Barry Manilow enjoys ‘intimate’ Broadway return

Originally posted on KFWB NEWS TALK 980:

NEW YORK (AP) – It took a little while before Barry Manilow felt comfortable on Broadway.

The Man Who Makes the Whole World Sing is used to far bigger venues than the 1,710-seat St. James Theatre, one of the smaller theaters on the Great White Way.

“It’s a totally different feeling from the stage. I’m in their laps; they’re in my lap. It’s very, very intimate,” says Manilow. “This is like going to somebody’s house.”

Manilow – and his fans dubbed Fanilows – are clearly enjoying his first return to Broadway in nearly 25 years. Though his opening was postponed due to bronchitis, the singer sounded and looked great during a recent quick interview.

The New York City-born icon has had a street corner – at Seventh Ave. and 44th Street – temporarily renamed “Barry Manilow Way” and a caricature unveiled at Sardi’s restaurant.

It’s a long way from where…

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