Photo by Daniel Rader
THE PICKUP ARTIST At newyorktheatrebarn
Sam is performing in a concert presentation of selections from THE PICKUP ARTIST, a new musical by Jason Pomerantz and Sash Bischoff, as part of the New Works Series at the New York Theatre Barn. The performance is on September 16 at 7pm at the D-Lounge. For tickets and more information, click here.
SUMMER BLUES At LOVE DRUNK
Sam is appearing in a reading of SUMMER BLUES, a 10-minute play by Ashley Minihan and directed by Taylor Reynolds. SUMMER BLUES appears in the 21st installment of Love Drunk, a series of readings of short plays inspired by a photograph, over brunch. The presentation takes place September 8 at 11am at the Drama League. The photograph that inspired SUMMER BLUES is pictured here.
PLAYGROUND SF BENEFIT
Sam is participating in a benefit for Playground SF. The evening is a series of 10-minute plays with music, and Sam is performing in LOVE IN THE DARK, by Julianne Jigour and directed by Caitlin Wees. The event takes place at 8pm on April 15th. For tickets and more information, click here.
FALL SPRINGS At Barrington Stage Company
Sam is appearing in the world premiere production of FALL SPRINGS, a new musical by Nikos Tsakalakos and Peter Nachtrieb, directed by Stephen Brackett, at Barrington Stage Company. The show runs August 9-31 on Barrington's Main Stage in Pittsfield, MA. For tickets and more information, click here.
REVIEWS ARE IN FOR FALL SPRINGS
The Berkshire Eagle says, "Sam Heldt in the show's most fully realized, affecting and poignant performance, especially in his 'The Bass Player's Lament.'"
Berkshire Fine Arts says, "Her nerdy son Felix (Sam Heldt) had wonderful moments as a conflicted, love sick, awkward teen... His 'The Bass Player’s Lament' is poignant and moving. We really feel for the kid who loves Eloise to pieces."
iBerkshires says, "There's the bass player, Felix (a tall, thin and truly wonderful Evan Hansen-like teenager complete with striped t-shirt named Sam Heldt)."
Talkinbroadway says, "Sam Heldt... showcases a lovely, soothing voice."
In The Spotlight says, "Sam Heldt is haplessly endearing."
The Berkshire Edge says, "Felix Cushman, played with an ingenuous emotional style by Sam Heldt... His song, 'The Bass Player’s Lament,' is a highpoint in the show’s first act."
We are a masterpiece
Sam is appearing in WE ARE A MASTERPIECE, a new play by Gina Femia set amidst the onset of the AIDS crisis in Kalamazoo, MI. Produced by Retro Productions and directed by DeLisa White, the show runs April 7-21 at the Theater at the 14th Street Y. For tickets and more information, click here.
THE LONELIEST GIRL IN
THE WORLD at DIVERSIONARy THEATRE IN SAN DIEGO, CA
Sam is in San Diego, CA for a workshop of THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, by Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald, directed by Matt Morrow, for Diversionary Theatre Company. The workshop precedes the world premiere production of the show that Diversionary will be mounting in 2018.
The 10th Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza
Sam is appearing in THE 10TH ANNUAL JOE ICONIS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA, a holiday concert (and so much more) written by Joe Iconis and directed by John Simpkins. There are 6 performances at 54 Below on December 15th-17th. For tickets and more information, click here.
EXTENDED STAY at the Musical Theatre Factory
Sam is participating in Musical Theatre Factory's January 4x15 event, on January 22 at 8pm. Semi-staged 15-minute excerpts from 4 new musicals are being presented as part of their development. Sam plays Owen in the excerpt from EXTENDED STAY, a new musical by Scotty Arnold and Jenny Stafford. Shelley Butler directs and Jess Glover music directs. For more information and tickets, click here.
