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Singer Barry Manilow released from hospital

Suffered stress-related chest pains
/ Source: Reuters

Singer Barry Manilow has returned to his Palm Springs, California, home after a 24-hour hospital stay promoted by stress-related chest pains and an irregular heartbeat, his spokesman said Monday.

The 57-year-old performer underwent a series of tests and procedures and was discharged from the hospital late Sunday once doctors had determined that his heart rate had returned to normal, according to publicist Jerry Sharell.

He was admitted to the hospital late Saturday complaining of chest pains, which Sharell said were brought on by stress from spending two days last week in arbitration of a lawsuit involving ownership of the stage musical “Harmony.”

Manilow and co-writer Bruce Sussman are seeking to win back rights to the show from producer Mark Schwartz, who they blame for financial problems that forced the musical to fold production just before its pre-Broadway run in Philadelphia last November. Schwartz has said money ran out after several promises from investors fell through.

“This is the true definition of heartbreak,” Manilow said in a statement issued from his home. “It literally broke my heart to sit for two days and watch these beautiful people of the creative team testify because of the incompetence (that) brought down our show. My heart was broken, but the doctors put it back together, and I will continue to fight.”

A final decision from the arbitrators on the future of ”Harmony” is expected later this week, Sharell said.

The original 1997 production of the show, about a group of singers popular during the waning days of Germany’s Weimar Republic, ran for two months at the La Jolla Playhouse near San Diego.

Last June, Manilow suffered a very different medical mishap, breaking his nose after waking up disoriented in the middle of the night and walking into a wall.

The New York-born performer, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002, reached the height of his popularity in the 1970s with a string of hits that included “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana.”