Barry Briefs

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

  • Barry Manilow bringing new tour to UBS Arena - It appears retirement is no longer in the cards for Barry Manilow. The 78-year-old crooner from Brooklyn will return to the stage for a limited engagement six-date tour called “Manilow: Hits 2022,” which comes to UBS Arena at Belmont Park in Elmont on Aug. 6. Saxophonist Dave Koz will be the special guest. Manilow started saying goodbye back in 2015 on his “One Last Time! Tour,” which played Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. But he came back in 2017 for his “This Is My Town Tour” followed by “A Very Barry Christmas Tour” returning to the Coliseum for multiple nights that year. In 2019, Manilow even did a Broadway residency playing a string of shows at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. His new tour will be sure to feature songs spanning his 50-year career, such as “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Copacabana (At the Copa)” and “I Write the Songs.” Tickets for Manilow’s show go on sale May 13 at 11 a.m. via ticketmaster.com. American Express cardmembers have access to a presale starting Monday at 10 a.m. through Thursday at 10 p.m. (Newsday, 5/8/2022)
    https://www.newsday.com/amp/entertainment/music/barry-manilow-ubs-arena-fkbdyevh

  • Barry Manilow to play PPL Center in August - ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is coming back to Allentown. He is bringing his "Hits" tour to the PPL Center on Friday, August 12, the venue announced Friday. Jazz icon Dave Koz will also perform. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 13. Manilow performed at the PPL Center in 2017. (WFMZ, 5/6/2022)
    https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/barry-manilow-to-play-
    ppl-center-in-august/article_c7fbce9e-cd2c-11ec-b508-8b151ce860cf.html

  • The legendary Barry Manilow will perform at Allentown’s PPL Center - He writes the songs that make the whole world sing - and he’s coming to Allentown. Legendary singer/songwriter Barry Manilow will perform in concert on Aug. 12 at Allentown’s PPL Center. Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Manilow is one of the world’s all-time bestselling recording artists. He’s had 50 Top 40 singles including 12 number 1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines. Among his top hits: “Could It Be Magic”, “Mandy”, “I Write the Songs”, “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana.” The PPL concert is one stop on Manilow’s special six show arena tour, “Manilow: Hits 2022.” Tickets will on sale Friday, May 13. Info: pplcenter.com/events/category/concerts (The Morning Call, 5/6/2022)
    https://www.mcall.com/entertainment/mc-ent-barry-manilow-ppl-
    center-20220506-gab7qkawizhk5mn6n4ntn5nx3i-story.html

  • Barry Manilow announces exclusive limited engagement arena tour - Grammy Award winner and music icon Barry Manilow has announced a special six show arena tour called Manilow: Hits 2022 taking place this August with special guest David Koz. Produced by Live Nation, the exclusive run kicks off on August 4th at TD Garden in Boston, MA stopping at Prudential Center in Newark, UBS Arena in Belmont Park, PPL Center in Allentown, PA and Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, before wrapping in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on August 14th. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, May 13th at 11 am local time via Ticketmaster. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, May 9th at 10 am local time through Thursday, May 12th at 10 pm local time. (The Music Universe, 5/6/2022)
    https://themusicuniverse.com/barry-manilow-announces-exclusive-
    limited-engagement-arena-tour

  • Barry Manilow announces brief August arena tour - Barry Manilow is bringing his hit-packed show to the East Coast this August. Barry's Hits 2022 tour, featuring special guest Dave Koz, will kick off August 4 in Boston and wrap up in Philadelphia, PA on August 14. In between, he'll perform in Newark, NJ; Queens, NY; Allentown, PA; and Providence, RI. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, May 13 at 11 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster; American Express Card members can get them starting May 9 at 10 a.m. local time. If you'd prefer to see Barry in Sin City, his The Hits Come Home! show at the Westgate International Theater in Las Vegas has been extended through 2023. Here are the dates and venues for the Hits 2022 arena tour: 8/4 -– Boston, MA, TD Garden; 8/5 -– Newark, NJ, Prudential Center; 8/6 -– Belmont Park, NY, UBS Arena; 8/12 –- Allentown, PA, PPL Center; 8/13 –- Providence, RI, Dunkin' Donuts Center; 8/14 –- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center (KLFN 106.5 The Train, 5/6/2022)
    https://www.willmarradio.com/the_train/music_news/barry-manilow-announces-brief-august-arena-tour/article_fe05bbb2-8616-50a4-913a-c42ba3900e47.html

