Barry Briefs - Archive 34

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

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

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

    Additional celebrity guests included George Brett, John Corbett, Bo Derek, Larry Fitzgerald, Paul Konerko, Nancy Lieberman, Nick Lowery, Harvey Mackay, Donovan McNabb, John O'Hurley, Chris Rich, Lindsay Wagner, and many more. (Look To The Stars, 3/27/2019)
    https://www.looktothestars.org/news/18874-stars-shine-
    at-celebrity-fight-night-xxv

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

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

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

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

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

    Other honorees at this year’s event were Arizona State University President Michael Crow; Dr. Abraham Lieberman, medical director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute; and business leader and philanthropist Renee Parsons. (AZ Central, 3/23/2019)
    https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/events/2019/03/21/
    celebrity-fight-night-2019-barry-manilow-reba-mcentire-quincy-jones/3208243002/

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

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

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

    MORE: This year, Celebrity Fight Night will benefit the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program as well as the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, in addition to other charities. Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by long-time Arizona resident and businessman Jimmy Walker to support numerous charities. Each year, Celebrity Fight Night attracts first class celebrities from the sports and entertainment worlds. Recognized as one of the nation’s elite charity events, this power-packed evening leaves a lasting impression on attendees. For more information, please visit www.celebrityfightnight.org. (Look To The Stars, 3/7/2019)
    https://www.looktothestars.org/news/18818-celebrity-
    fight-night-xxv-returns-to-phoenix-arizona

  • A look at what life was like in Tucson in 1984-1985 - Barry Manilow in Tucson: Barry Manilow performing in McKale Center at the University of Arizona on Jan. 11, 1985. The Daily Star wrote, "Manilow was dressed mostly in black, a color well-suited to his new smoky saloon tunes." (Tucson.com, 3/8/2019)
    https://tucson.com/r/news/retrotucson/a-look-at-what-life-was-like-in-
    tucson-in/collection_d0d99774-4593-11e7-ba4d-5395b117df17.html

  • Best Bets for your Las Vegas weekend ... Barry Manilow - Barry’s back Friday and Saturday and will return to the Westgate International Theater later this month, too. If you haven’t seen the ultimate pop singer-songwriter in his ideal Vegas venue, you’re just not doing it right. March 8-9, info at westgateresorts.com. (Las Vegas Sun, 3/8/2019)
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2019/mar/08/best-bets-
    timberlake-tori-kelly-fuerza-bruta/

  • Copacabana run will support West Sussex sight loss charity - A group of University of Chichester students will be raising money for 4Sight Vision Support, a charity which helps people with sight loss, with their production of the Barry Manilow musical Copacabana at Bognor Regis’ Alexandra Theatre from Thursday to Saturday, March 7-9. The musical, backed by other fundraising activities, is a collaboration between the university’s musical theatre students and undergraduates on its charity development degree. Bethany Stanley, who is part of the ensemble in the show, said 4Sight was a great charity to put on a musical for ... Copacabana seemed the perfect musical for their plans. “It has got quite a large cast which means we can be really inclusive, and it is a good family show. “We figured that it would attract a wider audience, perhaps especially people wanting to go out for the night in Bognor, and we also felt that the musical would suit the area’s demographic. “The show consists of Barry Manilow’s hits such as Sweet Heaven, Just Arrived and, of course, Copacabana. “It follows an aspiring writer Stephen whose imagination takes us to New York in the 40s where we meet an ambitious singer Lola Lamar. We follow the love story of Lola and Tony ... ”4Sight Vision Support provides support, advice and training to improve the quality of life for people who are visually impaired. A spokesman said: “Our service users are at the heart of everything we do, and we aim to help them, understand their sight condition, retain their independence, maintain and improve their quality of life and participate fully in their community whilst having a voice. ”Copacabana will be at the Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis, on March 7, 8 and 9. Tickets from the Regis Centre on http://alexandratheatre.co.uk or by phone on 01243 861010. (Chichester Observer, 04 March 2019)
    https://www.chichester.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-and-comedy/
    copacabana-run-will-support-west-sussex-sight-loss-charity-1-8830060

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

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

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

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

    The overriding message of this event was that every guest present is equally dedicated to supporting DAP – UNTIL THERE IS A CURE! (Desert Sun, 3/2/2019)
    https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/2019/03/02/daps-steve-
    chase-gala-harks-back-its-beginnings/3007728002/

  • Melissa Manchester will appear with the San Bernardino Symphony March 16 - Cherished classics from the Great American Songbook should make for a splendid program when the San Bernardino Symphony hosts singer Melissa Manchester and guest conductor Sharon Lavery (7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16). The concert features the symphony performing Gershwin composition “Rhapsody in Blue” and opera “Porgy and Bess.” Then, the Grammy-winning vocalist spotlights her 2017 studio album “The Fellas” and her adult contemporary hits such as “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Through the Eyes of Love” ... “The Fellas” was recorded at Citrus College in Glendora with the Blue Note Orchestra, which comprises students, faculty and alumni from the school where Manchester is honorary artist-in-residence ... Barry Manilow, a big music education supporter, recorded and filmed “The Fellas” duet “For Me and My Gal” -- a fun nod to Gene Kelly and Judy Garland’s 1942 musical film theme song -- at Citrus College. What was it like to reunite with the old friend who helped provide an early career boost? The session involved plenty of laughter. “We have to work very hard to shut up and start singing because we just love each other so much,” explained Manchester. (Daily Bulletin, 2/28/2019)
    https://www.dailybulletin.com/2019/02/28/5-inland-empire-
    classical-music-concerts-to-see-in-march/

  • Miley Cyrus Wore a Maison Martin Magiela Gown Made Entirely of Vinyl Records - Miley Cyrus wore the MOST fabulous outfit made out of vinyl records as she prepares to make a guest appearance on RuPaul's Drag Race [2019] premiere (Miley is guest-starring as a judge in the RuPaul's Drag Race premiere tonight) ... She's wearing a dress literally made out of pieces of vinyl records, and it's incredible. The dress is by Maison Martin Magiela, and it's over a decade old, first used for the 2008 "Artisanale" Couture Collection. SanchezZalba explains that the dress "is composed of a crepe de chine base decorated with gradated 35 and 45 rpm vinyl singles and albums, that have been cut, then molded to the body while still warm. Can you identify any musicians or songs? We can spot "Don’t talk to me of love" by Barry Manilow and Mirielle Mathieu on the shoulder!" (Marie Claire, 2/28/2019)
    https://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/a26566258/miley-cyrus-
    vinyl-records-dress-maison-magiela-gown/

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

  • Unforgettable dates for Valentine’s Day, Vegas-style - Forget heart-shaped chocolates and cheap teddy bears. You can’t buy romance at the drugstore, but on the Las Vegas Strip you can book it for date night. Whether that means cruising the city’s neon skies, gliding along a turquoise canal or clinking glasses at a coveted table, a Valentine’s Day to remember awaits you and your honey -- no Hallmark card required ... #9. Barry Manilow (Feb. 14-16, Westgate Las Vegas, 702.732.5111) - The crooner is back, regaling fans with more than 40 years of hits. Grab your sweetie, pick your seats and imagine the legendary vocalist is serenading only you. (Las Vegas Magazine, 2/8/2019)
    https://lasvegasmagazine.com/entertainment/2019/feb/08/
    valentines-slotzilla-nomad-manilow-backstreet-boys/

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

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

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

    Special guests included Barry Manilow, Lorna Luft, Shellie Reade, Donna MacMillan and Bill Nicholson ... The next event will be Animal Samaritans presents Le Chien during Fashion Week. Please visit their web site at AnimalSamaritans.org or call them at 760 601-3755 to see how you can be of help to local animals. (The Desert Sun, 1/26/2019)
    https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/2019/01/26/animal-
    samaritans-men-desert-fashion-show/2663211002/

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

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

    Insane? It’s freakin’ crazy evil!!! (Entertainment Weekly, 1/15/2019)
    https://ew.com/movies/2019/01/15/mandy-nicolas-cage/amp/

