NEW YORK (AP) -- It took a little while before Barry Manilow felt comfortable on Broadway.

The Man Who Makes the Whole World Sing is used to far bigger venues than the 1,710-seat St. James Theatre, one of the smaller theaters on the Great White Way.

"It's a totally different feeling from the stage. I'm in their laps; they're in my lap. It's very, very intimate," says Manilow. "This is like going to somebody's house."

The New York City-born icon has had a street corner -- at Seventh Ave. and 44th Street -- temporarily renamed "Barry Manilow Way" and a caricature unveiled at Sardi's restaurant.

It's a long way from where he began in the neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brookyn, where "I was lucky to get home from school without getting beaten up."

His two-hour show -- makeup dates have been added to "Manilow on Broadway" that now take the show into early March -- includes all the hits.

Manilow says he keeps his show fresh by making sure the arrangements are contemporary.

At 69, Manilow vows to keep on going.

"Yeah, I'm old as the hills and you would think I'd be out to pasture someplace because I've done everything, but nothing has changed," he says. "I'm still hungry. I've still got a million ideas. I'm still strong and ready to create."


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