  • Barry Manilow In New Ad For Dr. Pepper Dark Berry - Dr. Pepper Dark Berry is back! Check out Barry Manilow in their latest ad. (Sunny 106.5, 4/29/2022)
    https://sunny1065.iheart.com/featured/ellen-k-weekend-show/content/2022-04-29-
    watch-barry-manilow-in-new-ad-for-dr-pepper-dark-berry/

  • When is Dr Pepper Dark Berry coming back? - First created in the 1880s, Dr Pepper is a popular soda drink famously made with 23 flavors. On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Dr. Pepper took to its Twitter account to announce the comeback of its Dark Berry flavor. Dr Pepper's Dark Berry flavor was first released in the summer of 2019. The drink came in tandem with the theatrical release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. In 2022, the limited-edition flavor is making a comeback alongside the release of Jurassic World Dominion. "Dark Berry is back. But only if your name is Barry. It almost makes too much sense," the Dr Pepper account tweeted in April. Their tweet came alongside an advertisement featuring famed musician Barry Manilow. With the announcement of the return, Dr Pepper premiered a short run of the flavor. The soda sold out within hours. An extended release will hit shelves on May 1, 2022 ... Dark Berry has hints of blackberry, black currant, and black cherry flavors ... Dr Pepper is available in most major retailers and in most stores where food is sold. Fans of the soda can also buy the drink online via Amazon or delivery services. (The U.S. Sun, 4/27/2022)
    https://www.the-sun.com/money/5215084/dr-pepper-dark-berry-caffeine/

  • Barry Manilow cancels again at Westgate Las Vegas - Barry Manilow is still not 100-percent ready to perform at Westgate Las Vegas. The recording superstar has now canceled three of his past four scheduled shows at International Theater. Friday afternoon, the 78-year-old headliner canceled his two weekend shows, set for Friday and Saturday night. Manilow is reportedly still suffering vocal concerns as an after-effect of his recent health setbacks. Manilow posted on social media the the reason “Due to unforeseen circumstances,” as why he is unable to perform. He was able to perform Thursday night, and has also reportedly been in the theater this week filming a Dr. Pepper commercial. Tickets are to be refunded at point of purchase. Manilow also posted on his official social media accounts he will “look forward to welcoming you at a future date.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/22/2022)
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/entertainment-columns/
    kats/barry-manilow-cancels-again-at-westgate-las-vegas-2565246/

  • Barry Manilow weekend Las Vegas shows canceled - The Barry Manilow performances on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 have been canceled. “Barry Manilow and Westgate Las Vegas apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you at a future date,” a release from Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino read. The shows were canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to the release. All ticket purchases will be refunded from their point of purchase. (8 News Now, 4/22/2022)
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/barry-manilow-weekend-shows-canceled/

  • Barry Manilow concerts canceled tonight, Saturday - Barry Manilow concerts scheduled to take place tonight and Saturday at Westgate Las Vegas have been cancelled, according to a news release. The change was necessary due to "unforeseen circumstances," according to the release. All ticket purchases will be refunded from the origin of purchase. (Las Vegas Sun, 4/22/2022)
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2022/apr/22/barry-manilow-concerts-
    canceled-tonight-saturday/

