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August 23, 2019 Tribeca CitizenAfter more than two decades, Barry Manilow’s musical finally gets a New York run
Barry Manilow Musical in Battery Park City: Barry Manilow’s musical “Harmony” will open at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in February 2020. The musical “chronicles the true story of a vaudeville singing group in 1920s Germany -- the Comedian Harmonists, a sextet of both Jews and gentiles — whose rise in fame collided with the Nazis’ rise to power,” said the Times. The musical itself has had three other runs since 1997, but this is the first time it will premier in New York.
August 22, 2019 Newsday"National Yiddish Theatre to present Barry Manilow musical" by Matt Windman
THE SHOW: "Harmony" ... THE DEAL: The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, which originated the hit Yiddish-language revival of “Fiddler on the Roof," will present the New York premiere of “Harmony,” an original musical with songs by Barry Manilow. The show about an all-male band in 1920s Germany will begin in February at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City. The English-language production will be co-produced by Ken Davenport. Manilow has been trying to bring “Harmony” to New York for more than a decade.
August 21, 2019 Jewish Telegraphic Agency"Barry Manilow musical 'Harmony' to have NY debut at Jewish museum" by Marcy Oster
Barry Manilow’s original musical “Harmony” will have its New York debut at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan, just a stone’s throw from Broadway. The limited run, Feb. 11 through March 29, will be produced by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, The New York Times reported.

“Harmony” is a retelling of the true story of a vaudeville group made up of Jews and non-Jews in Germany in the 1920s whose fame rose while the Nazis were taking power. Manilow wrote the music and Bruce Sussman the script and lyrics.

The singer announced the show’s New York debut from the stage of his current Broadway revue, “Manilow Broadway,” which closed Saturday. “Harmony” has been performed in California, Philadelphia and Atlanta over the past two decades, according to the report. Manilow reportedly would like to see the show go to Broadway.

August 19, 2019 Forward"Barry Manilow’s Original Musical Is Coming To The Folksbiene" by PJ Grisar
Barry Manilow has a particular talent for upbeat -- and unserious -- musical storytelling. His easy-listening songs are populated by showgirls named Lola and men named Rico who wear diamonds, as featured in his iconic “Copacabana,” or balladeers lamenting the loss of a legendarily selfless lover, as in “Mandy.” His famed “Stuck on a Band-Aid” jingle is the soundtrack to our childhood scrapes.

But when you learn that Manilow has long been at work on a musical about an integrated vaudeville act in Weimar Germany whose existence is threatened by the ascendance of the Nazi party, you may be right to be skeptical.

The musical “Harmony,” developed by Manilow and his longtime creative partner Bruce Sussman, will make its New York debut in 2020 in a limited run produced by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manahattan. The show has been in the works for some time, The New York Times reports, with a run at California’s La Jolla Playhouse in 1997 followed by a 2003 out-of-town run in Philadelphia. But the musical was thrown off its Broadway course post-Philly due to a lack of funds.

The show, with music by Manilow and a libretto by Sussman, concerns the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a sextet of Jewish and gentile men who blended comedy with soaring harmonies and became popular recording artists, film performers and an in-demand live act. The group’s success was hampered after Hitler’s assumption of power, leading to their breakup in 1934.

Manilow announced the Folksbiene run of the show, which was last seen in Atlanta in 2013, onstage at “Manilow Broadway,” his revue at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. That show closed on August 17, but those who want more from the man who writes the songs will get another chance when “Harmony” begins previews on February 11, 2020.

August 19, 2019 The Broadway BlogBarry Manilow’s ‘Harmony’ to Play Off-Broadway in 2020
Fresh from the success of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), winner of a 2019 Drama Desk Award, in association with Tony Award-winning Producer Ken Davenport, will present the acclaimed musical Harmony by the legendary Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman in February 2020.

NYTF’s production marks the New York debut of the musical, which tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six talented young men in 1920s Germany who took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics, until their inclusion of Jewish singers put them on a collision course with history.

“National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is excited to bring Harmony to New York City,” said Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of NYTF. “Harmony speaks to the human spirit in the face of adversity and atrocity. The story of the Comedian Harmonists, whose soaring careers were cut short due to anti-Semitism, reflects the spiritual resistance that was necessary to get through one of the most dehumanizing periods in history. It’s important that their story about the human spirit during the darkest of times be told. Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman have created a show that speaks to the best and worst of humanity.”

“Harmony is finally being presented, and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Barry Manilow said. “I am very proud we have found a perfect home for this labor of love of over 20 years.”

“This is a show about the quest for harmony in what turned out to be the most discordant chapter in human history,” Bruce Sussman said. “I could not be more thrilled and proud that Harmony‘s New York debut will be in this theatre, associated with this museum, that overlooks the Statue of Liberty.”

“We are very proud of the growing partnership between the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. The new production of Harmony underscores our mutual commitment to spiritual resistance and exploring history through storytelling,” said Bruce C. Ratner, Chairman of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

The legendary Manilow and theatre veteran Sussman have collaborated for nearly a half-century. Together they have written hundreds of songs for all media -- films, television, and stage, including the Grammy Award-winning Copacabana.

Harmony; The Museum of Jewish Heritage; 36 Battery Place, NYC; February 11 – March 29, 2020.

August 19, 2019 Broadway.com"Barry Manilow's Harmony Set for New York Debut at the Museum of Jewish Heritage" by Lindsey Sullivan
Harmony, Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's long-gestating original musical, has a New York premiere date on the books. According to The New York Post, the production is scheduled to begin performances at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on February 11, 2020. Presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in association with producer Ken Davenport, the production is scheduled to open on March 4 and run through March 29.

A private reading reportedly took place at Sardi's on August 16 with Tony winner Jessie Mueller, two-time Tony nominee Kate Baldwin, Hadestown's Reeve Carney, Beetlejuice's Rob McClure, Tootsie's John Behlmann, former Broadway.com vlogger Jarrod Spector and Nicholas Barasch all participating. Tony winner Warren Carlyle directed the reading.

The show tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a sextet of Jewish and gentile talents, who came together in 1920s Germany and took the world by storm, but their fame coincided with the Nazis' rise to power. Manilow wrote the music, and the show's book and lyrics are by Sussman.

Harmony has had a long history on the stage, including a world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1997, which starred Danny Burstein, Rebecca Luker and Patrick Wilson, and a planned 2003 tryout in Philadelphia, which was later shut down during rehearsals. Tony Yazbeck, Wayne Alan Wilcox and Leigh Ann Larkin led the principal cast of the 2013 run at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre in 2014.

August 19, 2019 Broadway WorldJessie Mueller, Jarrod Spector, Rob McClure & More Take Part in Reading of Barry Manilow's HARMONY
Barry Manilow's Harmony is coming to NYC next year, but before it reaches the stage, the show has received a private reading. According to Page Six, a reading was held last week a Sardi's featuring direction by Warren Carlyle and starring Jessie Mueller, Kate Baldwin, Jarrod Spector, Rob McClure, Reeve Carney, Nicholas Barasch, and John Behlmann. Casting for the 2020 production has not yet been announced.

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present the acclaimed musical Harmony by the legendary Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman in February 2020. NYTF's production marks the New York debut of the musical, which tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six talented young men in 1920s Germany who took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics, until their inclusion of Jewish singers put them on a collision course with history.

Harmony will be presented in English. Previews begin on February 11 and the production opens on March 4 through March 29, 2020, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NYC. Tickets, which start at $79, are available at www.harmonyanewmusical.com and www.nytf.org.

August 19, 2019 Playbill"Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony Will Play Off-Broadway's National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene: The musical will make its Manhattan debut in February 2020" by Andrew Gans
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, in association with Tony-winning producer Ken Davenport, will present the New York debut of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s musical Harmony in 2020. The musical, which tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six talented young men in 1920s Germany, will begin previews at the Off-Broadway venue February 11, 2020, prior to an official opening March 4. The production will be presented in English.

The Comedian Harmonists took the world by storm with their blend of close harmonies and stage antics, until their inclusion of Jewish singers put them on a collision course with history. Zalmen Mlotek, artistic director of NYTF, said in a statement, “Harmony speaks to the human spirit in the face of adversity and atrocity. The story of the Comedian Harmonists, whose soaring careers were cut short due to anti-Semitism, reflects the spiritual resistance that was necessary to get through one of the most dehumanizing periods in history. It’s important that their story about the human spirit during the darkest of times be told. Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman have created a show that speaks to the best and worst of humanity.”

“Harmony is finally being presented, and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Manilow added. “I am very proud we have found a perfect home for this labor of love of over 20 years.”

“This is a show about the quest for harmony in what turned out to be the most discordant chapter in human history,” Sussman stated. “I could not be more thrilled and proud that Harmony's New York debut will be in this theatre, associated with this museum, that overlooks the Statue of Liberty.”

Harmony, which was seen at the La Jolla Playhouse in the late '90s, was recently produced in Atlanta and Los Angeles, where it won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Harmony will continue through March 29 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place.

August 18, 2019 Las Vegas Review-Journal"Manilow in 'Harmony'" by John Katsilometes
[Barry] Manilow’s legions were out in full voice at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for Manilow’s finale in his 17-show series. It was like the Fanilow Pop Festival. He’s from nearby Williamsburg, and it was clear by the roaring response to his very arrival onstage this audience was there on purpose. I was reminded of how headliners remark about Las Vegas crowds being tough to win over, as many are comped in or might have arrived at a show as their third option on a given night.

But for this crowd, Manilow was a destination. His devotees rose for several standing ovations, and Manilow halted for several seconds over shouts during “Weekend in New England,” saying, “What is going ON out there?” At the finish, the superstar plugged the Westgate show, “I want you all to come and see us in Las Vegas, too!” He’s back Sept. 19 for 11 more shows.

Manilow also announced from the stage his long-in-development musical, “Harmony,” is finally ready for the New York stage on Feb. 11. The pop-music icon has been working on the original production for about 20 years. It’s not Manilow’s own life story, but a tale of a “Harmony” singing group from Germany in the 1930s that became famous just as the Nazis seized power in their home country. The musical opens at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in New York City, though as Manilow emphasized from the stage, “It won’t be in Yiddish. It will be in English.”

Manilow said afterward his stewardship of that show will not interfere with any plans for him to extend his residency at Westgate. Manilow has built a tight relationship with hotel owner David Siegel, the hotel staff loves him and the show, and (relevantly) he still sells well. I would anticipate that Manilow, at 76, will be a headliner at International Theater for as long as he wants.

As for the Broadway series, despite reports of some turmoil in the show, producers -- and Manilow himself -- said they were happy with the $3.5 million gross over 17 shows. But Manilow is more passionate about art than arithmetic. He made work calls to the band and crew Saturday morning to fine-tune Saturday’s night finale. The great ones do that.

August 16, 2019 New York Times"Barry Manilow’s Original Musical Is (Finally) Making It to New York: After more than two decades and three out-of-town runs, “Harmony” is scheduled for early next year" by Nancy Coleman
Barry Manilow has had no issue making it to Broadway -- five times, in fact, since 1977. Getting his original musical there has been another story.

Dragging “Harmony” to New York has been more than two decades in the making. There was the California run in 1997. Then the Philadelphia run, bound for Broadway until money ran out, in 2003. And most recently, an Atlanta run at the Alliance Theater in 2013. But at last, “Harmony” -- with music by the pop crooner and a book and lyrics by his longtime collaborator, Bruce Sussman -- will make its New York debut with a limited run at the Museum of Jewish Heritage early next year.

“Harmony” chronicles the true story of a vaudeville singing group in 1920s Germany -- the Comedian Harmonists, a sextet of both Jews and gentiles -- whose rise in fame collided with the Nazis’ rise to power. The musical begins performances on Feb. 11 and will run through March 29.

“Harmony” has found a home with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, the company behind the acclaimed Yiddish “Fiddler on the Roof” that saw four extensions at the Jewish Heritage museum in Battery Park before moving to an Off Broadway theater uptown. (“Harmony” will be in English.)

The musical has drawn comparisons to other shows over the years -- mainly, “Band in Berlin,” a 1999 flop that also focused on the Comedian Harmonists. One critic, in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the 2013 run, said “Harmony” was essentially “‘Jersey Boys’ for Jews.” (“I mean that as a high compliment,” he added.)

Ken Davenport, who won a Tony Award for the “Once on This Island” revival and is behind this summer’s new Rave Theater Festival, will produce the musical. The creative team and cast have not been named. Manilow announced the show’s latest run from the stage of his own Broadway revue, “Manilow Broadway,” which closes Saturday at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater.

August 16, 2019 TheaterMania"Barry Manilow Original Musical Harmony Set for New York Debut: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present the musical, cowritten by Bruce Sussman" by Kenji Fujishima
During his performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre this evening, Barry Manilow announced that his original musical Harmony will make its New York debut, presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in association with Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport. Previews will begin on February 11, 2020, with the production opening on March 4, and running through March 29 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

With music by Manilow and book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman, Harmony, according to a press release, "tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a group of six talented young men, Jewish and gentile, who came together in 1920s Germany and took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics. Together they sold millions of records, starred in a dozen films and packed the houses of the most prestigious concert halls around the globe, until the world they knew changed forever."

"Harmony is finally being presented and I couldn't be more thrilled," Manilow said in a statement. "I am very proud we have found a perfect home for this labor of love of over 20 years."

August 16, 2019 Broadway WorldNew York Premiere Of Barry Manilow Musical HARMONY To Play National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present the acclaimed musical Harmony by the legendary Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman in February 2020.

NYTF's production marks the New York debut of the musical, which tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six talented young men in 1920s Germany who took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics, until their inclusion of Jewish singers put them on a collision course with history.

Harmony will be presented in English. Previews begin on February 11 and the production opens on March 4 through March 29, 2020, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NYC. Tickets, which start at $79, are available at www.harmonyanewmusical.com and www.nytf.org.

"National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is excited to bring Harmony to New York City," said Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of NYTF. "Harmony speaks to the human spirit in the face of adversity and atrocity. The story of the Comedian Harmonists, whose soaring careers were cut short due to anti-Semitism, reflects the spiritual resistance that was necessary to get through one of the most dehumanizing periods in history. It's important that their story about the human spirit during the darkest of times be told. Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman have created a show that speaks to the best and worst of humanity."

"Harmony is finally being presented and I couldn't be more thrilled," Barry Manilow said. "I am very proud we have found a perfect home for this labor of love of over 20 years."

"This is a show about the quest for harmony in what turned out to be the most discordant chapter in human history," Bruce Sussman said. "I could not be more thrilled and proud that Harmony's New York debut will be in this theatre, associated with this museum, that overlooks the Statue of Liberty."

"We are very proud of the growing partnership between the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. The new production of Harmony underscores our mutual commitment to spiritual resistance and exploring history through storytelling," said Bruce C. Ratner, Chairman of the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

Harmony tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a group of six talented young men, Jewish and gentile, who came together in 1920s Germany and took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics. Together they sold millions of records, starred in a dozen films and packed the houses of the most prestigious concert halls around the globe, until the world they knew changed forever. Their incredible story inspired music industry legends Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman to create this spectacular new musical with an original score that celebrates this extraordinary group of friends and ensures their quest for true harmony in the most discordant chapter of human history will never be forgotten.

The legendary Manilow and theatre veteran Sussman have collaborated for nearly a half century. Together they have written hundreds of songs for all media-films, television, and stage, including the Grammy Award-winning Copacabana.

Described by Rolling Stone as "the showman of our generation", Barry Manilow is a Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner, an Academy Award nominee, and has sold 85 million records. His theatrical roots go back to his days in the mailroom at CBS in New York, when, at 18, he wrote the entire original score for a musical adaptation for the melodrama, The Drunkard. The show ran Off-Broadway for eight years. He made his film scoring debut in 1994 with the Warner Brothers animated film Thumbelina, for which he contributed both songs and underscoring with his Harmony collaborator, Bruce Sussman.

His second animated feature, The Pebble and the Penguin, also featured songs by Manilow and Sussman. Copacabana - The Musical (written with Sussman) played a sold-out run in London's West End for 18 months, toured the U.K and then the U.S. and is touring across the globe. Manilow was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2013, he finished a sold-out, six-week run, Manilow on Broadway, at the St. James Theatre, and currently is performing on Broadway for a limited engagement at Nederlander's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre through August 17.

Serving as Producer is Ken Davenport, who most recently won a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical for Once on This Island and a Tony for Best Musical for Kinky Boots, and received Tony nominations for Spring Awakening (Revival of a Musical), The Visit (Musical), and You're Welcome America (Special Theatrical Event). The creative team and casting will be announced soon.

Harmony is part of NYTF's season of "Spiritual Resistance," which features artistic and theatrical works that explore themes of struggle against oppression. The programming - which includes the one-woman show Hannah Senesh, chronicling the true story of a young woman who parachuted into Europe to save Jews from Nazi hands - provides artistic expression concurrent with the exhibition Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away. being presented at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. NYTF won a 2019 Drama Desk Award for its work last season.

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August 10, 2019 Digital Journal"Barry Manilow masterful at Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York Special" by Markos Papadatos
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Barry Manilow headlined the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York City, as part of his limited engagement at this historic Broadway venue. The show began with a neat video presentation on the giant videoboard. As Manilow took the hallowed Lunt-Fontanne Theater stage, he was greeted with a lengthy standing ovation from the New York audience. Backed by a gifted band of multi-instrumentalists and three background vocalists, Manilow was able to get them on their feet with his opening number "New York City Rhythm."

"Thank you so much for coming to our show. It's great to be on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater," he acknowledged. "Let's get this party started," he said and immediately broke into "Daybreak," which he praised for its strong melodies. Manilow noted that these days there is a lack of melodies in songs that are played on the radio. Fortunately for his fans, melodies are alive and well at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater.

"Looks Like We Made It" was an expressive and powerful performance, and he had the crowd clapping and singing along with him on "Can't Smile Without You," as the lyrics displayed on the televised screens.

Manilow opened up about his roots, growing up in Brooklyn, New York. While these days, Brooklyn may be more on the "fancier" side, he noted that in his youth, it was more of a slum and his family struggled. "Brooklyn Blues" was about his upbringing and he is proud of the song since Brooklyn is still the place that keeps him grounded and humble.

One of the most poignant songs of the evening was "This One's for You," which he dedicated to his late grandfather, who picked up that Manilow was talented even from a young age. The images towards the end of this well-crafted tune of him and his grandfather, that displayed on the screen, left the audience in tears. This performance was filled with raw emotions and it is evident that he made his grandpa proud.

After an impressive sax solo and an outfit change, he sang one of his newer original songs "This Is My Town," where he took his fans on a virtual tour of New York City as they wore 3-D glasses. Manilow underscored his love for the sounds, smells, sights, and music of New York. "Maybe not the smells," he said, jokingly.

It was followed by a smooth and sultry rendition of "On Broadway," where purple and red lights dimmed from the stage. "Even Now" was a controlled ballad that had a stirring vibe to it, as it showcases his ability to hit the high notes.

His three backing vocalists joined him on stage for an upbeat version of "Let's Hang On," which had a neat arrangement to it as he paid homage to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Manilow was able to pacify his listers with a refreshing take on "Weekend in New England," which was sheer bliss. "Thank you. You're a romantic crowd," he told the audience, following the warm reception. "I love doing this," he added.

He also treated us to several of his commercial jingles that were popular on the radio. He picked up the pace with an uplifting version of "It's a Miracle" and honored the Broadway musical Cats with his own version of "Memory." He shared that only he and Barbra Streisand had versions of that song that were the most successful from a commercial standpoint.

"Memory" earned him a tremendous standing ovation, as did both the ballad and disco version of "Could It Be Magic" that followed. "Thank you. You are just too much," he told the crowd. "Now this sex God has to six down," he added, and went on to sing "I Made It Through the Rain." He extended his gratitude and love to his audience for all the years, stating that this level of success was something he never dreamed of.

During his chart-topping ballad "Mandy," he showed a video of him performing the song in the '70s on the giant screen, and they delivered his own distinct version of the song as the older video played in the background. It is clear that he still possesses the same talent, charisma, and charm as when he first released "Mandy," and he proved that he is one timeless performer.

Of course, no Barry Manilow concert is complete with his powerhouse tunes "I Write the Songs" and "Copacabana (at the Copa)," and he did them both justice.

The Verdict: Overall, Barry Manilow was able to put on a fantastic show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in Manhattan as part of his limited three-week engagement. He took his fans on a journey through time with his music, and there was a feeling of nostalgia in the venue. This production was superb from a technological standpoint (with green glow sticks and 3-D glasses) and the music was top-notch.

His birth certificate may say Barry Alan Pincus, however, in many ways, Barry Manilow is still in a league of his own. Manilow's musical catalog is iconic and he was able to touch his listeners on an emotional level. His compositions are part of the Great American Songbook, and they will stand the test of time since they don't make music like that anymore.

This show is also a substantial indication that Barry Manilow deserves to be inducted as a future member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a significant musical influence to the generations that followed, and simply because he still rocks. His live set at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater garnered five out of five stars.

August 8, 2019 Forbes"Lead Like Barry Manilow: Five Powerful Lessons From A Consummate Pop Artist" by Bruce Weinstein
Last night I saw Barry Manilow perform on Broadway, and I observed five things he does that evince strong leadership. Do any one of them, and you'll be a stronger leader. Do them all, and you may become the sensation in your field that Barry is in his. Here's how to lead like the consummate pop artist, Barry Manilow:

  1. Master Your Craft

    Why do Barry's songs hold up for decades? Are they magically imbued with something special that no one can quite explain? Maybe. He's gifted, no doubt about it. But above all else, he works at the craft of songwriting. Hard. And often. He even tells the audience that his goal in life was to be a songwriter, not a performer. Songs as good as "Daybreak," "Copacabana" and "Could It Be Magic" don't write themselves.

    He does mention that one song came to him fully formed in a dream. Paul McCartney has said the same thing about "Yesterday." But although Barry and Paul are both supremely talented writers, they also focus like lasers on the craft of songwriting, and they never stop working on it. It's also worth noting that Barry shares the writing credits for all of the above songs with other people.

    Lead Like Barry. Master the skill at the heart of your work.

  2. Bring Your Work To Life

    Barry Manilow is just as powerful a performer as he is a songwriter. He brings his A game night after night. It can't be easy singing the same songs for almost fifty years, but he still gives them his all. Robert McKee says that screenwriting at its best follows a rule created by the performing arts: "Save the best for last." That's Manilow in concert. Each song is structured to build to an emotional climax, and the show itself is structured that way too.

    Lead Like Barry. Bring your work to life.

  3. Remember That Your Work Isn't About You

    What's astonishing about Manilow's performing acumen is that singing and playing music is an anxiety-laden experience for him. Consider this recent exchange he had with Rob Tannenbaum in The New York Times: “Audiences in your shows are always giddy. When you perform, are you also having a good time?"

    "I never have a good time. I’m working. I kind of bleed up there, night after night, because in order to do these songs, I’ve got to find it in my stomach. Will I be having a good time like they are? No." You wouldn't know this by watching him, however. Whatever self-doubts and agita he may have on stage, he keeps it all well hidden. As well he should. We've paid a lot of money to be there. How entertaining would it be if after every song he said, "Man, I'm really nervous up here"?

    Lead Like Barry. Know that your work is about serving others, not yourself.

  4. Thank The People Who Help You

    Throughout his two-hour show, Manilow constantly thanks the audience. He tells us that he owes his success to our support. He expresses gratitude and humility for having friends like us all over the world. He sincerely utters those two magic words that are too often said without feeling or meaning: "Thank you." How often do you thank the people who've helped you become the success you are? Does your gratitude come from the heart? In a previous column here, I talked about how making a regular practice of writing unsolicited recommendations on LinkedIn is a simple way to thank the people who have enriched your life. It takes no more than six minutes but makes a big difference. In another column, I explained how to reclaim the lost art of handwritten thank-you notes.

    Lead Like Barry. Be grateful, and not only in your heart. In your actions, too.

  5. Don't Take Yourself So Seriously

    Although there is a healthy dose of self-promotion in his shows, Barry Manilow in concert is not an egotist. He makes self-deprecating jokes throughout. Not a lot, but enough to let us know he doesn't take himself too seriously. For example, he displays the cover of his first album and then says, "I look like Taylor Swift on a bad hair day." He jokes about his sex appeal and the size of his nose. It's honest and refreshing and makes him relatable.

    Lead Like Barry. Disarm your critics by taking yourself down a few pegs from time to time.

August 5, 2019 New York Times"Barry Manilow Just Wanted to Write the Songs. He’s Still Singing Them. Performing, in this case on Broadway, is a big chunk of the 76-year-old musician’s life, but he finds it torture (Not that anyone would be able to tell)." By Rob Tannenbaum
“What if we did ‘I Write the Songs’ in E?” Barry Manilow asked. He was rehearsing, layered in black, in a nearly empty Lunt-Fontanne Theater in Midtown Manhattan, preparing for his fifth Broadway run since 1977, a hit-packed show called “Manilow Broadway.” The goal was to ease a transition from “Somewhere in the Night” to the Grammy-winning “Songs.” His longtime music director, Ron Walters Jr., cued the band in the new key. “That’s not bad,” Manilow said after hearing a few bars, meaning it wasn’t great either. They tried E flat. They tried F. Manilow’s manner was unhurried, even though -- and this seems like it should cause some urgency -- the show was opening in two days and seven hours.

Manilow, who turned 76 this summer, walked gingerly offstage for a break, and a little later, he and the band worked on the introduction to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory,” a hit for Manilow in 1982. The trumpeter Charlie Peterson began the song with a solo, but it was too demure for Manilow’s taste. He asked Peterson to try again, with more drama: “Make us look at you,” he instructed, his Brooklyn accent apparent.

Manilow is one of the last holdovers from the pre-rock era, a time when “Make us look at you” was the prime directive. He is the Prince of Pizazz, a man who works, unabashedly, in the spirit of a showbiz trouper, from his self-deprecating quips to his committed delivery of songs about adult romance. He has a Grammy, a Tony, an Emmy and an Oscar nomination. “I’m like Starbucks,” he told CNN’s Larry King in 2002. “You can’t get away from me.”

In a typical Manilow arrangement, there are dramatic notes he holds at the top of his vocal range, and at the end, an upward modulation for variety, drama and catharsis. His music, with its antiquated use of grand melodies and crescendos, has a higher schmaltz content than a good chopped liver.

From his debut album in 1973 to 1981, when he had nine Top 10 singles on the pop charts, and, more important, 12 No. 1 hits in the mellow Adult Contemporary radio format, he was always at odds with pop culture. He was not just knocked but pilloried by music critics, including those at The New York Times, who wrote him off as schlock. With his feathered hair and sparkling jumpsuits, Manilow, a few crucial years older than baby boomers, is the least-rock ’n’ roll singer to grow up in the rock era.

In retrospect, schlock was often a heteronormative code word used to dismiss gay performers as lightweight or insincere. Manilow came out in 2017 and said he’d been in a relationship with his manager, Garry Kief, since they met in 1978. (They married in 2014.) Some fans were not surprised -- a photo on the cover of his 1977 album “Live” was a pretty strong hint of his sexuality -- and others mocked the idea that he’d ever fooled anyone.

Years later, we’ve learned to discern great schlock from awful schlock. Manilow has recorded plenty of both: “Could It Be Magic,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Ready to Take a Chance Again,” and “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again” in the former category; “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Weekend in New England” in the latter, and “I Write the Songs” and “Mandy” in both.

“I find it really heartwarming when people don’t back away from lush melodies and positive expressions,” said the cabaret upstart Bridget Everett, a lifelong fan who performed a tribute to Manilow at 54 Below in 2012. “There’s a lot of hope in his songs. They spark a feeling that everything’s going to be all right.”

Even nonfans admit that his music has adhesive properties. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails once complained, “I had 'Copacabana' stuck in my head for a full year.”

The day after rehearsal, Manilow sat in the back room of Sid Gold’s Request Room, a piano karaoke bar in Chelsea, took frequent hits on a white vape pen, and explained why he was making last-minute changes to his songs: “I’m nuts,” he said simply. His voice has grown huskier, but up close, his face is as smooth as an ironed sheet.

Many current pop singers leave him baffled and in despair. “I mean, some artists these days, they just stop at the end of the song,” he said. “I’ve never done that. I like big endings.”

He explained why he was tinkering with “Memory,” which he referred to as from “the dreadful show 'Cats.'” “I didn’t record it the way Andrew wrote it. I gave it three key changes and built it, and changed some melody notes too. When I got to the end, it was huge.” How did Lloyd Webber feel about the liberties? “He hated it. My God, he hated it,” he said with a laugh.

Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which, in his Broadway show, he refers to as a slum. He said his mother, Edna Manilow, was 19 when he was born, and he believes she married his father, Harold Kelliher, an Irish truck driver for the Schaefer brewery, only to avoid public shame. She made Harold take his uncle’s name, the more Jewish-sounding Pincus, though he went back to Kelliher after they divorced. Barry lived with his Russian immigrant grandparents Joseph and Esther while Edna worked as a secretary.

He knew his father mostly by Edna’s nickname for him: Harold the Monster. Edna’s second husband was Willie Murphy, another Schaefer driver. At 13, Barry moved in with them to an environment that helped spark his musical awakening. Murphy had an impressive array of albums: Broadway scores, classical music, jazz titans and great arrangers. Manilow learned to play the accordion, and then a cheap spinet piano.

Performing was the part of music that least interested him. When Edna took him to a Broadway musical, he stared at the orchestra, not the actors. When he heard the Beatles, he listened for what the producer George Martin was doing. He idolized not stars, but arrangers, like George Gershwin and Nelson Riddle.

For three years, in his 20s, he wrote commercial jingles, which was great training: If you can pack a hook into a 30-second ad, imagine what you can do with a three-minute song. To please his mother, who had a history of alcohol problems, he overcame his reluctance and began to perform. He became Bette Midler’s pianist, music director and producer, and began singing his own songs in her show, not because he liked what he called the “pear-shaped tones” in his singing, but so the songs would be heard.

And then, disaster struck: Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records, offered him a contract. “I wasn’t really excited about it,” he said. “I know it sounds crazy, but I didn’t want to be a singer. I was on my way to becoming Nelson Riddle. I signed and said, well, it’ll never work.”

For his second Arista album, Davis brought him “Brandy,” a minor British hit that Manilow first hated (“I fought Clive constantly because I didn’t want to do outside material”), then transformed into “Mandy,” a career-launching hit. He and Davis reached a bankable compromise: Each album, Davis could bring in two songs he wanted Manilow to record. “And those two songs were the hits,” the singer says with a rueful chuckle. “Clive pushed my career into Top 40 radio, and everything went haywire.”

Though he’d never paid attention to pop music, he was suddenly its human incarnation. “When I found myself on the radio next to ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ and ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie,’ I was humiliated. Believe it or not, I was hoping it would stop,” he said.

Rob Tannenbaum (RT): Did you ever think about walking away from it?
Barry Manilow (BM): Every night.

RT: Would you have been happier playing piano in a jazz group?
BM: Happier? I like the house and the Range Rover. I love the way I live.

RT: You did network TV specials, and that made you an even bigger star. Why do that?
BM: They offered it to me! Did I enjoy performing on them? No. It’s my least favorite thing to do.

RT: Is there a younger singer who performs in the same style you do, who’s an heir to your music?
BM: I can’t find them. [Michael] Bublé is close. But there’s no witty lyrics anymore, or moving lyrics. There’s a lot of anger and a lot of great rhythm, and I like that. But no melody or lyrics anymore.

RT: The history of the last 100 years of music is the transition from melody to rhythm, isn’t it?
BM: That’s it. That’s what I’m fighting all the time. So I went back to my Gerry Mulligan records.

RT: Do you ever think about retirement?
BM: Listen, I’m as old as the [expletive] hills, but I can still hit an F natural. I think I’ll be able to keep going. But how long can this last, for God’s sake?

RT: Audiences in your shows are always giddy. When you perform, are you also having a good time?
BM: I never have a good time. I’m working. I kind of bleed up there, night after night, because in order to do these songs, I’ve got to find it in my stomach. Will I be having a good time like they are? No.

It’s a mistake to think of Manilow, who left New York for California in 1978 and now lives on a 64-acre estate in Palm Springs, as anything but a New Yorker -- specifically, a Brooklyn kid who grew up poor. “Don’t pick a fight with me. I learned from the best -- my mother,” he said, adding, “I’m pretty hard, and the older I get, the harder I get. I’m kind of cynical, and there’s more anger in me than I ever knew.”

Before he met Kief, he said, he “never even thought about whether I was gay.” In his early twenties he was married, for a little over a year, to his high school girlfriend, Susan Deixler. “As you get older, I met people and started to see people, and liked it,” he said vaguely. “That was that.”

In a 1990 Rolling Stone profile, Manilow declared that he was living with Linda Allen, a Hollywood set designer, about whom he wrote “A Linda Song.” Whether Allen was a sham relationship for PR purposes or he dated her while also being with Kief, he won’t say. “Don’t go too far into this,” he warned. “This is too personal for me.”

When he came out, it put him back into a public spotlight he’d evaded for decades. In the 1980s, Top 40 radio became more modern, and Manilow stopped striving for hits. For many years, he’s recorded themed albums that look back to previous eras or bygone styles, including a “duets” album with 11 singers, all of them now dead. His 2017 album “This Is My Town: Songs of New York” included six new songs he wrote or co-wrote, but many fans would like a new album with nothing but new songs. “I’m in the middle of recording one,” he said. “Just give me a minute.”

Other fans want the comfort of his old songs. Manilow’s distinguishing talent as a singer arises from a quality more often ascribed to actors: commitment. He doesn’t sing with irony or emotional distance. He wants pop songs to feel like arias, grand and overstated.

“'Mandy' was a good vocal because it was so honest and vulnerable,” he said. “I’m dead serious about the songs. I mean it. Onstage, I’m always making up my imaginary partners.” In order to be committed to his songs live, he has to re-experience the emotions in real time. “I surprise myself with the stories I make up in my head while I’m singing,” he said.

When “Manilow Broadway” opened in late July (it closes Aug. 17), he no longer moved gingerly — he even threw in a few hip thrusts for comic effect. His two-hour performance included a few dance steps and some snappy one-liners, mostly about himself. He has made himself a one-man TV variety show.

Manilow sang more than 30 songs, some in a medley, because if he sang all his hits at full length, the show would end at four in the morning. In a grand showbiz tradition, he did a boffo job of seeming to enjoy himself. And he played “I Write the Songs” in its original key: F major.

August 3, 2019 NiteLife Exchange"Manilow Broadway - A Pure Delight - Delivers the Goods in a Big Way" by Michael Barbieri
A joyous spectacle! Hit after hit! Songs you know and love! Barry Manilow has begun a residency at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and this show delivers the goods! Whether you’re a bona fide “Fanilow,” or simply a more casual listener who’s enjoyed Manilow’s music over the years, you owe it to yourself to see him perform his best-known songs in his newest stage act, Manilow Broadway!

For the few of you who may not be up on their pop music lore, Barry Manilow is one of the most successful artists in history. He’s a singer-songwriter, musician, arranger and producer whose career has spanned more than 50 years. Born in Brooklyn and educated at Juilliard, he first made his mark writing commercial jingles, playing auditions, and even entertaining in piano bars. In 1974, his smash hit, “Mandy,” reached number 1 on the U.S. charts and was certified a Gold Record. Since then, he’s sold more than 80 million records worldwide and his live shows continue to sell out everywhere. I’ve seen several of Mr. Manilow’s live performances and his shows are always fun, theatrical, musical love affairs between him and his audiences. This show was certainly no different and exceeded even my expectations!

But first a little bad news -- only a tiny bit. At the top of the show, the sound balance was terribly off. The band was over-amplified, thus overpowering Manilow’s vocal completely. Luckily, the problem was rectified within about four songs and from then on, the show was pure delight! At age 76, the singer looked and sounded fantastic and his songs, while warmly nostalgic, still sounded as fresh as when they were released!

Despite the sound glitch, Manilow’s opening number, the aptly chosen “New York City Rhythm,” was a knockout! The singer strutted the stage and worked the crowd. His high-energy tune, complete with its salsa-inspired piano break, put us all in the perfect mood for the show to come. He was happy to be home and we were happy to have him back!

After lamenting the lack of melody in today’s pop music, he performed some of his own enduring melodies, including “Daybreak,” “Looks Like We Made It” and “Can’t Smile Without You.” His clear, strong vocals, including his signature modulations, were pitch perfect. “Can’t Smile Without You” even featured a cute video with “follow the bouncing emoji” sing-along lyrics.

New York City itself played an integral part in this show. Manilow spoke of his childhood in Brooklyn and of his grandfather, who recognized young Barry’s musical abilities early on. His rendition of “This One’s for You,” written with Marty Panzer, was dedicated to his grandfather and accompanied by grainy, black and white footage of an old man bringing his grandson into the big city. The final onscreen image -- an actual portrait of young Barry with his grandfather -- was extremely moving. This segment of the show served as the perfect introduction to a couple of selections from Manilow’s recent album “This Is My Town: Songs of New York.” The title song, written with Bruce Sussman, had an irresistible, jaunty Broadway feel to it. A special accompanying 3-D film took us on a soaring aerial tour of NYC, including an image of Times Square where Barry himself was on every billboard! His cover of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s “On Broadway” was accompanied by vintage photos of a dirtier, seedier 42nd Street, while strains of his own “New York City Rhythm” were interpolated into the arrangement, adding subtle nuances.

Then there were the undeniable mega-hits. “Even Now” began quietly and became a rousing showstopper that brought the crowd to its feet! “Weekend in New England” was as moving and powerful as ever and “It’s a Miracle” had the audience up and dancing in the aisles! Manilow commanded the stage with his energetic cover of The Four Seasons’ “Let’s Hang On” and his version of “Memory,” from Broadway’s Cats, soared, transforming the song into a pop music power ballad!

Possibly my favorite Manilow classic of the evening was “Could It Be Magic.” Based on Chopin’s Prelude in C Minor, he again began quietly and sang the song as originally recorded. He then spoke of Donna Summer’s dance version of the tune, which he said he’d hated... until it reached Number 3 on the Dance charts! So what was there to do but come out from behind the piano and perform the disco version, singing and dancing along with his phenomenal backup vocalists Kye Brackett, Sharon Hendrix and Melanie Taylor. Not only did his vocals remain on point, but he handled the choreography like a pro! At the end of the number, he stated “Not bad for a 76 year old guy!” Definitely! I have no idea where he gets the energy, but I want the secret!

We got a medley of hits that included “The Old Songs,” “Bandstand Boogie,” “Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again,” “Ready to Take a Chance Again” and others. A big surprise, for me, was the inclusion of a video of Manilow performing “Mandy” on “The Midnight Special” television show in 1975. What made the moment truly lovely was that, as he sang it, you could just hear our audience singing softly along with the clip. And by the time we reached “I Write the Songs” and “Copacabana,” the evening became a big party. The show felt like a gift from Barry to all of us!

As pop music residencies go, this one is rather short-lived. Performances run only until August 17th. But if you enjoy Barry Manilow’s music, particularly if you’ve never seen him perform live, Manilow Broadway is definitely a show to catch! And to borrow a phrase from a well-known Broadway musical, Barry, it’s so nice to have you back where you belong!

For tickets to Manilow Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, click here. For more information, go to www.barrymanilow.com.

August 2, 2019 Playbill.com"Barry Manilow Visits Fiddler on The Roof Off-Broadway: The Grammy Award winner, who can be seen onstage in Manilow Broadway, visited the cast backstage August 1" by Marc J. Franklin
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s production of Fiddler on the Roof received a special visit August 1 when Grammy winner Barry Manilow stopped backstage to greet members of the company. The hit revival recently celebrated its one-year anniversary Off-Broadway after opening at the Museum of Jewish Heritage July 15, 2018.

Fiddler is presented in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles. The production, which marks the first time the Yiddish version of the musical has been staged since its world premiere in Israel more than 50 years ago, stars Steven Skybell as Tevye, Jennifer Babiak as his wife Golde, and Emmy nominee and Broadway veteran Jackie Hoffman as matchmaker Yente.

The creative team features Tony-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt, Tony-winning costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, choreographer Stas Kmiec, Tony-nominated sound designer Dan Moses Schreier, and Tony-winning lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski. Casting is by Jamibeth Margolis, C.S.A, and Zalmen Mlotek is NYTF's artistic director.

Manilow can currently be seen onstage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in Manilow Broadway, marking his return to the Broadway stage following an engagement in 2013. Manilow Broadway is scheduled to play a limited run through August 17.


Steven Skybell and Jennifer Babiak with Barry Manilow


Jackie Hoffman with Barry Manilow


'Fiddler On The Roof' Cast with Barry Manilow
August 2, 2019 Times-Union"Learning to love Manilow: Affection for crooner's entirely uncynical songs awakened by trip to Broadway show in company of a super-fan" by Amy Biancolli
If you had asked me before Saturday night if I'm a Barry Manilow fan, I would have laughed and referred you to my sister Betsy. She's the fan. She's the one who's loved the man madly since age 6 or 7 and knows every single lyric to every single song. Maybe, if you'd pressed me, I might have admitted to hearing the guy on Top 40 radio as a kid. (It was the 70s! What choice did I have!) Maybe I'd have confessed to getting a little weepy whenever I heard that snippet of Chopin in the opening bars of "Could It Be Magic."

But a Fanilow? Me? Nah. That's Betsy, my dear, sweet, beautiful Betsy, who's developmentally disabled and just about the most complete human being you'll ever meet. Wise, loving and curious about the world, she's been in my life for 43 years and she's a gift to all who know her. On Wednesday she turned 53. When I was asked to help her celebrate with a trip to hear Barry at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, I checked the calendar, worked out a few kinks in the schedule and said yes. Yes yes yes yes yes.

[She] adores him the way she adores purple, hearts, butterflies, chocolate and rocks -- only more so, because purple, hearts, butterflies, chocolate and rocks don't sing particularly well, and they aren't particularly handsome and sexy, which Barry is and always will be to Betsy.

On the train down Saturday afternoon, we talked about him. We talked about her favorite shows on Animal Planet ... We talked about her parents... Pat, who died in 2013. Dan, who has a terminal blood cancer. His partner Margaret, who loves Betsy and comprehends her passion for Barry, came up with the idea of a birthday trip to hear him and split the cost of tickets with Dan. Before we left, he shoved a wad of cash in my hands to cover anything and everything else. The goal: for Betsy to have the time of her life. She did. So did I.

Standing at the theater marquee beforehand in head-to-toe purple, Betsy looked up at his image with a gaze bordering on rapture. Once inside, taking her seat in the mezzanine, the gaze turned tense with expectation. She'd heard Barry live a few times before, but never this close in a setting this intimate. "Are you excited? Nervous?" I asked. "I think a little bit of both," Betsy replied.

The curtain was a pulsing, brilliant violet. Good sign. Then it opened, and the man himself appeared. He [was] dynamic with a voice that belied his 76 years and a breezy showmanship that swooshed the night along. He wore sparkly suits. He sang sparkly songs. He told stories about his childhood that Betsy knew by heart. And as he cranked through his hit list, the pair of us sang along -- belting out the lyrics to "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "Can't Smile Without You" and all the other exquisitely schmaltzy Barry tunes that I can no longer claim not to love. He even started in at the piano on "Could It Be Magic," then blitzed into a Donna Summer disco version in a purple suit with purple backup singers and a purple projection above.

Betsy and I sang together, whooped together, beamed and waved our arms together. I have rarely seen a human being happier than my sister on that night. I looked over and felt nothing but joy and gratitude. For her. For everything in my life that brought me to this moment with her. For, well, Manilow.

The value of any artwork is inevitably subjective; that's the beauty of it. Critics can expound on its aesthetics and pass judgement all they like, but its ultimate worth is a matter of quirk and impact. Art matters to us because it's subjective, because it's personal, because it reaches down and socks us in the gut in ways we can't explain. Watching my sister's beautiful, blissed-out face as she listened to Barry in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, I understood at last why she loves him so. It's because his music is so transparent in its embrace of all that matters to her: Romance and melody, sincerity and love. Always love. There's no ounce of cynicism in his music or his lyrics, no apology for trading in emotions that others malign as mush.

After the concert, we started heading off to the subway when, just shy of the street corner, I stopped and looked back at the theater. A small mob had formed around the stage door. "Let's go over," I told Betsy. "Why?" she asked. But as soon as she saw the shiny black vehicle parked out front, she knew. Taking my sister by the hand, I led her through the throng. We wiggled our way a little closer, then a little closer, then a little closer still until, about three rows deep, the wall of people became impenetrable. But we could see the door. We could see the musicians and backup singers as they emerged from the door. Were Barry to emerge, we would see him, too. "We HAVE to," Betsy asserted, and I agreed.

So we waited. After about 15 minutes, I checked my phone and did the math -- still time to zip down to Penn on the 1. After 20, I thought, OK, so we'll Uber instead. After 30, I started getting antsy. At 40, I called it. "Betsy," I said. "Betsy. I'm so sorry, but we're gonna have to leave. We don't want to miss our train." "OK," she agreed, but I could see her disappointment.

"One more minute," I said. "Just one." Twenty seconds later, he appeared. "Barry! Barry!" Betsy yelled. "Barry! Barry!" I yelled. "Amy, take a photo! You need to take a photo!" "I'm trying! I'm trying!" I said, hoisting my phone over the mob's collective heads and snapping blindly.

Then the singer ducked into his limo, and whoosh, he was gone. Betsy's grin just about broke her face. "You saw him!" I told her. "You saw Barry up close!" "I did," she confirmed with a delighted, magisterial calm. Somehow, her grin grew even wider.

We checked my iPhone. Yep, got a pic — Manilow's head in profile. Woot, woot! Documentary proof! We high-fived. Buzzed on Barry, Betsy and I walked to the corner and caught our Uber to Penn, humming and singing his tunes along the way. He writes the songs that makes the whole world sing. He writes the songs, he writes the songs. OK, I give up. I'm a fan.

August 1, 2019 The Daily Beast"Barry Manilow on Broadway: 'Who Could Ask for More?' A Sea of Happy Screams and Glow Sticks" by Tim Teeman
Barry Manilow’s Broadway show is a feast of classic hits like “Mandy” and “Copacabana,” with the 76-year-old showman singing, groin-thrusting, and delighting his devoted fans. The screaming was abrupt and sounded painful -- was it a fight or disturbance? My eyes flicked left. No, it was just the latest outburst of elation at a Broadway concert that was more fervent church service. Believers only welcome.

Obviously, Barry Manilow’s Broadway residency (to Aug. 17) is for fans; more than that, it is for the devoted. Along with the Playbills for the show come a pair of 3-D glasses and a glow stick. On a recent evening, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was quickly transformed into an undulating sea of the small green rods ... The Manilow faithful [were] ecstatic before their hero even appeared as the titles of his most famous songs flashed on a screen on the stage, peppered with memory-sparking chord and lyric flashes.

Then Manilow himself materialized in jacket with glittering appliqué, hair jetted and tufty, and the audience’s roar felt like it would launch the Lunt-Fontanne into orbit. There was no warning about not using smartphones, so people filmed and photographed Manilow as he sang and strutted, gingerly, this way and that ... [Manilow] knew who was here for him, and he was there for them too. He owned the stage as only a consummate performer can, while also being in on the joke of being Barry Manilow, “76 and still a mega-star and sex god,” he said, laughing to himself...

The Lunt-Fontanne audience yowled and whooped when he did a set of groin thrusts. When, during “Weekend in New England,” Manilow sang the “When can I touch you?” line in his series of agonized questions -- “When will our eyes meet? / When can I touch you? / When will this strong yearning end? / And when will I hold you again?” -- the outbreak of screaming was at Beatles/David Cassidy-level intensity.

[You] sense that Manilow, his music, and that promised, longed-for touch that makes fans scream, is part of an unquestioned and unbreakable bond. His voice is still strong, he can still dance with a shuffling charm. Like he said to us, not bad for 76. Some may laugh at his songs, but as his Broadway show went on, one marveled at his voice and stage presence.

Almost every song at the concert built to a moment where Manilow thrust his hands out to the audience, like a javelin throw releasing glitter dust. The songs -- many about coming through something, surviving something, triumphing, making it no matter what -- reside in the best extremes of diva tradition ... Manilow was on point, funny and charming—both downplaying his stardom and making clear he was the star, just like his compadre Barbra Streisand. Manilow knows his image, and knows the contemporary culture of mockery enough to play with it without denigrating himself.

The 3-D glasses were to be put on when Manilow sang “This Is My Town,” from his 2017 album of the same name dedicated to New York, and suddenly, via the screen behind him, we were on a harum-scarum cartoon journey through and over New York City, which included the Statue of Liberty winking at him. “Mandy” began on the screen behind also, with a tape of Manilow playing it in 1975, before the Manilow of now took over from him to thunderous cheers.

“Could It be Magic” began as he wrote it -- as a piano-based romantic ballad, before Manilow stood up from his piano stool, noting that Donna Summer made it into a disco hit, which he then promptly, and wonderfully, aped with flashing lights. We were all on our feet and in the aisles. For “Can’t Smile Without You,” the lyrics were put up on the screen to sing along with, Manilow saying how much he enjoyed the transformation of concert into mass karaoke.

[A] medley of hits followed until he sent us out into the night with -- what else? -- the glorious “Copacabana” (which he also performed at Michael Kors’ New York Fashion Week show in February). Again, there was no option but to stand and sing along to the melodramatic travails of Lola, Tony, and Rico. Who could ask for more?, indeed. To rapturous applause, Manilow bowed, waved bashfully, bowed again, and waved bashfully again. As the curtain came down, the glow sticks swayed on.

August 1, 2019 New York Post"Barry Manilow: I’ve never been a diva (unlike Faye Dunaway)" by Michael Riedel
Barry Manilow, back on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne for a few weeks, came onstage at Tuesday’s opening night and cracked: “You weren’t expecting Faye Dunaway, were you?” Big laughs from a crowd who knew the star had been fired days before from her Broadway-bound show for being an out-of-control diva. You’ll never hear that said about Manilow.

He’s been an international superstar for more than 40 years and yet everyone who meets him says the same thing: Manilow is a mensch. Friends say that even now, famous and wealthy at 76, he’s still the same Barry who accompanied them on piano at auditions and who made a living scratching out jingles such as “You Deserve a Break Today” for McDonald’s. True, there are private planes, adoring fans and a very nice spread in Palm Springs, Calif., but you never hear of Manilow pulling a Faye Dunaway!

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July 31, 2019 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Barry Manilow celebrated his latest Broadway engagement with friends and family on Tuesday, July 30. Barry Manilow [returned] this summer to Broadway for an exclusive limited engagement [starting] July 26 through August 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). Manilow promises an evening of nonstop Top 40 Hits and surprises from his extensive catalog of music ranging from pop, to Broadway, Jazz, and adult contemporary. In Residence On Broadway features a variety of iconic performers up close and on stage in the most intimate and spectacular setting of all: Broadway. Each artist will take the stage for a limited engagement creating a once in a lifetime experience.

July 31, 2019 AM New York"'Manilow Broadway' review: Barry brings the hits, and plenty of nostalgia" by Matt Windman
'Manilow Broadway' runs through Aug. 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. 205 W. 46th St., ticketmaster.com. With glow sticks, singalongs and nostalgia to spare, there is really nothing quite like a Barry Manilow concert. The icon's multiweek engagement (which follows a successful Broadway run in 2013) brings an end to a series of summertime concerts at the Lunt-Fontanne featuring a diverse array of music and stand-up artists: Dave Chappelle, Criss Angel, Regina Spektor, Mel Brooks, Yanni and Morrissey have previously taken the stage. Come fall, the theater will reopen with “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.”

Backed by widescreen video projections, a large band and a piano -- which he occasionally played himself -- Manilow took the stage on Tuesday night in a glittery blue jacket (the first of several flashy ensembles) and with a warm, welcoming attitude.

Manilow’s voice had sounded rough in recent press interviews, which made me wonder whether the 76-year-old showman was up for the gig. But it did not take long for Manilow to hit his groove, building rapport with the supportive audience with schmaltzy humor and nostalgia. The star smoothly glided through his repertory of standards and Top 40 hits, from "Mandy" to "Looks Like We Made It," breezing through all those long and sustained concluding notes.

At one point, in between self-celebratory bits of banter, Manilow bemoaned the lack of melody in today’s pop hits, which probably helps explain the enduring appeal of his catchy songs. I still have the melody of “Copacabana” in my head as I write this review. I might even be singing it now, even as people at work stare at me as if I am a lunatic.

Unsurprisingly, Manilow made a point of plugging his newest album, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” which is actually well-suited to this particular engagement. Manilow also performed his arrangement of the Broadway ballad “Memory,” which was strangely timely given the recent unveiling of the “Cats” movie trailer ... On the whole, the star's performance made for a pleasant and comforting experience.

July 29, 2019 Playbill"A First Look at Manilow Broadway" by Marc J. Franklin
Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow began performances for his latest Broadway engagement, Manilow Broadway, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre July 26. The Grammy Award winner is scheduled to play a limited run through August 17. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” said Manilow in an earlier statement. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

The artist had 25 consecutive Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1975 and 1983. The list includes songs that he still sings today: “Mandy,” “It's a Miracle,” “Could It Be Magic,” “I Write the Songs,” “Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again,” “This One's For You,” “Weekend in New England,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Can't Smile Without You,” “Even Now," and the Grammy-winning ”Copacabana (At the Copa).” He's also got a passion for musical theatre; he wrote the scores for the musicals Harmony and Copacabana.

July 27, 2019 TheaterMania"6 Questions With Barry Manilow: Manilow returns to Broadway with a new concert at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre" by David Gordon
Barry Manilow wants to make sure you know you'll get all the hits when you come to see his show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. "Copacabana"? Check. "Mandy"? Definitely. Manilow's fourth career stint on the Great White Way, through August 17, is aimed squarely at his fans, young and old, and he's happy to give them what they want.

TheaterMania (TM): This is your fourth Broadway concert. Does it ever get old coming back here?
Barry Manilow (BM): No, never. Frankly, it hasn't ever gotten old for me, period. Certainly New York is doubly exciting, because I'm a New Yorker. Even though I haven't lived in New York for a long time, once you're a New Yorker, you're always a New Yorker. I talk fast, I walk fast, I think fast. I'm always fighting for a seat on the subway in my head. One of my goals now is to go back to Williamsburg, where I grew up, to see what all the commotion is. Williamsburg is very fancy schmancy now. Have you been to Williamsburg? Is it really what they say?

TM: It's very cosmopolitan.
BM: Cosmopolitan? Williamsburg? No! When I grew up there, it was the slums. It was dangerous. Taxi drivers wouldn't take me over the bridge at night. [laughs]

TM: What can we expect to hear during this new concert at the Lunt-Fontanne?
BM: I'm gonna give them all the hits. I know what the audience wants, but over the last couple of years, it's changed.

TM: How so?
BM: There's a younger audience now. They want to hear the stuff that they either grew up with, or that their parents played. They love it, and I'm happy to do it. If they're having a great time, I'm having a great time. Because I'm doing it for them. I do everything for these strangers who've given me so much.

TM: What's your favorite song to perform?
BM: "Could It Be Magic." I based that on Chopin's "Prelude in C Minor." That's a musician's song. It was on my first album, which came out in 1821 [laughs] and had the worst picture that anybody ever took of me. It sold five copies, but the song actually survived. The musicians love that one, and I do too.

TM: There are rumors that your musical Harmony might land in New York soon. What can you say about it?
BM: Things are in the works. That show is the prize of my life. It's the best thing I've ever been involved with. I've written it with my longtime collaborator, Bruce Sussman. We wrote "Copacabana" and "I Made It Through the Rain" and "Bandstand Boogie" together. He's a real theater guy and so am I, but the pop career got in the way. We've always wanted to write a bona-fide musical, so we wrote Harmony and we're crossing our fingers that maybe next year is the year.

July 26, 2019 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Shares What to Expect from His Broadway Residency!
Barry Manilow is coming back to Broadway. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician will take the stage on July 26 through August 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). Manilow promises an evening of nonstop Top 40 Hits and surprises from his extensive catalog of music ranging from pop, to Broadway, Jazz, and adult contemporary. Manilow just met the press and he's telling us all about what to expect from his Broadway residency!

July 26, 2019 Playbill.com"See Barry Manilow Meet the Press Ahead of Broadway Engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne" by Nathan Skethway
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Barry Manilow met the press July 25 ahead of the July 26 start of Barry Manilow on Broadway, playing in a limited engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre through August 17.

July 26, 2019 uInterview"Barry Manilow Returns To Broadway At the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre" by Eileen Nguyen
Barry Manilow has returned to Broadway. Manilow was photo-ready when he appeared at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre this week. He wore a patterned blazer with a black button-down underneath. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning singer and songwriter will perform on July 26 through August 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. He promised to perform Top 40 Hits and a range of music from pop to Broadway, Jazz and adult contemporary. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” said Manilow. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

Manilow is a veteran in the Broadway world. He received a Special Tony Award for his first appearance in 1977. He sold out an eight week run at the Gershwin Theater in 1989 and in 2013 at the St. James Theatre. In 2018 the performer was forced to cancel his show in Las Vegas due to a bronchial infection. He has recovered and is ready to take on the stage for more performances.

July 26, 2019 Spectrum News NY1"Barry Manilow is Back on Broadway with All the Hits" by Roger Clark
It was a surreal moment for this reporter: Sitting down to chat at Sardi's with Barry Manilow, who's hits are embedded in my brain thanks to my mom playing them over and over in our apartment. The Brooklyn-born singer songwriter is back home in New York for a 17-performance stint on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne [Theatre]. "I'm happy to be back in New York because I can talk fast. Like you do. Because I can't do that on the stage when I'm in the middle of the country. I have to slow down, and you know in the beginning I didn't realize that and they [couldn't] understand what I was saying, because I talk fast," Manilow said.

This is by no means Manilow's first time on the Great White Way. He has had three other runs since his appearance in 1977 which earned him a special Tony award. He told me even though he's played every type of venue big and small on the planet, there's something incredible about Broadway theaters, which he says have a soul to them. "There's something very deep about walking onto that stage, bigger than any other theaters I have ever played," Manilow said.

Copacabana, is just one of Manilow's 50 Top 40 Singles, 12 went straight to number 1, 27 top 10. He has also recorded everything from showtunes to jazz over the years, but says audiences on [Broadway] will hear the hits. "I am going to try and do as many, maybe all of them, as I can," Manilow said.

Barry Manilow still considers himself a New Yorker, and one of the things he hopes to do while he is in town on Broadway, is go visit his old neighborhood in Williamsburg, which he has heard, has changed a bit. "When I grew up there, it was dangerous. Taxi drivers wouldn't take me back over the bridge at night. You know, that's how dangerous it was. Now I'm told that it's fancy schmancy, so we'll see what happens," Manilow said.

As we say back in my old Queens neighborhood, Barry Manilow is a mensch. And wait until my mom see the pictures.

July 26, 2019 Playbill.com"Grammy Winner Barry Manilow Plays Limited Broadway Run Beginning July 26: The engagement continues through August 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre" by Andrew Gans
Singer and songwriter Barry Manilow returns to Broadway July 26. Grammy winner Manilow, who was last on the Great White Way in Manilow on Broadway, plays the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre through August 17. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” said Manilow in an earlier statement. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

The artist had 25 consecutive Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1975 and 1983. The list includes songs that he still sings today: “Mandy,” “It's a Miracle,” “Could It Be Magic,” “I Write the Songs,” “Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again,” “This One's For You,” “Weekend in New England,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Can't Smile Without You,” “Even Now," and the Grammy-winning ”Copacabana (At the Copa).” He's also got a passion for musical theatre; he wrote the scores for the musicals Harmony and Copacabana.

Manilow recently celebrated his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas, where he has been in residency since 2018.

July 25, 2019 Broadway World"Up On The Marquee: MANILOW BROADWAY" by Walter McBride
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Barry Manilow is coming back to Broadway. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician will take the stage on July 26 through August 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). Manilow promises an evening of nonstop Top 40 Hits and surprises from his extensive catalog of music ranging from pop, to Broadway, Jazz, and adult contemporary.

Barry Manilow has a long history on Broadway. He received a Special Tony Award for his first appearance in 1977. In 1989 he sold out an 8-week run at the Gershwin Theater and in 2013 sold out an 8-week run at the St. James Theatre - all to rave reviews. Manilow is credited with setting the precedent for contemporary music artists to appear on Broadway. "I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway," said Manilow. "It holds a very special place in my heart."

Manilow just celebrated his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas, where he has been in residency since 2018. This September he will be headlining BBC's The Proms in the Park in London. Considered to be one of the most significant musical events in British culture, Manilow will be performing before an estimated audience of 40,000. Manilow first headlined The Proms in 2009 and this will be the first time ever that a headliner has returned.

July 22, 2019 The New Yorker"Now Playing: Barry Manilow" by Michael Schulman
The last time Barry Manilow was on Broadway, in 2013, he dug himself out of a bad cold, littered the stage of the St. James with Kleenex boxes, and triumphantly announced, “All I got is a whole bunch of hit songs, and I’m going to do them all.” At seventy-six, Manilow is show biz personified: he knows how to keep his audiences happy, humming, and a bit wistful. He returns July 26-Aug. 17, at the Lunt-Fontanne, which has been hosting short stints by entertainers ranging from Mel Brooks to Regina Spektor. It’s a crowd-pleasing way to fill up Broadway’s summer doldrums, and Manilow was a pioneer of the form: in 1977, he received a Special Tony Award for “Barry Manilow on Broadway,” his twelve-day concert that spawned a quadruple-platinum live album.

July 22, 2019 MetroSourceBarry Manilow Returns to Broadway
Barry Manilow returns this summer to Broadway for an exclusive limited engagement at the Nederlander’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Live Nation, The Araca Group and EBG (Entertainment Benefits Group), are pleased to announce that Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician BARRY MANILOW will take the stage on July 26 through August 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). For ticket information, click HERE. Manilow promises an evening of nonstop Top 40 Hits and surprises from his extensive catalog of music ranging from pop, to Broadway, Jazz, and adult contemporary.

Barry Manilow has a long history on Broadway. He received a Special Tony Award for his first appearance in 1977. In 1989 he sold out an 8-week run at the Gershwin Theater and in 2013 sold out an 8-week run at the St. James Theatre – all to rave reviews. Manilow is credited with setting the precedent for contemporary music artists to appear on Broadway. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” said Manilow. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

Manilow just celebrated his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas, where he has been in residency since 2018. This September he will be headlining BBC’s The Proms in the Park in London. Considered to be one of the most significant musical events in British culture, Manilow will be performing before an estimated audience of 40,000. Manilow first headlined The Proms in 2009 and this will be the first time ever that a headliner has returned.

July 10, 2019 WPG Talk Radio 95.5 FM / 1450 AM"Win Tickets to See Barry Manilow on Broadway!" by Chris Coleman
WPG Talk Radio 95.5 wants you to see Barry Manilow as he returns to Broadway this summer! Barry Manilow returns to Broadway this Summer from July 26th through August 17th at the Nederlander's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre! As the big winner, you'll win two tickets to Manilow on Broadway, a two night stay at Westgate New York Grand Central, and a $200 travel card!

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. The Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits. He is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

Performance is at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre at 205 West 46th Street. Show times are at 8PM except Sundays and Tuesdays at 7PM. For more information, please visit BarryManilow.com or TicketMaster.com and by phone at 877-250-2929. Shows are July 26, 27, 28, 30, 31; August 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17.

Complete the form HERE for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Barry Manilow on Broadway! Entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET July 26, 2019. Prizes provided by Mixed Media Entertainment.

July 4, 2019 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Performs His Classic Hit LET FREEDOM RING For America's Independence Day Celebration
Music legend Barry Manilow releases video of his iconic American anthem, Let Freedom Ring, performed Live on PBS's A CAPITOL FOURTH to celebrate America's national Independence Day. Originally performed live from the U.S. Capitol in 2015, Manilow was accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS each year on the 4th of July before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as U.S. troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program is also heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. Watch the video below!

June 16, 2019 Newsday"Barry Manilow musical coming to Broadway" by Barbara Schuler
Barry Manilow's residency on Broadway this summer is just the beginning. Performing at the Westgate International Theater in Las Vegas Saturday night, the singer let it slip that the Broadway musical he's been working on for years is finally coming to New York.

"I guess if something is going to leak, the way you want to have it happen is for Barry Manilow to mention your name from the stage in #lasvegas," said Ken Davenport, who will produce the show. He was in the Vegas audience and posted a video of the announcement on Facebook early Sunday morning.

"I love the Broadway theater," Manilow told the screaming crowd. "I've always wanted to write a Broadway musical," he continued, which is exactly what he's done, with his songwriting partner Bruce Sussman. In the works for more than six years (there were earlier productions in Los Angeles and Atlanta), the show is a true story about a popular six-man singing group called the Comedian Harmonists in pre-World War II Germany. "It's called 'Harmony' and it's coming in to New York next year," Manilow said.

Until then, you'll have to make due with his short residency July 26 through Aug. 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, tickets via Ticketmaster.

June 16, 2019 Broadway World"Barry Manilow Announces Musical HARMONY Coming to New York in 2020" by Matt Tamanini
While Barry Manilow is preparing to bring his concert to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre next month as part of this summer's IN RESIDENCE series, he announced on Saturday night at his Las Vegas residency that he is finally going to be bringing another show to New York.

Along with his song-writing partner Bruce Sussman, Manilow's musical HARMONY has has been working its way to Broadway for more than six years. The show previously had productions at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, but now, according to Manilow himself, the show will finally play New York - and presumably Broadway - in 2020. In a Facebook video posted by the show's producer Ken Davenport, Manilow talks about how he's longed to write a Broadway musical.

The previous incarnations of the show starred Tony Yazbeck, Douglas Williams, Chris Dwan, Will Taylor, Will Blum, Leigh Ann Larkin, Hannah Corneau, Matt Bailey, Shayne Kennon, Douglas Williams, and more.

HARMONY tells the true story of The Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six young men in pre-WWII Germany who rose from unemployed street musicians to become world-famous entertainers, selling millions of records, starring in over a dozen films, and selling out the most prestigious concert halls around the world.

Yet while The Comedian Harmonists' sophisticated music, paired with hilarious comedy, made them the brightest of stars, the group's mixture of Jews and non-Jews put them on a collision course with history.

June 13, 2019 CNN.com"The most spectacular shows of Las Vegas" by Stacey Lastoe and Isabela Espadas Barros Leal
You don't need to be a gambler to enjoy Las Vegas, since it's also known as the entertainment capital of the world.

It's in this city -- Sin City -- where bold-faced names go -- and stay -- to play. It's where award-winning musicians, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and the best of the best play night after night, week after week, sometimes month after month. And there's little wonder as to the city's popularity among performers: What beats playing to a crowd out to have a rollicking good time?

But there's more to Vegas nightlife and entertainment than music. Magicians, comedians and, uh, Magic Mike, are all there, too.

Here's a look at what's hot now when you travel to Las Vegas ... Barry Manilow:

Barry Manilow's energy on the Las Vegas stage he's been calling his second home since February 2019 is infectious. Never before has there been such a joyful audience, rapt as they take in the Grammy, Tony and Emmy winner's passionate performance.

The costumes are spectacular -- can anyone really rock metallic jackets like Manilow? -- the band on point and the background singers bright as can be. Manilow: Las Vegas will continue at the iconic Westgate Theater for three nights a week until the end of June...

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May 31, 2019 Hollywood.comBarry Manilow back on Broadway for summer residency
Barry Manilow is returning to Broadway for a month-long summer residency. His exclusive limited engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre will run from 26 July to 17 August. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” the Mandy singer says in a statement. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

It’s not his first Broadway run – he had sold out eight-week residencies in 1989 and 2013. The 2019 residency will include 17 dates. Barry recently celebrated his 500th show as part of a year-long residency at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas.

May 31, 2019 Ticket News"Barry Manilow Residency Among Tickets On Sale This Weekend" by Schae Beaudoin
Pop legend Barry Manilow headlines tickets up for sale this weekend. Manilow’s Broadway residency at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre will run through July and August, with general sale tickets available Monday.
May 30, 2019 Forbes"Barry Manilow Is Headed Back To Broadway" by Hugh McIntyre
As musicians begin to book Broadway theaters for special runs of intimate concerts, a number of names who have never ventured to the Great White Way are signing on to do shows for the first time in their already-illustrious careers, but the latest superstar to do so isn’t new to this kind of performance. In fact, he’s been there many times before, and he has the hardware to prove his successful track record.

Legendary crooner Barry Manilow has just announced he’s headed back to Broadway for a run of concerts at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre which will start on July [26] and wrap on August [18]. Manilow is the latest musician to take part in a new program titled In Residence on Broadway, which has previously featured beloved musicians like Yanni and which will host a Beatles tribute band named Rain later this summer as well.

While musicians like Yanni and Bruce Springsteen’s string of concerts marked their first appearances on Broadway, Manilow has already spent plenty of time entertaining audiences in New York City theaters. He first performed on Broadway for a period of time in 1976, and that went so well, he would go on to repeat the project several times over, mixing things up and adding new tunes every staging. The Grammy and Emmy winner also played Broadway in 1989 and again in 2013. For his 1976 block of performances, Manilow earned a Special Tony Award, a relatively rare honor that has only been given to select musicians whose work on Broadway might not have made them eligible for traditional Tonys, but which was worthy of praise.

May 29, 2019 Times Square Chronicles"Could It Be Magic Barry Manilow Returns To Broadway" by Suzanna Bowling
Singer and songwriter Barry Manilow is returning to Broadway this summer. Grammy winner Manilow, was last on The Great White Way in Manilow on Broadway, will play the Lunt-Fontanne July 26–August 17. Tickets will go on sale June 3 at noon. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” said Manilow. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

The artist had 25 consecutive Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1975 and 1983. The list includes songs that he still sings today: “Mandy,” “It’s a Miracle,” “Could It Be Magic,” “I Write the Songs,” “Tryin’ To Get the Feeling Again,” “This One’s For You,” “Weekend in New England,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Even Now,” and the Grammy-winning ”Copacabana (At the Copa).” He’s also got a passion for musical theatre; he wrote the scores for the musicals Harmony and Copacabana. Manilow just celebrated his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas, where he has been in residency since 2018.

In Residence on Broadway series, is a collaboration between Live Nation, The Araca Group, and Entertainment Benefits Group. The series continues with Yanni playing the Lunt-Fontanne May 28–June 2, Tony winner Mel Brooks June 17–18, Regina Spektor June 20–26, and illusionist Criss Angel set for July 2–7.

May 29, 2019 Ticket News"Barry Manilow Reveals Broadway Residency This Summer" by Olivia Perreault
Music legend Barry Manilow has announced a new residency on Broadway this summer at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The residency, set to kick-off on July 26, will run through August 18, produced by the In Residence on Broadway series producers. The star had previously performed back in 1977, earning himself a special Tony Award for the best-selling album Manilow on Broadway, followed by an eight-week run at the Gershwin Theater in 1989 and a self-titled residency in 2013 at the St. James Theater. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” Manilow said in a statement. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

Manilow, a Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning musician, has sold more than 85 million albums throughout his career. He is considered one of the world’s all-time best-selling recording artists with 50 Top 40 singles – 12 hitting the No. 1 spot and 27 within the Top 10. In the ’70s, he garnered attention with smash-hits like “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” and “Copacabana (At the Copa.)” He continued in the ’80s and ’90s with “If I Should Love Again,” “When The Good Times Come Again,” and “Sometimes When We Touch.” In 2017, he released This Is My Town: Songs of New York, following 2014’s Night Songs.

May 28, 2019 BroadwayDirect"Barry Manilow Coming Back to Broadway" by Mark A. Robinson
Live Nation, The Araca Group and EBG (Entertainment Benefits Group) have announce that Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician Barry Manilow will return to Broadway this summer for a strictly-limited engagement. From July 26 through August 17, the artist will be featured at the Nederlander’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, promising an evening of nonstop Top 40 Hits and surprises from his extensive catalog of music ranging from pop, to Broadway, Jazz, and adult contemporary. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” said Manilow. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

Manilow has performed on Broadway on several occasions. In 1977, he received a special Tony Award for his first performance, followed by an eight-week sold-out run in 1989 ay the Gershwin Theatre. In 2013, he repeated that eight-week sold-out run at the St. James Theatre. Manilow just celebrated his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas, where he has been in residency since 2018. This September he will be headlining BBC’s The Proms in the Park in London.

Barry Manilow is well-known for his multitude of pop music hits, including “Copacabana”, “Mandy”, “I Write the Songs”, “Looks Like We Made It”, “I Made It Through the Rain”, “Daybreak”, and “Can’t Smile Without You.” He has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Friday, July 26 at 8PM
Saturday, July 27 at 8PM
Sunday, July 28 at 7PM
Tuesday, July 30 at 7PM
Wednesday, July 31 at 7PM
Friday, August 2 at 8PM
Saturday, August 3 8PM
Sunday, August 4 at 7PM
Tuesday, August 6 at 7PM
Wednesday, August 7 at 7PM
Friday, August 9 at 8PM
Saturday, August 10 at 8PM
Sunday, August 11 at 7PM
Tuesday, August 13 at 7PM
Wednesday, August 14 at 7PM
Friday, August 16 at 8PM
Saturday, August 17 at 8PM

May 28, 2019 Broadway News"Barry Manilow to play summer Broadway engagement" by Caitlin Huston
Barry Manilow will return to Broadway this summer as part of the “In Residence on Broadway” series. The singer-songwriter will play the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from July 26 through August 17. Manilow’s first appearance on Broadway was in 1976, a performance for which he received a special Tony Award. He returned for an eight-week run at the Gershwin Theater in 1989 and again in 2013 for an eight-week run at the St. James Theatre.

Manilow has been playing in residency at the Westgate in Las Vegas since 2018. He will headline BBC’s The Proms in the Park in London this September.

May 28, 2019 New York Theatre Guide"In Residence on Broadway presents Barry Manilow: Manilow Broadway is set to play the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from July 26 through August 17, 2019" by Tom Millward
Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning music legend Barry Manilow is headed to the Great White Way! The beloved singer-songwriter will play an exclusive 17-date limited engagement, simply titled Manilow Broadway, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre as part of the 2019 In Residence on Broadway series from July 26 through August 17, 2019.

Mr. Manilow commented: “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway. It holds a very special place in my heart.” Synopsis: "Manilow Broadway promises an evening of nonstop Top 40 Hits and surprises from his extensive catalog of music ranging from pop, to Broadway, Jazz, and adult contemporary."

Barry Manilow previously made his Broadway debut in December 1976, receiving a Special Tony Award in 1977 for his efforts. He would return to play the Gershwin Theatre in 1989 and, more recently, the St. James Theatre in 2013, for two sold out 8-week engagements. His greatest hits include the Grammy Award-winning song "Copacabana," as well as the likes of "Can't Smile Without You," "I Write the Songs," "Daybreak," "Even Now," "Hang On," and "Mandy."

May 28, 2019 Zumic"Barry Manilow Plans 2019 Residency Tour Dates: Ticket Presale Code & On-Sale Info: Manilow adds extended run at NYC's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre" by Francesco Marano
Barry Manilow has announced a series of New York City concerts for 2019. Manilow was born and raised in Brooklyn, and his most recent album was a tribute to NYC titled This Is My Town: Songs of New York.

This year, the iconic artist is holding down Las Vegas residencies in June, September, and October, in addition to a pair of headlining performances in Los Angeles. The newly added NYC performances are scheduled from July 26 to August 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York City's Midtown Theater District. The run is part of the venue's In Residence on Broadway series.

When do Barry Manilow 2019 NYC tour tickets go on sale and what is the presale code?

Tickets for his previously announced shows are now on sale. For the new dates, the general public on-sale begins June 3 at 12 pm local time. Presales for fan club and Citi cardmembers will begin on May 29. Live Nation and LN Mobile App presales will follow.

For the Citi cardmember presale, you can use the promo passcode 412800, but you will need the card to complete your purchase. The Live Nation / Ticketmaster presale password is REPLAY and the LN Mobile App code is COVERT. Keep in mind, each date is different and details are subject to change. Click through the individual concert links for more information about the show you're interested in.

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May 28, 2019 Broadway.com"Barry Manilow Sets Broadway Return as Part of In Residence Series at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre" by Andy Lefkowitz
Barry Manilow is headed back to The Great White Way. The award-winning music icon and Broadway alum will play a 17-performance concert engagement this summer as part of the In Residence on Broadway series at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. His new show, titled Manilow Broadway, will run from July 26 through August 17.

Manilow's latest main-stem run follows prior Broadway concert engagements in 1976 and 1989, the former of which earned him a special Tony Award. Manilow won a pair of Emmys for The Barry Manilow Special and Manilow: Music and Passion and a Grammy for the hit tune "Copacabana." His other songs include "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You," "Even Now," "I Write the Songs," "Daybreak" and "[Let's] Hang On."

May 28, 2019 TheaterMania"Barry Manilow to Return to Broadway This Summer: The concerts will feature Top 40 Hits as well as surprises from the performer's extensive catalog" by Bethany Rickwald
Barry Manilow will return to Broadway with summer for a limited engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from July 26-August 17. The Manilow Broadway concerts are described as evenings "of nonstop Top 40 Hits and surprises from his extensive catalog of music ranging from pop, to Broadway, Jazz, and adult contemporary."

Barry Manilow's Broadway history includes a special Tony Award for his first appearance in 1976-1977. In 1989, he returned for an 8-week run at the Gershwin Theater and again in 2013 at the St. James Theatre. "I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway," said Manilow in a statement. "It holds a very special place in my heart."

Manilow recently celebrated his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas, where he has been in residency since 2018. This September he will be headlining BBC's The Proms in the Park in London. Mannilow Broadway will be presented by Live Nation, The Araca Group and EBG.

May 28, 2019 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Will Return to Broadway This Summer!
It's official! As Broadway World first reported last week, Barry Manilow is coming back to Broadway. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician will take the stage on July 26 through August 17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). Manilow promises an evening of nonstop Top 40 Hits and surprises from his extensive catalog of music ranging from pop, to Broadway, Jazz, and adult contemporary.

Barry Manilow has a long history on Broadway. He received a Special Tony Award for his first appearance in [1976-1977]. In 1989 he sold out an 8-week run at the Gershwin Theater and in 2013 sold out an 8-week run at the St. James Theatre - all to rave reviews. Manilow is credited with setting the precedent for contemporary music artists to appear on Broadway. "I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway," said Manilow. "It holds a very special place in my heart."

Manilow just celebrated his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas, where he has been in residency since 2018. This September he will be headlining BBC's The Proms in the Park in London. Considered to be one of the most significant musical events in British culture, Manilow will be performing before an estimated audience of 40,000. Manilow first headlined The Proms in 2009 and this will be the first time ever that a headliner has returned.

Friday, July 26 at 8PM
Saturday, July 27 at 8PM
Sunday, July 28 at 7PM
Tuesday, July 30 at 7PM
Wednesday, July 31 at 7PM
Friday, August 2 at 8PM
Saturday, August 3 8PM
Sunday, August 4 at 7PM
Tuesday, August 6 at 7PM
Wednesday, August 7 at 7PM
Friday, August 9 at 8PM
Saturday, August 10 at 8PM
Sunday, August 11 at 7PM
Tuesday, August 13 at 7PM
Wednesday, August 14 at 7PM
Friday, August 16 at 8PM
Saturday, August 17 at 8PM

Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Monday, June 3 at 12 noon through www.TicketMaster.com and by phone at 877-250-2929.

Citi is the official presale credit card of the Manilow Broadway. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wednesday, May 29 at 10AM EST until Sunday, June 2 at 10PM EST through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits. He is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

May 28, 2019 Deadline"Barry Manilow Sets Broadway Summer Concert Residency" by Greg Evans
Barry Manilow will return to Broadway in an exclusive limited engagement at the Nederlander’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, producers Live Nation, The Araca Group and Entertainment Benefits Group announced today. The residence runs July 26 through Aug. 17. Expected to perform a [selection] of hits and surprises from his deep catalog, Manilow released a statement saying: “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway. It holds a very special place in my heart.”

Manilow’s history on Broadway includes a special Tony-winning appearance in [1976-1977]; an eight-week run at the Gershwin Theater in 1989; and a sold-out eight-week run at the St. James Theatre in 2013. Manilow just celebrated his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas, where he has been in residency since 2018. Although this summer’s Manilow engagement is produced by the In Residence On Broadway producers, the engagement is not part of that series.

Barry Manilow performance schedule:

Friday, July 26, 8 p.m , 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 27 , 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 28 , 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30 , 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31 , 7 p.m.
Friday, August 2 , 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 3, 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 4 , 7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 6 , 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7 , 7 p.m.
Friday, August 9 , 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 10 , 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 , 7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 13 , 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14 , 7 p.m.
Friday, August 16 , 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 17 , 8 p.m.

May 28, 2019 United Press International"Barry Manilow announces summer Broadway residency" by Wade Sheridan
Barry Manilow has announced a new summer, Broadway residency that will take place from July 26 to Aug. 17. Manilow will be performing a number of his hit songs and surprise tracks at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. "I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway," the 75-year-old singer said in a statement. "It holds a very special place in my heart."

Tickets go on sale on June 3. The residency is a part of the In Residence on Broadway series at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre which recently featured Morrissey. Manilow recently celebrated his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas where he has held a residency since 2018.

May 28, 2019 Playbill"Grammy Winner Barry Manilow Will Play Limited Run on Broadway: The engagement, which begins in July, is part of the Lunt-Fontanne's In Residence on Broadway series" by Andrew Gans
Grammy winner Barry Manilow will be part of the In Residence on Broadway series at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, which kicked off May 2–11 with Morrissey. Manilow, who was last on Broadway in Manilow on Broadway, will play the Lunt-Fontanne July 26–August 17. Tickets will go on sale June 3 at noon. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” said Manilow. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

The artist had 25 consecutive Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1975 and 1983. The list includes songs that he still sings today: “Mandy,” “It's a Miracle,” “Could It Be Magic,” “I Write the Songs,” “Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again,” “This One's For You,” “Weekend in New England,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Can't Smile Without You,” “Even Now," and the Grammy-winning ”Copacabana (At the Copa).” He's also got a passion for musical theatre; he wrote the scores for the musicals Harmony and Copacabana.

Manilow just celebrated his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas, where he has been in residency since 2018.

May 28, 2019 Newsday"Looks like Barry Manilow made it back to Broadway: He's expected to perform a selection of his many Top 40 hits during the limited engagement, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre July 26-Aug.17" by Barbara Schuler
Before Bruce, there was Barry -- as in Barry Manilow. The Grammy-, Tony- and Emmy-winning entertainer has been on Broadway three times, most recently in 2013, well before Springsteen's record run last year. And now he's coming back with "Manilow Broadway," a 17-performance stint at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre July 26-Aug.17. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” said Manilow in a statement. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

He's expected to perform a selection of his many Top 40 hits during the limited engagement, which is produced by Live Nation, The Araca Group and EBG (Entertainment Benefits Group), though it is not officially part of their "In Residence on Broadway" series. The singer recently completed his 500th show at the International Theater at the Westgate in Las Vegas, where he has been in residency since 2018. In September, he'll headline the BBC’s The Proms in the Park music festival in London.

Tickets for "Manilow Broadway" go on sale to the general public at noon on Monday via Ticketmaster.

May 28, 2019 Entertainment Weekly"Barry Manilow is returning to Broadway" by Christian Holub
Barry Manilow is coming back to Broadway. The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning musician announced on Tuesday that he would take the stage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from July 26-Aug. 17. “I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown of New York City and performing once again on Broadway,” Manilow said in a statement. “It holds a very special place in my heart.”

This is far from Manilow’s first time on Broadway. His first run in [1976-1977] earned him a Special Tony Award and produced the best-selling live album Manilow on Broadway. He returned in 2013 for a sold-out eight-week run at the St. James Theater.

Check out the full list of performances below. Tickets go on sale starting Monday, June 3 on TicketMaster’s website.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Friday, July 26 at 8PM
Saturday, July 27 at 8PM
Sunday, July 28 at 7PM
Tuesday, July 30 at 7PM
Saturday, July 27 at 8PM
Sunday, July 28 at 7PM
Tuesday, July 30 at 7PM
Sunday, August 4 at 7PM
Tuesday, August 6 at 7PM
Wednesday, August 7 at 7PM
Friday, August 9 at 8PM
Saturday, August 10 at 8PM
Sunday, August 11 at 7PM
Tuesday, August 13 at 7PM
Wednesday, August 14 at 7PM
Friday, August 16 at 8PM
Saturday, August 17 at 8PM

May 23, 2019 Broadway World"Music Legend Barry Manilow To Begin Broadway Residency This July" by Alexa Criscitiello
The New York Post is reporting that worldwide music superstar Barry Manilow will take up residence on Broadway this summer. According to the report, Manilow will play the Lunt-Fontanne with performances beginning July 26 and running through August 18. Manilow was last seen on Broadway in 2013. His show Barry Manilow on Broadway played to sold-out audiences throughout its six-week run at the. St. James.

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. The Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits. He is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

May 23, 2019 New York Post"Welcome back to Broadway, Barry Manilow!" by Michael Riedel
Welcome back to Broadway, my old friend, Barry Manilow! Barry will be, as they say, “in residence” at the Lunt-Fontanne from July 26 to Aug. 18. The last time he was on Broadway, in 2013, he sold out every show. I took my sister to see him. She’d been a big fan when we were kids and he released the classic album, “Barry Manilow Live.” She thought she’d outgrown Barry, but as soon as he walked onstage and sang “Can’t Smile Without You,” she was on her feet, waving her green glow stick and singing along with every song. She’s my date for Barry’s opening at the Lunt.
May 24, 2019 Las Vegas Review-Journal"Manilow goes Broadway" by John Katsilometes
Barry Manilow is returning to Broadway this summer, but his dates at Westgate Las Vegas are unaffected. Manilow is set to play Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from July 26-Aug. 18. He’s at International Theater at Westgate [through] June 15, back again in September-October.

Manilow’s upcoming New York residency is his first Broadway run since 2013, when he sold out 27 shows at St. James Theatre. No word if glow sticks, or 3D glasses, are in the Lunt-Fontanne plans.

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April 18, 2019 Spectrum News 13"5 Things to Know About Barry Manilow's Music Project" by Allison Walker Torres
Song master and musical giant Barry Manilow has created a new project that will help a high school band.

  1. Grammy, Tony and Emmy-Winning performing artist Barry Manilow is celebrating 500 shows at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and the historic International Theater. He is now there until October 2019.
  2. The Manilow Music Project is searching for one deserving high school band to win $100,000 in free instruments and uniforms.
  3. To apply, click on Manilow Music Project and upload your video.
  4. Deadline for entry is May 2, 2019.
  5. Manilow drops a brand new album in June called Night Songs II. The original Night Songs came out in 2014.

April 3, 2019 KTIC 107.9 BullBarry Manilow extends Las Vegas residency into October, prepares to play 500th show at Westgate resort
Barry Manilow has extended his Las Vegas residency at the Westgate resort and casino’s Westgate International Theater into the fall. The pop legend has announced 12 new performances of his “Manilow: Las Vegas — The Hits Come Home!” show: six each in September and October. The new concerts take place September 19-21 and 26-28 and October 10-12 and 17-19, and will follow previously scheduled engagements in April, May and June.

Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the general public today, April 3, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com, BarryManilow.com, WestgateResorts.com or by calling 800-222-5361. “We are very happy to extend Barry Manilow, who leads a long list of legendary entertainers who have performed at this iconic property,” says Westgate Las Vegas president Cami Christensen. “Barry is part of our family and the Westgate is his home.”

Manilow is gearing up for his 500th performance at the venue, which will take place on April 18. In honor of the milestone, and in response to recent budget cuts in public schools, Barry’s Manilow Music Project charity is launching a search for a U.S. high school, which will receive $100,000 worth of instruments and uniforms. To enter, schools are being asked to submit videos explaining why they’re in need of the equipment. Barry will personally choose the winner, considering such factors as online votes, community involvement, and each school’s level of need. Submissions will be accepted until May 2, and the winning school will be announced shortly after that. “I’m thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids,” says Manilow.

Here are all of Barry’s upcoming Vegas dates:

April: 11-13, 18-20
May: 9-11, [23-25]
June: 6-8, 13-15
September: 19-21, 26-28*
October: 10-12, 17-19*
* = newly announced shows.

April 2, 2019 PR NewswirePop Music Icon Barry Manilow Announces Westgate Las Vegas Residency Extension: Manilow Celebrates His 500th Show At The Westgate's International Theater And Launches Nationwide $100,000 High School Band Contest (SOURCE: STILETTO Entertainment)
Las Vegas, NV—April 2, 2019 – Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino announced today that due to overwhelmingly popular demand, GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow and his MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! has extended his residency at the historic Westgate International Theater.

MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! made its debut in May 2018 to rave reviews and sold-out audiences, and was awarded the Best of Las Vegas awards for Best Resident Performer/Headliner and Best New Show.

The extension marks the continuation of a very successful partnership between the iconic property, celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2019, and Barry Manilow. His upcoming performance on Thursday, April 18th will be his 500th show in the famed International Theater. “We are very happy to extend Barry Manilow who leads a long list of legendary entertainers who have performed at this iconic property,” said Westgate Las Vegas President & General Manager Cami Christensen. “Barry is part of our family and the Westgate is his home.”

Manilow first presentation at the International Theater was on January 12, 1988.

Tickets for MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! performances through October 2019 range in price from $49.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees and will go on sale on Wednesday, April 3 at 10am P.D.T. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office at (800) 222-5361 or online at www.barrymanilow.com or www.westgatelasvegas.com.

The new spectacular show is unlike anything Manilow has ever done in his concert tours around the world before with massive video walls, sets, and special effects – a non-stop evening of Manilow’s massive catalogue of Top 40 Hits.

To celebrate his upcoming 500th performance at the Westgate, Manilow is launching a nationwide search for one high school band to win $100,000 of musical instruments and uniforms in response to budget cuts in public schools.

In 2008, Manilow formed The Manilow Music Project (MMP) and has conducted instrument drives to benefit local schools in most cities where he has performed. Manilow has personally donated a Yamaha piano to launch each local instrument drive and also sponsors generous scholarships at national and international colleges and universities. To date the Manilow Music Project has donated upwards of $10 Million in instruments and scholarships.

“I personally benefitted from music programs when I was in school, and I’m thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids,” states Manilow.

Schools will be asked to upload videos explaining who they are and why they need the instruments. Several factors will determine the winner, including online votes, community involvement, and level of need, but Mr. Manilow will ultimately choose the winning school. Submissions are open immediately and will close May 2nd, with a winner chosen shortly thereafter. Schools can submit their videos at manilowmusicproject.org.

The Manilow Music Project is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. For more information on The Manilow Music Project, please visit http://www.manilowmusicproject.org/.

ABOUT BARRY MANILOW

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world’s all-time bestselling recording artists. The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits. He is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

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ABOUT THE MANILOW MUSIC PROJECT

In response to the needs of the local public schools and their severely depleted music programs, Barry Manilow gathered some friends and formed The Manilow Music Project as part of his nonprofit Manilow Health and Hope Fund. The mission statement of The Manilow Music Project highlights the importance of music programs in our schools and donates instruments and materials to school music programs. More information can be found at www.manilowmusicproject.org.

ABOUT WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, the iconic world-class destination celebrating the property’s 50th Anniversary of Legendary Vegas Fun in 2019, offers a unique blend of amenities and excitement with all your favorite table games, hottest slots on the market, incredible restaurants, endless entertainment, more than 225,000 square feet of meeting space and the world’s largest Race & Sports SuperBook®, which is home to Nevada’s largest wagering system and more than 4,500 square feet of state-of-the-art HD video screens, in a comfortable, smoke-free environment. Westgate Las Vegas provides a range of culinary adventures with eight restaurants, including the world-famous Benihana, the award-winning Edge Steakhouse, now rated the #1 steakhouse in Las Vegas on TripAdvisor, Fresco Italiano and the newest addition Bar Sake & Robata Grill.

The home of legendary performer Barry Manilow, the property features entertainment options in the International Theater and the Westgate Cabaret and has recently undergone a more than $250 million renovation, that has encompassed every square inch of the property, including the addition of 300 timeshare villas, the all-new International Bar, a fully renovated pool deck, 1,200 remodeled Signature Rooms featuring the all new LUXE Rooms and the luxurious Serenity Spa in Las Vegas, which was awarded the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award. For more information or to book our hotel in Las Vegas, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to WestgateLasVegas.com.

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March 25, 2019 HL - Haute Living"Star-Studded Celebrity Fight Night XXV" by Deyvanshi Masrani
For the 25th Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night, some of the biggest names in Hollywood and the most famous athletes from across the country came together at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, to pay tribute to the list of honorees, which included the legendary Quincy Jones. Hosted by country music superstar and Grammy Award-winner Reba McEntire for the 15th year, stars like David Foster, Chris Tucker, John Corbett, Bo Derek, Buzz Aldrin, Rita Wilson, Pia Toscano, Brian McKnight, Barry Manilow and many more made appearances, some of whom also took to the stage to speak or to perform.

Lonnie Ali introduced all of the honorees, which included:

  • Quincy Jones: Grammy Award-winning producer, musician, composer and film producer—Muhammad Ali Entertainer Award
  • Dr. Michael Crow: President of Arizona State—recognized for work as an educator, higher education leader and technology policy scholar
  • Dr. Abe Lieberman: Muhammad Ali’s neurologist— recognized for his work as a neurologist, treating over 40,000 patients over the course of his 50 year career
  • Renee Parsons: Philanthropist—recognized for life-changing help she provided to individuals in underserved communities across the country

As part of the evening, a live auction included money-can’t-buy experiences, such as dinner with Quincy Jones and David Foster; dinner in Las Vegas with Reba McEntire; a round of golf with Jack Nicklaus on his home course in Jupiter, Florida; dinner with Martin Short; dinner with Billy Crystal; dinner with Jimmy Kimmel; dinner with Andrea Bocelli and his family; and dinner with Buzz Aldrin.

March 21, 2019 AZ Central"Celebrity Fight Night: Manilow, McEntire headline a star-studded fundraiser in Phoenix" by Weldon B. Johnson
Superstar performer Barry Manilow is the headliner of Celebrity Fight Night 2019, but he won’t be the only big name in attendance at the high-profile charity fundraiser in Phoenix this weekend. The 25th annual Celebrity Fight Night takes place Saturday, March 23, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. Other celebrities expected to attend include legendary musician, composer and arranger Quincy Jones and country music star Reba McEntire, who will host the evening for the 15th year. Tickets for the black-tie event, which includes an elegant dinner, entertainment and silent and live auctions, start at $1,500 and the money goes to a good cause.

What is Celebrity Fight Night? Over the past 24 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised more than $86 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities. Guests bid in silent and live auctions that offer fabulous items such as stays in celebrity homes or luxury villas around the world.

The event began in 1994 with a played-for-laughs celebrity boxing match featuring then-Phoenix Suns star Charles Barkley taking on boxing champ Michael Carbajal with both wearing oversized boxing gloves. The next year, singer Kenny Rogers joined in as the night shifted from sports to an entertainment theme. In its third year, Fight Night got a huge boost as boxer Muhammad Ali was the featured guest and the event got involved with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. In the sixth year, multiple Grammy winner David Foster signed on as musical director for an event that was gaining national attention and has grown bigger and bigger over the years.

How does Fight Night raise so much money? Tickets are pricey (from $1,500 to $10,000), but that's not where most of the money comes from. The auctions include lavish items that offer anyone with means a chance to hobnob with stars. Among the big-ticket items in recent years: a weekend at rock star Steven Tyler's place in Maui, dinner in Nashville with McEntire and a tour of Italy with singer Andrea Bocelli. Some auction items easily draw six-figure bids. At the 2016 event, a VIP trip to England for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday celebration drew a bid of $500,000. Philanthropists sometimes make big donations at the event as well. In 2016, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons pledged a $1 million donation.

Who are some of the big names this year? In addition to Manilow, Jones and McEntire, dozens of celebrities are scheduled to attend, including actors John Corbett, Rita Wilson, Melissa Peterman, Bo Derek, Gena Lee Nolin and John O’Hurley. Musicians and singers including Brian McKnight, Angelica Hale, Pia Toscano and Caroline Campbell are slated to attend, as are athletes Larry Fitzgerald, Nancy Lieberman, Donovan McNabb and Cale Hulse. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is on the guest list, and in addition to Jones, honorees include 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.

Celebrity Fight Night. When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Where: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix. Admission: $1,500-$10,000. Details: 602-956-1121, celebrityfightnight.org.

March 22, 2019 Variety"Barry Manilow Reflects on Early Career, New York Talent Show 'Callback,' and Featherbed" by Steven Gaydos
Barry Manilow’s place as one of America’s best-loved entertainers was secured decades ago, but the 75-year-old shows no signs of resting on his laurels, which include nearly 50 top 40 hits, beaucoup gold and platinum albums, sold-out tours, an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony and a Clio. His 21st century accomplishments include more SRO dates, from Las Vegas (he’s doing a residency at the Westgate) to Broadway to Hollywood (where he plays the Bowl in September), as well as innumerable charity ventures and a hot streak in the recording studio that produced nearly a dozen freshly minted hit albums.

When it’s pointed out to Manilow that his first time in Variety, back in 1968 -- for a New York talent show called “Callback” on local affiliate WCBS -- was only one of about a dozen ventures he appeared to be working on at the time, he quickly answers, “Nothing’s changed. I’m working on 20 different projects right now.”

Variety (V): What was “Callback?”
Barry Manilow (BM): It was exactly like “American Idol,” except it was local and it was 50 years ago. I was working in the mailroom at CBS when I was 21 years old. My mail route started at the 485 Madison Avenue headquarters and then I got moved to the production center on 11th Avenue. I was already a budding musician, and all I had at home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was a little spinet piano. But they had a beautiful grand piano at CBS and I played it on my lunch break, every chance I could. To all the CBS dancers, actors, waiters on the side, I got known as the piano-playing mail boy. I left and went on the road with Jeanne Lucas and when I left, the guy I worked for told me I’d always have a job at CBS. Then he got fired! But Ray Abel remembered me and called and asked me to be the music director of “Callback.”

V: Would you say that “Callback” was a major break? You were also touring and doing musical reviews and working as an accompanist.
BM: It was one of my big breaks, because I got to do arrangements for the singers, and I’m a very good arranger — and I was then. I learned a lot about television and I learned more about arranging.

V: What else was on your plate in that era before you stepped out as a performer in your own right?
BM: I met Bro Herrod who was putting together an Off Off-Broadway show based on “The Drunkard,” a temperance play from the 1800s. He wanted to make it as a musical based on public-domain songs. But he hired me, and I was a pushy guy from Brooklyn, and so I put in my own songs. So it was an original musical and played for years. It still plays somewhere now and then, and I get a check for $27.

V: Was there a master plan in all of this activity?
BM: I was still going to the Institute of Musical Art, which became Julliard. I was taking twilight classes because I couldn’t afford to go full time. When I grew up, Williamsburg was a slum. As far as I knew, no one had ever made it out to become famous in show business. I was living on the subway traveling back and forth to Manhattan, so it was a big deal when I got a tiny studio apartment in the city.

V: And then there was Featherbed.
BM: Ha! That happened because I wrote “Could It Be Magic,” with Adrienne Anderson. It was based upon a Chopin prelude. Tony Orlando, who worked for April Blackwood publishing at the time, heard it and wanted to put out a record on it. The last thing I was thinking about was singing something. I think I was standing there when they were trying to figure out what to do, and they asked me to sing lead. It worked, and just as Tony Orlando was initially known by the group name, Dawn, they put together a group of studio musicians and used my vocals. We were Featherbed.

V: The idea for this interview came from Ria Lewerke, a former Arista creative director, who had worked with Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin and many others, and she said, “Barry Manilow is the coolest guy I ever worked with.”
BM: (Laughing). Cool is not usually the word people use to describe Barry Manilow! But Ria is right, I am very cool! And I thank her for noticing!