A ZOMBIE SONG recording
Sam recorded lead vocals for "A Zombie Song" by Bill Nelson and Rick Bassett. Happy Halloween! Take a listen:
TIERING UP benefit for new georges
Sam is appearing in the premiere of TOKEN SLOT, a short play written by Hilary Bettis and directed by Estefania Fadul, as part of the New Georges Tiering Up Benefit on October 3 at the Flea Theater. For tickets and more information, click here.
podcast plays at core artists ensemble
Sam is performing in Week 2 of the SUMMER READINGS: PODCAST PLAYS series at Core Artist Ensemble, appearing in 2 plays: "Fritz" by Rob Ackerman and directed by Nathalie Frederick, and "The Processionists" by Jane Elias and directed by Alistair Boag. The performance takes place August 20 at the TBG Theater. For more information, click here.
new writers at 54:
songs by julia meinwald and gordon leary at 54 below
Sam is participating in a concert of songs by Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary, with music direction by Rich Silverstein. Sam sings "It's Strange" alongside Molly Hager. The concert takes place at 54 Below on July 30th at 7pm. For tickets and more information, click here.
women of note concert at nymf
Sam is performing in the WOMEN OF NOTE Concert, showcasing the work of female, queer and trans musical theater writers. He is singing "Part Of Everywhere" by Jenny Stafford and Scotty Arnold, alongside Hana Slevin. The concert is sponsored by the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) and takes place at 6:30PM on July 24th. For tickets and more information, click here.
painting faye salvez at nymf
Sam is playing the lead role of Jonathan in a reading of PAINTING FAYE SALVEZ, a new musical by Rachel Covey, directed by Kyle Brown with music direction by Fernanda Douglas. The reading is sponsored by The New York Musical Festival and has 3 free public performances, on July 13, 17 and 20. For more information, click here.
THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD
Sam is starring in the world premiere production of THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, by Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald, at Diversionary Theatre in San Diego, CA. Directed by Matt Morrow, the production runs May 24-July 1. For tickets and more information, click here.
REVIEWS ARE IN...
for The Loneliest Girl In The World:
The San Diego Union-Tribune says, "Heldt, who has been with the show from its early stages, brings a natural likability to Tommy, and a pleasing voice."
The Times of San Diego says, "Appealing New York actor Sam Heldt (Tommy) has a disarmingly young, ingenuous mien, and makes the character a little nerdy and intense, but wholly likable."
And Stage And Cinema says, "Mr. Heldt is well-cast as the awkward, self-doubting youth of the late ’50s and ’60s, emotionally moving in his struggles and poignant in his escapism through the lovely young Anita."
FALL SPRINGSat Barrington Stage Company
Sam is participating in a public reading of FALL SPRINGS, a new musical by Nikos Tsakalakos and Peter Nachtrieb, directed by Stephen Brackett, at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA. Performances are August 30th and 31st at 2pm. For tickets and more information, click here.
sizzle sizzle flyat ensemble studio theatre
Sam is performing in a staged reading of SIZZLE SIZZLE FLY, a new play by Susan Bernfield, directed by Linsay Fermin, at Ensemble Studio Theatre as part of the First Light Festival. Performances are March 1st and 2nd and are free and open to the public. For tickets and more information, click here.
IN THE WORKS songs by brandon michael lowden
Sam is singing a new song about a self-driving car in the future by Brandon Michael Lowden as part of the In The Works concert series at The Duplex on February 17th at 9:30pm. For tickets and more information, click here.
sOMETHING BLUE At page 73
Sam is performing in a staged reading of SOMETHING BLUE, a new musical by Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary, directed by Colette Robert, presented by Page 73. The performance is free and open to the public on March 20th. For tickets and more information, click here.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE At lct3
Sam is participating in a workshop of ACCOUNTS PAYABLE, a new musical by Michael R. Jackson and directed by Stephen Brackett. Lincoln Center/LCT3 commissioned the piece and the workshop, which is developmental with no public presentation.
REB + VODKA + ME with the civilians
Sam is participating in a reading of REB + VoDKa + ME, a new musical by Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald, directed by Annie Tippe, music directed by Rich Silverstein and presented by The Civilians. The presentation is at 3pm on June 10.
BERKIE AWARD NOMINATION
Sam has been nominated for a Berkshire Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor In A Musical for his performance as Felix in Fall Springs at Barrington Stage earlier this year.
FOUR PRIVATE READINGS
Sam has spent October and November participating in developmental readings of a number of new pieces. First he worked on THE OVERBOOKED HOTEL ROOM, a new play by Peter Nachtrieb, directed by Jason Eagan. Next was developmental work on MACKENZIE & THE MISSING BOY, a new musical podcast by Joel B. New. After that he did a quick industry presentation of ROCKET SCIENCE, a musical by Stephen Weiner, Patricia Cotter and Jason Rhyne, directed by Richard Israel, and lastly was LISA, a new play by Gina Femia.