  • Westgate Las Vegas adds to an already diverse spectrum of live entertainment - Westgate Las Vegas has prioritized a strong live entertainment lineup ever since timeshare mogul David Siegel purchased the storied casino property in 2014. With a headlining residency from Barry Manilow at the International Theater providing the foundation, the resort continues to build on its lineup of diverse shows -- Frank Marino’s Red Carpet Brunch, the updated Bronx Wanderers show, The Magic of Jen Kramer, the acclaimed musical tribute “Soul of Motown,” and the “Boombox” lineup [which] features Kid ‘n Play, CeeLo Green, Treach from Naughty by Nature, J.J. Fad and Snap. Manilow recently postponed some Vegas shows due to COVID but is scheduled to return on Thursday, April 21. (Las Vegas Sun, 4/19/2022)
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2022/apr/19/westgate-
    las-vegas-adds-to-an-already-diverse-spec/

  • Barry Manilow 'ready to go back to work' in Vegas this week - Barry Manilow is cleared to kick up “Copacabana” once more in Las Vegas. Manilow has tested negative for COVID and is set to resume his residency at Westgate’s International Theater on Thursday night. Manilow’s husband and manager, Garry Kief, said the superstar is “COVID-free, not contagious, and ready to go back to work.” Because of a positive test result, Manilow missed Wednesday’s opening of his musical “Harmony” in New York City. He’d also canceled his April 9 show at the Westgate within a half-hour of the performance, citing a cold. His next set of shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 21-23), returning May 5-7. Manilow was the subject of the latest “Being ...” series on CNN, hosted by broadcast journalist Dana Bash. The show noted that Manilow is zeroing in on Elvis Presley’s run of 636 performances from July 1969 through December 1976 at what is now International Theater. The 78-year-old Manilow should clear that mark next year. We’ll have a better idea of when as his extended schedule is announced. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/18/2022)
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/entertainment-columns/kats/
    barry-manilow-ready-to-go-back-to-work-in-vegas-this-week-2562911/

  • Warren Carlyle Finds Harmony in Being Back at Work With Hugh Jackman and Barry Manilow - If there is such a thing as making up for lost time, [Tony-winning choreographer Warren] Carlyle is doing it this season. He began 2022 finally shepherding The Music Man to the stage of the Winter Garden Theatre... The morning after opening night, he hoofed it downtown to begin rehearsals for Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's musical Harmony, whose New York premiere, via the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, is unintentionally 25 years in the making. For Harmony, Carlyle is doing double-duty, directing the show in addition to choreographing. He's also guided its writers through a page-one rewrite, that stripped a musical they've been working on for decades "down to the studs."

    David Gordon (DG): I spoke to Barry and Bruce recently and they said that your ideas had made them rethink the entire show. Tell me about the experience of working with them.
    Warren Carlyle (WC): I've known them for so many years. My first exposure to Bruce and Barry was when I was in the original cast of Copacabana in the West End 28 years ago. Even then, we had a connection. I just love them. We spent the whole pandemic working on Harmony, every Tuesday and Friday. There's that thing of, when you're so familiar with something, you take it for granted. And then suddenly, there's me coming in and I'm like, "Why is that character doing that? What does it actually mean?" We went back to the beginning, down to the studs. Songs have been reordered, we added a character, and I think it's more focused than it's ever been. Because it's a bit of a six-headed dragon. There are these six leading men, and how do you tell six really great stories? Who do you root for? We've added a "main character," which is played by Chip Zien, and that has refocused the whole show through his point of view.

    DG: What is it like to be in a rehearsal room with Barry Manilow?
    WC: It's wonderful. He's so special, and he and Bruce have been super, super, super collaborators. Barry has bat ears - he hears sounds that nobody else hears. He's so unbelievably musical, and everything he touches he improves. Some people can meddle with something and it's not as good. Every single thing he touches gets 30 percent better. He's just got "it," whatever that means. He is a melody maker. And Bruce is a craftsman. He comes in every day with a little piece of paper and says, "I think this is better." They've had a 50-year collaboration and written more than 200 songs together, which is insane to think about.

