Barry Manilow Biography
His film credits include the Oscar-nominated "Ready To Take A Chance Again" (from Foul Play), a song for the soundtrack of Walt Disney's Oliver and Company, and the soundtracks for the animated features Thumbelina and The Pebble and the Penguin.
His television appearances have been well received. In 2000 alone, he taped Manilow Live! for DirecTV, followed by a Manilow Country special on TNN. A two-hour A&E special, Barry Manilow: Live by Request aired in 1996 as the highest rated music show in the network's history. Manilow also appeared on the TV comedy Murphy Brown and most recently on the popular series Ally McBeal.
Manilow's career in the theater ranges from his Tony Award-winning Broadway debut in 1977 to the June 2001 opening of "Could It Be Magic? – The Barry Manilow Songbook." Manilow worked with Mitzie & Ken Welch to create a show that has "something for everyone." The music is brought to life by an ensemble of five very talented performers and a six-piece band. "From pop to hip-hop to gospel and rock, the talented cast delivers it all!" (Chicago Sun-Times). The world premiere of his musical, Harmony (with book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman) enjoyed a successful run at the La Jolla Playhouse and is heading to Broadway. The musical is based on the true story of The Comedian Harmonists, a singing group of six young men who attempted to find harmony during the discordant times that led to the rise of Nazi Germany. His collaboration with Sussman also created the debut of Barry Manilow's Copacabana - The Musical in the U.K. a few years ago. Inspired by his hit single, "Copacabana," the elaborate two-act musical spectacular ran to packed houses on London's West End for 18 months and a national company toured the U.S. He made his literary debut in 1987 with the publication of his autobiographical Sweet Life: Adventures on the Way to Paradise.
Manilow is involved with worthwhile charities and humanitarian efforts around the world, including The Prince's Trust, United Way, the Starlight Foundation, numerous organizations fighting the battle against AIDS, and many others. He is a member of the National Academy of Jazz Board of Governors and the Music Center of Los Angeles.