Manilow Returns Home Following Hospital Stay for 'Broken Heart'

The Superstar Blames NY Court Dates

Feb 02, 2004, 00:00 ET from Barry Manilow

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Barry Manilow returned home
 after a 24 hour stay at Desert Regional Medical Center to treat stress related
 chest pains.
     Manilow was in high fibrillation and rushed to the hospital late Saturday
 (31).  After a series of test and procedures, his heart rate returned to
 normal and doctors allowed the superstar to return home.
     In New York last week, Manilow and co-writer Bruce Sussman spent two days
 of arbitration in a lawsuit fighting to win back the rights to their original
 staged musical "Harmony," from producer Mark Schwartz.
     In November 2003, just weeks prior to opening, it was announced that the
 "Harmony" pre-Broadway run in Philadelphia was canceled -- and would not
 open -- due to Schwartz's severely undercapitalizing the production, falling
 $6 million short of the show's $8 million capitalization.
     Manilow issued the following statement from his home earlier today: "This
 is the true definition of heartbreak," says Manilow.  "It literally broke my
 heart to sit for two days and watch these beautiful people of the creative
 team testify because of the incompetence of this man who brought down our
 show," he says referring to Schwartz.
     "My heart was broken, but the doctors put it back together and I will
 continue to fight," Manilow said.
     Final decision from the arbitrators determining the future of "Harmony" is
 expected later this week.
     "Harmony" follows the story of the Comedian Harmonists -- a group of
 singers popular during the last days of Germany's Weimar Republic.  The show
 ran in 1997 at the La Jolla Playhouse where Variety called it "A solid show
 impeccably staged and performed."
     Of the Schwartz debacle and subsequent cancellation, Manilow told the New
 York Post in December 2003, "I don't get knocked down that easily.  When all
 this happened, I lost faith in humanity, and then everybody came running to
 support me.  I was overwhelmed.  I believe in people again and I'm ready to
     On January 26, 2004 BMG announced it will release Barry Manilow's
 "2NightsLIVE!" two CD set and the two DVD set "UltimateMANILOW!" on April 6,
 2004.  Manilow's special one live concert for the year is scheduled for
 June 5, 2004 at a soon-to-be announced location.  Manilow will sufficiently be
 recovered for the show to go on.

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