    DG: What is it like to come back from the pandemic and do these two shows back-to-back?
    WC: Being in a room like The Music Man was joyous. I cried every day. I was choreographing and wiping away tears. It was great to be back at work. And then to go from that to the polar opposite, which is Harmony, was very intentional. I needed a balance between this great big thing that took three years to do, with all the excitement and pressure and Hugh, and I needed somewhere to go the morning after opening it. So that's when I started rehearsal for Harmony. It's just fun to go from a giant show to a show with 20 people. It's amazing. (TheaterMania, 4/5/2022)
    https://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/interview-
    warren-carlyle-finds-harmony-in-being-ba_93584.html

  • First Look at New Musical HARMONY at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene - Harmony: A New Musical, starring musical theatre icons Chip Zien and Sierra Boggess, opened in previews Wednesday, March 23, 2022, kicking off a limited, seven-week run. Presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), Harmony was written by the legendary Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle. Harmony 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 ... The production opens on April 13 and runs through May 8, 2022, in the newly renovated Edmond J. Safra Hall theatre at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place in Battery Park City, Manhattan. (Broadway World, 4/4/2022)
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photos-First-Look-at-New-Musical-
    HARMONY-at-National-Yiddish-Theatre-Folksbiene-20220404

  • Get a First Look at Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Off-Broadway Musical Harmony - Get a First Look at Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Off-Broadway Musical Harmony (27 Photos). (Playbill.com, 4/4/2022)
    https://playbill.com/gallery/get-a-first-look-at-barry-manilow-and-bruce-sussmans-off-broadway-musical-harmony

  • Hugh Jackman stops by rehearsals for Barry Manilow’s 'Harmony' - Hugh Jackman is spreading musical theater cheer. The actor, who is currently starring in “The Music Man,” stopped by rehearsals for the upcoming musical “Harmony” this week to wish his good friend – director Warren Carlyle – a happy birthday, we hear. The cast and crew of the show, which features music by Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman, expected Jackman, 53, to pop in for “just ten minutes.” However, we’re told the actor “stayed through the whole run though” for two hours. “[He] saw the whole show. He was in his mask in tears,” an eyewitness told Page Six. Jackman, who attended with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, 66, later posted an Instagram encouraging his fans to check out the show, which begins previews next week ... “Harmony” opens next week at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The musical is about the music group Comedian Harmonist, a popular 1920s German boyband that included Jewish members and whose careers and legacies were cut short by the Nazis. Manilow, 78, and Sussman, 72, created a new score. We also hear that Manilow has been at rehearsals all week. A source tells us that Manilow is attending the show next Wednesday and will be sneaking into the audience for the rest of the previews to give notes. “If you aren’t looking closely you won’t notice him,” says the insider. “He’s not a star about it.” (Page Six, 3/17/2022)
    https://pagesix.com/2022/03/17/hugh-jackman-crashes-rehearsals-for-
    barry-manilows-harmony/

  • Catch Up with Barry Manilow & More on The Broadway Show - Broadway is back, and with it comes The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal. Before The Broadway Show airs nationwide this weekend, we're offering a first look at the episode. Hosted by Emmy-winning anchor Fadal, this episode will air in New York City on March 20 at 6:30PM ET on WPIX. Be on the lookout for The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal, the only nationally syndicated weekly theater news program, on your local TV station. Featured this week ... Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman discuss their musical Harmony with Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek. To find out where The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal airs nationally, head here. (Broadway.com, 3/16/2022)
    https://www.broadway.com/buzz/201959/catch-up-with-nik-walker-
    barry-manilow-jessica-lee-goldyn-more-on-the-broadway-show/

  • An Evening with Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman - Sat, Mar 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM | 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY, 10128 | More info: https://www.92y.org/event/an-evening-with-barry-manilow

    Harmony: A New Musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, 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. Join Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman at The 92nd Street Y for a special evening of conversation and performances with members of the cast of Harmony as it makes its New York City debut. Harmony: A New Musical is presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. (Patch.com, 3/12/2022)
    https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/calendar/event/20220312/1782251/
    an-evening-with-barry-manilow-and-bruce-sussman

  • Folksbiene Announces Full Cast and Creative Team For HARMONY By Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman - National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) today announced the entire cast and creative team for Harmony: A New Musical, starring musical theatre icons Chip Zien (Into the Woods, Caroline, Or Change) and Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, The Phantom of the Opera). Harmony was written by the legendary Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman. At the helm will be Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle directing the New York debut of this captivating musical.

    Harmony 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.

    Playing the six Comedian Harmonists will be Sean Bell (National Tour: A Bronx Tale: The Musical), Danny Kornfeld (National Tour: Rent, Off-Broadway: Renascence), Zal Owen (Broadway: The Band's Visit), Eric Peters (National Tour: Motown: The Musical), Blake Roman (Regional: Newsies), and Steven Telsey (National Tour: The Book of Mormon). Jessie Davidson (Regional: The Mystery of Edwin Drood) plays Ruth, with Ana Hoffman (National Tour: Dreamgirls) set to portray Josephine Baker - a major celebrity whom the Harmonists encountered on their way to the top. Kenny Morris (Broadway: Hairspray) will be the standby for Zien's Rabbi.

    The ensemble includes Elise Frances Daniells, Zak Edwards, Abby Goldfarb, Eddie Grey, Shayne Kennon, Benjamin Harold Moore, Matthew Mucha, Tori Palin, Barrett Riggins, Kayleen Seidl, Andrew O'Shanick, Nancy Ticotin, and Kate Wesler.

    Joining the creative team are Beowulf Boritt, scenic designer; Linda Cho & Ricky Lurie, costume designers; Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, lighting designers; Dan Moses Schreier, sound designer; batwin + robin productions, inc., video design; Jamibeth Margolis, CSA, casting director; Sara Edwards, associate director/choreographer; Roy Gabay/Jumpstart Entertainment, general manager; Tom Watson, wig and hair designer; and John O'Neill, music director and additional vocal and music arranger. Harmony is based in part on The Comedian Harmonist Archive as curated by the late Dr. Peter Czada.

    Fresh from the stellar success of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, which won multiple honors including a 2019 Drama Desk Award, NYTF will present Harmony in English, with previews beginning on March 23, 2022, and the production running from April 13-May 8, 2022, in the newly renovated Edmond J. Safra Hall theatre at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NYC. For tickets to Harmony, visit NYTF.org or call 855-449-4658. Contact 212-655-7653 for all other inquiries.

    "I'm thrilled to be directing Harmony and helping bring this show to New York. It's an important message and it could not have found a better home to start a New York run than the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust," Warren Carlyle said.

    NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek said, "The core of NYTF's mission will always be the promotion of the great literary, dramatic and musical traditions of the Yiddish theater. We will venture beyond Yiddish when presented with opportunities to tell important Jewish stories, in other languages, particularly when these stories otherwise would not be told." He continued, "The storied career of the Comedian Harmonists, one of the most popular performers in pre-war Europe, represents how antisemitism can infect even the most 'civilized' of societies. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is proud to bring their story to a wider public by presenting Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's remarkable musical Harmony."

    "In our long and exciting collaboration, nothing thrills us more than today's announcement that our beloved HARMONY is coming to the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in New York. This is what we've always wanted to do - create an original show with an original score based on a story that needs to be told," Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman said. (Broadway World, 2/22/2022)
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Folksbiene-Announces-Full-Cast-
    and-Creative-Team-For-HARMONY-By-Barry-Manilow-Bruce-Sussman-20220222

  • Cast Complete for New York Premiere of Barry Manilow’s Harmony - Casting is now complete for the long-awaited New York debut of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's Harmony. National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present the musical beginning March 23 in the newly renovated Edmond J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Opening night is scheduled for April 13 for a run through May 8. Tony winner Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs.

    As previously reported, the cast will feature Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, The Little Mermaid) as Mary with Chip Zien (Falsettos, Into the Woods) as the elder Rabbi. Playing the six Comedian Harmonists will be Sean Bell (A Bronx Tale: The Musical), Danny Kornfeld (Rent), Zal Owen (The Band’s Visit), Eric Peters (Motown: The Musical), Blake Roman (Newsies), and Steven Telsey (The Book of Mormon). Jessie Davidson will be Ruth, with Ana Hoffman (Dreamgirls) set to portray Josephine Baker. Kenny Morris (Hairspray) is the standby for Zien’s Rabbi.

    The ensemble includes Elise Frances Daniells, Zak Edwards, Abby Goldfarb, Eddie Grey, Shayne Kennon, Benjamin Harold Moore, Matthew Mucha, Tori Palin, Barrett Riggins, Kayleen Seidl, Andrew O’Shanick, Nancy Ticotin, and Kate Wesler.

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

    The production will also have scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Linda Cho and Ricky Lurie, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, video design by batwin + robin productions, inc., casting by Jamibeth Margolis, associate direction and choreography by Sara Edwards, general management by Roy Gabay/Jumpstart Entertainment, wig and hair design by Tom Watson, and music direction and additional vocal and music arrangement by John O’Neill.

    Harmony is co-produced by Ken Davenport and Sandi Moran with Garry Kief, Amuse, Inc., Susan DuBow, Mapleseed Productions, Michelle Kaplan, and Neil Gooding Productions in association with Wilfried Rimensberger and STILETTO Entertainment. Miranda Gohh is associate producer. Visit NYTF.org. (Playbill.com, 2/22/2022)
    https://playbill.com/article/cast-complete-for-new-york-premiere-
    of-barry-manilows-harmony-starring-sierra-boggess-and-chip-zien

  • 92Y to Present Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman With Cast Members of HARMONY - The 92nd Street Y has announced Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman in person on Saturday, March 12 for a special evening of conversation and performances with members of the cast of Harmony as it makes its New York City debut. Harmony: A New Musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, 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. 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 a 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.

    Harmony: A New Musical is presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Previews begin March 23. In Person: Saturday, March 12, 7 pm; Tickets from $25 - Available HERE. For more information, visit www.92Y.org. (Broadway World, 2/1/2022)
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/92Y-to-Present-
    Barry-Manilow-Bruce-Sussman-with-Cast-Members-of-HARMONY-20220201

  • Barry Manilow Says Rumors About Removing His Music From Spotify 'Didn’t Start With Me' - Days after Spotify announced on that it is granting Neil Young’s wish and removing the singer-songwriter’s music from the platform, an online rumor began to spread that Barry Manilow will be following suit. However, as of Friday (Jan. 28), the 78-year-old star’s music is still on Spotify, and he took to Twitter to address the situation. “I recently heard a rumor about me and Spotify,” he tweeted. “I don’t know where it started, but it didn’t start with me or anyone who represents me...” (Billboard.com, 1/28/2022)
    https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/barry-manilow-rumors-
    spotify-removing-music-1235024726/amp/

  • Sierra Boggess and Chip Zien Will Star in New York Premiere of Barry Manilow’s Harmony - Sierra Boggess and Chip Zien will head the cast of the long-awaited New York debut of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's Harmony. National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present the musical beginning March 23 in the newly renovated Edmond J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Opening night is scheduled for April 13 for a run through May 8. Tony winner Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs. Boggess will play Mary with Zien as the Rabbi. Additional casting will be announced.

    The musical tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six young men in 1920s Germany who took the world by storm with their blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics, until their inclusion of Jewish singers put them on a collision course with history ... Harmony is produced in association with Ken Davenport and Sandi Moran. Garry C. Kief is serving as producer. Additional producers are Amuse Inc., Susan Dubow, Mapleseed Productions, Michelle Kaplan, and Neil Gooding Productions. Miranda Gohh is serving as associate producer. This presentation is being produced in association with Wilfried Rimensberger of Stiletto Entertainment. Visit NYTF.org. (Playbill, 1/25/2022)
    https://playbill.com/article/sierra-boggess-and-chip-zien-
    will-star-in-new-york-premiere-of-barry-manilows-harmony

  • Chip Zien & Sierra Boggess to Star in Barry Manilow's Harmony - The New York engagement of Harmony, the long-gestating original musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, will star Chip Zien and Sierra Boggess. After several delays, the production will now begin performances at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on March 23 and open on April 13. Tony winner Warren Carlyle will direct. Additional casting will be announced later.

