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Alec Baldwin is a graduate of New York University (BFA, Tisch, ’94) and was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from NYU in 2010. He last appeared on stage in 2015 in Arthur Miller's All My Sons at Guild Hall in East Hampton. In 2013, he starred in the Broadway revival of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans and in 2010, the Guild Hall (East Hampton) production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Tony Walton.

Other stage includes the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2006 production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane, directed by Scott Ellis; Loot (Broadway,1986¬ Theatre World Award); Caryl Churchill's Serious Money (Broadway,1988); Prelude to a Kiss (Circle Rep, 1990 Obie Award); A Streetcar Named Desire (Broadway, 1992 Tony nomination), Macbeth (New York Shakespeare Festival 1998), The Twentieth Century (Roundabout, 2004), (Also, The Hartman in Stamford, Williamstown, Bay Street).

Baldwin has appeared in over fifty films, including Beetle Juice, Working Girl, Miami Blues, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Juror, The Edge, Ghosts of Mississippi, State and Main, The Cat in the Hat, The Cooler (National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor, Oscar nomination), The Aviator, The Departed, It’s Complicated, Blue Jasmine, Still Alice, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, among many others.

On television Baldwin starred with Tina Fey on NBC’s 30 Rock, winner of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Baldwin has received seven SAG Awards, three Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award and two Emmy awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance on the show. In 2011, Alec received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His company, El Dorado Pictures, has produced several projects including Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial for TNT television (Emmy nomination), The Confession for Showtime (WGA award for best adapted screenplay) and David Mamet’s film, State and Main.

Alec Baldwin is also a dedicated supporter of numerous causes related to public policy and the arts. He serves on the boards of People For The American Way, The Hamptons International Film Festival, The Roundabout Theatre and Guild Hall of East Hampton. He is an active supporter of The Radiation and Public Health Project, East Hampton Day Care Center, The Actors Fund, The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, People for the Ethical treatment of Animals and The Water Keeper Alliance, among many others.

Baldwin’s book, A Promise to Ourselves (St. Martin’s Press) was published in paperback in the Fall of 2009. He is also the radio announcer for the New York Philharmonic. Baldwin has two daughters, Ireland Elliese and Carmen Gabriela and two sons, Rafael Thomas and Leonardo Angel. He is married to Hilaria Thomas Baldwin.

Barry Manilow
This Is My Town: Songs of New York

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is the album Barry Manilow was born to make. A native New Yorker, Barry's been in love with the rhythms, melodies and music of the Big Apple since childhood. Now, with the release of his new album on Verve/Universal, he's "saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency" with a thematic song-cycle celebrating his home town.

"I'm grateful for having been raised there because I've always felt grounded," he says, "especially in this magical world of music and popularity that I found myself in. One of the things I'm most proud of is that having gone through the hurricane of success, I feel I'm still the same guy that took the subway every day to work in Manhattan. And I attribute that grounding to being raised in New York."

More than a year in creation, This Is My Town: Songs of New York premieres ten new Barry Manilow studio recordings with the songs evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. While writing his own songs for the album, Barry made demos of the classic New York-inspired songs he loved to sing.

"I didn't want to do a full original album," he says. "It felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew. I must have done 50 demos of standards as I was writing the original songs. That's what took the longest: to choose the standards. And, of course, to write the originals."

The title song, "This Is My Town" sets up the album's musical journey through New York's five boroughs. The track was co-written by Barry Manilow "with my brilliant, long-time collaborator, Bruce Sussman. I'm very proud of the production, arrangement, orchestration and melody. And listen to Bruce's brilliant lyric. Only a New Yorker could have written that lyric."

According to Barry, "the album is like a melting pot – just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway, we go from Spanish Harlem to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you're going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B, and Broadway. That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

Tracks on This Is My Town: Songs of New York include: 1) This Is My Town 2) New York City Rhythm/On Broadway, 3) Coney Island, 4) Lonely Town, 5) Lovin' At Birdland 6) Downtown/Uptown, 7) On The Roof 8) I Dig New York 9) The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet w/Mel Torme) and 10) NYC Medley featuring a) New York State of Mind b) New York, New York c) Manhattan d) How About You? e) The Sidewalks of New York f) Native New Yorker g) Empire State of Mind h) Theme from "New York, New York."

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Barry Manilow was "raised by my mother, my grandmother and my grandfather in a very small apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Now, Williamsburg is a very hip place to live, but when I grew up there, it was a real slum and very dangerous to live in. They all knew I was musical but they didn't know what to do with me because they didn't have any money. So they rented an accordion and paid for lessons. I was good at it. I didn't mind it. I learned to read music," Barry recalls.

"When I was 13, my mother married a great guy named Willie Murphy. Willie had great taste, especially in music. When he realized how musical I was, he threw the accordion out and rented me a little piano and my life changed totally. Willie brought a stack of albums with him. Those records were filled with just wonderful, wonderful music. They ran the gamut from Broadway scores to classical music. The collection included a lot of jazz and the greatest pop singers of the day. It just changed my life," Manilow remembers fondly. "Willie used to go to Birdland when Birdland was really Birdland. It was a jazz mecca. I was too young to go but, when I turned fifteen I begged him to take me with him, and he did. He snuck me into Birdland. I saw Gerry Mulligan there. He was one of the great baritone sax players that ever lived and it was an epiphany for me."

Barry Manilow entered the music business in 1964 and has been making music for the world to enjoy ever since. During the sixties, he split his creative energies between Off Broadway musicals and Madison Avenue jingle mills, where he wrote a variety of unforgettable jingles for State Farm and Band-Aids while his singing could be heard on campaigns for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and McDonald's iconic "You Deserve a Break Today." Among his many awards and accolades, Manilow is the recipient of two Clio Awards.

"I wound up working with a lot of singers in New York when I began," he recalls. "I was a piano player, an accompanist, an arranger, and a conductor. That's what I was going to do with my life. I had never, never thought about singing."

In 1971, he began a musical association with Bette Midler that would propel each of their careers forward while changing the course of popular music itself. "The thing I like doing best is arranging music," Barry admits. "I'm an arranger from the Nelson Riddle school of arrangers. That art is taking a back seat because most people write their own songs and they do it in their garage on their machinery. But, when I was growing up and going to Juilliard what I wanted to do was to become an arranger. I was Bette's pianist, conductor and arranger for three or four years. I wound up co-producing her first two album (The Divine Miss M and Bette Midler). It was a great collaboration."

Having sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. He's had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row.

Barry Manilow was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and has his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously.

With an iconic career, Barry Manilow is truly sui generis, a pop music archetype. If there's a secret to his success, it lies in one simple musical principle. "I like a melody," he admits. "I like a song that has a lyric you remember and a melody you can’t forget. That's always been my mantra whenever I'm composing anything."

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is an album made with love, a look into the heart and soul of Barry Manilow, one of the undisputed masters of American pop music. "I make albums and hope that they will entertain people and make them feel good. That's my goal: to make people feel good. I'm very proud that I came from New York. When I think of New York, I think of bright lights and excitement and talent and music. That vibrancy is why New York will always be the greatest city in the world."

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is co-produced by Barry Manilow with David Benson. Except for "Coney Island" was co-produced with Michael Lloyd .

Barry Manilow will receive the BMI Icon Award on May 9, 2017.

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