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Barry Manilow Reveals New Details On The Development Of HARMONY

Barry Manilow Reveals New Details On The Development Of HARMONYInternationally celebrated pop music hit-maker Barry Manilow opens up about his long-aborning stage musical HARMONY and the future plans for the project as part of a new interview.

Manilow shared that his pop music songwriting is not too far removed from his approach to composing HARMONY, sharing, "My heart is in writing songs about specific characters."

Describing the process of refining and rewriting the musical itself since its 1997 debut, Manilow reveals, "I can't believe I'm saying this after all these years, but this is my favorite part. The nuts and bolts of the thing, figuring it all out."

Additionally, Manilow says many outsiders have made outlandish suggestions to him on how to improve the long-gestating project since its troubled 1997 bow, relating, "One person read the script and said we should make it more contemporary by adding Jay Z. I said, 'Would you like him to be one of the Jews or one of the Gentiles?'"

Of note, HARMONY plays another out of town tryout at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA this month.

Check out the original article on the matter here.

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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro is BroadwayWorld's Chief Interviewer and Senior Editor, contributing exclusive columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Flash Fridays as well as additional special features and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more.