They’ve covered Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. And Wednesday, the Rhythm of the Knight Uniondale Show Choir readied itself for the “Copacabana,” rehearsing some of Barry Manilow’s biggest hits at their high school on the eve of his concert at NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, for which the group will serve as closing act.
Thirty-five members of the nationally ranked show choir sang Manilow classics including “Copacabana,” “It’s A Miracle,” “Let Freedom Ring” and “I Write the Songs” — all of which they will perform Thursday alongside the music legend. The group will ditch its signature sparkly sequin outfits for red robes for the routines that were choreographed by a member of Manilow’s team. Included in their performance is the “Carlton” – a dance popularized by a 1990s television show a bit closer to their time: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Thursday night will mark the second time the students, ages 14 to 18, will share a stage with the 74-year-old musician. In May, show choir director Lynette Carr-Hicks was contacted by Manilow’s camp about partnering for a show that same month at the Coliseum, after his people watched videos of the group on YouTube. Manilow is gifting Uniondale High School a new Yamaha piano and also gave the school 117 complimentary tickets to the Coliseum show for…
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