Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Manilow Makes Memories

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Manilow Makes Memories

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"Mandy" is more than 40 years old, and she's just as beautiful as that day we met her in 1974.

Thursday night at the Consol Energy Center, Barry Manilow told the crowd that he didn't think the song had a chance of being noticed, let alone a No. 1 hit that would go on to sell more than a million records.

"It was going up against songs like 'Kung Fu Fighting' and 'Boogie, Oogie, Oogie.' "

That was just the beginning, and fans who were lucky enough to take a stroll down memory lane with him on his "One Last Time" tour won't soon forget it.

Opening the night with "It's a Miracle," the hits came one after another as the consummate showman showed that at 71, he's still got it. His voice sounded crisp, and songs were sung in their original key. "Could It Be Magic" and "Somewhere in the Night" was followed by an audience sing-along of "Can't Smile Without You" with the lyrics on the screen (like we didn't know the words!).

He danced and sang, and the orchestra was simply perfect. Even the guys who reluctantly tagged along with their girlfriends could be overheard saying, "This is sooo good!"

One lucky woman was pulled from the crowd to dance with the superstar during "Moonlight Serenade." The audience was quickly swept up as the big screens brought the moment close.

Moving between electric piano and a baby grand, the latter was perfectly paired for "Even Now," a song that might easily go down in history as one of the saddest love songs ever written (only to be eclipsed by "Looks Like We Made it").

Mr. Manilow shared his experience about the difference a school music program made in his life.

"There was an orchestra class. I certainly wasn't going to play sports" or join a gang, he said as the crowd laughed. "My high school in Brooklyn is now one of the most dangerous in the country."

He urged the audience to donate their unused instruments to the Manilow Music Project, where they're refurbished and given to schools to keep music programs alive. …

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