Sam Harris: Openly Gray
Doors: 7:00 pm |
with Todd Schroeder

About This Event

Todd Schroeder
Feinstein's at the Nikko welcomes the legendary Sam Harris to San Francisco with his brand-new show Openly Gray.

Featuring his definitive interpretations of pop, theatre, and standards, get ready for an evening of celebration and reflection, filled with Harris’s singular comedic observations and soul-bearing introspection.  

Harris is a Tony Award® nominated Broadway favorite (The Life, Grease, The Producers, Joseph…) and platinum recording artist, making the list of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 100 Vocalists of All Time.” In a career that spans four decades, Harris has traveled the globe in concert, appeared on countless television shows and specials, and has sold out venues from Carnegie Hall to London’s West End. Most recently, during the isolation of Covid, the film of Sam’s hit one man show, HAM: A Musical Memoir, (which played in New York and Los Angeles), was released on all major streaming channels, to rave reviews. 

Sam has come out of the closet and reveals his true color, in Openly Gray! 
Sam Harris’ diversified career has run the gamut from singer and songwriter to actor on Broadway, film and television, to writer, director, producer and author.  After pulling a weekly audience of more than 25 million viewers on STAR SEARCH in it's premier season, Sam and his powerhouse pop, gospel and theater influenced vocals have never looked back.

Jimmy Fallon called his performance of Over the Rainbow “one of the greatest performances ever on television, EVER!”
Sam is a multi-platinum recording artist with 9 studio CDs to his credit. Rolling Stone Magazine listed him as one of the “Top 100 vocalists of all time.”

On Broadway, Sam received a Tony, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk nominations for his work in Cy Coleman’s THE LIFE, a Drama League Award and Drama Desk nomination for his role in Tommy Tune’s GREASE, and appeared in Mel Brooks’, THE PRODUCERS, as well as JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CABARET, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, HAIR, PIPPIN, and THE JAZZ SINGER. His autobiographical show HAM: A Musical Memoir played off Broadway and in Los Angeles, and won LA’s prestigious Ovation Award for Best Musical, also awarding him as Best Actor, and Best Musical Direction for Todd Schroeder. It was filmed for television and can be seen on all prominent streaming channels.

Sam has toured extensively in concert and has played to sold-out audiences everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Boston Pops. He has appeared at The White House, on numerous television specials and live productions, and has been a guest artist on virtually every talk show, his favorite in an historic time, when he performed a stirring “You’ll Never Walk Alone” on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW in the week following September 11th. Sam was a regular on the CBS sitcom, THE CLASS, winning the People’s Choice Award, and has guest starred on numerous series. He hosted his own segment on EXTRA called “Six Degrees of Sam Harris.”

Behind the scenes, Sam co-wrote the TBS sit-com, DOWN TO EARTH, co-produced and directed the television special LOVE LETTER TO NEW YORK, supervised and directed segments of MICHAEL JACKSON’S 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY at Madison Square Garden, and co-wrote LIZA’S AT THE PALACE for Liza Minnelli, which won the Tony Award. He created and directed the concert event, NEW YORK’S FINEST – BROADWAY’S LEADING MEN, and has directed numerous multi-star events featuring Broadway and recording stars.

Sam wrote the best-selling book “HAM: Slices of a Life,” which was the basis for the hit show. His new novel, which is literary fiction this time, is titled “The Substance of All Things,” and has garnered extraordinary reviews from all prominent book publications. 

Todd Schroeder sits beneath his pork-pie hat having the time of his life. He is a brilliantly talented pianist, composer, director, producer, arranger, songwriter and certainly one of the hardest-working music directors in the world with the prestigious L.A Stage Alliance awarding him their Ovation Award for “Best Musical Direction” and named him their “Musical Director of the Year”.  Over Schroeder’s career he has worked with such celebrities as Jason Alexander, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Jones, Rita Coolidge, Sam Harris and for over 20 years with the legendary Angela Lansbury including her recent performance in “Mary Poppins Returns”. Todd also music directs and performs with the superstar retro-pop group “Postmodern Jukebox”.


In addition to performing as music director for various artists on daytime and late night talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and the “The Late, Late Show”, Schroeder acts as music and vocal director for various live performance shows including Disney’s “Aladdin , A Musical Spectacular” and Universal Studios Japan’s productions of “Wicked” in Osaka, Japan. Todd has composed music for film, television and stage including “Unbeatable, A Bold New Musical”, “Braveheart, das Musical”, the new romantic comedy “” and the off Broadway hit, “HAM, A Musical Memoir” with Sam Harris. Todd is very proud to be the founder of the “Todd Schroeder Young Artist Grant”, an annual scholarship that for over 20 twenty years has been presented to graduating high school students that wish to pursue a career in the arts.

Feinstein's at The Nikko 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA