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Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and Then Some
Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, New York (February 14, 2009)


above photo by Liz Boynes


When
Where
Memories
Friday,
January 16, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
I had a short Platinum Experience (January 16) as Mr. Manilow was running late and due on stage. I just knew he wouldn't remember me... But at the end of the concert on January 17, as everyone moved forward to see if they could touch Barry's hand, I moved a little forward. He started to give me that brief touch of the fingertips, then paused and put my hand between his hands and said "I remember you, Thank You for spending your weekend with me." Then he was gone. But I had seen the TRUE Barry Manilow. I will never forget the experience! I had made a connection with the Man, the entertainer, the musician, the performer. I remain committed to him! - Catherine A. Dyson (Havana, FL) (6/16/2009)

My favorite part of the show was the recording of his singing with his grandfather. Memories are how our loved ones live on! Thank you, Barry! - Mari Flores (Corpus Christi, Texas) (12/20/2012)

Saturday,
January 17, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Sunday,
January 18, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Wednesday,
February 4, 2009
New Hampshire/
Manchester
(Verizon Wireless Arena)
Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and then some

[I was] six rows from the stage. The music and excitement were electric! - Michael von Redlich (Manchester, NH) (3/28/2009)

Thank you for coming back to Manchester, NH, Barry. The show was amazing! My family -- husband Paul, daughters Cheryl and Paula, and my two little granddaughters Madeline and Annie -- had a great time. Please come back to the Verizon soon. You, your band, and your backup singers always put on the best shows. So much fun! You get everyone smiling. We love you! - Barbara Kearney (Manchester, NH) (4/18/2009)

Barry and the band are simply amazing artists. I was so happy to be able to bring my daughters (ages 5 and 6) to their very first concert - Barry Manilow. Amazingly, he chose me to dance with him and I introduced my children. It was the most amazing moment to be on stage with Barry, cheek to cheek all while seeing their eyes light up as their "MOM" was on stage with our "favorite" performer. They will NEVER forget this amazing night and neither will I! Thank you just doesn't seem to be enough for this very special memory! (6/10/2009). [My daughters] are both now in orchestra playing the cello and violin from the appreciation of music they experienced (6/15/2015). - Kelly Guilmette (Chelmsford, Massachusetts)

I saw Barry in 2002 and went to see him again in Manchester, NH. I was hooked by my man! My ultimate dream come true would be to see him from a front row seat and meet him face-to-face! - Kathleen Arsenault (Franklin, NH) (12/9/2010)

From my first concert in Boston to the last concert I attended in Manchester, NH, I've loved everything about every concert. I have been to five in all and each one was better than the last. Barry is the ultimate performer. I would play all his albums (yes, vinyl) on Saturday while doing housework. To this day, when my kids hear "Copacabana," they get the feeling that they should be cleaning their rooms. Sometimes they call me and say "Hey mom, he's playing our song." I hope to get to see another concert as soon as he is in this area again. God Bless You, Barry... You are the BEST... Even Now! (which is my favorite song of all time!) - Diane Behrens (Hudson, New Hampshire) (7/30/2012)

First Show - Donna Christiansen (New Boston, New Hampshire) (9/19/2012, 10/8/2016)

Thursday,
February 5, 2009
Pennsylvania/
Wilkes-Barre
(Wachovia Arena)
Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and then some

Barry brought the Las Vegas show to the East. It was outstanding! The muscians, the backup singers, the set, it was Fabulous!! Barry continues to perform and entertain with passion. My daughter and I were completely taken by the sights and the sounds of the night. The finale with confetti and streamers everywhere! Barry continues to make everyone in the audiance feel like he is singing just to them. It was a great concert. - Pam Cicconi (Odessa, NY) (2/11/2009)

I liked EVERYTHING. Had great seats. Barry was fabulous as always. He gets better and better. The music was great! His singing was wonderful and The Man himself... all I can say is he brings Sexy back! Cannot wait to see him again. I have tickets for Pittsburgh on July 6th. My one desire would be to meet him one time. Oh, what a fantasy! My next goal is to get to Las Vegas for a Platinum Experience. I have loved Barry's music forever, and I love The Man more than ever!! - Nancy James (Effort, PA) (4/18/2009)

This was the first time I saw Ultimate Manilow: The Hits! I also got to meet Barry after the show. This was the first time that I ever met him and it was incredible! - Brandon Hall (Munson, PA) (5/5/2009)

First Show: [What I liked about this show was] Barry's great showmanship and his fine voice. - Jane M. Richards (Oneonta, NY) (7/25/2010)

Wednesday,
February 11, 2009
Rhode Island/
Providence
(Dunkin' Donuts Center)
Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and then some

I loved everything about this concert! The opening was fantabulous (I LOVE the "Mayflower" CD), and Barry was really hoppin'! But... my FAVORITE moment in this particular show was, of course... MY DANCE! YEP! Barry chose me as his dance girl that night and I did indeed have "the time of my life"! I was in the front center row, but the aisle seat. Although I had worn my favorite white jacket and was dressed my best, I had women around me that had posters, shirts full of glitter, etc. The girls right next to me weren't interested, but I still didn't think I had a shot at being chosen. Soooo... when the moment arrived, I was thoroughly enjoying Barry and his music, not thinking at all about it being me. When I heard the door open to the lift, I decided to look over to see who he was taking, and there Barry was! RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME ASKING ME TO DANCE! HA!! I remember saying (or maybe saying...) YES, giving him my hand and going with him. I thought maybe I was dreaming as I was in such a state of shock! Barry, over the years you have given me a lifetime of beautiful memories. But this one -- this dance -- beats all! THANK YOU for choosing me on that night, Barry! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and thank you just for being you!! A fan, Forever and a Day, Karen Elimelech (Woodbridge, CT) (4/21/2009)
Thursday,
February 12, 2009
Pennsylvania/
Reading
(Sovereign Center)
Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and then some

This was my first show seeing Mr. Barry Manilow, and I loved every minute of it. He put together a great show, and I want to say Thank You to Barry for taking the time to put it all together. I liked the way he danced with the lady on stage (Wishing it was me... just like all the other woman there!). - Kathy (of Chambersburg, PA) (10/26/2010)

I enjoyed this concert because Barry sang all the hits, and because my then-boyfriend took me (by the way, we later got married!). (Pine Grove, Pennsylvania) (7/19/2011)

Saturday,
February 14, 2009
(8:00 PM)
New York/
Uniondale
(Nassau Coliseum)
Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and then some

Barry was as wonderful as ever. He gave us 100% as usual! - Janet Ernst (Wharton, NJ) (4/17/2009)

Barry Manilow is just awesome, no matter what concert he does. I've been to many and they are just phenomenal. Barry, you are truly an entertainer that is worth the money we spend for your tickets. I have almost all of your albums, and can't wait for more to come. Maybe one day I will get to meet you in person. Love, MaryAnne Spinella (Bay Shore, NY) (6/14/2009)

First Show - Brenda M. (of New Jersey) (1/30/2013)

It was my husband's (soon-to-be ex-) first Barry concert. We had such a wonderful time. Wish I could have that feeling again and have him stop this divorce. I hold on to these memories cause they are all I have. - Dina (of Long Island, New York) (2/22/2016)

Highlights: I'm Comin' Back / It's A Miracle / Daybreak / Somewhere In The Night / This One's For You / The Old Songs / Ready To Take A Chance Again / Weekend In New England / Bandstand Boogie / Looks Like We Made It / Islands In The Stream / Even Now / My Funny Valentine / New York City Rhythm / I Made It Through The Rain / Can't Smile Without You / Could It Be Magic (uptempo) / Somewhere Down The Road / Ships / Mandy/Could It Be Magic / I Write The Songs / Copacabana (At The Copa) / It's A Miracle (reprise) / One Voice

[ Manilow TV Episode #122 aired February 2020 ]


Barry is bringing "ULTIMATE MANILOW: The Hits...and then some" to the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, NY on February 14, 2009 as part of the STAND UP FOR A CURE concert series. Not only can you spend Valentine's Day with Barry, but you will be supporting a great cause at the same time! The proceeds from the concert will be donated by Stand Up for a Cure to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993. The foundation is credited for creating the infamous "pink ribbon."

