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Harmony: A New Musical by Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young men, Jewish and gentile, who came together in 1920s Germany and took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics.
Harmony is based in part on The Comedian Harmonist Archive as curated by the late Dr. Peter Czada.
Directing and choreographing Harmony will be Tony Award winner and Emmy-nominated Director Warren Carlyle. Carlyle won a 2014 Tony Award for his choreography for After Midnight, for which he was also Tony Award-nominated as Best Director. Carlyle was again nominated for a 2019 Tony Award for his choreography for the critically acclaimed revival of Kiss Me Kate. Other Broadway credits include Hello, Dolly!, She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Christmas Story, and Chaplin. He directed and choreographed Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, as well as Hugh Jackman’s 2019 World Tour. Upcoming: choreographing the Broadway revival of The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
“I’m thrilled to be directing Harmony and helping bring this show to New York. It’s an important message and it could not have found a better home to start a New York run than the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust,” Warren Carlyle said.
NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek said, “The core of NYTF’s mission will always be the promotion of the great literary, dramatic and musical traditions of the Yiddish theater. We will venture beyond Yiddish when presented with opportunities to tell important Jewish stories, in other languages, particularly when these stories otherwise would not be told.” He continued, “The storied career of the Comedian Harmonists, one of the most popular performers in pre-war Europe, represents how anti-Semitism can infect even the most ‘civilized’ of societies. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is proud to bring their story to a wider public by presenting Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s remarkable musical Harmony.”
“In our long and exciting collaboration, nothing thrills us more than today’s announcement that our beloved HARMONY is coming to the National Yiddish Theatre Foksbiene in New York. This is what we’ve always wanted to do—create an original show with an original score based on a story that needs to be told,” Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman said.
This production is being produced in association with Ken Davenport, who most recently won a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical for Once on This Island and a Tony for Best Musical for Kinky Boots, and received Tony nominations for Spring Awakening (Revival of a Musical), The Visit (Musical), and You’re Welcome America (Special Theatrical Event). Garry C. Kief is serving as producer. Additional producers are Amuse Inc., Susan Dubow, and Neil Gooding Productions. This presentation is being produced in association with Wilfried Rimensberger of Stiletto Entertainment.
Awards and Nominations
Lucille Lortel Nominations
Outstanding Choreographer – Warren Carlyle
Off Broadway League Awards
Winner – Outstanding Off Broadway Musical 2022
Drama Desk Awards
Winner – Outstanding Book of a Musical – Bruce Sussman
Drama Desk Awards Nominations
Outstanding Actor in a Musical — Chip Zien
Book & Lyrics by
Directed and choreographed by
Scenic Design by
Costume Design by
Linda Cho & Ricky Lurie
Lighting Design by
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer
Sound Design by
Dan Moses Schreier
Video Design by
batwin + robin productions
Wig & Hair Design by
Production Stage Manager
Amanda M. Stuart
Roy Gabay / Jumpstart Entertainment
Sean Bell (Bobby) he/him. National Tours: A Bronx Tale: The Musical (Sally Slick). NYC: Forever Plaid: The Event (Smudge), Stardust Road (Various Roles), All American (Edwin Bricker), Ni**er/Fa**ot (F). Regional: Fully Committed (Sam, et al), A Comedy of Tenors (Max), Oklahoma (Will Parker), Mary Poppins (Bert), Deathtrap (Clifford), Forever Plaid and Plaid Tidings (Smudge), Spamalot (Herbert/Historian/Fred), A Chorus Line (Bobby). TV: “Succession” (HBO), “Z” (Amazon), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO), “Red Oaks” (Amazon). Much love to his ever-supportive family and friends, and infinite thanks to Barry, Bruce, Warren, John, and the entire Harmony family. It is a joy and an honor to tell this story with you all.
Sierra Boggess has been seen on Broadway in the Tony nominated musical School Of Rock, It Shoulda Been You directed by David Hyde Pierce, two separate engagements of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera (the first for the show’s 25th Anniversary and the second opposite Norm Lewis), the revival of Master Class (opposite Tyne Daly) and The Little Mermaid (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations, Broadway.com Audience Choice Award).
London theatre credits include Les Misérables, the 25th-anniversary concerts of The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall and Love Never Dies (Olivier Award nomination).
