Copacabana is a musical written by Barry Manilow, based around the song of the same name.
The musical began when Dick Clark approached Manilow and cowriters Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, and persuaded them to develop a musical film around their popular song, Copacabana. The resulting 1985 production, starring Annette O'Toole (Lola), Barry Manilow (Tony), Estelle Getty (Tony's mother) and Joseph Bologna (Rico) was well-received, collecting an Emmy.
Soon after it was developed into an hour-long show for Caesar's Resorts in Atlantic City, and eventually expanded into a full-length musical for the West End. It opened in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre on June 23, 1994 and ran for over two years, touring the UK for an additional year.
The musical made its US debut in Pittsburgh in June 2000, touring over the next year.
The story follows aspiring songwriter, Stephen, as he composes what he hopes will become a hit musical. His imagination takes him back to the 1940s as he creates a story surrounding an ambitious young singer Lola Lamar who arrives in New York City from Tulsa hoping to become a star. She lands a position at the famous Copacabana Nightclub, "the hottest club north of Havana", and strives to become a 'Copa Girl' dancer with the help of the bartender, Tony Starr.