Manilow: nothing beats singing with an orchestra

Posted on: August 11, 2010

The hippest show at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall is Barry Manilow, writes Chuck Darrow in Tuesday’s (8/10) Philadelphia Inquirer. “The beloved crooner’s Caesars Atlantic City-sponsored show on Saturday night at the historic oceanside auditorium is the coolest gig because it is far and away the most exclusive. While Gaga and the Peas are in the midst of full-blown, multiple-city tours, Manilow’s program is the only one he’s doing on the East Coast this year and, as you read this, the only one of its kind even scheduled. ‘A couple of months ago I did the Hollywood Bowl for the very first time. We did it with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, and it was one of the thrills of my life. I would put it up there in the top two of my life,’ said Manilow … Manilow rhapsodized about the experience of hearing his formidable canon of hits recreated by an army of symphonic instruments. ‘It’s like floating. I can barely sing,’ he offered. ‘As beautiful as the arrangement is, you can’t imagine what it sounds like with real string players, and real harps and oboes. It’s like hearing it for the first time. Sometimes I forget to sing.’ ”

Posted August 11, 2010