Other New York theater credits include the Manhattan Concert Productions’ The Secret Garden at Lincoln Center; the one-night-only concert of Guys & Dolls at Carnegie Hall opposite Nathan Lane, Patrick Wilson and Megan Mullally; the final Off-Broadway cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and Music in the Air for City Center’s Encores! series. She also starred as Christine Daae in the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera. Regionally, she has been seen in Into The Woods (Hollywood Bowl), Ever After (Alliance Theatre), Age of Innocence (world premiere, Hartford Stage and McCarter Theatre), Princesses (world premiere, Goodspeed Opera House and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre), and the national tour of Les Misérables.
Film and Television credits include Vulture Club with Susan Sarandon and the web series What’s Your Emergency, directed by Michael Urie.
Her recordings include School Of Rock, It Shoulda Been You, the 25th-anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera (also on DVD), the symphonic recording of Love Never Dies, The Little Mermaid, and Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess. Concert appearances include the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series The Lyrics of David Zippel, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and Broadway by the Year at Town Hall. Sierra has toured all over the world across Australia, Japan, Paris, and London with her concert show, which has been preserved live and released on CD, Awakening: Live at 54 Below. She recently released an album of duets with Julian Ovenden made during the pandemic entitled Together At A Distance. www.sierraboggess.com
As an avid believer that you can never have too much of a good thing, Elise Daniells is a classically-trained crossover Opera and Musical Theatre artist. Before her move to New York City in February, she was bringing her fiery passion to Arizona Opera’s “Carmen” as both a chorus member and featured dancer. Elise also recently da-doo’d her way across the stage as Chiffon in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s “Little Shop of Horrors”. Some names that need to be celebrated: Katie Murphy (Pantera Murphy the Agency), Stone Sokol, Johnnie Teamer, Paul Daniells, and Margaret and Peter Daniells. Elise is beyond grateful for the love and support and sends a huge thank you to the cast and crew for making this an unbelievably amazing first show in New York! To find out more about what Elise is working on, follow her via instagram @elisedaniellsmusic
Jessie Davidson (Ruth) could not be more excited to make her Off Broadway debut in Harmony! Select credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena Landless/Janet Conover) at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Grease (Marty) at The Rev, Hair (Sheila), and Dogfight (Marcy). She has also performed in concerts and readings at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Green Room 42, and Musical Theatre Factory. Alma Mater: Penn State. Thank you to family, friends, and Stewart Talent. Jessie dedicates this performance to her father, Edwin ‘Ned’ Davidson. IG: @jessiedavidson
Zak Edwards is overjoyed to bring this incredible story to the NYC stage! Favorite credits include the first national tours of An American in Paris (Adam understudy) and Young Frankenstein, Candide at NYC Opera (directed by Hal Prince), Yank! (Off Broadway), No No Nanette at NY City Center Encores, Pirates of Penzance (Frederic), Forever Plaid and Plaid Tidings (Jinx), Mary Poppins (Bert), Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), Hello Dolly (Ambrose Kemper), and five productions of 42nd Street (usually as Billy Lawlor). Huge thanks to Warren, this unbelievable cast and crew, The Mine, all of his teachers, his incredible parents and sisters, and Will, the love of his life.
Abby is honored to be a part of telling this story. Most recently, she was a swing in Fiddler on The Roof in Yiddish where she understudied six different roles (and learned a lot of Yiddish!). Last year, she experienced minor viral video fame with her parody, “Maskmaker, Maskmaker” and was featured on NY1 and CNN. Other credits include Milk and Honey (York Theatre Company), Fiddler On The Roof (New Repertory Theatre), and Robert Brustein’s, The King of Second Avenue. Huge thanks to Warren, Bruce, Barry, NYTF, and of course my five moms, Stefan, and Schnauzie. www.AbbyGoldfarb.com.
Australian-born Eddie is honored to be harmonizing with this company. Broadway: The Book of Mormon. Boq in Wicked (Australia), The Book of Mormon, Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening (original Australian casts). US tour: The Book of Mormon. US Regional premiere: Jesse in Tuck Everlasting. Screenwriter and Director: Weather or Not, The Singing Telegram. Associate director: Heathers: The Musical (Australia). Director: Hats Off! & Frau Fangus’ Revenge. Graduate of West Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) & Mike Walsh Fellow. @eddiepgrey
Ana starred as Michelle in the highly acclaimed national tour of Dreamgirls, which made its debut at the Apollo Theatre. She has been seen Off-Broadway in The City Club (Minetta Lane) and Twilight in Harlem directed by Dario Calmese feat. Carmen DeLavallade (Symphony Space) as well as the Emmy award winning documentary Dick Johnson Is Dead directed by Kirsten Johnson (Netflix). National commercial and print campaign credits: Poland Spring, Stella Artois, AT&T, American Express and New York Life. Most recently, Ana created and starred in a musical celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, commissioned by Holland America Line. In the Fall, she is scheduled to headline the Bermuda Music Festival with her newest production, Life is Jazz. For more info: www.AnaHoffman.com and @discover_Ana.
Shayne Kennon (Cantor, u/s Chopin) is overjoyed to rejoin ‘Harmony’ after a decade of involvement with its brilliant creative team – from Atlanta to Los Angeles, through readings, concerts and full productions, all the way to its rightful home in New York.
Theater: Harmony (Rabbi), 2019 Workshop, Dir. Warren Carlyle; Harmony (Rabbi), Ahmanson Theater; Harmony (Rabbi), Alliance Theater; Madagascar Live! (Alex the Lion), European Tour; Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Casa Mañana; The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Arkansas Repertory Theater; RENT (Roger), NJPAC; 1776 (Rutledge), NJPAC, Visions of America (Feat. Vocalist), Boston Pops, Dir. Keith Lockhart.
Film & Television: Gottlieb, (Monty) 2018, Dir. Elliot Conrad); Dating in Retrograde (Will), 2016, Dir. Molly Evans.
A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, a New York native (by way of D.C., London, Montclair, Galway, and Josef Roman Cykowski’s own Łódź, Poland), Shayne would like to thank the team at BOGO for their continued patience, constant faith, and unparalleled generosity. Everything is connected, there’s plenty of time, and everything is going to be wonderful.
Off-Broadway debut! International: Australian Company of Come from Away (Bob and Others). National tours: Waitress, The Book of Mormon, Sister Act (Curtis Jackson), Dreamgirls (Marty), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, The Old Globe, Music Theatre Wichita, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Gretna Theatre, and West Virginia Public Theatre. Voice-over: South Park: The Fractured but Whole video game. Thanks to CTG, and his beautiful friends and family. Education: B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Otterbein University.
Danny Kornfeld (Young Rabbi) Off-Broadway: Aunt Caroline in Renascence (Transport Group), Wringer (City Center; directed by Stephen Brackett). Touring: Mark Cohen in the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT. Plays and musicals regionally at Barrington Stage Company, Syracuse Stage & Theatre Aspen. Developmental workshops and labs at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, NAMT, Westport Country Playhouse and York Theatre. Drama graduate of Syracuse University. Love to all I call family. @DannyKornfeld
Benjamin H. Moore is thrilled to make his Off-Broadway debut! National tours: 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT. Favorite regional credits: Light it Up! (Cleveland Play House), Maybe Happy Ending (Alliance Theatre), The First Noel (True Colors Theatre), Shadowboxer (Baltimore Center Stage), The Fantasticks (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Sunday in the Park with George (Jennie T. Anderson Theatre), Mamma Mia! and Into the Woods (City Springs
Theatre Company), and Once on This Island (Georgia Ensemble Theatre). Benjamin has also performed with Opera Colorado, the Carolina Pops Orchestra, and Orchestra Noir.
Benjamin’s cover single – Fix You by BMoore. – is available on all digital media and streaming platforms. In addition to performing, Benjamin has two decades of teaching experience and enjoys training and developing performers. Thank you to my agents at Clear Talent Group! Love to my family, friends, and supporters! This performance is
dedicated to you, daddy! All glory to God! @mooreofthemusic
KENNY MORRIS Broadway: Hairspray; Kinky Boots; Les Misėrables; The Tenth Man (LTC); Jacques Brel…(20th Anniv.) Tours: Sunset Boulevard; Doubles (w/Robert Reed); Joseph…(w/David Cassidy); Jolson: The Musical. Off–Broadway: A New Brain (LTC); Soul Doctor (NY Theatre Workshop); She Loves Me. Regional: Funnyman (Arden Theater/Barrymore Nom. Best Supporting Actor); Caroline, Or Change (Guthrie Theater Kushner Festival), Cabaret, Bullets over Broadway, Diary of Anne Frank; City of Angels; Rags, etc…!. Films/TV: Bros (Judd Apatow Prod.), ICE (DirecTV); Blacklist (NBC), The Knick (dir. Steven Soderbergh); Law & Order CI (ABC), Third Watch (NBC). Kenny dedicates this performance to his grandmother Ettie, with much love.
Off-Broadway debut! NJ born, NYC based. Honored to be part of the group that gets to tell this story. National Tours: Bandstand (First Nat’l), Million Dollar Quartet Christmas (World Premiere, First Nat’l). Regional: Memphis (CFRT), The Sound of Music (ASF), Tuck Everlasting (SSTI). BFA Acting/Musical Theatre from MMC. Matthew is also the co-creator and co-host of the web series, Second Act Snacks (@secondactsnacks), streaming exclusively on Broadstream (@broad.stream). A big thank you to his team at ATB Talent. Endless love to his family and his fiancé, Jaime. This one is for Rosalie, who he knows is kvelling in the front row every night. IG: @matthewmucha.
Andrew O’Shanick (he/him) is an NYC-based actor and singer. Favorite credits of his include Emile De Becque in South Pacific at Flat Rock Playhouse, All is Calm at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Sunday in the Park with George at Huntington Theatre Company, Dutch on NBC’s The Blacklist, and a spot in the final season of The Office as a member of Andy Bernard’s a cappella group. Upcoming, he’ll be appearing in Ryan Murphy and Blumhouse Productions’ film Mr. Harrigan’s Phone based on the short story by Stephen King. Thanks to UIA, Jamibeth Margolis, and NYTF! Instagram: 0shanick
ZAL OWEN (Harry) made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical The Band’s Visit and performed across the country as Motel the Tailor on the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof, opposite Harvey Fierstein and Theodore Bikel. Most recently, he starred as the title role in the Off-Broadway production of Einstein’s Dreams at 59E59. Additional Off-Broadway/NYC credits include Goldstein (Actors Temple), New York Theatre Workshop, York Theatre, and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene audiences may remember his portrayal of Lev in the developmental production of When Blood Ran Red. Regionally, Zal has performed at the Denver Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, Stages St. Louis, Ogunquit Playhouse, and Fulton Theatre among many others. Thanks to CLA and love to my girls. www.ZalOwen.com @TheZalOwen
Tori is ecstatic about making her NYC debut with Harmony! She is honored to be a part of this incredible company. It is a privilege to share this beautiful, powerful and TRUE story, while paying tribute to this important moment in history. Before the pandemic, Tori was traveling through Japan, China, U.S. and Canada with the 20th Anniversary National Tour of RENT. Tori would love to thank her friends, family, SW Artists and everyone at NYTF.
ERIC PETERS is honored to be a part of telling the Comedian Harmonists’ story. A proud Minneapolis native, Eric graduated from Northwestern University where he studied Musical Theatre and Mathematics. National Tour: Motown the Musical. Off-Broadway: Love Actually, The Unauthorized Musical Parody (Jerry Orbach Theater), Young Pilgrims (RAVE Theater Festival), The Voice of Broadway (NY Theater Festival Winterfest). All my love to my family, friends, NYTF, and especially my parents. This one’s for you, Mom – your son is becoming a singer! www.erictpeters.com, IG: @ericfromminnesota.
Barrett Riggins is an actor, composer, and lyricist originally from Santa Rosa, California. Recent credits include: Memphis, Beauty and the Beast (TUTS), All Shook Up (The MUNY), The Pin-Up Girls (Casa Mañana), and Dogfight (Farmer’s Alley). Original musicals (co-written with Graham Techler) include: The Moderators (Original Theater Festival, NY) and Sound Choices (Academy of Art University, SF). He was a 2021 Johnny Mercer Foundation fellow and has released two albums, Good Ol’ and Smoke Machine, available on all streaming platforms. Upcoming: Barrett is composing original music for The Panic of ‘29, slated to be produced Off-Broadway at 59e59 this July. He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. “Love to Maddie, Mom, Pop, and his little dog Leonard Bernstein”. @barrettadamriggins
Blake Roman is an actor, singer, and musician based out of New York City. He received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and is currently building a career in stage, film, voiceover, and music. Blake is extremely grateful for the unwavering support and love of his family and friends–and would like to thank all those involved in HARMONY for making being a part of this production such a beautiful experience. (Hey, Mom!)
