Barry Manilow is returning to Broadway for the first time in over 20 years.
Manilow will begin performances for his new show “Manilow on Broadway” at the St. James Theatre on January 18. The official opening for the 17-performance limited engagement will be held January 24, producers announced recently.
“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,” Manilow said in a statement.
Manilow last appeared on Broadway in 1989 with his show “Barry Manilow at the Gershwin,” which played for 44 shows that year.
R&R (Radio & Records) has ranked Manilow as the top Adult Contemporary artists of all time, according to NBC News. He had 25 consecutive top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts between 1975 and 1983. His most well-known songs include “I Write the Songs,” “Mandy,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “This One’s For You,” “Weekend in New England,” “Could it be Magic” and “Copacabana (At the Copa).” The latter song earned Manilow a Grammy Award for Best Pop Male Vocalist in 1979.
“Copacabana” was later made into a made-for-television musical in 1985 and then a stage musical in 1994. The stage version played for over two years at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End, and also mounted U.S. and U.K. national tours.
In recent years, Manilow has been focusing on residencies in Las Vegas. From 2005 to 2009 he headlined the Las Vegas Hilton, performing hundreds of shows before the end of his residency. He returned to Sin City in 2010 when he began performing at the Paris Hotel. Throughout his career, he has sold more than 80 million albums around the world.