  • Year-end Kats! awards are in - The Kats! Bureau was all over the scene in ‘18. We close the year with a crash of cymbals and my year-end column in the form of my own awards to the deserving in VegasVille. These honors are heartfelt, mirthsome and — I stress — non-binding [including] ... Best Closing Number Award: Westgate Las Vegas star Barry Manilow, returning to ’70s disco and ’40s feather shows with “Copacabana,” grooving along the catwalk at International Theater. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12/26/2018)
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/entertainment-columns/kats/
    from-lady-gaga-to-the-golden-tiki-year-end-kats-awards-are-in-1559361/

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

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

    A second-grade boy was selected to sing with Manilow. “During a rehearsal, we were asked who knew the words to a song and I raised my hand,” he said. (Fox 5 San Diego, 12/18/2018)
    https://fox5sandiego.com/2018/12/18/san-diego-kids-choir-sings-
    with-barry-manilow/

  • Five things to do at Southern California casinos this week (Dec. 14-20) - Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa - Barry Manilow is bringing his show, “A Very Barry Christmas” to Agua Caliente for two nights. He’ll be performing some holiday music in addition to his hits, of which he has many. Manilow has had 50 Top 40 singles and has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide. He’s also no stranger to the holiday music game, having released three different Christmas albums — 1990’s “Because it’s Christmas,” 2002’s “A Gift of Christmas Love” and 2007’s “In the Swing of Christmas.” 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. $100-$250. (Daily News, 12/12/2018)
    https://www.dailynews.com/2018/12/12/5-things-to-do-at-southern-
    california-casinos-this-week-dec-14-20/amp/

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

  • Barry Manilow Christmas concert at Amway Center in Orlando - Pictures from Barry Manilow's 'A Very Barry Christmas' concert at Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 -- CLICK HERE. (Orlando Sentinel, 12/10/2018)
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/os-pictures-a-very-
    barry-christmas-concert-20181207-photogallery.html

  • Barry Manilow is bringing the holidays to San Diego - You can win a pair of tickets to see one of the most legendary singers of our time, Barry Manilow at the Viejas Arena. For more than 50 years, Manilow has been at the top of adult contemporary radio playlists with generational favorites such as "Mandy," "I Write the Songs," and "Copacabana" from the '70s. He then made a successful transition into the '80s with pop-friendly tunes such as "Somewhere Down the Road" and "I Made it Through the Rain." In the '90s he made his first record dedicated to the holidays, titled Because It's Christmas, the LP is filled with inspirational wintertime standards. The album went platinum and stayed at the top of the Billboard special Christmas album chart for 1990. He's coming to America's Finest City and fans are already counting down the days until he takes the stage. SDPIX and SDGLN are giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to see this legendary performer yourself. To win be the first person to reply to our email blast and link to your social media profile with the story. We will update the story with the winner by end of business today. Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmas is on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the Viejas Arena. Tickets are also on sale now. Buy them HERE. (SDGLN.com, 12/6/2018)
    https://sdgln.com/social/2018/12/06/win-pair-tickets-
    see-barry-manilow-sdpix-and-sdgln

  • Weekend concert picks ... BECAUSE IT’S CHRISTMAS: Barry Manilow - It’s hard to believe Barry Manilow never made a holiday album until 1990. “I was making pop albums and big-band albums and show tunes albums,” the legendary singer said by phone recently. “It just never came up.” Even crazier, Manilow only last year embarked on his first holiday tour, dubbed A Very Barry Christmas. This year it hits Tampa for the first time in what could be the 75-year-old Copacabana singer’s last trip to town -- although he has said that before. “I have stopped touring the way I used to tour,” he said. “They’ve booked us in Florida, and I get to see my people in Tampa, Orlando and Miami, which is great. They’re a great audience for me.” 7:30 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $16 and up. Donate a gently used instrument at the Amalie box office and receive two tickets to the show. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com. (Tampa Bay Times, 12/5/2018)
    http://www.tampabay.com/music/weekend-concert-picks-barry-
    manilow-st-paul-and-the-broken-bones-more-20181205/

  • Holiday Concerts For A Hot Winter's Night In LA - The holiday season is here, and so are musicians trying to earn that cold, hard dough off your warm, nostalgic feelings. Here is our roundup of the merriest Los Angeles concerts delivering musical cheer to your ears this December ... If you want Pop Classics plus Santa: BARRY MANILOW, DEC. 14: The pop crooner who wrote the songs is bringing "A Very Barry Christmas" back for a second year in L.A. The show includes classic holiday songs, Manilow's own hits, and the production level you'd expect from a Vegas showman — he promises snow, Santa, kids, and more. (LAist, 12/3/2018)
    http://laist.com/2018/12/03/16_la_holiday_concerts_to_help_
    you_celebrate_the_season.php

  • The Christmas season is upon us! - The Christmas season is upon us! It’s a magical yet busy time of the year—so be sure to escape the hustle and bustle, and take in some great events... Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is offering a rather varied December schedule ... Dec. 6, José Feliciano ... Dec. 14 a live version of The Price Is Right ... At 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, the local-resident legend himself, Barry Manilow, will perform two Christmas-themed shows...Tickets are $100 to $250 ... Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com. (CV Independent, 11/30/2018)
    https://cvindependent.com/index.php/en-US/music/previews/item/4919-
    the-blueskye-report-december-2018-lyle-lovett-tony-bennett-barry-manilow-
    bill-engvall-black-crystal-wolf-kids-and-a-whole-lot-more

  • Tampa Bay’s packed Christmas concert season - The best pop and rock Christmas concerts feature artists who have a healthy selection of holiday material to mix in alongside their biggest hits ... Barry Manilow (Dec. 7, Amalie Arena): The pop icon is playing only a handful of holiday shows this year, and one is in Tampa. You never know when a tour will be his last, so get on it. $16 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com. (Tampa Bay Times, 11/14/2018)
    http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/music/john-legend-
    barry-manilow-trans-siberian-orchestra-lead-tampa-bays-
    packed-christmas-concert-season-20181114/

  • Barry Manilow Giveaway - Grammy Winning pop icon Barry Manilow is coming to Los Angeles for a ‘Very Barry Christmas’. The man who writes the songs will sing your favorite Christmas tunes along with all his classic hits. Watch the KTLA 5 Morning News on Monday November 19th, Tuesday November 20th, or Wednesday November 21st for your chance to win two orchestra section tickets see the Barry Manilow at the Microsoft Theater on Friday December 14th. Tickets are on sale at AXS.com. Deck the halls at the Copacabana cause this is a Christmas spectacular you won’t want to miss. Enter Contest Here (KTLA-5, 11/13/2018)
    https://ktla.com/2018/11/13/barry-manilow-giveaway-2/

  • Top Christmas Artists in DFW, According to KLUV - Maybe you grew up listening to Christmas music belted out by Nat King Cole's velvety pipes or Cyndi Lauper's throaty snarl. Either way, North Texans can't get enough. It's dominating the airwaves of KLUV 98.7, which officially kicked off as the Christmas station Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. with "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Here are the top [artists] from the DFW station as of Monday... Top 10 KLUV Christmas Artists: 1. Gene Autry, 2. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 3. Beach Boys, 4. Carpenters, 5. Johnny Mathis, 6. Michael Buble, 7. Amy Grant, 8. Barry Manilow, 9. Andy Williams, 10. Ray Conniff Singers. Top 10 Artists with most recently-released KLUV Christmas songs: 1. Eric Clapton, 2. Straight No Chaser, 3. Pentatonix, 4. Seth MacFarlane, 5. Rod Stewart, 6. Michael Buble, 7. Barry Manilow, 8. Sheryl Crow, 9. Faith Hill, 10. Carrie Underwood. (NBC-5 News, 11/21/2018)
    https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/The-Top-Christmas-Songs-
    in-DFW-According-to-KLUV-501014771.html

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

  • Kym Marsh has a new puppy...called 'Rico' - Kym Marsh has got a new dog. The 'Coronation Street' star has added to her barking brood by taking on a black, white and brown Chihuahua, who has been named Rico after she took inspiration from Barry Manilow's hit 'Copacabana', which tells the story of a mobster called Rico who takes a fancy to a showgirl called Lola. She said: "This week we welcomed a new addition to the family - a long-haired, black, white and brown Chihuahua who we've called Rico. "We already have a short-haired Chihuahua called Lola, so as in Barry Manilow's song 'Copacabana' we now have a Rico and Lola. He's very cute... (Female First, 19 November 2018)
    https://www.femalefirst.co.uk/tv/news/kym-marsh-new-puppy-1172711.html

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

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

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

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

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

    The show will perform at 7.30pm on Friday, November 9 and at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, November 10. Tickets are available via the website at www.tamworthmusicaltheatrecompany.org.uk (Derby Telegraph, 09 November 2018)
    https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/tamworth-musical-theatre-
    company-copacabana-2200925

  • Best Bets...for your Las Vegas weekend - Halloween is gone and the holiday season beckons. Take advantage of this weekend between the madness by taking in a concert spectacular on the Las Vegas Strip ... BARRY MANILOW: One of the many highlights of Manilow’s latest Vegas production is a thunderous performance of “Mandy” which sees him duet with himself -- or the 1975 version of himself, when the song first broke as his first No. 1 hit. It’s just one of the fan favorites from this show at the Westgate International Theater and it’s back for more shows this month before returning again in February. Info at westgateresorts.com. (Las Vegas Sun, 11/2/2018)
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/nov/02/best-bets-manilow-diana-ross-grandmaster-flash/

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

    Tonight's performance (October 29) features legend Barry Manilow, Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, and MORE! Don't miss Barry's classic Copacabana and many other favorites! SHARE! DONATE! Concert will be available to view online until October 30th at 8:59 p.m. (Playbill.com, 10/29/2018)
    http://www.playbill.com/article/watch-alan-cumming-keala-settle-
    todrick-hall-and-more-in-this-weeks-nightly-concerts-for-america

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

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

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

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

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

    Barry Manilow,” Nancy chose. “...I’ve never seen him and before I die I’d love to see him.” (On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, 10/16/2018)
    https://onairwithryan.iheart.com/featured/ryan-seacrest/content/2018-10-16-
    ryan-kelly-ripa-surprise-lwkr-trivia-contestant-who-missed-question/

  • Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Barry at Viejas Arena - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Barry Manilow - A Very Barry Christmas at Viejas Arena on December 13th. CLICK HERE for details! Enter by 11:59 pm on December 9th. Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. (CBS-8 (San Diego), 10/15/2018)
    http://www.cbs8.com/story/39287658/barry-manilow

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

    Manilow began writing ad jingles early in his career, before he was famous, and has continued to do so ever since. Most memorable from the long list of Manilow’s jingles are melodies to “Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There” and “I Am Stuck On Band-Aid Brand ‘Cause Band-Aid’s Stuck On Me,” but Manilow also penned campaigns for such companies as Stridex, KFC, Dr. Pepper, and McDonald’s. (Playbill.com, 10/19/2018)
    http://www.playbill.com/article/4-broadway-composers-that-also-wrote-ad-jingles

  • Mary Lou Retton's 'Proper, Proper' Samba - Mary Lou Retton and her partner Sasha Farber dance a Samba to "Copacabana (At The Copa)." The pair received a score of 24 out of 30 for their routine. From Dancing with the Stars, Week 2: Las Vegas Night. (Dancing With The Stars (ABC), 10/2/2018)
    https://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/
    video/most-recent/VDKA5500414

  • 'A Star Is Born' premieres in LA: Who was there - Stars, and everyone else, gathered at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Monday night for the premiere of "A Star Is Born." And they all waited for THE star, Lady Gaga, to make her entrance... Bradley Cooper, Lorna Luft (Lorna's mom, Judy Garland, starred in the original 1954 production of "A Star Is Born." It was produced by Luft's father, Sid.), Katharine Ross, Sam Elliot, Barry Manilow, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw[, Rosanna Arquette, Andrew Dice Clay, RuPaul, Jerry Seinfeld and more]. (USA Today, 9/25/2018)
    https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/life/2018/09/25/
    star-born-premieres-la-who-there/1417779002/

