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Barry Manilow’s “Music and Passion” at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel & Casino: an Unbelievable Musical Adventure

Barry Manilow

by Robin Roth

Performing live at the BEAUTIFUL Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino is the exciting, flawless and talented singer/entertainer/writer Barry Manilow. DO NOT MISS HIS SHOW on your next trip to this wonderful city! This is truly one of the BEST shows Las Vegas has to offer.

Barry Manilow graces his stage at the Hilton without introduction to a standing ovation. He received so many standing O’s throughout the show that I found I was not in good enough shape to keep up! BUT I DID! I WAS EXHAUSTED, BUT I DID! I MUST SAY, Barry looked as FABULOUS as ever! He is adorable, charming and so darn likeable that he captivates his audience within seconds. He immediately sets the stage ablaze and the fire never fades out! With each ballad he brought romance and with each up-tune he effortlessly infused excitement! Manilow is ABSOLUTELY THRILLING, MESMORIZING AND CAPTIVATING to experience in person! His performance was nothing short of spectacular. What a FUN show this is to watch and be a part of from beginning to end. The problem is you WON’T want it to end! There is always something exciting going on. His music and style are not only electrifying, original and creative but he manages to bridge the age gap making this a stunning show for all ages! Barry performs his favorite music from the ‘40s, ‘50s ‘60s and ‘70s. Don’t worry, die-hard Barry fans, you won’t be left out, as he covers HIS OWN hits that we all know and love, as well!


Manilow is one of the few artists who sound as PERFECT and fantastic live as he does on his recordings. I CANNOT tell you how rare that is today with all the studio technology that enhances vocals and makes artists sound better than they really are! He sings with such immense passion and ease. One of the reasons Manilow might have stayed a music icon all these years is he keeps his music fresh. He seems to actually live each lyric and story he is singing at the moment.

The Barry Manilow show has several sets and costume changes. I have to tell you, music lovers, even though Barry HIMSELF makes fun of being the king of elevator music and dental office music, this man truly IS a gifted singer who is vocally PERFECT! In other words, he is EAR-CANDY! His lyrical timing and phrasing is unbelievable. The only other singer who had this rare gift was Sinatra! Later on in the show, one lucky lady in the audience had the privilege and rare opportunity to dance with Manilow on stage. (I hated her immediately!) AND this could be you!

For those of you who might have left the planet for a while, the legendary, all-around showman Barry Manilow is an internationally renowned superstar whose career spans from recording and songwriting, to television, film and stage. Based on industry charts, he is THE undisputed Number One Adult Contemporary Artist of all time! His record sales (recorded over 30 albums) exceed 50 million worldwide. He has written hundreds of songs and performed around the world, THRILLING millions of fans, picking up a Grammy, an Emmy, Tony Award, not to mention the Songwriters Hall of Fame (inducted in 2002) and, of course, an Oscar nomination along the way!

Manilow totally dominated pop music during the latter half of the '70s like few other performers. He had long series of hit singles including 13 number one hits on the adult contemporary charts.

Barry Manilow was born (Barry Alan Pincus) on June 17, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents, Edna and Harold Pincus were of Russian-Jewish descent. His father left the family when Barry was two, and he eventually adopted his mother's maiden name of Manilow. Barry's roots will forever be a part of Brooklyn! He grew up in its low-income Williamsburg section where music was ALWAYS a part of his life. By the age of seven, he was a budding musician, taking accordion lessons and playing on a neighbor's piano. When he decided to make music his career, he went to the New York College of Music and was accepted to the prestigious Julliard School of Music. All the while he worked in the mailroom at CBS to pay expenses. He also supported himself for the next few years by writing, producing, and performing advertising jingles (including high-profile campaigns for State Farm, Dr. Pepper, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and more).

Then, in 1971, Barry met Bette Midler and became her music director, arranger and pianist. He co-produced and created arrangements for her first Grammy Award-winning album, "The Divine Miss M.” In addition he served as her accompanist on her legendary pre-fame tour of New York City's gay bathhouses, masterminded her first two albums.

Barry Manilow began his own first solo tour in 1974 and the release of "Mandy" started an unprecedented string of 25 consecutive Top 40 hits, including "Even Now," "This One's for You," "Weekend in New England," "I Write the Songs" and "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again." Four year’s later five of Barry's albums were on the charts at the same time. The only artists in history to do this were Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis. Some other familiar Manilow hits include “Somewhere in the Night,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Daybreak,” “Could It Be Magic,” “Copacabana,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” and “I Made It Through the Rain.”

Barry has consistently been one of the most successful touring artists in the music industry. Don’t miss out on the chance of a life time to see him live at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel & Casino and experience what fans all over the world have been lucky enough to do. The one thing for sure that you will know at the end of his brilliant concert is how grateful we should all be to Barry Manilow for all the beautiful music he has given to us over the years and will continue to bring! Without sounding too corny, Barry Manilow is not just a STAR, he is a musical UNIVERSE! Run to the FABULOUS Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and see the man who “writes the songs that make the whole world sing!”

For tickets and more information call the Las Vegas Hilton at 800-222-5361.


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