Barry Manilow to Headline NBC’s Festive Christmas Special
Legendary singer and songwriter Barry Manilow is set to bring his musical magic to NBC this Christmas season in an exclusive, one-hour special titled “Barry Manilow’s A Very Barry Christmas.” According to sources at Variety, the event will be a holiday extravaganza filled with timeless tunes and festive cheer.
The highly-anticipated special will premiere on NBC on December 11 at 10 pm ET/PT and will also be available for streaming on Peacock the following day. Fans can expect to be transported to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, where Manilow regularly headlines his show, “Manilow: Las Vegas – The Hits Come Home!”
In an interview, Manilow expressed his excitement about the upcoming Christmas show, stating, “I love doing our Christmas show! We get to sing my pop hits and my favorite Christmas songs. It’s a feel-good hour full of music.” With a 24-piece band in tow, Manilow is set to perform some of his biggest hits, including classics like “Copacabana,” “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” and “Looks Like We Made It.” In addition to his chart-toppers, the show will feature a lineup of beloved holiday favorites.
Jen Neal, the executive vice president of live events and specials for NBCUniversal Media Group, shared her enthusiasm for the special, saying, “Barry’s legacy and longevity is truly something to behold. His repertoire of songs are beloved by generations, and we can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with one of America’s most iconic musical legends.”
Barry Manilow’s remarkable career spans an astonishing seven decades, making him one of the highest-selling musical artists of all time. With over 85 million albums sold worldwide and 13 number one hits, Manilow’s musical influence knows no bounds. His recent milestone of 637 shows at the Westgate in Las Vegas even surpassed Elvis Presley’s record for the most performances on the same stage. Notably, Manilow recently completed a sold-out run at Radio City Music Hall, and his second musical, “Harmony,” is set to open on Broadway in November.
“Barry Manilow’s A Very Barry Christmas” is brought to viewers by the collaborative efforts of Manilow, Garry Kief, and Rob Kief for Stiletto Entertainment, along with Paul Morphos of PJM Productions. The special will be skillfully directed by Matt Askew, promising an unforgettable night of music and merriment for audiences of all ages.
NBC CELEBRATES THE WINTER HOLIDAYS WITH MUSIC LEGEND ‘BARRY MANILOW’S A VERY BARRY CHRISTMAS’
One-Hour Music Special Will Feature the Best of Manilow for a Night of Timeless Hits and Festive Classics
First-Time Special Will Stream the Next Day on Peacock
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