Barry Briefs

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

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

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

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

    'THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON' LISTINGS: May 16 - May 23 ..... Tuesday, May 23: Guests include Javier Bardem, Gal Gadot, Barry Manilow. Musical guest Barry Manilow. (Broadway World, 5/17/2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tickets for the event are available at (WFJA Classic Hits 105.5, 4/7/2017)

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

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

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

    And what about Lola? Well the famous show girl will be played by Helen Cash. But will ambitious country girl Lola’s dreams of becoming a star come true? Well you’ll have to get yourself a ticket to find out. Copacabana is on until Saturday and tickets are available from the Tyne Theatre box office and online at Eventim. (Chronicle Live, 03 April 2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Last month, her organization awarded DAP with $15,000 to support clinical and social services programs for low-income people with HIV and AIDS. “She used her massive fame to shine a spotlight on the AIDS pandemic when nobody else would. I know she would be thrilled at this award and that you all remembered her,” said Manilow... (The Desert Sun, 2/12/2017)

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

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

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

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

    Now, they hope that effect will continue to make its mark, especially in the Valley for years to come. "That's what we're all about at the end of the day, is helping one another out," Brinkman said. Brinkman said they expected to raise more than $1 million to help about 3,600 patients and clients across the Valley. (KESQ, 2/11/2017)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dave Koz keeps Modesto spirits bright for the holidays - Modesto may not get that white Christmas of holiday lore each year, but it certainly seems content to have a jazzy Christmas instead. Since 2010, contemporary jazz saxophonist Dave Koz has brought his popular Christmas show to Gallo Center for the Arts four times. The last time was in 2015, and it returns again this year for a sold-out production Wednesday, Dec. 21.

    The smooth-jazz hitmaker and nine-time Grammy nominee celebrates the 19th anniversary of his successful Christmas tour. As in years past, Koz brings a revolving roster of stars with him on the road for the holiday extravaganza. This year's special guests are Jonathan Butler, Valerie Simpson and Kenny Lattimore. “We’re very honored and happy to come back to Modesto. I love the Gallo Center, and it has become a yearly tradition. Nothing makes me happier than seeing familiar faces,” Koz, 53, said in a phone interview with The Modesto Bee from the road in Florida recently.

    This year’s tour also has some notable production changes. For the first time, all four artists will be onstage together to start. And Koz has decided to go less high-tech, ditching the big screens that projected in the background in years past. “I feel like in our life now, we have our noses in screens too much. Whether television or iPad, we’re always staring at a screen. This time, there will be no distractions – no big screens,” he promised.

    He also said audiences can expect the show to be about 65 percent Christmas-themed and 35 percent artists’ own repertoires. He said picking the performers each year is one part inspiration, one part luck. “It’s a little bit crossing fingers and hoping it works out. Whatever makes for the best show will win. There’s really no ego; we all band together. And I love what it says to the audience,” he said. “These are four artists who could be doing their own show. But this is a microcosm of what life should be. With so much divisiveness and uncertainty, it feels like a nice opportunity to bring people together.”

    Koz himself is, of course, no slouch in the success department. The entertainer has had nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album chart. His last Christmas album, 2014’s “The 25th of December,” spent eight weeks atop the charts. Over the summer, he toured with fellow jazz saxman David Sanborn and opened the U.S. and U.K. dates for Barry Manilow’s “One Last Time!” tour.

    Koz, who calls himself a “nice Jewish boy,” said no one is more surprised by the enduring success of his Christmas tour than him. “I feel so blessed and fortunate to have a tour that has lasted this long. We’ve created more of a feeling than concert for many years now. And people make it a holiday tradition,” he said. “I’ve watched kids come to the show, and they are now grown up and come with their kids. That’s the part that makes it special for us.” (The Modesto Bee, 12/14/2016)

  • Burnsville Music Teacher Surprised with $35,000 Worth of Donated Instruments - Music teacher Ann Bakken stood in front of her eighth-grade band class Thursday at Nicollet Middle School. With the students' complete attention, she raised her hands and motioned for them to begin playing. They may have sounded like an eighth-grade band, but in time she will have them in tip-top shape. This past fall, Bakken told the school's resource officer and friend, Beverly Price, that she was worried she would not be able to provide enough instruments to her students. "There was a time where there was two or three weeks we were practicing without drumsticks. Some of these kids had nothing for their hands and it just bothered me," she said. And a number of instruments she does have are 45 years old and in bad shape.

    Without Bakken knowing, Price contacted the Barry Manilow Foundation's "Manilow Music Project." The project donates instruments and materials to school music programs. "They came through with being able to provide Bakken with all the instruments she needed," Price said.

    At the school's band concert Dec. 1, Price surprised Bakken with new instruments worth $35,000. "It still makes me tear up because it's really cool. I'm really passionate about what I do and I want kids to be able to play if they want to play," Bakken said. Bakken says she's thankful to Price for helping her and the kids make sweet music. (KSTP ABC-5 Eyewitness News, 12/9/2016)

  • Christmas success surprises no one more than Koz - No one is more surprised than Dave Koz that nearly two decades later he’s still taking his annual Christmas tour on the road. "I can’t believe being a Jewish boy out there doing almost 20 years of Christmas touring," said Koz, calling from Jacksonville, FL ... The "Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016," which comes to the Rock Hall City for a Dec. 10 show at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre, finds the saxophone player joined by guitarist Jonathan Butler, R&B-gospel crooner Kenny Lattimore and Ashford & Simpson’s Valerie Simpson.

    Considering the Christmas Tour was initially designed as a way for Koz and keyboardist David Benoit to deal with unexpected family deaths, it’s apropos Simpson is on the bill. "This is the first time Valerie has been out on the road since her husband passed away five years ago," Koz said. "She’s just a powerhouse. We’re talking about classics like 'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,' and 'Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).' These are songs we can incorporate in our show giving it such depth that we really never had before."

    Koz said this year’s tour is mostly Christmas songs with a Hanukkah medley to boot. Also, there are a few new songs that based on the time of the year and recent events seamlessly fit the show. "It’s often really difficult to introduce new Christmas songs because people want to hear the songs they know," Koz said. "Occasionally we introduce new material and this year because of the passing of Leonard Cohen, Kenny is singing 'Hallelujah.' Now that’s not a Christmas song, but it feels like one. It’s a showstopper and a beautiful moment. We’re also doing a funky song called 'Silver Lining.' People who come to the show will get a nice mix of things that really set them up for a holiday feeling. Hopefully that’ll get them in that mood."

    When it comes to Koz’s Christmas wish, he admits Santa already came through in a big way. Not only did the Grammy Award-nominated artist spend the spring opening for Barry Manilow’s swansong tour, but this past summer he hit the road with David Sanborn. "I’ve had more of those dreams come true than any one person can rightfully claim in one lifetime," Koz said. "Whether it’s David Sanborn, being on the road and flying from gig to gig on Barry Manilow’s jet and hanging with him or making music with Stevie Wonder or meeting Nelson Mandela, I can go on and on. At this point, it’s all gravy."

    "Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016" featuring Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Valerie Simpson. When: 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Where: State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Tickets: $10 to $69.50. Info: Call 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353, or visit (News-Herald, 12/9/2016)

  • Dave Koz to Reunite With Original Christmas Tour Lineup for 20th Anniversary Concerts - Though his latest Christmas Tour is just underway, Dave Koz is already planning next year's trek -- which will mark 20 years since he first took the holiday package on the road. The saxophonist tells Billboard that to commemorate the anniversary he plans to reunite the original Christmas Tour crew of David Benoit, Peter White and Rick Braun in 2017. "A lot of very wonderful energy will be on that, kind of make it full circle," Koz says. "I never thought in a million years we'd be doing it this long. There's a familiarity thing that happens with this music; People hold on to these traditions and somehow we've become part of a lot of people's traditions. It's amazing. The most surprised person about this whole thing is me. I think it deserves to have a celebration of some sort, so next year will be very special."

