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HARMONY: A New Musical Records an Original Cast Album

Last weekend, the team behind Harmony: A New Musical recorded an original cast album produced by Barry Manilow and Lawrence Manchester.

The cast recreated the musical moments written by Manilow and Bruce Sussman that made the sold-out Folksbiene run of Harmony so special.

Written by the legendary Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman and directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle, Harmony told the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six talented young men in 1920s Germany who took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics, until their inclusion of Jewish singers put them on a collision course with history. 

Broadway legends Sierra Boggess (Broadway: The Little Mermaid, The Phantom of the Opera) and Chip Zien (Broadway: Into the Woods, Caroline, or Change) led the cast.

Playing the six Comedian Harmonists were Sean Bell (National Tour: A Bronx Tale: The Musical), Danny Kornfeld (National Tour: Rent), Zal Owen (Broadway: The Band’s Visit), Eric Peters (National Tour: Motown: The Musical), Blake Roman (Regional: Newsies), and Steven Telsey (National Tour: The Book of Mormon). Jessie Davidson (Regional: The Mystery of Edwin Drood) played Ruth, with Ana Hoffman (National Tour: Dreamgirls) portraying Josephine Baker – a major celebrity whom the Harmonists encountered on their way to the top. Kenny Morris (Broadway: Hairspray) will be the standby for Zien’s Rabbi. 

The ensemble included Elise Frances Daniells, Zak Edwards, Abby Goldfarb, Eddie Grey, Shayne Kennon, Kolby Kindle, Benjamin H. Moore, Matthew Mucha, Tori Palin, Barrett Riggins, Kayleen Seidl, Andrew O’Shanick, Dan Teixeira, Nancy Ticotin, and Kate Wesler.

As if a new cast recording wasn’t exciting enough, Harmony: A New Musical has set its sights on Broadway.

“I’d like to think of today as only the end of the beginning!” Sussman said onstage at closing night, indicating the possibility of a transfer.

We can only hope we’ll hear from the Harmonists again – and soon.

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