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Barry Manilow’s Harmony Will Have Long-Awaited Broadway Premiere This Fall

The musical features a Manilow score and book and lyrics by writing partner Bruce Sussman.

A scene from Harmony at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
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Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s long-aborning musical Harmony will make its Broadway debut this fall, beginning performances October 18 at the Barrymore Theatre in advance of a November 13 opening. Warren Carlyle will direct and choreograph.

Harmony is the story of a little-known German performance group, the Comedian Harmonists, and their rise to become one of Europe’s most successful bands, and their fall at the hands of the Nazis in the World War II era.

The musical has had a very long life, originally debuting in 1997 at the La Jolla Playhouse. A 2003 Broadway transfer was scheduled, but bad producing scuttled those plans. It was resurrected in a decade later at the Alliance Theatre in Georgia and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, before again laying dormant. This production originated at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in 2022, produced by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.

Leading the company will be Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, and Steven Telsey as the sextet of Harmonists, reprising roles they originated at the Museum. Complete casting is still to be announced.


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