Barry Manilow musical 'Harmony' to premiere in New York in 2022
Performances will begin on March 23 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Harmony, a new musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, will make its New York debut more than 20 years after its world premiere. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present a seven-week run of the musical at Edmond J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Performances begin March 23, 2022, ahead of an April 13 opening.
Harmony tells the true story of a six-man musical ensemble called the Comedian Harmonists. This group of German men gained great success beginning in the 1920s with performances that included comedic acts and singing intricate harmonies. When the Harmonists began to welcome Jewish singers, the group became entangled in history as the Nazi regime grew alongside the Harmonists' fame.
The La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego produced the world premiere of Harmony in 1997. The run was followed by a 2003 production at Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre and a 2013 run at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre. Tony and Emmy winner Warren Carlyle will direct and choreograph the musical for NYTF in its bow on the New York stage.
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene received accolades in 2019 for its production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. Harmony will be presented in English.
Casting for Harmony has yet to be announced.