Tuesday, January 6, 2009


It's that time of year...time for the annual Palm Springs Film Festival. And as I was reading the history of the festival in the Desert Sun, there was an interesting tidbit in the article about a moment that happened during the 1999 festival:

The moment:
Manilow slipped into a lecture hall in the Palm Springs Convention Center to see “The Harmonists,” a film about a pre-World War II German vocal group that Hitler broke up because three of its members were Jewish. Manilow wrote a full-scale musical based on the group and debuted it at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1997. The original group, the Comedian Harmonists, featured Joseph Cycowski, cantor of Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs from 1974 to 1984. Manilow praised the film.

And then there was "Harmony"! "Harmony" has such special meaning to me. There was one very early morning that I was listening to the music and I had an epiphany. It was one of those rare moments where you know without a doubt what the music is saying to you. I still believe that the entire score is God-inspired (lyrics and music) and one day this musical will be a great inspiration to so many others.

The recent news of so many Broadway closings might delay it's appearance. But there is a time and a season for everything. "Harmony" will arrive when the time is right. And when it does, the world will know the hope that this musical brings.

And tonight I'll be listening to it again and reminiscing about that moment when God's voice seemed so incredibly clear.

First..and always...there will be Harmony,
Texas Fan


Survivor said...

I read this one too. There are some rumours that talks are taking place with Ken Cartwright here in the UK about possibly launching Harmony here given the success of the Can't Smile Without You musical!
So you never know we might get it onto the stage yet.

texas_fan said...

That's my dream. That someday the world will get to see and hear the story behind this incredible music. And if it's in London...I may be hopping on a plane because I MUST see this play!

Anonymous said...

A lot of musicals, which are played in the U.K. also are very welcome in Germany, for instant "Mamma Mia" or "Copacabana". I hope, that "Harmony" will come to us and get a place in the hearts of the German People. The Germans love the Comedian Harmonists... Andrea

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