Review: Barry Manilow, Back and Singing The Old Songs You Love

By: Sabrina Silos

November 4, 2018

You know you’re going to have a fantastic Weekend In New England when you find yourself headed to a Barry Manilow concert amongst the crowds of middle-aged and older women, some of whom dragged their husbands along.

The Copacabana heartthrob was starring in Manilow: Live in Boston! at The TD Garden Arena, bringing audiences the favorites songs that they have come to love over the years.

Manilow, 75, opened the show with his beloved classic hit, It’s A Miracle, while the stadium was filled with green glow sticks and excited fans dancing in their seats. Full of energy, Barry encourages the audience to sing along with him and they happily oblige.

The singer came out in a red sequined suit jacket, with black satin pants. It’s the flamboyant look that his fans have come to love and expect through the years. Manilow was joined on stage with his band and a backup singing and dancing trio.

The entertainer from Brooklyn thrilled his audience with favorites such as, I Write The Songs, Even Now, I Made It Through The Rain, Could It Be Magic, and Looks Like We Made It.

Manilow looked youthful as ever and even joked about his age between performing, saying that Even Now, he’s Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again by providing his audience with the fun and frolic that they’ve come to love. Many of the ladies present had their devotion on display as they sported their prized Barry Manilow concert T-shirts from decades ago.

Manilow has been making music for over 50 years and has sung over 280 songs. A graduate of Juilliard, Manilow is a rare and gifted musician, arranger, producer, writer, singer, and entertainer. He does it all.

After the intermission, Manilow returned to the stage in a white suit jacket to thrill the audience with his beloved ballad, Mandy, which he played center stage on the grand piano.

The show was packed with Manilow’s many hit songs. While many concerts feature songs that are unknown to the audience, that is not the case at a Barry Manilow concert. The audience stays engaged and excited throughout the entire show, thus making it a truly remarkable experience.

Towards the end of the show, Manilow took a break from singing to plug The Manilow Music Project, which is designed to promote music education for children in public schools. The program encourages donations of new or gently used musical instruments to benefit the students in local public schools.

The concert ended as excitingly as it began, with Manilow singing his spicy Copacabana and a finale of It’s A Miracle, as colorful streamers flowed down from the ceilings of TD Garden. Teary-eyed fans gave Manilow a standing ovation, as they will always remember their Weekend In New England, when they saw their beloved Barry once again.

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