Brian d'Arcy James Will Appear With Harmony Pals in Barry Manilow's East Coast Concerts Starting Sept. 30

News   Brian d'Arcy James Will Appear With Harmony Pals in Barry Manilow's East Coast Concerts Starting Sept. 30
The men who played The Comedian Harmonists in the August workshop and September New York presentations of the developing musical Harmony, by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, will be special guests at Manilow's East Coast concerts Sept. 30-Oct. 9.

Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James, who played Rabbi, the leader of the real-life European singers who disbanded in the shadow of Nazism, will appear with Bradley Dean, David Turner, Thom Christopher Warren, Aaron Lazar, David Ayers and Alex Sanchez in Manilow's upcoming concerts.

The "Harmonists" will be performing at the following Manilow shows: Sept. 30 in East Rutherford, NJ, at Continental Arena; Oct. 5 at the Nassau, NY, Veterans Memorial; Oct. 7 at New York City's Madison Square Garden; and Oct. 9 at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. (Ayers will not play the Philly date, and Sanchez will only appear in Philly.)

All but Sanchez plated the Harmonists in the recent developmental workshop of the show, which also featured Kate Baldwin, Janine LaManna and more. David Warren directed. David Chase musical-directed.

Selections from the scores of the Barry Manilow musicals Harmony and Copacabana were released on CD Sept. 28 under the title "Scores" (on the Concord Records label).

Harmony was aiming for Broadway during the 2003-04 season, but the producers failed to fully capitalize what was to be a tryout in Philly. The show is now under new producers who are working on the future of the piece. Private industry presentations were given in New York Sept. 9-10. Copacabana is the show that Manilow wrote with Sussman and Jack Feldman. It had a 14-month run on London's West End and then an 18-month tour of the UK. It has also been staged in the United States, though not yet in New York City.

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