Barry Manilow is back.
He will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 19 at ParkWest. Tickets are available at the Salt Palace, the Huntsman Center and Smith'sTix. Seats are $16.25; children under 12 will be admitted for $2.50 (at the suggestion of Manilow).Manilow's back in more than one way.
After nearly two years of a "productive" mid-life crisis, Barry's in business again. Not that he beached away his time off, but honestly, what does a guy like Manilow do for an encore after years of hits and the world of superstardom?
While "at rest" he produced his memoirs, "Sweet Life: Adventures on the Way to Paradise," (New York: McGraw Hill, l987). The candid autobiography reveals Manilow's doubts, fears and accomplishments during his always unpredictable rise to fame. Manilow admits, "As painful as they've sometimes been, I wouldn't trade away one minute of the adventures I've been through. . . . I never fantasized about the kind of success that has been bestowed upon me or about the arena in which I found myself. My only commitment was to my music."
Commitment to the music has taken a new direction in recent years.
Manilow began the metamorphosis from his earlier soft rock, nostalgic and romantic ballads with the album, "2:00 A.M. Paradise Cafe." The album, a combination of saloon tunes with jazz ensemble support, fulfilled a lifelong Manilow dream.
A recent release, "Swing Street," continues Manilow's adventures with the jazz sound. Collaborating with a variety of popular jazz musicians, "Swing Street" resulted in a provocative, new Manilow sound.
The "Swing Street" sound is featured in the current international concert tour, "Big Fun Tour de Force." The concert is intended to be both intimate and theatrical, utilizing state-of-the-art theatrical devices such as the "magic screen" as well as the latest concert technology, video and choreography, achieving the production feel of a Broadway musical. The evening is filled with anecdotes and stories from Manilow's career interpreted through music and humorous sketches, and includes a medley highlighting Manilow's greatest hits. In addition to the current album, the show has been expanded to include material from Manilow's new album, expected out in the fall, on which Manilow returns to the mainstream pop music that made him a star.
Manilow, in the press release, describes the concert performance as "a good thing made even better with the addition of the new album cuts. The show has more emotion, more content, and the new music reflects that romantic, passionate style that never goes out of fashion."
Manilow says, "I am a musician. My passion for music has obliterated everything in its path for my entire life. Whenever there was a choice between music and anything else, music was a hands-down every time! No one person or material thing could ever come close to the feeling I get when the music is right."