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Chip Zien will lead Broadway company of ‘Harmony’

The Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman musical will open at the Barrymore Theatre this fall.

Chip Zien (Credit: Courtesy of O&M)

Chip Zien is set to play the role of “Rabbi” in the new Broadway musical “Harmony.” He originated the part with the musical’s 2022 Off-Broadway bow at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.

“Harmony” will mark Zien’s 15th Broadway show. He originated the roles of The Baker in “Into the Woods” and Mendel in “Falsettos.” Other select Main Stem credits include “Grand Hotel,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “It Shoulda Been You” and, most recently, the 2021 revival of “Caroline, Or Change.”

Zien will unite with the previously announced Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman and Steven Telsey, who will portray the six members of the Comedian Harmonists, the real-life musical group at the center of the musical “Harmony.”

Additional casting is to be announced.

As previously announced, “Harmony” is scheduled to begin previews on Oct. 18 and officially open on Nov. 13 at the Barrymore Theatre. Warren Carlyle will direct and choreograph the show, which features music by Barry Manilow with lyrics and a book by Bruce Sussman.

“Harmony” tells the story of six entertainers, the Comedian Harmonists, who rose to fame in Berlin during the 1920s and ’30s. The group sold millions of records and starred in dozens of films — but their legacy was erased by the violence of Nazi Germany. Structured as a memory play, “Harmony” is told through the perspective of the Rabbi.

“Harmony” is being produced on Broadway by Ken Davenport, Sandi Moran and Garry Kief.