Tony Yazbeck, Wayne Alan Wilcox and Leigh Ann Larkin are set to lead the principal cast of the Barry Manilow-penned musical Harmony, which will run this fall from September 6 through October 6 at the Tony-winning Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Harmony features music by Manilow, book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman and direction by Tony Speciale.
The musical tells the story of the Comedian Harmonists, a group of young men in 1920s Germany who formed one of the world’s first boy bands and rose to superstardom around the globe. Wilcox will play Rabbi, the show’s narrator, alongside Yazbeck as Harry, Larkin as Mary, Douglas Williams as Bobby, Chris Dwan as Erich, Will Taylor as Chopin, Will Blum as Lesh and Hannah Corneau as Ruth.
The ensemble includes 11 actors playing over thirty roles including historical figures like Marlene Dietrich and Albert Einstein. The ensemble includes Shayne Kennon, Patrick O’Neill, Greg Kamp, Charles Osborne, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Chad Lindsey, Brandon O’Dell, Lauren Elaine Taylor, Kim Sava, Lindsay Moore and Liberty Cogen.
The production’s creative team includes set and costume designer Tobin Ost, projection designer Darrel Maloney, lighting designer Jeff Croiter, musical director Patrick Vaccariello, sound designer John Shivers (a 2013 Tony winner for Kinky Boots) and choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter.
Harmony has had a long history on the stage, including a world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1997 (starring Danny Burstein, Rebecca Luker and Patrick Wilson) and a planned 2003 try-out in Philadelphia (which was later scrapped). Harmony is set to play Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre in March 2014.