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 Laura Linney Photo by Manuel Harlan

The new Broadway revival of West Side Story, directed by Tony winner Ivo van Hove, will officially open at the Broadway Theatre February 20th. The production, which began previews December 10th, was scheduled to open February 6th. This is not the West Side Story you will be expecting. The choreography is by the avant-garde formalist Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Set in the present day, some gang members carry iPhones. There’s more, but I’ll let you discover that on your own.

2020 starts off with a bang with Laura Linney and My Name is Lucy Barton. Lucy wakes after an operation to find—much to her surprise—her mother at the foot of her bed. They haven’t seen each other in years. During their days-long visit, Lucy tries to understand her past, works to come to terms with her family, and begins to find herself as a writer. The show opens at the Samuel J. Friedman first preview: January 4th, opening night: January 15th.

Girl From The North Country
Girl From The North Country

Transferring from the Public Theatre Girl From The North Country tells of a guesthouse in 1934, in the heartland of America, a group of travelers pass in and out of each other’s lives, and share stories that awaken each other with passion, fury and, beauty. Written by Conor McPherson and set to the music and the lyrics of Bob Dylan, Tony nominees Marc Kudisch, David Pittu, and Mare Winningham star along with Todd AlmondJeannette BayardelleMatthew Frederick HarrisCaitlin HoulahanRobert JoyLuba MasonBen MayneTom Nelis, Colton RyanJohn SchiappaAustin Scott, Kimber Elayne SprawlRachel Sternand Chelsea Lee Williams. First Preview at the Belasco starts February 7th with an opening night set for March 5th.

Six, the concert-esque musical gives the six ill-fated wives of Henry VIII the opportunity to tell their story through a high-energy pop score. Adrianna Hicks, Andrea Macasaet, Abby Mueller, Brittney Mack, Samantha Pauly, and Anna Uzele will reprise their roles as Henry VIII’s wives. First previews begin February 13th at the Brooks Atkinson with a March 12th opening.

Anna D. Shapiro directs Tracey Letts The Minutes at the Core Theatre. The cast includes Letts, Jessie Mueller, Armie Hammer, Blair Brown, K. Todd Freeman, Austin Pendleton, Ian Barford, Cliff Chamberlain, Danny McCarthy, Sally Murphy, and Jeff Still. This Pulitzer Prize finalist about small-town politics and real-world power will reunite Shapiro and Letts for the first time on Broadway since August: Osage County. First preview begins February 25th with an opening night of March 15th

Mark Addy, Johnny Flynn Photo by Ahron R. Foster

The Olivier Award-winning Royal Court Theatre production of Martin McDonagh’s Hangman transferred to the West End prior to making its U.S. debut, enjoyed a sold-out run Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company in 2018. Reprising their roles from the West End are Mark Addy as Harry, Owen Campbell as CleggGaby French as Shirley, Richard Hollis as Bill, and John Horton as Arthur. New to the production are Tracie Bennett as Alice, Ewen Bremner as Syd, John Hodgkinson as Pierrepoint, and Dan Stevens as Mooney. When local British hangman Harry finds himself without a job on the day that hanging has been abolished. In the wake of this historic decision, a string of events lead to both comic and tragic consequences. First preview begins February 28th at the Golden theatre with a March 19th opening.

Patti LuPone Photo by Tristram Kenton

The revival of Stephen Sondheim Company comes to the Bernad B. Jacobs with their first preview March 2nd and an opening night of March 22nd. Directed by Marianne Elliott and starring Katrina Lenk as Bobbie, alongside Patti LuPone, reprising her Olivier Award-winning performance as Joanne. Joining are Matt Doyle as Jamie, Christopher Fitzgerald as David, Christopher Sieber as Harry, Jennifer Simard as Sarah, Terence Archie as Larry, Etai Benson as Paul, Nikki Renée Daniels as Jenny, Claybourne Elder as Andy, Greg Hildreth as Peter, Kyle Dean Massey as Theo, and Bobby Conte Thornton as P.J.

