- Dream Foundation Hosts Annual Gala: Star-Studded Event Raises Cash, Recognizes Humanitarian Work - The Dream Foundation, a Santa Barbara-based organization that grants the wishes of adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses, hosted its 12th annual Celebration of Dreams Gala on Saturday. According to the nonprofit, the event put on at the Bacara Resort & Spa drew numerous celebrities, $200,000 in donations, and enough funds raised to cover one-third of the organization’s annual budget. The fundraiser’s famous faces included Barry Manilow, who received an award for his humanitarian work, Olivia Newton-John, and Richie Sambora, all of whom sung. "Glee" actress Jane Lynch and "Bachelor" alum Andrew Firestone also attended, auctioning off trips to the French Alps and Africa and Lakers tickets. Other attendees included Priscilla Presley, Alan Thicke, Nigel Lythgoe, "Glee" star Darren Criss, and Broadway star Teal Wicks. Thomas Rollerson, the foundation’s founder and president, thanked everyone for their work with the organization, saying "It is through bravery that we charge forward, it is through bravery that we fight every day, and it is through bravery that we continue to make dreams come true." (Santa Barbara Independent, 10/31/2013)
- Henderson teen Malia Civetz, a 2012 Las Vegas Academy graduate, is well on her way to stardom. A sophomore at USC’s Thornton School of Music, Malia performed at the Dream Foundation Gala in Santa Barbara, Calif., honoring Barry Manilow with its Humanitarian Award. Malia joined Olivia Newton-John, Darren Criss, Richie Sambora, Jane Lynch and Nigel Lythgoe, among many others, in the Celebration of Dreams gala hosted by Priscilla Presley. Malia almost had no time to wait for the standing ovation and thunderous applause at [the] end. She rushed down to Staples Center in L.A. to belt out the Canadian and U.S. national anthems when the L.A. Kings took on the Edmonton Oilers. We remember Malia here on the Strip when she appeared onstage for Barry’s closing weekend at the Paris, when he selected her winner of his worldwide talent contest. (Las Vegas Sun, 10/29/2013)
- Cecilian Musical Society launch Copacabana - "At the Copa,Co,Copacabana"... The catchy 1970s classic tune is the theme of the Cecilian Musical Society’s latest production which will take to the stage on Nov 27 -30 at the Lime Tree Theatre. Based around the Barry Manilow song Copacabana, the musical is sure to bring a touch of the tropics to Limerick this autumn. "Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl"... so begins the saga of Lola and Tony. Their tale of love and romance on the way to stardom had comes to Limerick in a Broadway-style musical fantasy. The Cecilian’s new production features a number of Barry Manilow hits, dazzling costumes, spectacular sets and sensational choreography and a few surprises. Having won the Association of Irish Musical Societies award for Best Choreography in three of the last four years, under the tutelage of Barbara Meany, Copacabana is perfectly suited to the talented cast that make up The Cecilians. This production can thank its musical director Shane Farrell; its choreographer Barbara Meany and cast members Sadhbh McCoy, Michael O’Gorman, Jessica Bray, Brian Henry, Grainne Hartnett and Nigel Dugdale. Shows are 8pm on Nov 27 through Nov 30 and tickets are E74 for a family ticket, E23 standard, E21 students/OAPs/unwaged and can be purchased online from www.limetreetheatre.ie or by ringing 061-774774. (Limerick Leader, 24 Oct 2013)
- Barry Manilow, The Wanted, The Lumineers for Children in Need Rocks - Gary Barlow has announced a second batch of acts to be performing at his Children In Need Rocks concert. The musical event is being organized by the Take That frontman to raise money for the children's charity. Barry Manilow, The Wanted, The Lumineers and Tom Odell are the latest names to have been added to the list of acts. They join Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding and Rizzle Kicks for two concerts in November that will raise money to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Manilow said: "I have known Gary from early Take That days when they re-recorded my hit 'Could it be Magic' in 1992. We have remained friends and I am thrilled he asked me to be a part of this great BBC Children in Need Rocks night. I have been proud to support BBC Children in Need for many years as it's a truly wonderful cause that does great work for children and young people in the UK. See you there on the night." Barlow added: "We are in for a fantastic couple of nights with lots of amazing artists and some very exciting collaborations. I can't wait to get up on stage for a few numbers too, it's all for a great cause." Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton will host both evenings, which will be edited into one program to be broadcast on BBC One during Children in Need week. (Digital Spy, 10/17/2013)
