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Barry Manilow tests positive for COVID, misses ‘Harmony’ opening

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Barry Manilow examined constructive for COVID on Wednesday — the identical evening his new musical “Concord” was set to open off-Broadway.

“This simply could be the cruelest factor that has ever occurred to me: 25 years ready for this present to premiere in New York and I can’t attend,” the “Copacabana” singer, 78, mentioned in an announcement. 

Nonetheless, he mentioned his viewers can smile with out him. 

Whereas Manilow is unable to attend the present he wrote with longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman, the opening evening efficiency will go as deliberate on the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park Metropolis.

The musical is a couple of sexted of German singers (half of whom have been Jewish) within the Nineteen Thirties, and the issues that arose for them throughout the rise of the Nazi celebration.

“Even within the face of this pandemic, we New Yorkers stay the hardest, staunchest individuals on the planet — so, placed on a masks and go see a present!”

Some of the cast of "Harmony."
A scene from the musical “Concord,” which is about the Nineteen Thirties.
Julieta Cervantes

Manilow additionally referred to as out from his live performance on the Westgate’s Worldwide Theater in Las Vegas on the final minute final Saturday with what his supervisor and husband Garry Kief told the Las Vegas Review Journal was “in all probability only a chilly.”

Harmony” runs by Might 8 off-Broadway.