Wednesday,
February 18, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
February 20: Wow, what a show! Barry looked so handsome and his voice was very powerful. He sang "It's A Miracle," "Mandy," "Ships," "Somewhere Down the Road," and all our favorites. The audience was spellbound during "Somewhere Down the Road." "Looks Like We Made It" is now my favorite song. Barry shook hands with lots of people and seemed to have as much fun tonight as we did. I so love when Barry sings "Islands In the Stream"! It never ceases to amaze me how every Ultimate Manilow show makes my heart pound with excitement. Thank you, Barry, for delivering 110% of yourself as you do All The Time!! - Linda (2/24/2009)

February 20: This was the concert I was able to hear Barry's beautiful voice again after living in silence for just over 4 months. I have most of my hearing restored, and it was like hearing Barry for the first time all over again. I signed 'thank you Barry' to him when he glanced my way and he gave the sweetest, double-take that I will NEVER forget! Thank You again, Barry, for my second dream come true!! - Laura Scott (Las Vegas, NV) (2/28/2009)

February 20: This one was extra special for me as it was my 100th Barry show, and I did Platinum that night. Having him on stage right in front of you when only a few minutes earlier you were chatting and laughing with him was amazing, especially as he interacted with us and referred to things we'd talked about a few minutes before. His voice was perfect, his energy contagious and he looked fantastic. For me there is nothing on earth like hearing Barry sing live and so this one was one to remember for me. - Celia (of England) (5/26/2009)

February 20: I [went] for a Platinum Experience because all the girls were going and I wanted to do it too. It was a fun! I work at a very stressful job and I like going to Las Vegas with the girls for a non-stressful, fun weekend. - Kellie Wilcox (Lakewood, CA) (8/6/2009)

Thursday,
February 19, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Friday,
February 20, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Thursday,
February 26, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)

February 26: It was a wonderful experience for my first show in Vegas. Along with my birthday on this day and somehow being bumped up to a closer aisle seat for me, this day will never fade from my memory. A greatful fan, Wade Bruneau (Sioux City, IA) (11/8/2009)

Friday,
February 27, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
February 28, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Sunday,
March 15, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Washington/
Everett
(Comcast Arena)
Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and then some

[I loved] the whole concert, the songs, and seeing Barry and his entourage do their thing: entertain! I took my sister, who had never seen Barry in concert (I have seen him numerous times in Las Vegas). We sang along and danced and yelled like kids. What a great time (we are both 60-something). Love you, Barry! - Carol and Trisha (from Everett, Washington) (6/27/2009)

The [concert] intro was great. Very hi-tech and well-produced remix of songs! I have been to so many shows, I just love the music and the talent! Being a huge fan, if I get the chance to travel to go see him, I will. Barry is my hobby and I look forward to many more years of shows! - Jeff Schmidt (Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas) (9/10/2009)

Platt Electric Supply, in conjunction with Global Spectrum, present "ULTIMATE MANILOW: The Hits...and then some" for a very special benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Manilow has long been a supporter of charitable and humanitarian efforts around the world. In addition to his own foundation, the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope as well as the Manilow Music Project, launched this past September, his altruistic involvement includes The Prince's Trust, United Way, The Starlight Foundation, numerous organizations fighting the battle against AIDS and many others. He is the national spokesperson for the Foundation Fighting Blindness and a member of the National Academy of Jazz Board of Governors and the Music Center of Los Angeles. Barry is thrilled to lend his talent and support to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Washington. Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. Industry charts rank him the undisputed Number One Adult Contemporary Artist of All Time with record sales exceeding 75 million worldwide. This pop icon has written hundreds of songs and performed around the globe thrilling millions of fans, winning a Grammy, two Emmys, several Tony Awards and an Oscar nomination along the way. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as they did in 2007 when Barry lent himself to the CF Foundation for a concert at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR raising $400,000 net. Rolling Stone magazine proclaimed Manilow "The Showman of Our Generation." Over his 30 year multi-faceted career, Barry Manilow has proven that he is indeed the performer who most embodies that accolade.

Thursday,
March 19, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
 
Thursday,
March 26, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
[One of my many] favorite moments was when Barry shook my daughter's hand at the show in Las Vegas while putting his hand over his heart. I met him the next night and was able to thank him for making my daughter's evening. He remembered she was wearing pink and wrote her a note telling her to "Keep Singing." Barry is a treasure and has afforded me, my husband & my daughter so many memories. THANK YOU, Barry. You are an inspiration. We love your music! - Maria Basch (Westlake, OH) (4/21/2009)

March 26: All I can say is "Heaven On Earth" is what this man is for me. I got to spend another birthday at Mr. Manilow's magical show. I am so blessed to be able to spend these years going to be with Barry and can not think of any other thing I would rather do. Seriously beautiful times in my life. My heart feels full the moment I see him walk out and the moment I hear the first words of his songs. He means so so much in so so many ways. His songs and show are like no other. He always gives his all. Barry, I love you very much and thank you for it all. I will "See the Show Again"! - Sandy Devine (El Paso, TX) (5/7/2009)

March 26: Tonight's show brought out the true showman that Barry is and always will be. We knew that Barry wasn't feeling well on this particular night and he struggled to do his very best. Knowing the perfectionist that he is, that was a task in itself. He announced to the audience that he knew his fans were there and he didn't want to cancel, so he would try to do as much as he could and hope we weren't disappointed. This night became a very special night for all of us as we were bursting with pride and respect for the man we've watched perform in front of us, countless times. It melted our hearts and made us proud to be a Barry Manilow fan. I think the show ended sooner than most but we were all feeling very appreciative knowing that Barry tried his best and more than succeeded in doing a wonderful show. These are the shows that stand out and tell you exactly who a person is... tonight Barry gave us his heart. I can't remember the songs... I only remember the heartwarming feeling we walked away with on that particular night. It was a night that we talked about for a long time. We shared our emotions and our thoughts. We shared the deep appreciation that we have for Barry Manilow. It was a show that we will always remember. Love, Mary Flick, Deanna Bell, Joyce Coriell (10/27/2009)

Friday,
March 27, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
March 28, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Thursday,
April 9, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
April 9: There was a full house tonight in the showroom. I loved the black jacket and sparkly tie Barry wore at the beginning of the show. Barry sang all our favorite songs and his voice was amazing. He looked great and had such energy. I love the new show arrangement. When he sings "Ships" and "Somewhere Down the Road" the audience is spellbound. Thanks, Barry, for a wonderful evening. April 10: Many standing ovations tonight, and Barry's wardrobe is beautiful. Love the new Copa jacket! His voice was very powerful and captivated the audience tonight. Barry stood in the exit doorway waving goodbye and savoring the moment. April 11: Barry wore his red jacket and red tie and black shirt to start the show, and I think it's beautiful. The whole production flows seamlessly and the audience gave a rousing applause when he started each favorite song. "Island in the Stream" is a particular crowd favorite. There was an extra sparkle about tonight's show. Thanks, Barry, for all you do. Your backup singers and band are the very best. I feel fortunate that I was able to see your show 3 times this month. - Linda Foster (4/13/2009)

April 11: My husband was going to come to the show, but passed away suddenly. My son brought me. Barry gave a great performance. His voice was just as great as ever and he looked wonderful. I think he is a beautiful person inside and out. I hope someday to see him again and say thank you for being in my life since 1978. I listen to no other music but Barry's and I also play his music on my piano. Barry, please NEVER stop singing! - Betty Skrobarcek (Refugio, TX) (7/18/2009)

Friday,
April 10, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
April 11, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Thursday,
April 16, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
April 16: I got a personal handshake from Barry Manilow! I'll always treasure that. - Diane Huff (Springville, Utah) (4/13/2011)

Highlights (April 18): It's A Miracle / Daybreak / Somewhere In The Night / This One's For You / The Old Songs / Weekend In New England / Bandstand Boogie / Sing, Sing, Sing / Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree / Chattanooga Choo Choo / Love Is A Many Splendored Thing / Can't Take My Eyes Off You / You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling / What The World Needs Love Is Now / Looks Like We Made It / Islands In The Stream / Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again / Even Now / New York City Rhythm / The Night That Tito Played / Can't Smile Without You / Ships / Mandy/Could It Be Magic / Copacabana (At The Copa) / It's A Miracle (reprise)

[ Manilow TV Episode #141 (4/18/2009) aired September 2021 ]

Friday,
April 17, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
April 18, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Thursday,
April 23, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
April 24: It was my first visit to the Hilton and on the first row - to be so close to him! Of course the show was fabulous and I really loved the showroom and the seating which brings Barry so close to us fans! Please stay in Vegas at the Hilton! The Ultimate Hits and the showroom - it's so up close and personal!! - Ann Langford (Augusta, GA) (5/1/2009, 8/2/2009)

April 25: I have always been a fan of Barry's, but to see him live on my 60th Birthday was unbelievable. His performance was fantastic! - Mrs. Isabel Pascoe (Cornwall, England) (6/1/2009)

April 25: My daughter-in-law (Tara) and I booked five days holiday in Las Vegas and went to see Barry on the last night. This was even better [than the arena show] as the venue is so much more intimate. We sang along, and seeing Barry so relaxed and easy was magical. He is undoubtedly the consumate professional, and seems to love his audience as much as we love him. Tara and I travelled home wearing our "Manilow Girl" t-shirts attracting lots of comments on the way. It was worth travelling 5000 miles to see him and we now hope to go to Hyde Park in September. - Denise and Tara (of London, England, UK) (6/24/2009)

Friday,
April 24, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
April 25, 2009
(8:00 PM)


When
Where
Memories
Friday,
May 22, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
BMIFC Convention 2009 (May 22-24)


May 24: Here at the Mayflower brought me back after being away for awhile. The show was AMAZING! Barry, your cast, the music; simply Divine Pleasure. Thank you! Still smiling!! - Dee Dee Yardley (Boise, ID) (5/25/2009)

May 24: I loved EVERYTHING! Being a die-hard Barry fan I have loved him for his entire career. My favorite part of the show, which fell on my 59th birthday, was when he was in character as his grandfather and he said, "Man, I am getting old..." To which I said, "Barry, you are NOT old!" He looked directly at me and said, "Oh yes, I am, darlin'..." I will never forget that! - Jodie Richardson (Tacoma, WA) (6/20/2009)

One concert that I keep reflecting back on is the Here At The Mayflower concert in Vegas during the BMIFC Convention. I believe it's because there were many things going on in my life right before the concert started. Then there was the great fun I had at the convention. Oh, and of course, there was the little dance I had with Barry as he walked toward the stage in the banquet room while "Islands In The Stream" was playing. Not to mention, I was so exhausted from working so many hours and anticipating my most needed "Barry fix" (chuckle). I guess that's enough to make any girl think about that concert! But seriously, Barry and his crew were amazing during those 3 nights I was in Vegas. It was an unbelievable experience. I was only going to stay for two shows, because I had a commitment back home on Sunday. When Sunday morning came, I decided I wasn't ready to leave. I purchased a side stage ticket and saw the final show of that week. I was so happy I did stay. I loved every minute, every song, every note, every dance, every story, and every cute, funny face he made. Two shows were not enough for me that convention weekend. Barry, keep doing what you're doing. Follow your heart and we'll be right there behind you. Supporting you. Loving you. And cheering you on. Love and kisses, Forever And A Day ... Millie Wilkins (Buffalo, NY) (7/8/2009)

May 23: Oh Wow, the Mayflower returns! What a show! This was probably the most theatrical performance I have ever seen Barry do and I loved it. Barry just keeps getting better with age and the songs from the Mayflower lend themselves nicely to Barry's expressive nature. Thanks, Barry, for putting on such fantastic shows for the convention. I have attended the last 7 conventions and you never disappoint! Mere words could never express adequately what these shows mean. Please keep doing what you do so well! - Darlene Corio (Bloomfield, NY) (8/7/2009)

The entire weekend was all about HERE AT THE MAYFLOWER... Awesome! It was like a Broadway Show!! - Dana Houston (Ontario, Canada) (8/17/2009)

May 24: This weekend the Las Vegas Hilton hosted the BMIFC (Barry Manilow International Fan Club) convention. I was excited as a special thank you to his fans Barry would include material from his original CD "Here At the Mayflower". I love the Mayflower and looked forward to a few songs performed live. Never did I expect the show he gave us. It defies description. Barry was on fire entering to "It's a Miracle" bounding from one side of the stage to the other. This was followed by beautiful renditions of "Somewhere in the Night," "Weekend In New England," "Can't Smile Without You" and a very sensuous "Looks Like We Made It" (which makes us ladies swoon). I love when his sense of humor shines. During some witty banter he warned the civilians in the audience they were outnumbered due to the Convention so they might as well give up, they all belonged to him for the night. The Mayflower segment was incredible As Barry explained the Mayflower was the apartment building in Brooklyn, NY, where he grew up and the inspiration for the CD. Each song was a vignette playing off the title telling stories of the inhabitants of the building. The stage was transformed with windows lowered from the ceiling; an apartment door and stoop appeared in the background. Barry said he'd always wondered who was living next door, what their lives were about, which led to the opening song, "Do You Know Who's Living Next Door." He followed this with "Come Monday" about folks waiting for their ship to come in, wanting to change their lives, lose weight, leave dead-end jobs, planning to start life anew come Monday. "Border Train," a show moody song with Barry at the piano, a guy looking for the life that's right for him, with no more "goodbye"s and no more searching. Fun, upbeat "Freddie Said" about a nosey character with the 411 on all the not so savory characters in the neighborhood. As Barry sat at a small kitchen table singing "Talk To Me" you could see and feel the torment of a man begging the partner he'd still die for to tell him what was wrong, what could be so bad, how can make things right, why can't they communicate as they had in the past and save what was left "before it's really over." "Sandra," Barry's duet with Keely Vasquez tells the heartwrenching story of an unhappy women who loves her husband and kids, but wanting to be like her mother, she took on a life style that nearly killed her, before she had a chance to know who she really was. I was an emotional mess by now as both "Talk To Me" and "Sandra" hit close to home. Another poignant moment. Before singing "Not What You See" Barry spoke of his grandparents, who'd been married for 50 years, "I think they were still in love at the end, not making out in hallways, but they were okay." He then donned an old man's cap, scarf and glasses taking on the physical persona of an elderly gentleman, explaining to his new young friend how he and his beloved wife Esther used to be, and still are, beneath their wrinkled surface. I was moved beyond words as Barry tore off the costume, belting out a reprise with his heart and soul at the surface and then returned to the old man shuffling off the stage to get Esther home. Every time I've listened to this song, I've marveled at how Barry's voice makes the listener believe he is an old man telling his story, and now I have the visual to go with it. I've never seen Barry really dance live, but boy did he dance to the smooth, sultry Latin rhythm as he sang "The Night That Tito Played" telling us the story of famed Tito Puente returning to his roots in Queens to share his music with the old neighborhood. Barry closed the segment with "Welcome Home" a happy but emotional song, about escaping from the ups and downs of life to "the mat on the floor saying, "Welcome Home." Barry's extremely talented back-ups, Kye Brackett, Keely Vasquez, Monica Pege and Melanie Taylor were amazing acting out their parts as residents of the apartment. He does have a gifted entourage of singers, dancers and musicians. As if this entertainer hadn't given enough, Barry returned in a beautiful while brocade jacket to sing "Mandy" in duet with young Barry on a clip from the Midnight Special. "Copacabana," everyone foot stomping, and singing along as Barry and company strut their stuff up and down staircases to the cat walk and stage. Barry returned to close the show as it began with "It"s a Miracle." Streamers and confetti pour from the ceiling, the theater walls resound with the audience on their feet clapping, whistling and shouting for more. As Barry smiled, bowed, and waved he still looked astonished that this is all for him. He still seems to not realize how much adoration we feel for him, which makes him all the more endearing. The show, my front row seat, the evening was perfect. What is there to say but thank you, Barry, and I hope you always remember when you come home to your stage at the Las Vegas Hilton, someone will always be waiting for you saying "Welcome Home." - Helen Holdun (Palm Springs, CA) (8/10/2009)

Favorite Show (May 24) - Roxanne Oligny (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) (9/1/2009)

I loved the Mayflower Shows! I've always loved the Here At The Mayflower songs from the moment I first heard them. Seeing Barry perform them was a special treat. "The Night That Tito Played," "Talk To Me," "Not What You See," "Border Train," "Freddie Said" and "Welcome Home" were all beautifully done. Barry has an amazing gift. His voice is beautiful and his passion for music comes through loud and clear. His emotions become your emotions. He can take you from wherever you are at the moment and put you right there where he is. It's hard to believe a song can do that, but it's the person singing it who gives the song its life. - Mary Flick (of New Jersey) (10/16/2009)

Saturday,
May 23, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Sunday,
May 24, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Thursday,
May 28, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
May 28: My best friend and her husband brought me with them to Vegas, because she knew I have always wanted to see Barry, but would never get a chance to see him. I will never forget this as long as I live. I have my coffee cup (which I enjoy drinking from), lots of pictures, a t-shirt, but most of all [the memory of] just seeing him in person on stage. I consider this my best birthday present to myself (June 13th). I have been blessed to see my favorite singer, and to have the dearest friends in the world. Nothing could be any better than this. Thank you, Barry, for all of your music. Like you, music is my life and soul. - Marsha Parsley (Jeffersonville, OH) (6/28/2009)

May 28: Although I love everything Barry sings, I prefer his own songs, the ones he wrote. My very favorite song has always been "Not What You See" from the Mayflower album, where Barry honours his grandparents Joe and Esther as the oldest couple at the Mayflower. I never expected to see him singing this song personally because it's not considered one of his big hits. During this show he dressed as an old man and sang it! And he made me cry. He was handsome, nice, and lovely as always. - Marcia Muniz (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (3/13/2010)

My cousin took me to this concert for my 60th birthday because she knew how much I love Barry Manilow music. What I enjoyed most about the concert is sitting up front in VIP section and that I got to see him up front and personal when he came to our section and actually touched my hand. He is so personal on stage and, of course, every song feels like he is singing directly to you. Every song he sings is either just plain fun or very inspirational. Thank you, Barry. - Debbie Harader (Pearland, Texas) (8/18/2014)

Friday,
May 29, 2009
(8:00 PM)

Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and Then Some
Mellon Arena - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (July 6, 2009)


above photo by Debbie Giese

When
Where
Memories
Monday,
July 6, 2009
(7:30 PM)
Pennsylvania/
Pittsburgh
(Mellon Arena)
Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and then some

The concert was GOOD! I LOVE seeing Barry in person and I LOVE everything about his concert. He is the perfect man for me!! - Laurel Doughty (Pittsburgh, PA) (8/18/2009)

Barry Manilow is an amazing performer! The concert could not have been more perfect in anyway. If you like any of Barry Manilow's songs then the whole set of classics will bring a smile to your face, as it did to mine. - Jes (of Pittsburgh, PA) (9/7/2009)

I loved everything about the concert. I've been a fan since I was 13, and believe it or not, thirty years later it was the first time I had seen Barry in concert, so I was very excited.I was not disappointed. Barry was wonderful. The show was great! - Stephanie Myers (Grindstone, PA) (6/26/2010)

This may seem strange to some but I am a HUGE Barry fan. Going to a concert of his was in the Top 5 of my bucket list. I have been a fan of Barry's since I was able to listen to music. Barry is a VERY talented man. The whole performance was amazing. A fan or not you need to see his show! Meeting Barry is at the top of my bucket list. I love his music! - Eran Dziedzic (Irwin, PA) (9/1/2010)

This was Barry's last concert at Mellon Arena before it was closed. It was also the last concert I saw in Pittsburgh before I moved to Florida, so it was very special to me. A good friend of mine (Brandy) came with me and we had so much fun! That concert made her a real fan of his too. Not only did we have good seats but Barry did an outstanding performance, making it one of my fondest memories of Pittsburgh. I can never get enough of his music or his ability to sing to each of us in his audience. Thank you, Barry, for making this concert so memorable! You are the best!! - Toni Wolford (Bradenton, FL) (1/27/2011)

I enjoy every one of Barry's concerts, however, this was a special one. Not so much about the music -- it was fabulous! -- but the circumstances that led up to it. My sister-in-law, Lyn Dee, and I have been Fanilows through the decades, and go to every concert near our homes. However we did want to go to Vegas, but that did not happen. Pancreatic Cancer struck Lyn Dee, and months before she passed, as sick as she was, I rented a limo and the two of us and some family members went to this concert. I know how happy you made her feel. I watched her face as you belted out some of her favorite songs. Priceless! Lyn Dee passed at home surrounded by family. Shortly thereafter, her phone rang in the kitchen. She had downloaded "Copacabana" as her ring tone. Need I say more? Thank you for all the music through the years. I truly Love You! - Peggy Kemp (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) (5/24/2011)

Tuesday,
July 7, 2009
(8:00 PM)
New York/
Rochester
(Blue Cross Arena)
Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and then some

Barry, the band, the backup singers, and the set were great! ULTIMATE MANILOW: THE HITS is entertainment at its best. This time my daughter and my mother joined me. They are now Fanilows too! Barry never lets us down, giving us the hits and more all the time. This show he did a special tribute to Michael Jackson's family. He sang "I Am Your Child," and offered some words of respect, which was very sincere. Barry's back-up singers worked very hard and changed costumes many times. Of course, the favorite is the Copa show girls' costumes with colorful feathers. The finale was "Let Freedom Ring" and was really spectacular. I'm never disappointed! Greatness!! - Pam Cicconi (Odessa, NY) (7/8/2009)

Barry was on top of his game. He had so much energy, the band and singers/dancers were so wonderful to watch and listen to. I was second row and right in line with his sight and I got a little wave from him, too. His voice is music in itself. So unique, distinctive, and wonderful to listen to. No matter how many times I've heard the songs, I still feel excitement from within my heart and feel as though I'm hearing it for the first time all over again. At the BCBS Arena, the crowd welcomed him with open arms. The screaming was deafening at times, but it was great! It was our way of saying, "We love and appreciate you, Barry!" The energy was amazing. It was such a sad day yesterday, with Michael Jackson's memorial. My heart felt empty before I got to the concert. But when Barry stepped on that stage, I felt alive and happy, again. He paid tribute to MJ's family by singing "YOU Are My Child". I was so happy he mentioned Michael during the concert and sang such a fitting song for that day. It is so like Manilow to take a moment during his concert to remember an entertainer like MJ. Barry is so kind and unselfish. It was a very touching moment. It brought a tear to my eye as the crowd went quiet while they listened to Barry's tribute. You know, Barry always tells us that for him, it's not just listening to the music. It's feeling it. It's getting it. Well, last night, once again, you could see he was getting it. It definitely showed. You can see and feel his passion as he played the piano during "Mandy," "Even Now," "Weekend In New England"... and every song before and after. Nearing the end of the concert, he walked up the stairs to wave goodbye. The crowd was going crazy. You can see that Barry and his crew were feeling it. They were taking it all in and enjoying every minute of it. You could tell they knew we were trying to show them and Barry how much we loved him. He got to the top of the steps and I'll never forget that look on his face. He stopped and turned a quarter turn, and cocked his head to the side toward the audience. We must have broken the sound barrier when he gave us the, "I'm not going to leave you just yet" look. He turned around and started walking down the steps toward us. It was AMAZING how we, the audience, responded to that encore. He had us and wasn't going to let go. He closed the concert with "Let Freedom Ring." The first thing I did was put my hand over my heart and quietly sang along with him. His passion during the song just "pulled" the emotion right out of me. When he sings, you can see the sincerity on his face. Then, something happens. I'm not alone, just feeling good, happy, or enjoying the show. He makes me FEEL like we're BOTH "getting it". I am so in the zone with him. When Barry says, "You're mine tonight", he's not kidding. And you know what? When Manilow is in the room, "Resistance IS Futile". - Millie Wilkins (Buffalo, NY) (7/8/2009)

Barry was in GREAT voice. My favorite part of the concert was that we got BAMS and the infamous "crotch grab"! I love it when Barry puts that in the show! Seriously, Barry and company are so good at what they do and the shows are so well produced, what is there not to like? Thank you, Barry!! - Deborah A. Walton (of New Jersey) (7/9/2009)

Just saw Barry at the Blue Cross Arena. I was with three of my best 'Manilow Canuckilows', Linda, Nancy and Sue. Barry, you put on a fantastic show and especially when one has a front row seat! You have so much energy and vavoom it's unbelieveable! I just love the new Ultimate Manilow and one day I am going to make that trip to Vegas. I have been a fan for over 34 years, and today my son is a talented musician just because of you. Just love ya to bits, Barry! - Sheila Angus (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) (7/9/2009)

Of the 3 recent shows that I have attended (Toronto, Las Vegas, Rochester), the Rochester show was the most energetic and enthusiastic one of them all, from the point of the audience and crowd. Barry and the gang are always fantastic and put on the best show, but the atmosphere of the audience certainly adds to the experience. The crowd in Rochester was definitely there to see Barry and to enjoy his music. They had signs, stood up and danced and just had a great time. It was my first time ever with floor seats in the front centre section and that also helps to enhance the experience. I met so many friendly people and had such a wonderful time. It was the best birthday present I got this year! My friend bought the tickets and the hotel stay as a present for me, and although she wasn't Barry's biggest fan going in, she certainly had a better appreciation and understanding of his music when we came out. Thanks, Barry, for a wonderful experience. - Elisa Kernan (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) (7/30/2009)

I enjoyed everything about the show, even when the guys were up in the rafters (That reminded me I had better recertify my CPR and Red Cross!). I admire Barry for his beautiful skills, stamina and love (for his fans). Big P.S. for Barry... Look to Canada for your concerts. Love you! - Janice Boucquez (Chatham, Canada) (6/16/2010)

Favorite Memory: Barry sang "Can't Smile Without You" with EVERYBODY! - Donna Dilella (Rochester, NY) (9/19/2010)

Press: Barry is bringing "ULTIMATE MANILOW: The Hits... and then some" to Rochester, NY! With worldwide sales of more than 75 million records, Barry Manilow’s success is a benchmark in popular music. His concerts and night-club performances sell out instantly. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time.

Thursday,
July 30, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
July 30: We were Manilowed! What a great show tonight and I could tell how happy Barry was to be back at the Hilton performing. We got a show full of Mayflower, wonderful songs like "Not What You See," "Talk to Me," "The Night Tito Played," "Come Monday." We also heard "Sandra," a hauntingly beautiful songs and Keely did a great job. "Weekend In New England" and "Even Now" were so powerful. Barry looked so handsome and his voice is perfection. Thanks, Barry, and to your band and backups, you pour your hearts into every show and we appreciate it.
July 31: Barry again captivated us in the show room. More Mayflower songs and a sexy "Even Now," "Looks Like We Made It" and "Weekend In New England." I so enjoyed "Ships" and "Somewhere Down The Road." I loved having a front row seat and really had fun with "New York City Rhythm." I love the transformation when Barry sings "Not What You See." I loved the set design, choreography and costumes for "The Night Tito Played" also. Just wonderful! Thanks, Barry, for giving 100% again yet again. You always make me smile!!- Linda (of Centreville, VA) (8/3/2009)

July 30: I take my boys every year to Vegas, depending on what summer month we can get good seats for, and we plan our vacation around those dates. I bought front row center because my youngest is e-mail friends with Kye and he wanted to see him close up. I did enjoy the acting out of songs from the Mayflower. [What] made the night more special for my youngest was he did get to meet Kye that night face to face. A friend told us that he came through the doors when he was finished, so my son sat down and waited... I kept seeing security look through the doors. The last time they looked out, my friend went and asked them if Kye was still there and that a young man was waiting to meet him. Kye came out and saw Matthew and said "Matthew, I didn't know you were coming tonight" and off they talked for about five minutes, then Kye came over to us and got introduced to everyone. Matthew was wild about Kye before - and he hasn't stopped talking about him since - but whatever Kye said to him gave him a little more confidence in himself. He's a shy kid, but a great little singer. Whoever reads this, please tell Kye "Thank you" for me! - Kellie Wilcox (Lakewood, CA) (8/6/2009)

July 30: The show was amazing! It was the first time I'd been to a Barry concert in over a year and I enjoyed every second of it! He sang all of his classics and some of the new ones. I have been, and will even be more of, a 'Fanilow' after that night. I truly would never forget it! - Anthony C. (San Diego, CA) (11/4/2009)

Friday,
July 31, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
August 1, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Thursday,
August 6, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
August 6: There's nothing at all like Vegas! The best shows ever. So far I've seen three shows. Can't wait to see more! - Susan (of Blackwood, NJ) (9/11/2009)
Friday,
August 7, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
August 8, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Friday,
August 14, 2009
New Jersey/
Holmdel
(PNC Bank Arts Center)
Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and then some

I have seen Barry in concert numerous times over the last 25 years and have always come away from the show with a greater affection and level of respect for him than I had going in. This past summer at the PNC Arts Center I stood and watched in amazement as Barry performed in front of a packed house during a rough economic period. I could not believe, and commented to others, that 35 years after "Mandy" hit, Barry Manilow was still here. And so were we. Thank you, Barry, for a lifetime of your music. It is an honor to be in your audience. - Kevin Michelson (Toms River, NJ) (1/2/2010)

First Show: It was SO hot and humid that night. I drove from Margate, NJ, some two hours up the NJ Parkway without air conditioning! I was in row M on the floor, as close to the center as possible. When Barry sang, the crowd was so warm and happy and joyous. Somebody shouted "I love you" and Barry shouted back, "I love you too!" When Barry sang at the end of the show, many people were standing up and we were rocking. The whole row (picture this!) was moving side to side to the beat! We were like kids. It was so much fun! I LOVE YOU, BARRY! See you in Atlantic City (August 2010)!! - Mary Parks (Philadelphia, PA) (7/22/2010)

Saturday,
August 15, 2009
Connecticut/
Uncasville
(Mohegan Sun Arena)
Ultimate Manilow: The Hits...and then some

I loved everything about the concert. Barry looked and sounded absolutely magnificent! I loved all of his hit songs such as "Mandy," "Even Now," "Weekend In New England," "Can't Smile Without You"... Every single song Barry sang was incredible and outstanding. They all touched my heart very deeply. I especially loved it when Barry dressed up as an elderly gentleman, and began singing about his elderly wife ("Not What You See"). The song was amazing and very touching. He sang of how he wished everyone could see her as he did, as still being a beautiful young woman with a wonderful heart. You just had to be there to appreciate the heart and soul he put into this song. He also sang "Let Freedom Ring" (My Country 'Tis Of Thee...), which was so remarkable! His amazing voice and Patriotism put everyone there in a patriotic mood for our county. You could feel so much love and brotherhood in the concert. It was the most wonderful experience of my life. I have dreamed of seeing Barry in concert since I heard his first song in the Seventies. I thank God that I had this opportunity to see Barry. He melted all of our hearts and left a mark on our souls. He is first class, and the best singer of all-time! You can feel the love from his heart reaching out to the audience, projecting an amazing affect on us all; with love to last a life time. I have a dream to give Barry my new poetry book, in which I have two poems I wrote for him in his honor, of being the greatest singer and entertainer of all-time! - Donna M. Solitario (West Springfield, MA) (8/16/2009)

This was a very emotional night for me. I was just so happy to be there. I have had two knee replacement surgeries over the past few months and was left blind in one eye after the last surgery. My treat for getting through all the physical therapy for the past months was treating myself to a Barry Manilow concert! I have not regained all of my sight, but I was able to see Barry on Saturday night. I sat five rows back, dead center, and loved every minute. I stood and danced to all the great tunes. Had a problem walking afterward, but who cared? It was a wonderful evening! My favorite song was "Not What You See." This one really touched me. But I enjoyed every minute of this concert. Couldn't wait to come to the concert even though I was not 100%, but when I heard Barry was going to be there, I HAD to be there. Thank you so much, Barry! Hope to see you again real soon!! - Cathy Texera (Boston, MA) (8/17/2009)

We are sisters and big Barry Manilow fans. We play his music at family parties, in our cars, etc. We first saw Barry in 1978 at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. We finally saw him again at the Mohegan Sun Casino and were in our glory! Barry, you are a gentleman, genius musician, great singer, great personality, great sense of humor... You are EVERYTHING a star should be! You make us so happy and we thank you. One request: Please come back to Connecticut again. We love you and wish you the best of health and happiness that you deserve. - Jacqueline & Colleen Fleming (Fairfield, CT) (8/17/2009)

I loved the Mohegan Sun Concert, it was very exciting and fun. We all enjoyed the "Could It Be Magic" segment. I can't remember when I had a more fantastic time (with the exception of my Platinum weekend September 25th!). I think I have truly enjoyed all of the shows I have gone to. - LauraAnn Millard (New York City, NY) (10/28/2009)

