Barry Manilow cancels first opening dates of Westgate Las Vegas residency due to bronchitis

Barry Manilow has been hospitalized with bronchitis, which has forced him to cancel the first opening dates (June 14-16) of his Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino residency, according to the Las Vegas Journal-Review. His Las Vegas residency's preview dates on May 24-26 went on as planned. Manilow, who turns 75 on June 17, commented in a statement: “I can’t believe this is happening. Our new show is ready, we’re all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight.” Manilow is expected to return to the stage on June 21.

An announcement on Manilow's Twitter account also noted that Soundtrack (the duo of Clint Holmes and Earl Turner performing soundtrack songs) will replace Manilow for the June 14-16 shows. People who bought tickets to see Manilow on those dates have three options: use those tickets to see Soundtrack, get full refunds, or exchange their tickets for other Manilow concerts at Westgate Las Vegas.

Manilow announced in April that he would be doing a residency at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino's Westgate International Theater, where he first did a residency in 2005 when the venue was then known as the Las Vegas Hilton. (The venue changed its name to Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in 2014.)  His 2018 residency has announced shows through October. Each concert is about 90 minutes long and has Manilow performing his greatest hits. Manilow has been doing several other concerts in North America this year, most recently June 8-9 at Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia.