Los Angeles Theater Preview: HAM: A MUSICAL MEMOIR (LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre)

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by Frank Arthur on January 22, 2016

in Theater-Los Angeles


Direct from a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run, Harris’s HAM: A Musical Memoir makes its West Coast debut at the LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre this Saturday, January 23, 2016. But the show can only last so long (as with any great ham, even if its refrigerated), so this strictly limited engagement will close on February 7.


Tell me you remember Harris from winning the the very first season of Star Search, hosted by Ed McMahon. This competitive talent show saw the vocal powerhouse winning the show week after week (at 14 weeks, he holds the record for the second longest championship in the show’s 12-year history). But this isn’t one of those “And then I…” memoirs. Sure, Harris will recount Star Search, but he’ll also talk about how his formative years growing up in Sand Springs (a suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma), a dizzying roller coaster ride of a life in show business (he was absolutely amazing in The Life on Broadway), and the adoption of his son.

The show is directed by Ken Sawyer and Tony Award-winner Billy Porter (no slouch himself in Broadway’s Kinky Boots) and musical direction is by acclaimed pianist and composer Todd Schroeder.

hampress2aphoto by Ken Sawyer

HAM: A Musical Memoir
LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre
1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood
Fri and Sat at 8; Sun at 7
ends February 7, 2016
for tickets, call 323.860.7300 or visit The Center

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