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Debbie Gibson and Sam Harris:
MUSIC FROM THE ‘80s – Don’t Stop Believin’

An Ashford University Summer Pops Concert
Friday, August 23, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 24, 7:30pm

Matthew Garbutt, conductor
Debbie Gibson, vocals
Sam Harris, vocals

Celebrate Good Times! Sing along and relive one of the great decades of pop music with iconic stars from the ‘80s, Debbie Gibson and Sam Harris. Enjoy some of your favorite '80s hits including "Don't Stop Believing," "Footloose," "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time" and many more!

COSTUME CONTEST! Break out your parachute pants, leg warmers and other favorite '80s gear, and join us for our pre-concert costume contest at 7:15pm next to the pre-concert stage!

CLICK HERE for a recent story about Sam Harris in The Rage Monthly! And CLICK HERE for an interview in LGBT Weekly with the fabulous Debbie Gibson!


Sam Harris re-created his sensational Star Search "Over the Rainbow" triumph recently on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!


For more than 25 years, Debbie Gibson has proven she's an entertainer of immeasurable talent. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, she embodies what it truly means to be an entertainer.

Gibson exploded on the pop music scene at the tender age of 16. A music prodigy, she quickly became the youngest person ever to write, produce and perform a number one single, ("Foolish Beat"), a record she still holds today in the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, Gibson has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide.

After conquering the pop world, she set her sights on the theater. Gibson took a star turn in the Broadway production of Les Misérables as Eponine. She broke box office records in the London West End production of Grease as Sandy, and then took the stage in the U.S. Broadway tours of Grease and Funny Girl playing (respectively) Rizzo and Fanny Brice. Gibson also wowed critics as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, The Narrator in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cinderella in the national production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with Eartha Kitt, Velma Kelly in Chicago and Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret.

Continuing to dazzle with entertainment magic, Gibson bridged the gap between pop music and Broadway with her one-woman show, Pop Goes Broadway. Critics agreed it was "the best show Atlantic City has seen in quite some's totally entertaining," during her three-week engagement in May 2008 at The Concert Venue at Harrah's. Phil Roura of the New York Daily News said, "She has mastered her craft to the point where she just doesn't perform a song – she embraces it and delivers it with her own special stamp of approval."

To fill her passion of mentoring and fostering young performers and songwriters, she created "Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth," a series of performing arts camps and music boot camps. In addition she formed the “Gibson Girl Foundation,” a non-profit organization that awards scholarships and musical educational opportunities to underprivileged children who display talent and have a desire to participate in performing arts programs.

In 2010 Gibson made her debut in the world of orchestration. She collaborated on both the score and the powerful closing credits song, "Rise," for Dr. Rutledge's documentary, 3 Billion and Counting, about Malaria prevention in third world countries. Gibson guest starred in "Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy" at MGM/Foxwoods. The “Original Pop Princess” also released a new album, Ms. Vocalist, from Sony Japan that was top 10 on the Billboard charts, and the first single, "I Love You," hit No. 1.

As the new spokesperson for Children International, she spent time in early 2011 in impoverished villages in Manila. For more than 20 years she has been a child sponsor and advocate. Gibson also starred with Tiffany in the SyFy hit Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. Recently, she shot a cameo in the recent film Rock of Ages, appeared in Katy Perry's hit music video for "Last Friday Night (TGIF)," and took a “Journey Though the 80s” on a sold out tour with Tiffany. Currently, Gibson is recording a new U.S. album. The first single “Rise,” which was shortlisted for an Academy Award® nomination, is now available on iTunes.


Sam Harris’ diversified career has run the gamut from singer and songwriter to actor (on Broadway, film and television) to writer, director and producer.

After pulling a weekly audience of more than 25 million viewers and going on to win Star Search in its premiere season, Harris and his powerhouse pop, gospel and theater-influenced vocals have never looked back. He is a multi-platinum recording artist with nine studio CDs to his credit including Sam Harris, Sam-I-Am (which both boasted top 40 hits), Standard Time and Different Stages (produced and conducted by the legendary Peter Matz, and which have been listed on numerous “Top 100 Records of All Time” lists.) Other CDs include The Best of the Motown Sessions, Revival, On This Night, Always, Sam Harris Live! – The Best of Christmas and most recently, Free. He can also be heard on numerous concert, guest artist and cast recordings.

Harris has toured extensively in concert and has played to sold-out audiences at major venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre, London’s West End and with The Boston Pops. He also participated in Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors tour. Sam has appeared at The White House, on numerous television specials and live productions, and has guested on virtually every talk show. Sam Harris performed a stirring rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the week following September 11th.

On Broadway, Sam Harris received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in Tommy Tune’s Grease and a Drama-League Award as well as Tony®, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk nominations for his work in Cy Coleman’s The Life. He also appeared on Broadway in the Mel Brooks musical The Producers and in an extensive National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Sam also starred in Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Hair, Pippin, The Jazz Singer, The First Wives Club and the self-penned shows Hard Copy, Different Hats, Revival and the smash hit one man show Sam.

As “Perry Pearl” on the CBS sitcom The Class, Sam Harris’ chameleonic career took a new turn as a series regular, prompting popular columnist, Liz Smith, to call him “the comedy break breakout character of the television season.” Among his many television credits, Sam had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Rules Of Engagement and Extra gave him his own segment called “Six Degrees of Sam,” where he interviewed celebrity friends with his singular brand of humor and perspective. Sam has co-starred in the films In the Weeds and Elena Undone. Behind the scenes, Sam co-wrote the TBS sitcom Down to Earth, which ran for four years, and the Los Angeles produced musical Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood! He also co-produced the television special Love Letter to New York and supervised/directed several segments of Michael Jackson’s 30th Year Anniversary at Madison Square Garden. He co-wrote Liza’s at the Palace for Liza Minnelli, which won the Tony® Award. He and Liza also appeared in Schmulie And Minnooli, a duets show featuring beloved songs and stories about their friendship and passion for music.

Another monumental influence of his creative shift was the adoption of Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen, and the subsequent marriage to his long-time partner, Danny. The couple have been together 19 years and the adoption and their marriage was covered by every major news source. Sam has become an icon of the modern family and equal rights and is the “go-to” guy for shows like Tyra and The Dr. Drew Show on the subject. His single, “My Reclamation” is quickly becoming the anthem for equal marriage rights. In addition, Sam has become an internet phenomenon, viewed by millions, in his regular “vlogs” and celebrity interviews.

Leading a very busy life, Sam balances his roles as father, husband, recording artist, actor, writer, vlogger and entertainer. Currently, he has two television shows in development, is working on his latest CD and is also preparing for the long-awaited production of The Broadway Man, in which he stars as the darkly complex and charismatic Al Jolson. A recent appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon re-creating Sam's "Over the Rainbow" Star Search triumph became a YouTube sensation.

August 23 - August 24, 2013

Online sales for this performance have now been discontinued. Please call the Ticket Office at 619.235.0804.

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