Friday, April 19, 2024

Broadway: Barry Manilow Original Musical “Harmony” to Close February 4th After 96 Performances


It’s virtually impossible to launch an original musical on Broadway without stars.

The latest casualty is Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s “Harmony.” It will close February 4th after 96 performances.

“Harmony” was a valiant effort but needed a marquee name to keep it going. The show did star Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess, Julie Benko, Allison Semmes, Andrew O’Shanick and the Harmonists: Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, and Steven Telsey.

But they weren’t enough, and neither was Manilow’s name. Nevertheless, it was a good try. “Harmony” could certainly be produced in summer stock and other national venues. But it was too expensive to keep it on Broadway playing to half-filled theaters.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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