Barry Manilow meets fans as tickets go on sale for Broadway's 'Harmony'

Thursday, September 7, 2023
Manilow meets fans as tickets go on sale for Broadway's 'Harmony'
Barry Manilow was back in the Theater District to launch a new musical, and he had a treat for fans. Sandy Kenyon has more.

MANHATTAN, New York City (WABC) -- Barry Manilow was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Williamsburg, and dreamt of Broadway as a teenager before achieving worldwide fame as a singer.

Manilow was back in the Theater District to launch a new musical, and he had a treat for fans.

When tickets went on sale for "Harmony" the first fans in line had a chance to have their tickets autographed by the star who wrote the music for the show.

For some, this was the opportunity of a lifetime:

Before he wrote the songs the whole world sings, Barry Manilow dreamt of composing for Broadway making this a rare moment of, well, "Harmony."

"Unforgettable Harmony. The box office at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre is now open," the cast sang out.

The first 100 people in line got a chance to greet the star.

"My name is Reggie. I've been here since yesterday morning waiting for you, Reggie Francke, a fan said.

Francke came all the way from Boston to meet Manilow.

"I've pretty much waited for this moment my entire life," another fan said.

She was rewarded with a ticket autographed by Manilow and his co-writer Bruce Sussman.

Manilow has been on Broadway before and each time feels like the fulfillment of a childhood dream.

"I was mostly into Broadway scores. I never listened to pop radio," Manilow said.

"And standing here, greeting these fans, does it have a special meaning because of that?" Sandy Kenyon asked.

"Gratitude. They tell me there's a lot of people out there, and I am always still amazed after all these years those are still with me," Manilow said.

"Harmony," which ran in California a decade ago, tells the story of a popular German singing group forced to disband due to Adolph Hitler's persecution of Jews.

Previews start in the middle of next month with opening night set for November 13.

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