Manilow makes B’way move with ‘Harmony’

Prod'n visits Fort Lauderdale in October before Gotham bow

NEW YORK — Broadway can add Barry Manilow’s “Harmony” to the growing list of new tuners ready to open next season.

The show features original music by the composer of “Even Now” and “Copacabana.” Book and lyrics are by Manilow’s frequent collaborator Bruce Sussman.

“Harmony,” directed by David Warren, opens Oct. 21 at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse for a limited engagement, then comes to Broadway in winter at a theater to be announced. The musical is based on the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a singing group that achieved world fame in the last days of the Weimar Republic.

“Harmony” was first staged as a regional production at California’s La Jolla Playhouse in 1997. On Broadway, Mark Schwartz produces in association with Garry C. Kief and Brent Peek.

Several other new musicals have already announced berths for the 2003-04 Broadway season: “Avenue Q” (July 31), “The Boy from Oz” (Oct. 16), “Wicked” (Oct. 30), “Taboo” (Nov. 13), “Never Gonna Dance” (fall) and “Bombay Dreams” (spring 2004).

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