“Ham: A Musical Memoir” is the funny and poignant story of a boy (Sam) growing up in the bible belt of Oklahoma, gay, an outsider, who found himself through the escape of singing and writing and acting. His public singing debut was when he was three. He auditioned for the role of Helen Keller when he was five. He wanted to be Jewish because they were the chosen people. He won first, second and third place at his school talent show. He was the only white boy in the black church in “colored town.” His house burned down. Twice. He left home at fifteen and fell in love with another boy in a show—an abomination—which led to an attempted suicide at age sixteen. He became famous at age twenty-two and went on the hamster wheel of show business, but something was always missing. “I believe that less is . . .less. And more is never enough.” In an emotional flashback to an exchange between teenaged Sam and his very wise high school psychology teacher, Sam is finally able to come to terms with the drive that made him a success but cloaked a constant need for something more. Years later, Sam is married and becomes a father. And that . . . is more than enough.
"Harris is sheer magic.” -Broadway World
“Ham is rip-roaringly funny!” -Esquire Magazine
"His every move generates excitement!” -New York Times
“The shear force of Harris' charisma is mesmerizing; rousing one moment and heartbreaking the next.” -USA Today
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