  • Magical experience for Popchoir singers - A singer and business-owner from Launceston has had the trip of a lifetime, as she embarked on London to sing alongside Barry Manilow at the O2 Arena. Sarah Bradley who leads Launceston’s Popchoir group, was delighted when she was asked to join a number of Popchoir members to perform as background singers during Barry Manilow’s set at the O2 Arena recently. Sarah travelled to London on September 6 to join 30 Popchoir members to perform at Manilow’s performance for three nights. She described the experience as ‘surreal but amazing’, and was approached to take part after Popchoir was asked to provide 30 of their 300-plus members for his backing choir. Popchoir is a national scheme that sees performers of all ages come together to sing their hearts out at events and allow their passion for music to blossom. The three performances with Manilow counts as the second time Popchoir have been asked to sing alongside the famous American singer-songwriter. With some shopping, lunching and sightseeing having taken place in London over the few days she was there, Sarah was delighted to have taken part in an experience-of-a-lifetime. (Cornish and Devon Post Newspaper, 20 September 2018)
    http://www.thepost.uk.com/article.cfm?id=111414

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

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

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

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

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

    Copacabana runs at the Montgomery Theatre in Sheffield from September 19 to 22. Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.themontgomery.org.uk or by calling 0114 3273456. (Rotherham Advertiser, 19 September 2018)
    https://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/leisure/view,copa-load-of-this-
    barry-manilow-fans-passion-for-music-legend-fuels-new-pro_28680.htm

  • Sheffield show with all glamour of Copacabana - Splinters Theatre Group’s production of Barry Manilow’s musical (Copacabana-The Musical, 19-22 September 2018, The Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield), based on his classic hit song, will have plenty of glitz and glamour. In the story, aspiring songwriter Stephen is writing a tune telling the story of Lola. Fresh off the plane, she arrives in New York with showbiz aspirations. Bartender/composer Tony falls in love with her and helps her become a Copa girl. Lola, of course, attracts the amorous attentions of Rico. Directed by Dan Storey, this show features toe-tapping numbers including "Just Arrived," "Dancin' Fool" and, of course, the title song. The show also features the youngest cast for the company to date in its 29th year, with the majority under 21, including Emily Wilson as Lola. (The Star, 13 September 2018)
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/our-towns-and-cities/sheffield/sheffield-show-
    with-all-glamour-of-copacabana-1-9346110

  • Jason Alexander directed 'Native Gardens' - but he dreams of Barry Manilow - Jason Alexander directs the latest iteration of "Native Gardens," Karen Zacarías' popular play that has already sprouted up in theaters across the country ... These days the "Seinfeld" alum, whose acting roots trace back to Broadway, has been actively pursuing and fruitfully tending to his directorial endeavors, pruning his approach with patience and perspective ... Ahead of the opening of "Native Gardens," Alexander, 58, spoke with The Times [about] why he's genuinely itching to develop a jukebox musical ... Jason Alexander: "Of what I've done, I understand theater best. I love the magic of musicals, and making an audience believe that this thing is happening in front of them, while people are actually singing and dancing. I'd love to work on some new work because otherwise you're kind of locked in a blueprint ... For a long time, I've been trying to figure out: Is the Barry Manilow songbook something that lends itself to storytelling? Most of his songs are about yearning and wanting and unrequited love, and a lot of it is about music and performing. It has elements that suggest a story, and I just haven't found it yet. Also, his songbook is ballad-heavy - can that ballad become an up-tune and still work, or will the audience that loves Barry Manilow songs will they shoot me at the stage door? I've mentioned it to Barry Manilow, but I've never said, "Hey, Barry, I'm working on it." So this might be news to him..." (Los Angeles Times, 9/5/2018)
    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-jason-alexander-
    sunday-conversation-20180905-story.html

