Grammy winner touring in support of “Every Man Should Know”
TULSA, Okla. – Harry Connick Jr. is a rarity in the realm of entertainment, exemplifying excellence in every aspect of his multifaceted career. He has won three Grammy Awards and two Primetime Emmy Awards and is a multiple Tony Award nominee. On Saturday, Nov. 16, Connick will play The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
Tickets start at $85 and go on sale Sept. 26.
A New Orleans native, Connick began his career as a performer at the age of 5. At 19, he signed with Columbia Records. His stunning piano technique and vivid musical imagination was easily recognized on his debut, self-titled album. Soon after, he released his follow-up album, “20,” and then found multiplatinum success with the soundtrack to “When Harry Met Sally….”
Connick’s continued musical success has spanned the course of 29 albums, with sales totaling 28 million worldwide units. His most recent album, “Every Man Should Know,” was released in June.
In addition to his burgeoning music career, Connick also began acting professionally. Among his feature film credits are “Little Man Tate,” “Copycat,” “Hope Floats,” “Memphis Belle,” “Independence Day,” “Life Without Dick,” “Mickey,” “Basic,” “P.S. I Love You,” “New in Town” and “Dolphin Tale.” Next fall, he will be seen in “Dolphin Tale 2,” the sequel to 2011’s No. 1 hit family film.
On television, Connick is perhaps best known for his recurring role on “Will & Grace.” He also appeared in an arc of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and has graced audiences with his musical talents in several primetime specials, including “Harry for the Holidays,” the Emmy Award-winning PBS specials “Only You in Concert” and “Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway” and the animated tale “The Happy Elf.”
His Broadway career boasts equal recognition, having received Tony Award nominations as both composer/lyricist for the musical “Thou Shalt Not” and as the lead in the Tony Award-winning revival of “The Pajama Game.” He also has adapted “The Happy Elf” for children’s theater, starred in the Broadway revival of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” and – on the 20th anniversary of his first Broadway concerts at the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre – brought his live show for an extended residency at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Not surprisingly, Connick has used his influence as an entertainer to further his charitable work. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he created, along with fellow musician and New Orleanian Branford Marsalis, the Musicians’ Village in the Upper Ninth Ward. The village provides homes for musicians and other displaced citizens, a community center with a performance hall, a recording studio and an afterschool facility for kids. His contributions to the post-Katrina effort have been acknowledged by a Redbook Strength and Spirit Award, an honorary degree from Tulane University and the 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off Interstate 44 at exit 240A. Ticket prices and information on upcoming shows are available online in The Joint section of www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com or by calling (918) 384-ROCK. The Joint box office is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. All guests must be 21 years of age or older.