My mom just loves Barry and his music -- I do too, of course! -- and loved [this concert] because of the more intimate setting. As strange as it may seem, Barry Manilow is part of many childhood memories for me. My mom was always listening to Barry's albums on the weekends while she cleaned. In the car she would play cassettes. I remember my friend and I at 11 years old singing "Mandy" at the top of our lungs - they were such good times! I would give anything in this world to have my mom meet Barry... She's a very special person and has always given so much to everyone! - Kim Harvey (Sturbridge, MA) (1/31/2012)

Thursday,
August 27, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
August 27: I met a lady from Washington who sat next to me on the front row. She told me all about the concerts and shows she had been to and her meetings with Barry. It was great to chat with her and I would like to thank her for her friendly encouragement to reach out... I was so lucky to shake Barry's hand that night. It was a 30-year ambition filled! What a magical evening that was. If anyone has any photos of the last encore and my magic moment (the handshake), please e-mail me! Another great example of Barry bringing people together with his music! What a show!! - Heather Craner (of Great Britain) (9/2/2009)
Friday,
August 28, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
August 29, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Friday,
September 4, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
September 4-6: One of my favorite weeks at the Hilton this year was the Labor Day weekend shows. Barry seemed to know exactly what the audience wanted and he sure gave it to his fans! "Why Don't We Live Together," "Could It Be Magic," "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed," just to name a few. Barry was HOT! The energy in the showroom was unbelievable and Barry gave his all. - Mary Flick (of New Jersey) (10/16/2009)

This had to be the best weekend ever (...so far!). Barry outdid himself with all of his hits (and then some). Over the past two years I have been to Las Vegas and other parts of the U.S. to see him and loved every minute of every concert I have seen. But the three shows during Labor Day weekend at the Hilton will remain at the top of the "Best" list. He gave his all to his fans and knew we were all there, just for him. So THANK YOU, BARRY, for being YOU. With much love, Bev Edelstein (St. Louis, MO) (10/30/2009)

September 5: I have adored Barry since I was 17 years old, so in September I set my foot down and said 'that's it, I'm going!" I was so honored to just be in the same room with the man. I had STAGE tickets, and it seemed like I spent the entire concert either screaming like a banshee or sobbing like a baby. The highlight was when he danced over to our section and took my hand. I'll never forget it. I was going through a particularly rough time in my life right then, and the memories from that concert got me through it. - Melissa Coleman (Long Bottom, OH) (11/17/2009)

September 4-6: I had never seen Barry live on my Birthday, so it was very special to be able to celebrate a milestone Birthday with my twin sister Cathy and great friends Dianne and Rose this weekend. I have been very lucky to see Barry many times at the Hilton over his five years and I knew this was going to be my last time and just like the previous shows Barry once again made these shows very special. Barry was full of energy and he had a very lively crowd, so when we heard "Why Don't We Live Together," "All The Time," "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed" and a fast version of "Could It Be Magic" we were overwhelmed with enthusiasm and danced and sang the entire time. Our faces hurt from smiling so much! Barry, I truly hope you can see and hear how happy you make us with your performance of these songs! All three shows were such a Great Birthday gift to Cathy and me. - Liz Boynes (Bronx, NY) (1/4/2010)

September 5: We were in the 5th row and loved how Barry connected with the audience/me with his powerful energy and sense of humor! The best part was: Barry wanted us to have the best experience! A theater atmosphere gave it a cool touch. This was my first show in Las Vegas and I always wanted to see him since I was a pre-teen. Seeing him that night brought me tears... I finally got to see him! At the end, streamers came down! As you exit, when the theater doors closed and you turned around, the streamers were on the floor - gave it a nice effect! I didn't want to leave!! I wanted him to pull me out to sing and dance! - Viola Anna Langston (Southaven, Mississippi) (7/29/2012)

Saturday,
September 5, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Sunday,
September 6, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
September 12, 2009
England/London
(Hyde Park)
This concert in the park was pretty amazing. There was a crowd of about forty thousand people all picnicking and having a lovely time on a beautiful Autumn evening. The Last Night of the Proms is a big occasion in England, and the concert in The Royal Albert Hall links up with various concerts in parks held all over the UK. Barry was headlining in Hyde Park and was, as always, a joy to listen to. The crowd loved him and we all sang along to the favourites for almost an hour. He brought on John Barrowman to duet in "I Made It Through The Rain" and "Can't Smile Without You." John is very popular here in England and the crowd loved it. Once again my daughter-in-law Tara and I had a ball and made lots of new friends, and converted them to being Fanilows like us. Thanks Barry! Come back soon! - Denise and Tara (of the UK) (9/14/2009)

Favourite Show: ALWAYS the Best, ALL of Barry! - Monica Jeffress (Bournemouth, UK) (1/1/2010)

The open air concerts are always the best. I enjoyed seeing Barry at the Proms in London. Well done, Barry!! - Michelle (of Bristol, UK) (6/1/2010)

BBC Proms in the Park

Uniting the nation in song, the world-famous Last Night of the Proms is one of the hottest tickets in the musical calendar. And if you're looking for the best way to enjoy it, just head to Hyde Park with food, flags, family and friends, where for £25.00 you'll get five hours of music and entertainment, and a sensational firework finale!

* Gates open 4.00pm *
* Entertainment from 5.30pm *

Now in its fourteenth year, Proms in the Park is still one of London's most popular events. Sir Terry Wogan presents a host of internationally acclaimed stars, including Katherine Jenkins and Gardar Thór Cortes, with a special appearance from pop legend Barry Manilow. Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra provide the accompaniment, conducted by Martin Yates. The party gets under way with BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce, the Counterfeit Stones and highlights from One Night of Queen with Gary Mullen and The Works.

Thursday,
September 24, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
September 25: I had a meet-and-greet with Barry before the show. He was so warm and welcoming and he even danced with me. This was the most exciting night [as] I got to meet him up close and personal. After idolizing this man for 35 years, I FINALLY made my dream come true of meeting him. Barry, keep doing what you are doing... can't wait to see you at the Paris Hotel. Love you so much, Pam Boyer (Norwich, NY) (12/19/2009)

First Show (September 24) - Sophie Bernier (Québec City, Québec, Canada) (12/29/2011)

Friday,
September 25, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
September 26, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Thursday,
October 1, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
October 1:  Barry, you have been a favorite of mine since the early years with Bette Midler. My husband got us seats, front row, stage left. The music was fabulous as I expected - a lot of my favorites!  This was great because I got to shake your hand once at the beginning of the concert. But it was while you were singing "Copacabana" that you came over again and I told myself to get up and dance and you grabbed my hand and even though I lost my balance - Gee, I wonder if it was because I actually was face to face and touching Barry Manilow! - you held on and it was great! I didn't fall, thanks to you! I will be a fan forever. You are the best! God bless, Sue & Bob Norris (Sun City, AZ) (10/5/2009)
Friday,
October 2, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
October 3, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Thursday,
October 8, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
October 10: Barry performed "The Best of Me" and did an encore of "One Voice." An outstanding moment! There is never a dull moment watching Barry. He is the best! Thank you, Barry, for an amazing 5 years at the Hilton. The best is yet to come!! - Mary Flick (of New Jersey) (10/16/2009)

I sat in row Five. Oh my, Oh my! I could see Barry so clearly. I was so excited that I cried. He came on stage and I was hysterical with happiness. I have been a fan since "Mandy" back in the '70s. I couldn't believe I was so close. He touched my heart with each and every song. I can feel the love when this man sings. He is so humble and honest and so grateful for us fans. I am so grateful for him. I loved the Brooklyn Bridge and NYC backgrounds but I loved the part with his grandfather ("I Made It Through The Rain"). How touching. I can't wait to find out where he is going because I will pay anything for a meet and greet opportunity. I had my second son on June 17, 1993 because it was Barry's birthday. That day was always important to me. I love Barry Manilow!! - Debbie Supenski (Florida, NY) (10/16/2009)

What I loved about the show was the fact that I was with my future husband. Barry was enchanting. - Kathy (of Scranton, PA) (1/8/2011)

Friday,
October 9, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Saturday,
October 10, 2009
(8:00 PM)

Ultimate Manilow - Hollywood Bowl (October 24, 2009)


above photo by Dana Holland

When
Where
Memories
Saturday,
October 24, 2009
(7:30 PM)
California/
Los Angeles
(Hollywood Bowl)


