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Hey UK! COPACABANA The Musical is headed your way!

Press Release – for immediate release:

Dancing Fool Theatrical Ltd in association with Harlow Playhouse presents...

Barry Manilow’s COPACABANA The Hit Musical

TOURING THE UK IN A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION

STARRING JON LEE as ‘TONY STARR’

AND RICHARD GRIEVE as ‘SAM SILVER’

Barry Manilow’s hit musical, Copacabana, will return to the UK and tour in a new production starting in October. The musical, written by Manilow and his longtime collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, has not been seen in the UK for ten years and will be opening at Harlow Playhouse on Thursday 2 October 2014 (press night Friday 3 October at 7.30pm). Packed with original songs, dazzling costumes and dynamic choreography, this new production will reimagine the original stage version of Copacabana, which was first performed in the US in 1991 and has never before been seen in the UK.

Featuring Manilow hits including Dancin’ Fool, Who Needs to Dream, Welcome to Havana and of course, the Grammy Award-winning Copacabana (At The Copa), this production will have audience members dancing in the aisles. Critics and audience members agree that Copacabana “explodes with memorable songs and dances.”

The story of Copacabana has captivated millions of spectators around the globe. This tale of romance and stardom features aspiring songwriter Tony working as a pianist in a bar when he meets the gorgeous Lola, who is determined to make it in showbiz. Quickly falling for Lola, Tony does everything he can to assist her attempts to find stardom. At Manhattan's Copacabana Lounge both start to find fame, before fate steps in and Lola is swept away to Havana to work in a splashy night club. But Lola's new mentor and boss Rico may demand a price for putting her name in lights.

Barry Manilow said today: “I’m honored that Copacabana will return to the UK Stage and send my wishes for success to Jon, Richard, and the entire company.”

Jon Lee will star as ‘Tony Starr’ and Richard Grieve will star as ‘Sam Silver.’ This production introduces Jennifer Harding as the iconic ‘Lola.’

ABOUT:

Jon Lee (Tony) is best known as a member of pop sensation S Club 7, who for five years dominated the pop world with No 1 hits all over the world including four in the UK. As well as international record sales of well over 13 million, the band had their own television show which ran for four seasons and was shown in 110 countries, and won countless awards including two Brit Awards. Jon’s many theatre credits include Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre), Aladdin in Aladdin (Mayflower, Southampton), Marius in Les Misérables (Palace/Queen's Theatre) and Love Shack (UK tour). Jon also appeared in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2.

Richard Grieve (Rico) is best known to television audiences for various roles, most notably as Sam Kratz in Neighbours, Dr. Lachlan Frazer in Home & Away, and most recently as Jonny Foster in Emmerdale. Richard recently appeared on stage in the lead role of Bernadatte in the UK Tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Other recent credits include Mitzi/Tick in Priscilla Queen of The Desert (Palace Theatre), Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Dubai), An Ideal Husband (English Theatre, Frankfurt), A Daughter’s A Daughter with Jenny Seagrove (Theatre Royal Windsor) and Footloose (UK Tour).

Canadian born Jennifer Harding (Lola) is a graduate of George Brown Theatre College, Toronto, and RADA. As a vocalist she has worked with artists including Debbie Gibson, rock group Toto and guitarist Jeff Healey. Theatre credits include Songs from the Playground (Union Theatre) and Boogie Wonderland (Qdos).

Copacabana is based on the song of the same title, which was released in 1978 and earned Barry Manilow a Grammy Award. In 1985, Manilow and his collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman expanded the song into a full length, made-for-television musical starring Manilow, writing many additional songs and expanding the plot. The film version was then further expanded into a full-length stage musical that ran at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre for two years prior to a lengthy UK Tour. Over 200 productions of the show have since been mounted worldwide.

Copacabana has Music by Barry Manilow, Lyrics by Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman and Book by Barry Manilow, Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman. It is Directed by Thom Southerland (Titanic, Southwark Playhouse) with Choreography by Tim Jackson (Merrily We Roll Along, Menier Chocolate Factory/West End), Musical Direction by Lee Freeman, Musical Supervision by Andy Rumble, Lighting Design by Tom Boucher and Wig Design by Sam Cox. It is produced by Antony Stuart-Hicks and Paul Leno for Dancing Fool Theatrical Ltd in association with Harlow Playhouse.

Further casting and dates to be announced.

TOUR SCHEDULE

THURSDAY 2 – SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER 2014
HARLOW PLAYHOUSE
Press Night: Friday 3 October, 7.30pm
Box Office 01279 431945 | www.playhouseharlow.com

MONDAY 6 –SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014
SOUTHSEA KINGS THEATRE
Box Office 0239 282 8282 | www.kings-southsea.com

WEDNESDAY 15 – SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER
BUXTON OPERA HOUSE
Box Office 0845 127 2190 | www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

TUESDAY 21 – FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER 2014
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE
Box Office 01534 511115 | www.jerseyoperahouse.co.uk

MONDAY 27 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2014
BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION THEATRE
Box Office 0844 576 3000 | www.bournemouthpavilion.co.uk

MONDAY 3 – FRIDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2014
NEWCASTLE MILL VOLVO
Box Office 0191 243 1171 | www.millvolvotynetheatre.co.uk

MONDAY 10 - SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014
BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE
Box Office 01253 290190 | www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

MONDAY 17 – SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014
BILLINGHAM FORUM THEATRE
Box Office 01642 520240 | www.forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk

Further dates to be announced
THROWBACK THURSDAY!

Barry with Whitney Houston at the Arista Records fifteenth anniversary bash!
Hey y’all! (which makes no sense since I’m from Boston)

Anyway….it’s me…Vikki…you know….(The Prettiest One)…

And TODAY is HUMP DAY (whatever that means)….PLUS it’s WAREHOUSE WEDNESDAY!

That means this pretty one got off her hump (sp?) and trekked to the warehouse to find something special for you…yeah YOU…at a RIDICULOUS, AMAZING, ROCK BOTTOM LOWWWWWWW price!

Now I knew exactly what I wanted to choose. Kinda like when you were a kid at the doctor’s office and saw the lollipop jar on the receptionist’s counter…and you knew exactly what color lollipop you were going to grab after your check-up. Red was always my first choice.

And, my first choice for this week’s item is the FIRST TELEVISION SPECIALS box set.

Why?

Because it’s one of my favorites and I want it to be one of yours too!

Here is why I love it almost more than getting a red lollipop at the doctor’s office…

It’s FIVE DVDs…F-I-V-E of Barry’s FIRST TELEVISION SPECIALS including:

THE FIRST BARRY MANILOW SPECIAL
THE SECOND BARRY MANILOW SPECIAL
THE THIRD BARRY MANILOW SPECIAL
ONE VOICE
BARRY MANILOW: BIG FUN ON SWING STREET

FIVE specials…FIVE DVDs…and almost SIXTY different performances all in one box set! All for less than twenty bucks ($17.50 to be exact). Talk about Manilow OVERLOAD!

And, YES…that price is CORRECT! I can’t even buy my favorite lip stick for that price (seriously…I can’t).

Remember, this special will only last 48 hours. So, get it while you can. If you already have it…get one for your best friend, the post man, or me (my current copy is totally worn out).

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Or, just call yours truly at 310.957.5788. You know I love to hear your voice!

Love,

Vikki (The Prettiest One)

PS…the bribes are working! Please keep sending them to me with your WAREHOUSE WEDNESDAY suggestions…and lollipops.
8/7/14

Hi Everyone

Hope your summer is going well.

As for mine, I haven’t seen the light of day in four months!

A while ago I mentioned that I was working on two albums.

One was a “little” album and one was a “big” one.
As you must have realized, the “little” album was “Night Songs”. I thank all of you for your beautiful reactions to that album. I sure did love making that one and I’m so happy that you all liked it.

Now on to the “big” album, which has kept me inside since we all began creating it!

In this day and age of Duets albums, it seems that everybody and their mothers are making duets albums!

We talked about doing one too.

But the idea just left me cold. There are so many of them out there and some of them are pretty great. How could I make my Duets album different from all the other ?

So I came up with a weird idea: What if I could make duets out of my favorite songs by artists that are no longer with us?

What if I could I actually sing with John Denver, Whitney Houston, or Judy Garland?

Well, after months of creating brand new duet arrangements of famous songs done by these legendary artists, I did.

I actually sang with them.

And we’re just about done with the album.

I’m calling the album, “My Dream Duets”.

The album is a miracle. It’s been a huge undertaking, musically and technically.

I’ve been working with a team of geniuses that have made these duets sound as if they were recorded yesterday. My new record company, Verve/Universal has been fantastic to work with and is already running with great ideas.

Everyone is very excited about “My Dream Duets.”
Me too!

It was an honor singing with Whitney (I ran for the Kleenex when I heard her voice!), Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong and more.

I hope you’ll like this one. I’m very proud of it.

The release date is sometime in late October.

Here we go again, friends!
Here we go!

Love,

Barry
He's a big Barry Manilow fan
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While his mom was away with the PTA, fourth-grader Gage Zurcher was watching the adult-geared animated comedy “Family Guy” and saw an episode featuring music legend Barry Manilow. Now entering ninth grade at West Allegheny Senior High School, Gage’s taste in cartoons has evolved, but the seeds of pa…
From STILETTO Solutions:

Have some sand between your toes?

Of course you do!

Unless you live in a place like Kansas, summertime is beach time. Sand stuck in your toes, kids burying you in sand, sunburns, crashing waves, crabs, and lots of lotion that smells like coconuts.

Speaking of summertime and sand…

You do know that Barry’s inspiration for the mega hit, COPACABANA (At The Copa), was the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro…right? In fact, we heard it mentioned as many times at the word “goal” during the recent World Cup coverage.

So, we had an idea…

We decided to create a couple of shirts and a tote bag to celebrate summer and beach time.

Even if you are from Kansas, you will love this summertime COPACABANA swag.

Check it out at…

COPA Tote: http://bit.ly/1peo3sG
COPA Tank: http://bit.ly/1ounoy9
COPA T: http://bit.ly/1u29DyR

Don’t forget that sunscreen!

At the COPA…Copacabana…

PS….John (not the tallest one) is from Kansas. Bless his heart.

PSS....You can always call Vikki (The Prettiest One) to order at 310.957.5788.
And the awards go to…

Barry and Bruce’s HARMONY – A NEW MUSICAL!

HARMONY – A NEW MUSICAL swept The Atlanta Theater Fan Awards! Thanks for voting!

The musical won awards for:

Best Musical
Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Speciale)
Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Leigh Ann Larkin)
Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Will Blum)
Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Hannah Corneau)
Best Choreography (Joann M. Hunter)
Best Musical Direction (Patrick Vaccariello)
Best Costume Design (Tobin Ost)
Best Lighting Design (Jeff Croiter)

CONGRATULATIONS!

http://youtu.be/PGjKODNGyxY
2014 Atlanta Theater Fan Awards
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View the nominees and winners of the 2014 Atlanta Theater Fan Awards.
It’s SIGNED CD SATURDAY!

HEY Pat Messing, Katherine Taylor, Eloise Sasala, Pat Domin, and DeeAnn Wilson Roome…you will each receive an autographed copy of NIGHT SONGS! Because the NIGHT SONGS cover is your profile image, you have been randomly chosen to receive an autographed copy of Barry’s latest album! CONGRATS!

Winners can email Vikki (The Prettiest One) at vikki@stilettosolutions.com for instructions on how to receive your autographed copy of NIGHT SONGS.

Happy Saturday!

Check out NIGHT SONGS right here: http://bit.ly/1jmg7BK
Barry Manilow NIGHT SONGS
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Pour yourself a glass of wine. Dim the lights. NIGHT SONGS is the perfect sound track for your evening. This album turned out to be one of my favorites. It’s filled with songs written by some of the greatest songwriters of our time. And even though the