Cast & Creative

Chip Zien


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Chip is best known for playing the lead role of The Baker in the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. He has appeared in all of the “Marvin Trilogy” musicals by William FinnIn TrousersMarch of the FalsettosFalsettoland and Falsettos.  He also played Monsieur Thénardier in the Broadway production of Les Misérables. Just prior to his role in the off-Broadway production of Harmony, he was seen as the bombastic Mr. Stopnick in the Roundabout Theatre’s acclaimed production of Caroline, Or Change. Other Broadway credits include It Shoulda Been YouThe Big Knife, The Roundabout’s The People in the PictureThe Country Girl directed by Mike Nichols, The Boys from SyracuseChitty Chitty Bang BangAll Over Town, directed by Dustin HoffmanThe Suicide with Derek Jacoby and Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel playing Otto Kringelein, the memorable dancing bookkeeper. His many off-Broadway credits have included The 27th ManAnonymousPeter Parnell’s An Imaginary LifeWendy Wasserstein’s Isn’t It Romantic (Drama Desk Nomination), Michael Weller’s Split and MoonchildrenLanford Wilson’s Hot L Baltimore (both in NY and LA’s Mark Taper Forum, Alan Ginsburg’s KaddishWilliam Finn’s A New Brain (Drama Desk Nomination), and the Delacorte Theatre’s revival of Into the Woods for the Public Theatre. TV audiences have seen him on the final season of “House of Cards”, HBO’s The Night Of and regular roles on “The Caroline Rhea Show”, “Almost Perfect”, “Now and Again”, “Deadline”, “Shell Game”, “Love Sidney” and “Reggie”. His most recent film role was in Simchas and Sorrows, now on the festival circuit. He also appeared in The Siege, Brian De Palma’s Snake Eyes and was even the voice of the infamous Howard the Duck. Zien’s writing credits have included the musical The History of War presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), and he appeared and toured in his one-man show Death in Ashtabula. He has performed his solo cabaret and concert act at New York’s 54 Below and his CD, “Seriously Upbeat”, recorded live, is available on the web.  He lives in New York with his wife, Susan PIlarre, a former soloist with the NYC Ballet and currently a teacher at the School of American Ballet and they are the proud parents of two wonderful daughters and three grandchildren.

Julie Benko


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Julie Benko is currently marching her band out on Broadway, where you can catch her as the alternate for Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Thursday evenings. For her performance, she was named the 2022 Breakout Star for Theater in the New York Times, honored as one of 40 Under 40 for Crain’s New York Business, hailed by CBS Mornings as “Broadway’s breakout star,” and received the 2023 Theatre World Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre. Other Broadway and touring credits include Fiddler on the RoofLes Misérables, and Spring Awakening. Of her numerous off-Broadway and regional appearances, favorites include Once (Wilde Award, Best Actress in a Musical), The FantasticksOur Town, Bar Mitzvah Boy, Rags, The Golem of Havana, and …Spelling Bee at such venues as Barrington Stage, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Weston Playhouse, York Theatre Company, and many more. Her new record “Hand in Hand” (Club44 Records), an award-winning duo effort with her jazz-pianist spouse Jason Yeager, and debut album “Introducing Julie Benko” are available wherever music is streaming. She holds a BFA in Drama and an MFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Visit her website,, or follow her on Tikok/Instagram @Jujujuliebee to discover more.

Sean Bell(He/Him)


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Sean played Bobby in Harmony: A New Musical Off-Broadway and will be making his Broadway debut in the same role. Select credits include: A Bronx Tale: The Musical (First National Tour), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Arena Tour), How To Succeed… (The Kennedy Center), Young Frankenstein (The MUNY), Crazy For You (Signature Theatre), Fully Committed, Clue (Arrow Rock), The Little Mermaid (Syracuse Stage), Oklahoma, Spamalot (North Shore), Hairspray, The Producers (Walnut Street), Deathtrap (The Fulton) and more. He has been seen on television in “Succession” (HBO), “Z” (Amazon), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO), and “Red Oaks” (Amazon).

Danny Kornfeld

Young Rabbi

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Danny played Young Rabbi in Harmony off-Broadway and makes his Broadway debut in this role. Select theater credits include: Aunt Caroline in Renascence (Transport Group), Sondheim On Sondheim (Kansas City Lyric Opera), Wringer (City Center), Mark Cohen in RENT (20th Anniversary Tour), Fiddler On The Roof (Barrington Stage Company), Our Town (Theatre Aspen), and various developmental workshops and labs at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, NAMT, Westport Country Playhouse and York Theatre. TV/Film: Recur on Season 11 of American Horror Story (FX), Tripped Up (Universal Pictures, Decal), estimated release winter 2023. @DannyKornfeld

Zal Owen


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Zal couldn’t be more honored to bring Harmony to Broadway, after originating the role of Harry in the Off-Broadway production. Zal made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical The Band’s Visit and performed across the country as Motel on the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof, opposite Harvey Fierstein. Additional Off-Broadway credits include Einstein’s Dreams (59E59), Goldstein (Actors Temple), NYTW. Regionally, he has performed at the Denver Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, Stages St. Louis, and Ogunquit Playhouse among many others. TV credits include “Law & Order” (NBC). @TheZalOwen

Eric Peters(He/Him)


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Eric originated the role of Erich in the Off-Broadway production of Harmony at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and will make his Broadway debut performing the same role. Off-Broadway: Harmony: A New Musical (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene), Love Actually, The Unauthorized Musical Parody (Jerry Orbach Theater), Young Pilgrims (RAVE Theater Festival), The Voice of Broadway (NY Theater Festival Winterfest). National Tour: Motown the Musical.  Training: Northwestern University, B.S. in Theatre & Mathematics. @ericfromminnesota

Blake Roman(He/Him)


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After playing the role off-broadway in Harmony: A New Musical, Blake will be making his Broadway debut in the role of Chopin. A graduate of University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre program, Blake is building a career in theatre, film, voice over, and music. He has been seen on television in “Blue Bloods” (Paramount +) and voiced characters in the animated series “Helluva Boss” (Youtube). 

Steven Telsey(He/Him)


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Most recently seen Off-Broadway as Lesh in Harmony: A New Musical, Steven is making his Broadway debut in the same role. Prior to Harmony, he toured across the country with the National Tour of The Book Of Mormon. Graduate of Elon Music Theatre. @steven_telsey

Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman at HARMONY rehearsals in NYC Photo by Julietta Cervantes
Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman at HARMONY rehearsals in NYC Photo by Julietta Cervantes

Barry Manilow

Composer & Arranger

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Barry Manilow is a songwriter. Known throughout the world, his work has garnered Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Clio, AMA, Songwriters Hall Of Fame and Academy Award recognition. He is most proud, however, of his collaboration with Harmony. A story from years ago that needs to be told today. Mr. Manilow considers Harmony to be the most rewarding creative experience of his career.

Bruce Sussman

Book & Lyrics

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Bruce Sussman is the recipient of the 2022 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical for Harmony. He is the co-author of well over 200 published and recorded songs written for dozens of artists, films, television programs and stage musicals. The majority of these projects were written with his collaborator of 50 years, Barry Manilow. For the stage, he co-authored with Jack Feldman the scores for Ted Tally’s Coming Attractions (Outer Critics Circle Award) and Wendy Wasserstein’s first musical, MIAMI, both produced Off-Broadway by Andre Bishop at Playwrights Horizons in New York. With Mr. Manilow and Mr. Feldman he co-authored the score and book for Copacabana – The Musical, (Olivier Award nominee) which ran for two years on London’s West End, toured the U.K. and then the U.S., and has since been performed all over the world. His songs have been featured in numerous stage revues including The Madwoman of Central Park WestTuxedos for Hire, and the long-running Off-Broadway and London productions of Whoop-Dee-Doo! (Drama Desk Award, Obie Award.) For television, he is the author of scripts and scores for several Emmy Award-winning children’s series, including “The Unicorn Tales,” “Hip Patches,” “Cranberry Christmas” and “Nick and Noel.” He is particularly proud to have written a song for the televised bicentennial celebration of the United States Constitution. The song, “Let Freedom Ring,” was later performed at the televised Inaugural Gala for President Clinton. With Mr. Manilow, he wrote the song scores for the animated feature films, The Pebble and the PenguinThumbelina and Disney’s Oliver and Co. His songs have been featured in over two dozen feature films and have been recorded by an array of pop, jazz, country and international artists, earning Grammy Awards and multiple Gold and Platinum records from around the world.

Warren Carlyle

Director & Choreographer

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Warren Carlyle is a Tony Award winning Director/ Choreographer and Emmy Award nominee. As the director and choreographer of Harmony off Broadway in 2022, Carlyle received multiple nominations for his work on the show including Outstanding Direction of a musical and outstanding choreography. On Broadway, Carlyle Directed and Choreographed the Tony nominated Best Musical After MidnightChaplinHugh Jackman: Back On Broadway, the Tony nominated revival of Finian’s Rainbow and A Tale of Two Cities. Warren also choreographed the Broadway productions of The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster ( Tony Award nomination ) Kiss Me Kate (Tony Award nomination), Hello, Dolly! (Starring Bette Midler), She Loves MeOn The 20th CenturyThe Mystery Of Edwin DroodA Christmas Story and Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. He directed and choreographed the sold-out Hugh Jackman World Tour, The Man. The Music. The Show; the 2015 New York Spring Spectacular starring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. In 2018 Warren premiered a new ballet for New York City Ballet called Something To Dance About. Other selected New York credits include: City Center Encores!: Me & My GirlOn Your Toes, and Cotton Club Parade (Jazz at Lincoln Center and City Center), Girl CrazyOn The TownFinian’s Rainbow, Juno and Stairway To Paradise. Choreographed Carousel for the New York Philharmonic / Live at Lincoln Center (2013 Emmy nomination). He is represented on film and television by his staging of The 68th & 69th Annual Tony Awards Broadcast; Six seasons of “So You Think You Can Dance”; “Deception” starring Hugh Jackman; She Loves Me (Broadway HD / PBS). “Hope and Faith” (ABC); “An Evening At The Boston Pops,” “Rogers & Hammerstein” and “Rogers & Hart” (PBS); Elton John’s music video Made In England, Live at Lincoln Center and the upcoming PBS special of Great Performances.