    Koz is high on this year's Christmas Tour, too, of course, which features Jonathan Butler, Valerie Simpson and Kenny Lattimore on a 24-tour itinerary that wraps Dec. 22 in San Jose. Koz notes that it's the first time he's featured three vocalists, and in the contentious wake of this year's presidential election the shows seem to be providing a bit of balm to the crowds so far. "There's such a warmth and energy to these songs," Koz says. "They make people feel good, so innocent. Especially coming off this last couple months of just craziness and divisiveness, it's so reassuring. It does a lot of good for all of our hearts on stage to see people melting a little bit and letting their guard down and hopefully be a little kinder in the holiday season and the new year. We need more of that, common kindness."

    Koz, who's released three holiday albums, says his plans for the tour's 20th anniversary may also include some studio time. "I would love to go in the studio and record with the guys, maybe do a little retrospective and some new music," he notes. He's also planning to work on a new album of his own in the new year, although Koz hasn't "narrowed in" on what direction he'll take. Meanwhile, he's also still buzzing about being the special guest on Barry Manilow's One [Last] Time! Tour during the past couple of years, which brought new fans to Koz's own shows. "I just met up with some Manilow fans the other night in Naples," Koz says. "They were there and came backstage and said, 'We saw you with Barry in Florida. This is our first Christmas show and we won't miss any more in the future.' So touring with (Manilow) was an amazing experience for me. He went above and beyond to truly make his fans really aware of me. It was really sweet. I don't know if he'll ever do a big tour like that again, but I'm happy to play with him any time he wants." (Yahoo! News, 12/5/2016)

  • Dave Koz at Andiamo, 5 Things To Know - With 19 years of an annual holiday tour in his pocket, Dave Koz has become one of entertainment’s kings of Christmas. Not bad for a nice Jewish boy from Los Angeles. Nevertheless, the saxophonist has spent most of the past two decades gathering some musical friends and hitting the road playing seasonal favorites. The enterprise has outlasted the Smooth Jazz tag Koz and company once labored under and is now [just] an accepted, and expected, part of the annual December Christmas parade... Koz still carries warm memories about being on the road with Barry Manilow during his “One More Time! Tour last year and this. "I just met up with some Manilow fans the other night in Naples," Koz says. "They were there and came backstage and said, 'We saw you with Barry in Florida. This is our first Christmas show and we won’t miss any more in the future.' So touring with (Manilow) was an amazing experience for me. He went above and beyond to truly make his fans really aware of me. It was really sweet. I don’t know if he’ll ever do a big tour like that again, but I’m happy to play with him any time he wants." If You Go: Dave Koz Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Valerie Simpson. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. Foruteen Mile Road, Warren. Tickets are $25-$175. Call 586-268-3200 or visit (The Oakland Press, 12/5/2016)

  • How Joni Mitchell's 'River' became a Christmas classic - Michael Ball, a British stage actor and singer, was watching a performance of traditional Christmas music at a London drama school several years ago when the students unwrapped Joni Mitchell’s "River." Ball said he was somewhat startled, given that the classic 1971 confessional isn’t really a Christmas song ... "River" is a bereft song about a broken romance and a woman who desperately wants to escape her heartbreak, saying repeatedly: "I wish I had a river I could skate away on." The despairing drama just happens to be set around the holidays.

    [Ball] recorded a version of "River" for his holiday album, "Christmas." At the time, he thought he was a maverick for placing the song alongside the likes of "Silent Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." As it turns out, plenty of artists have been dreaming of a very, very blue Christmas over the last two decades: "River" - originally featured on Mitchell’s melancholy 1971 masterwork, "Blue" - has become a seasonal favorite ... "We needed a sad Christmas song, didn’t we?" Mitchell said with a chuckle on NPR in 2014.

    "River" has long been a popular cover among musicians, more than 500 of whom have recorded it for commercial release. Countless others have performed it in concert ... Mitchell’s composition has been included on dozens of Christmas albums, from Barry Manilow’s "A Christmas Gift of Love" and Tracey Thorn’s "Tinsel and Lights" to Sarah McLachlan’s Grammy-nominated "Wintersong" and Megan Hilty’s new "A Merry Little Christmas."

    Various versions of "River" have become hits on the radio stations that play Christmas music and nothing else around the holiday, making Mitchell’s tune one of the rare "new" entries in the Christmas canon, alongside Mariah Carey’s "All I Want for Christmas Is You." "It’s the most beautiful, like, sad Christmas-time song I’ve ever heard in my life," country singer Ashley Monroe recently told A.V. Club. "Every time I sing it I kind of cry a little on the inside." "River" has become popular in Hollywood, too, featuring in the seasonally set movie "Love Actually," in a Christmas scene in "You’ve Got Mail," and in shows from "Glee" and "Ally McBeal" to "E.R.," which used McLachlan’s ethereal version of the song in a dark, holiday-themed episode...

    Mitchell told NPR in 2014 that the song is about "taking personal responsibility for the failure of a relationship." "And my generation is known to be a Peter Pan, narcissistic generation ... So it's really that aspect of our inability - 'I'm selfish and I'm sad.' People think that's confessional, but I'd say, in my generation, you think that that's a unique personal statement? ... No wonder there's so many covers of it!" (Washington Post, 12/7/2016)

  • The Holiday Albums That Topped the Charts Each Year Since 1987 - With Thanksgiving in the rear view, it's now socially acceptable for those who are so inclined to listen to nothing but holiday tunes from now until Dec. 25th. If for some reason you aren't already deeply attached to a particular set of holiday albums, consult our list to begin your holiday music education. PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, pulled data from Billboard's Holiday Albums charts to find the holiday albums that topped the rest each yuletide season... Holiday Season '87-'88: "A Very Special Christmas" by Various Artists ... Holiday Season '88-'89: "A Fresh Aire Christmas" by Mannheim Steamroller ... Holiday Season '89-'90: "Merry Merry Christmas" by New Kids On The Block ... Holiday Season '90-'91: "Because It's Christmas" by Barry Manilow ... (, 12/6/2016)

  • Annenberg theater wows on opening night - Singer-Actress Megan Hilty has thousands of fans from her break-neck-speed career encompassing some 24 TV appearances on shows such as Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty; plus 10 films, including "Sally" and "Rules Don't Apply" ... And now, judging by last week's applause, Megan has won another 400 + fans who attended the sold-out Opening Night Benefit Concert at the Annenberg Theater in the Palm Springs Art Museum. The sponsors of this lavish event were also treated like stars, beginning with Annette Bloch, who was the Annenberg Theater Council and Diamond Row Sponsor. Close behind came Gold sponsors Donna MacMillan and Arlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer and Silver sponsor Harold Matzner...

    Megan Hilty is one of those performers who makes you feel like you've known her – and loved her – all her life. Between her oldies but goodies numbers like "Someone To Watch Over Me" she chatted intimately with the audience about her life .... "I wanted to be an opera star" ... "That handsome guitar player is my husband and the father of our little girl" ... and (explaining her slightly pudgy figure) I'm five months pregnant .... we only get pregnant when we're coming to Palm Springs." Her show-stopping numbers included "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend" and a magnificent arrangement of "Autumn Leaves" ... Barry Manilow [was] in the audience.

