Barry Manilow’s recent illness has forced the acclaimed singer to reschedule the opening night of his forthcoming Broadway run.
Producers of “Manilow on Broadway” had no choice but to cancel the singer’s performance on Thursday. According to The Associated Press, Manilow was also forced to reschedule shows that were slated for Friday and Saturday.
Producers said in a statement:
“It turns out the only thing worse than hell and high water is bronchitis. Barry is deeply sorry to disappoint his fans and is doing everything he can to ensure a speedy recovery.”
Barry Manilow’s opening night is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.
eCanadaNow explains that the singer’s 25-performance stint at the St. James Theatre in New York City is his first East Coast appearance in several years. Although he was born in NYC, Manilow has recently spent a fair amount of time in Las Vegas.
Although several reports indicate that “Manilow on Broadway” will open next week, the singer’s official website said performances could be pushed back several weeks or several months. However, Manilow could take the stage on Tuesday if his condition improves with medical treatment.
The Chicago Tribune reported last year that it has been roughly 20 years since Barry Manilow has performed on Broadway. The singer said he was dedicated to making his return a huge success.
He said in a statement:
“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.
Tickets for “Manilow on Broadway” went on sale last year. Depending on how important it is to be close to the singer during his performance, fans could expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $300 for a seat.
Are you a Barry Manilow fan? Are you disappointed that his return to Broadway was postponed due to illness?