Sam Harris’ diversified career has run the gamut from singer and songwriter to actor on Broadway, film and television to writer, director and producer. After pulling a weekly audience of more than 25 million viewers and going on to win Star Search in it's premier season, Harris and his powerhouse pop, gospel and theater influenced vocals have never looked back. He is a multi-platinum recording artist with 9 studio cds to his credit including SAM HARRIS, SAM-I-AM (which both boasted top 40 hits), STANDARD TIME and DIFFERENT STAGES (produced and conducted by the legendary Peter Matz, and which have been listed on numerous “Top 100 Records of All Time” lists..
On Broadway, Sam received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in Tommy Tune’s GREASE and a Drama-League Award as well as Tony, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk nominations for his work in Cy Coleman’s THE LIFE. He also appeared on Broadway in the Mel Brooks musical, THE PRODUCERS and in an extensive National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Broadway production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Sam also starred in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CABARET, HAIR, PIPPIN, THE JAZZ SINGER, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB and the self penned shows HARD COPY, DIFFERENT HATS, REVIVAL and the smash hit one man show SAM.
Currently, he has two television shows in development, is working on his latest cd and is also preparing for the long awaited production of THE BROADWAY MAN, in which he stars as the darkly complex and charismatic Al Jolson. His memoir, a collection of essays, HAM: SLICES OF A LIFE has just been published, and he is currently touring with a show based on the book.
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RICHARD WOLINSKY hosts Bookwaves heard every Thursday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley