For over ten years Barry Manilow and his longtime songwriting partner Bruce Sussman have been working on a musical called “Harmony.” The show was supposed to open on Broadway in 2004 but was cancelled when the lead producer announced that he was millions short.Rehearsals were halted and the duo fought to win back the rights for the show.
But the pair persisted and didn’t give up on their dream project and their doggedness has paid off. The show was revived and has won rave reviews in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Finally there are plans for it to come to Broadway. Along the way its also picked up 10 awards from Broadway World.
The show tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a German sextet whose rise to international fame was disrupted by the Nazis rise to power. The group were a mixture of Jewish and non-Jewish performers.
"This is what we love to do most. When we met--back in the last century--writing for the theater is what we planned to do. We are finally doing it. This is the show we always wanted to write. And this particular story has taken hold of us. We feel the need to tell it," Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman told Foxnews.