Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's Harmony — starring Leigh Ann Larkin and Shayne Kennon officially opened March 12, following previews that began March 4, at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.
Harmony, according to press notes, "tells the true story of The Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six young men in pre-WWII Germany who rose from unemployed street musicians to become world-famous entertainers, selling millions of records, starring in over a dozen films, and selling out the most prestigious concert halls around the world. Yet while The Comedian Harmonists' sophisticated music, paired with hilarious comedy, made them the brightest of stars, the group’s mixture of Jews and non-Jews put them on a collision course with history." The cast includes Will Blum (The Book of Mormon), Hannah Corneau (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and Fiddler on the Roof in Chicago), Chris Dwan (Off-Broadway's The Old Boy and Peter & I), Kennon (European tour of Madagascar), Larkin (A Little Night Music, Gypsy), Will Taylor (A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles) and Douglas Williams, who were all seen with the production in Atlanta. New to the cast is Matt Bailey (first national tour of Jersey Boys). Here's a look at opening night:
Suzanne Somers, Loretta Devine, Michael Feinstein, Jason Alexander Celebrate Opening Night of Barry Manilow-Bruce Sussman Musical Harmony