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Barry Manilow returns to Broadway after illness

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Barry Manilow battled through a nasty bout of ill health to return to his Broadway show on Tuesday night.

The legendary crooner was forced to scrap the official opening night of "Manilow on Broadway" last Thursday, as well as two preview performances, after falling ill with bronchitis and influenza.

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The star apologized to fans in a lengthy Facebook post, explaining he had been left bedbound by the illnesses. However, he returned to the spotlight on Tuesday, and battled his way through his set at the St. James Theatre in New York, singing a string of well-known tunes including "Copacabana (At the Copa)" and "Can't Smile Without You."

After the performance, Manilow was thrilled with the early response from fans and critics, writing on Facebook, "Thanks for a great night and great reviews. The fan reviews and the newspaper reviews have started coming in and they are FANTASTIC! Everything we hoped for is coming true. So thanks everybody, and good night. Now it's time to get some sleep and rest up for tomorrow night. Hope to see you there!"

Manilow will play a residency at the venue until February 9.

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Jan 30, 2013 11:30AM
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Barry Manilow is one of the greatest artists to ever exist.  I have had the honor of watching him perform 5 times over the years and he never fails to amaze.      His goal is to provide great music and performances for his fans.  He is professional and kind although I have never met him personally.  Please respect this and leave out the name calling, insults  and comments about his sexuality.  What ever goes on in his private life is none of our business.    Barry, there will never be another musician like you.  Thank you for all that you do.
Jan 30, 2013 10:47AM
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I met Barry back in the 80's in a recording studio...he was playing the drums...this guy was friendly and "real"...not to mention the fact he is enormously talented.
Jan 30, 2013 10:13AM
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with a schnoz like that - even a bout of sniffles could be life-threatening!
Jan 30, 2013 10:04AM
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Love Barry.  Happy he is well and back onstage!  Being a huge fan since the 70's, I always wished I could go and see him in person.  I was thrilled to hear about the show, but unfortunately most of his  fans just can't afford those prices in this economy.
Jan 30, 2013 9:55AM
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Barry Manilow is a very, very nice man.  Someone I know met him in Vegas and they had a nice meal together.  I'm so glad he's feeling better - there is nothing worse than being sick.  I had left side pneumonia last  year, got only two days off from work - or else!  I could hardly walk and breathe at the same time, but my work didn't care.  I hope this very talented and very nice man has years of good health ahead of him.
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