- Gary Barlow's charity line-up - Gary Barlow has added boy band The Wanted and veteran US singer Barry Manilow to the bill of his BBC Children In Need Rocks concerts. The Take That star is organising a pair of concerts next month to raise funds for the annual charity appeal, headlined by the likes of Robbie Williams and Rizzle Kicks. Also newly added to the line up of the shows, on November 12 and 13 at the Eventim Apollo in London, formerly the Hammersmith Apollo, are The Lumineers and Brit Award-winning songwriter Tom Odell. Barry said: "I have known Gary from early Take That days when they re-recorded my hit Could It Be Magic in 1992. We have remained friends and I am thrilled he asked me to be a part of this great BBC Children in Need Rocks night." Gary said: "We are in for a fantastic couple of nights with lots of amazing artists and some very exciting collaborations." (York Press and This is Lancashire, 18 October 2013)
- Barry Manilow coming to Jacksonville in January - Fanilows rejoice! Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is coming to town in the New Year. Manilow, who is behind such hits as "Copacabana (at the Copa)" and "Mandy," will be at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets, which range from $9.99 to $179.99, are already on sale. They can be purchased on ticketmaster.com, manilow.com or over the phone at 1-800-745-3000. (First Coast News, 10/8/2013)
- Barry Manilow is coming to the Pensacola Bay Center - See the Music Legend Live in Concert on Thursday, January 30 Tickets start at just $19.99. PensacolaBay Center announced today that multi-million selling artist, Barry Manilow is coming to Pensacola on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Manilow, the undisputed #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, will bring his high-energy, hit-packed concert to cities across the nation and around the world. With more than 50 Top 40 hits like, "Mandy," "Can’t Smile Without You" and "Copacabana (at The Copa)," Manilow will perform for one night only at the Pensacola Bay Center. With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of entertainment, including performing, writing, composing, arranging, and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career. He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more. He has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, an Oscar nomination, and a top selling autobiography. BARRY MANILOW; THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th at 7:30pm; PENSACOLABAY CENTER; TICKETS: $19.99, $39.99, $69.99, $99.99, $129.99, $159.99, and $179.99. Purchase tickets at Pensacola Bay Center Box Office, manilow.com, pensacolabaycenter.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. (Santa Rosa's Press Gazette, 10/7/2013)
- Barry Manilow to make one-night stop at North Charleston Coliseum - "Copacabana (at The Copa)" singer Barry Manilow, "the undisputed No. 1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time," will be making an appearance at the North Charleston Coliseum in January. With tickets starting at $19.99 (they go up to $139.99), the concert by the Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee is sure to feature a number of his more than 50 Top 40 hit. With songs like "Mandy" and "Can’t Smile Without You" to his credit, Manilow has released more than 40 albums and has a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award and an Oscar nomination to his credit. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Tickets can be purchased at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office, at manilow.com or ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Go to www.NorthCharlestonColiseumPAC.com for more information. (Charleston Scene, 10/7/2013)
- Barry Manilow to perform at Tampa Bay Times Forum - The Tampa Bay Times Forum announced Monday Barry Manilow is coming to Tampa Bay on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Manilow, the undisputed #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, will bring his high-energy, hit-packed concert to cities across the nation and around the world. With more than 50 Top 40 hits like, "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana (at The Copa)," Manilow will perform for one night only at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tickets: Tickets for the event are on sale now at the McDonald's(r) Ticket Office at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Ticketmaster outlets and at Ticketmaster.com. To order tickets by phone call 800.745.3000. Ticket prices are $7.24, $37.24, $67.24, $97.24, $127.24 and $157.24. Prices do not include facility fee or service charges. (WTSP 10 News Tampa Bay, 10/7/2013)
- Barry Manilow coming to Tampa for Jan. 31 show - Barry Manilow, who built a legendary pop music career off a run of 1970s singles such as "Copacabana," "Mandy" and "Can’t Smile Without You," will perform Jan. 31 at the Forum in downtown Tampa. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7.24, $37.24, $67.24, $97.24, $127.24 and $157.24, and are available at the Forum ticket office or through Ticketmaster. Prices do not include a facility fee or service charges. Manilow, 70, a renowned performer, producer, arranger and composer, has more than 50 top-40 hits, including "Looks Like We Made It," "Weekend in New England," "Bandstand Boogie" and "Even Now." For information, go to www.manilow.com. (TBO/The Tampa Tribune, 10/7/2013)
- Barry Manilow tickets on-sale - Barry Manilow has been named the number one adult contemporary artist of all time. Now, folks in Southwest Florida have the chance to see him. On January 24th Barry Manilow will be performing in Estero at the Germain Arena. Tickets went on-sale at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Prices for tickets to the concert range from $8 to $150. For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets, visit the Germain Arena website. (ABC-7 WZVN-HD, 10/5/2013)