    Harmony tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six 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 had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1997, starring Danny Burstein, Rebecca Luker and Patrick Wilson. 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. A private reading took place in August 2019 with Jessie Mueller, Kate Baldwin, Reeve Carney, Rob McClure, John Behlmann, Jarrod Spector and Nicholas Barasch. (Broadway.com, 1/25/2022)
    https://www.broadway.com/buzz/201803/chip-zien-sierra-boggess-
    to-star-in-barry-manilows-harmony/

  • Chip Zien & Sierra Boggess Will Lead The Cast of Barry Manilow Musical HARMONY At Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene - National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene today announced that musical theatre icons Chip Zien and Sierra Boggess will lead the cast of the acclaimed musical Harmony by the legendary Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman in March 2022. At the helm will be Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle directing the New York debut of this captivating musical. The musical 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 is based in part on The Comedian Harmonist Archive as curated by the late Dr. Peter Czada. Fresh from the stellar success of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, which won multiple honors including a 2019 Drama Desk Award, NYTF will present Harmony in English, with previews beginning on March 23, 2022, and the production running from April 13-May 8, 2022, in the newly renovated Edmond J. Safra Hall theatre at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NYC. For tickets to Harmony, visit NYTF.org or call 855-449-4658. Contact 212-655-7653 for all other inquiries.

    Directing and choreographing Harmony will be Tony Award winner and Emmy-nominated Warren Carlyle ... "I'm thrilled to be directing Harmony and helping bring this show to New York. It's an important message and it could not have found a better home to start a New York run than the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust," Warren Carlyle said.

    NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek said, "The core of NYTF's mission will always be the promotion of the great literary, dramatic and musical traditions of the Yiddish theater. We will venture beyond Yiddish when presented with opportunities to tell important Jewish stories, in other languages, particularly when these stories otherwise would not be told." He continued, "The storied career of the Comedian Harmonists, one of the most popular performers in pre-war Europe, represents how antisemitism can infect even the most 'civilized' of societies. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is proud to bring their story to a wider public by presenting Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's remarkable musical Harmony."

    "In our long and exciting collaboration, nothing thrills us more than today's announcement that our beloved Harmony is coming to the National Yiddish Theatre Foksbiene in New York. This is what we've always wanted to do-create an original show with an original score based on a story that needs to be told," Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman said.

    This production is being produced in association with Ken Davenport and Sandi Moran. Davenport most recently won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for Once on This Island and a Tony Award for Best Musical for Kinky Boots, and received Tony Award nominations for Spring Awakening (Revival of a Musical), The Visit (Musical), and You're Welcome America (Special Theatrical Event). Garry C. Kief is serving as producer. Additional producers are Amuse Inc., Susan Dubow, Mapleseed Productions, Michelle Kaplan, and Neil Gooding Productions. Miranda Gohh is serving as associate producer. This presentation is being produced in association with Wilfried Rimensberger of Stiletto Entertainment... (Broadway World, 1/25/2022)
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Chip-Zien-Sierra-Boggess-Will-Lead-The-
    Cast-of-Barry-Manilow-Musical-HARMONY-At-Yiddish-Theatre-Folksbiene-20220125

  • Barry Manilow serenaded by fans singing 'Copacabana' at NYC hot spot - Dinner turned into a wedding dance party at Fresco by Scotto Thursday night. A group of Barry Manilow fans serenaded the singer with his own 1978 tune “Copacabana” as the entertainer and his longtime songwriting partner Bruce Sussman were enjoying dinner at the NYC hot spot. “It was insane,” a spy told Page Six. “Almost everyone dropped their pasta and meatballs to form a conga line that snaked around the restaurant before arriving at the foot of Bruce and Barry’s table.”

