The Citiblog

It’s Time to Take Note of Harmony
November 14, 2023, 1:15.45 am ET


Photo: Julieta Cervantes

By Brian Scott Lipton

Timing is everything – a cliché, to be sure, but not without a grain of truth. Take for example, The Comedian Harmonists, a remarkable group of six German singers who ascent to worldwide fame in the early 1930s was unceremoniously halted by the Nazis (since the group contained three Jews), and who would have become more than just a footnote in history had they existed in almost any other decade.

Take, also for example, the new musical about the group, “Harmony,” now at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. This labor of love by pop legends Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman has arrived on Broadway after 26 years of development – and in a moment where its messages about antisemitism and the failure to take action against it could not be more “timely.” Continue Reading...