Opened: August 21, 1986
Closing: August 23, 1986

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Mark Hellinger Theatre
237 West 51st St. New York, NY

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Video: The Cast of HARMONY Performs 'Stars in the Night' and 'Where You Go'
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 3, 2023

Rehearsals have begun for Harmony – the new, original musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman with direction and choreography by Warren Carlyle. Watch 'Stars in the Night' and 'Where You Go'!

Cast Set For OLIVER! at Leeds Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Oct 2, 2023

Casting has been announced for Oliver! at Leeds Playhouse. Learn more about the show and find out who is starring here!

Ars Nova Partners with Julio Torres To Identify, Develop, & Commission New Comedy
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 29, 2023

To celebrate this partnership, Torres will return to Ars Nova on Oct 26 to host SHOWGASM. Get more information about the event here!

NYFOS Next Festival to Return with New Song Performances at Rubin Museum of Art
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 26, 2023

New York Festival of Song, led by Artistic Director Steven Blier, will present its annual NYFOS Next Festival with two performances on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at the Rubin Museum of Art.

DADDY LONG LEGS Comes to On Pitch Performing Arts This Week
by Stephi Wild - Sep 25, 2023

OPPA!’s production of Daddy Long Legs  opens Friday, September 29th. Learn more about the play and how to get tickets here!

See Which Celebs Are Taking The Stage For the 2023 Broadway Fall/Winter Season
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 23, 2023

Every season, more than a few household names swing through the Theatre District to perform alongside all of our Broadway faves!

New Exhibition Celebrates The Costumiers Who Kept Warrington 'Clothed and Booted' Centuries Ago
by Stephi Wild - Sep 22, 2023

Warrington’s finest tailors, milliners and cobblers who worked to keep the town’s residents ‘clothed and booted’ in times gone by are the focus of a new exhibition. Learn more about the exhibit and how to attend here!

Experience the Magic of Christmas at The Glasshouse With Performances, Film Screenings & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 19, 2023

Get into the holiday spirit at The Glasshouse this Christmas. From November 25th to December 31st, 2022, experience a magical and festive celebration suitable for all ages. Don't miss out on this spectacular event filled with holiday fun and cheer.

Video: See the First Television Spot for HARMONY on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 18, 2023

See the first TV spot for Harmony – the new, original musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman with direction and choreography by Warren Carlyle. Harmony previews begin Wednesday, October 18, ahead of a Monday, November 13 official opening night. Watch the video!

New York Festival of Song Releases MI PAÍS: SONGS OF ARGENTINA Featuring Federico De Michelis and Steven Blier
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2023

New York Festival of Song has released its next studio album Mi País: Songs of Argentina featuring bass-baritone Federico De Michelis and pianist and NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier on NYFOS Records.

Photos & Video: Go Inside HARMONY's Special Rosh Hashanah Celebration
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 14, 2023

The start of the Jewish New Year holiday of Rosh Hashanah was marked by the cast of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s musical Harmony at the Barrymore Theatre on West 47th Street. Check out photos and video!

Stephen Schwartz Signs With Universal Music Publishing Group
by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2023

Universal Music Publishing Group has announced that Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz has been signed to an exclusive, global publishing agreement. Learn more about Schwartz and what the agreement will entail here!

ELVIS: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION Comes to The Springer Opera House
by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2023

The Springer Opera House theatre opens its 2023-24 season on Sep. 22 with 'Elvis: A Musical Revolution' and a series of live events before and after opening weekend shows. Learn more about the upcoming events and how to get tickets here!

New Grant Program Gives High Schools Opportunity to Perform THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2023

The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), The Music Man Foundation (TMMF) and Music Theatre International (MTI) announced a special partnership that will give up to ten high schools a unique opportunity to perform the new, revised version of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”. Learn more here!

Educational Theatre Foundation Will Award Grants to High Schools to Produce New Version of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 13, 2023

Up to ten $10,000 grants funded by TMMF will be made available for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years to be used toward costs associated with the production of the musical. Any accredited high school based in the United State is eligible to apply.