- Copacabana comes to Dunmow - The Dunmow Players Musical Theatre Company is planning a production based on Barry Manilow’s iconic song Copacabana. They are promising a production full of glitz and glamour inspired by the 1979 Grammy Award winning tune. In 1985, Manilow and his collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman expanded the song into a full length, made-for-television musical. This film version was then further expanded into a full-length, two-act stage musical. In his love letter to the technicolour musicals of the 1940s, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana tells the story of Lola from Tulsa who arrives in New York with showbiz aspirations. Rehearsals have just commenced and The Dunmow Players are looking for more people, especially men to join the cast for this production. You should be 16 or over with loads of enthusiasm and a love of singing. To find out more contact the production secretary, Decia Ranger, on 01371 874073 or 07981 585620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Herts And Essex Observer, 04 October 2013)
- Barry Manilow plays Germain Arena in January - He writes the songs that make the whole world sing. Now Barry Manilow will be singing them at Germain Arena. The pop superstar performs Jan. 24 at the Estero venue, organizers have just announced. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. They range in cost from $7.99-147.99, not including fees and parking, according to Ticketmaster.com. Manilow’s many hits include "Mandy," "Can’t Smile Without You" and "Copacabana (at The Copa)." Tickets will be sold at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com. (News-Press (Fort Myers), 10/2/2013)
- Masque Sound Celebrates the Memory of Six Extraordinary Young Men in Barry Manilow's "Harmony - A New Musical" - When Tony® award-winner John Shivers, along with David Patridge were personally selected by Barry Manilow and theater veteran Bruce Sussman to create the sound design for the legendary singer's highly anticipated new musical, Harmony - A New Musical, they turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package. Harmony, which officially opened at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on September 15, recounts the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young men who in 1920s Germany took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics. The Comedian Harmonists sold millions of records, starred in dozens of films and packed the most prestigious concert halls around the globe until the world they knew forever changed with the commencement of World War II.
Working with Masque Sound for more than 20 years now, Shivers most recently collaborated with the company on the Broadway smash Kinky Boots, for which he won the Tony® award for Best Sound Design of a Musical. "When Barry Manilow was in essence auditioning sound designers for Harmony, he came to see Kinky Boots," says Shivers. "He liked the sound of the show, and the very next day I received a call from Mr. Manilow asking if I could design the sound for Harmony. Masque Sound did a great job in providing the equipment and technical support for Kinky Boots, so they were my obvious choice for Harmony. I have a great relationship with them; they are wonderful to work with and are always attentive to my needs."
One of the biggest challenges in the sound design for Harmony was achieving full-scale production sound on a limited-engagement show's budget. "Whenever you have a very experienced pop star like Barry Manilow personally involved in a show, expectations are very high," adds Shivers. "Although the show is only scheduled to run for a month, we did not want to compromise the sound in any way because of financial constraints. Through our design, along with Masque Sound's extensive inventory, we were able to put together a package that ultimately ended up sounding great and made Barry very happy."
Shivers and Patridge designed an audio equipment package that included a DiGiCo SD10 digital console. The SD10 offers a reasonably large number of inputs and outputs, along with signal routing flexibility. "DiGiCo continues to provide valuable software as an added package to their SD consoles which is designed specifically for the theatrical market," says Patridge. "The SD10 was provided as an "SD10T" console with this software which allows the desk to operate in a manner very consistent with the needs of musical theatre. Theatre is such a small piece of the audio market and it is great to have vendors like Masque Sound who are willing to make the effort for us." In addition, Masque Sound provided a large speaker array of Meyer M'elodies, which Shivers likes because they have excellent clarity and punch in a relatively compact package. Masque Sound also provided Meyer subwoofers and Sennheiser Wireless SK5212s along with frequency coordination. "Every job and every theater has its unique challenges from a sound design standpoint, whether it be microphone placement on the actors, time constraints, room acoustics, etc.," adds Shivers. "Masque Sound is not only an equipment provider; their on-site support and troubleshooting is second to none."
