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Barry Manilow Hospitalized, Cancels Vegas Residency Kickoff

Barry Manilow Hospitalized, Cancels Vegas Residency Kickoff

Barry Manilow (Sandy Young/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 15 June 2018 06:44 AM

Barry Manilow has been hospitalized and diagnosed with a bronchial infection, forcing the longtime musical star to cancel the premiere weekend of his new Las Vegas residency.

"Manilow Live – The Hits Come Home" was scheduled to open Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Westgate Las Vegas International Theater, but those shows have been canceled because of the illness, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Thursday.

Manilow, 74, was preparing for the show Wednesday when he fell ill and was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital, the Review-Journal said. The singer of such 1970s standards as "I Write the Songs," "Mandy," and "Copacabana" posted on Twitter about the cancelations.

"I can't believe this is happening," Manilow said. "Our new show is ready, we're all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight."

Westgate Resorts founder and chief executive David Siegel promised that Manilow's shows will resume next week.

"The entire Westgate family wishes Barry a speedy recovery and we know that he will dazzle audiences when his show resumes on June 21."

The infection was the latest bout Manilow has had with his health. In 2016, CNN reported that the entertainer canceled two shows due to complications from emergency oral surgery when he had to be rushed back to Los Angeles from Memphis.

Manilow, who has won Grammy, Emmy, and Tony awards for his work, had hip surgery in 2011 leading to show cancelations, CNN reported. That procedure also revealed that the singer suffered from chronic heart disease.

Clint Holmes and Earl Thomas filled in for Manilow at the Westgate theater Thursday and this weekend, the Review-Journal said.

Last year, Manilow announced that he was gay, a secret about his sexuality he kept for nearly 40 years. During that time, he had a private relationship with manager Garry Kief, who he is now married to.

"I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay," Manilow said then. "So I never did anything."

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