HARMONY Cast and Creatives Will Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at the Barrymore Theatre Tomorrow
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2023

Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s musical Harmony will welcome one and all to their new home, the Barrymore Theatre to ring in the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Learn more about the event here!

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Panto Comes to St. Helens Royal Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2023

Regal Entertainments are back at St Helens Theatre Royal with a GIANT and spellbinding Pantomime this October half-term with a cast of much-loved regulars in Jack and the Beanstalk. Learn more about the panto and find out how to get tickets here!

Cast Set For DICK WHITTINGTON at Exeter Northcott Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Sep 12, 2023

Exeter Northcott Theatre and Le Navet Bete have announced the full cast for their new family pantomime Dick Whittington. Find out who's starring in the panto here!

Review: INFAMOUS, Jermyn Street Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - Sep 13, 2023

The main problem is that the characters tend to dwindle down to two-dimensional figurines. We’re met by a garish personality and extravagant attitude, but we’re never offered enough reason and rationale to support them. There’s a bountiful of themes buried inside - from the more evident dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship to bare resentment, political strategy, and class restraints in it - but De Angelis skims through for the benefit of cheap laughs and funky sarcasm.

by Michael Rabice - Sep 11, 2023

Everyone's life has a story. And when you start from birth, most can be pretty interesting, although not worthy of the stage. Such a story of  a young boy from  Indiana born in 1951 is being told, but is it really that stage worthy?  The answer is a resounding yes, if that guy is Marc Summers, that charismatic game show and TV host extraordinaire.

Hollywood Fringe Pick THE ALLURE OF THUG LIFE Comes To The Marsh Berkeley Next Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 9, 2023

The 2023 Hollywood Fringe Festival favorite The Allure of Thug Life written and performed by actress/writer/comedian/rapper Mélia Mills, created with developmental support by David Ford, will come to The Marsh Berkeley in October. Get all of the event information, ticket details, and more here!

Up on the Marquee: HARMONY
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 12, 2023

Check out photos of the new marquee for Harmony at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre!

Photos: Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman & More Open HARMONY Box Office
by Bruce Glikas - Sep 8, 2023

See photos of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman at the opening of the box office for Harmony!

Video: Go Inside the First Day of Rehearsals for HARMONY on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 6, 2023

Get a first look at video of the first rehearsal for Harmony on Broadway! See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Best Broadway Shows in 2023
by Sidney Paterra - Sep 12, 2023

Not sure about which Broadway show to see in 2023? Check out a full list of what's new on Broadway and which productions to catch before they're gone for good!

Listen: HARMONY Cast Recording Out Now Featuring Sierra Boggess, Julie Benko & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 5, 2023

Discover the captivating melodies of the HARMONY cast recording. Stream or download the soundtrack today and experience the magic of this extraordinary musical. Don't miss out on this incredible musical experience!

Broadway Buying Guide: September 5, 2023
by Team BWW - Sep 5, 2023

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, September 5, 2023.

Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman to Open HARMONY Box Office at the Barrymore Theatre This Thursday
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 3, 2023

The box office at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre will officially open Thursday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m. ET, and the first 100 people in line will have an opportunity to meet Barry and Bruce until 11:00 a.m. ET, and receive a personal autograph on their ticket.

Music at Kohl Mansion To Launch Chamber Music Season October 22
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 1, 2023

Music at Kohl Mansion (MAKM), the Bay Area's “prestigious  chamber music presenter,” will launch the 2023-24 international chamber music season Sunday,  October 22 at 7 p.m. with the virtuosic Israeli Chamber Project, as part of a 7-concert series on Sunday evenings at the historic Kohl Mansion's Great Hall.

BINGE FREE FESTIVAL Starts October 15 At Santa Monica Playhouse
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 31, 2023

Santa Monica Playhouse has been a cultural treasure in the seaside community for 63 years. Now, the Playhouse is giving love back with its Eighth Annual Binge Free Festival, five weeks of free performances, workshops, and music in Santa Monica's ONLY fringe festival. The BFF's primary focus is on Santa Monica and Los Angeles-based artists, but there will be exciting international artists on view as well.

Review: Toasting The Tony Awards, BACKSTAGE BABBLE Gives 54 Below An Award-Worthy Night
by Rob Lester - Aug 31, 2023

It's never too late to put the spotlight on the Tony Awards and people nominated for them. Read all about it at BroadwayWorld.com in the NYC cabaret section.

2023 Honens Festival To Close Out The Last Days of Summer
by Blair Ingenthron - Aug 26, 2023

The award-winning Honens Festival will return to Calgary September 7 to 10, 2023 to wrap up the warmth of summer. One of Canada's premier classical music events, this year's Festival consists of eight extraordinary performances-half of them with free admission-over four days.

New York Festival of Song Releases 'MI PAÍS: SONGS OF ARGENTINA' Featuring Federico De Michelis and Steven Blier
by Blair Ingenthron - Aug 26, 2023

New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) will release its next studio album Mi País: Songs of Argentina featuring bass-baritone Federico De Michelis and pianist and NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier on Friday, September 15, 2023 on NYFOS Records.

David Adjmi's STEREOPHONIC, With Songs by Arcade Fire's Will Butler, to be Presented at Playwrights Horizons
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 24, 2023

Don't miss out on STEREOPHONIC, a phenomenal play with music by Will Butler of Arcade Fire, exclusively at Playwrights Horizons. Find out the dates and book your tickets now for this unforgettable theatrical experience.

Initial Cast Set For CINDERELLA Panto at Theatre Royal Winchester
by Stephi Wild - Aug 24, 2023

Theatre Royal Winchester has announced the first members of its cast for this year’s traditional family pantomime, Cinderella – and it’s a double act reunion!

Ars Nova & National Black Theatre to Present World Premiere of (PRAY), A SACRED OFFERING by nicHi douglas
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 23, 2023

Discover the world premiere of (pray), a captivating production presented by Ars Nova and National Black Theatre in New York City. Don't miss this limited engagement performance that explores the profound power of sacred offerings.

by Charlie Thomas - Aug 23, 2023

Theatre 29 launches their 2023-24 theatre season with a “September Comedy Celebration” beginning September 2 when The Rotating Players Improvisational Comedy troupe performs live comedy on their stage, without a script or a net!

Kaufman Music Center And New York Festival Of Song Present PERENNIALS This September
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 22, 2023

​​​​​​​New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), led by Artistic Director Steven Blier, kicks off its 2023-24 Mainstage season with Perennials - Songs For Every Season on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

Kaufman Music Center And New York Festival Of Song to Present PERENNIALS - SONGS FOR EVERY SEASON
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 22, 2023

Join Kaufman Music Center and New York Festival of Song for the season opening concert, 'Perennials - Songs For Every Season,' on September 28 at Merkin Hall. Don't miss this celebration of music's power to guide us through the year.

Review: RAGTIME at Union Avenue Opera
by Steve Callahan - Aug 22, 2023

When the musical Ragtime was produced for Broadway in 1998 it was a colossal, big-budget show.  It cost some ten million dollars.  What in the world were the folks at tiny little Union Avenue Opera thinking when they decided to include this show in their twenty-ninth season?  Ragtime, the musical treatment of E. L. Doctorow’s vast rambling nostalgic, wonderfully American novel, is far removed from opera.

Listen: HARMONY Releases Second Single 'Every Single Day'; Full Digital Album Drops This Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Aug 21, 2023

Ghostlight Records and producers Ken Davenport, Sandi Moran and Garry Kief have released “Every Single Day,” the second single from the upcoming Broadway production of Harmony – the new musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman with direction and choreography by Warren Carlyle. “Every Single Day” is sung by Danny Kornfeld who plays 'Young Rabbi' in the musical.

EDINBURGH 2023: Review: YES-YA-YEBO!, Laughing Horse @ The Counting House
by Kit Bromovsky - Aug 17, 2023

​​​​​​​All from the township areas of Lwandle/Nomzamo and areas from Macassar outside Cape Town. Yes – Ya – Yebo! consists of five girls and four boys all around the age range of 16 -24. Not one of these members have ever been abroad or on an aeroplane.

Ars Nova Unveils Exciting 2023-2024 Season Featuring Two World Premieres and Flexible Ticket Pricing
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 15, 2023

Get a sneak peek of Ars Nova's highly anticipated 2023-2024 season, featuring two world premiere productions. Discover how you can secure your tickets at affordable prices for these must-see shows. Don't miss out on the excitement!

Full Cast and Creative Team Set For HARMONY on Broadway, Plus Watch a Behind the Scenes Video!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 14, 2023

The full cast and creative team has been announced for Harmony on Broadway! Find out who's starring in the new musical, and check out an all new behind the scenes video of the cast!

Enjoy Festive Fun For All at Sage Gateshead This Christmas
by Stephi Wild - Aug 14, 2023

From queer orchestral extravaganzas to The Messiah. From favourites like Kate Rusby to a special film screening of The Snowman with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead has a huge range of warming winter treats and nights out to make Christmas extra special this year.   

David Alpert, Kate Reinders & Paul Gordon to Bring New Children's Musical to Muskegon Civic Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 7, 2023

Muskegon Civic Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of 'Runaway Princess,' a new children's musical. Join us for an enchanting adventure filled with memorable characters and valuable life lessons. Don't miss this exciting production at Muskegon Civic Theatre. Get your tickets now!

Photo: Meet The Cast of JERSEY BOYS At Ivoryton Playhouse
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 4, 2023

The Ivoryton Playhouse has announced the electrifying arrival of the Tony winning musical sensation, JERSEY BOYS gracing our stage for a limited engagement!  Prepare to be transported back in time to the swinging '60s and be captivated by the timeless story of four blue-collar boys from New Jersey who skyrocketed to fame as one  of the greatest pop bands ever! See a photo of the cast!

Interview: 'Dickens' Characters Are Timeless': Tanika Gupta And Pooja Ghai on Colonialism, Racism and Relevance in Adapting GREAT EXPECTATIONS
by Franco Milazzo - Sep 4, 2023

Back in 2011 playwright Tanika Gupta staged her adaptation of Great Expectations. 12 years later she has re-worked the script, shifted the time frame and collaborated with the Artistic Director of Tamasha Pooja Ghai. Pooja played Mrs Gargery in the original, and who is now directing this new version for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

Review: JERSEY BOYS, Trafalgar Theatre
by Abbie Grundy - Aug 1, 2023

Oh, what a Night! The new-cast of Jersey Boys take to the stage in this slick, pacy and comedic production.

What's Coming to Broadway in 2023
by Team BWW - Aug 27, 2023

It's a new season on Broadway! While plenty of 2023/24 season announcements have yet to be made, many productions have already revealed full details of their upcoming engagements. Check out a full list of what's to come on Broadway in Fall 2023-Spring 2024!


I Remember
Brand New World
Children of the Wind
Penny a Tune
Easy for You
Hard to Be a Prince
Blame It on the Summer Night
For My Mary
What's Wrong with That
On the Fourth Day of July
In America
Yankee Boy
Three Sunny Rooms
The Sound of Love
Democratic Club Dance
Bread and Freedom
Dancing with the Fools
Nothing Will Hurt Us Again
The Cherry Street Cafe
Russia, Russia
The Sweatshop Rag
Cheer Up, Hamlet
Up Until Today
This Golden Land
Now That Papa's Back
With Me
It's Gonna Belong to Me
Safe Again
I Must Find a Way to You
If We Never Meet Again
If We Never Meet Again
Brand New World
Edge of a Knife
Fabric of America
Penny a Tune
Bella’s Song (Part 1)
Meet an Italian
Shabbos / Latin Mass
No More Nightmares
Little Lady
Cheer Up, Chaimlet
Take Our City Back
Blame It on the Summer Night
For My Mary
On the Fourth Day of July
Yankee Boy
Three Sunny Rooms
Bella’s Song (Part 4)
If We Never Meet Again (Reprise)
Bread and Freedom (Reprise)
Children of the Wind
Rags has had 8 productions including Broadway which opened in 1986, Broadway which opened in 1986, Off-Broadway which opened in 1991, London Fringe which opened in 1996, Milburn, NJ (Regional) which opened in 1999, London Fringe which opened in 2001, New York which opened in 2006 and East Haddam, CT (Regional) which opened in 2017.



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