Directed by Drama Desk Award-nominee Tony Speciale (Classic Stage Company's Unnatural Acts, A Midsummer Night's Dream), Harmony runs through October 6 at the Alliance Theatre and will move to Los Angeles in the spring of 2013. (IT Business Net, 10/3/2013)
- North Hills graduate adds musical to her acting resumé - During a community youth-theater class at Ross Elementary School in the late 1980s, 7-year-old Leigh Ann Wielgus climbed on stage and belted out a crowd-rousing rendition of "I am Stuck on Band-Aids," a commercial jingle written by pop-music superstar Barry Manilow. "She sang it with confidence covered with Band-aids!" said the class instructor, Annie Snyder of McCandless. "From the beginning, I could tell that there was something special about this little girl." Now, more than two decades later - and with principal roles in two major Broadway revivals, plus multiple TV appearances and other stage credits to her name - the 1998 North Hills Senior High School graduate has returned to Manilow for her latest theatrical success. "Harmony - A New Musical" opened at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on Sept. 6, and the run continues through Sunday, Oct. 6.
The musical - written by Manilow and his longtime lyricist Bruce Sussman - took nearly 20 years to bring to the stage after exhaustive rewrites, soft starts and assorted business snafus. Its stint in Atlanta will be a proving ground for future plans, notably whether its creators can secure the millions of dollars needed to bump it up to Broadway. "Harmony" tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a German vaudevillian sextet in the 1920s and 1930s made up of three Jewish and three non-Jewish male performers. They offered something unprecedented in live performance at the time: complex six-part harmonies, vocal imitation of instruments and physical comedy. The men sold millions of records, starred in a dozen films and packed the houses of the most prestigious concert halls around the globe. However, their rise to international fame was cut short by the Nazis' rise to power.
Leigh Ann Larkin - she uses her cousin's grandmother's maiden name as her stage name - plays the principal role of Mary Hegel. She is the non-Jewish girlfriend, fiancée and then wife of Josef Roman Cykowski, a rabbi from Poland who changes his career path when he joins the Comedian Harmonists as their baritone. He is the narrator of the show. Mary can foresee the conflicts brewing in Nazi Germany. "She's strong, grounded and the voice of reason," said Larkin, 33. "What I love most about the story is that it's true," Larkin continued. "We're playing real people and revisiting a time in history that's important to remember. We get to experience these men whom we otherwise would not have had a chance to hear. The story is full of great music. It's introspective, funny and heartbreaking."
When Manilow and Sussman chose Larkin for the part, she was thrilled. "I had tears in my eyes!" she exclaimed. She said working alongside Manilow has been equally thrilling. "He is awesome! He never puts himself above anyone else. He's very collaborative and is very interested in what we bring to our songs. He's so vested in this piece, and that helps us to be even better," Larkin said. Still, she has discovered that the highlights of doing a new show often coincide with the challenges. "It's amazing to create a whole new role. You can do just about anything with the character," she said. "But that's also the hardest part because there are no guidelines or precedents to let you know whether you're doing it right or wrong ...You're laying down new land for what may well be the next iconic Broadway show!" Performances have been sold out or nearly so, Larkin said. The cast has received standing ovations, she said, and the show has gotten good reviews.
Larkin, meanwhile, has gotten good reviews from Manilow and Sussman. "Leigh Ann may well be one of the greatest singers we've ever worked with. Add to that her deep understanding and love for the character she plays and, suffice to say, we could not have asked for more from her," they said in a statement.
Larkin will audition for TV and film opportunities before the opening of another run of "Harmony" from March 4 to April 13 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. After that, Manilow, Sussman, and the cast and crew hope to finally take the show to Broadway. "I think it deserves to go to Broadway. ..." said Larkin, who lives near Broadway, on New York City's Upper West Side; her parents, Ed and Marilyn Wielgus still reside in Ross Township. "It would be my ultimate dream to portray Mary on Broadway." (TribLIVE, 10/2/2013)