Some people struggle with the idea of aging more than others. While Neil Diamond, 78, and Sean Connery, 88, have both embraced the idea of aging naturally and letting nature run its course, Barry Manilow, 76, has a… different approach.
It’s clear from these photos that Manilow isn’t just using the best wrinkle cream money can buy, but maybe he took part in some sort of secret botox clinical trials? Whatever is happening, it’s clear that Manilow wants no part in looking anywhere near his age.
Barry Manilow is coming off of a very successful Las Vegas residency where he saw sold-out shows nearly every night. He decided to take his tour to New York to do a ‘limited Broadway run’ of the event, showing from July 26th to August 17th at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The problem? Sales are not where Manilow wanted them to be.
The crowds in New York are “different” from Las Vegas crowds, one industry expert explained when discussing ticket sales. Vegas crowds are full of tourists who want to see who has residency, no matter if the artist has had a hit song in the past ten years or not.
Broadway crowds are pickier. There is more to choose from, more to do, and theater-goers have a higher expectation.
Rumors have been circulating around Manilow and his husband of 5 years, but partner of 40, Garry Kief. Kief is Manilow’s long-time manager, and the two have been together since 1978.
Reportedly, Manilow wanted a very short New York run – a week at most, to do several shows. Kief pushed for an extended Vegas-style residency of several months, and the working couple settled on three weeks as a compromise.
The first several shows were sold out, but now Manilow is facing the potential of over half of his seats for his later dates to be empty. It’s not clear whether this insecurity and lack of sales are what drove him over the edge to go under the knife again with this latest round of plastic surgery.
Manilow tried to smile at the cameras as he was caught leaving his NYC show, but his face looked stiff and unnatural. His skin is oddly smooth all around, and his cheeks look especially ‘plump’. There is only speculation to just how much work he got.
One source close to the couple said that Manilow would have fired Kief over this misstep if the two hadn’t been married to each other.
If you think Manilow is just doing this for the money, you’d be wrong. Despite the fact that Barry hasn’t seen relevant radio play in a long time, he is still considered one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with over 75 million records sold.
His net worth is approximately $100 million. This also includes royalties not just from the music he himself has recorded, but songs that he did for other artists, as well as songs for musicals, films, and even commercials for companies like Pepsi and McDonald’s.