- Care home makes Barry Manilow superfan's dream to see singer live come true - A care home resident has had her lifelong dream to see Barry Manilow live in concert come true. Joyce Tibbett, 87, a resident of Hazelgrove Court Care Home on Randolph Street in Saltburn, added her wish to the home’s wish tree over two years ago. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the famous American singer was forced to push his concert back. It was only when he finally played at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena in June 2022, that Joyce's dream was fulfilled. She was dancing and waving a glowstick to classics including "Copacabana", "Could It Be Magic", and her personal favourite "Mandy" until past midnight on the day of the concert. On her love for Barry Manilow, Joyce said: "I’ve been a Barry Manilow fan since I was young – so about 50 years. I’ve never seen him live before but I always wanted to and had all his records. My favourite song is Mandy because my great-granddaughter is called Mandy and it always brings a tear to my eye. And he sang it at the concert. My daughter-in-law Jan was very envious as she hadn’t been able to get tickets to the show. It was a brilliant night, Barry was awesome. Excellent. Fantastic. I can’t remember the last time I danced until midnight. What a fabulous time. Thank you so much to the staff at Hazelgrove Court for making my wish come true." (Teesside Live, 10 July 2022)
- Barry Manilow surprises punters at Romsley country pub - The Copacabana singer paid a visit to The Swallows Nest in Romsley, Worcestershire, for lunch on Tuesday. The 79-year-old New York-born star ordered cod and chips with a glass of water then posed for pictures with excited fans. "He was very polite and friendly," the pub's assistant manager, Charlotte Elkington, told the BBC. "I spotted him as he walked in and recognised him instantly," she said. "Everyone was very excited although some of the younger staff members didn't know who he was." Punters could not believe their eyes until they spotted his tour bus in the car park. Along with a team of seven people, the "humble" celebrity enjoyed a quiet meal in the beer garden. "He was very chilled, relaxed and happy to have a picture," Ms Elkington added. The Can't Smile Without You singer had performed at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham on 17 June and is next due on stage on Saturday at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. (BBC.com, 24 June 2022)
- Barry Manilow leaves staff and guests in disbelief as he visits country pub - American superstar Barry Manilow shocked staff of a country pub on Tuesday by turning up with his entourage. The "Could It Be Magic" singer visited The Swallows Nest, Romsley, on Tuesday. The singer, who performed a sold out show in Birmingham last weekend, ordered cod and chips costing £13.95 and posed for pictures with staff. Supervisor Stephanie Smirthwaite told the Express & Star: "At first no-one would believe it was actually him. But it was 100 per cent Barry Manilow, he had his tour bus with him. He was great with staff and customers and enjoyed his cod and chips. His team enjoyed themselves too. It was nice for all the staff who were working to have a moment like that with him." Customer Suzanne Dodd did not realise the Copacabana singer was sitting near her until he left. She said: "I cannot believe I was sitting outside by him and never twigged, we were more concerned a big black coach had blocked us in and it was Barry." (Express & Star, 23 June 2022)
- Enter to win two tickets to MANILOW HITS 2022! - Enter for your chance to win two tickets to the MANILOW HITS 2022 concert of your choice: August 12 at the PPL Center -or- August 14 at the Wells Fargo Center. Submit Entry HERE! (NBC 10 Philadelphia, 6/17/2022)
- Winners Announced For The 19th Annual Theatre Fans' Choice Awards - Awards season is in full swing with critics, press, and industry members all having their chances to nominate and vote - and now the fans have had their say. Now in our 19th year, the Theater Fans' Choice Awards are the largest fan based awards of their kind. Open to anyone to vote, we're excited to present a full slate of eligible nominees in categories that both mirror the popular critical awards, as well as fan favorite categories for Best Tour, Ensemble and Off Broadway shows. Each year we've set new records on the numbers of votes, and this year was no different with record voter turnout ... Best Off-Broadway Musical: Harmony - National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene! (Broadway World, 6/7/2022)
- Leeds choir joined by American popstar Barry Manilow for one-off show at the First Direct Arena - Love Pop Choir will be singing their hearts out with American popstar Barry Manilow on 25 June for a special performance at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. The choir will be joining the legend himself in the concert finale, singing three of his greatest hits: "I Write the Songs," "Copacabana" and "It's A Miracle." Award winning choir director and founder of Love Pop Choir, Lauren Elliott was approached by Douglas Hallenbeck, Manilow Tour Choir Director, to see if Love Pop Choir were interested in performing. Unsurprisingly they were overjoyed to be involved: “We are beyond excited at this amazing opportunity,” said Lauren. “My only wish is that choir numbers were not limited, as I would love to have included every single lady from all our groups in Harrogate, Cookridge, Roundhay, Otley, Ilkley and Saltaire. They are all fabulous!” (Yorkshire Evening Post, 07 June 2022)
- Win 2 Tickets To Manilow Hits 2022! - Enter here for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see MANILOW HITS 2022 with special guest Dave Koz: PPL Center (August 12th), Wells Fargo Center (August 14th). (CBS 3 Philly, 6/2022)
- HARMONY, ASSASSINS & More Win 2022 Off Broadway Alliance Awards - The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, today announced the winners of the 11th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2021-2022 season. In each of the five categories, the winners are: Harmony, Best New Musical (Other musicals nominated: KimberlyAkimbo, Black No More, Intimate Apparel, Coal Country); Sanctuary City, Best New Play; Assassins, Best Revival; Oratorio for Living Things, Best Unique Theatrical Experience; and Little Girl Blue, Best Solo Performance. Actor, director, playwright, novelist, and drag icon Charles Busch will host the ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st at 2:00 PM at Sardi's. In addition to the competitive awards, Legend of Off Broadway Awards will be presented to Richard Nelson and Albert Bergeret for their extraordinary contributions over many years. Ed Bullins, Arthur French and Lisa Banes will be posthumously honored with induction into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame, and the Friend of Off-Broadway Award will be presented to Tom and Michael D'Angora for their heroic rescues of beloved Off Broadway theatres and watering holes during the crises of the last two years... (Broadway World, 5/24/2022)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)