Sam is grateful to be an NYC-based multi-hyphenate. Humor in spades, tears to boot.
Pre-pandemiglace: Sam made his Broadway debut in The Inheritance (dir. Stephen Daldry).
Post-pandemilovato: Sam signed with talent manager, Jodi Collins, of JLC ENTERTAINMENT. He also returned to the stage playing Ruth in Titanique: The Musical (prod. Eva Price), Ariel in The Tempest (Resounding Live), The Dame in Sinderella: A Holiday Panto, a sketch-comedian in a top-secret VR project and Ziggy Stardust in Rebel Rebel: The Many Lives of David Bowie in Concert!
Sam is currently working on a draft of Flinch, a play about fathers and their very "colorful" sons (dir. Judy Gold).
Word on the street is...
"From “A Chorus Line” to “Godspell,” Sam Given takes you on a supercharged journey into make-believe that’s full-throttle, fast-paced, beautifully persuasive, sweet and honeyed and supremely confident. From his first entrance in the show to his powerhouse Act II solo turn “Turn Back, O Man,” which he performs with wild abandon, Given delivers the goods – and then some – with a determined to conquer persona that’s fantastically entertaining, full of sparkle, rich in character and clearly inspired.
What’s especially gratifying about Given is that he’s completely genuine, comically and dramatically expressive and entertainingly electrifying. At the same time, he dances to his own tune as he dons his signature Millie Grams wig, costuming, make-up and glitter to build and solidify a female characterization of attitude, spunk, polish and soulful passion guaranteed to drive any audience wild.
Given, in drag, is a brilliant dance off between appearance and reality, fraught with resilience, emotion, diversity and glitter ball magic. It’s so wonderfully balanced and enacted, if anyone is doing “Mame,” Sam is your man. Just think of the possibilities. The pose, the look, the performance, the songs, the character. Given can do it blindfolded." (James V. Ruocco)
"This Cabaret is also remarkable in the casting of all the lead characters. Sam Given, who stood out in Ivoryton Playhouse's recent staging of Godspell, is even better here, given free rein to haunt this show, and his performance is full of wicked humor. Right from the opening number, "Willkommen," it is obvious that the role of the Emcee fits this actor like a glove and he takes full advantage of his every moment onstage." (Talkin' Broadway)
"The most striking presence on the stage was Sam Given as the Courtesan. You could not take your eyes off the X-factor streaming out of him. He is a highly skilled performer with a massive presence." (Stagebiz/The Boys From Syracuse)
Jodi Collins: JLC Entertainment
Craig Holzberg: Avalon Artists Group