Judy Kaye, Erin Davie, Roe Hartrampf, Jeanna de Waal.
Photo by Gavin Bond. Costumes by Wiliam Ivey Long

Jeanna de Waal and Roe Hartrampf reprise their roles as Princess Diana and Prince Charles from the La Jolla Playhouse spring 2019 production of Diana. Book, music, and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan and directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley. First preview begins March 2nd with a March 31st opening night.

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf, Rupert Everett, Russell Tovey, Patsy Ferran star in the
revival of  Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Directed by Joe Mantello at the Booth. First Previews begin March 3rd with an opening night April 9th.

The Nederlander Theatre brings The Lehman Trilogy to Broadway. This 163-year saga that begins with a young man in Bavaria dreaming of a new life and ends with one of the world’s largest financial crises. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Adam Godley, Ben Miles, and Simon Russell Beale, who play the three title brothers, their sons, and grandson. First preview starts March 7th with an opening night set for March 26th.


Jenn Gambatese and Rob McClure Photo by Tracy Martin 

Mrs. Doubtfire comes to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre begining March 9th with a red carpet opening April 5th. Directed by Jerry Zaks, starring Rob McClure  as the struggling actor who disguises himself as a nanny in order to spend more time with his children. Look for Jenn Gambatese and Brad Oscar to lighten this movie turned musical.

The most interesting fare is Tom Kitt, Michael Korie and James Lapine’s Flying Over Sunset. Carmen Cusack stars as playwright and diplomat Clare Booth Luce, Harry Hadden-Paton as writer Aldous Huxley, and Tony Yazbek as movie star Cary Grant. Follow three artists during the ’50s as they experiment with the drug LSD. At a crossroads in their lives the three come together, and under the influence of the drug, take a trip and confront the mysteries of their lives and their world. Performances begin March 12th with an opening April 16th.

Sharon D Clarke photo by Alastair Muir 

Sharon D. Clarke makes her Broadway debut in the transfer of her Olivier Award-winning performance as Caroline, an African-American maid whose world of ’60s Louisiana changes in ways big and small in Caroline or Change. Written by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori. First previews begin March 13th at Studio 54 with an opening night set for April 7th

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker star in the revival of the classic Neil Simon show Plaza Suite. John Benjamin Hickey directs this comedy that reunites the real-life couple on Broadway for the first time in over 20 years. First previews begin March 13th with an opening night set for April 13th at the Hudson Theater.

Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse reprise their roles more than 20 years later after the 1997 Off-Broadway debut of the Pulitzer-prize winning play How I Learned To Drive. Li’l Bit (Parker) as she looks back in time in order to make sense of an uncle (Morse) who impacted her past, present, and future. Written by Paula Vogel and directed by Mark Brokaw at the Samuel J. Friedman Ttheatre. First preview March 27th with an opening April 22nd.

Tony winner Laurence Fishburne and Oscar winner Sam Rockwell star in the David Mamet’s American Buffalo. This play tells of a junk shop owner as he schemes to get back a valuable nickel sold for much less than it’s worth. Emmy winner Darren Criss co-stars. Neil Pepe directs at the Circle in the Square. First preview March 24th with an April 14th opening.

Debra Messing

The New York premiere of Noah Haidle’s play Birthday Candles. Debra Messing is a woman striving for significance in her life at the American Airlines Theatre. First preview April 2nd with an April 21st opening.

A revival of the Tony-winning Richard Greenberg comedy-drama Take Me Out, is about the coming out of a gay baseball player. Directed by Scott Ellis, starring Jessie Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson with Patrick J. Adams, Brandon J. Dirden, Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Will Harrison, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, and Joél Pérez. First preview April 2nd with an April 23rd opening.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Suffs We Still Have A Long Way To Go

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“There never was a young woman who did not think that if she had had the management of the work from the beginning, the cause would have been carried out long ago,” Susan B. Anthony.

