- Released: September 25, 2002
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: BMG Special Product
- 1.Up Front
- 2.Mandy / It's A Miracle
- 3.Some Good Things Never Last
- 4.The Best Seat In The House
- 5.The Gonzo Hits Medley
- 6.If I Can Dream
- 7.Up Front
- 8.Mandy / It's A Miracle
- 9.Some Good Things Never Last
- 10.The Best Seat In The House
- 11.Gonzo Hits Medley
- 12.If I Can Dream
Personnel: Barry Manilow (vocals, piano); John Pondel (vocals, guitar); Marc Levine (vocals, cello, bass); Dana Robbins (vocals, woodwinds); Joe Melotti, Billy Kidd (vocals, keyboards); Vanessa Brown (vocals, percussion); Debra Byrd (vocals); Ron Pedley (keyboards); Bud Harner (drums).
Recorded at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois on December 2 & 3, 1989.
2 LPs on 1 CD or cassette.
In this lavish Broadway spectacle--complete with a big band, backup singers, and a stage show--the irrepressible Barry Manilow gives an overview of his life story in song. He introduces the musical odyssey with "Sweet Life" and "It's A Long Way Up," and listeners are taken from his humble beginnings ("Brooklyn Blues") through his first experiences in the business ("Up Front"). "Mandy" closes this phase of his life (and the first set), the hit single that finally brought him recognition as a songwriter and performer.
The second set touches on his failed marriage ("Some Good Things Never Last") and his love for his audience ("The Best Seat In The House"). A 22-minute "Gonzo Hits Medley" will remind listeners that Manilow has had more hits than one could possibly count. From "CopaCobana" to "I Write The Songs," it's hard to deny Manilow's way with a melody. An impressive backlog of songs and the singer's theatrical flair as a performer make LIVE ON BROADWAY a treat.