Chris Chan’s musical tribute to Barry Manilow, “Barry’s Song Book” will premiere in Connecticut at Bridgeport’s Downtown Cabaret Theatre for three performances on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8.
Chan grew up playing piano in the heart of the pop Manilow era, in the 1970s. Manilow’s hits at the time included “Could It Be Magic,” “Tryin’ To Get The Feeling,” “I Write The Songs,” “American Bandstand,” “Copacabana,” “This One’s For You,” “Even Now,” “The Old Songs,” “Somewhere In The Night” and “Weekend In New England.”
Songwriter and showman
“ I’ve always been a Barry Manilow fan,” Chan said. “Here is a man whose achievements include Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Awards, 45-plus albums, 38 Top 40 hits, and the list goes on and on.”
He said Manilow has excelled at being “a pianist, a composer, an arranger, a songwriter, an accompanist, a musical director, a commercial jingle writer, a writer and scorer of Broadway musicals, a producer, an incredible vocalist, and a spectacular showman.”
Show times and tickets
Performances are Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 8 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. All tickets are $47 and may be purchased at 203-576-1636 or www.downtowncabaret.org.
The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is known for its BYO picnic and drinks, with concession items available as well.
The Downtown Cabaret is at 263 Golden Hill St. in downtown Bridgeport; it is wheelchair accessible. Doors open 30 minutes prior to a performance.