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 fight." 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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