March 18, 2019 MissoulianBarry Manilow doesn't get sick of singing his famous songs
Barry Manilow never gets sick of singing his hit songs. The 'Mandy' hitmaker loves to perform his most famous tracks at his shows and he says that he could never grow tired of them as the audience make him feel like he's "never heard" the songs before.

He said: "I've stopped performing album cuts and medleys of big bands and stuff. I know what the audience wants. They want the hits. And I am happy to give that to them. I'm one of those lucky guys who has a catalog of hits that can fill up 90 minutes. I don't know how that happened, but I'm very grateful. And I want to give them every song they know. So it's a very happy audience out there ... I could see the difference. When I would do something they didn't know, they would be very polite. And then when I would do 'Looks Like We Made It,' the roof would cave in. They were telling me what they wanted. And it's my pleasure, honestly. It's theirs. They gave these hits to me. So I'm happy to do it. I don't mind it. I really don't. You would think that I'd be sick of them by now. But I really am not because they make it brand new for me. It's as if they've never heard these songs before."

And the 75-year-old singer thinks he was "terrible" live at first. He added to USA Today: "I was terrible. I was just terrible. But the audiences didn't think so ... They liked this guy up there. And they applauded. Sometimes they applauded very loud ... I did figure out, kind of, the rules of how you put together a show and what do you say in between songs. And I have a good sense of humour so I could do that. But I was still just very uncomfortable for many years."

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Barry Manilow spent a decade running singles up the Billboard Hot 100, from his chart-topping breakthrough with "Mandy" through "Looks Like We Made It" to "Read 'Em and Weep." But having hits was never his intention. "I never even listened to pop radio when I was growing up," he says. "And then I found myself on the radio between ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ and ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie.’" Manilow laughs, then adds, "I’m so embarrassed. That’s probably why my records sounded so original. I didn’t know what I was doing."

Even if his heart was more in jazz, Manilow is grateful for the hits. That's why he plays them every night when he performs. "I’ve stopped performing album cuts and medleys of big bands and stuff," he says. "I know what the audience wants. They want the hits. And I am happy to give that to them. I’m one of those lucky guys who has a catalog of hits that can fill up 90 minutes. I don’t know how that happened, but I’m very grateful. And I want to give them every song they know. So it’s a very happy audience out there."

A few years back, he says, he realized his audience wasn't as sick of hearing him sing "I Write the Songs" or "Can't Smile Without You" as he once assumed they were. "I could see the difference," he says. "When I would do something they didn’t know, they would be very polite. And then when I would do 'Looks Like We Made It,' the roof would cave in."

He laughs, then adds, "They were telling me what they wanted. And it’s my pleasure, honestly. It’s theirs. They gave these hits to me. So I’m happy to do it. I don’t mind it. I really don’t. You would think that I’d be sick of them by now. But I really am not because they make it brand new for me. It’s as if they’ve never heard these songs before."

He'll be playing the hits every night of a residency at Westgate Las Vegas that runs through June 14, as well as his headlining set at Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix on March 23. "There’s a very young audience that has appeared for me in Vegas," he says. "Everybody is shocked at the age that is showing up every night, so that’s fun, too, because I feel like Justin Bieber up there with all the screaming." He laughs, then, "You know, I was the Justin Bieber of the ‘70s."

Manilow is what he calls a "reluctant performer" who never craved the spotlight like so many others do. "I wound up having to go on the road to promote my first album, which was a shock in itself because I never really wanted to sing or perform or anything," he says. "All I wanted to do was write songs, arrange songs for other people, maybe produce records, play the piano for people, conduct, anything in the background. That’s where I was happy. But I wound up with a record deal and it was ridiculous. So I had to put together a band and lights and sound and go out and promote an album. That’s how I wound up standing on a stage in front of these strangers, making an idiot of himself."

He'd sent out demos of his songs but couldn't afford to hire "a real singer," as he puts it with a self-effacing laugh. "And I got an offer to make an album of my own from a company called Bell Records, which turned into Arista Records. And I said, ‘Yeah. Sure.’ I mean, I never really thought that anything would happen with my record career. It was a joke."

He was Bette Midler's musical director and piano player at the time. "When I told Bette ‘I think I got a record deal,’ she said, ‘Doing what?!’ I said, ‘Singing.’ She said, ‘Well, you don’t sing.'”

It took "many, many years later," he says, to make his peace with live performance. "As the albums kept becoming bigger and bigger, and Clive Davis came into my life and between the two of us, we started to create hit singles over and over, part of me was hoping it would go away already because I was so uncomfortable being on the stage," he says. "And there’s so many people who just love that. They dream of standing on a stage. I played for all those singers. I was the piano player for everybody in New York. And they would kill to have had a career like mine. I don’t know what they must think of me, because I was their piano player and I got the record deal."

Looking back on his earliest days as a performer, he says, "I was terrible. I was just terrible. But the audiences didn’t think so ... They liked this guy up there. And they applauded. Sometimes they applauded very loud."

Over time, he was was about to figure out what he was doing. "I did figure out, kind of, the rules of how you put together a show and what do you say in between songs," he says. "And I have a good sense of humor so I could do that. But I was still just very uncomfortable for many years."

Two things helped, he says. The first was acting lessons, because he "finally had some rules on how to do a show every night without thinking that I was gonna faint or something." The second thing was more of an epiphany. "I was playing a long run in one of the Broadway houses in New York, and I can never see the audiences very clearly because the lights are always on me, not on the audience," Manilow says. "This was probably eight years into this career. And the lights went on the audience during, I don’t know, ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ or something. And I saw thousands of people so happy, smiling, singing, swaying back and forth. I hadn’t ever seen it. And it hit me like a ton of bricks. Wait a minute. It’s not about me. It’s about them. And everything changed right then because that I could do. I could make them feel good. That was a great job."

That great job had one other major downside -- the abuse he suffered at the hands of music critics. "They were killing me," he says. "But you know, they do that. The press does that. ... But you know, young performers come up and they become very successful and the press just rips them down. They did it to everybody. And I got a lot of it, because I was annoyingly successful. A lot of these people get one or two hit records and then they kind of disappear. I was there for 10 years of hits, so I kept getting killed. They couldn’t get rid of me."

Asked how he learned to cope with the abuse, he says, "I haven’t. I didn’t. I’m a human being. I hate it. But you know, I had a great support system. I had a record company. I had a band. I had my family and my friends. And most of all, I had the audiences. They would stand up for me more than anybody. I’d get the usual terrible review in a city, and then the next day, that newspaper would get, like, dozens and dozens of people writing in saying that the reviewer was nuts and 'We love Barry,' stuff like that. So they stood up for me all the time."

It didn't bother Manilow to see his streak on the pop charts end after "Read 'Em and Weep" in 1983. "Frankly I was the one that told Clive, 'I’ve gotta stop making these singles; I don’t know how to make any more that sound original,'" he says. "Because I was starting to copy myself. I said, 'You’ve gotta let me do something for myself.' So the next album after 'Read 'Em and Weep' was an album called '2:00 a.m. Paradise Café' and it was my first jazz album. I got Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Gerry Mulligan, a whole bunch of jazz musicians, and it got me the best reviews of my career. People magazine said, ‘Hey, everybody, there’s a new singer in town. And they were kind of apologizing for killing me for 10 straight years.'"

Almost every album Manilow has done since then has been a concept album of some sort. "I didn’t want to go back to doing 12 love songs," he says. "So I came up with these cockamamie ideas." His latest concept is a tribute to his hometown, 2017's "This Is My Town: Songs of New York." Although he's been in California longer than he ever lived in New York City, as Manilow says, "I know the subways better than the freeways."

There are no hits on "This is My Town," nothing you could picture coming out of Drake or Ariana Grande on the radio. And that's how Manilow prefers to do things. "I’ve got my own little world," he says. "I stay in my world and I don’t look up. I just try to stay true to what I like and what I believe in. I think if you’re songwriter the worst thing you can do is listen to the radio. You’ve gotta stay true to yourself and I’ve always done that."

He's happy to play his old hits at Celebrity Fight Night. "I did the first Celebrity Fight Night," he says. "Muhammad Ali was there. I just sat at the piano and played and sang my stuff." He's not sure how he got involved with the organization. "I say yes to any benefit," he says. "I’m so grateful for my career that I say yes to anyone who needs me."

Barry Manilow at Celebrity Fight Night. When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Where: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E Marriott Drive, Phoenix. Admission: $1,500-$10,000. Details: 602-956-1121, celebrityfightnight.org.

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March 2019 So Scottsdale MagazineCould it be Magic? Barry Manilow returns to headline the 25th anniversary of the star-studded Celebrity Fight Night
There is no doubt that Barry Manilow is a true musical icon. With hit songs such as Mandy, Could it be Magic and Copacabana, he has recorded and released 47 Top 40 singles, including 12 No. 1 hits and 27 that appeared within Billboard's Top 10. He has also released numerous multiplatinum albums, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Manilow's legacy as a composer and artist - one that has spanned the course of popular music for a staggering five decades.

Manilow's skyrocket to fame was an unlikely one. Born in the heart of a low-income Brooklyn neighborhood, he began playing the piano and accordion at age 7. Following high school, he enrolled in the City College of New York before entering the New York College of Music. Later, he was accepted into the prestigious Julliard School of Music. He paid for his tuition by working in the CBS mailroom and eventually by writing, producing, and performing advertising jingles as well as an original score for an off-Broadway musical, an adaptation of the melodrama The Drunkard, with an eight-year run.

In 1971, he met Bette Midler, who hired him as her pianist, arranger and musical director; he served as her accompanist on her legendary pre-fame tour of New York City's gay bathhouses. Thanks to his work with Midler, Manilow was offered a recording contract of his own, and in 1973, he released his namesake debut album, Barry Manilow, which was remixed and re-released as Barry Manilow I in 1975. From there, he would go on to change music forever.

Decades after his first hit, Manilow remains the king of amorous ballads, and Phoenician "Fanilows" - as his adoring supporters call themselves - have a new reason to celebrate, as the pop legend returns to the Valley this month to take the stage for the second time as a headliner at one of the year's most anticipated events: the 25th annual Celebrity Fight Night, taking place March 23 and hosted for the 15th year by Grammy Award-winning country artist Reba McEntire.

Renowned as one of the nation's most elite charity events, Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded evening featuring celebrities and professional athletes from all over the world. The event continues to honor its tradition of celebrating the life and contributions of professional boxer, Muhammad Ali, who tragically passed in 2016 after years of battling Parkinson's disease.

In his honor, Manilow - alongside numerous celebrities, generous donors and VIPs - will converge at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa with one goal: to raise critical funds for the Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute. This will be Manilow's second time appearing and supporting the fundraising efforts of Celebrity Fight Night.

"The first time I was invited, it was still an incredibly small affair. I remember Paula Abdul was there, Muhammad Ali was there, and it was a very exciting, and very moving, evening," Manilow says. "When I heard David Foster wanted me [to return], I remember thinking, 'You can't say no to him, because he won't give up.' David is a great guy, a great friend, and he does so many good things."

As an award-winning Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter and arranger, David Foster has been an avid supporter and champion for Celebrity Fight Night since its infancy. The 16-time Grammy winner joined the team as musical director in its sixth year and since has become a mainstay, as well as a draw for many musicians and industry professionals. "We've done some incredible records together and he's brilliant," Manilow says. "We all know he's a great guy, as well as being one of the greatest musicians, producers and human beings of our time."

Manilow is also particularly excited to be reunited with one of his good friends and a fellow musical icon, Reba McEntire. Beyond their philanthropic pursuits, they share a love for performing. "[I remember the time] we did a duet together on one of my Decades albums," Manilow shares. "I wanted to do an album that celebrated various decades of songs. She and I did Islands in the Stream together. It was very memorable, so I'm excited to see her again."

Looking Ahead: In addition to Manilow and McEntire, other marquee entertainers performing at Celebrity Fight Night will include musical director David Foster, singer Brian McKnight, contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith, actress and performer Rita Wilson, singer Pia Toscano, America's Got Talent rising star Angelica Hale, and violinist Caroline Campbell. Other notable names attending will include Larry King, Bo Derek, Melissa Peterman, Nancy Lieberman, and Randy Jackson, plus Renee Parsons and 27-time Grammy Award-winner Quincy Jones will both be honored.

"For 25 years, we've treated Celebrity Fight Night audiences to the world's greatest entertainers, and this year will be no different as we welcome Barry Manilow," says Jimmy Walker, founder of Celebrity Fight Night. "With the help of our celebrity friends and incredibly generous donors, we are once again excited to raise millions of dollars and make a difference in the lives of those who need our support."

Attendees [will] be dazzled by a night filled with incredible live auction items and musical performances. Most importantly, they'll have the opportunity to support incredible charities, something that was an immediate draw for Manilow, who has long been an advocate for nonprofit organizations, often donating his time and resources to support various causes that focus on cancer, AIDS, children's issues, victims of abuse, homelessness, and music education.

Notably, in response to the needs of severly depleted music programs at many public schools across the nation, Manilow formed The Manilow Music Project, which is part of his nonprofit Manilow Health and Hope Fund, to highlight the importance of music programs in schools and donate instruments and materials to school music programs.

When approached to support Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research, Manilow was moved to lend his support. "These conditions are just heartbreaking, and I'm happy to do anything I can to raise money for these causes," Manilow says. "I know so many people whose parents, relatives and friends have been touched by these devastating diseases, and it's an awful thing to have to go through."

Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix will be a brief change of scenery for Manilow, who is currently performing through June at the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, one block off the Vegas Strip. It's a venue that carries dear memories and a sense of comfort for the iconic performer, who had a residency there when it was known as Las Vegas Hilton in 2005.

"They wanted me to come back, and I said yes," Manilow says. "It's the same showroom [as before], which was important to me if I was to return to Las Vegas. I love the crowds, I love performing there, and I love that room. It's big, but it's also intimate. We do various weekends, and it's just a perfect schedule for what I'm into right now. It also means I get to be home more."

It's no shock that with his active performance schedule and appearance at high-profile events such as Celebrity Fight Night that Fanilows have one burning question: When is the next album? "I'm always working on the next one, whether it's an album, a performance, or TV show," Manilow says. "I'm just one of those guys who doesn't like to sit and do nothing. So I invent things, I create things, and I consider myself lucky that people are still out there wanting to hear what I have. That's the real gift for me."

Individual tickets for Celebrity Fight Night start at $1,500. To purchase tickets and get additional information on the event, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.

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