The Hollywood Bowl concert was the most magnificent I have ever seen because of the orchestra and Ron [Walters, Jr.] doing the conducting. Barry was thrilled and excited and the energy just flowed throughout the entire audience. It was a beautiful night for a fantastic cause and a wonderful concert. - LauraAnn Millard (New York City, NY) (10/28/2009)

I didn't have the Best Seat in the House and could only see Barry on the Jumbotron. It was a little foggy but I was with friends (Louise, Sharon and Richard). [They] took me to the Hollywood Bowl for the first time. I was told to drink it all in so, I did! I saw people of all walks of life, people eating on the grass, young and old alike, enjoying the night air, like One Big Happy Family. The young, the middle-aged, and the old were sharing the Hollywood Bowl. Barry had a Smokin' opening act: Straight No Chaser. They were so in tune and so funny with their 12 Days of Christmas. Then came Barry... He crawled into every song, slowly, the words being the important thing. And he kept the show going on very rapidly. Barry was aware of what was going on behind him, to the sides, and definitely in front of him. Barry was so gracious to his conductor, Ron [Walters, Jr.], his singers, the Superintendant of Schools, Dave Koz, Straight No Chaser, and the audience. Barry's humor was in fine tune throughout ... Barry, you have the ability to unite people with your humor, kindness, music, and humanity. I will remember the Hollywood Bowl, its people, and your performance for the rest of my life. Thank You for all the sacrifices you have made in your personal and professional life for your fans over the years! - Lorraine Bate (Huntington Beach, CA) (11/28/2009)

It was the loveliest concert I had ever seen. I was right next to Barry for most of the show (next to the ramp) and I felt like he was singing directly to me. It was a warm night and the stars were out. Barry's voice was echoing through the hills as he sang and I could see the breeze blowing through his hair. When he did "When October Goes," it was simply beautiful and a moment what I will never forget. Also, all the fans knew that he was going in for surgery soon and that just made it/him all the more amazing for going through with the show for his fans and for all the money that would be donated for children's instruments. He's an amazing man! - Colette Sibley (Culver City, CA) (12/24/2010)

Friday,
November 27, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
November 27-29: Barry, you are simply adorable! There is something magical about YOU and your singing. You have so much fun on stage, it's contageous. You have such energy, and every song has so much emotion whether it be ballads or uptempo songs. You have a very special gift that cannot be duplicated. Thank you for sharing that with all of us. It means so much! Your shows this week were phenomenal! I LOVED your hits - "Brooklyn Blues," "New York City Rhythm," "Looks Like We Made It," "Weekend In New England," "Even Now," "I Made It Through The Rain" ... too many to mention, but all my favorites. I also love the special treats you threw in like "The Christmas Waltz." What a beautiful song to see you perform. It was perfect! Your back-up singers are a delight to watch. They are beautiful, talented and VERY classy - A perfect fit for you. Also, thank you, not only for this weekend but five years of amazing shows at the Las Vegas Hilton. Am looking forward to new adventures in 2010 at the Paris Hotel! Best of luck!! - Mary Flick (of New Jersey) (12/1/2009)

November 29: This concert was so special to me because I had a seat on the stage, and Barry picked me up to sing with him! It was great. I'll never forget this!! - Angelika Schnellbaecher (Frankfurt, Germany) (3/20/2011)

My favorite part of the concert is watching Barry perform his hits live and singing along with him. I also like the way he interacts with his audience. He is so genuine and sincere; it's obvious that he enjoys every minute of the show as much as his fans do. He is beyond comparison to any other entertainer I have ever seen in concert! - Leslie Mills (Hagerstown, Maryland) (5/23/2012)

Saturday,
November 28, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Sunday,
November 29, 2009
(8:00 PM)

When
Where
Memories
Friday,
December 4, 2009
California/
Palm Desert
(McCallum Theatre)
Barry Manilow Hosts Special Holiday Concerts
in Palm Springs to Benefit Local Charities


Palm Springs, CA (October 15, 2009) — Pop culture icon and music legend Barry Manilow, together with the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, will present "A Gift of Love...," a five-night holiday concert series at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA. The concert series, beginning on December 4th, 2009 and continuing on December 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th, will honor 25 local charities in Palm Springs, California, the singer’s hometown—each night benefiting five of the beneficiary charities. Manilow will perform his hit songs in addition to special holiday songs featured on his new Christmas album, "In the Swing of Christmas," released October 13th, 2009 and previous holiday releases, "Because It’s Christmas" and "A Christmas Gift of Love".

"Being able to give back to my hometown, both in song and charitable support, makes this concert series a very personal and special event for me," said Manilow. "The twenty-five recipient charities are invaluable to the Palm Springs community, so extending the holiday spirit of giving to these non-profit organizations is really a special treat."

Premium tickets are exclusively available now at www.starz.bz/agiftoflove giving concert-attendees special time with Manilow and additional donations to one of the beneficiary charities. Premium tickets priced at $750 offer a post-reception and photo-op with Manilow as well as an additional $500 donation to a designated beneficiary charity. Premium tickets priced at $1,000 offer a pre-concert champagne reception with Manilow and autographed program, as well as an additional $750 donation to a designated beneficiary charity.

All other tickets for "A Gift of Love..." with Barry Manilow are available beginning October 26th at www.mccallumtheatre.com, with prices ranging from $85 to $250.

In addition to the holiday concert series and recently released Christmas album, Manilow is busier than ever, performing his first ever solo concert at the Hollywood Bowl on October 24th, 2009. The legendary entertainer is recording his album, "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time," which will be released in January 2010 in time for Valentine’s Day.

Manilow, who will end his 5-year partnership with the Las Vegas Hilton on December 30, 2009, regularly headlines performances in arenas throughout the world. Recently, Manilow performed to a record-breaking, sold-out crowd of 40,000 fans at the BBC Proms in the Park on the world-famous Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park, London.

"A Gift of Love.." Beneficiary Charities:
The Palm Springs-based charities benefiting from Barry Manilow’s upcoming "A Gift of Love..." holiday concert include: ACT for MS – Palm Desert, Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation, Animal Samaritans, Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS of the Desert), Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, Desert AIDS Project, Desert Arc, Desert Samaritans for the Elderly, Desert Paws, FIND Food Bank, Inc., Gilda’s Club Desert Cities California, Guide Dogs of the Desert, Healthy Family Foundation: The Ophelia Project, Joslyn Senior Center, Mourning Star Center, Olive Crest, One Heartland, Pegasus Riding Academy for the Handicapped, Shelter From The Storm, Stroke Recovery Center, Temple Isaiah Fund, The Living Desert, United Cerebral Palsy – Inland Empire, and Variety Club of the Desert. For information on which night the aforementioned charities will be honored, please visit www.starz.bz/agiftoflove.

About The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope:
The Manilow Fund for Health & Hope is a nonprofit organization that was created by Barry Manilow to support local, grassroots organizations that promote education, health and care. The fund donates to organizations that focus on cancer, AIDS, children’s issues, victims of abuse, the homeless and music education.



December 7: I have seen Barry in many other concerts, but this one will always be memorable, as my daughter and I attended it. Barry sang, "I Am Your Child." I dedicated that song to my daughter on her Sweet 16 in 1996. The song meant alot for us. We both had tears. Thank you for the memory. - Anna M. Portillo (Pomona, CA) (12/11/2009)
Saturday,
December 5, 2009
Monday,
December 7, 2009
Tuesday,
December 8, 2009
Wednesday,
December 9, 2009

When
Where
Memories
Thursday,
December 17, 2009
Illinois/
Rosemont
(Rosemont Theatre)


December 17-19: It had been about 18 months since I'd seen a [Barry] show and I'd never been to a Christmas show so I was more than ready for Barry & Company to come to town. Also, this was my first chance ever to see THREE shows in a row. Thursday night was special because it was the first night and we'd waited so long from the time the shows were announced, praying for good weather for travel, that none of us would get H1N1, etc., and getting to see friends we'd not seen in a while. "Could It Be Magic" with an orchestra WAS magic! Friday night was special personally because I had my closest seat of the three nights. I think I finally got "Memory" as it's the first time I'd seen it performed in person. Saturday night I was back up in the rafters, but what a show to close out the three nights. You could have heard a pin drop during "Somewhere Down the Road" and there weren't any dry eyes in the house when Barry finished singing it. The acapella section at the end -- oh, my goodness! I wish I'd been closer for that song! And Barry reminiscing about his history with Chicago. I could go on and on about how wonderful and special each of the shows were to me. If there had been a 4th night, I would have been there! Thank you, Barry, for coming to see us and PLEASE don't wait so long to come back. Be safe, be well, be happy -- know how much you're loved. We're all looking forward to the Paris Hotel in 2010. Let the good times roll!! - Leah Fallico (Chicago, IL) (12/22/2009)

December 17-19: Barry performed 3 Christmas shows that were just amazing! I've never seen him having so much fun on stage. He has to love this time of year because it shows. "Because It's Christmas" was beautiful! A very emotional song. I was so excited to hear "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" - so upbeat and cheery! Seeing Barry with the orchestra adds a whole new dimension to his shows. I love it! The Christmas songs were beautiful along with the adorable children who sang with Barry. What a special treat! "Could It Be Magic," "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "Weekend In New England," "Even Now," to name just a few... all just gorgeous! No words can describe the feeling you get, hearing those songs and watching Barry do them. I can still feel the chills I had watching Barry at the piano. He is an extraordinary musician, and aren't we all so lucky that he chooses to sing to us night after night? Thank you Barry!! - Mary Flick (of New Jersey) (12/22/2009)

December 18: Everytime I've attended a Manilow concert, it has had a different theme. This last one was Christmas, and what a Christmas present it was! Hearing Mr. Manilow sing touches something inside. It is healing and takes you from the mundane of everyday life to place you never want to leave. I'm so thankful that Mr. Manilow has dedicated his life to music. What a wonderful gift he has given to the world, and it will live on longer than I believe he ever imagined it would when he started out. Thank you, Barry Manilow. Your music and showmanship are the absolute best! - S. Nelson (of the U.S.) (12/27/2009)

December 17-19: Dear Barry, I had been looking forward to your return to the Rosemont Theatre for seven (7) years -- talk about the seven year itch! You were magnificent, as was your show. Saturday was such a special show for me as you took the time and really "talked to us" on your roots here in Chicago, and why we share a special place in your heart. I believe there may have been a few who could not comprehend that experience, but am hopeful they will appreciate the point in time they did discover you. I know my life has taken on a whole new dimension. Thank you for being the catalyst in my life. Please come back soon, we are really looking forward to seeing you again, soon! - Love, Lynda Garbutt (Chicago, IL) (1/27/2010)

December 17: It was different from any show I had seen before and it cannot be compared to any other show. The show was only a little over an hour, but it was all Barry. There were no production numbers, but we got songs in their entirety. Songs like "Mandy," "Could it be Magic," and "Even Now." And of course there were Christmas songs thrown here and there. He opened with "Happy Holiday/White Christmas" ... he just appeared there and took me by surprise. And oh... his smile... he ws so happy! He mixed his hits with Christmas songs here and there. Other Christmas songs included (and not in this order) "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," "River," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Christmas is Around the Corner," "Home for the Holidays." At the end of the show he sang "Because It's Christmas" and he brought some children out to sing with him along with Santa and his sleigh! There was a Christmas sing-a-long with "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bell Rock." The Hits included "Daybreak," "Somewhere In the Night," "Looks Like We Made It," "Weekend in New England," "Can't Smile Without You," "I Write the Songs," and "Copacabana (At The Copa)." The best part for me was when Barry was singing at the piano... and at one point, he just closed his eyes... and he listened to the 56-piece orchestra playing his music. Priceless! - Diane Turkowski (Chicago, IL) (2/20/2010)

December 18: This concert was dynamite! The musicians and singers had their A game that night. I took the Amtrak Train from Connelsville, PA. This trip was worth it. - David Clark (Fairmont, WV) (3/2/2010)

December 17-19: What a special treat to have Barry come to Chicago at Christmastime. The shows were all wonderful, mixed with his hits and Christmas songs. The most special part of Barry being here was that several of my friends flew in so we could see the show together. We had a wonderful weekend together, were able to celebrate the holiday and see three great shows. It was the combination of friends and Barry that made it so special. Barry gave us three of the most amazing shows I have ever seen. Thanks, Barry, for making Christmas of 2009 so very special! - Kay Gardner (Chicago, IL) (3/12/2010)

December 17: Barry just keeps getting better and better. The Rosemont concert was his Christmas concert and a highlight for me was his singing "Because It's Christmas" accompanied by local children. It was a superb concert from beginning to end. - Julie Rodell (Rock Island, IL) (6/13/2010)

Rosemont Theatre is my favorite place for Barry to perform because the seating capacity is only 2,400, resulting in an intimate concert setting. Miss the "Can't Smile Without You" duets with a member of the audience. Still waiting for my turn! - Kimberly Hugo (Bolingbook, Illinois) (2/3/2012)

Barry, I've seen you twice - once in Chicago and once in California at a John Hancock Insurance Event. I loved both concerts and think you are an expert showman. You are a natural performer, vocalist and songwriter. You are one of the best and I've seen plenty of performers in my 59 years. You are authentic and sing from your heart. That is the best way to share your truth. Thank you for sharing yours. At this minute, you are hosting The Frank Sinatra station and selecting such beautiful songs that remind me of days gone by. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us. You bring sunshine to my day. Thank you, thank you! - Claudia (of Chicago, Illinois) (3/27/2017)

December 19: Happy Holiday/White Christmas, Home For The Holidays, Daybreak / Somewhere In The Night / This One's For You, Looks Like We Made It, Mandy, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Can't Smile Without You, Even Now, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (with Kye Brackett and Keely Vasquez), Christmas Is Just Around The Corner, Weekend In New England, River, Memory, I Write The Songs, Copacabana, Deck The Halls/Jingle Bell Rock/Feliz Navidad/White Christmas, Because It's Christmas (For All The Children)

[ Manilow.TV Episode #15 (12/19/2009) aired Dec. 2010 ]


Friday,
December 18, 2009
Saturday,
December 19, 2009
Monday,
December 28, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Hilton)
December 28: Barry, you must have heard the "woo hoo"s! What a crowd on December 28. We were very vocal. This was a very memorable show too and I was so glad to be there. You had the audiences rapt attention all night. There were some funny/odd moments with the crowd and you handled them all so well. Your new backup singers really complement you and I was happy to see them. I loved all the songs especially "Looks Like We Made It," "Even Now," "Weekend In New England," and "New York City Rhythm." I am so looking forward to 2010 and Paris Las Vegas, and seeing what romantic surprises you have in store for us. Thank you for all the Beautiful Music! - Linda Foster (of Virginia) (12/30/2009)

December 30: Barry totally changed up the show and performed so many songs that we have all been waiting to hear but have not been put into his Las Vegas shows. Sometimes it's always the last show [attended] that sticks in your head and I believe THIS December 30th show will stick in my head for a very, very long time! - LauraAnn Millard (New York City, NY) (1/2/2010)

December 30: The last show at the Las Vegas Hilton was awesome! I went into the concert with tears of sadness but walked out of there with tears of happiness! Barry did some Old Songs that he hasn't done in awhile and some of them brought tears to my eyes. He was smiling from ear to ear and had a wonderful time with the audience. It was great! - Sandy (of New Jersey) (1/2/2010)

In addition to the Ultimate Manilow hits, December 28 show included "Lay Me Down," "Brooklyn Blues" and "Somewhere Down The Road." December 29 show included "Why Don't We Live Together," "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed," "Brooklyn Blues" and "The Best Seat In The House." December 30 show included "It's Just Another New Year's Eve," "Could It Be Magic (uptempo)," "Sweet Heaven (I'm In Love Again)," "Why Don't We Live Together" and "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed" plus streamers, confetti and balloons!

Highlights (December 30): It's A Miracle / Daybreak / Somewhere In The Night / This One's For You / Why Don't We Live Together / Looks Like We Made It / Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed / Even Now / Sweet Heaven (I'm In Love Again) / Bandstand Boogie / Can't Smile Without You / New York City Rhythm / It's Just Another New Year's Eve / Could It Be Magic (ballad) / Could It Be Magic (dance version) / Mandy / Copacabana (At The Copa) / It's A Miracle (reprise) / Auld Lang Syne

[ Manilow TV Episode #137 (12/30/2009) aired May 2021 ]

Tuesday,
December 29, 2009
(8:00 PM)
Wednesday,
December 30, 2009
(8:00 PM)

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