Picks and Pans Review: Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street

updated 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Mon., March 7, 10 p.m. ET)


Barry Manilow should have watched Willie Nelson's special and learned how to relax a little. Barry gets way too hyper, trying to outdo himself with ever glitzier sets, ever kitschier costumes, ever more backup singers and dancers. A few times, though, he does relax and sing, as when he joins vocalist Diane Schuur for one humid rendition of Summer-time; the rest of the show should be that good—but it's not.

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