Barry Manilow Still Hoping for HARMONY to Hit Broadway
In an interview with Billboard, music legend Barry Manilow revealed that he still hopes HARMONY, a musical that was originally scheduled to be Broadway-bound in 2003, will still open on the Great White Way. Manilow told Billboard, "Every pop songwriter thinks they can write a Broadway musical, but it's not true. You really have to know your way around it. But, that's where I come from. Living in Brooklyn, I loved the Broadway musical world, songs moving the story along. I just loved it when I was growing up. It's my dream to do one of those."
He continued: "These Broadway musicals, they're like pulling a boulder up a mountain. But, maybe one of these days, it'll happen."
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Manilow collaborated with librettist/lyricist Bruce Sussman on Harmony, which follows a group of six singers called The Comedian Harmonists (some of whom are Jewish) through Weimar-era and then Nazi Germany. First presented at the La Jolla Playhouse, the Broadway-bound musical failed to make it to New York due to funding problems. Copacabana is another musical that Manilow wrote with Sussman (as well as Jack Feldman); songs from both can be heard on the album "Manilow Scores."