feb. 14-16, Westgate Las Vegas, 702.732.5111) - The crooner is back, regaling fans with more than 40 years of hits. Grab your sweetie, pick your seats and imagine the legendary vocalist is serenading only you. (Las Vegas Magazine, 2/8/2019)

  • Animal Samaritans Men of the Desert fashion show - Animal Samaritans has been improving the lives of animals and people in the Coachella Valley for 40 years. Their 9th Annual Men of the Desert Fashion Show & Charity Luncheon held at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa and produced by Susan Stein and Richard De Santis did not disappoint. It was elegant, full of energy, brimming with feeling. More than 400 guests began the afternoon with a champagne reception and then placed bids on the silent auction items, which was organized by Jo Anne Kennon. CBS2 Chief meteorologist Patrick Evans conducted the “raise the paws”, a necessity to keep the Animal Samaritans Adoption Alliance Animal Rescue Program going.

    At noon the crowd moved into the dining room and you heard a chorus of oohs and aahs as they caught sight of the silver shimmering décor on each table. The luncheon: salad, Mediterranean Chicken Breast and desert were not only delicious but beautiful. CEO Tom Snyder began the program by welcoming the guests. He thanked the table sponsors, event sponsors, program creators, volunteers, models and gave special thanks to Kim Laidlaw, Patrice Mock and Athena Norton for their work. Awards were presented to Grethe Cox and Barbara Flanagan, the founders of Animal Samaritans. Snyder also presented an award to Mark Grant from The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa for their work in animal adoption. Event co-chairs Patrick Mundt and Lori Serfling spoke briefly and then Susan Stein came to the podium saying “I’m having the best time working with these marvelous models and the beautiful clothes from Saks Fifth Avenue. Fashion today is a reflection of our life styles. It is gender neutral.”

    Then the spotlights came on, the music started and 17 handsome models moved down the runway, each with an excited but perky dog that sat proudly at each corner. The men had a great time with the audience by waving and throwing kisses, which created more cheers and applause. Each model showed three outfits, including a variety of colorful outfits from shorts to casual evening and then into slacks, jackets and suits. The entire group ended their curtain call by dancing to the tune of ‘Copacabana’ which continued to energize the audience. The models were Eric Bennett, Richard DeSantis, Dennis Flaig, Bryan Gallo, Don Genhart, Albert Gonzalez, Gerald Green, Scott Histed, Al Jones, Garry Kief, Robert McCarthy, David Morris, MD, Nate Otto, David Romness, MD, Mike Thompson, Brian Tilles, and Jack Schultz who was the winner of the Handsome Hound Photo Contest.

    Special guests included Barry Manilow, Lorna Luft, Shellie Reade, Donna MacMillan and Bill Nicholson ... The next event will be Animal Samaritans presents Le Chien during Fashion Week. Please visit their web site at or call them at 760 601-3755 to see how you can be of help to local animals. (The Desert Sun, 1/26/2019)

  • Trailer for Nicolas Cage's Mandy soundtracked by Manilow's 'Mandy' - Josh Olson is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of A History of Violence and host of the excellent podcast, The Movies That Made Me. But Olson’s greatest contribution to western civilization may turn out to be his decision to strip out the audio for the gonzo, Nic Cage-starring vengeance saga Mandy and replace it with Barry Manilow’s 1973 ballad of the same name.

    Like peanut butter-and-jelly, this pair of pop culture flavors really should not go together well and yet somehow the Mandy/”Mandy” combo gels perfectly. Or, as Olson himself says, “This is just a straight up needle drop, but it’s insane how well it works.”

    Insane? It’s freakin’ crazy evil!!! (Entertainment Weekly, 1/15/2019)

  • Year-end Kats! awards are in - The Kats! Bureau was all over the scene in ‘18. We close the year with a crash of cymbals and my year-end column in the form of my own awards to the deserving in VegasVille. These honors are heartfelt, mirthsome and — I stress — non-binding [including] ... Best Closing Number Award: Westgate Las Vegas star Barry Manilow, returning to ’70s disco and ’40s feather shows with “Copacabana,” grooving along the catwalk at International Theater. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12/26/2018)

  • San Diego kids choir sings with Barry Manilow - A local elementary school choir had a special honor when they sang on stage with famed musician Barry Manilow. Students from Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School joined Manilow during his San Diego performance last week.

    Principal Liz Sloan said Manilow’s producers reached out to San Diego Unified School District asking for a school to join him on stage. “We jumped on the opportunity. Who wouldn't want to sing with Barry Manilow?” Sloan said.

    A second-grade boy was selected to sing with Manilow. “During a rehearsal, we were asked who knew the words to a song and I raised my hand,” he said. (Fox 5 San Diego, 12/18/2018)

  • Five things to do at Southern California casinos this week (Dec. 14-20) - Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa - Barry Manilow is bringing his show, “A Very Barry Christmas” to Agua Caliente for two nights. He’ll be performing some holiday music in addition to his hits, of which he has many. Manilow has had 50 Top 40 singles and has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide. He’s also no stranger to the holiday music game, having released three different Christmas albums — 1990’s “Because it’s Christmas,” 2002’s “A Gift of Christmas Love” and 2007’s “In the Swing of Christmas.” 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. $100-$250. (Daily News, 12/12/2018)

  • Things to Do This Weekend, Dec. 14-17 - A Very Barry Christmas! Dec. 15–16: Music legend Barry Manilow, who owns a home in Palm Springs, showcases his lifetime of talents in his annual holiday extravaganza at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. (Palm Springs Life, 12/12/2018)

  • Barry Manilow Christmas concert at Amway Center in Orlando - Pictures from Barry Manilow's 'A Very Barry Christmas' concert at Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 -- CLICK HERE. (Orlando Sentinel, 12/10/2018)

  • Barry Manilow is bringing the holidays to San Diego - You can win a pair of tickets to see one of the most legendary singers of our time, Barry Manilow at the Viejas Arena. For more than 50 years, Manilow has been at the top of adult contemporary radio playlists with generational favorites such as "Mandy," "I Write the Songs," and "Copacabana" from the '70s. He then made a successful transition into the '80s with pop-friendly tunes such as "Somewhere Down the Road" and "I Made it Through the Rain." In the '90s he made his first record dedicated to the holidays, titled Because It's Christmas, the LP is filled with inspirational wintertime standards. The album went platinum and stayed at the top of the Billboard special Christmas album chart for 1990. He's coming to America's Finest City and fans are already counting down the days until he takes the stage. SDPIX and SDGLN are giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to see this legendary performer yourself. To win be the first person to reply to our email blast and link to your social media profile with the story. We will update the story with the winner by end of business today. Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmas is on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the Viejas Arena. Tickets are also on sale now. Buy them HERE. (, 12/6/2018)

  • Weekend concert picks ... BECAUSE IT’S CHRISTMAS: Barry Manilow - It’s hard to believe Barry Manilow never made a holiday album until 1990. “I was making pop albums and big-band albums and show tunes albums,” the legendary singer said by phone recently. “It just never came up.” Even crazier, Manilow only last year embarked on his first holiday tour, dubbed A Very Barry Christmas. This year it hits Tampa for the first time in what could be the 75-year-old Copacabana singer’s last trip to town -- although he has said that before. “I have stopped touring the way I used to tour,” he said. “They’ve booked us in Florida, and I get to see my people in Tampa, Orlando and Miami, which is great. They’re a great audience for me.” 7:30 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $16 and up. Donate a gently used instrument at the Amalie box office and receive two tickets to the show. (813) 301-2500. (Tampa Bay Times, 12/5/2018)

  • Holiday Concerts For A Hot Winter's Night In LA - The holiday season is here, and so are musicians trying to earn that cold, hard dough off your warm, nostalgic feelings. Here is our roundup of the merriest Los Angeles concerts delivering musical cheer to your ears this December ... If you want Pop Classics plus Santa: BARRY MANILOW, DEC. 14: The pop crooner who wrote the songs is bringing "A Very Barry Christmas" back for a second year in L.A. The show includes classic holiday songs, Manilow's own hits, and the production level you'd expect from a Vegas showman — he promises snow, Santa, kids, and more. (LAist, 12/3/2018)

  • The Christmas season is upon us! - The Christmas season is upon us! It’s a magical yet busy time of the year—so be sure to escape the hustle and bustle, and take in some great events... Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is offering a rather varied December schedule ... Dec. 6, José Feliciano ... Dec. 14 a live version of The Price Is Right ... At 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, the local-resident legend himself, Barry Manilow, will perform two Christmas-themed shows...Tickets are $100 to $250 ... Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; (CV Independent, 11/30/2018)

  • Tampa Bay’s packed Christmas concert season - The best pop and rock Christmas concerts feature artists who have a healthy selection of holiday material to mix in alongside their biggest hits ... Barry Manilow (Dec. 7, Amalie Arena): The pop icon is playing only a handful of holiday shows this year, and one is in Tampa. You never know when a tour will be his last, so get on it. $16 and up. (813) 301-2500. (Tampa Bay Times, 11/14/2018)

  • 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 Monday November 19th, Tuesday November 20th, or Wednesday November 21st for your chance to win two orchestra section tickets see the Barry Manilow at the Microsoft Theater on Friday December 14th. Tickets are on sale at Deck the halls at the Copacabana cause this is a Christmas spectacular you won’t want to miss. Enter Contest Here (KTLA-5, 11/13/2018)

  • Top Christmas Artists in DFW, According to KLUV - Maybe you grew up listening to Christmas music belted out by Nat King Cole's velvety pipes or Cyndi Lauper's throaty snarl. Either way, North Texans can't get enough. It's dominating the airwaves of KLUV 98.7, which officially kicked off as the Christmas station Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. with "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Here are the top [artists] from the DFW station as of Monday... Top 10 KLUV Christmas Artists: 1. Gene Autry, 2. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 3. Beach Boys, 4. Carpenters, 5. Johnny Mathis, 6. Michael Buble, 7. Amy Grant, 8. Barry Manilow, 9. Andy Williams, 10. Ray Conniff Singers. Top 10 Artists with most recently-released KLUV Christmas songs: 1. Eric Clapton, 2. Straight No Chaser, 3. Pentatonix, 4. Seth MacFarlane, 5. Rod Stewart, 6. Michael Buble, 7. Barry Manilow, 8. Sheryl Crow, 9. Faith Hill, 10. Carrie Underwood. (NBC-5 News, 11/21/2018)

  • Songwriter & producer Scott English dies aged 81 - American producer and songwriter Scott English has passed away, aged 81 (November 16, 2018). English wrote the song "Mandy," which became a No.1 hit for Barry Manilow in 1974. "Mandy" was also recorded by Donny Osmond, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis and Westlife. English also wrote songs such as "Hi Ho Silver Lining" (The Attack) and "Bend Me, Shape Me" (American Breed). He also worked on records by the likes of Thin Lizzy, Bobby Darin, Black Lace, Slade, Donny Osmond, Dionne Warwick, Lynsey De Paul, Jeff Beck, Carole King, Amen Corner, Alan Parsons and Mama Cass and enjoyed a successful career as an artist in the 1970s. Mike Smith, Managing Director, Warner/Chappell Music UK said: “Scott English was a gifted songwriter and an incredibly warm person who everyone loved working with. “Even when he was ill in hospital, he was still working on new lyrics. "Brandy," which went on to be popularised as "Mandy," is a timeless pop classic, while his prodigious output included songs for artists ranging from Dionne Warwick to Thin Lizzy. “He’ll be truly missed and our thoughts are with his family.” (Music Business Worldwide, 11/20/2018)

  • Kym Marsh has a new puppy...called 'Rico' - Kym Marsh has got a new dog. The 'Coronation Street' star has added to her barking brood by taking on a black, white and brown Chihuahua, who has been named Rico after she took inspiration from Barry Manilow's hit 'Copacabana', which tells the story of a mobster called Rico who takes a fancy to a showgirl called Lola. She said: "This week we welcomed a new addition to the family - a long-haired, black, white and brown Chihuahua who we've called Rico. "We already have a short-haired Chihuahua called Lola, so as in Barry Manilow's song 'Copacabana' we now have a Rico and Lola. He's very cute... (Female First, 19 November 2018)

  • Nightclub opens in Burton - and it's the hottest spot north of Havana - What everyone needs on a wet November evening in Burton is a bit of sparkle and sunshine - and it came in spades on Thursday evening at The Brewhouse Arts Centre. Tamworth Musical Theatre Company's production of Barry Manilow's Copacabana lit up the stage at the theatre in Union Street, with more razzle and dazzle than you could shake a stick at.

    Copacabana tells the tale of Tony Forte (played by Andrew Gilham), a struggling songwriter and his love for upcoming singer and dancer Lola La Mar (Stacey Ward). Set in both the present day, and in 1947, Lola arrives in New York City from Tulsa hoping to become a star. Meanwhile, Tony is attempting to make it as a songwriter while tending bar and the famous Copacabana Nightclub. He, along with former 'Copa Girl' Gladys (Nik Ellis with a fabulous NYC accent) introduces Lola to the owner of the club, Sam Silver (Tony Ramsay) to get her a job.

    Tony and Lola work on a song written for her by her former music teacher and Sam finally givers her a job at his club. However, when Italian gangster from Cuba, Rico Castelli (James Gorton,) enters the club with the now-waning star Conchita Alvarez (Becky Easen) he ruffles one or two feathers - and not just yellow ones! Rico kidnaps Lola to star in his own nightclub in Havana - the Tropicana. Once Tony, Gladys and Sam learn that Lola has been kidnapped they head off to save her. A gun is involved in her rescue - but just who shot who? Well, that's not for me to reveal - you'll have to see for yourself.

    The principal characters were all excellent with pitch perfect voices and spot-on comedy timing. Becky Easen absolutely oozed sex appeal as Conchita Alvarez and Nik Ellis' New York accent was pure heaven. Andrew Gillman's pairing with Stacey Ward was tender and moving as they played their parts - past and present - to perfection. James Gorton as the menacing Rico was, yes you've guessed it menacing (I managed to resist boo-ing him), and Tony Ramsey as nightclub owner Sam Silver brought a some extra humour to the stage (watch out for the 'syrup'). Backed by a stellar ensemble - which included tap dancing, acrobatics and a ballet scene - made for a fabulous night out. Emily Carroll has done an amazing job directing and choreographing the show, along with Laura Whitehouse (assistant director), Justine Matthews (assistant choreographer) and Fiona Ball (musical director). Staffordshire oozes with local talent and the TMTC is no exception.

    Copacabana is packed with memorable tunes including Man Wanted, This Can't Be Real, Sweet Heaven and El Bravo and the company did everyone one of them justice. The show certainly warmed me up a cold November night and coupled with an top-notch cast who brought sunshine to the stage and a live band who nailed the Manilow score - what's not to like? Oh, and I am sure I wasn't the only one who left the The Brewhouse singing about the hottest spot north of Havana. In fact I still have it as an earworm now!

    The show will perform at 7.30pm on Friday, November 9 and at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, November 10. Tickets are available via the website at (Derby Telegraph, 09 November 2018)

  • Best Bets...for your Las Vegas weekend - Halloween is gone and the holiday season beckons. Take advantage of this weekend between the madness by taking in a concert spectacular on the Las Vegas Strip ... BARRY MANILOW: One of the many highlights of Manilow’s latest Vegas production is a thunderous performance of “Mandy” which sees him duet with himself -- or the 1975 version of himself, when the song first broke as his first No. 1 hit. It’s just one of the fan favorites from this show at the Westgate International Theater and it’s back for more shows this month before returning again in February. Info at (Las Vegas Sun, 11/2/2018)

  • Watch This Week’s NIGHTLY Concerts for America - Hello from many, many feet in the air! James and I are on our way to Los Angeles because we each have fancy “pitch meetings” and because it’s the birthday of my writing partner/old-time friend Jack Plotnick’s on October 30! ... The first big exciting news is that we’re going to do an encore showing of a different Concert For America every night from now through November 5! Tune in to every night at 9PM ET/6PM PT to see stars like Chita Rivera, Helen Reddy, Melissa Manchester, Barry Manilow, Vanessa Williams, Lisa Lampanelli, Michael Urie, Carrie Manolakos, Megan Hilty, Sierra Boggess, Maureen McGovern [and] SO MANY MORE! Watch, share and donate!

    Tonight's performance (October 29) features legend Barry Manilow, Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, and MORE! Don't miss Barry's classic Copacabana and many other favorites! SHARE! DONATE! Concert will be available to view online until October 30th at 8:59 p.m. (, 10/29/2018)

  • Ryan, Kelly Ripa Surprise “LWKR” Trivia Contestant Who Missed Question - Rules, smchules! Ryan Seacrest took it into his own hands again after a trivia contestant on Live With Kelly and Ryan failed to win the big giveaway. Nancy from Orlando, Florida, was selected to play Live With Kelly and Ryan’s FANtastic Travel Trivia when the show got preempted in her city, meaning she didn’t catch a portion of guest Rachel Bloom’s interview and thus couldn’t answer the trivia question.

    “We had this woman Nancy who was asked this trivia question but she couldn’t answer because the show was preempted we think due to weather during the show,” Ryan explained on-air. “So we said to [producer Michael] Gelman, 'Let’s let her play again' or 'Let’s do something for her.'”

    Gelman, who stopped by the studio, explained on-air that he can’t bend the rules because of legality reasons. “The lawyers don’t let us do that,” he explained. “We’ve been through it for many, many years. There’s certain rules and one of them is we can’t know who sees the show and who doesn’t see the show. Often times there could be a traffic report, a call-in, we have no idea — we have over 200 markets, everyone does their own thing so I must keep the rules the rules as much as I hate it.” Gelman added that, by the way, “90 percent of our people win those trips and those trips are like 10,000 a piece” and they of course love giving them away.

    So we got Nancy on the phone! “I was just disappointed. I take such meticulous notes and if a school bus didn’t go into some woman’s pool I would have gotten it,” she said. “They got them all out, thank god, but they preempted it for like five minutes so I missed whatever Rachel Bloom, most of the stuff, she said.”

    Ryan then chimed in and joked that here at On Air With Ryan Seacrest, we don’t follow the rules, and offered her a choice of tickets to see Bob Dylan, TOTO, Brett Michaels, Rick Springfield, Hoobastank, Elton John, or Barry Manilow in concert!

    Barry Manilow,” Nancy chose. “...I’ve never seen him and before I die I’d love to see him.” (On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, 10/16/2018)

  • Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Barry at Viejas Arena - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Barry Manilow - A Very Barry Christmas at Viejas Arena on December 13th. CLICK HERE for details! Enter by 11:59 pm on December 9th. Tickets on sale now at (CBS-8 (San Diego), 10/15/2018)

  • Broadway Composers Who Also Wrote Some of Your Favorite Jingles - To write a successful jingle, you need to write something catchy, something simple, something contagious—an earworm. So no wonder some of the best-known ad jingles were written by the same people who wrote Broadway’s great showtunes ... Barry Manilow: This recording and concert star has never truly been in or written a play or musical on Broadway, but he has played three Broadway concert engagements (in 1976, 1989, and 2013) and contributed songs to Bette Midler’s 1975 Clams on the Half Shell Revue and Phyllis Newman’s 1979 solo show The Madwoman of Central Park West.

    Manilow began writing ad jingles early in his career, before he was famous, and has continued to do so ever since. Most memorable from the long list of Manilow’s jingles are melodies to “Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There” and “I Am Stuck On Band-Aid Brand ‘Cause Band-Aid’s Stuck On Me,” but Manilow also penned campaigns for such companies as Stridex, KFC, Dr. Pepper, and McDonald’s. (, 10/19/2018)

  • Mary Lou Retton's 'Proper, Proper' Samba - Mary Lou Retton and her partner Sasha Farber dance a Samba to "Copacabana (At The Copa)." The pair received a score of 24 out of 30 for their routine. From Dancing with the Stars, Week 2: Las Vegas Night. (Dancing With The Stars (ABC), 10/2/2018)

  • 'A Star Is Born' premieres in LA: Who was there - Stars, and everyone else, gathered at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Monday night for the premiere of "A Star Is Born." And they all waited for THE star, Lady Gaga, to make her entrance... Bradley Cooper, Lorna Luft (Lorna's mom, Judy Garland, starred in the original 1954 production of "A Star Is Born." It was produced by Luft's father, Sid.), Katharine Ross, Sam Elliot, Barry Manilow, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw[, Rosanna Arquette, Andrew Dice Clay, RuPaul, Jerry Seinfeld and more]. (USA Today, 9/25/2018)

  • Magical experience for Popchoir singers - A singer and business-owner from Launceston has had the trip of a lifetime, as she embarked on London to sing alongside Barry Manilow at the O2 Arena. Sarah Bradley who leads Launceston’s Popchoir group, was delighted when she was asked to join a number of Popchoir members to perform as background singers during Barry Manilow’s set at the O2 Arena recently. Sarah travelled to London on September 6 to join 30 Popchoir members to perform at Manilow’s performance for three nights. She described the experience as ‘surreal but amazing’, and was approached to take part after Popchoir was asked to provide 30 of their 300-plus members for his backing choir. Popchoir is a national scheme that sees performers of all ages come together to sing their hearts out at events and allow their passion for music to blossom. The three performances with Manilow counts as the second time Popchoir have been asked to sing alongside the famous American singer-songwriter. With some shopping, lunching and sightseeing having taken place in London over the few days she was there, Sarah was delighted to have taken part in an experience-of-a-lifetime. (Cornish and Devon Post Newspaper, 20 September 2018)

  • Barry Manilow fan's passion for music legend fuels new production - A musician is passing on his love of Barry Manilow to a new generation of performers as he helps put on a youth show of the legendary entertainer’s musical this week. Self-confessed “fanilow” Steve Trotter jumped at the opportunity to musically direct the glamorous show Copacabana, which the singer wrote in the [1970s] and which will be put on in Sheffield from [Wednesday (19 November)] until Saturday.

    Steve said he had grown up listening to Barry’s music from a young age. “As a child I would often try to work out his arrangements at the piano, creating my own versions to perform to my long-suffering family,” he explained. “I suppose, growing up with ambitions of becoming a professional musician, he was an inspiration and an example of someone who worked hard from the bottom, paid his dues and reached the pinnacle of his profession.” A pianist and a vocalist, Steve taught music in schools for 12 years and jumped at the opportunity to musically direct the glamorous show Copacabana which the singer wrote in the [1970s]... Now, he is getting the chance to inspire the young people of 2018 with Manilow's catchy music.

    Steve is Musical Director for Splinters Theatre Group's production as Copacabana which comes to Sheffield's Montgomery Theatre. The group is for 14 to 30 year olds but this year’s show boasts the youngest ever cast for the company, with the majority of performers under 21. It means none of them were born at the height of Barry Manilow’s fame. “I remember standing up at our first rehearsal and telling the cast of my ‘history’ with Barry and them looking up at me with faces ranging from bemused to bewildered,” Steve says. “I explained that my mission was to help them not to just create a fantastic show but to secure Barry’s legacy in making them all honorary Fanilows! They have embraced Barry's music and dedicated so much time and effort into learning some quite intricate harmonies.”

    Copacabana tells the story of Manilow's most well-known hit that starts with the famous lines “Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl...” As Stephen struggles to write a new song, his imagination takes him back to 1947 to see a version of himself working at the Copacabana Night Club in New York City where he falls for a new singer who arrives from out of town called Lola. The show follows their struggles as they both rise to fame and form Stephen's new musical creation.

    Directed by Daniel Storey, the show features plenty of toe-tapping numbers, and features a mix of American swing and Cuban, Latin rhythms. And as preparation for opening night, Steve even went to see the man himself, Barry Manilow, when he visited the UK on his recent tour. “It was a great show and he's still a fantastic showman,” he said.

    Copacabana runs at the Montgomery Theatre in Sheffield from September 19 to 22. Tickets are on sale now and available online at or by calling 0114 3273456. (Rotherham Advertiser, 19 September 2018),copa-load-of-this-

  • Sheffield show with all glamour of Copacabana - Splinters Theatre Group’s production of Barry Manilow’s musical (Copacabana-The Musical, 19-22 September 2018, The Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield), based on his classic hit song, will have plenty of glitz and glamour. In the story, aspiring songwriter Stephen is writing a tune telling the story of Lola. Fresh off the plane, she arrives in New York with showbiz aspirations. Bartender/composer Tony falls in love with her and helps her become a Copa girl. Lola, of course, attracts the amorous attentions of Rico. Directed by Dan Storey, this show features toe-tapping numbers including "Just Arrived," "Dancin' Fool" and, of course, the title song. The show also features the youngest cast for the company to date in its 29th year, with the majority under 21, including Emily Wilson as Lola. (The Star, 13 September 2018)

  • Jason Alexander directed 'Native Gardens' - but he dreams of Barry Manilow - Jason Alexander directs the latest iteration of "Native Gardens," Karen Zacarías' popular play that has already sprouted up in theaters across the country ... These days the "Seinfeld" alum, whose acting roots trace back to Broadway, has been actively pursuing and fruitfully tending to his directorial endeavors, pruning his approach with patience and perspective ... Ahead of the opening of "Native Gardens," Alexander, 58, spoke with The Times [about] why he's genuinely itching to develop a jukebox musical ... Jason Alexander: "Of what I've done, I understand theater best. I love the magic of musicals, and making an audience believe that this thing is happening in front of them, while people are actually singing and dancing. I'd love to work on some new work because otherwise you're kind of locked in a blueprint ... For a long time, I've been trying to figure out: Is the Barry Manilow songbook something that lends itself to storytelling? Most of his songs are about yearning and wanting and unrequited love, and a lot of it is about music and performing. It has elements that suggest a story, and I just haven't found it yet. Also, his songbook is ballad-heavy - can that ballad become an up-tune and still work, or will the audience that loves Barry Manilow songs will they shoot me at the stage door? I've mentioned it to Barry Manilow, but I've never said, "Hey, Barry, I'm working on it." So this might be news to him..." (Los Angeles Times, 9/5/2018)

  • For Las Vegas' best live music, go where the musicians go - Nashville may call itself “Music City,” but Las Vegas has a lock on the good stuff. Jennifer Lopez, Barry Manilow, Enrique Iglesias, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men and Paul Shaffer all headline big casino resort shows this month, while the Backstreet Boys, Cher and Celine Dion return to the mix next month. But if you want to experience the really good stuff, the shows where you can lock eyes with the singers, tap your feet, sway your hips and feel like you’ve been transported back to O.G. Las Vegas, “you have to go to the places the musicians visit on their nights off,” says Craig Canter, a popular Vegas singer who favors Rat Pack tunes. Vegas has a lot of famous headliners and celebrities, but what visitors don’t know is that the city has a vibrant live music scene beyond the casino theaters,” Canter says. “Some great musicians have become local celebrities here. When they’re not out on tour or playing for big stars, they’re playing weekly gigs here, drawing huge crowds and inviting other musicians to come up and sing or perform” ... "I play quite a bit around town, and so do other musicians" says Joey Melotti, a well-regarded Vegas songwriter and piano player who toured with famous singers such as Michael Bolton, Julio Iglesias and Rickie Lee Jones. He’s been a member of Manilow’s band for more than a decade. "Barry’s show is scripted out, very detailed, so it’s fun to play around town on my own when we’re off." (The Dallas Morning News, 9/4/2018)

