- Man oh Manilow spices up Westgate - Yes, Spiderman, it’s great to be “your friendly, neighborhood” gossip columnist. It’s been a week full of shows, parties and other exclusive events, and I’ve learned so much to share with you. First are nuggets coming out of Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino...
Barry Manilow, my childhood neighbor from across the river in Brooklyn, returns to the International Theatre on Sept. 27, with “Manilow: The Hits Come Home.” You “can’t smile without” hearing many of his dozens of Top 40 hits from album sales of more than 85 million, including 12 No. 1 hits.
The show’s run ends on Oct. 27 so you need to secure your seats soon. It’s part of a major revamping at Westgate, which includes an impressive lineup. (Gaming Today, 8/7/2018)
- Chrissy Teigen Sings To Baby Miles in Instagram Photo - Chrissy Teigen has shared a new photo of her baby, Miles, on Instagram and it’s adorable. In the photo, both mother and son are laying in a bed and it looks like Teigen is singing. The caption reveals that she’s singing his Favourite song: "Copacabana," she wrote. The photo got a great response from Teigen’s followers. (Inquisitr.com, 7/29/2018)
- Music and passion are always the fashion with Round Barn's production of 'Copacabana' - The Barry Manilow hit “Copacabana,” about a club where “music and passion were always the fashion,” has been running through listeners’ minds since the late ’70s. For most, all it takes is, “Her name was Lola,” to begin the musical tale of how a showgirl and bartender’s romance at the Copacabana, “the hottest spot north of Havana,” is derailed by a man named Rico wearing a diamond. The 1978 hit became the basis for the musical “Barry Manilow’s Copacabana,” which continues through Aug. 26 at Amish Acres’ Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee. “There is a lot of spectacle, but the songs are really the star of the show,” director Jerry O’Boyle says.
Unlike with a jukebox musical that takes existing songs and creates a plot around them, aside from the title song, Manilow wrote all of the songs in “Copacabana” for the musical. Paul Rigano, who plays Stephen and Tony in Round Barn’s production, says the musical offers something for any fan of musical theater. “If you are more of a ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ fan and you like modern storytelling and that kind of music, you’re still going to love this piece,” he says. “If you grew up on [Danny Kaye] and Fred Astaire and the golden age of Hollywood, you are going to love that aspect of it ... And then, of course, who can’t tap their toes to Barry Manilow’s music? It’s so rich and so good.”
At the beginning of the musical, the audience meets Stephen, a composer struggling to write a song about Lola and the Copacabana. Also a composer, Rigano sees a lot of himself in the character. “The more I read about him, the more I think he’s loosely based on my own life,” he says. “He is a New York City-based composer who is struggling with trying to write a hit tune at the top of the show and he discovers this idea, he keeps hearing this tune: ‘The Copa,’ ‘Copacabana,’ and he’s trying to figure out the song. That’s where the story first picks up. Over the course of the evening, he pictures this MGM musical, sort of this big classic golden age musical-type show, and that is the story of the Copacabana as we know it in Barry Manilow’s very famous song, and he assumes that role (of) Tony at that 1947 nightclub.”
Tony works as a bartender at the Copa, where he meets and falls in love with aspiring showbiz star Lola, fresh to the city from Tulsa, Okla. Unfortunately, Lola also attracts the attention of Rico, who kidnaps the young woman and takes her to his nightclub in Havana. The Copa crew sets off to rescue Lola and bring her home. “(The audience is) going to laugh so much, especially if they are fans of Barry Manilow” Rigano says. “They were able to slip in a few little jokes that true, true Manilow fans will really enjoy, and I don’t want to give too much away, but I think you can tell with the way the show is constructed that they set out to write a feel-good musical that, you know, something that had a classic feel but with a modern twist, which is very much sort of where I love to make art.” (South Bend Tribune, 7/26/2018)
- Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees Enjoy Barry Manilow’s Show at Westgate - Musicians Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, of the multi-platinum boy band 98°, enjoyed Barry Manilow’s hit new show at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on Saturday night, alongside friends. The pop stars, who were seen dancing to Manilow’s hits throughout the evening, joined the legendary performer for photos following the show. (VegasNews.com, 7/23/2018)
(Pictured: Justin Jeffre, Barry Manilow, Jeff Timmons and friends)
- Barry Manilow's Copacabana Sets The Stage For Summer Fun At The Round Barn Theatre - The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres in Nappanee presents "Barry Manilow's Copacabana" Playrights: Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, Lyricists: Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, produced by special arrangement with Musical Theatre, International, July 24 through August 26. American Sign Language performance August 25th at 8:00 PM. For tickets and reservations call the box office at 800-800-4942 or go to www.amishacres.com.