    It is a long-standing tradition for the Annenberg's opening to be held early in the evening, followed by a reception upstairs in the main gallery of the Palm Springs Art Museum ... A major topic of conversation this year was the Annenberg's "Take Your Seat" fundraiser which offers sponsors the opportunity to purchase the seats of their choice for $1,000 and have a name plaque on it, identifying it as theirs’ – forever! ... The proceeds of this program will be used for major renovations to the theater, its equipment, and décor. The Annenberg Theater is located on the ground floor of the Palm Springs Art Museum at 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs. Information: 760-325-4490 or (The Desert Sun, 12/3/2016)

  • Dave Koz continues Christmas tradition at Plaza - Some might say it wouldn't be Christmas without Santa, but in El Paso, it's not Christmas until Dave Koz comes to town. The nine-time Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist’s annual Christmas Tour stop at the Plaza Theatre has become an El Paso holiday tradition over the last 10-plus years. "El Paso is like a second home for me," Koz said in a phone interview from California, where he, his band and his special guests were rehearsing for the tour, which kicks off Friday in Sarasota, Fla. The Dave Koz Christmas Tour returns to the Plaza Theatre on Dec. 13 ... In 2015, Koz celebrated his 25th anniversary as a recording artist. He continued that celebration into 2016 with two tours that were near and dear to him. The first was a tour that started in 2015 in which he opened up for and performed alongside one of his favorite artists, Barry Manilow. "As a monstrous Manilow fan, I got a chance to travel with him and really get to know him," Koz said. "He was kind enough to let me travel in his airplane (from show to show); it was so rock 'n' roll, you have no idea." Koz said that returning to an opening slot on a tour helped him get back to a space he hadn’t been to in a long time -- going out each night and giving his all in order to prove himself to an audience that was there to see somebody else perform. "For me it’s always been about trying to ... get more people into the tent; I don’t think any artist is ever done with that," Koz said. "The fans were open and kind and welcoming to us. Barry went out of his way to make sure (his fans) knew how important we were to him." Then Koz received another chance of a lifetime -- the opportunity to tour with his childhood hero, saxophonist David Sanborn. The duo hit the road together last summer for their Back to Back Tour, sharing the stage together on the road for the first time... (El Paso Times, 11/22/2016)

  • The 20 Best Daft Punk Songs - Daft Punk is one of the most influential musical acts of the last 20 years. Dance and electronic music defines the musical movement of our era. It's leaked into rock, rap and even country. It is the pop sound of the day, and Daft Punk has most certainly played a heavy hand in that sonic domination ... Pick any Daft Punk song or album from its 20-year history, and it sounds good enough to be released tomorrow. Daft Punk is conceptual, simple, cinematic, and timeless. Ranking this music is almost impossible, but here are Billboard's top 20 favorites ... #13 Daft Punk Song - "Superheroes": What even is this song? It's got a beat so heavy, it is sometimes reminiscent of hardstyle's affront. The arpeggiated synth comes in like piñata candy that rains in slow motion. There are ray-gun pew pews, space-travel noises. There really is no other song like this I can think of, simultaneously anxiety-inducing and balls-to-the-wall fun. It is like the soundtrack to an interstellar superhero final fight. I spent my entire childhood trying to figure out what these lyrics were saying. Turns out, it's Barry Manilow singing "something's in the air," from his 1979 deep cut "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed." One of life's great mysteries, finally solved. (Billboard via Yahoo!, 11/13/2016)

  • Antenna TV Nov. 16: Tonight Show from 11/29/1985 - Antenna TV is scheduled to broadcast a classic episode of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson from November 29, 1985 with guest appearances by singer Barry Manilow, actor Chevy Chase, actor Dan Aykroyd, and host David Letterman. (Antenna TV, November 2016)

  • Manilow magic at Mansfield venue - Copacabana is to be performed by New Youth Theatre on November 15-16 at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre. Her name was Lola. She was a showgirl... Barry Manilow’s Grammy Award-winning song you never forgot is now brought to life on stage. A love letter to the technicolor musicals of the 1940s, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana presents the story of Lola, as told through the eyes of Stephen, a present day aspiring songwriter whose imagination takes him back to a time when music and passion were always in fashion. He dreams of Lola, fresh off the plane from Tulsa, who arrives in New York with showbiz aspirations. Tony is a bartender/composer who falls in love with Lola and helps her become a Copa Girl. While performing, Lola attracts the amorous attentions of Rico, who abducts her and takes her to his rival nightclub in Havana. Tony, with the help of his Copacabana friends, must now rescue Lola before... well, even if you know the song, there are still a few surprises. The New Youth Theatre concept is simple. Children between the ages of 3-17 years are taught how to develop and improve their performing arts skills whilst rehearsing for a fully staged musical each term. This unique approach to musical theatre brings children of all ages together to enjoy learning new skills, have fun and be on-stage! To join the energetic cast call 01623 406284 or visit For tickets for this production of Copacabana, call the box office on 01623 633133.(Eastwood Advertiser, 11 November 2016)

  • Up and Out Plan Ahead ... Friday, Nov. 18 - Saturday, Nov. 19: West Burlington High School, 408 W. Van Weiss Boulevard, will present “Barry Manilow’s Copacabana” at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Door admission is $5. To learn more, call (319) 754-6567 or email (The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa), 11/6/2016)

  • Bette Midler’s 'The Divine Miss M Deluxe' - It’s been 44 years since Bette Midler released her debut album ... Midler has [an] edgier voice, as this deluxe reissue of her iconic The Divine Miss M debut record attests. It’s a voice full of emotion and humour and pain and longing and coquettishness and the album is suitably, wonderfully all over the place. Bette picked up the Divine nickname when she performed in the gay bathhouses of New York, with Barry Manilow accompanying her on the piano. A couple of years later this pint-sized sensation landed a record contract but, as Midler recalls in the new sleeve notes, the early recording sessions weren’t up to much. They were too polished so she went back and redid a lot of the tracks live, resulting in a record alive with Bette’s energy and emotion. Listened to now, in a masterful remaster, it still sounds fresh and iconoclastic, kicking off with a sultry "Do You Want To Dance" and ending with a chirpy "Friends." In between there are classics like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and ballads like "Hello In There" plus a bonkers cover of "Leader Of The Pack" that speeds up, slows down, speeds up again and races to a noisy finish. Like the album as a whole it’s a bit mad, full of passion and something only Bette could pull off. The two-disc set comes with single edits, demos, alternate versions, and a fabulously glittery sleeve. (Attitude, 10/22/2016)

  • Bette Midler Revisits Her Star-Making Songs - NEW YORK (AP) – Bette Midler is going back to the beginning of her career -- the divine beginning. The Grammy- and Emmy Award-winner is re-releasing a deluxe version of “The Divine Miss M,” her 1972 debut album that included the hits “Do You Want To Dance,” ”Chapel Of Love,” ”Friends” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” “They were the songs that launched me, really. They were the foundation on which I built my career,” Midler said. “I’m always happy to sing them because they’re friends. They’re old friends.”

    Midler made a name for herself in the early 1970s singing high-energy concerts downtown with Barry Manilow as her pianist. In vintage clothing and with her bawdy personality, she breathed new life into old songs and made torch songs scalding. “She was, and is, the most brilliant performer we have in my lifetime,” Manilow said. “When it came to the music, her taste in songs and her choices were so odd — what was on the radio those days was nothing like what she wanted to do. Her taste was very much my taste.”

    Midler and Manilow put together a solid hour of music and one night lured Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun to a swanky midtown nightclub to hear it. “The audience was so crazy that at the end of the show they carried her out on their shoulders,” Manilow recalled. Midler soon signed with Atlantic and released “The Divine Miss M” based on her act. She won a best new artist Grammy in 1973 and went on to get two more, plus four Golden Globes and three Emmys. This spring she returns to Broadway in a revival of the musical “Hello, Dolly!”

    She admitted to being a little shocked revisiting the platinum-selling album that made it all possible 44 years later: “It’s just unbelievable the way that time passes. And yet I still look fabulous. What can I say?” Midler was hands-on with the re-release by Rhino Records, including selecting the bonus disc of singles, outtakes and demos. There are five unreleased recordings, including “Mr. Freedom And I,” and an alternate version of “Superstar.” She recalled that recording the album was stressful because co-producers Joel Dorn and Manilow didn’t get along: “In those days, I was really caught between a rock and a hard place. I couldn’t really stand up for myself.”

