THEATER: THE NEW SONDHEIMS?

THE ROCK GENERATION IS NOW BROADWAY BOUND

When he was 13, Barry Manilow got a new stepfather, an Irish-American truck driver who brought with him a stack of Broadway albums. The Brooklyn teenager listened over and over again to musicals like The King and I and Kismet, and since he couldn't afford a Broadway ticket, he dreamed up his own narratives to go with the songs. Says Manilow: "I think my story was better than the Fiddler on the Roof I eventually saw."

Now Manilow is not only writing the songs, he's helping to tell the stories as well. His new musical Harmony (with book and lyrics by...

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