Paris native Sammy Goldstein returns home at 7 p.m. Saturday for a concert at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Called “Celebrating Hollywood, Broadway and Beyond,” the concert is being presented by The Paris-Henry County Arts Council & McWorth Management Company.
An award-winning New York entertainer who has performed in nightclubs and concerts throughout the United States and Europe, Goldstein grew up in Paris and his early career was as a musical comedy actor in summer stock theater performing in such shows as “Finian’s Rainbow” (as “Og, the Leprechaun”) and “Fiddler On The Roof” (as “Motel, the Tailor”).
At age 20, he moved to Los Angeles where he took a job as a singer/pianist in a piano lounge to support his acting career. Instead, he found a second career, one he has nurtured and in which he has subsequently found great success.
Through the years, his nightclub work as a singer/pianist has taken him all over the country and around the world including performing for numerous cruise lines as well as for corporate clients that include Barbara Walters, Marvin Hamlisch, Miramax Films and NBC-TV.
New York’s Backstage magazine says Goldstein is “a musical comedy natural … extraordinary depth and artistry … one of the most charming, and funniest, shows around.”
New York’s Cabaret Scenes magazine says, “a consummate performer … cabaret at its best!”
As an actor, Goldstein has appeared in numerous stage productions, and co-starred on television in episodes of “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Columbo.” He will also be performing with the Paris-Henry County Community Band under the direction of Mike Holden.
Goldstein’s vast repertoire — more than 2,000 songs — includes a combination of the standards of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Broadway show tunes, Big Band music, contemporary standards, Dixieland jazz, and the old-time sing-a-longs. General seating tickets will be $30 at the door Saturday while VIP, meet-and-greet seating tickets will be $45.
The meet-and-greet reception will follow the concert.