Who cares what the music critics say? Barry Manilow writes the songs. And Barry Manilow is going to sing them.

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After nearly a decade of scorning his own pop hits, Manilow is making them the centerpiece of his new stage show, which opened this week in Los Angeles."I think some part of me started to believe all the negative press - that I just wrote saccharine crap and I did the same thing over and over."

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