Biographical Stage Musical About Harry Chapin is in the Works
According to Deadline, a biographical stage musical about 1970s singer-songwriter Harry Chapin is in the works. The project has gotten the support of Chapin's wife Sandy and brothers Tom Chapin and Steve Chapin, who will serve as consultants on the project.
Patriot Productions (Be More Chill) is working on the project, titled Harry Chapin: The Story of a Life, which plans to have an industry presentation this spring. It features a book by Michael F. Mitri, and a score consisting entirely of Chapin's songs.
Mitri said that the producers "intend to use this show as a vehicle to raise funds for the foundations that carry on Harry's mission."
Harry Chapin was an American singer-songwriter, humanitarian, and producer best known for his folk rock and pop rock songs, who achieved worldwide success in the 1970s. Chapin, a Grammy Award winning artist and Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, has sold over 16 million records worldwide and has been described as one of the most beloved performers in music history.Chapin recorded a total of 11 albums from 1972 until his death in 1981. All 14 singles that he released became hit singles on at least one national music chart.
Some of his most popular singles included: "Taxi," "Cat's in the Cradle," "Sequel," "W·O·L·D," and "I Wanna Learn a Love Song."
As a dedicated humanitarian, Chapin fought to end world hunger and was a key participant in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. In 1987, Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work.
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