    Dorn, who had produced Roberta Flack, was the first to take a crack at it. He threw out Manilow’s tried-and-true arrangements and started from scratch. When it was finished, Midler stopped by to play it for Manilow. “Sure enough, she sounded like Roberta Flack. She sounded beautiful and professional and boring,” said Manilow. “She was never boring. That’s the last word you would ever describe Bette Midler, especially in those days.” Manilow vowed to not let that album out -- “I was this young, punk musician but I believed so much in her,” he said -- and lobbied Ertegun to let him produce a handful of the songs his way. It was a bluff: He’d never produced an album.

    Manilow tried to re-create a live vibe in the studio, inviting an audience and stringing some lights. “I wanted to get that wonderful personality on this record,” he said. “No, she didn’t sound like Roberta Flack.” His tracks were melded with Dorn’s for the final album. “Over the years she has sounded much better on other albums. But this album was so special and so unique and so individual and the performances are so brilliant -- they’re funny and they’re moving, just the way it should be,” said Manilow. “I was glad that I fought for her.” (CBS Dallas/Fort Worth, 10/17/2016)

  • Copacabana at Drury High School - The high school fall theater season has begun. In addition to this Saturday's production of "Big Bad," at Wahconah Regional High School, here's a look at other recently announced shows in Berkshire County ... "Voices of Terror" [at] Taconic High School; Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" [at] Pittsfield High School; the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare & Company in Lenox; Seamus Heaney's "The Burial at Thebes" in the Tannery in New Lebanon, N.Y.... and Drury High School will present Barry Manilow's "Copacabana," on Dec. 1-3. Times and ticket prices to be announced. (Berkshire Eagle, 10/24/2016)

  • Things You Don't Know About Tyler Perry - Madea is back! Tyler Perry’s alter ego spends Halloween fending off ghosts, ghouls and zombies - and shrieking “Help me, Jesus!” - in his new flick, Boo! A Madea Halloween. The Atlanta-based filmmaker, 47, scared up 25 interesting facts about himself exclusively for Us Weekly! ... #21. I love Barry Manilow’s music, and he’s a fan of my OWN show, The Haves and the Have Nots... (US Magazine, 10/24/2016)

  • Property of legendary music artists to be auctioned - Julien’s Auctions, the world record-breaking auction house to the stars, has announced an extraordinary auction featuring a wide collection of property from the life and careers of some of the world’s most legendary and iconic artists of Rock n’ Roll. On Saturday, Nov. 5, Julien’s Auctions will offer collectors and fans the opportunity to bid on rarities that include property from Eric Clapton, Prince, The Beatles and much more ... The world was stunned on April 21, 2016 when they learned of the untimely death of Prince... Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll auction include Prince’s 1959 Gibson L48 guitar and two rare photos of Prince with the guitar ... Other incredible highlights of the auction include the only known Beatles “Hard Day’s Night” album that was signed on the front cover by all of The Beatles; John Lennon and Yoko Ono signed “Bed In” display photograph; Jimi Hendrix signed arrest documents ; Michael Jackson’s photoshoot worn sweater ... Barry Manilow back up singer’s costumes and albums (estimate: $800-$1,200) ... For more information, visit (Norwalk Reflector, 10/10/2016)

  • Bette Midler Expands Her Debut Album 'The Divine Miss M' - Bette Midler is going back to her beginnings and re-releasing her debut album The Divine Miss M(due October 21, 2016). The Divine Miss M was released in 1972 but it wasn't really the start of Midler's show business career. She had a non-speaking role in the 1966 film Hawaii and worked on in off Broadway including the role of Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof from 1966 to 1969. In 1970, Bette started playing regularly at the Continental Baths in New York's Ansonia Hotel with piano accompaniment by Barry Manilow. Her following steadily grew and, in 1972, she was signed to Atlantic records for her debut album, The Divine Miss M. The album had four producers, Manilow, Ahmet Ertegun, Joel Dorn and Geoffrey Haslam. Manilow was also the music arranger and conductor. Among the musicians on the album were Cissy Houston, Melissa Manchester, Ron Carter, Thom Bell, Dick Hyman and Arif Mardin. The album included a mix of older standards (Am I Blue?, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy), early rock songs (Chapel of Love, Leader of the Pack) and more contemporary material (Hello in There, Superstar, Delta Dawn). The album was a major hit, going to number 9 on the Billboard 200 and being certified platinum. Three singles also charted, Do You Want to Dance? (1972 / #17 / #8 Adult Contemporary), Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (1973 / #8 / #1 AC) and Friends (1973 / #40 / #9 AC). The new edition of the album comes on two-CDs with the first containing a remastered version of the original while the second includes four single versions of songs from the album plus five demos, alternates and demos, four of which are songs that didn't make the album. There are also new liner notes written by Midler. (Vintage Vinyl News, 9/10/2016)

  • The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Aug. 25 - Clive Davis hosted a private dinner with guests such as Barry Manilow and LL Cool J in the Terrace Room at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles, to preview his upcoming documentary, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, on August 25, 2016. (Billboard Magazine, 9/17/2016)

  • getTV September 2016 Highlights - getTV gets you through the dog days of summer with a September lineup of cinematic favorites featuring award-winning dramas, side-splitting comedies, and beloved stars ... getTV continues its tribute to The Merv Griffin Show, putting the spotlight on some of the groundbreaking talk show's most classic episodes from the '70s and '80s every Monday at 10 p.m. ET beginning Sept. 12. This month boasts a trio of star-studded episodes, kicking off with singer-songwriter Barry Manilow in an early appearance (September 12); followed by The Golden Girls stars (September 19); and folk icon John Denver (September 26). (Sitcoms Online, 8/29/2016)

  • Clive Davis screens moving tribute to Whitney Houston - Music mogul Clive Davis assembled 100 A-list friends to screen scenes featuring Whitney Houston from his upcoming doc, "The Soundtrack of Our Lives." The "visibly moved group" watching at the Terrace Room of the Sunset Tower Hotel included Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, Tyler Perry, Brett Ratner, Penny Marshall, Barry Manilow, Kenny G, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Diane Warren. A source said the clips included early footage of Houston on "The Merv Griffin Show" in 1983, just two weeks after she was signed by Davis ... The film’s being produced by Scott Free Productions. "I was incredibly touched [and] gratified that the real Whitney Houston was finally being captured, as well as the magnitude of her talent and her career," Davis said of the screening... (Page Six, 8/25/2016)

  • You're missing the best of Rio 2016 if you aren't following the beach volleyball at the Copacabana - Is it the ultimate beach volleyball venue? Hawaii invented the sport but the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro is the spiritual home of beach volleyball, the sexy sibling of the indoor equivalent. The volleyball venue majestically rises from the pristine sands, not far from the stately Hotel Copacabana Palace, where American singer Barry Manilow mused, in his 1978 hit song of the same name, "At the copa, Copacabana, The hottest spot north of Havana..." In Rio, the Copacabana is indeed a hotspot. The famed stretch of beach is very different from the bubble at the other clusters of Olympic activity, the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca, the Deodoro zone and the Maracana zone, semi-demilitarised vestiges of sporting prowess, with colourful draping, an army of volunteers and plenty of shuttle buses. (, 8/16/2016)

  • Rio landmarks: A tour of Copacabana Beach - Rio de Janeiro features a beautiful backdrop for the 2016 Olympics, including Copacabana Beach. Despite the games taking place in winter for Rio, the highs are still around 70 to 80 degrees. There's plenty of warmth to enjoy the sun, surf, and games on the beach. The name comes from a Catholic saint: Our Lady of Copacabana. The stone sidewalks along the promenade are famous for crest designs, street vendors canvas the walkways, and music constantly fills the air. If you get a couple of blocks away from the Atlantic Ocean you'll find true hole-in-the wall steakhouses. Beef seasoned so perfectly and then you wash it all down with water straight from a coconut. Once you've had your fill of food and the beach, you can crash at a wide range of places. Over on the far swanky-end of the spectrum, you'll find the Belmond Copacabana Palace hotel. It goes back to 1923 when it was just a quiet deserted beach. And legend has it, that spot is where Barry Manilow came up with his song about the New York night club. (WBIR 10 News, 8/15/2016)

  • Behind the scenes of the Copacabana Palace - You name it, it’s booked up for the 2016 Olympic games, including the world famous Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel. Legend has it [that it] was here that Barry Manilow came up with the idea for his famous song ("Copacabana (At The Copa)") about the New York night club with the same name. This swanky place in the sand dates back to 1923, when President Pessoa asked a businessman to construct a Palace in the quiet, deserted, Copacabana beach. However, [the] beach didn’t stay a secret for long, and neither did the hotel. The palace quickly became a symbol of Rio that all the rich and famous flocked [to]. That list includes royal family members, presidents, actors, models, and on and on. Famous people have been staying at the Copacabana Palace dating back to the likes of Gene Kelly and Orson Welles to more recent visits by Justin [Bieber] and [Miley] Cyrus ... Today, the hotel continues to strive to make every guest feel special with 241 luxurious rooms, amazing views, and services like a florist, spa, and salon right on site. Add it up and it’s easy to see why the pitch to the International Olympic Committee for Rio as a host city was delivered at this very hotel. Adding yet another chapter in the already impressive lore of Copacabana Palace. "It’s all about the history," Natal said. "We are a 93-year-old hotel. We are a landmark. We are so iconic and everyone dreams about coming to stay with us.” (WKYC-TV 3, 8/8/2016)

  • What to do in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympics - Nearly half a million tourists are expected to descend on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games. In addition to runners, jumpers, swimmers, and gymnasts taking the stage, the city itself will be in the spotlight. While some of the Olympic stadiums and arenas may not be ready for the athletic events, Rio as a city is always ready to welcome visitors who are eager to explore the bustling town’s many historic and cultural. Rio has a lot to offer travelers from sun to sand to samba dancing to modern museums and charming neighborhoods filled with galleries and al fresco cafes serving traditional meals. Here’s what you need to see in between the games ... #4 - Copacabana Palace: If you can afford to stay at the historic Copacabana Palace hotel, which has housed everyone from real royalty (Prince Charles and Princess Diana) to pop royalty (Madonna, The Rolling Stones), you definitely should do it. The rest of us can stop in for a drink at the iconic hotel’s piano bar to sip a glass of wine or a caipirinha and ogle the hotel that inspired Barry Manilow, tolerated Orson Welles throwing a desk out its window, and once had Fred Astaire dance across its ballroom floor... (Paste Magazine, 8/5/2016)

  • HSL Lights Barry Manilow on Tour One Last Time - The very final leg of Barry Manilow’s "One Last Time" farewell tour saw the legendary singer play arenas in nine cities across the UK, culminating in a show stopping performance at London’s O2, with lighting equipment and crew supplied by Blackburn-based HSL. Manilow’s long term creative director, Seth Jackson, designed and specified the rig as part of an elegant and stylish design to help ensure the star’s incredible live touring performances would linger much longer in the hearts, minds and memories of his hugely enthusiastic fan-base as this seminal 'touring' element of his career comes to an end.

    Manilow is one of the most prolific and successful singer/songwriters and producers in the world with over 80 million records sold. He’s also among the best-selling artists of all time, responsible for classics like 'Mandy', 'Can’t Smile Without You', 'Copacabana' and numerous others. The final tour lasted over 18 month and encompassed 80 shows across all continents. The UK section of this was project managed on the road for HSL by Lester Cobrin and back at base in Blackburn by Sean McGlone, with Lester liaising directly with Seth and lighting director Nathan Alves.

    Right at the core of the lighting design was a straightforward principle: "One man in a spotlight". Backed by a ten-piece band and three singers, as Seth explained: “The show is essentially about Barry and his very loyal fans, and about saying goodbye with a highly personal show so hit-laden it is almost overwhelming!” The idea was to present a production design with clean uncomplicated lines that was warm and inviting and almost the antithesis of a ’concert’ aesthetic. So, no visible metalwork, no truss layering, no in-the-face video, etc. although Seth reckons that they may well have purchased every last piece of red velour draping available on both sides of the Atlantic!

    With Barry right at the heart of the show, a rear spot was required to create fabulous back-light and a front spot to illuminate his face for the legions of fans. Beyond that, the rig was relatively expedient. The workhorses of the show were Robe BMFL Spots. Seth reckons he could not have used this few hard-edged instruments without the incredible flexibility of the BMFL, which gave him an amazing tight beam one minute and a perfect gobo reaching across the stage the next. He also loves their incredible brightness. He used Vari*Lite VL3500 spots to frame the band with side lighting, and Clay Paky a.leda K20s with B-EYE lenses for colour washes and effects lighting, the latter using the prisms and rotating lenses for serious aerial impact, especially as backlight behind the band coming from below. A few more VL3500s were dotted around out front for keylight and finally a slew of Robe LEDBeam 100s on the downstage truss toned some of the drapes and were also great for wide, expansive beam looks.

    The show was run on a grandMA2 console, with Nate Alves doing the majority of the operating and Jason Workman doing a couple of stints. Barry then insisted Seth [take] the helm for the last run to finish what he started, which he was hugely excited to do after about five years. Admittedly a little rusty for the first night, he soon settled into his stride and really enjoyed delivering a fabulous and highly memorable show. Colour and style abounded at times when they let it loose, but for the most part it was kept clean and precise. Transitions between songs were crafted, not just a standard blue wash. “Barry has many moments with specific blocking, and multiple opportunities to use theatre craft rather than everything at full,” confirmed Seth.

    Challenges included limiting the inventory as they did, which meant that what every light was doing and what it was needed for next, had to be considered. “We could not just turn the big wash on, we didn't have one!” The other galvanising factor was Barry himself. Every day there is a new set list and the technical teams are expected to keep one step ahead of him at all times. Of the 25 or so songs performed each night, Seth had cues ready for at least 30 more! It was actually the first time that Seth had worked with HSL, although his relationship with Lester goes back several years and he commented: “It is a marvellous company.” He was looked after on the road by HSL’s crew of Steve Sinclair, Richard Griffin and Paul Makin, and adds that Nate Alves was absolutely instrumental to the whole tour taking shape and running as smoothly as it did worldwide. “Nate’s so much more than a programmer and being a designer himself and with our long history together we barely need to speak to communicate an idea and go ahead and achieve it.”

    Nate has had a bit more experience working with HSL over about the last seven years, and was delighted when the UK tour came up and they won the pitch. “The quality of prep and attention to detail throughout the gig on every job HSL has serviced for me has been of the highest level. As a designer/director who bounces between a few clients a year and doesn’t have a lot of lead time to get a show up and running, it’s a blessing to have a group of individuals looking after you who really care about the project as deeply as you, and are willing to always go the extra mile to see a job done right. I couldn’t imagine going across the pond now without meeting them on the other side!”

    One Last Time? Maybe not quite! “One Last Time” was apparently the final time that Barry Manilow intends to 'tour' a show, i.e., engage in live performance activity that involves a crew bus and moving from place to place. That does not exclude a whole load of other options! (Entertainment Technology News on Web, 8/4/2016)

  • Artists performing at the O2 Arena - Marc Anthony made his debut at London’s famed O2 Arena on July 10, the final stop on a brief tour through seven European cities during the summer. Ticket sales topped $1 million for the performance that was attended by 9,995 fans. Also among the artists performing at the O2 Arena this summer were veteran pop stars Lionel Richie and Barry Manilow, who both land on Billboard’s weekly touring tally based on ticket sales at the London venue. Richie’s three-night stand on July 2, 3 and 6, promoted by Marshall Arts, took in $3.6 million in revenue from 42,942 sold seats. Manilow played to a crowd of 11,096 at his June 23 concert with grosses totaling just over $1 million. The event, part of his One Last Time Tour, was the final stop on a seven-city trek through the U.K. during June. (, 8/4/2016)

  • Crooner Mark O'Toole Takes On Manilow - Celebrate a night of incredible music, sung by one of Las Vegas' greatest voices. Mark O'Toole invites you to A Night At The Copacabana, celebrating the sounds of an American icon Barry Manilow! ... Friday, August 5th at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nevada - (KTNV-13 Action News, 8/3/2016)

  • TEMECULA: Dave Koz's tour with David Sanborn is a way to say thank you - Growing up, saxophonist Dave Koz memorized every lick that David Sanborn played. Now, the pair will share the stage together on Saturday, July 30, at Thornton Winery in Temecula with stops in Long Beach, Thousand Oaks and San Diego to follow in August. Sanborn has always been the big inspiration for Koz. Koz himself is a beloved musician, logging chart-topping records and enormously successful tours. “I am a performer and I am an entertainer and I am who you see on stage,” he said. “We do a lot of different things. There is a relationship with the sax with you. Not every time you perform is going to be stellar, but on stage is where I feel most at home. When it’s a great night, there’s no better high. There’s no better feeling of connecting with audience.” One of those resonating moments happened grew from Koz touring with Barry Manilow for two years. The saxophone player started doing a version of “Let it Go” from Disney’s “Frozen,” which ultimately appeared on his album “25th Century Collaborations.” “I could have played one of my songs like the 'General Hospital' theme. I knew I was playing in front of people who didn’t know who I was. I needed to give them an anchor,” Koz said. “I could always tell when I did 'Let it Go' that was the moment, the turning point and after that those people were with me.” That is the same whether or not he is touring in the United States or around the globe. “You can’t be oblivious because it is an organic situation we are responding to,” he said. “You get a humility about that in other countries. We expect them to be like us, but English audiences are different from China from Japan and South Africa.” Koz said he always tries to tour in new places and that’s how he sees the differences in audience reaction. He is back in Temecula, and with Sanborn by his side, performing some songs that are not part of the normal set list, and one of the reasons why was to push him out of his comfort zone. “The whole expressed purpose is to have a built-in mechanism to get me to do different things. If I was on my own, I’d do the same show and people would get tired and not come,” Koz said. IF YOU GO: Dave Koz. When: 7 p.m., Saturday, July 30. Where: Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Admission: $95 general admission, $170 for reserved seat and dinner. Information: 951-699-0099. (The Press-Enterprise, 7/26/2016)

  • Las Vegas: Casino Concerts and Residencies - As the self-styled “Entertainment Capital of the World” Las Vegas has always been about far more than just glamorous casinos and weddings in the desert. And, although the Las Vegas Casino music shows were originally introduced to lure gamblers, they soon became attractions in their own right. More than just one-off concerts, they quickly developed into being full residencies with one performer playing for weeks or even months in the same venue presenting a highly polished and spectacular show. Two names forever associated with these long running performances are Sinatra and Elvis, but there have been many other huge name stars who have also made their mark on the strip ... Barry Manilow: Vegas runs through the veins of the master showman Manilow – so much so that he even has a home there. Over the years he’s put on over 1700 glittering performances featuring many of the 50+ hits that have made it into the Top 40 over his long and very successful career. A huge favourite with audiences from all walks of life, he has announced that his 2016 performances will be his last but, just like Sinatra and others before him, don’t be too surprised if in a year or two’s time he announces that he’ll be making a comeback treading the Vegas stage... (Net News Ledger, 7/26/2016)

  • Exit/In: Nashville’s rock temple still standing - Warner Hodges gets excited when Exit/In and its glorious history gets introduced into a leisurely, summer afternoon conversation. “It was the mecca of all meccas,” he says, referring to the club that evolved from its beginnings as a tiny listening room for storytellers and acoustic guitars into one of the nation’s best-known rock ’n’ roll clubs. Now celebrating 45 years of music on Elliston Place, Exit/In’s identity at birth was radically different than that of the large rock barn where Hodges says “everyone wanted to play if they couldn’t play Municipal Auditorium.” Owsley Manier, one of the original owners, says such friendly drop-in groupings happened all the time, because so many of the city’s musicians “hung out here all the time...

    Club co-founder Brugh Reynolds says that when he and Owsley Marnier designed the 200-seat listening room, it was done with the hopes that artists and audiences would mingle. Webb Wilder, who remains active as a rockin’ wandering troubadour recalls that the acts he saw as an out-on-the-town Peabody College student hooked him on what then remained a listening room. He recalls he visited the already famous club “it seems like on the very night I got here” in 1974. “It was this big-time club like nothing I ever saw. I went to the Exit/In and saw (R&B legend) Esther Phillips. Others he saw early on included “Emmylou Harris on her first major-label tour” ... “I saw Barry Manilow there,” adds Wilder. “I think I was there because we were just a bunch of Peabody students looking for a place to go and something to do.”

    Reynolds sounds baffled even today when talking about the guy who really didn’t write the songs that made the whole world sing. “One of the more interesting bookings was Barry Manilow, back in ’75, ’76. He wanted to play the Exit/In. We didn’t really want Barry Manilow because he was the essence of pop.” But Manilow’s camp was persistent. “Finally I told them that all we could pay was $500,” and he was told that was fine with the “Mandy” singer. He hadn’t planned on making much money. “He just wanted to play the Exit/In,” Reynolds explains. (The Nashville Ledger, 7/22/2016)

  • Sharon Hendrix Releases Her Retro-Summertime Fun 'Frazzelmatic' Video - After years of working just 20 feet from stardom Sharon "Muffy" Hendrix has stepped into the spotlight. Sharon as performed in over 8,000 shows throughout her successful career and has been singing backup on recording sessions and stages across the world with top names including Bob Dylan, Elton John, Tom Jones, Grace Slick & Starship, Olivia Newton-John, George Duke, Dusty Springfield, Freddie Hubbard, Natalie Cole, Harry Chapin, Mac Davis, Billy Cobham, Michael White, Shirley Bassey and so many other notable musical talents. In 1985 Sharon and Barry Manilow recorded the chart-topping duet, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" that appeared on his best-selling "Manilow" album. In 2010 they reunited for his residence at The Paris Hotel in Las Vegas and again in 2015 and 2016 she joined Manilow's "One Last Time!" farewell tour until the final performance at The O2 in London in June.

    Now with the globe-trotting behind her the industrious Ms. Hendrix is planning her solo career launch and working with producer Dan Voss Jr. creating new music for a future multi-genre album. That album will include some rock and pop, some blues and jazz and even a little bit of country as well her latest single, "FRAZZELMATIC" the retro-summertime fun track being introduced through a colorful and entertaining new video. "FRAZZELMATIC" features a talented group of veteran musicians, a supporting band she plans to tour with this coming fall and winter. Sharon's smooth vocal style slides in, out and over a contemporary beat spiced with exciting percussion, a classic horn section and a funky and infectious guitar groove. It's her homage to Top 40 radio, vinyl records and pop culture movie images reminiscent of a "Groovy, baby" time and place.

    Sharon Hendrix began her career as "Muffy" Hendrix singing in the church and school choirs and by the time she reached her teens was part of The Young Americans, an international touring company of 30 singers from all across the United States. Over the next two years Sharon toured the Far East twice, performed on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show and the Kraft Music Hall and worked on various TV specials and commercials. Sharon earned a music scholarship to Chapman University and received her show business degree on the Las Vegas strip on the stage with iconic superstar entertainers including Debbie Reynolds and Sammy Davis, Jr.

