Book & Lyrics: Barry Harman
Music: Kathy Sommer

Based on the classic novel by Anna Sewell that launched the animal rights revolution

Sam Middleton & Jeremy Kushnier perform “A Thing Of Beauty”

from the new musical “Black Beauty” at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Musical Selections


7. I Hear Your Song (feat. Debo Ray & Taylor Van Cleave)
12. Fade To Black (feat. Debo Ray & Jeremy Kushnier)


** Indicates the song is intended for a male character

CONTACT : Barry Harman & Kathy Sommer

BARRY HARMAN is a multi-award winning book writer, lyricist and director for theater (2 Tony nominations, 4 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 3 Drama Desk nominations), and a writer for television  (2 prime time Emmy Awards and writer of an Emmy Award-winning family special for HBO). He also has extensive background as a head writer and lyricist and producer for educational children’s programming.    A graduate of Harvard, where he was an editor of The Lampoon and president and author of Hasty Pudding Theatricals, he is a member of The Dramatists Guild, SDC, Writers Guild of America, West and ASCAP.

Mr. Harman wrote and directed the 5  Tony-nominated Broadway musical Romance/Romance, which was also produced in London’s West End and around the world.   Off-Broadway, he wrote and directed the Outer Critic Circle award-winning musical Olympus on My Mind, and Long Road Home, a country blues musical produced at the Hudson Guild.  For the York Theater, he collaborated on a new version of Carmelina, working with Broadway legends Burton Lane, Joseph Stein and Alan Jay Lerner.   He has several new musical theater projects in development.

His work in prime time TV includes writing for classic shows like The Carol Burnett Show, All in the Family, The Jeffersons and for PBS, Some Enchanted Evenings:  A Salute to Oscar Hammerstein II.   His work in children’s educational TV ranges from Sunbow’s The Great Space Coaster, Nick Jr.’s Allegra’s Window and Comedy Network’s Big Bag, to animated shows ranging from Cyberchase to My Little Pony, Jem and Salty’s Lighthouse.

Barry divides his time between New York and Florida.


KATHY SOMMER is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum songwriter, producer.  Her songs have appeared on over 10 million records with artists ranging from American Idol’s top selling worldwide sensation, DAUGHTRY (#27 Billboard All Time 200), to Top 20 debuts on rock’s iconic HALESTORM and SHINEDOWN, and can be heard worldwide on radio, television, in feature films, video games and toys. She’s co-written with TRAIN, Latin Grammy winners JESSE & JOY, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, SKILLET, and co-written/co-produced for Madame Secretary’s ERICH BERGEN and K-pop star JAEJOONG among others.


Her Broadway credits as a conductor include “Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST”, “CITY OF ANGELS”, “CATS”, and the Tony Nominated “ROMANCE ROMANCE” (music director, conductor, vocal & dance arranger).  She also co-orchestrated the Off-Broadway production which garnered two “Outer Critics Circle” awards for “Best Musical” and “Best Score”, and music directed the A&E television production of the show. Ms. Sommer has also conducted songs for JEWEL’s Christmas CD “Let It Snow” and VANESSA WILLIAMS’ Academy Award winning single “Colors of the Wind” and composed the music for the Off-Off Broadway show, “LONG ROAD HOME”.


A graduate of Yale University, Kathy is composing & developing several new musicals, writing with top Billboard artists, and producing several young breakout artists under her production team name ALCHEMY with partner Matt Anthony. A member of ASCAP, The Songwriters Guild, The Dramatists Guild, and Maestra, she has served as a NY Chapter Trustee, VP and Governor of The Recording Academy and currently co-chairs its Musical Theater Task Force. She is passionate about animal rights, advocating for music creators, and defending the value of intellectual property. In addition, Kathy mentors several young artists and has spent years dedicating herself to creating a strong sense of community among music makers across many genres.


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