You can safely assume that a musical named "Barry Manilow's Copacabana" has at least something to do with the 1978 hit written and sung by renowned pop star. But this is not what is sometimes known as a jukebox musical, built around one hit after another. When the legendary Dick Clark asked Manilow to compose a 1985 Made For TV musical around "Copacabana" Manilow wrote all new songs, great music and great lyrics with his writing partners Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman. This is good news, because it means the music is written in Manilow's inimitable style. Few singer/songwriters can boast the number of hits as Barry Manilow, but it's not only the number, but kind of hits Manilow has created -- each song leaves an indelible mark. If you hear a bar or two of a Barry Manilow hit you'll find yourself singing the whole song to yourself.
Over the years "Copacabana" has grown as it became a musical on the London stage, and later toured America. Right now during rehearsals the cast has learned what Round Barn audiences will soon discover -- this is one wonderful show. Jerry O'Boyle is directing "Copacabana." As he describes it, the musical is about a songwriter named Stephen who's stuck trying to write the words and music for an idea he can't get out of his head. "He's trying to write this song, while at the same time his wife Samantha is trying to get him to go out to dinner with her parents. But he won't stop trying to write the song." In his mind it's 1947, and his name is Tony, and in walks a girl named Lola, who looks a lot like Samantha. "It's like an MGM movie," O'Boyle continued. "No browns, no beiges, it's all in technicolor."
The songs sound perfectly in period, like the old movies, but it's recognizably Manilow's style at the same time. There are all the familiar characters: villains, fall guys, the good-hearted cigarette girl, classic clowns, and the boss who runs the theatre. A hero to believe in and a heroine to sigh and die for. "All these classic characters give us a chance to keep the characters real but also have broad, recognizable characterizations," O'Boyle noted. "It's a really fun show." There are also several kinds of classic dance styles, from tap to bolero. "It's been great," O'Boyle said of the rehearsal process. "The actors are all very enthusiastic. It's a new show to them, and they're telling me, 'I'm liking this a lot more than I thought I would.'" (Broadway World, 7/18/2018)
- Oakcrest Select Choir performs with Barry Manilow at the Borgata - The Oakcrest High School Select Choir, along with some former graduates, joined Barry Manilow on stage on July 6th and 7th at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City to perform during the shows’ finale. Both performances (July 6-7) were sellouts. “We were invited to sing in the concert by one of Barry Manilow's concert coordinators,” Choir Director Richard T. Tinsley II said. “It was pretty exciting. For some of these students and alumni this was a once in a lifetime performance. For the rest of their lives they'll be able to brag that they once sang background for the music legend, Barry Manilow.”
The choir joined with Manilow to sing “I Write the Songs,” “Copacabana” and “Miracle.” “A majority of the students had no idea who Barry Manilow was, so it really made for fun rehearsals,” Tinsley said. “This allowed me to show them new music and honestly broaden their musical horizons. This is big for our program and for our school. It promotes Oakcrest Performing Arts in a positive way and yet again shows that our music department is a one of a kind, top notch program. The students and parents are extremely happy and thankful to have had this opportunity. Some even felt like celebrities.”
Elena Castillo is a 2017 graduate of Oakcrest who participated in the concert. "At first it felt really weird, I feel old,” she said. “But it felt good to back in my choir music classroom. I study music in college and what I miss most about music at Oakcrest is that it’s more than music. It’s like family in the Oakcrest Choir and that makes the music and performance that much better." (The Press of Atlantic City, 7/12/2018)
- Round Barn Theatre's production of Barry Manilow's Copacabana - Barry Manilow's unforgettable hit song is brought to life onstage in this entertaining nightclub spectacle. "Her name was Lola. She was a showgirl..." So begins this tale of romance and stardom that has captivated audiences across the globe. With sensational originality, Barry Manilow's Copacabana is a show that will leave you breathless. The story starts with Stephen, a present-day, aspiring songwriter, who is in the midst of writing a tune that tells the story of Lola: fresh off the train from Tulsa, she arrives in New York with showbiz aspirations. Tony is a bartender/composer who falls in love with her and helps her become a Copa girl. Lola, of course, attracts the amorous attentions of Rico..."he wore a diamond". When Rico goes a bit too far by Lola taking her to his rival nightclub in Havana, Tony and the whole Copacabana crew set off to rescue Lola and as they say "Hilarity ensues".
Audiences will delight in Copacabana's splashy production numbers and the slew of brand new Barry Manilow songs. A return to traditional American musical theatre flair, the large cast size boasts numerous chances for performers to shine, while the title alone will incite the interest of both subscribers and newcomers to the theatre. The Round Barn Theatre production is directed by Artistic Director Jerry O'Boyle. Melanie Greyson has choreographed the show. Austin Schoenfelder is the Production Stage Manager and will be assisted by Jackie Robinson, who is also in charge of sound. Karen J. Payton designed the costumes for the show, and Richard Pletcher is the Executive Producer who has also provided the Set Design. Paul Rigano is the Music Director and takes on the dual role of Stephen/Tony, the representation of a composer much like Mr. Manilow himself...
Copacabana opens on Tuesday, July 24, and continues through Sunday, August 26 with 2 p.m. matinees and 8 p.m. evening performances. Copacabana will be translated by American Sign Language interpreters for the deaf on Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. Assisted listening devices are available upon request at all performances. A complete show schedule, ticket availability and reservations can be found by calling the Box Office at (800) 800-4942 extension 2 or online at AmishAcres.com. (Broadway World, 7/9/2018)
- Ticket giveaway for Barry Manilow’s Leeds First Direct Arena concert - The YEP is giving away front row tickets to Barry Manilow at Leeds First Direct Arena on September 1. Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. Scoring his first number one single in 1974, he has been at the top of the business for an astounding 40 years, having gone on to achieve worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, and even ranking as the top adult contemporary chart artist of all time with more than 50 Top 40 hits. Known for his classic hits such as ‘Mandy’, ‘Copacabana’, ‘Can’t Smile Without You’, and ‘Could It Be Magic’, the GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® award-winning pop star will perform at the Leeds First Direct Arena on September 1.
Promising to be an unforgettable night, this will be the first time Manilow has returned to Leeds following his sensational show at the same venue in June 2016. He will go on to perform in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Special guests for the show are Collabro, the world’s most successful musical theatre group. Hailing from the UK, their 2014 Britain’s Got Talent win sent their debut album soaring straight to the top of the charts, and subsequently they have performed to standing ovations around the world from Japan to the US and Canada. Tickets are available from Ticketline, Ticketmaster and the venue box office.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has one pair of front row tickets to give away to the show at Leeds First Direct Arena on September 1 in our free prize draw. To enter, pick up a copy of the Yorkshire Evening Post on Saturday. Usual Johnston Press rules, terms and conditions apply see www.johnstonpress.co.uk/competition. Your data will be shared securely between Johnston Press and Deacon Communications for the purposes of alerting our winner/s and distributing the prize/s. We respect your privacy and your details will not be used for any other purpose than that for which you have given consent. (Yorkshire Evening Post, 12 July 2018)
- High school choir to hit Colosseum stage with pop music icon Manilow - They may not know Barry but most have heard of Lola. She was a showgirl.A combined student choir from St. Anne and Cardinal Carter secondary schools will perform on stage with pop music icon Barry Manilow Friday at Caesars Windsor. “I think there was one student who knew who he was but they all knew Copacabana,” said St. Anne’s choir director Anna Villella of one of Manilow’s hit songs about “the hottest spot north of Havana.”
While his musical taste leans toward Twenty One Pilots and Cage the Elephant, St. Anne’s Lukas Radlin recognized Copacabana although he couldn’t place exactly why. “I knew the song but I didn’t know who Barry Manilow was or that he sang it,” the 18-year-old said. As for It’s A Miracle and I Write the Songs, Radlin had never heard either before rehearsals. The 30-member choir will perform a medley of all three Manilow mega hits as part of his grand finale on the Caesars Windsor Colosseum stage. “It’ll be a different perspective being on stage,” Radlin said. “It’ll be cool to see the crowd. I’m excited.”
The 75-year-old Manilow often invites a local community choir to join his show and, so, a call was placed to the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board looking for talent. Villella has taught and helped out with the choir at St. Anne for 19 years. “Of course I said yes,” she said of an offer to share the spotlight with a Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter who has sold more than 85 million albums. Knowing that mustering 30 voices from her own program in the middle of summer vacation might be an issue, she extended the invite to co-directors Lindsay Longpre and Melissa Ciotoli at Cardinal Carter. There are 16 singers from St. Anne, a dozen more from Cardinal Carter, and Villella and Longpre will join them on stage.
At 36, Longpre is a fan of Manilow’s music with I Write the Songs being one of her personal favourites. “I’ve always loved his music,” Longpre said. “It’s fun stuff and I’ve really enjoyed introducing it to them.”
Like Radlin, Cardinal Carter’s Samantha Lambier is eager to perform on stage before a large audience. “I’m an actor as well so I’m looking forward to being on the stage and getting that experience,” the 18-year-old said.
The Colosseum seats 5,000 people and casino officials noted the performance was almost sold out as of Thursday afternoon. While the concert kicks off at 9 p.m., the choir reports for a 5 p.m. run-through when the group is hoping to meet the man himself. “I think it’s going to be really memorable,” Longpre said. (Windsor Star, 7/12/2018)
- Windsor student choirs joining Barry Manilow on stage at Caesars July 13 - When Chloe Chang was told she'll be singing with Barry Manilow at Caesars, she did not jump for joy. "Who is this old guy?" She remembers thinking. But when she told her family the news that her choir at school will be joining him on stage during the finale next Friday at The Colosseum, her dad was incredibly excited. "My dad goes nuts. He's going crazy, he's like 'Oh my God, we have to get tickets. Do we get discounted tickets?" Chang recalls. Chang is a grade 10 student from St. Anne Catholic High School and her choir, along with the choir at Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School will be singing Manilow's three hits — "Copacabana," "[It's A] Miracle" and "I Write the Songs."
"I Write the Songs" happens to be Lindsay Longpre's favourite. She's the teacher with Cardinal Carter's choir. And next Friday night will be a special one not just for the students, but also the two choir directors -- because they get to sing on stage with the choir and Manilow. "It's really a once in a lifetime opportunity for us," she says.
The two choirs have been practicing separately for about three weeks. They have several joined rehearsals before the big night and even though it's summer break, the students are still showing up to practice. "The music kids are always the good kids that we get, we're so lucky," says Anna Villella, music teacher at St. Anne.
Hours before the performance, the students will be learning some basic choreography to go with the songs as well. And for Chang who didn't know who Manilow was when she first heard the news, she's now giddy about the prospects of being on stage with him. "He's an amazing writer," she says. "The harmonies in [the songs] ... I find it really fun. I want to get a picture with Barry." (CBC, 7/6/2018)
- Things to do in CNY this weekend ... Barry Manilow - If the scorching hot start to July kept you inside with the AC, then you'll want to get out of the house this weekend and check [out] fun things to do around Central New York ... Legendary pop star Barry Manilow is bringing "Mandy," "Copacabana" and the countless other hits he's sung over his career, which has spanned more than half a century, to Central New York this weekend. The show marks the second year in a row he's performed at Turning Stone. Where: Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona. When: Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m. How much: Tickets start at $54. (Syracuse.com, 7/11/2018)
- Live Music: Tuesday, July 10 - Barry Manilow is at the Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, Connecticut (888) 226-7711, mohegansun.com. $39.50-$125. 7:30 p.m. (Providence Journal, 7/9/2018)
- Make it a sell-out for showman Barry - Great news, Mr. Manilow is back in town, at Leeds First Direct Arena on 1st September. His previous show “One Last Time” was not, it seems. But we are lucky to have him back as he is only doing a very short tour.So let’s make it a complete sell out for the most charismatic showman of our time.*Look out for a great competition coming soon in the YEP to win front row seats at the Barry Manilow show at Leeds Arena.
(Yorkshire Evening Post, 09 July 2018)
- Pop and Rock Shows This Week ... Barry Manilow - GRAMMY®, TONY® and EMMY® Award-winning Pop superstar Barry Manilow will take the stage at Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday, July 10th starting at 7:30pm. Manilow will perform his greatest hits such as “Copacabana,” “Weekend In New England” and “Mandy” plus many more! Tickets are $125.00, $59.50 and $39.50 and go on sale Friday, May 11th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to Ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000. Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office beginning on Saturday, May 12th, subject to availability. Barry Manilow - Mohegan Sun Arena, July 10, 2018 - Uncasville. 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. 888-226-7711. $39.50, $59.50, and $125.
Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits. For more information on Barry Manilow please visit: manilow.com, facebook.com/barrymanilow and twitter.com/barrymanilow. (NYC's Original City Guide, 7/8/2018)
- Shows to see this week (July 8 to 14) - In tune with summer, stages in Central New York are heating up with world class acts and award-winning artists ... Barry Manilow is perhaps one of the most recognizable and iconic contemporary crooners of our time. Although often seen as over the top, overplayed, and overly sensational, Manilow speaks to the art of dramatic performance with a love and reverence only few can do with such success. Throughout his solo career, which began in the mid-1970s, Barry Manilow has dominated adult contemporary music. But before such success, he worked for Bette Midler in the early 1970s as her pianist, musical director, accompanist, and played a significant role in the creation of her first two albums. With the release of "Mandy" in 1974 came the launching pad for Barry Manilow's career. The rest, as they say, is history.
Where: Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona. When: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12. How much: Tickets start at $54. Details here. (Syracuse.com, 7/8/2018)
- Upcoming concerts...Barry Manilow - A look ahead at some of the most-anticipated concerts in western and central Massachusetts and Connecticut ... Barry Manilow: July 10, 7:30 p.m. - Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (MassLive, 7/8/2018)
- Things to do down the Shore: Barry Manilow - Just when you thought the new joints would get all the crowds, the Borgata fetes its 15th birthday this weekend, with two performances by one-and-only Manilow to help celebrate. Sing-alongs among Fanilows ensue. 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Borgata Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, $109-$249, 866-900-4849, theborgata.com (The Inquirer, 7/5/2018)
- Barry Manilow is among performers slated to help Borgata celebrate its 15th birthday - Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7 - Old Homestead presents: BARRY MANILOW, 8 P.M. BORGATA / $109, $149, $249. WHAT TO EXPECT: Legendary singer Barry Manilow has sold over 80 million albums and scored twelve number one hits over the course of his illustrious career. The 75-year-old New York native heads to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa as part of their 15th Anniversary celebration. Manilow will break out all of the big hits this weekend including “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana (At the Copa).” BarryManilow.com, TheBorgata.com (Atlantic City Weekly, 7/3/2018)
- Copacabana was 'razzmatazz at its best' - Written by Barry Manilow, Copacabana started out as a song in 1978, was expanded into a TV special seven years later by Dick Clark, then became a live show at Caesars Palace before being transformed into a full-blown, smash hit Transatlantic musical in 1994 and is now a staple of amateur operatic companies the world over. And no wonder. ‘Copacabana’ is an exhilarating show (Southport Spotlights, 27-30 June), full of glamour and razzmatazz set alongside a soundtrack of exciting 40s big band music and Latin rhythms, played here by a top-class 12-piece orchestra under the expert direction of Chris Rimmer. Songs like the title track and [Sweet] Heaven lingered on long after the final curtain.
John Delahunty and Toni Spofforth were both outstanding as barman/would-be songwriter, Tony Forte, and wannabe singer, Lola Lamar, who work together and fall in love at New York’s legendary Copacabana Club. Amanda Shaw was a delight to watch as cigarette lady, Gladys, an ex-showgirl herself, who persuades club owner, Sam (the lively Ian Lawson) to take on Lola as a singer. Naturally, she becomes the star attraction, with Tony as her accompanist, and they take the club by storm. But Lola is drugged by rival club owner, gangster Rico Castelli played by Dom Tolley who, with his Clarke Gable moustache and sinister smile, personified a pre-war villain. Next minute, we are in Cuba. Rico has flown Lola to Havana to headline at his Tropicana Club, Cuba’s top nightspot, intending her to replace current singer, the alluring Conchita (a temptingly seductive performance by Janine Burrows), both onstage and in his bed. Tony arrives in Cuba, along with Gladys and Sam, in pursuit of his lost love. Rico makes to kill him but Conchita beats him to it and shoots her lover dead. Very much a ‘with one bound, Lola was free’ explanation but, heigh ho, this is a musical not a thriller and it is the music and dancing that are important so, on with the show.
The colourful costumes for this production were quite spectacular and would not have looked out of place at the London Palladium and were matched by the exuberance of the fleet-footed dancers. Directed by award-winning Stephen Hughes-Alty, and with a supporting cast of 22 dancers and singers, this was a big-time, feel-good show in what has been a highly successful year for Southport Spotlights. (Champion News, 7/1/2018
- 3D Glasses at Westgate Las Vegas show - It’s 2018, yes, but 3D glasses never go out of style. Barry Manilow is handing out (or rather, his people are handing out) throwback 3D glasses to his show at International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas. This visual effect, which gained popularity in movie theaters in the 1950s, still has a dizzying quality. Manilow employs the 3D effects during a New York-inspired medley midway through the show. It works, and this it the reason you’ll see a bunch of selfies posted by those in the audience looking like members of Devo. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6/23/2018)
- Manilow mania coming to Westgate in Las Vegas - Shows are opening in both of the theaters in which Barry Manilow performed in Vegas from 2005-2012. The International (formerly Las Vegas Hilton Theater) is one, and Paris Las Vegas is the other. “Marilyn: A New Musical” opens its preview period tonight, with the gala premiere June 1, also Monroe’s birthday. I hear that employee comps for Manilow are scarce, incidentally, commonly an indication of strong ticket sales. The ticket-buying public is more fickle than it was when Manilow opened at the Hilton 13 years ago. But Manilow still has his fans, and so far they are to party it up at the Copa (Copacabana), the hottest spot north of Havana. - John Katsilometes (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/23/2018)