  • For Las Vegas' best live music, go where the musicians go - Nashville may call itself “Music City,” but Las Vegas has a lock on the good stuff. Jennifer Lopez, Barry Manilow, Enrique Iglesias, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men and Paul Shaffer all headline big casino resort shows this month, while the Backstreet Boys, Cher and Celine Dion return to the mix next month. But if you want to experience the really good stuff, the shows where you can lock eyes with the singers, tap your feet, sway your hips and feel like you’ve been transported back to O.G. Las Vegas, “you have to go to the places the musicians visit on their nights off,” says Craig Canter, a popular Vegas singer who favors Rat Pack tunes. Vegas has a lot of famous headliners and celebrities, but what visitors don’t know is that the city has a vibrant live music scene beyond the casino theaters,” Canter says. “Some great musicians have become local celebrities here. When they’re not out on tour or playing for big stars, they’re playing weekly gigs here, drawing huge crowds and inviting other musicians to come up and sing or perform” ... "I play quite a bit around town, and so do other musicians" says Joey Melotti, a well-regarded Vegas songwriter and piano player who toured with famous singers such as Michael Bolton, Julio Iglesias and Rickie Lee Jones. He’s been a member of Manilow’s band for more than a decade. "Barry’s show is scripted out, very detailed, so it’s fun to play around town on my own when we’re off." (The Dallas Morning News, 9/4/2018)
    http://www.dallasnews.com/life/travel/2018/09/04/
    las-vegas-best-live-music-go-musicians-go

  • Traffic warning for Barry Manilow fans heading to Birmingham concert - When Barry Manilow [said] 'Can't Smile Without You' you can safely bet he wasn't thinking about roadworks in Paradise. But fans driving to the singer-songwriter's next concert in Birmingham could be in for a nightmare journey - if they don't allow extra time ... That’s just a day after the neighbouring Paradise Queensway will be shutdown for a year on September 3. The closure is part of the Midland Metro Alliance work to extend the tramline from Stephenson Street in the city centre up to Five Ways in Edgbaston ... Famous for other hits like Mandy, Copacabana and Could It Be Magic, the 75-year-old will appear at the Arena Birmingham on Tuesday, September 4. Barry Manilow concertgoers from outside of town in particular might not be expecting to find Paradise Queensway closed as well. Arena Birmingham updated its website to say: “Paradise Circus will close in both directions from Monday 3 and remain closed until summer 2019... We strongly recommend you check out all the information within this blog before planning your journey to our venue!” [An Arena Birmingham] spokesman said: “We have a blog set up on the website helping to make customers aware of the potential issues. All customers who have booked tickets to a show at Arena Birmingham will be sent the same advisory information in a pre-event email a couple of days before the event. “Those who have booked for Barry Manilow on Tuesday should have received an email on Friday night, August 31. In addition, our Barry Manilow webpage has just been updated with a warning message.” (Birmingham Live, 03 September 2018)
    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-
    news/traffic-warning-barry-manilow-fans-15097194

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Elena Castillo is a 2017 graduate of Oakcrest who participated in the concert. "At first it felt really weird, I feel old,” she said. “But it felt good to back in my choir music classroom. I study music in college and what I miss most about music at Oakcrest is that it’s more than music. It’s like family in the Oakcrest Choir and that makes the music and performance that much better." (The Press of Atlantic City, 7/12/2018)
    https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/currents_gazettes/hamilton_township/
    oakcrest-select-choir-performs-with-barry-manilow-at-the-borgata/
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  • High school choir to hit Colosseum stage with pop music icon Manilow - They may not know Barry but most have heard of Lola. She was a showgirl.A combined student choir from St. Anne and Cardinal Carter secondary schools will perform on stage with pop music icon Barry Manilow Friday at Caesars Windsor. “I think there was one student who knew who he was but they all knew Copacabana,” said St. Anne’s choir director Anna Villella of one of Manilow’s hit songs about “the hottest spot north of Havana.”

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

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

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

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

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

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