On Doctors' Orders, Manilow on Broadway's Jan. 23 Performance Cancelled; Jan. 24 Opening Planned
By Kenneth Jones
Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, struggling with bronchitis, cancelled the Jan. 23 performance of Manilow On Broadway, the concert event boasting "the songs that make the whole world sing," as his lyric goes. He also sat out on Jan. 22, owing to illness. Fans can expect him back on Thursday.
"On doctors' orders, tonight's performance has been rescheduled," according to a statement released at 4:30 PM Jan. 23. "A makeup performance has been added on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 PM to accommodate ticketholders. Barry thanks everyone for their understanding and is looking forward to returning to the stage of the St. James for tomorrow's opening night performance….Come hell or high water!"
Previews began Jan. 18 at Broadway's St. James Theatre toward an official opening night of Jan. 24.
Critics invitations are being adjusted this week, but the Jan. 24 opening party and celebration of the run is going on as planned at the Copacabana.
New Yorkers in recent weeks have been struggling with cold and flu viruses, to say nothing of bitter cold temperatures. At noon Jan. 23, it was 16 degrees in New York City.
A makeup performance for the Jan. 22 show was announced to play Feb. 26, three days after the announced closing date of the limited engagement. (In general, when a Broadway performance is cancelled, ticketbuyers should inquire about refund or exchange at point of purchase.) A glib posting at Manilow.com Jan. 22 stated, "With deep apologies, and due to a sudden case of bronchitis, tonight's show will be postponed until February 26th. Mr. Manilow can be found on the Brooklyn Bridge, getting ready to jump."
On the morning of Jan. 22, in cold weather, Manilow was present for an outdoor unveiling of the ceremonial street sign for Barry Manilow Way on West 44th Street, where the St. James is located.
The Grammy Award winner has sold 80 million records. He's also got a passion for musical theatre; he wrote the scores for the musicals Harmony and Copacabana.
"Manilow is returning to the place where it all began, his hometown, New York City, with a new concert series on Broadway — marking his return to The Great White Way for the first time in more than two decades," according to producers, who announced the booking on Oct. 22, 2012.
At the age of seven, Brooklyn native Manilow was taking accordion lessons and playing on a neighbor's piano. He attended New York College of Music and the Juilliard School of Music while working in the mailroom at CBS. He subsequently became musical director for a CBS show named "Callback," a predecessor to "American Idol," which led to working in the world of advertising jingles.
Manilow has had 25 consecutive Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1975 and 1983. The list includes songs that Manilow still sings today: "Mandy," "It's a Miracle," "Could It Be Magic," "I Write the Songs," "Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again," "This One's For You," "Weekend in New England," "Looks Like We Made It," "Can't Smile Without You," "Even Now," and the Grammy Award-winning "Copacabana (At the Copa)."
"Growing up in New York, Broadway has always held a special place in my heart and I am honored to have the opportunity to make the St. James Theatre my home in the New Year," stated Manilow. Manilow on Broadway is presented by Jujamcyn Theaters and STILETTO Entertainment.
Tickets range in price from $50 to $350. For tickets, visit ManilowOnBroadway.com or call (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250.
Barry Manilow Fan Club tickets are available at manilow.com and by calling (310) 957-5788.
Manilow on Broadway plays the following weekly performance schedule: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday at 8 PM, Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 8 PM.
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