'Harmony' to close on Broadway

The musical, which features a score by Barry Manilow and a book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman, has been playing at the Barrymore Theatre since October 2023.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

The new Broadway musical Harmony has set its closing date, playing its final performance at the Barrymore Theatre on February 4. At the time of closing, Harmony will have played 120 total performances.

Written by Barry Manilow (music) and Bruce Sussman (book and lyrics), Harmony tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a 20th-century German Jewish singing group. Their ascent to global stardom collided headfirst with the rise of Nazism, threatening their place in history.

Harmony had a long road to Broadway, making its world premiere in 1997. That production and a 2013 run were both meant to lead to a Broadway transfer, which did not pan out — but its 2022 Off-Broadway premiere with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene did. New York Theatre Guide's critic wrote of that production, "Harmony hits all the right notes."

Most of the cast from that run returned for the Broadway premiere in October 2023. The current Harmony cast, who will all be with the show at closing, includes Chip Zien as Rabbi, Julie Benko as Ruth, Sierra Boggess as Mary, Sean Bell as Bobby, Danny Kornfeld as Young Rabbi, Zal Owen as Harry, Eric Peters as Erich, Blake Roman as Chopin, Steven Telsey as Lesh, Allison Semmes as Josephine Baker, and Andrew O’Shanick as Standartenfϋhrer.

Photo credit: Steven Telsey, Blake Roman, Danny Kornfeld, Chip Zien, Eric Peters, Sean Bell, and Zal Owen in Harmony. (Photo by Julieta Cervantes)

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