Ailing veteran crooner Barry Manilow has postponed the grand opening of his new Broadway residency after failing to recover in time from a serious bout of bronchitis.
The Mandy hitmaker fell ill earlier this week (begs21Jan13) and had to cancel two preview performances of Manilow on Broadway on Tuesday (22Jan13) and Wednesday (23Jan13), but he was determined to overcome the illness and return to the stage to launch the show on Thursday (24Jan13).
However, the singer's condition has worsened and he has been forced to pull out of plans for the big opening - although he is hoping to be well enough to pick up the performances next week (begs28Jan13).
A statement released by show producers on Thursday morning reads: "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... Barry is deeply sorry to disappoint his fans and is doing everything he can to ensure a speedy recovery."
The 69 year old has vowed to make it up to fans by extending his run on the New York stage so he can accommodate the affected dates in late February and March (13).
Manilow had been hoping to kick off his Broadway residency in style after being honoured with his own Manhattan street corner on Tuesday.