    The “Mandy” singer, 78, was amazed by the crowd’s devotion to the disco classic. “Barry was giggling and screaming to Bruce, 'I can’t believe they all know all the lyrics!'” the spy added ... Manilow was overheard telling co-owner and “Good Day New York” anchor Rosanna Scotto that “we have to come back.” “This place is the hottest spot North of Houston,” Sussman quipped to Scotto as they headed out after leaving a generous 100 percent tip.

    Brooklyn-born Manilow has been spending lots of time in his hometown recently working on his and Sussman’s musical “Harmony,” which tells the story of Comedian Harmonists -- a group of six young Jewish and gentile men in 1920s Germany who became huge singing stars and ran into trouble with the Nazi regime. The show, directed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle, will begin previews on March 23 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. (Page Six, 1/21/2022)
    https://pagesix.com/2022/01/21/barry-manilow-serenaded-
    by-fans-singing-copacabana-at-dinner/amp/

  • COVID cancels performance of Barry Manilow concert in Chicago on Tuesday – NBC Chicago - The coronavirus is causing cancellations of performances and shows across the country, and several high-profile events were postponed Tuesday night in Chicago, [including] a performance of “Frozen” and a Barry Manilow Christmas concert both put in jeopardy as a result of positive cases among the actors and the show crew ... Singer Barry Manilow [was] forced to cancel his Christmas show in Chicago on Tuesday night due to positive COVID tests within the team and cast that were to [perform] with him. Manilow was not among those who tested positive, according to a social media post. Ticket refunds will be available through the point of purchase, according to the show’s organizers. (TittlePRESS, 12/21/2021)
    https://tittlepress.com/covid19/1391966/

  • Dean Richards’ Entertainment Report - Dean Richards, entertainment reporter for WGN, joined Bob Sirott to provide the latest news in entertainment. Dean and Bob [discuss] 'A Very Barry Christmas'. [ LISTEN NOW ] (WGN Radio 720, 12/21/2021)
    https://wgnradio.com/bob-sirott/dean-richards-entertainment-report/dean-richards-entertainment-report-the-goldbergs-figure-out-how-to-shoot-around-jeff-garlins-firing-spider-man-4-is-in-the-works-and-a-very-berry-manilow-recap/

  • Dave Grohl And Greg Kurstin Covered Barry Manilow’s 'Copacabana' - It’s only night three of this year’s Festival Of Lights, so Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin are just getting into full swing with their now annual “Hanukkah Sessions” series. Last year, the pair wiled away time spent in lockdown by covering eight Jewish artists to correspond with the eight nights of Hanukkah, and they’re repeating the tradition this year. Kicking off Sunday with Lisa Loeb’s iconic "Stay," and following up yesterday with the full on punk of The Ramones’ jumpy "Blitzkrieg Bop," tonight they’ve changed gears a bit, and are tackling Barry Manilow’s classic “Copacabana.”

    As you might expect, Grohl and Kurstin are more ready than ever to ham it up to the campy hit single, which is the kind of song that everyone loves to sing along to at a bar, and both donned sparkly suit jackets to pull the whole affair off. With plenty of bongos, cowbell, keyboard and drums, it’s Dave, obviously, who takes on the signature role of Barry, while interstitial clips show him playing the drums, too. It’s just more musical fun with these pair who can pull off covers most people dream of accomplishing with a little tinsel, a keyboard, and a drum kit. Watch above. (UPROXX, 11/30/2021)
    https://uproxx.com/indie/hanukkah-sessions-dave-grohl-
    greg-kurstin-barry-manilow-copacabana/

  • 36,000 Spurs soccer fans at Tottenham Hotspur Football club in London chanting their theme song.

    Think those gangs with revving engines in Rockdale, Australia, are tougher than this crowd . . . ?

. . . Think again!!

    Thanks to Lisa & Duncan for sending this final word
    on what Barry Manilow's songs are REALLY used for!

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