Barry Manilow's farewell show Wednesday may have been a goodbye to huge, multi-city tours. But he gave the strong impression that his performing days were far from over. Which is music to the ears of a fellow nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn.
From "Midnight Blue" to "Come in From the Rain," Melissa Manchester has written and sung songs that have touched hearts around the world. Now for the first time in 11 years the Grammy Award-winning star is back with a new album called You Gotta Love the Life.
It's the Girls shows Midler as nimble and versatile as ever. While her contemporaries have settled into grand stateliness or offer wispy remakes of their former glories, Midler, at 69, continues to push herself forward. Come and get these memories, indeed!
Linda held on to her love for Barry Manilow's music quietly over the years until -- with Facebook -- she was able to transform her love for Barry's music into a new world of friendships and experiences.
It's only taken 17 years for me to get the chance to see Harmony again. That's the Barry Manilow-Bruce Sussman musical that had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, which I've been writing about, oh, more than occasionally...
Not without flaws, understandable for a first tryout, the musical was nonetheless terrific, with a thoughtful, involving book and lyrics, and rich, evocative music score, and looked to have a big life ahead.
After those 16 years, the show finally -- and remarkably -- has gotten its second chance, this time at the Tony-winning for regional theater, the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. After working on the show on and off, Harmony opened on September 15.
If you like Barry Manilow, but have never heard "Every Single Day," I think you'll love this. If you're not a Barry Manilow fan, put aside the big arrangement as much as you can and listen to it as the song it is from a Broadway musical.