Kayleen Seidl feels blessed that her first production post-shutdown is back “home” at NYTF. A small-town Catholic gal finding a home for herself in the Yiddish theatre…meshuge, neyn? Kayleen was last seen on the NYTF stage in the original cast of Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof directed by Joel Grey and feels honored to be back in this space helping give life to another important story. Other favorite credits include Phantom (Christine), It Shoulda Been You (Rebecca), Show Boat (Magnolia), TOMMY (Mrs. Walker). In her free time, Kayleen enjoys rock climbing, bike riding, being a dog mom, and teaching voice lessons. All my love, Brett. “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” – Psalm 133:1 www.KayleenSeidl.com @kayleenseidl
Nancy Ticotin’s achievements in the arts include success as an actress, singer and dancer. FILM: Jeffrey, Hackers, Ransom, The Wiz, Everyone Says I Love You, The Tavern. TV: POSE, Orange Is the New Black, FBI, Taken, all the Law & Orders, NY Undercover, several soaps. Broadway: The King and I, West Side Story (1st revival), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Damn Yankees (Lola understudy), In The Heights. Off-Bway:The View Upstairs, Bernarda Alba, A My Name is Still Alice. Fav Regional:Man Of La Mancha (Aldonza), dir/Gerry Guttierez. National tour: On Your Feet!(Gloria Fajardo). Paris:Great Day in the Morning with Jessye Norman, dir/Robert Wilson, Sporting Club of Monte Carlo
Ticotin was an original member of Ballet Hispanico. Highlight: guest-star with NYC Ballet as “Anita” in West Side Story Suite at the invitation of legendary choreographer director, Jerome Robbins. I dedicate my performance in this beautiful musical to the memory of my father, Abraham Ticotin.
Dan Teixeira (Swing) is incredibly grateful to be making his Off-Broadway debut as a part of the company of Harmony. Readings/Concerts: The Last Day (Two River Theatre), Dust & Embers (54 Below), The Lucky Boy. Regional credits: A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre), A Grand Night for Singing, And the World Goes ‘Round (New London Barn Playhouse) & Urinetown (Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol). He is a proud graduate from Penn State Musical Theatre! Endless gratitude to The Mine, Jamibeth and Warren for making this happen and to his professors for guiding him to this point. Love to Nick, Amina and his parents, Claudio & Gabriela, for their trust and support. www.danteixeira.com.
Steven Telsey (Lesh) he/him. National Tour: The Book of Mormon (Elder Davis/Mormon). NYC Reading/Workshop: Harmony: A New Musical (Lesh), Save The Palace (Ryan). Select Regional: West Side Story (Tony), Rock of Ages (Franz), Titanic (Barrett), Funny Girl (Ziegfeld Tenor). Education: Elon University Music Theatre. Thanks to his family, friends, girlfriend, the entire Harmony team, and to all of his educators. It’s an honor to share this story. IG: @steven_telsey
Kate Wesler—(Marta, Dance Captain, Clara U/S)
Thrilled to be back on the stage! Recent Broadway National/Int’l Tours: Chicago (Roxie), Pippin (Fastrada). NYC staged readings: Harmony and Chasing Rainbows. Regionally, she’s performed at Paper Mill Playhouse (The Producers), Westchester Broadway Theatre (An American in Paris), Music Theatre Wichita (42nd Street), Maltz Jupiter Theatre, among others. Some favorite theatre credits include 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden), South Pacific (Dinah Murphy / Dance Captain), The Producers (Usherette / Dance Captain), and West Side Story (Minnie / Dance Captain). She can be seen in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime, as well as BULL, Billions, and more. She graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from CCM. Much love to my family. Thank you Jamibeth, Warren, and all involved to help share this story. AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and AGMA member. To stay up to date visit Katewesler.com or follow her on Instagram @kate.wesler
Chip Zien (Broadway) most recently seen as the bombastic Mr. Stopnick in The Roundabout’s acclaimed production of CAROLINE OR CHANGE. He created the central role of the Baker in Sondheim/Lapine’s award-winning INTO THE WOODS and the role of Mendel in William Finn’s highly decorated FALSETTOS. Also, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, THE BIG KNIFE, THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, THE COUNTRY GIRL, LES MISERABLE, GRAND HOTEL, The Boys From Syracuse, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, ALL OVER TOWN, and THE SUICIDE, etc.
(TV/FILM) Recently, the final season of House of Cards and HBO’s THE NIGHT OF. He has been a series regular and/or guested on well over 60 shows. An independent feature SIMCHAS AND SORROWS is now on the festival circuit.
Mr. Zien (Librettist) THE HISTORY OF WAR was an invitee at NYMF. His one-man show, THE LITTLE IMMIGRANT and a musical revue TRAVELS WITH MY DISCONTENT presented by The Barrington Stage.
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene stands in solidarity mit undzere brider un shvester in Eretz Yisroel.
We condemn this brutal attack against Jewish men, women and children as they woke up to celebrate Shabbas and the end of our holiest days. Fifty years and one day after the Yom Kippur War and only 80 years after the Shoah we cannot understate the seriousness of this attack on Jews.
An attack on one Jew is an attack on all.
Am Yisroel Chai
Sandra F. Cahn and Carol Levin,
NYTF Board co-Chairs
NYTF Artistic Director