2nd stage show profiles the Comedian Harmonists

Tuner skedded for Off-B'way run starting Oct. 2

NEW YORK — “Band in Berlin,” a musical about the 1930s German singing group the Comedian Harmonists, is set for an open-ended commercial run Off Broadway this fall beginning Oct. 2. The show beats to Gotham the Broadway-bound Barry Manilow tuner “Harmony,” which treats the same subject.

Starring as the Comedian Harmonists will be real-life Brooklyn musical sextet Hudson Shad, who have specialized in Harmonists songs since forming in 1992. The show will feature 22 items from the Harmonists’ repertoire, transcribed and arranged from original recordings by Hudson Shad musical director Wilbur Pauley.

Banned in Berlin

“Band” is written by Susan Feldman and choreographed by Patricia Birch. Birch and Feldman will share directing chores on the show, which follows the Harmonists’ rise to international acclaim and the their eventual demise under the Nazis, who demanded that the Harmonists’ three Jewish members be banned.

Feldman is the artistic director and founder of the St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts, which since 1979 has commissioned and presented music theater and music performances from such artists as David Byrne, Marianne Faithfull, John Cale and Lou Reed. Birch is a choreographer who has won two Emmys and four Tony noms. She choreographed the original Broadway productions of such shows as “Grease,” “A Little Night Music” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Show still needs venue

Robert V. Straus, Jeffrey Ash and Randall L. Wreghitt will present the tuner in association with the American Music Theater Festival and Arts at St. Ann’s, where “Band in Berlin” was workshopped before production at the Geva Theater in Rochester, N.Y., and at the American Musical Theater Festival.

The show has not yet booked a theater, but opening night is set for Oct. 15.

More Legit

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Stage Musical in the Works

    NEW YORK — “Band in Berlin,” a musical about the 1930s German singing group the Comedian Harmonists, is set for an open-ended commercial run Off Broadway this fall beginning Oct. 2. The show beats to Gotham the Broadway-bound Barry Manilow tuner “Harmony,” which treats the same subject. Starring as the Comedian Harmonists will be real-life […]

  • Joe Morton

    Joe Morton, Daphne Rubin-Vega Among Rebel Verses Guest Performers (EXCLUSIVE)

    NEW YORK — “Band in Berlin,” a musical about the 1930s German singing group the Comedian Harmonists, is set for an open-ended commercial run Off Broadway this fall beginning Oct. 2. The show beats to Gotham the Broadway-bound Barry Manilow tuner “Harmony,” which treats the same subject. Starring as the Comedian Harmonists will be real-life […]

  • The Lehman Trilogy review

    London Theater Review: 'The Lehman Trilogy,' Directed by Sam Mendes

    NEW YORK — “Band in Berlin,” a musical about the 1930s German singing group the Comedian Harmonists, is set for an open-ended commercial run Off Broadway this fall beginning Oct. 2. The show beats to Gotham the Broadway-bound Barry Manilow tuner “Harmony,” which treats the same subject. Starring as the Comedian Harmonists will be real-life […]

  • elizabeth perkins First Time in Variety

    Elizabeth Perkins on Her Early Film, Stage Roles

    NEW YORK — “Band in Berlin,” a musical about the 1930s German singing group the Comedian Harmonists, is set for an open-ended commercial run Off Broadway this fall beginning Oct. 2. The show beats to Gotham the Broadway-bound Barry Manilow tuner “Harmony,” which treats the same subject. Starring as the Comedian Harmonists will be real-life […]

  • 'Mary Page Marlowe' Review: Tatiana Maslany

    Off Broadway Review: 'Mary Page Marlowe'

    NEW YORK — “Band in Berlin,” a musical about the 1930s German singing group the Comedian Harmonists, is set for an open-ended commercial run Off Broadway this fall beginning Oct. 2. The show beats to Gotham the Broadway-bound Barry Manilow tuner “Harmony,” which treats the same subject. Starring as the Comedian Harmonists will be real-life […]

  • Bruce Springsteen on Broadway

    Bruce Springsteen Plays First-Ever Encore at Broadway Show (Watch)

    NEW YORK — “Band in Berlin,” a musical about the 1930s German singing group the Comedian Harmonists, is set for an open-ended commercial run Off Broadway this fall beginning Oct. 2. The show beats to Gotham the Broadway-bound Barry Manilow tuner “Harmony,” which treats the same subject. Starring as the Comedian Harmonists will be real-life […]

  • Orphan Black

    Listen: Tatiana Maslany Would Do an 'Orphan Black' Reunion on One Condition

    NEW YORK — “Band in Berlin,” a musical about the 1930s German singing group the Comedian Harmonists, is set for an open-ended commercial run Off Broadway this fall beginning Oct. 2. The show beats to Gotham the Broadway-bound Barry Manilow tuner “Harmony,” which treats the same subject. Starring as the Comedian Harmonists will be real-life […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content