Marry Harry

Description / Development History

Marry Harry is a romantic musical comedy about Little Harry – an aspiring chef trapped working for his Dad at their failing East Village restaurant and Sherri – a young wannabe entrepreneur trying to escape her controlling mother. With humor and heart Marry Harry explores ideas about family loyalty, marriage, love, and finding one’s path in life. Book by Jennifer Robbins.

Marry Harry was produced Off-Broadway at The York Theatre in the spring of 2017 (directed by Bill Castellino). In 2014 it was produced by American Theater Group in NJ (directed by Kent Nicholson) following a production at NYMF (2013), an AMAS Musicals workshop (2012), and a staged reading at New York Stage and Film (2011).

A video montage of scenes from the show, press quotes, and audience testimonials at The York Theatre (2017).

A music video of Howie Michael Smith performing “Lidia” from Marry Harry. In this scene Little Harry fantasizes about finally telling his Dad he plans to leave the restaurant to work for celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich!

The fabulous Annie Golden performs “Too Busy Running” live at the 2013 NYMF Showcase, Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC. Chris McGovern at the piano. This song and the character of Debby were cut from the show during rewrites in 2016.

Press Quotes

Marry Harry is an extraordinary original musical with an engaging story, fantastic talent and a memorable score … must-see musical theater at its very best.” ~Broadway World

“This good natured new show has touches of whimsy … moments of wit … quite poignant. Why not Marry Harry?” ~The New York Times

Marry Harry is a cheerful new musical, brimming with good songs and great laughs. The music and lyrics are wonderful—alternately wistful, humorous, and always tuneful. Marry Harry will have you dancing down the aisle.” ~Zeal NYC

“The tuneful new score by Dan Martin and Michael Biello is sweet, satisfying and easily digested. A heart-felt love letter to musical comedy.” ~The Examiner

“There are many socially significant works of musical theater … but relatively few that are as breezy and charming as this thoroughly entertaining new one act. This is a great show, completely free of politics or cynicism, to bring your best girl or guy to.” ~The Citiview NYC

Marry Harry is a delightful new musical rom-com that exudes charm and evokes smiles. A vibrant, heart-warming, old-fashioned musical celebration.” ~DC Metro Theater Arts

“The authors of Marry Harry have created a distinctive, feel good, charming and gentle romantic musical comedy … entertaining, warm and intelligent.” ~Talkin’ Broadway

“Martin and Biello have written a consistently upbeat and melodic score that mixes humor with romance. For enthusiastic foodies and hopeless romantics, Marry Harry is a delicious treat.” ~Theater Life

Marry Harry, a winsome romantic comedy, is a throwback to beloved classics like She Loves Me and The Music Man in all their unpretentious starry-eyed glory. Boundless charm … genuinely moving.” ~Gay City News

Music from the Show

The Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording of Marry Harry is available for purchase HERE.

An excerpt from “Nonnina’s Biscotti” – Sherri comes up with a plan to help save Cudicini’s restaurant. Morgan Cowling sings Sherri with Ben Chavez, Jesse Manocherian, Claire Saunders, David Spadora and Lenny Wolpe. Eric Svejcar is the musical director/pianist with Mercedes Beckman on clarinet and Robin Burdulis on percussion.

An excerpt from “Marry Me” – David Spadora (Little Harry) and Morgan Cowling (Sherri) sing.

An excerpt from “Newly Wed” – Robin Skye (Francine) delights at Sherri’s upcoming wedding. With Ben Chavez, Jesse Manocherian and Claire Sunders as the “Village Voices”.

An excerpt from “A New Day 2” – The Village Voices look down on the sleeping lovers from a nearby rooftop.

An excerpt from “You Opened A Door” – David Spadora and Morgan Cowling sing.