Monday, June 24, 2024

Barry Manilow Tests Positive for COVID, Won’t Be Able to Attend Premiere of “Harmony” Musical


Barry Manilow has tested positive for COVID. He won’t be at tonight’s premiere of his new musical.

Manilow writes: “I am heartbroken to say that I have just tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t be able to attend tonight’s opening night performance of my new musical, HARMONY. This just might be the cruelest thing that has ever happened to me: 25 years waiting for this show to premiere in New York and I can’t attend. Even in the face of this pandemic, we New Yorkers remain the toughest, staunchest people on the planet — so, put on a mask and go see a show!”

“Harmony” is opening at the National Yiddish Theater tonight in New York. It stars Chip Zien and Sierra Boggess. No, it’s not in Yiddish, but you have to start off Broadway somewhere!

PS Barry’s in good company. A number of people in the music biz have gotten COVID in the last couple of weeks because of all the traveling back and forth across the country. Luckily, symptoms are minimal if you were vaxxed and boosted!

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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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