    When not working Sharon lives in southern California, she has three accomplished daughters and is a very proud grandmother. She maintains a rigorous daily work-out regimen that keeps her healthy and happy in mind and spirit and in the top condition demanded of adventurous, jet-setting entertainers and the seasoned veteran is not yet ready to stop. (Broadway World, 7/11/2016)

  • Mixing Manilow Through MLA on Farewell Tour - Veteran American sound engineer Ken Newman carried on where he left off in the States when Barry Manilow’s One Last Time tour arrived in the UK on its trip around the globe, with Martin Audio’s premier MLA providing the arena sound. Making his MLA debut with Delicate Productions’ system on the North American leg, the sound engineer was adamant that he wanted the same production rider in the UK, and his first port of call was Martin Audio rental partner, Capital Sound.

    Capital supplied the rig, but unlike the previous dates, the ten UK shows had the advantage of being run digitally. With MLA tech Russ Cunningham and PA/stage technician Nick Cook in support, the main PA comprised 11 MLA and an MLD Downfill each side, while the sidefill component started with hangs of 12 MLA Compact per side but increased to 16 for the larger 20,000-capacity O2 Arena in London. Flown in the rig, between the main and side PA, were three MLX subs, mostly set at 45 degrees to the main rig, while a further 14 W8LM Mini Line Arrays acted as frontfills/outfills with four further MLX on the ground. This was pretty much an identical rig to the system Delicate had put out.

    After eulogising the system performance in the States Ken Newman was equally elated with the slightly supercharged production tools made available to him in the UK, including an uprated DiGiCo console which brought the best out of MLA. Speaking of his adoption of MLA, he said: "I didn't hesitate to use a new speaker system, even though it’s the end of an era for Barry Manilow. Although Barry did his first 'final tour' in 2004, and subsequently landed in Las Vegas where he stayed until 2011, it sounds like it's for real this time."

    The sound engineer had first been introduced to MLA by colleagues, Mark Frink and Harold Blumberg. "They had been telling me about this amazing new speaker system for a while," he said. "I attended a seminar on Multicellular Loudspeakers at the 2014 AES Convention and pursued the idea of using MLA for Barry Manilow's shows without even hearing the system." He heard it for the first time when Delicate was setting up a show at the LA Forum: "“I was able to experience the system using recorded music and it was better than I had expected, in terms of evenness of coverage. It brings every detail of the performance to every seat in the house, without making it uncomfortably loud for anyone." Which was crucial, as the importance of everyone in the venue hearing every single syllable that Barry says or sings had been stressed from the get go. "That being the premise, the MLA system sounded like a must have item!"

    Once the North American tour wrapped in Denver, Ken Newman quickly got to work on sourcing the same rider across the Atlantic. "It was vital that we continued with the exact same set-up as it had been very successful, both in terms of what the audience experienced and the fact that Barry had become very comfortable singing through it." Whenever he is supporting a tour in the US that goes to the UK, Jason Alt of Delicate Productions turns to Capital Sound. "It was therefore a huge relief when we learnt that we could use Capital’s MLA with the upgraded production," states Newman.

    Barry Manilow himself was equally relieved, as the engineer explained. "He always trusts my decisions, but when he was told that we might have to go with a different speaker system because of logistical reasons, he made it very clear that he wanted to stay with MLA because he had heard such great comments about how well it covered all the seats in a venue, even those very far from the stage. It was surprising to me that he had heard any comments from audience members and showed he is even more in-tune with his audience than I had previously thought!"

    A generic optimisation had been evolved with system tech Phil Reynolds on the North American leg: "Settings which worked both for audience coverage, maximum gain before feedback and Barry’s comfort level on stage." With Cap’s ace system tech Toby Donovan only available for the first show Russ Cunningham headed over from the States to run the entire tour. "Russ not only checked with our US MLA tech, Nate Lettus, but was extremely accommodating in terms of system design and implementation, and offered new optimisation curves based on what he saw me doing each day on the Lake processors. We implemented those curves and the system sounded even better than it had in the US."

    Another beneficial production 'tweak' was the decision to fly the subs, which was instigated by Ken himself. "For the 2015 part of the US tour, we had only ground subs, three per side in cardioid mode. I commented to Phil Reynolds that it would be nice if there were more subwoofer energy up in the side seats, so he suggested that the next time we went out, we should fly a few subs between the MLA and the MLA Compact clusters. So in 2016 the flown subs were added, and they greatly improved the coverage of sub-100Hz energy." Summing up, the sound engineer said: "Being able to run the system digitally was advantageous in terms of overall sound quality while the noise floor was simply non-existent. I feel Capital really spoiled me."

    Looking ahead, Ken Newman believes that while this may mark the end of Barry Manilow’s touring schedule one-off shows are a likelihood. "Of course I'll always prefer MLA systems for those shows, and if I’m fortunate enough to work with other artists, I'll certainly opt for MLA again, because I think its virtues are appropriate for all shows." (Entertainment Technology News On Web, 04 July 2016)

  • 'Celebrating Joan: A Tribute to Joan Rivers' at The Kennedy Center - Celebrating Joan: A Tribute to Joan Rivers, which left the audience of admirers howling last night (June 22) at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, was an evening for “mature audiences” and fans of the late and great Joan Rivers. It was 'narrated' by Joan’s daughter Melissa and featured tributes by several generations of comedians, who knew and respected and loved Joan the person, the business woman, and the very blunt comedienne. The 90-minute love and laugh-festival inaugurated the new Kennedy Center’s District of Comedy Festival. The evening began with Melissa Rivers telling us crisply – and in so many words – that if we are offended by various remarks, jokes, and anything the special guests were going to say that we needed to lighten up. She also told us that her mother always wanted a big tribute (and a Kennedy Center Honor) but didn’t live long enough to see it happen. So when The Kennedy Center asked her to host a tribute she, of course, agreed. What a lineup! Former talk-show host Dick Cavett, improver Aubrey Plaza, actress Kelly Osbourne, singer Jordin Sparks, and stand-up comedians Bob Saget, Rachel Bloom, Louie Anderson, and Gilbert Gottfried were there ‘LIVE’ on the Eisenhower stage. Andy Cohen, Barry Manilow, Lily Tomlin, and John Waters chimed in with video tributes to a woman who was a great friend, and who they admired for her long career and brilliant and ‘blunt’ sense of humor. And her friendship... (DC Metro Theater Arts, 6/23/2016)

  • The time Simon Booker met Margaret Thatcher and Barry Manilow (together) - In the 1980s I worked on Michael Aspel’s ITV talk show Aspel & Company, helping to book the celebrity guests. At the height of the 1984 miners’ strike I somehow managed to book Margaret Thatcher and Barry Manilow on to the same show ... On the Sunday before the recording I called Manilow in Los Angeles. He had an idea. He wanted to perform a duet with Thatcher. The song was to be “We’ll Meet Again” and the studio audience would hold candles in the air. Would I promise to put the suggestion to the prime minister? My job was to make sure he flew in for the Thursday-night recording, so I said yes ... On the day of the recording he arrived early to rehearse his song ... The prime minister arrived with minutes to spare, just as Manilow emerged from his dressing room, immaculately coiffed, jacket collar turned up at an artful angle. I doubt she had any idea who he was but she bustled up to him and turned his collar down... (The Guardian, 19 June 2016)

  • Music Matters: Live music highlights for 2016 so far - So far, 2016 is turning into another great year for live music in Pensacola. As we reach the halfway point to 2017, here are a few memorable moments ... #1 - One last time with Manilow: After his Pensacola Bay Center concert in January, Barry Manilow peeked through the curtains to look at the crowd one more time. But the cheering crowd pulled the music legend back on stage for a final goodnight. After sharing his message on the power of music, Manilow said thank you to the fans who came out for his “One Last Time” tour and serenaded the faithful with his 1979 song “One Voice.” (Pensacola News Journal, 6/17/2016)

