Thursday, April 18, 2024

Barry Manilow Next Pop Star to Set Up Shop on Broadway


Right now Frankie Valli is sitting pretty at the Broadway Theater, selling out seven shows spaced over ten days. Next up: Barry Manilow. Bette Midler’s one time piano player, with a following that should follow him right onto the Great White Way, will take over the St. James Theater once “Bring It On” has closed. Manilow will give 17 performances at the St. James beginning January 17th, 2013. There will be an actual opening night on January 24th. The ladies will come from all over the tri-state area, by bus and in droves. Personally, I will dedicate the entire time to the Clash. But I appreciate Manilow’s popularity and craft, and expect only pronouncements of great success from the St. James, where once Carol Channing hoofed around the proscenium stage in “Hello Dolly!” Anyway, it’s an excellent use of a theater in January before Tony season arrives.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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