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October 9, 2003

Playbill

Full-company rehearsals of Harmony, the new Barry Manilow musical about The Comedian Harmonists, begin Oct. 13 toward the show's November run in Philadelphia. Bruce Sussman penned book and lyrics for the show, with music by Manilow. The pre-Broadway tryout begins Nov. 25 at the Forrest Theatre in Philly. The principal casting, including Tony Award nominee Brian D'Arcy James (Sweet Smell of Success), was previously announced. The principal men have been rehearsing in recent days. The show was first mounted as a regional production at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California in 1997, where it broke box-office records.

The Comedian Harmonists were also the subject of the Broadway show, Banned in Berlin, which had a run at the Helen Hayes Theatre in spring 1999. That 100 minute, intermissionless show utilized film, voiceover, projections and shadow puppetry and featured songs that became closely identified with the Harmonists. More

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