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Legendary singer Barry Manilow performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on July 5

Legendary singer Barry Manilow performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on July 5
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From a press release:

It was announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Barry Manilow, known for hits like “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” and “Copacabana (At the Copa),” will perform at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Thursday, July 5 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $99, $125, and $150, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem),, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. A pre-sale for members of the venue’s Music Insiders Club will take place on Thursday, April 12 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

“In a world forever striving for peace, could Barry Manilow be the answer?” the Washington Post asked after Barry Manilow’s headlining performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. Billboard Magazine wrote, “Among the few things one can count on in life: the taste of McDonald’s cheeseburgers, “I Love Lucy” reruns are still funny, and Barry Manilow never wearing out his welcome at the top of the charts.”

With worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, Manilow’s success is a benchmark in
popular music. His concerts sell out instantly. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart
artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records) and Billboard magazines. Rolling Stone
crowned him “a giant among entertainers… the showman of our generation.” Dave Grohl of the Foo
Fighters stated that “Barry Manilow is the coolest motherfucker in the world,” and Frank Sinatra
summed up Manilow best when Ol’ Blue Eyes told the British press, “He’s next.”

Music is Manilow’s passion, both in the studio and in the classroom. While he has released over 40 albums, Manilow has also raised millions of dollars through his Manilow Music Project, which donated a piano to Leo E. Solomon/Plains Junior High School in Wilkes-Barre in 2016. In response to drastic budget cuts in arts programs across the U.S., the Manilow Music Project is keeping the music alive by ensuring that middle and high school students have instruments in their hands to use in their music classes.

After spending an unprecedented 10 years at the top of the pop music charts, this multi-talented, producer, arranger, musician, composer, singer, and performer has succeeded with albums focused on 1950s jazz, techno jazz, big band swing, show tunes, Sinatra swing, songs from the Great American Songbook, Christmas music, and rock ‘n’ roll, winning Grammy, Tony, and Emmy awards. No wonder Rolling Stone dubbed him “the showman of our generation.”

His latest album, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” was released on April 21, 2017 by Decca Records and Stiletto Entertainment. The record celebrates his hometown of New York City by “saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor, and my decency”, according to Manilow. It consists both of new original Manilow compositions and standards “evoking the spirit and energy of New York City.”