Shaina Taub

The new musical by Shaina Taub Suffs, has completely rewritten itself from when it played at The Public Theatre. What was an overstuffed story about the women’s movement, has become a polished version of how far and how little we have come. This is an uplifting tale and you will leave the theatre satisfied.


When Suffs begin,s we meet Carrie Chapman Catt (a terrific and staunch Jenn Colella) asking men to “Let Mother Vote.” Enter the young newcomer Alice Paul (Taub). Alice wants to do a protest march on Washington, to further the cause along, Catt wants women to be refined in their approach. Needless to say the two do not see eye to eye.

Hannah Cruz and Cast

Alice recruits Lucy (Ally Bonino) her friend from college, Inez Milholland (A star turn by Hannah Cruz, who commands the stage), “the it girl of her time,” who then recruits Ruza Wenclawska (another standout performance by Kim Blank), a militant labor organizer and Doris Stevens (Nadia Dandashi), who chronicles the movement.

Anastacia McCapaguy, Laila Erica, Nikki M.James

Enter Ida B. Wells (a fabulous Nikki M. James) and other Black suffragists such as Mary Church Terrell (Anastacia McCapaguy), the first president of the NAACP, to a march on Washington, however the Southern women and backers do not want them there and they are told to march in the back. Wells refuses singing the powerful ballad “Wait My Turn”. It is their story that pacts a punch.

Tsilala Brock, Grace McLean

The President at the time is Woodrow Wilson (the phenomenal Grace McLean), who “loves the ladies, with all his heart, until they start to speak,” He plays games with Alice and her cohorts, as well as with Ms. Catt. However Ms. Catt concedes to help the President, where Ms. Paul does not.

The new Suffs start their own organization The National Women’s Party (NOW) with the help of a rich socialite (a terrific Emily Skinner). They take their grievances public, get arrested, stage hunger strikes and finally win the vote.

The cast is entirely made of women, non-binary performers and musicians who are extremely talented. Ms. Taub does extremely well as Alice. I loved and hated Grace McLean’s outstanding portrayals. Nikki M. James almost steals the show, but it is Jenn Colella who really makes us understand the power play between women.

Leigh Silverman’s staging, keeps the show moving at 2 hours and 45 minutes. Riccardo Hernadez’s set keeps The White House always in play, and Paul Tazewell’s lighting warms it up. Mayte Natalio’s choreography is subtle, yet effective.

There are 33 songs by Ms Taub which are very musical theatre with hints of pop. Ms. Taub’s lyrics are smart, almost Hamilton esq. Especially clever are the lyrics to “If We Were Married.” Musically however, some of the songs bring to mind Beyonce’s “I’m A Survivor” and in “Ladies” “The Ballad of Guiteau” from Assassins. The stand outs are “Finish the Fight,” “This Girl,” “Wait My Turn,”  “Find a Way” and the anthem “Keep Marchin”. Musical director Andrea Grody and her orchestra should be commended. The underscoring is fabulous.

Ms Taub also penned the book, which sometimes misses the mark.

In the end the cycle between the established suffragettes and the newer, younger models will always be at odds.

Ironically what was cut was it was Mrs Woodrow Wilson who refused to sign for women to vote. After her husband had a stroke she states; “Now the presidential vote belongs to me. Support for Suffrage? Absolutely NO!” It was a women who turned the vote down.

Suffs: The Music Box Theatre, 239 W 45th Street.

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents at Addiss and Dan Lauria

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I am so pleased to announce our guests for next Wednesday’s show on April 24th are Producer Pat Addiss and Dan Lauria.

Pat Flicker Addiss has been a producer on the following shows: Little Women​, Chita Rivera: A Dancer’s Life, Bridge & Tunnel, Spring Awakening, Passing Strange, 39 Steps, Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike, Promises, Promises, Gigi, Love Letters, Eclipsed, War Horse, A Christmas Story ​and Harmony on Broadway. Off-Broadway she produced Jane Anger and Buyer and Cellar starring Michael Urieher show, Dinner With The Boys with Dan Lauria and Desperate Measures, is currently playing around the country. A native New Yorker. She was a child model and actress. Went to Finch College where she majored and graduated in honors in Costume Design and Merchandising. She started her own Company Pat Addiss Enterprises which designed and manufactured all items and widgets with Corporate names and logos. For her work she was honored by the LPTW Oral History that was filmed for the archives of Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library. She was also given the Woman of Purpose Award by the “Three Tomatoes.”. With colleague, Magda Katz, she has initiated a formula to connect women through YaYa lunches, dinners and now the addition of upscale tea. She loves to speak to women over 50 “How to Reinvent Yourself.”

Dan Lauria is best known for playing the dad Jack Arnold on the TV series The Wonder Years. He also played NASA Administrator James Webb in the 1998 TV miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and Commanding Officer, USA in 1996’s Independence Day. More recently he has appeared as Police Commissioner Eustace Dolan in The Spirit. He appeared as Coach Hamstrung in The Three Stooges N.Y.U.K. on AMC in 2000. Lauria appeared on stage in New York in the summer of 2006 in an off-Broadway production of A Stone Carver by William Mastrosimone with Jim Iorio and Elizabeth Rossa. Lauria also had a small role in a season two episode of Army Wives, as well as a season one episode of The Mentalist. In 2009, Lauria has appeared as General Lee Whitworth, M.D. in Criminal Minds season 4. He has also appeared in an episode of Boy Meets World. In late 2009, Lauria returned to the off-Broadway stage, appearing as Jimmy Hoffa in Brian Lee Franklin’s Good Bobby, a fictionalized account of Robert F. Kennedy’s rise.

Dan is also a very familiar face to the off-off, off and regional theatre scene having performed, written or directed over 50 professional stage productions.  He has appeared as a guest star in over seventy television episodic programs and more than twenty ‘Movie Of The Week’ productions plus a score of motion picture credits.  

In 2010-11 Dan was seen on Broadway in the long running production of Lombardi as the legendary coach Vince Lombardi with the beautiful and talented Judith Light, directed by Thomas Kail of Hamilton fame and returned again in the 2013-14 productions of the Tony nominated A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by John Rando. 

Dan and dear friend, the lovely and talented Ms. Wendie Malick have performed the play The Guys by Anne Nelson (about our first responders) for numerous theatre and fire departments, around the country. Wendie and Dan also perform Love Letters as a fundraiser for regional theatres, for the development of new plays.  

Dan has now wrote and starred in the off Broadway production of Dinner With The Boys produced by the one and only Pat Addis and the NJ Rep. This was followed by a off Broadway production of The Stone Witch  and the upcoming Regional production of Lee Blessings new play; Tea With The Boss with Gwenn and Wendie Malick.  

He is about to star inJust Another Day written by Lauria. The show will run May 3-June 30 at Theater555 and also stars Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed). Between them, Lauria and McCormack have over 100 years of live theatrical experience, as well as over 150 television shows and films.

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents ”, is a new show filmed in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our first episode click here second episode click here,  third episode click here, fourth episode click here, fifth episode here, six episode here, seventh episode here, eight episode here and ninth episode here.

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Move Over Daisy Jones & The Six Stereophonic Has Taken Up The Gauntlet

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Daisy Jones & the Six is a hit series on Amazon Prime that follows a rock band in the 1970s from their rise in the LA music scene to becoming one of the most famous bands in the world. This was based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book of the same name and was partly inspired by Fleetwood Mac. Stereophonic is like binge watching episodes of this TV series, live on stage for three hours. 


