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  • The 5 Best Live Music Shows in Las Vegas - Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, and with so many different stage shows to experience after you have had your fill of the casino floor, choosing just one can be tricky. To narrow down your options, here is a look at just five of the top live music extravaganzas on the Strip, hopefully catering to as many tastes as possible.

    1. Barry Manilow @ The Westgate Resort: You don’t get to survive in the entertainment industry for as long as Barry Manilow has without being able to put on consistently impressive performances, and even as he nears the end of his eight decade, he can still wow audiences night after night. His show at the Westgate has earned rave reviews from attendees, and it’s definitely a glitzy affair that will give you your money’s worth, with a 90 minute extravaganza covering his gargantuan career and packing in plenty of hits and sing-along moments. A performer of Manilow’s pedigree also attracts world class musicians, as you would expect, so the backing band alone is full of so much talent that seeing them would be worth the ticket price with or without Barry at the helm. The Westgate itself is worth visiting in the run-up to the show, as it has plenty of in-house attractions and amenities for guests and passersby alike...

    2. All Shook Up @ Planet Hollywood... 3. Usher @ Caesars Palace... 4. House of Blues... 5. Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles LOVE @ The Mirage... (Contact Music, 3/2/2021)

  • Reminisce With Clive Davis at Virtual Pre-Grammy Gala - Clive Davis... talk show host? Well, not exactly. But this year’s version of his annual exclusive pre-Grammy party -- taking place virtually and in two parts, the first of which was Saturday night -- did have, as one change among several, not just performances, but extended conversations that had the legendary music mogul chatting up a dozen guests (Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Barry Gibb, Carole King, John Legend [and more]) ... Also spotted [were] Nile Rodgers, Barry Manilow, George Benson, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Cameron Crowe, Tyra Banks, Herbie Hancock, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Gayle King, Rob Thomas, Tony Orlando, Quincy Jones, Diane Warren, Taylor Dayne [and many more] ... Since the mid-’70s, Davis’ pre-Grammy gala has traditionally been the biggest and most exclusive music industry party, but it was hard to imagine what a virtual version might look like ... With the Grammys being moved from Jan. 31 to March 14 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Davis decided to double down and hold two parties -- one on the original date Saturday night, and another on what will turn out to be the real Grammy Eve March 13, with the first a benefit for MusiCares, the Grammy’s charitable wing, and the second for the Grammy Museum. (Variety, 1/30/2021)

  • Barry Manilow returning to Las Vegas in June - Barry Manilow has reset his return to International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas to June 10. The superstar and the hotel made the formal announcement Friday. The new dates following speculation about whether “The Hits Come Home” would possibly perform in February, March and May. “I can’t wait to get back onstage at my Las Vegas home at Westgate’s International Theater in 2021, and bring the magic back to my amazing fans,” Manilow said in a statement. According to the hotel, ticket-holders for the postponed shows will be contacted with rescheduling options.

    Manilow’s run resumes June 10-12. Then he’s back June 17-[19], Sept. 16-18, Sept. 23-25, Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-23. The recording superstar has logged more than 500 shows overall at International Theater, where he first headlined from 2005-2010, when the property was the Las Vegas Hilton. He played another two years at Paris Theater... (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1/8/2021)

  • Barry Manilow postpones Las Vegas concerts - Westgate Las Vegas resident headliner Barry Manilow has postponed February, March and May scheduled performances for later in the year, the resort announced today. The singer and songwriter’s “The Hits Come Home” shows in the International Theater at Westgate are now set to resume on June 10. (Las Vegas Sun, 1/8/2021)

  • You Make The Sun Shine | Gary Barlow - You Make The Sun Shine featuring Barry Manilow, from Gary Barlow's new album "Music Played By Humans" is now available on your favorite streaming sites. Listen now:

    • Released on: 2020-11-27
    • Producer, Associated Performer, Vocals, Keyboards: Gary Barlow
    • Producer, Studio Personnel, Engineer, Mixer, Associated Performer, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, Bass: Ryan Carline
    • Associated Performer, Piano: Barry Manilow
    • Associated Performer, Keyboards: James Wiltshire
    • Associated Performer, Drum Programmer: James Wiltshire
    • Associated Performer, String Arranger: Malcolm Edmonstone
    • Associated Performer, Orchestra Contractor: Amy Stewart
    • Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Andrew Cook
    • Studio Personnel, Mastering Engineer: Randy Merrill
    • Composer, Lyricist: Gary Barlow
    (Music Services, 27 November 2020)

  • Gary Barlow’s Night at the Museum - Gary Barlow is ending what he calls a “tumultuous” year with a televised one-off concert, Gary Barlow’s Night at the Museum, that he hopes will give a lift to fans across the country. The Take That singer-songwriter and former judge on The X Factor has a new album coming out in late November, Music Played By Humans, and the concert will be broadcast on ITV, filmed among the fossils and dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.

    As well songs from his new album, Barlow will be performing some of his classic hits accompanied by an orchestra. Barlow said: “I am so excited to host this music special. During a tumultuous time for the whole country, it feels amazing to be able to put on a proper night of entertainment at one of the most exciting locations in London and featuring some amazing guests and musicians.”

    Night at the Museum will feature a selection of guest stars, including Canadian crooner Michael Bublé. ITV has not confirmed a date for Gary Barlow’s Night at the Museum, but it will be in December or early in the New Year, part of ITV’s festive line-up. The one-off ITV special was included in its festive line-up announcement last week and the event, the setting and guests like Michael Bublé all shout “Christmas special”.

    Barlow releases his new album, Music Played By Humans, on Friday 27th November, a day on which he’ll also perform on BBC One chat show The Graham Norton Show. Barlow will be playing new songs from Music Played By Humans and the ITV special will feature other selected guests, the only one of whom has been announced so far is Canadian superstar Michael Bublé, a regular visitor to the UK and a massive drawcard. Michael sang on Gary’s new single, Elita, and the pair are old friends. Guest stars on Music Played By Humans include James Corden, Michael Bublé, Sebastián Yatra, Barry Manilow, Chilly Gonzales, Alesha Dixon, Beverley Knight, Ibrahim Maalouf and Avishai Cohen and it’s likely that some of these guests will perform in the ITV concert. (Radio Times, 16 November 2020)

  • Dame Shirley Bassey ‘I Owe It All to You’ - Dame Shirley Bassey has released a new album dubbed her ‘Grand Finale’. The album was released on the 6th November. Fans have already been expressing how much they love the album. One fan on Twitter, described Bassey’s vocals as “top notch”, on her rendition of Lara Fabian’s, ‘Adagio’ ... The first track is ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ by Queen. Freddie Mercury is absolutely sensational, with his strong rock based vocals. Bassey’s cover sounded amazing. Along with some Queen on the album, we hear covers of songs from the likes of Barry Manilow to Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga to Charlie Chaplin. Bassey’s remake of ‘Smile’ sounds absolutely phenomenal ... Bassey also made a rendition of 'Always On My Mind' by Elvis Presley ... The only new song on this album is the title track, ‘I Owe It All to You’, written by Don Black, who also wrote one the Bond theme Bassey sung, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. ‘I Owe It All To You’ is a wonderful title track, that certainly makes the album complete. (Celeb Mix, 11/13/2020)

  • Too Early for Christmas Music on the Radio? - Want an indication of the national mood? Take a look at how early Americans start wanting to hear Christmas music after a presidential election. In 2016, L.A. stations jumped the start of their all-holiday programming up earlier than ever before–in one case explicitly mentioning doing so in an attempt to soothe post-campaign nerves–and, this year, they’ve broken their own records. KOST 103.5, the most popular station for holiday music in L.A., switched over to festive tunes on November 5, less than 48 hours after polls closed. (L.A. Magazine, 11/10/2020)

  • Signed memorabilia part of upcoming City of Hope celebrity charity auction - Courtesy of City of Hope, collectible items signed by The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross and many other celebrities will go up for bid as part of an upcoming auction benefitting the City of Hope medical research and treatment center focused on cancer and other serious diseases. The virtual sale, dubbed the "Celebrity Sale4Hope," will kick off on November 17 at 6:30 p.m. PT with a ticketed VIP preview event hosted by Will & Grace star Eric McCormack and featuring appearances by veteran actor Craig Bierko, Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider and others. Tickets are available at The auction then will continue on November 18 and 19 with a public sale.

    Among the items being auctioned are a drum head signed by Dolenz and personalized with Monkees lyrics chosen by the winning bidder, an autographed tour program from Manilow and a limited-edition Ross poster autographed by the former Supremes singer. Other memorabilia set to go the block include an autographed CD copy of Barbra Streisand's Ghosts album and a vintage Who poster signed by band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Check out the full list of items at

    Most of the proceeds raised by the sale will benefit the City of Hope, while a smaller portion will go toward two other organizations: Greenlight Women and the Cancer Support Community LA Junior Board. Greenlight Women is an alliance of female entertainment industry professionals focusing on the needs and goals women over age 40. The Cancer Support Community LA Junior Board aids Los Angeles-area cancer patients and their families. (WXHC X-101, 11/10/2020)

  • Shirley Bassey: goodbye to the Grande Dame of Pop? - At 83, Shirley Bassey is as glamorous as ever. Before the release of her new album, the singer had her photograph taken in gold for the fashion magazine “Vogue”. The British pop diva even wore a gold mask, which became world famous in the 1960s with the James Bond title song “Goldfinger” and has been able to call herself “Dame Shirley” for about 20 years. Even the cover photo of her new studio album, the first in five years, shines with a golden light. The record company calls “I Owe It All To You” a “grand finale” ... In “I Owe It All To You” [she] presents a lavishly orchestrated blend of covers and new songs ... The 83-year-old dramatically sings “Who Wants To Live Forever” by Queen. Bassey sings the classic “Always On My Mind”, with which Elvis Presley and the Pet Shop Boys have had great success, with an almost contagious melancholy. In between is also a number of big bands that randomly swing like “Look But Don’t Touch” ... Barry Manilow’s uplifting and powerful ballad, “I Made It Through The Rain”, is adopted by Bassey as if there was never another version ... With its positive message, the song is updated again. “It’s so important to know that everything will be fine and we will make it,” Bassey says confidently. “The songs I chose all seem very personal and have a connection with my life,” emphasizes the singer. If “I Owe It All To You” were to actually be her latest work, Dame Shirley Bassey was able to say goodbye tailored. (Illadel Graff Supply, 09 November 2020)

  • Gary Barlow announces new album Music Played By Humans out November 27 - Gary Barlow has announced details of his first solo album in seven years. Music Played By Humans will be released on Friday November 27 and is available to pre-order now on CD, CD boxset, CD with hardbook book, download, limited edition red vinyl and cassette formats. Gary's fifth studio album is trailed by the lead single Elita featuring Canadian crooner Michael Buble and Colombian singer Sebastian Yatra, out now. The orchestral collection features original songs that provide a contemporary take on big band music that captured Gary's imagination growing up. In addition to being accompanied by an 80-piece orchestra for the album, Music Played By Humans features additional collaborations with Beverley Knight, Alesha Dixon, James Corden, Chilly Gonzales, Ibrahim Maalouf and Avishai Cohen. The standard album contains 14 tracks, with a duet with Barry Manilow ("You Make The Sun Shine") and four further songs on the deluxe edition... (Official Charts, 30 September 2020)

  • Star-Studded Carousel Of Hope To Celebrate Major Milestones - DENVER (CBS4) – The Children’s Diabetes Foundation hosts the Carousel of Hope as a fundraiser, in addition to that, this year it will be a virtual celebration. Normally, the Carousel of Hope Ball travels between Denver and Los Angeles every year. This year, it’s in California, but because it’s virtual everyone can participate. “This year it’s normally in California, and it’s a very exclusive invite only. But it’s virtual, so we are inviting everyone. And anybody can register. It’s free at,” said Dana Davis, Executive Director of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation.

    The Los Angeles event is always a star-studded event, with big name performances. Davis said that this year will be no different. “Even as we started it, we had more and more people asking to join. People like Oprah Winfrey, Maria Shriver, and Tom Hanks, that are going to be giving messages. We have people like Sam Smith, and Adam Lambert, Barry Manilow, Rod [Stewart] performing, and then we have David Copperfield doing a magic trick, and Judge Judy doing a special little something. So it’s really grown into this super cool show, and we’re excited,” Davis explained. This is a big year for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes is celebrating 40-years of top-quality Type 1 diabetes care. And Barbara Davis, herself, is celebrating her 90th birthday.

    While registration for the event is free, there will be a silent auction and donations are encouraged. Carousel of Hope is a fundraiser, providing much needed funding to the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. “What’s really important this year is COVID has affected our patients a lot, so we have a higher percentage of patients living at or below the poverty level. As well as, patients, families who have lost insurance so we care for patients no matter their ability to pay. And we have more and more patients that are required to have free care. This money will go directly to the clinics and to care of patients at this point,” Davis told CBS4. The virtual 34th Annual Carousel of Hope is Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. MST. The event is free, and will stream exclusively on (CBS4 Denver, 10/7/2020)

  • More Added to Carousel of Hope Ball - The night of the Carousel of Hope Ball just got a little more starry! Event chair and host Barbara Davis and co-chair Dana Davis announced Monday that Sir Michael Caine, David Copperfield, John Elway, Kenny G, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Maria Shriver, Sam Smith, Sir Rod Stewart, Pia Toscano, and Usher will join the incredible line-up of talent for the virtual 2020 Carousel of Hope Ball on Saturday, Oct. 10.

    The biennial event, which is dedicated to raising funds for clinical care and diabetes research for the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and Children's Diabetes Foundation, will stream exclusively on PEOPLE. You can catch the livestream above on Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. You can also stream the event on PeopleTV, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

    This marks the first time in the event's history that the Carousel of Hope Ball will be available for public viewing. This year's event -- which is in partnership with PEOPLE -- will celebrate two very significant occasions: Davis' 90th birthday and the 40th Anniversary of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.

    This year's event will feature Jay Leno as master of ceremonies and David Foster as music director, George Schlatter as honorary producer, and Clive Davis and Quincy Jones as music chairmen. As previously announced, the evening will be filled with performances and special appearances from stars like Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, George Clooney, Dame Joan Collins, Clive Davis, Robert De Niro, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, Cynthia Erivo, Jane Fonda, David Geffen, Josh Groban, Samuel L. Jackson, Gladys Knight, Adam Lambert, Jay Leno, Rob Lowe, Nigel Lythgoe, Barry Manilow, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Diane Warren, Dionne Warwick, Oprah Winfrey, Henry Winkler, and many more!

    To Donate to the Children's Diabetes Foundation click here. For more information regarding the Children's Diabetes Foundation and the Carousel of Hope Ball, visit or (, 10/6/2020)

  • Las Vegas is Open! Win Barry Manilow Tickets & Getaway - FM100.3 is excited about Las Vegas coming back to life and reopening. To assist in spreading the word, our friends at Mixed Media Entertainment would love to give you a chance to win a weekend getaway to Las Vegas that includes: a two-night stay at the Westgate Hotel and Casino, dinner for two at the Edge Steakhouse and two great seats to see “Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home.” (FM100.3, 7/2/2020)

    “When The Good Times Come Again” Manilow Las Vegas Package includes:
    • Two VIP tickets to Barry Manilow: Las Vegas, The Hits Come Home (redemption through March 2021)
    • Two night stay at the Westgate Las Vegas
    • A dining experience at Edge Steakhouse (worth $100)


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  • CNN to host star-studded July 4th musical special - CNN will host a Fourth of July primetime musical special honoring the US military, frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic and citizens across the country demanding equality, the network announced Tuesday. CNN's "The Fourth in America" will air from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. ET and will be hosted by CNN's Don Lemon in New York and CNN's Dana Bash in Washington, DC.

    The event will feature musical performances from Jewel, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Andy Grammer, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana, CeCe Winans, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, The O'Jays, Don McLean, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, Harlem Gospel Choir, the original Broadway cast of Girl From the North Country, inspired by the legendary songs of Bob Dylan and the cast of Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of the Temptations.

    The special will also showcase orchestral performances from "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, the US Navy Band and the US Army Field Band. The New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco, Colorado, Houston, Chicago and New York Youth symphonies will all perform as well. "This is a Fourth of July like no other, occurring during the battle against a global pandemic and the fight for equality to assure everyone may realize the promise of America," the network said in a news release. "With most Fourth of July events canceled across the country, CNN will honor our fellow Americans," with a night of performances.

    Firework shows in New York, Washington, Jacksonville, Houston and Nashville will also be highlighted throughout the night. It will stream live for subscribers on's homepage and across mobile devices via CNN's apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo (at on your desktop, smartphone, and iPad, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, SamsungSmart TV, Chromecast and Android TV). (, 6/30/2020)

  • Don McLean, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Cindy and Carlos Santana, Jewel, CeCe Winans And More Set For CNN’s 'The Fourth In America' - CNN’s “The Fourth In America” will be like no other. CNN is marking America’s independence and celebrating the rich diversity of the people who helped build the United States, all while facing the battle against a global pandemic and the continued fight for racial justice. During a July 4th primetime special, CNN will honor our fellow Americans who defend our freedoms, demand equality for all, and are working on the front lines to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus. With many traditional Fourth of July events canceled across the country, CNN’S “The Fourth In America” will showcase musical performances from U.S. military bands, iconic singers, Broadway performers, and feature firework shows in multiple U.S. cities.

    The special will feature musical performances by: Andy Grammar, Barry Manilow, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, Carlos and Cindy Santana, CeCe Winans, Don McLean, Harlem Gospel Choir, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Jewel, Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, The O’Jays, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo as well as The Original Broadway Cast of Girl From the North Country, inspired by the legendary songs of Bob Dylan and the Cast of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations. And orchestral performances by: United States Army Field Band, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, United States Navy Band, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. In addition to New York and DC, the special will highlight firework shows in Jacksonville, Florida; Houston, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee.

    CNN’s “The Fourth in America” will stream live for subscribers on’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo (at on your desktop, smartphone, and iPad, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, SamsungSmart TV, Chromecast and Android TV). (, 6/30/2020)

  • Don McLean, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride & More Set for CNN's 'The Fourth in America' - CNN is celebrating America's independence and its diverse population on July 4 with The Fourth in America, a primetime special which hopes to honor Americans, demand equality and pay tribute to those on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Andy Grammar, Barry Manilow, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, Carlos and Cindy Santana, CeCe Winans, Don McLean, Harlem Gospel Choir, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Jewel, Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, The O’Jays, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo as well as The Original Broadway Cast of Girl From the North Country are all scheduled to perform at the star-studded event.

    United States Army Field Band, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, United States Navy Band, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony and San Francisco Symphony will also provide orchestral performances. The special will also feature firework shows in New York, Washington DC, Jacksonville, Florida; Houston, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee.

    CNN's The Fourth in America will stream live for subscribers on’s homepage and via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo. (Billboard, 6/30/2020)

  • Andy Cohen To Celebrate Pride With Limited-Edition Music Channel - Out celebrity Andy Cohen will celebrate Pride this weekend by turning his radio show into a Pride music channel. On what would have been New York's Pride weekend, Cohen is launching Pride Radio, a limited-edition music channel taking over Radio Andy on SiriusXM (channel 102). “We're giving you a delicious soundtrack for Pride weekend, courtesy of an incredible, eclectic group of performers,” Cohen said. “I can't wait to hear what's on everybody's playlist.” Andy Cohen's Pride Radio will launch on Friday, June 26 at 5 PM ET and run through Sunday, June 28. Andy Cohen and a number of celebrity guest DJs will play their favorite songs and offer commentary throughout the weekend. Taking over with their Pride anthems will be Jim Parsons, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Manilow, Matt Bomer, Paris Hilton, Erika Jayne, Adam Rippon, Kelly Osbourne, Margaret Cho, Jake Shears, Charlie Carver, Jonathan Bennett, and Kristin Chenoweth. Pride Radio will also be commercial-free. (On Top Magazine, 6/25/2020)

  • Hollywood Bowl Opens for One Night to Host Richard Weitz’s Zoom Concert - The pandemic concert series, a Hollywood hit, pushed past a new milestone over the weekend by raising north of $3 million, with Saturday's funds directed toward Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and No Kid Hungry. Minutes after 4 p.m. Saturday, Richard and Demi Weitz sat next to each other facing the same computer screen as they readied, for a 10th time, to co-host "Quarantunes," their pandemic Zoom concert series. The series started two months ago as a way to celebrate Demi’s 17th birthday with a little music and some industry friends but Richard, a partner at WME, soon realized his Rolodex could serve a new purpose during unprecedented times.