  • Traffic warning for Barry Manilow fans heading to Birmingham concert - When Barry Manilow [said] 'Can't Smile Without You' you can safely bet he wasn't thinking about roadworks in Paradise. But fans driving to the singer-songwriter's next concert in Birmingham could be in for a nightmare journey - if they don't allow extra time ... That’s just a day after the neighbouring Paradise Queensway will be shutdown for a year on September 3. The closure is part of the Midland Metro Alliance work to extend the tramline from Stephenson Street in the city centre up to Five Ways in Edgbaston ... Famous for other hits like Mandy, Copacabana and Could It Be Magic, the 75-year-old will appear at the Arena Birmingham on Tuesday, September 4. Barry Manilow concertgoers from outside of town in particular might not be expecting to find Paradise Queensway closed as well. Arena Birmingham updated its website to say: “Paradise Circus will close in both directions from Monday 3 and remain closed until summer 2019... We strongly recommend you check out all the information within this blog before planning your journey to our venue!” [An Arena Birmingham] spokesman said: “We have a blog set up on the website helping to make customers aware of the potential issues. All customers who have booked tickets to a show at Arena Birmingham will be sent the same advisory information in a pre-event email a couple of days before the event. “Those who have booked for Barry Manilow on Tuesday should have received an email on Friday night, August 31. In addition, our Barry Manilow webpage has just been updated with a warning message.” (Birmingham Live, 03 September 2018)

  • What to see this week in the UK over the next seven days: Our pick of the best [rock & pop] - Barry Manilow: Mandy! Could It Be Magic! Can’t Smile Without You! Copacabana! You can turn your nose up all you want, but Barry Manilow and his Princess-Diana-circa-1991 haircut has brought pure joy to millions for 50 years. FIFTY YEARS! Expect all the hits, some glorious name-dropping speeches and unbridled, white wine-tinged euphoria among the Fanilows. Leeds, Saturday 1; Manchester, Sunday 2; Birmingham, Tuesday 4; London, Thursday 6 to 8 September. (The Guardian, 31 August 2018)

  • 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)

  • 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. (, 7/29/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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. (, 7/23/2018)

    (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

    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)

  • 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)

  • 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 (Broadway World, 7/9/2018)

  • 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 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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. (, 7/11/2018)

  • Live Music: Tuesday, July 10 - Barry Manilow is at the Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, Connecticut (888) 226-7711, $39.50-$125. 7:30 p.m. (Providence Journal, 7/9/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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 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:, and (NYC's Original City Guide, 7/8/2018)

  • 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. (, 7/8/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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, (The Inquirer, 7/5/2018)

  • 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).”, (Atlantic City Weekly, 7/3/2018)

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 “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 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is located at 1 Borgata Way in Atlantic City. (At The Shore, 5/7/2018)

  • 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 on Friday, May 11th. Visit (Broadway World, 5/7/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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

    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: (The Goshen News, 4/9/2018)

  • 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:; 239-424-9500. (Naples Daily News, 3/9/2018)

  • '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:; 239-424-9500 (Naples Daily News, 3/7/2018)

  • 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 (South Bend Tribune, 3/4/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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, (Miami New Times, 2/19/2018)

  • Barry Manilow will 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

    For tickets at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood, call 954-797-5531 or go to (Florida Jewish Journal, 2/16/2018)

  • 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. (, 2/16/2018)

  • 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 or call 434-515-5370 x82017. (WDBJ-7, 2/7/2018)

  • 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 (Champion, 06 February 2018)

  • 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)

  • 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 (News-Press, 2/1/2018)

  • 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., (San Antonio Magazine, 1/31/2018)

  • 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, (Houston Chronicle, 1/31/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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, $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)

  • 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)

  • 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. (, 1/28/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 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)

  • 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. (, 1/26/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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 (The Florida Times-Union, 1/19/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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 (, 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. (, 1/16/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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 for further details. (The Desert Sun, 1/6/2018)

  • 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)

  • 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 Deck the halls at the Copacabana cause this is a Christmas spectacular you won’t want to miss. (KTLA-5, 12/8/2017)

  • 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)

  • 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! (, December 2017)

  • 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)

  • 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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