  • Remembering Joan Rivers - Joan Rivers’ legacy lives on through her daughter Melissa, 48, who has devoted much of her time to making sure Joan’s talent for comedy is always present in the hearts and minds of fans everywhere. The New York Times bestselling author will host “Celebrating Joan: a Tribute to Joan Rivers,” at the Kennedy Center on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. Presenters and performers scheduled to appear include Louie Anderson, Dick Cavett, Rachel Bloom, Kelly Osbourne, Aubrey Plaza, Bob Saget, Jordin Sparks and Jessica Williams. There will also be special video messages from Andy Cohen, Barry Manilow, Lily Tomlin and John Waters. The tribute is part of the Kennedy Center’s District of Comedy Festival, which runs June 22-25 ... "Celebrating Joan: a Tribute to Joan Rivers" -- Wednesday, June 22; 7:30 p.m.; Kennedy Center; 2700 F St., N.W.; Tickets $59-125. (Washington Blade, 6/16/2016)

  • Win tickets to see Barry Manilow's last ever show in Liverpool - Barry Manilow arrives in Liverpool this week for his farewell tour - and the ECHO has a pair of tickets to give away so you can be there as he bows out. The legendary, award-winning American singer songwriter is at the Liverpool ECHO Arena on Friday, June 17 as part of his 'One Last Time' tour. Manilow, who first had a hit back in 1975, said: "It's my way of thanking everyone for their years of support - one last time." To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, worth £120, CLICK HERE! (Liverpool Echo, 14 June 2016)

  • Unmissable Music Legends Coming to Liverpool - Liverpool is no stranger to musical legends (Did someone say The Beatles?!) and the city is set to rock with a whole host of big hitters coming to town in the next 6 months [including] Barry Manilow [will] take the reins at the Echo Arena on June 17th with his One Last Time Tour. Barry has been seriously busy knocking out over 400 concerts in Las Vegas and says he can’t wait to see UK audiences dancing in the aisles. Booking info available at (The Guide - Liverpool, 11 June 2016)

  • Essential Barry Manilow playlist ahead of One Last Time tour in Newcastle - He is without a doubt a music legend and Barry Manilow’s Geordie fans are rejoicing as the iconic singer has chosen Newcastle to be one of the calling points on his One Last Time tour. Yes, the man who has given his army of followers plenty of fantastic memories over the years thanks to hits like Mandy, Could it Be Magic, Can’t Smile Without You and everyone’s guilty pleasure Copacabana is on his way to Tyneside.

    And now as he gets ready to bow out from life on the road, he’s set to whip his Metro Radio Arena into a suitable frenzy on Sunday night. “It is my way of thanking everyone for their years of support…one last time!” said Barry.

    If you’re a big fan but still not quite in the grip of Manilow Mania, we’ve come up with a playlist honouring the man himself which should do the trick: Copacabana, Mandy, Can’t Smile Without You, I Write The Songs, Could It Be Magic, Bermuda Triangle, Weekend in New England, I Made It Through the Rain, One Voice, The Old Songs, This One’s For You, New York City Rhythm, Bandstand Boogie, Looks Like We Made It. (Chronicle Live, 10 June 2016)

  • Win a pair of tickets for Manchester Arena’s Summer of Icons season - This competition offers the winner and a friend the chance to see Barry Manilow, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Don Henley, Lionel Richie and The Who. Manchester Arena's Summer Of Icons season is almost upon us. And to celebrate, we have teamed up with the city centre venue to offer the chance to see all five acts live - for free. Some of the industry's biggest names will descend upon Manchester over the next month and you could be there to see them all. Kicking off with Barry Manilow on June 15 and finishing with Lionel Richie on June 29, it's a month packed with pop royalty - and you can be there for it all. Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Don Henley and The Who complete the line-up. For a chance to win a pair of tickets to each of these gigs, CLICK HERE. The competition closes at midday on Monday, June 13. (Manchester Evening News , 09 June 2016)

  • 7 shows to see in the next 7 days - Here’s our round-up of shows in the North East over the next seven days ... #1 - Veteran US crooner Barry Manilow is bringing his farewell tour to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Sunday, June 12. This will be Manilow’s fifth visit to the venue, following previous shows there in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002. Tickets to see the New York-born 72-year-old – best known over here for singles such as Mandy, a No 11 in 1975, and Let’s Hang On, a No 12 in 1981, along with his 1982 concert album Barry Live in Britain, his only UK No 1. – cost £19.75 to £100.75. Dave Koz will be supporting... (News Guardian, 09 June 2016)

  • Summer Of Icons Competition - To celebrate a whole summer of icons performing at Manchester Arena, we're offering the chance to win 2 tickets to see Barry Manilow perform at Manchester Arena! [Click Here for your chance to] Win 2 tickets to see Barry Manilow perform at Manchester Arena! (Manchester Arena, 01 June 2016)

  • Reasons why this will be the best June in Manchester ever - We're picked out the most unmissable events in the month ahead. June looks like it’s going to be Manchester’s biggest month yet with so many outstanding events happening around the region in the coming weeks ... There’s an eclectic range of artists on the way. Coldplay are at the Etihad (June 4-5), swiftly followed by AC/DC on June 9. Meanwhile, over at the home of rivals Manchester United, pop mega star Rihanna holds court on June 29. Also in Manchester at the city’s Arena venue, we’re in for shows from Barry Manilow (June 15) and Lionel Richie (June 28). Pretty sweet, huh? (Manchester Evening News, 31 May 2016)

  • Gary Barlow surprised fans in Bristol ... when he staged an undercover performance in the city centre. But the Take That crooner won't be winning any prizes for his disguises, as to conceal his identity from the crowd he wore - a paper Gary Barlow mask. As he set up his piano and microphone in the busy shopping area, the flimsy piece of cardboard was the only thing keeping his true identity a secret. The father-of-three gently played a few opening chords on the piano, before throwing off his mask and launching into a rendition of "Could It Be Magic," Take That's 1992 version of the Barry Manilow track. Bank Holiday shoppers could not conceal their excitement at the singer's presence in Bristol's Cabot Circus. (The Sun, 30 May 2016)

  • Fun things to do in Liverpool in June 2016 - If you’re wondering what you’ll do to keep yourself entertained in June, worry not. The biggest question is how you will fit it all in. As the city gears up for a fabulous summer, there are loads of things to do in Liverpool from watching the very best in tennis, or going overboard with activities on the waterfront to getting your groove on with fabulous festivals. To make life a little easier for you, we’ve put together a list of fun things to do in Liverpool in June ... #16 - Enjoy the music of Manilow: Barry Manilow has announced that he is going to “hit the road” and perform concerts across the world ONE LAST TIME and he’s arriving in Liverpool at the ECHO Arena on Friday, June 17. Could it be magic? There’s every chance it will be as Mr M. arrives with his band of 13 musicians and singers to perform favourites like "Copacabana," "Mandy" and "Can’t Smile Without You." (Liverpool Echo, 30 May 2016)

  • Iconic hotels that have inspired songs - There are some hotel names you just know, whether you’ve ever stayed there or not. These iconic spots can be famous for a variety of reasons: they are super luxe or popular among the stars, they figure prominently in films or were the sites of important historic events. Which is perhaps why many of the world’s most iconic hotels have inspired, or at least been mentioned in, beloved songs. And in some cases, beloved songs have even led to the increased popularity -- or even existence -- of various hotels ... #1 - Copacabana Palace: Rio’s Copacabana Palace, which dates back to 1923, is a historic Art Deco hotel just off the beach. Perhaps Barry Manilow’s most famous song, Copacabana was first thought up by Manilow and fellow songwriter Bruce Sussman when they were both staying at the hotel, which has a striking, all-white palatial facade. The song was released in 1978... (USA Today, 5/25/2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click here to enter!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (The Wichita Eagle, 1/6/2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ((RED), 30 November 2015)

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

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

  • 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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