    He asked performers -- singers, songwriters, musicians, Broadway stars and so on -- to join the events from wherever they were in the world and do a song or three for an invite-only audience. Over the course of nine shows, $2.6 million has been raised for a roster of nonprofits in need during the COVID-19 crisis, caused by the novel coronavirus. More than 100 artists said yes to joining the series, including John Legend, Sting, Barry Manilow and John Mayer, while a long list of Hollywood stars, studio chiefs, insiders and creatives looked on from their respective homes.

    Richard promised Saturday’s show would be something special for Memorial Day weekend, but details were scant as they never reveal a lineup in advance ... Demi switched backdrops to reveal they were broadcasting live from the empty 17,500-seat amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood, opened exclusively for the fundraising initiative. Richard unmuted the Zoom audience which, by that point, had grown to its maximum capacity of 1000 viewers, a first for "Quarantunes" -- for good cause ... The spirit in the Zoom chat box exploded when Richard announced another special guest -- music superstar ... “Billie Eilish has always been ahead of her time, and she is so friggin smart,” says Mayor Garcetti in surprise appearance during Richard Weitz’s Hollywood Bowl show.

    Richard could barely contain his excitement to introduce the next performer who was the only act to perform on site: Kenny Loggins. "Now I can say I played the Hollywood Bowl," Loggins commented after his performance, which included the Caddyshack theme "I'm Alright," "Danger Zone," "Conviction of the Heart" and "Footloose."

    Saturday proved to be yet another four-hour marathon concert. Beck performed "Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime" and a cover of Prince’s "Raspberry Beret"; Bryan Adams turned out "Cuts Like a Knife"; Elvis Costello contributed "Alison" and "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding"; The Killers showed up in a sleek black-and-white video with "Caution" and a Tom Petty cover of "The Waiting"; Styx star Dennis DeYoung, a return guest in a USC sweatshirt, performed "Lady," "Come Sail Away" and "Babe"; Gloria Gaynor sang "I Will Survive"; Carlos Santana and wife Cindy performed "Black Magic Woman" and "Europa" from Hawaii; Rob Thomas followed them with a string of hits including his Santana collab “Smooth”; and Seal took time out of a house party to perform a never-heard-before original song followed by "Crazy" and "Kiss From a Rose."

    Manilow, who called the Bowl one of his favorite venues in the world, returned to "Quarantunes" to perform once again from his home, this time with "When the Good Times Come Again" (a resurgent hit during the pandemic) and the Richard-requested "Weekend in New England." Super fan Amy Adams hit the chat to say, "Crying. Thank you." There were appearances by Hollywood Bowl creative chair for jazz Herbie Hancock and Clive Davis, who has been a co-host of sorts throughout the series by helping book his roster of legendary artists or regaling the audience with legendary tales about his relationships and the stories behind the songs. Gavin DeGraw is one such artist who returned the favor and told a story about how he met and signed a record deal with Davis. DeGraw drew raves for his performances of "Not Over You." DeGraw then made way for the night’s next-to-last performer, Andy Grammer, who performed "Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)." And the closing act? New Order and the Pet Shop Boys. (The Hollywood Reporter, 5/24/2020)

  • On Saturday, the Hollywood Bowl reopened... For L.A. music fans, it was heartbreaking but unsurprising when the Hollywood Bowl canceled its season for the first time in nearly a century, because of COVID-19. But the beloved band shell wasn't completely emptied out. Not if you’re the WME partner who throws the hottest-ticket private Zoom party for the entertainment biz. For two months since the pandemic began, agent Richard Weitz and his 17-year-old daughter, Demi, have thrown invitation-only fundraising variety shows on Zoom that roped in A-list artists to perform, while film and music industry execs watched from their couches. The two usually host shows from their kitchen counter, but on Saturday, the regulars watched them beamed in from a familiar but now melancholy spot: a box at the Hollywood Bowl ... John Williams, whose "Star Wars" scores are a perpetual hit at Bowl movie nights, played Darth Vader’s theme music on his home piano. Kenny Loggins riffed on the "Footloose" theme from the upper reaches of the Bowl’s box seats, as the film's star Kevin Bacon watched from his own Zoom window. Rob Thomas hopped in (virtually) next to Carlos Santana, and Elvis Costello played an earnest version of “(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”. Beck played Prince’s "Raspberry Beret" and "Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime"; Barry Manilow's resurgent crowd favorite "When the Good Times Come Again" brought Amy Adams to tears in the group chat ("Crying. Thank you."). The Killers powered through an apropos cover of Tom Petty's "The Waiting," and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" had a new immediacy in the COVID era. Regulars like Clive Davis watched from home as classic-pop songwriter Carole Bayer Sager gabbed with guests in the screen rail ... For the thousand or so industry folks tuned in, it was a chance to see something, anything, on the most beloved stage in L.A. The rest of us will have to settle for screengrabs instead of wine-soused picnics and fireworks. It may be the first of more digital events to come. For the Bowl’s 2020 calendar, the clock’s at zero. L.A.’s ultimate power-Zoom livestream was, so far, the first, and last show of the season there. (L.A. Times, 5/24/2020)

  • One Voice, Birmingham: One Voice - In April 2020, during the global COVID-19 pandemic, based on an idea conceived by Barry Austin, a group of friends and theatre artists assembled in an effort to keep the music, and the hope, alive. This is the result of our second effort (April 30, 2020). (OneVoiceBham, 5/24/2020)

  • Upcoming Guests on The Late Late Show with James Corden - Each weeknight, James Corden invites the audience to join in on the fun as the Emmy Award-winning THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches. Corden differentiates his show by giving a peek behind-the-scenes into the green room, bringing all of his guests out at once and lending his musical and acting talents to various sketches. Additionally, bandleader Reggie Watts and the house band provide Corden with original, improvised music throughout the show. Since Corden took the reins as host in March 2015, the show has quickly become known for generating buzzworthy viral videos, such as "Carpool Karaoke." Monday, May 4: Allison Janney; musical performance by 5 Seconds of Summer. Tuesday, May 5: Alain de Botton; musical performance by Barry Manilow. Wednesday, May 6: Beanie Feldstein; musical performance by Machine Gun Kelly with special guest Travis Barker. Thursday, May 7: Laura Linney; musical performance by Ellie Goulding. Friday, May 8: Ellen Pompeo; Mike Colter; musical performance by Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine. (Broadway World, 5/4/2020)

  • Richard Weitz's Pandemic Parties Surpass $1M Milestone - What started simply, and privately, as a fun way to connect while celebrating a 17-year-old’s birthday five weeks ago has grown into a virtual fundraising phenomenon that crossed the $1 million mark Friday night during a concert event that featured the mayor of Atlanta, R&B superstars and Hollywood power players teaming up to raise money to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Anchored, promoted and hosted by WME partner Richard Weitz with daughter Demi from their Beverly Hills home, the pandemic concert series shifted focus to spotlight the work of United Way Worldwide in helping residents in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

    Well over $250,000 was raised during the four-plus hour event, funds that will be distributed to provide food assistance, education resources for kids, preventative healthcare, and financial support for families in need. Tonight’s showing followed a series of events over the past four weeks that featured more than 100 top artists showing off their talents to the tune of $850,000 for previous beneficiaries the Saban Community Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Hospital, United Way L.A. and New York City Health + Hospitals.

    Friday’s event started at 6 p.m. with remarks from Richard and Demi, both wearing United Way t-shirts with the slogan “Live United,” as they provided an update on the progress thus far. "I don’t think I’ve ever felt my heart beating so fast," Demi said. "I want to start by saying thank you everyone. It’s been overwhelming. I’m so grateful and so happy for each and every one [who has donated]. I didn’t even think we’d get to $10,000."

    Richard and Demi's pandemic parties started in mid-March when Richard tested out a virtual birthday party for Demi when most of the world had just started isolating under safe-at-home mandates. He booked his favorite Windy City piano man, Dario Giraldo of the Chicago’s Redhead Piano Bar, to entertain an intimate group but after Demi and friends got restless from the nostalgic jams, Weitz expanded the invite list to friends and Hollywood colleagues. It was an instant hit and since then, he’s hosted under a dozen events with big-name musical acts logging in to perform their hits while a select roster of invitees look on from their respective homes. "I wanted people to have a good time," Weitz previously told The Hollywood Reporter of why he started the gatherings. "It’s like comfort food - songs and artists that people have literally grown up with that make everyone happy and bring joy in this difficult time."

    The money kept pouring in past a million Friday night. Soul legend Jeffrey Osborne kicked off the night, and his presence at tonight’s event carried significant meaning for Osborne, he said, as he was still grieving the loss of both his manager and another friend, who died at Vanderbilt Hospital. "It’s hitting home for me now, and I really love that you’re doing something"... Clive Davis moved to speak early on, saying how he’d been watching the concert series since the beginning. Like such industry titans as Bob Iger, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Dana Walden and Jennifer Salke, Davis has been a constant face on the Zoom screen while watching from Palm Springs where he’s been waiting out the pandemic. "To see you reach these figures is [astonishing]," said Davis. He then singled out artists he’s helped deliver like Barry Gibb, Barry Manilow and Johnny Mathis, the latter two who appeared during a special April 25 edition of the series which featured singers, legends and Broadway stars raising money for New York City Health + Hospitals.

    Performers last weekend included Josh Groban, Josh Gad and Nikki M. James, Marcus Mumford, Barry Manilow (“When the Good Times Come Again” and a medley of five of his greatest hits including “Copacabana,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and "I Write the Songs"), Teddy Swims, Jessie Mueller, Adrienne Warren, Ramin Karimloo, Samantha Barks, Lauren Patten, Andy Karl and Orfeh, Brenock O’Connor, Ephraim Sykes , Erika Henningsen, Kyle Selig and the “Singing Surgeon” Dr. Elvis Francois. Hamilton was well represented by Leslie Odom and Christopher Jackson. Broadway star Keala Settle also delivered the chills when she dedicated “I’m Gone” from Hands on a Hard Body to Nick Cordero, who is currently battling COVID-19 while in an induced coma at Cedars-Sinai.

    Friday night (5/1): Davis also turned his attention to Bottoms and Atlanta when he said that he’s spent considerable time there with his artists like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick or working with producers like Dallas Austin, L.A. Reid and Babyface. “To see your heroic stand what you’re doing,” he said to the Mayor, “I want you to know we’re extremely proud of you” ... Davis then introduced Fantasia, saying that she follows in the “great tradition of Aretha and Whitney and I’m so grateful you joined us here tonight with your beautiful, beautiful voice.” Other highlights included Al B. Sure, Sheila E.’s medley of the Prince-penned "Glamorous Life" and "A Love Bizarre", Amos Lee’s soulful selection of songs on the piano, guitar and acapella, Jac Ross, Michael Franti, [the] Waldens, [and] Johnny Gill. The night stretched past 10 p.m. and Richard welcomed back Osborne to close the show ("Back in Love Again," "Love Ballad," and "What a Wonderful World"). (The Hollywood Reporter, 5/2/2020)

  • 5 Seconds Of Summer, Barry Manilow, Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker, Ellie Goulding Confirmed For 'Late Late Show With James Corden' Performances - Due to the host undergoing surgery, two of this past week’s “Late Late Show With James Corden” episodes did not air as planned. That means fans did not get to see previously advertised performances by 5 Seconds of Summer and Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker. They will have the chance this coming week. CBS has officially confirmed that 5SOS will perform on the May 4 episode, while MGK and Barker will play the May 6 broadcast. Other upcoming musical guests include Barry Manilow on May 5 and Ellie Goulding on May 7. The performances, like all celebrity appearances during the pandemic, will be via remote video. Corden will be broadcasting segments from his garage. (Headline Planet, 5/1/2020)

  • Michael Damian to interview Barry Manilow on his radio show - Michael Damian will interview Barry Manilow on his radio show Throwback Thursday. The show airs on multiple radio stations, but is broadcast primarily from As times have changed, more people are listening to less of a dial-by-turn radio and accessing music from digitally broadcast Internet broadcasts. Damian's show is the best of both worlds. He presents the program in the same way that any disc jockey of the 70s or 80s would, but uses digital broadcasting to ensure that everyone with access to an internet broadcast can listen. Although you might think that the station is a favorite only for Young and Restless fans (Michael played Danny Romalotti from time to time from 1980 to 2013) which has not turned out to be the case. Michael knows that music has grown in the industry and is an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, and the music he selects for the show takes the listener on a pleasant journey down memory lane. Each show is played and repeated the next hour, starting at 6 p.m. PT and 7 p.m. PT; 9 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET and includes an interview with a celebrity. Fans enjoy the famous surprise guest as much as they enjoy listening to the carefully selected songs that Michael Damian selects, and yes, he accepts requests. On Thursday April 30, 2020, the celebrity surprise guest will be Barry Manilow. Join me to start my radio show Throwback Thursday @ 6PM PST! I have super star @Barry Manilow on tonight's show! Click to listen. (Up News Info, 4/30/2020)

  • Palm Beach Cultural Organizations Join in One Voice - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect day-to-day life, Palm Beach County cultural organizations have joined together to offer a message of hope. In partnership with the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, four of the area’s top arts organizations -- the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, and Ballet Palm Beach -- recorded an online performance of Barry Manilow’s “One Voice.” The video illustrates that, although concerts, performances, and large gatherings are currently on hold, the arts still thrive in the Palm Beaches.

    Andrew Kato, producing artistic director and chief executive of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, produced the video, which opens with young vocalists from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts. “I suggested the song 'One Voice' because the lyrics speak to the isolation we feel and how we can come together as one unified county,” Kato said in a statement. “One lone voice is joined by another and another and then is joined by a chorus of voices, instruments, and movements that unite to shine a light on Palm Beach County and the unparalleled, unique cultural arts we all contribute to our community. I’m extremely proud of the quality and diversity of work that is being created in South Florida.”

    The video continues with the addition of vocals by recent graduates from Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artist Program and Bailey Apprentice Artist Program, and is set to a score performed by some of Palm Beach Symphony’s principal musicians. All of the artists recorded their parts at their own homes, including ballerina Lily Ojea Loveland, who worked on her dance solo during remote rehearsals with Colleen Smith, the company’s founding artistic director.

    All four of the participating arts organizations are looking ahead to their 2020-21 seasons. As they prepare for better days, these creatives are shining a spotlight on how the arts can help us all get through this difficult time. (Palm Beach Illustrated, 4/20/2020)

  • The 10 shows and performers we’re looking forward to seeing again once this crisis is over - I would love to say that I’m counting down the days until the coronavirus pandemic is in the rear-view mirror, but since the pandemic and our subsequent social distancing measures will stretch out indefinitely, there aren’t any tangible days to count. Though, I suppose I could say that I can’t wait until this is all over. You may have already inferred that the future of Las Vegas entertainment is uncertain. The next few weeks -- and, possibly, months -- in Las Vegas may remain dark (in entertainment lingo, not existentially). But we are anxiously awaiting the time in which our beloved entertainers return. Looking ahead to that moment, here are entertainers we’re looking forward to seeing post-pandemic ... #1 - Absinthe ... #2 - Barry Manilow, Westgate Las Vegas Music brings communities together. And nothing says community like a massive singalong. With Barry Manilow, that’s exactly what you’ll get when he returns to Vegas. And, even though you’re probably super cool, don’t pretend like you don’t know his biggest hits. You do... #3 - Carrot Top ... #4 - Extravaganza—The Vegas Spectacular ... #5 - Jabbawockeez ... #6 - Jen Kramer ... #7 - Kelly Clarkson ... #8 - Lady Gaga ... 9 - Mat Franco ... #10 - Carlos Santana. (Las Vegas Magazine, 4/15/2020)

  • Rosie O’Donnell’s live-streaming fund-raiser nets over $600,000 for The Actors Fund - Everything’s coming up Rosie! Rosie O’Donnell’s star-studded, live reboot of her Emmy-winning talk show raised over $600,000 for The Actors Fund to help during the coronavirus crisis, which has forced Broadway shows to go dark through April 13. The 3-1/2 hour event, which streamed live on and its official YouTube page, featured appearances and performances from Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Harvey Fierstein, Neil Patrick Harris, Barry Manilow, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Jordin Sparks, Ben Vereen, Tituss Burgess and Kristin Chenoweth, among others -- all from the comfort of their own homes and other places of isolation ... [Manilow] closed the show with a medley of his big hits, including "Copacabana," "Can't Smile Without You" and "[I Made It Through The Rain]." During its six-season run, the nationally syndicated “Rosie O’Donnell Show” was celebrated for devoting more airtime to promoting theatrical productions than any other national show in television history. O’Donnell, who starred in Broadway productions of “Grease” and “Fiddler on the Roof” and produced the Boy George “Taboo” musical, was awarded the Isabelle Stevenson Award during the 2014 Tony Awards, in recognition of her commitment to arts education. (New York Daily News, 3/23/2020)

  • Rosie O’Donnell Livestream Special Raises $600,000 For The Actors Fund During Coronavirus Pandemic - Sunday’s one-night-only, celebrity-packed livestream return of The Rosie O’Donnell Show raised more than $600,000 in support of The Actors Fund during the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers say. The special, hosted by O’Donnell and streamed live on and its YouTube channel, featured performances and appearances by numerous Broadway and TV stars, including Shoshana Bean, Tituss Burgess, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jordan Fisher, Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald & Will Swenson, Katharine McPhee & David Foster, Alan Menken, Matthew Morrison, Ben Platt, Billy Porter and Barry Manilow, among others.

    O’Donnell conducted remote interviews with Laura Benanti, Nate Berkus, Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Erivo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Harvey Fierstein, Judith Light, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jeremy Pope, Randy Rainbow, Chita Rivera, and Miranda Sings. Other celebrities, including Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, sent video messages.

    The special was produced by actor/producer Erich Bergen, and presented in partnership with Revelations Entertainment and The special was directed by Paul Wontorek. The Actors Fund is a national human services organization serving everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Donations are still being accepted at (Deadline, 3/23/2020)

  • Rosie O'Donnell's One-Night-Only Show Raises $500,000 for The Actors Fund - On Sunday (March 22), Rosie O'Donnell brought back her popular 90's talk show for one night only (in virtual form), with the goal of raising money for The Actors Fund amid the coronavirus crisis, which has led to Broadway cancelations through mid-April. And the night was a success, as the show raised an incredible $500,000. "1/2 a million dollars for the actors fund - thank u everyone," O'Donnell shared on Twitter to celebrate the accomplishment. According to Variety, O’Donnell contributed $100,000 of her own money to the fund, which helps people in arts in entertainment needing anything from financial assistance, counseling, insurance, addiction recovery, housing and more. The live stream featured performances and appearances from entertainers at home, including Idina Menzel, Barry Manilow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ben Platt, Jordin Sparks, Billy Porter Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris and many more... (Billboard, 3/23/2020)

  • Kenny Rogers: Life in Photos - 1984: Kenny Rogers (August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020), Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Barry Manilow and Quincy Jones attend the 11th Annual American Music Awards on Jan. 16, 1984. (Billboard, 3/21/2020)

  • LI's Rosie O'Donnell reviving her talk show as a livestreaming charity benefit - The theater community has been brought to its knees in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and Rosie O'Donnell wants to lend a helping hand. On Sunday at 7 p.m., the Commack-raised comedian will revive "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" as a livestream event on and the site's YouTube channel as a benefit for The Actors Fund. Among the many stars slated to appear are Northport native Patti LuPone, Syosset's Idina Menzel, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Estefan, Brooklyn's Barry Manilow, Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and Chita Rivera. Also on hand will be John McDaniel, the "O'Donnell" show's original music director, composer and producer. “Everybody who knows me knows that Broadway has been one of the brightest lights in my life since the time I was a little girl. It has also been the lifeblood of New York City for generation after generation," said O'Donnell, who turns 58 on Saturday, in a statement. "After all Broadway has given to the world, now — in this time of tremendous need — it’s our turn to give something back. There is no better way to support this community than via The Actors Fund. And, with a lineup like this, I dare you not to tune in.” The Actors Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides services from health care to financial assistance to those in the entertainment industry. For more information or to donate, visit (Newsday, 3/20/2020)

  • THE ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW is back! - New York, NY (March 18, 2020) – 12-time Emmy Award® winner and Tony Award® recipient Rosie O’Donnell and actor/Producer Erich Bergen are proud to announce the one-night-only return of the legendary, 25-time Emmy Award winning “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” This special event has been conceived as a LIVE streaming fundraiser for The Actors Fund, in order to help in this time of crisis. Presented in partnership with Revelations Entertainment and, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” will be broadcast live on Sunday, March 22nd at 7:00pm ET on the theater world’s premier online content provider,, and will also be livestreamed on’s YouTube channel.

    The special program will feature performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in all of entertainment, all participating live from their comfort of their own home, including Sebastian Arcelus, Skylar Astin, Beth Behrs, Erich Bergen, Nate Berkus, Stephanie J. Block, Matthew Broderick, Tituss Burgess, Norbert Leo Butz, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Harvey Fierstein, David Foster, Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Hilty, Judith Light, Barry Manilow, Rob McClure, Audra McDonald, Katharine McPhee, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lauren Patten, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Lea Salonga, Miranda Sings, Jordin Sparks, Ben Vereen, Adrienne Warren, James Wesley, and more!

    Grammy Award® and two-time Emmy Award winner John McDaniel, the original Music Director/Composer/Producer of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” to also return.

    In a statement, Ms. O’Donnell said: “Everybody who knows me knows that Broadway has been one of the brightest lights in my life since the time I was a little girl. It has also been the lifeblood of New York City for generation after generation. After all Broadway has given to the world, now – in this time of tremendous need – it’s our turn to give something back. There is no better way to support this community than via The Actors Fund. And, with a line-up like this, I dare you not to tune in.”

    Mr. Bergen added, “This is the ultimate win-win proposition; The Actors Fund needs our support, and we’re all desperate for some fabulous entertainment we can enjoy from the safety of our own homes. I’m so grateful to Rosie, and to this truly jaw-dropping array of talent that have agreed to participate.”

    “Because social distancing is so important right now, this amazing benefit is an incredible show of support to lift spirits, bring us all together virtually and help The Actors Fund help those in need. Now more than ever, people in our community are depending on The Fund’s vital services,” said Fund Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell. “It’s critical that we be there for those in need, in particular our seniors and the immunocompromised individuals who need our help, as well as those in financial distress.”

    For six remarkable seaons, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” remained the hottest thing in daytime televison. From it’s first season to its final episode, which culminated in a giant Broadway medley, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” devoted more airtime to promoting theatrical productions than any other national program in television history. Even after ending her show, O’Donnell has remained a tireless supporter of Broadway, as a performer, a producer, an outspoken fan, and a three-time host of the Tony Awards. In 2014, the Tony Awards honored O’Donnell with its Isabelle Stevenson Award in recognition of her comittment to arts education.

    The Actors Fund services remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community. These services include: Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance, as well as The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

    To make a tax-deductible donation, visit (Press Release, 3/18/2020)

  • Coronavirus: Rosie O'Donnell to reboot her talk show for star-studded one-night special online fundraiser - As the coronavirus pandemic keeps getting out of control with people succumbing to the virus and more and more people testing positive across the globe, Rosie O'Donnell is doing her bit to help in this time of crisis. 'The Rosie O'Donnell Show' will return for a one-night special to raise money for the cause. This Sunday (March 22), Rosie O'Donnell and actor and producer Erich Bergen will be bringing back the Emmy-winning show as a live, one-night-only streaming fundraiser for The Actors Funds.

    Before you get concerned for the safety of your favorite stars participating in the fundraiser, we must clarify that the participating stars Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Billy Porter and Morgan Freeman among many others will be signing in from their homes. "Everybody who knows me knows that Broadway has been one of the brightest lights in my life since the time I was a little girl," a statement from O’Donnell said. "It has also been the lifeblood of New York City for generation after generation. After all, Broadway has given to the world, now — in this time of tremendous need — it’s our turn to give something back. There is no better way to support this community than via The Actors Fund. And, with a line-up like this, I dare you not to tune in."

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, David Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Barry Manilow, Audra McDonald, Katharine McPhee, Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, Miranda Sings, Jordin Sparks, Ben Vereen, Skylar Astin, Beth Behr, Tituss Burgess and Kristin Chenoweth will also be joining in from their homes as they continue self-isolating.

    With the virus continuing to spread throughout the country, social distancing regulations have been implemented by governments to slow the spread of the disease. Bergen added that the live streaming of the show will not only raise money but also provide entertainment to millions of viewers. "This is the ultimate win-win proposition. The Actors Fund needs our support, and we’re all desperate for some fabulous entertainment we can enjoy from the safety of our own homes. I’m so grateful to Rosie, and to this truly jaw-dropping array of talent that have agreed to participate," she added.

    "Because social distancing is so important right now, this amazing benefit is an incredible show of support to lift spirits, bring us all together virtually and help The Actors Fund help those in need," The Actors Fund chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell said. "Now more than ever, people in our community are depending on The Fund’s vital services."

    'The Rosie O'Donnell Show' will stream live on Sunday, March 22, at 7pm ET and 4pm PT on It will also be available on's YouTube channel. (MEAWW, 3/19/2020)

  • 'The Rosie O’Donnell Show' to Return for One-Night Special to Fundraise Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” is returning for one night only, featuring some of the biggest names in Broadway. O’Donnell will live-stream a special on Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. ET, to benefit The Actors Fund, which provides resources to those in the entertainment community in need. The special comes after Broadway canceled all of its performances through April 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The performers, who will all participate from home, include Sebastian Arcelus, Skylar Astin, Beth Behrs, Erich Bergen, Nate Berkus, Stephanie J. Block, Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker, Tituss Burgess, Norbert Leo Butz, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Harvey Fierstein, David Foster, Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Hilty, Judith Light, Barry Manilow, Rob McClure, Audra McDonald, Katharine McPhee, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Lauren Patten, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Lea Salonga, Miranda Sings, Jordin Sparks, Ben Vereen, Adrienne Warren and James Wesley.

    “Everybody who knows me knows that Broadway has been one of the brightest lights in my life since the time I was a little girl,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “It has also been the lifeblood of New York City for generation after generation. After all Broadway has given to the world, now – in this time of tremendous need – it’s our turn to give something back. There is no better way to support this community than via The Actors Fund. And, with a line-up like this, I dare you not to tune in.”

    Brian Stokes-Mitchell, chairman of The Actors Fund, added, “Because social distancing is so important right now, this amazing benefit is an incredible show of support to lift spirits, bring us all together virtually and help The Actors Fund help those in need. Now more than ever, people in our community are depending on The Fund’s vital services.” He said, “It’s critical that we be there for those in need, in particular our seniors and the immunocompromised individuals who need our help, as well as those in financial distress.”

    “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” special will be broadcast on and live-streamed on’s YouTube channel. (Variety, 3/18/2020)

  • Rosie O'Donnell's One-Night-Only Coronavirus Fundraiser to Feature Idina Menzel, Barry Manilow & More - The Rosie O'Donnell Show is coming back -- for one night only. O'Donnell will be hosting the special event, which will air live on on March 22. The night aims to raise money for The Actors Fund amid the coronavirus crisis, which has led to Broadway cancelations through mid-April. The host's daytime talk show aired for six seasons from 1996 to 2002.

    According to People, who first announced the news, the star-studded evening will feature a number of performances and appearances from entertainers at home, including Idina Menzel, Barry Manilow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ben Platt, Jordin Sparks, Billy Porter Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris and many more.

    The one-night Rosie O'Donnell show will air live on Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. EST on and its YouTube channel. To make a donation, click here. (Billboard, 3/18/2020)

  • Manilow shuffles - Barry Manilow has announced his dates this month and April at Westgate’s International Theater are off the schedule. He’s reset for May 28-30, and June 4-6, along with shows already scheduled June 18-20 and June 25-27. Additional new dates are July 2-4, continuing on with added shows Oct. 22-24, and Dec. 3-5. Manilow has also moved his May and June tour dates in the U.K. to late August and September. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/17/2020)

  • Barry Manilow Announces Curtis Stigers As Special Guest For UK Arena Shows - Barry Manilow has announced that Curtis Stigers will be the special guest on his upcoming UK shows. The singer-songwriter and saxophonist will join Manilow at concerts in Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, London and Glasgow in May and June. He won't appear on the bill in Leeds.

    Manilow's summer dates will follow last September's performance at BBC Proms in the Park in London and 17 sold out concerts on Broadway. Tickets are on sale now.

    Barry Manilow Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

    • Thu May 28 2020 - BIRMINGHAM Resorts World Arena
    • Sat May 30 2020 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Utilita Arena
    • Sun May 31 2020 - MANCHESTER Arena
    • Tue June 02 2020 - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
    • Thu June 04 2020 - LONDON O2 Arena
    • Sat June 06 2020 - LEEDS first direct Arena
    • Sun June 07 2020 - GLASGOW SSE Hydro

    Click here to compare & buy Barry Manilow Tickets at (Stereo Board, 09 March 2020)

  • Barry Manilow's Copacabana 3/20-3/28 - Westmont's Spring Musical is Barry Manilow's Copacabana. "Her name was Lola. She was a showgirl...." The hit song springs to life onstage in this spectacular tale of romance and stardom that has captivated audiences across the globe. Rating: PG. Westmont High School, 4805 Westmont Avenue, Campbell, CA, 95008.

    Dates: March 20, 21 & 26, 27, 28 @ 7:00 pm. Wednesday, March 25th @ 3:00 pm. Saturday, March 28th @ 2:00 pm Tickets: All tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Wednesday 3/25 performance only - at the door: $10 student / ASB. Thursday 3/26 performance is a Pay What You Will performance for any remaining tickets sold at the door.

    The link for tickets is: Online ticket sales are available until 3 hours before each performance. All audience members must have a ticket - due to fire regulations, no babies in arms or on laps are permitted. NOTE: If your child is too young to be still in their own seat, they are too young to attend this show. (, 3/2/2020)

  • What's happening in Las Vegas? Barry Manilow! - Don’t miss the landmark musical production Barry Manilow: The Hits Come Home! at the Westgate International Theater. It’s back March 5-7 and 26-28, and Manilow has plenty of dates booked in April, May and June as well. The legend continues to get cozier in this current run and his show really makes this classic showroom his home. While it’s a fan-pleasing set packed with his most recognizable work and lots of storytelling explaining the emotions behind the music, Manilow continues to craft new songs and recordings. He’s currently working on Night Songs II, a romantic follow-up to his 2014 collection of beloved cover tunes. The first release from the new album is “My Funny Valentine,” demonstrating another of Manilow’s talents: his ability to interpret classics in a way that really resonates. (Las Vegas Magazine, 2/28/2020)

  • Barry Manilow calls off Thursday night performance at Westgate - Barry Manilow has called out of his Thursday-night show at International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas. Manilow is reportedly under the weather, nothing serious. Ticket refunds are furnished at the point of purchase. Tickets to Thursday’s performance can also be used for a future show. Manilow is due back Friday and Saturday nights. The hotel is also giving a coupon for a free buffet to all ticket-holders to the canceled show, along with tickets to any Thursday night shows at Westgate Cabaret... (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/20/2020)

  • Best Bets for your Las Vegas weekend ... Barry Manilow - BARRY MANILOW “The Hits Come Home!” returns to the Westgate International Theater for the next two weekends, ostensibly giving Manilow a break from working on his new album, “Night Songs II,” said to be a stripped-down set of just piano and vocals and some of the most beloved songs ever written. February 14-15, info at (Las Vegas Sun, 2/14/2020)

  • The big gigs across Wales in 2020 you have to get tickets for - Whatever your musical taste, from Stormzy to Michael Buble, Stereophonics to Barry Manilow, the gigs in Wales for 2020 are not to be missed. There are lots of great music gigs in Wales in 2020. Both indoor and outdoor arena shows will have you rocking, thrashing, or smooching in the aisles. We've got Grammy and Brit Award-winners and Spotify record-breakers, legends, and new faces all heading our way. Of course there are going to be outdoor gigs in Cardiff Castle again while Rammstein are at the Principality Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium sees visits from Little Mix and Westlife... Barry Manilow: Following his headline sold-out performance at the BBC Proms in the Park in London last summer and 17 sold-out concerts on Broadway, Manilow announced that he will return to the UK in 2020 for a limited number of arena concerts and one of them is in Wales. When: Tuesday, June 2. Where: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff. Tickets can be bought here. (Wales Online, 30 December 2019)

  • New Year's Eve playlist: 12 songs to ring in 2020 - Well, that happened quickly. It's the end of the year and the final hours of the decade. Both have been great in music: With 2019 albums from Taylor Swift ("Lover") and Billie Eilish ("When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?") and decade-best songs from Lady Gaga ("Born This Way") and Beyonce ("Flawless"). Now that it's New Year's Eve, it's time to think about what songs you'd like to help ring in 2020. We compiled a playlist of some of our old and new favorites, spanning pop (ABBA), rock (Eagles) and country royalty (Kacey Musgraves).

    "New Year's Day," U2
    "Auld Lang Syne – The New Year's Anthem," Mariah Carey
    "Funky New Year," Eagles
    "Happy New Year," ABBA
    "New Year's Day," Taylor Swift
    "Let's Start the New Year Right," Bing Crosby
    "New Year's Prayer," Jeff Buckley
    "New Year's Day," Hootie & The Blowfish
    "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Kacey Musgraves
    "New Year," Beach House
    "The New Year," Death Cab for Cutie
    "It's Just Another New Year's Eve," Barry Manilow
    (USA Today, 12/27/2019)

  • Westgate Announces January & February 2020 Entertainment - Barry Manilow: The Hits Come Home. Dates: February 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22; March 5, 6, 7, 26, 27 and 28. Time: 7:00 p.m. Venue: Westgate International Theater. Tickets: Tickets will range in price from $49.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees. Description: GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician Barry Manilow is returning to Las Vegas with a brand-new stage production to perform his extensive catalog of hits as the exclusive headliner at the Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The legendary entertainer will return to where he previously made his spectacular residency debut on February 24, 2005. The 85-minute show will celebrate Barry Manilow’s greatest hits. Tickets for show dates through November 2020 are currently on sale. Dates include February 13-15, February 20-22; March 5-7, March 26-28; April 11-13, April 18-20; May 9-11; May 23-25; June 6-8; June 13-15. (Gaming Today, 12/27/2019)

  • Kats! Awards are in - The Kats! Bureau was unstoppable in 2019 ... Once again, we close the year with a blast of C02 cannons and a burst of golden confetti with my own awards to the those deserving figures in VegasVille ... Let’s hit it: ... [For] Broadway-Vegas Ambassador Award: Barry Manilow, who lit up Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in the finale of his 17-show run in his native New York City in August. Immediately afterward, he said he wanted to extend his residency at International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas. The hotel was listening, and Manilow is booked through November 2020. We understand Rico still wears a diamond, and Lola is in recovery... (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12/24/2019)

  • 'Rumour' Has It: Only 5 Albums Were #1 in 1977 - In an unusual circumstance, only five albums reached #1 that year, according to the Record World sales charts. And one so thoroughly dominated sales, that it remains the sixth biggest album of all-time in the States. Here’s a recap of 1977’s chart topping albums in the U.S. [Note: A few titles that didn’t reach #1 on Record World, hit the top on its rival, Billboard.]: A Star is Born (Original Soundtrack) (7 weeks) ... Eagles – Hotel California (11) ... Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (32) ... Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life (1) ... Barry Manilow Live (1): The hitmaker was in the midst of a stretch of five consecutive Top 10 studio albums. His singles were Top 40 favorites, earning the singer-songwriter three #1s in that same span. This live collection was recorded in New York City. The May release reached #1 on July 2. (Best Classic Bands, 12/22/2019)

  • Manilow’s ‘Harmony’ pushes back premiere - “Harmony,” a new musical by Barry Manilow about a real-life band in Weimar Germany, was supposed to be produced this winter by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. However, the production has been pushed back to 2021 due to recent illness and scheduling conflicts on the part of director-choreographer Warren Carlyle. The Folksbiene is currently presenting “The Sorceress,” a 19th-century Yiddish-language fairy tale operetta, at the museum. (AM New York, 12/10/2019)

  • Listen for your chance to win The Manilow Las Vegas Holiday Prize Package! - Are you looking to gift someone the ultimate holiday gift this year? You could have the chance to win two VIP tickets to Barry Manilow: Las Vegas, The Hits Come Home as he returns to his residency at the International Theater at the Westgate February 12th through November 21st! You’ll also get a two night stay at the Westgate Las Vegas, Serenity Spa experience, dining for two at Edge Steakhouse and a travel voucher to help get you there!

    Listen to the Mark Thompson show every weekday starting Tuesday December 3rd through Friday December 13th for your chance to score the Manilow Las Vegas Holiday Prize Package! All you have to do is listen for the cue to call, be caller #8 and you are qualified! From the 8 qualifiers, a winner will be picked and announced on Mark’s show on Monday December 16th. For official contest rules, click here.

    Manilow Las Vegas Holiday Prize Package includes:
    • Two VIP tickets to Barry Manilow: Las Vegas, The Hits Come Home as he returns to his residency at the International Theater at The Westgate February 13th – November 21st.
    • Two night stay at the Westgate Las Vegas
    • Serenity Spa Experience
    • Dining for two at Edge Steakhouse
    • $400 travel voucher

    About Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino: A legendary world-class destination, offers a unique blend of amenities and excitement with all your favorite table games, hottest slots on the market, incredible restaurants, endless entertainment, more than 225,000 square feet of meeting space and the world’s largest Race & Sports SuperBook®, which is home to Nevada’s largest wagering system and more than 4,488 square feet of state-of-the-art HD video screens, in a comfortable, smoke-free environment. Westgate Las Vegas provides a range of culinary adventures with eight restaurants, including the world-famous Benihana, the award-winning Edge Steakhouse and the newest addition Fresco Italiano. The property features entertainment options in the International Theater and the Westgate Cabaret and has recently undergone a more than $150 million renovation, that has encompassed every square inch of the property, including the addition of 300 timeshare villas, the all-new International Bar, a fully renovated pool deck, 1,200 remodeled Signature Rooms and the luxurious Serenity Spa, which was recently awarded the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award. For more information or to book accommodations, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to For more show information and how to purchase your tickets, click here! (KGO Radio 810, 12/2/2019)

  • Goldie Hawn hosts star-studded event on behalf of MindUP - She’s known for her relaxed, effortless style at public events and Goldie Hawn didn’t disappoint in the fashion department as she hit the red carpet for a charity event honouring American singer-songwriter Barry Manilow. Accompanied by her gorgeous six-year-old granddaughter Rio (the daughter of Goldie’s 39-year-old son Oliver Hudson), the 74-year-old actress looked glamorous in a stylish pair of black skinny jeans and a loose silk cami layered over a black singlet, coordinated with a pair of red suede thigh-high boots ... Goldie hosted the star-studded event on behalf of her foundation MindUP, which helps children improve brain health through mindfulness practices ... “Couldn’t have picked a better date than my granddaughter Rio for my event in Palm Desert benefiting MindUP where we honored the wonderful Barry Manilow,” she wrote. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who came and made this event a success. We are so grateful for your support!” (Starts at 60, 11/27/2019)

  • Win the Barry Merry Holiday Getaway to See Barry Manilow in Las Vegas - FM100.3 (KSFI, based in Salt Lake City, Utah) is giving away a getaway to go see Barry Manilow in Las Vegas. You can qualify 5 times per day at 8:20, 9:20, 11:20, 1:20 and 4:20 to become a finalist to score a Barry Merry Holiday Getaway to see Barry Manilow in Las Vegas! Grand prize includes; Two tickets to Barry Manilow: Las Vegas, The Hits Come Home as he returns to his residency at the International Theater at The Westgate February 13th – November 21st 2020, Two night stay at the Westgate Las Vegas, Serenity Spa Experience and Dining for two at Edge Steakhouse! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

