Harmony
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Harmony NYC Reviews and Tickets

91%
(1022 Ratings)
Positive
95%
Mixed
2%
Negative
3%
Members say
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Ambitious

A biographical musical about The Comedian Harmonists presented by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (168)

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444 Reviews | 56 Followers
100
Great staging, Intelligent, Must see, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Perfectly conceived and executed. Manilow and Sussman nail it .Chip Lien and cast make it soar. Reminiscent of Kander and Ebb craftsmanship.

Don't see it if Limited run. Note: theater is freezing.

55 Reviews | 12 Followers
100
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Funny

See it if You love great singing & dancing, creative staging, can deal with tearful moments, lewd jokes.

Don't see it if You can't deal with stories about Germany and the Holocaust, unhappy endings, stories about real people.

89 Reviews | 8 Followers
98
Refreshing, Must see, Relevant, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if Great music and beautiful singing Interesting story with extremely talented cast It’s an absorbing story based on a real group .

Don't see it if The only negative criticism I have is the show is too long. It runs almost 2.5 hours.

160 Reviews | 17 Followers
96
Must see, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love musicals that are exceptionally well done. Funny, insightful and ultimately moving story of Jewish persecution in Nazi Germany.

Don't see it if You don’t wish to be reminded of what went on in the world - not that it’s gone away! Otherwise, catch it whilst you still can

754 Reviews | 128 Followers
95
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a marvelous theatrical production that combines music dance humor history & deep emotionality.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with Holocaust related material.

137 Reviews | 13 Followers
95
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if I loved it - you will, too

Don't see it if you don't like shows that end with the nazis taking over

Also I found this show funny and touching. WONDERFUL singing and some great choreography. A true story that may leave you with some tears, but definitely a good feeling.

81 Reviews | 12 Followers
92
Intense, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if See it if you enjoy seeing true stories that need to be told.

Don't see it if History is not your thing

314 Reviews | 52 Followers
92
Intelligent, Edgy, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an intelligent musical that involved a real-life story of a musical group that endured the trials of the holocaust era.

Don't see it if you like to see a fast paced musicals. This show was a bit show during the first act,but redeems itself by the end of the show.

Critic Reviews (17)

AM New York
April 17th, 2022

"The show is handsomely staged by Warren Carlyle (choreographer of 'The Music Man') but extremely uneven, with generic pop ballads and comedy bits juxtaposed against historical exposition and downbeat drama. This tension is best exemplified by Chip Zien ('Into the Woods'), who narrates the show in a flashback format while also making comic cameos as figures such as Marlene Dietrich and Albert Einstein."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 14th, 2022

The Comedian Harmonists were a real-life German troupe whose Olympic vocal athletics, combined with madcap comedy, made them the toast of Weimar Germany. I only need to add that three members were Jewish for you to know that this story isn't going to end well. Bruce Sussman and Barry Manilow's musical, which traces the Harmonists' rise and fall against a background of a rising Fascist threat, provides plenty of musical theatre thrills while never forgetting that the future holds disunity, exile, and death. It's a remarkable balancing act.
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Talkin' Broadway
April 17th, 2022

"If the across-the-board excellent singers and actors give marvelous voice to Manilow and Sussman's songs and dialogue, director and choreographer Warren Carlyle bring them to vivid and vibrant life. For a show that confronts one of the darkest epochs in world history, Carlyle masterfully mines humor, technicolor zaniness, and indomitable human spirit while allowing the pathos to emerge without schmaltz."
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TheaterScene.net
April 18th, 2022

In Sussman’s book, the first act is rather generic of the backstage stories dealing with the rise of successful theater people. However, as Nazism raises its ugly head, the second act speeds up and becomes more compelling and eventful. While Manilow’s melodic music to Sussman’s heartfelt lyrics is unlike Marilow’s own repertoire, the score is very much in the Broadway theater tradition. In fact, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret and Merrily We Roll Along are either quoted or referred to in homage. Carlyle has given the comic numbers the best staging, but the ballads like “And What Do You See” and “Where You Go” are the loveliest.
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Front Row Center
April 14th, 2022

"This is clearly a passion project for Manilow and Sussman, and for good reason. The subject matter is rich with potential. Regardless of some unevenness in the book, 'Harmony' is delightful and deeply moving. Manilow’s music is classic musical theater, with lyrical melody and tight, complex harmony. HIs score could rival that of any other new musical on Broadway."
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T
April 17th, 2022

"Despite the missteps, 'Harmony' is ultimately effective in conveying the colossal waste of talent and the monstrous injustice suffered by the characters and the whole of Europe and the world itself. The Harmonists are given dramatic and musical life by the amazing Danny Kornfeld, Sean Bell, Zal Owen, Steven Telsey, Blake Roman, and Eric Peters. Sierra Boggess and Jessie Davidson are respectively tenderly empathic and boldly conflicted as the wives of two of the members."
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Off Off Online
April 15th, 2022

"That it is based on actual people and events is both a blessing and a curse. Real-life endings are rarely as satisfying as those in fables, and heroic characters must be judged for their wrong choices and missed chances. But it also means that unlikely encounters and unusual camaraderies are validated. For Sussman, truth sometimes works out to be more convenient than fiction."
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The New York Times
April 13th, 2022

'Those skeptical of the fact that the men behind 'Copacabana' could tackle serious matters should perhaps listen closely to 'Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again' or 'Even Now,' just two examples of Manilow’s flair. ... They are the aural equivalent of 1950s melodramas by Douglas Sirk like 'All That Heaven Allows,' and, as such, not so different from the best numbers in 'Harmony,' which are crafted in a defiantly classic mold. Every time the production becomes a little wobbly, those songs steer it back to solid emotional ground."
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