El Portal Theatre Mainstage New Year’s Eve: Sam Harris & Friends, an All-Star Lineup


“Some things are difficult to explain. A few rare things are easy. Sam Harris is the best. It’s that simple.” - Liza Minnelli

If you’ve never spent New Year’s Eve at the El Portal Theatre in NoHo, you’ve missed a lot of fun and good cheer. Besides a Broadway-level performance with Sam and his friends, there will be hats, noisemakers, refreshments, desserts, champagne, and even dancing for the 10 p.m. show. The fun 4 p.m. matinee will be followed by desserts and drinks. The all star line-up is headed by Sam Harris (the original Star Search winner) with Todd Schroeder at the piano, 2010 Tony Winner Levi Kreis, 2011 Ovation Winner Lesli Margherita, and David Burnham, one of Broadway’s bright lights.

Sam Harris got his start as the first grand champion of Ed McMahon’s Star Search in its premiere season. He gained international acclaim and became best known for his winning rendition of the song “Over the Rainbow” on the show. “Over the Rainbow” has since become his signature song.

His appearance on Star Search landed him a contract with Motown Records. His first single, “Sugar Don’t Bite,” was a Top 40 hit, reaching #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984.

On Broadway, Sam received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in the Tommy Tune-directed revival of Grease, and a Drama League Award as well as Tony, Outer Critic’s Circle, and Drama Desk Award nominations for his work in Cy Coleman’s Tony nominated musical The Life. He’s also appeared on Broadway in Mel Brooks’ Tony Award winning musical The Producers; played the leading role in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; and in the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Hair, and Pippin; and the film-to-musical adaptation of The First Wives Club.

Levi Kreis, Broadway’s 2010 Tony Award Winner.

Television appearances include The View, The Tyra Banks Show, and The Dr. Drew Show. Sam most recently appeared with Liza Minnelli at New York’s Birdland in November to sold-out crowds.

Joining Sam for the New Year’s Celebration are three award winning musical theatre stars. Levi Kreis originated the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s new musical Million Dollar Quartet. His scorching performance received the Tony Award for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” for the role. Lesli Margherita won the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in the Gypsy Kings’ Zorro the Musical on the West End in London. She won the 2011 Ovation Award for her performance as Kate in Kiss Me, Kate at REPRISE! David Burnham just returned from New York where he played Fiyero in the Broadway production of Wicked having created the role in the original Los Angeles workshop productions. David was a member of the original Broadway cast of the six-time Tony Award winning musical The Light in the Piazza, performing on both the Tony Awards and the PBS telecast Live from Lincoln Center.

Perhaps no other artist has chiseled so completely the niche of redefining the vast American Songbook, appealing to audiences of all ages, as Sam Harris!

Call (818) 508-4200 for your special tickets — with Code: “TOLUCAN,” you get a great discount!

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