Looks Like He Made It – Barry Manilow Dethrones The King

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80-year-old singing legend Barry Manilow has become the longest-resident artist in Las Vegas, overtaking the King himself, Elvis Presley from 1978.

Manilow thrilled the International Theatre in Westgate Casino with his 636th performance of his show Barry Manilow – The Hits Come Home! last week.

Before breaking the record, Manilow told reporters the milestone would not mark the end of his career as he has “too much energy” and a Broadway show to launch.

He said: “I am not ready to sit around to watch TV. I have too much energy and too many creative ideas.

Even the other day a guy popped out of a manhole to say hi.”

As well as his residency, Manilow has been working on a musical about a Second World War German-Jewish comedy group.

The show, titled Harmony, is expected to launch on Broadway in New York at the Barrymore Theatre in October.

Proceeds from his record-breaking weekend in Vegas will go to several charities including the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center and the Manilow Music Project.

Earlier this month he said: “It’s an honour to be on the same stage that The King once graced.

The weekend is going to be especially meaningful because we are also going to raise money for some very deserving charities.”