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Singer Barry Manilow has been forced to delay his new Broadway show, Manilow on Broadway, due to illness. The show had been scheduled to start this week, but the performances will be delayed until the end of the month.
Manilow’s reps released a statement on his official site on Tuesday confirming that the “Copacabana” singer, 69, has come down with a case of bronchitis. Manilow was supposed to perform preview shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, but both were postponed until Feb. 26 and 27.
“Barry thanks everyone for their understanding and is looking forward to returning to the stage of the St. James for tomorrow’s opening night performance….Come hell or high water!” a statement on Wednesday read.
Unfortunately, his doctors ordered him to postpone the rest of this week’s shows, including tonight’s opening night performance. “ It turns out the only thing worse than hell and high water is bronchitis,” a statement on Thursday read. “Barry is deeply sorry to disappoint his fans and is doing everything he can to ensure a speedy recovery.”
The shows originally scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be rescheduled for Feb. 28, March 1 and 2.
According to The New York Times, Manilow on Broadway is Manilow’s first series of shows on Broadway since 1989.
Manilow’s shows were met with a big promotional push that included an appearance on KAtie Couric’s talk show and W. 44th Street being renamed “Manilow Way.”