    Tickets for Barry Manilow: Las Vegas, The Hits Come Home range in price from $19.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees. Shows at 7:00 pm. For more show and ticket information, please visit or (FM 100.3 Salt Lake City, 11/22/2019)

  • News 8 Throwback - The Man-i-low himself came to San Diego in September 1981 playing several of his hits for an adoring audience. After the show the singer-songwriter sat down for an interview with News 8 discussing his popularity and what he believed to be the keys to his success. At that time, he’d had 15 consecutive Top 10 hit songs on the charts. This clip also includes footage of one of the pop icon’s many popular tunes, “Can’t Smile Without You.” These days Barry Manilow is still going strong with a residency at Westgate Las Vegas and he recently announced UK tour dates for 2020. (CBS 8 San Diego, 11/21/2019)

  • Spring Training, Barry Manilow Tickets Headline Wednesday Onsales - MLB spring training tickets and Barry Manilow’s Las Vegas residency are among tickets going on sale Wednesday ... Manilow’s residency at the Westgate has extended through November 2020, with tickets to next year’s performances on presale tomorrow (November 20th)... (TicketNews, 11/19/2019)

  • Introducing Barry Manilow - Harold and Edna Pincus’ little boy, Barry Pincus, was born and bred in Brooklyn in 1943. Here, 22 years later, he is pictured funding his studies via a part-time job. Not just any studies, though, and not just any part-time job. In 1965, Barry was a student at the New York College of Music, and the job he bagged was working at CBS records. It was CBS who took these photos. Why? Actually, there was no real reason - CBS didn’t have some kind of musical crystal ball revealing the future transformation of Barry Pincus into Barry Manilow (Edna’s maiden name). Rather, these were run-of-the-mill work shots to record yet another employee ... It was CBS that inadvertently created a future for Manilow when, in 1964, Barry met CBS director Bro Herrod. Herrod asked Manilow to arrange some songs for an off-Broadway production. In return, Manilow slightly over-delivered by providing an entire score. The show ran for eight years. Much of the remainder of Manilow’s 1960s were spent churning out -- and singing on -- advertising jingles, including McDonalds, KFC, Pepsi, Band-Aid and Dr Pepper. Less than ten years later, he was a bona fide star! (Considerable., 11/4/2019)

  • Jackie Siegel and billionaire husband David throw star-studded gala to fight opioid crisis - Billionaire couple David Siegel and his wife Jackie - known as the 'Queen of Versailles' - entertained a slew of celebrities at a lavish charity gala in their Vegas hotel last week. Artists Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Scott Stapp and Lee Greenwood joined reality stars Michael Lohan, Gretchen Rossi, Teresa Guidice and Phaedra Parks as well as actors Daniel Baldwin and Rebecca Holden on Friday at the 900-seat fundraiser to fight the opioid epidemic. The star-studded Westgate Hotel gala raised $1.3million for the Victoria Siegel Foundation, named after the billionaire couple's 18-year-old daughter who died of a drug overdose in 2015. No expense was spared by her father who footed the entire bill for the event, flying in celebrities on his GulfStream private jet and opening up his own 12,600 sq ft suite, formerly used by Elvis Presley as his Vegas residence, for a raucous after-party... (Daily Mail, 11/1/2019)

  • Rebels With A Cause Gala hosted by Marc Benioff for USC - Marc and Lynne Benioff know how to throw a party. The billionaire couple hosted the fourth annual Rebels With a Cause Gala on Thursday in a Santa Monica office park. The event benefitted research at USC’s Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. Ellison – a close friend and former mentor of Benioff’s – was there alongside Ashton Kutcher and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. James Corden was the gala’s emcee. The Gala was held in the Los Angeles area in Santa Monica, California in the courtyard of an office park called The Water Garden. Guests included Ashton Kutcher and USC research Dr. David Agus’ children, original Fab 5 member Jai Rodriguez, Japanese musician Yoshiki Hayashi, Barry Manilow and Lorna Luft, and Canadian musician David Foster and his daughter, 90210 star Sara Foster ... All in all, the event raised over $12 million for the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC. (Business Insider (Malaysia), 10/28/2019)

    Barry Manilow and Lorna Luft

  • Rebels With A Cause Gala - Ashton Kutcher stepped out for a good cause! The 41-year-old actor attended the Rebels With A Cause Gala on Thursday evening (October 25) at The Water Garden in Santa Monica, Calif. During the event guests were treated to a performance from David Foster, Pia Toscano and the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as magic from David Blaine. Other attendees included James Corden, Sara Foster and Barry Manilow. By the end of the evening, $12.1 million had been raised to support the lifesaving cancer research at the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute of Transformative Medicine of USC. (Just Jared, 10/25/2019)

  • The Weekend Report...Barry Manilow Harmony Team Revealed - Welcome to TheaterMania's Weekend Report, where you'll find recent news stories from the New York theater scene and beyond ... The creative team for Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's Harmony: A New Musical will include John O'Neill (musical director), Beowulf Boritt (set), Linda Cho (costumes), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting), and Dan Moses Schreier (sound). Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene production, running February 11-March 29 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. (TheaterMania, 10/19/2019)

  • The 1975, Pet Shop Boys, Simply Red and Barry Manilow head to North-east in 2020 - Some of music’s biggest names are coming to the region after the announcement of major tours. The artists will be performing at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle in 2020 ... Barry Manilow: The famous American singer/songwriter will be performing in Newcastle on May 30 next year. Manilow is most recognised for his hit songs Copacabana and Could It Be Magic. The tour follows his sold out performance at the BBC Proms in the Park in London and 17 concerts on Broadway. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday September 20 at Ticketmaster here or on the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666. (Teesside Live, 17 September 2019)

  • PROMS IN THE PARK, Hyde Park - The BBC Proms closed another year with literal bangs, as the Last Night of the Proms played out at Proms in the Park in a blaze of fireworks, alongside the more traditional classical performances over at the Royal Albert Hall ... The world's largest contemporary choir, The Rock Choir, kicked proceedings off with some crowd-pleasers like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", and "Bohemian Rhapsody". Aled Jones and Russell Watson featured early on in the programme, with a classic rendition of "Volare", amongst others. The Proms' ode to musical theatre began with a mash-up of "On My Own" and "I Dreamed a Dream" by Carrie Hope Fletcher and Shan Ako, the current Fantine and Eponine in the concert version of Les Miserables playing at the Gielgud Theatre. Proms host Michael Ball donned his Javert jacket, and belted out the signature "Stars", shortly before introducing Jon Robyns' brilliant performance as King George from Hamilton. Ball then broke the news that Robyns had been cast as Jean Valjean in the upcoming Les Mis cast opening in the newly named Sondheim Theatre. A temporary exclusive for Proms-goers, as the news story broke seconds afterwards online. The Cardinals wrapped up this MT extravaganza with a rendition of "Shallow", from A Star is Born. An impressive line-up of retro pop acts graced the stage next, with Gabrielle, Lighthouse Family and Bonnie Tyler. Jack Savoretti gave us some mellow acoustic vibes, which changed the pace nicely before ramping things back up again for Chrissie Hynde, who proved her staying power with a powerful delivery of five songs from her back catalogue. Headliner Barry Manilow closed the proceedings, storming through a 40-minute set with the energy of a man half his age. His vocals were on point, and even his lesser-known hits went down well - clearly there were many Fanilows in the audience. Plugging his 2020 tour, Manilow appeared to be thoroughly enjoying his time on stage, and he was the perfect showman, bringing everyone together in a dancing shower of sequins. (Broadway World, 9/17/2019)

  • Los Alamitos High School Show Choir performs with Barry Manilow and LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl - For many performers, just one of these three things would be a lifelong dream: perform at an iconic venue, sing with a legendary singer-songwriter, or be accompanied by world-renown philharmonic. For some of the members of Los Alamitos High School (LAHS) Show Choir, students had an opportunity to do all three in one weekend. On Sept. 6 and 7, students were invited on stage with Barry Manilow and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for three songs at the Hollywood Bowl. Approximately 60 students who are members of Sound FX, the Advanced Mixed Choir, and several members of Soundtrax, the Advanced Women’s Choir, performed at the sold-out event. This might be a treasured memory for these dedicated and talented young artists.

    In the weeks before the event, the students under the direction of Vice-Principal and Director David Moellenkamp and Associate Director Moana Dherlin, rehearsed the songs. At the Hollywood Bowl, they learned the choreography and music from Manilow’s back-up singer, Kye Brackett. They had a chance to go backstage at the Bowl and talk with some of the members of the LA Philharmonic. The 76- year-old Grammy Award winning performer was on the charts long before these students were even born, but even these young singers knew his hit songs and delighted the audience by joyfully performing on stage with him.’s Paul Grein wrote, “the kids...were beaming.“ They accompanied Manilow when he sang “I Write the Songs” and “It’s a Miracle” as well as his Grammy-winning hit “Copacabana”.

    The performers enjoyed the entire event. Riley Dunklin, a senior and 2-year member of Sound FX, said of the experience “It was surreal to look out at a huge sea of people” at the Hollywood Bowl. Another senior Sound FX member, Hayley Smitson, agreed with Dunklin and added in, “It was unbelievable to perform with such an icon and see how it feels to perform in front of thousands of people”. Tatiana Bertrand, also a senior in Sound FX, said the entire event was “unexpectedly fun and I want to go and perform there again! This isn’t the first time LAHS Show Choir has been seen with top performers. They’ve previously performed with Manilow, and been on stage with Kristin Bell, Nick Jonas, John Stamos, Journey, Foreigner, Patti Lupon and Kristin Chenoweth. (Orange County Breeze, 9/13/2019)

  • Manilow as anticipated - During a quick chat in New York after he closed his Broadway run, Barry Manilow said he wanted to be a headliner at Westgate’s International Theater for as long as the resort would have him. Resort execs, in turn, say they want Manilow for as long as he wants to headline the main room. So: The latest effort to keep Manilow in long-term residency at International Theater was announced Monday, as Manilow will perform Feb. 13-15, Feb. 20-22, March 5-7 and March 26-28. Westgate General Manager Cami Christensen happens to be a Fanilow, dating to Manilow’s residency at the then-Las Vegas Hilton from 2005-2010. The resort exec has collected a series of videos recorded during “Can’t Smile Without You” ... One day that video montage might be displayed during the show. One can dream. (Las Vegas Review Journal, 9/10/2019)

  • What’s Happening ... Barry Manilow - September 6th-7th: Jewish singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, who produced a string of hits in the 1970s, starting with “Mandy” in 1975, returns to the Hollywood Bowl for two nights. Born Barry Alan Pincus 76 years ago in Brooklyn, he adopted his mother’s maiden name for the stage. Influenced by sentimental music of the 1930s and ’40s, Manilow’s repertoire includes “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Copacabana” and “Could It Be Magic.” He will perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra. Singer Lorna Luft opens the program with songs from her Broadway career. 8 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7. Tickets start at $57. (800) 440-5739. (Jewish Journal, 9/4/2019)

  • 7 weekend picks including Barry Manilow at the Hollywood Bowl - Summer’s almost gone but our weekend picks live on. This week, they include Barry Manilow at the Hollywood Bowl, two Orange County concerts by Pacific Symphony and the final performances of “Frankenstein” at A Noise Within in Pasadena. Zola Jesus helps kick off an eclectic new concert series, funnyman John Leguizamo explores Latin history at the Ahmanson Theatre and free events unfold at the Hammer Museum and on Hollywood Boulevard ... He wrote the songs: Barry Manilow -- the man, the myth, the legend -- will belt out selections from his vast catalog of easy-listening hits, backed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. With special guest Lorna Luft. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave. 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday. $14-$209. (323) 850-2000. (Los Angeles Times, 9/4/2019)

  • Barry Manilow Endorses Museum Of Jewish Heritage - The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is releasing a series of digital spots from celebrities and elected officials that encourage people to visit the most comprehensive Holocaust exhibition about Auschwitz ever exhibited in North America. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. The groundbreaking exhibition is now open through January 3, 2020 in New York City. The digital spots are running on digital platforms Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. They feature: Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Barry Manilow - who is now in a limited engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway - and his co-songwriter Bruce Sussman, who together created the musical, "Harmony," set in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s; Emmy Award-winning actor Julianna Margulies; U.S. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, a proponent of Holocaust education; Dr. Ruth Westheimer; New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson; and Theatrical award nominee and winner Steven Skybell, currently starring in the Off-Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Yiddish ... "We can never erase from our memory the knowledge that at least six million Jewish people were murdered. Six million. Many people are claiming, incredibly, that the Holocaust never happened. That is one reason why this exhibit is so important. All people, especially young people, must never forget what happened," Barry Manilow said ... Contact the Museum at 646.437.4304 or See for more information. For more information, visit (Broadway World, 8/12/2019)

  • Barry Manilow ‘having a great time’ in NYC - The New York Post’s Page Six reported Monday that Manilow’s run at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre has been a “flop” because of sagging ticket sales, and that Manilow and his husband/manager Garry Kief are fighting daily behind the scenes. Kief, Manilow’s manager since 1980 and his husband since 2014, slapped back at the Post’s account of disarray in the production. “It’s a great nonstop show of hits, it usually runs a couple hours, Barry sounds fantastic, audiences are crazy and we are going to gross over $4 million,” Kief, who also brokered Manilow’s residency deal at Westgate’s International Theater, said in an e-mail message. “Pretty (darn) good for only 17 shows, and beyond expectations.” Kief added, “We’re having a lot of fun and a great time, though we miss our Westgate family and Las Vegas. It’ll be good to be home.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/12/2019)

  • Barry Manilow attends Lorna Luft's Opening at Feinstein's/54 Below - Entertainment royalty came out to see show biz royalty last night at Feinstein's/54 Below. Lorna Luft thoroughly enthralled a celebrity filled audience as she shared the music that was a part of her early years. The Beatles were very present in her song list and we learned that Lorna had a major crush on George Harrison. As Lorna related, "coming from a show biz family has it's perks". She was able to meet them back stage after a concert she attended with her friend Leslie Bogart and her mother Lauren Bacall. Ms. Bacall warned the two youngsters that daughters of celebrities are not supposed to jump up and down and scream, consequently Lorna and Leslie were the only girls in the stadium quietly sitting with a stern look on their faces during The Beatle Concert!

    It was an exciting evening on all levels and Barry Manilow currently exciting audiences on Broadway joined the audience standing for Lorna's last numbers "I'll Be Here Tomorrow" and "I'm Still Standing" which celebrated her overcoming health issues these last seven years.

    Using her unique perspective born from a lifetime in entertainment, Lorna Luft at Feinstein's/54 Below brought levity to the craziness in the world around us by sharing favorites from the Great American Songbook. As expected there were some songs made famous by her mother and film legend, Judy Garland, as well as stories from Hollywood, Broadway, and beyond as only she can tell them.

    Born to legendary entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, Lorna Luft made her performing debut singing on "The Judy Garland Show." Since then, she has had dozens of starring and guest-starring roles on film and television, ranging from Grease 2 and Where the Boys Are '84 to the series "Murder She Wrote" and "Sean Saves the World." Lorna was co-executive producer of Life with Judy Garland, the 5 time Emmy award-winning miniseries based on her best-selling memoir, Me and My Shadows. (Broadway World, 8/9/2019)

    Lorna Luft

    Barry Manilow

  • Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - Barry Manilow - Broadway World has teamed up with renowned caricature artist Ken Fallin, a life-long theater enthusiast, who has drawn many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Fallin is an internationally published caricature artist whose work has appeared in many publications including the L.A. Times, The New Yorker Magazine, the Washington Post, In Style magazine, Playbill and for nearly 20 years, the Wall Street Journal. Below, check out his latest illustration, featuring Barry Manilow. (Broadway World, 8/9/2019)

  • What to Do With Your Remaining Summer Fridays - There’s always that one coworker who, for lack of an ability to make entertaining small talk, gabs about the seasons and weather. Right about now, she’s expressing her sadness that the end of summer is approaching. You’re probably thinking, “Don’t remind me.” We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but she’s right: It’s August; fall is nigh. So why not take that unused summer Friday you’ve been saving and put it to good use? Here, WWD lists the best things to do... Get Nostalgic With Barry Manilow on Broadway: Barry Manilow is making his return to Broadway, with shows booked at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre through Aug. 17. Buying your tickets for a Friday night performance means you could belt along to the lyrics of “Copacabana” with Barry himself instead of only with your hairbrush-pretend-mic at home. (WWD, 8/2/2019)

  • Westgate celebrates 50 years of star power - Fans of Westgate Las Vegas love it for its superlative restaurants, world’s largest Superbook and of course, Barry Manilow. But the hotel that launched the era of the megaresort also has a rich history. Many staff members who have been there since the beginning join us in looking back at five amazing decades. Westgate began as Las Vegas International Hotel. When it opened on July 2, 1969, at a cost of $50 million, it was the largest hotel in the world. Announcements boasted, “An embodiment of everything the Las Vegas resort industry has learned in the last 10 years.” But what really set the International apart was an outstanding staff and legendary entertainment ... The resort was acquired by Hilton brands in 1971. Star Trek: The Experience opened in 1998, drawing thousands of fans, celebrities and television coverage. Remnants of the attraction, which closed in 2008, can still be spotted by eagle-eyed guests. The Hilton partnership was dissolved in 2012, but the resort operated under the name LVH until Westgate Resorts acquired it in 2014 and invested more than $160 million in renovations and updates, which include high-end dining options and the award-winning Serenity Spa. They also lured back Hilton favorite Manilow. Usher Angel Lopez Rosas has been on property the entire 50 years. He’s witnessed performances by Charo, Liberace, Wayne Newton and Manilow. “The most amazing thing for me is all of the headliners I’ve seen over the years. All of the biggest names. If they came to Las Vegas, they performed right here.” (Las Vegas Magazine, 7/26/2019)

  • Upcoming Guests on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 7/22-7/26 - The following report highlights the programming of ABC's "Good Morning America" during the week of July 22-26. "Good Morning America" is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan; and Ginger Zee is the chief meteorologist. The morning news program airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT) on ABC. Highlights of the week include the following: Monday, July 22 - Actor David Spade ("Lights Out with David Spade"); actress Scarlett Johansson; author Bella Thorne ("The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray"). Tuesday, July 23 - Actors Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba and Helen Mirren ("Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw"); author Laurie Gelman ("You've Been Volunteered"); actor Jason Priestley ("Casteel Family Movie Series"). Wednesday, July 24 - A performance by Monica; Deals and Steals with ABC e-commerce editor Tory Johnson. Thursday, July 25 - Actor Jack Quaid ("The Boys"); a performance by Barry Manilow; Deals and Steals with ABC e-commerce editor Tory Johnson. Friday, July 26 - GMA Summer Concert Series continues with a live performance by Lady Antebellum. (Broadway World, 7/19/2019)

  • Upcoming Guests on STRAHAN & SARA, 7/22-7/26 - The following report highlights the programming of ABC's "Strahan & Sara" during the week of July 22-26. "Strahan & Sara" is a one-hour program hosted by Michael Strahan and Sara Haines. The daytime program airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (1:00-2:00 p.m. ET| 12:00 p.m. CT|PT) on ABC. Highlights of the week include the following: Monday, July 22 - Guest co-host Anne Burrell; a performance by O-Town; mother-daughter duo Cher and Dawn Hubsher ("sMothered"). Tuesday, July 23 - Guest co-host Howie Mandel; actor Joe Keery ("Stranger Things"); "The Bachelorette" recap with Rachel Lindsay; Deals and Steals with ABC e-commerce editor Tory Johnson. Wednesday, July 24 - Celebrity hairstylist Vernon Francois. Thursday, July 25 - Guest co-host Michael Symon; Dave Navarro ("Ink Master"); a performance by Barry Manilow. Friday, July 26 - Guest co-host Michael Symon; actress Barbie Ferreira ("Euphoria"). (Broadway World, 7/19/2019)

  • 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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