Looks like hell and high water showed up at the St. James Theatre.
After promising Wednesday that the opening night of Manilow on Broadway would go on "come hell of high water," Barry Manilow has canceled Thursday's scheduled opening and the rest of the week's performances due to bronchitis, according to his reps.
Thursday's opening night party at the Copacabana was also cancelled.
"On doctors’ orders, Manilow on Broadway has been forced to reschedule tonight’s opening night along with the remainder of this weekend’s performances. Manilow on Broadway will resume performances on Tuesday, January 29. It turns out the only thing worse than hell and high water is bronchitis. Barry is deeply sorry to disappoint his fans and is doing everything he can to ensure a speedy recovery," representatives for Manilow said in a statement.
Manilow also had to cancel Tuesday's and Wednesday's preview performances earlier this week.
Makeup performances for the postponed shows have been rescheduled for Feb. 26 (for Tues.), Feb. 27 (for Wed.), Feb. 28 (for Thurs.), March 1 (for Fri.) and March 2 (for Sat.). Given that critics had been invited to the canceled performances, the hitch will force reviewers to attend next week, barring any more postponements, likely delaying coverage.
Manilow's last public appearance was this past Tuesday when he witnessed the unveiling of the ceremonial street sign for Barry Manilow Way on W. 44th St. and 7th Ave., where the St. James Theatre is located.
Manilow on Broadway is scheduled to end its limited run on Feb. 23, with the rescheduled shows tacked on a few days after.