Barry Manilow to Headline 'FROM SELLING JINGLES TO SELLING OUT BROADWAY' Benefit for New York Theatre Barn, 4/14
Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner Barry Manilow will headline a benefit event for the New York-based non-profit theatre company New York Theatre Barn called A Conversation with Barry Manilow: From Selling Jingles To Selling Out Broadway on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2pm in New York City. All proceeds will support New York Theatre Barn's groundbreaking platform for new musicals and their writers NYTB in the D-Lounge, and its other mission-driven programming and outreach.
With his recent return to Broadway and upcoming Manilow/Bruce Sussman-penned Harmony in mind, New York Theatre Barn brings Manilow back to his original love-the theatre and writing for the theatre. At A Conversation with Barry Manilow, Manilow will discuss his early years, his approach to songwriting, and what he's learned along the way from jingle writing to selling out Broadway, for an intimate audience of 250 emerging writers, theatre patrons, and friends of New York Theatre Barn. Attendees will be invited to send in questions for Manilow in advance, and many will be asked during a Q&A section at the end of the program.
Manilow would describe himself as a musician before he would call himself a singer. From the beginning, his love of music was, and still is, in arranging, composing and songwriting. After attending the New York College of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, Manilow made his first living as a jingle writer. Since then, Manilow has gone on to have 50 Top 40 hits, with three songs being certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Among his numerous writing credits are two musicals, Copacabana and Harmony, the latter with his longtime collaborator, songwriter and theatre veteran Bruce Sussman. Harmony tells the story of The Comedian Harmonists, a close harmony ensemble of six young men in 1930s Germany, who took the world by storm - from the stages of Europe to Carnegie Hall. "We are both thrilled to finally return to our first love ? writing a musical together. Especially this one," says Manilow and Sussman. Harmony will enjoy a regional production this September at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theater in Atlanta, GA, and then it will move to the prestigious Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, CA in March 2014.
Tickets range from $100 to $250, with a limited number of $50 tickets available for emerging writers. $250 tickets include entry to an exclusive reception with Manilow following the event. For tickets visit www.nytheatrebarn.org, or call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006. Venue will be released upon purchasing a ticket.
New York Theatre Barn is an award-winning non-profit theatre company founded in 2007 and dedicated to the investigation, development, and advancement of new works. The company primarily develops and produces new musicals that tell new stories about real people, often rooted in current events and history that reflect our diverse world and help us better experience our shared humanity. Notable recent productions include a site?specific and immersive production of Marisa Michelson & Joshua H. Cohen's Tamar of the River Oratorio (with Choral Chameleon), Sheilah Rae, Michele Brourman and Thomas Edward West's all-?female musical I Married Wyatt Earp (59E59 Theatres/Prospect Theater Co.) with Heather Mac Rae and Carolyn Mignini, and NYTB's original commission musicAl Small Town Story (formerly known as Speargrove Presents) by Sammy Buck and Brandon James Gwinn, based on actual events. New York Theatre Barn is federally-approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in New York state, and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
With worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, Barry Manilow's success is a benchmark in popular music. His concerts sell out instantly. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records) and Billboard Magazines, with 50 Top 40 Hits. The list includes all-time favorites that Manilow still sings today: "Mandy," "It's A Miracle," "Could It Be Magic," "I Write the Songs," "Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again," "This One's For You," "Weekend In New England," "Looks Like We Made It," "Can't Smile Without You," "Even Now," and the Grammy Award-winning "Copacabana (At the Copa)." Rolling Stone crowned him "a giant among entertainers... the showman of our generation."