Opening tonight, David Adjmi’s high drama play is set in a recording studio in Sausalito, California in 1976, until the last act when they record in LA. The set by David Zinn, has us inside the control room where we can see inside the sound booth. In the beginning, it is hard to hear the words as everyone is talking over each other. Sex, drugs especially coke, alcohol, cigarettes, joints, infidelity and music are what’s at stake and we are eavesdropping in.

Andrew R. Butler and Eli Gelb Photo by Julieta Cervantes

We first meet Grover (Eli Gelb), an untested producer who has lied to everyone about his credentials and his nerdy assistant Charlie (Andrew R. Butler), who are trying to keep the band who are very much like Fleetwood Mac on track. On lead guitar and vocals, Peter (Tom Pecinka) a control freak, perfectionist, lead songwriter and vocalist who is emotionally abusive. He is in a nine year relationship with Diana (Sarah Pidgeon), also the lead singer who is insecure, neurotic, an up and coming songwriter, who very much like Riley Keough in Daisy Jones & the Six. From England are keyboardist and singer Holly (Juliana Canfield) who is stable, warm and going through a terrible marriage to bassist Reg (Will Brill), who is an addict in every sense of the word. And finally Simon (Chris Stack), a drummer who parties to the hilt, as his marriage falls apart due to the recording of the album going way over the time frame given.

Photo by Julieta Cervantes

The question becomes; can this group of talented performers complete this album without killing each other or themselves? In the course of the 3+ hours, we start to really care about the outcome.

Sarah Pidgeon Photo by Julieta Cervantes

In the meantime, we hear fragments and whole songs that are really well done. Tender, yearning ballads of hope and despair written by Will Butler highlight this slice of life. The songs become the feelings that are unexpressed.

Chris Stack and Will Brill Photo by Julieta Cervantes

The cast is incredible, with each one giving us a complete profile. Gelb and Butler give us comedic dazed and confused nerds, whose chemistry is infectious. Gelb’s character is so out of his depth, as he is forced to be the one to keep this gang together despite Pecinka egocentric narcissistic personality. Pidgeon and Pecinka are perfect as lovers tearing each other apart. Stack gives us loss that is heartbreaking. Canfield gives us layers in a role that could be lost but it is Brill who steals the show with his brilliant portrayal as a rock star who lives his life to access.

Juliana Canfield Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Juliana Canfield Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Enver Chakartash’s costumes, Tommy Kurzman’s wigs and hairstyling, Jiyoun Chang’s  lighting, and Ryan Rumery’s multidirectional sound are groovy and out a sight.

Tom Pecinka and Sarah Pidgeon Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Director Daniel Aukin keeps this chaos intact, as the music exacts its reward.

Tom Pecinka, Juliana Canfield and Sarah Pidgeon by Julieta Cervantes

The music is so good that Sony Masterworks Broadway will release an original cast recording produced by Playwrights Horizons where the show originally played and features the original songs by Academy Award® nominee and Grammy Award® winner Will Butler, formerly of Arcade Fire wrote. The digital album arrives May 10, 2024, with the physical CD release set for June 14. The Album is available for preorder now.

Stereophonic: Broadway’s Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th Street.

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Chip Zien Is Honored at Sardi’s and The Original Cast of Falsettos Unite

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The iconic Chip Zien was honored with his portrait at Sardi’s. Sierra Boggess roasted him to the hilt

Zien has spent almost 50 years on Broadway.


Zien was the Baker in the original 1987 production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods filmed by the PBS.

The Baker’s Wife Joanna Gleason

In the 90’s he replaced Michael Jeter is Grand Hotel.

Stephen Bogardus, Chip Zien, Alison Fraser, Mary Testa

In 1992 he was Mendel in the groundbreaking William Finn and James Lapine musical Falsettos. He appeared in all of the “Marvin Trilogy” musicals by Finn: In Trousers (1979), March of the Falsettos (1981), Falsettoland (1990) and Falsettos (1992).

Carolee Carmella

Alison Fraser

Gregg Edelman, Barbara Walsh, Stephen Bogardus, Chip Zien,  Carolee Carmello, Mary Testa, Alison Fraser

Gregg Edelman, Barbara Walsh, Stephen Bogardus, Chip Zien, Carolee Carmella, Mary Testa, Alison Fraser

In 1998 Zien was featured in another Finn musical A New Brain. He received a 1999 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for this role.

Anne Nathan and Mary Testa

He appeared in the Off-Broadway play Isn’t It Romantic by Wendy Wasserstein and was nominated for the 1984 Drama Desk Award, Featured Actor in a Play.

Gregg Edelman, Carolee Carmella, Christine Pedi

In 2005, Zien played the part of Goran in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway.

In 2007, Zien was a replacement in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables in the role of Monsieur Thénardier.

Richard Kind

From April 1 to June 19, 2011, Zien appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The People in the Picture, which played at Studio 54 on Broadway.

Sierra Boggess

Zien appeared in the Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Chip signing his portrait

In 1973, Zien made his television debut on an episode of Love, American Style. More guest roles followed. In 1981, he appeared on Ryan’s Hope and began a two-year run in Love, Sidney, then Reggie. He provided the voice of the title character in Marvel Comics’ Howard the Duck. Zien later starred on the short-lived CBS drama Shell Game in 1987.

Carolee Carmello, Joanna Gleason, CHip Zien

In the 1990s, Zien was part of the ensemble cast of the CBS sitcom Almost Perfect and had regular roles in the daytime soaps Guiding Light and All My Children, until 2001.

Stefano Da Frè, Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess

From 1999 to 2000, Zien had a recurring guest role on the CBS primetime drama Now and Again and  appeared repeatedly as Attorney Cromwell on Law & Order.

During the 2002–03 season, Zien was the announcer on daytime’s The Caroline Rhea Show, and in 2006, he appeared in the critically acclaimed film United 93 was in the vampire comedy film Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.

Joy Hermalyn

He was also in Caroline or Change on Broadway.

Bruce Sussman

Sierra Boggess, Chip Zien, Danny Kornfeld

Blake Roman, Steven Telsey,Sean Bell, Chip Zien, Danny Kornfeld, Eric Peters, Zal Owen

His last show was Harmony, the musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. His role as the adult Rabbi, the last surviving Harmonist was hailed by the critic’s and audiences alike. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal.

It was so fitting that this prolific performer hang on these hallowed walls. Congregations this was well deserved.

Up Next for Chip Zien is Titanic at City Centers Encore series.

 

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Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman for Hamony at The Museum of Broadway

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On Thursday, April 18th, The Museum of Broadway located at 145 W. 45th Street, just east of Times Square, presented a brief A Cappella performance by The Comedian Harmonists played by Steven Telsey, Blake Roman, Danny Kornfeld, Eric Peters, Sean Bell and Zal Owen, welcoming remarks were made by Julie Boardman, Co-Founder Museum of Broadway, Chip Zien the lead in Harmony was in attendance, as were Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman.

The reason for this event was the unveiling of the Museum of Broadway’s Harmony-inspired window dedicated to The Comedian Harmonists.


In Berlin, 1927, The Comedian Harmonists were six remarkably talented young men form a singing group who become international sensations: They sold millions of records, starred in major motion pictures, and played the biggest theaters around the world. By 1935, they were never heard from again. What happened? That’s the extraordinary true story of Harmony that played on Broadway. Now The Museum of Broadway is keeping their memory alive.

Bruce Sussman and Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

The Comedian Harmonists and Bruce Sussman and Barry Manilow

Julie Boardman, Co-Founder Museum of Broadway

Steven Telsey, Blake Roman, Danny Kornfeld, Eric Peters, Sean Bell and Zal Owen, and Chip Zien

 

 

 

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