(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Barry Manilow's hit Las Vegas show, Manilow: Music and Passion, will celebrate a milestone on December 12. Music and Passion, which opened at the Las Vegas Hilton in February 2005, will celebrate its 100th show with two special performances that will be recorded for the PBS Special "Barry Manilow: Music and Passion."
"Barry Manilow: Music and Passion" will be produced for PBS by Stiletto Television in association with Serpent Productions and PJM Productions and will be directed by David Mallet. Executive producers on the project will be Garry Kief, Mark C. Grove and Troy P. Queen.
As director, Mallet's work includes "Elton John: The Red Piano," "Celine Dion: A New Day," "Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge," "Madonna: Blonde Ambition World Tour Live," "Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope Tour," "U2: Zoo TV Live from Sydney" and "Cher: The Farwell Tour," for which he won an Emmy. Manilow's special will air on PBS in March 2006.
Manilow, who just announced the release of his next album which brings him to more than 40 albums in his career, will headline Music and Passion at the Las Vegas Hilton through 2007. Music and Passion, starring Manilow and a cast and band of 14, offers not only a full-scale production but also the intimacy of a state-of-the-art 1,700-seat theater, unique "on-stage" seating, and a concert that changes on a nightly basis.
Stiletto Television has co-produced Manilow's television specials for 30 years and is the exclusive distributor of the entire Barry Manilow video catalog THAT includes four programs for ABC, two for Showtime, two for CBS and numerous music specials for the BBC in England and NHK in Japan. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner