John McDaniel’s Broadway: Sam Harris

JOHN McDANIEL is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning Music Director, Composer, Director, Arranger, Orchestrator & Producer and is an Artistic Director at the Tony Award winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Recently, John participated in a live Playbill concert event in Times Square welcoming back Broadway, featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessica Vosk and Chuck Schumer. McDaniel produced and directed a virtual concert of Sticks & Stones, for which he is also the composer, starring Audra McDonald & Javier Muñoz. He is also a camp director of Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway Boot Camp. John directed Into The Woods & Hair in Concert at the historic Patchogue Theater, Sondheim Originals at 54 Below and Piano Men at Birdland, Broadway music credits include Bonnie and Clyde (Drama Desk Nomination, Best Orchestrations), Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn (Producer and Orchestrator), Annie Get Your Gun (Grammy Award), Taboo, Chicago, Grease, Patti LuPone on Broadway and Company – the Original Cast in Concert at Lincoln Center. On Television: “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (2 Emmy Awards & 8 nominations).

John has collaborated with Cab Calloway, Shirley MacLaine, George Burns, Joel Grey, Carol Burnett, Betty Buckley, Bette Midler and has guest conducted at 15 Symphony Orchestras across America, including 5 concerts with his hometown St. Louis Symphony. John received a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University.

Sam Harris

Sam Harris has been lauded by critics as one of the most powerful and versatile forces on the stage. Rolling Stone Magazine put him on their list of “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” He first came into the public eye on the television talent show, STAR SEARCH, pulling 25 million viewers a week. Jimmy Fallon called his now legendary performance of Over the Rainbow “one of the greatest performances ever on television ever!” This led to a multi-platinum record career as well as numerous appearances on television and concerts at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and in London’s West End. He has toured the world and performed with numerous symphonies including The Boston Pops.

Sam starred on Broadway in GREASE (Drama Desk nomination), THE LIFE (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic’s Circle nominations), THE PRODUCERS, the Broadway National Tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZINGH TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and in numerous other productions including JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CABARET, HAIR, PIPPIN, THE JAZZ SINGER and THE FIRST WIVES CLUB.

On television, Sam played Perry Pearl on the CBS half-hour comedy, THE CLASS, and has guest starred on numerous other series. He had his own segment on EXTRA called “Six Degrees of Sam Harris. He has sung on virtually every talk show, his favorite – a stirring performance Precious Lord/You’ll Never Walk Alone on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW the week after 9/11.

Behind the scenes, Sam co-wrote the TBS sit-com, DOWN TO EARTH, co-produced 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 2009 Tony Award. He created and directed the concert event, NEW YORK’S FINESTBROADWAY’S LEADING MEN.

Sam is also the best-selling author of the autobiographical “HAM: Slices of a Life,” which was the basis for the show HAM: A Musical Memoir, playing to sold out audiences in New York and Los Angeles to critical acclaim, and winning the prestigious Ovation Award for Best Musical and Best Actor. The show was filmed for television and is on all major streaming sites. His first novel, “The Substance of All Things” was released in 2020 to rave reviews across the board and is in development as a feature film.

Sam is married to businessman, Danny Jacobsen, and they are the proud fathers of Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen.