FOLSOM — 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 in the same year.
She’s been on hiatus from performing publicly for over a decade; as of press time, she’s scheduled to begin her first tour of the West Coast in 10 years at Three Stages, performing a program of personal favorites in An Intimate Evening with Helen Reddy.
“Three Stages is proud to have Helen Reddy perform here as part of her return to the stage,” Executive Director Dave Pier noted. “Helen Reddy is no stranger to regional audiences. She has appeared three times in Sacramento Music Circus productions — as Edwin Drood/Miss Alice Nutting in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’; as Mrs. Sally Adams in ‘Call Me Madam’ and as Reno Sweeney in ‘Anything Goes’.”
“In 40 years her lovely smooth voice has aged richer and more melodic than ever” (Broadway World).
Still, her decision to return to the stage was a personal one for Reddy. “The genesis of going back to singing was my sister’s 80th birthday in March. She asked if I would sing a duet with her, and I said OK … and it was so much fun, and it was so appreciated, and I thought, ‘I miss singing, I used to love doing this.’ So, that was kind of it.”
Over the years, her Top 10 Hits in the U.S. have included “I Am Woman,” “Delta Dawn,” “Leave Me Alone,” “You and Me Against The World,” “Angie Baby,” and many more.
Born into a well-known Australian show business family, Reddy has had a life and a career richer and more varied than anything she could ever have imagined as a girl in Melbourne. She has dined on her birthday with the Prince of Wales, danced in the White House with the President of the United States and had a tulip named after her in Holland.
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. Reddy 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 Helen’s early recordings are now available for digital download worldwide.
Her best-selling memoir “The Woman I Am” (Tarcher/Penguin), 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.
Reddy retired from live performance in 2002 and practiced as a clinical hypnotherapist and motivational speaker in her native Australia for 10 years. But Helen has decided to come out of retirement 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.
Visit helenreddy.com for the latest news and concert dates.
Helen Reddy will perform in Three Stages at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $29 to $39, Premium tickets are available for $49; they may be purchased online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.