Barry Manilow and Brian Boitano — it’s a miracle.
That’s what the San Francisco Giants are saying in anticipation of a first-time, one-night-only show at
8 p.m. Dec. 5 at AT&T Park featuring live music by Manilow accompanying skating by world-class athletes, including the South Bay’s Boitano and Olympic gold-medalists Dorothy Hamill, David Pelletier and Viktor Petrenko.
In a telephone news conference announcing the event today, Boitano said, “I have been a fan of Barry’s for years. Every figure skater either has skated to a Barry song — or wanted to.”
Pat Gallagher, president of Giants Enterprises, which brings non-baseball events to the ballpark, said, “It’s a real first for us, a special ice show featuring someone who grew up in the Bay Area.”
“The Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular” will take place on a 60-foot-by 120-foot rink to be specially constructed in the park’s infield. The show’s theme is songs from the 1970s, including eight performed by Manilow. It will also be taped, to be aired on NBC at a later date.
Manilow, who admittedly doesn’t know a lot about skating, has already performed in a show that featured Kristi Yamaguchi. He said, “I would find myself watching and not singing; I started to pretend I was an ice skater.”
Hamill, one of Boitano’s longtime friends, said, “I’m thrilled. Anything Brian wants, he knows I’m always there for him.”
Boitano joked that when he called and asked Hamill to do the show, she told him she wanted to skate to “Weekend in New England” — but he told her he would take it himself.
Tickets for the show, which cost $55 to $152.25 for special VIP seating near Manilow’s stage, are currently on sale at www.tickets.com.