CLEARWATER - Grammy Award winner Helen Reddy performs two intimate concerts at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater Thursday, March 14, and Saturday, March 16. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m.
Best known as a recording artist, Helen Reddy had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the United States. She was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three No.1 hits, including her signature hit “I Am Woman,” in the same year.
In television, Reddy was the first Australian to host her own one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with several specials that were seen in more than forty countries.
In theater, Reddy has starred in London’s West End and on Broadway in New York. As a solo concert artist, she has played at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, as well as the Royal Albert Hall and the Palladium in London. She was also the first western female performer invited to sing in the People’s Republic of China.
In film, her starring role in Disney’s Pete’s Dragon continues to delight the younger generation, while the lyrics she penned for her feminist anthem I Am Woman are now included in modern American history high school textbooks. Besides the compilation The Woman I Am: The Definitive Collection, most of Reddy’s early recordings are now available for digital download worldwide.
Her best-selling memoir The Woman I Am reveals that at the height of her career, Reddy’s world was shattered by the death of both her parents and, simultaneously, the news that she had a rare and incurable disease. A riveting, frank and ultimately brave memoir, she recounts the emotional highs and lows that have shaped her life as an artist and as a complex woman, with a rich inner life sustained by a strong spiritual faith.
Helen retired from live performance in 2002 and practiced as a clinical hypnotherapist and motivational speaker in her native Australia for ten years. But after singing a duet with her sister at her sister’s 80th birthday party, she decided to come out of retirement in July 2012 and return to the stage where, in addition to some of her hits, she now treats audiences to songs from her vast catalog she had never before performed live.
Reserved tickets priced at $85 (includes VIP meet and greet), $65 and $52 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.atthecap.com.
The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. The Capitol Theatre Ticket Office opens one hour prior to show time.