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Review: Barry Manilow goes orchestral at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa




At times it was overblown, overstuffed, oversweet, overhammy and overorchestrated. But the nearly 9,000 fans who packed into the St. Pete Times Forum Friday night to see Barry Manilow perform with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra didn't care.

Sean Daly was there, and he writes:

For all its feel-good smarm, Can't Smile Without You made for a tremendous sing-along, and I'll fully admit that I was belting it out and waving my arms around as if I were screaming for a life preserver.

Even better was the next one, Weekend in New England, one of the great, gooey ballads of all time. In fact, it's the very reason such all-world icons as Sinatra and Dylan openly admired the heart-sleeved specialist. The crescendo is so moving, so incredibly goose-bumpy, it gets me every time.

Click here for Sean's full Barry Manilow review.

Photo: Bryan Thomas, tbt*

[Last modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 5:15pm]


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