Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Barry's Note 2/23

Emphases added. My comments in red.
Hi Everyone!

Well, we’re in the thick of it!

Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals. Twelve hour days of playing new arrangements, new songs, new choreography, new costumes, new scenery, new lights and most of all a new showroom.

We’re all very, very excited about this new show. As I’ve said before, this show will be the most beautiful one I’ve ever done.

Jeffery Hornaday and his team have helped me to create a new and exciting production and we can’t wait to put it on its feet.

Of course all the hits will be in the show, but I’ve decided to pull out some of the songs we hardly ever do. How about “No Other Love”? Or “I Wanna Be Somebody’s Baby”? HELL YES!!!! While you're on the topic, how about "If I Should Love Again", "Fools Get Lucky", maybe dust off "Riders to the Stars", reinstate "Sandra" (heard it fit right in with the Mayflower theme ), "It's A Long Way Up", "Big Fun" and dealers' choice from Barry Manilow (1989) and Swing Street.

We’ve been rehearsing a handful of songs from my gorgeous “Love Songs” CD and we’ve blown up some of the songs we’ve been doing for years and they sound fresh and very contemporary.

Muffy Hendricks has joined our team! It’s so wonderful to have her back with us. Muffy and I just look at each other and burst into tears! She sounds better than ever and looks amazing.
(Wasn't she working for Tom Jones for a while? Does she have any underwear war stories? Is it going to be a break for her coming back to work for you? As in the stage doesn't look like a clearance sale in Macy's lingerie department halfway through the set?)

We’ve had one full run-through so far and it was great. Next week we get to work on the stage of the Paris so wish us luck.

Hope we see all of you in Vegas.

Love, Barry
Break a leg, gang. I know you'll knock it out of the park.

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