HAM: A Musical Memoir

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HAM: A Musical Memoir is the comic and poignant true story of Sam Harris's life growing up in Oklahoma's Bible Belt during the 60s and 70s as a sensitive and prodigiously talented kid who dreams of playing Helen Keller at age 5, wishes he was Jewish at 10, finds his voice in the black church at 15, and falls in love with a boy "who looks just like Cary Grant," followed by a depression that leads to a suicide attempt. Sam flees to Los Angeles where he sings at every dump and dive in town, finally ending up on a new TV show called Star Search (precursor to American Idol) winning the hearts of America. Fame ensues -- Broadway, television, albums, Carnegie Hall. But for Sam, less is... less. And more is never enough. After the highs and lows of a life in show business, Sam is finally forced to confront the merciless question: what is enough?

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  • Ham: A Musical Memoir is great fun for those who have known him since Star Search.

    January 15, 2021 | Full Review…
  • In its broad strokes, it's a familiar story, but a story that works every time, and Harris shuttles effortlessly between the heartfelt and the comically over-the-top.

    December 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Diving into Sam's life was fun and you will have fun too...unless you hate musicals.

    December 8, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • A filmed version of Harris' award winning off-Broadway show, "HAM: A Musical Memoir" is an entertaining - and deeply moving - look at the life of a boy with a dream and the sacrifices he had to make to keep that dream alive.

    December 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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