Henry Haid rose to prominence portraying piano man Billy Joel in Twyla Tharp’s Tony Award winning hit Broadway musical “Movin’ Out.” He received rave reviews for those Broadway performances at New York City’s Richard Rodgers Theater.
Henry Haid - Piano Player / Vocalist / Songwriter / Band Leader After spending years playing in piano bars near his home in Long Island New York, as well as bands and shows in New York City, Europe, and the Caribbean, his audition for the musical “Movin’ Out”, choreographed by Twyla Tharp, came as no surprise. Having been hand picked by Ms. Tharp to perform the lead, his entire focus and dedication for two years was given to Billy Joel’s and Twyla Tharp’s musical production of “Movin Out”. His performance as the "Piano Man” Billy Joel, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City, produced rave reviews… “pianist/lead vocalist Henry Haid’s electric voice rang out passionately and impressively”… nytheatre.com “The playing and singing by Henry Haid was outstanding”… patrickweb.com. 80’s through early 90’s-playing and singing in rock bands and opening up for such acts as Elvin Bishop and the Gregg Allman band also working as an engineer and programmer at Island Media along side producer Jack Douglas(John Lennon, Aerosmith) producer Ron Isley (The Isley Brothers) working with Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel’s band) and bass player Will Lee(David Letterman band) writing commercials for The Helen Keller Institute and Cannon. 1991 Dick Clark show in Montreal, Canada playing piano for Little Anthony, Bo Diddly, Freddie Cannon, and The Shirelles 1992 Played the Fiddle leaf restaurant in St, Thomas, U.S Virgin islands playing for such notables as Victor Borge and Charles Osgood also shared the stage and played with rock legends Dave Mason and Eric Burdon at Barnacle Bills bar restaurant also in St. Thomas 1993 Back to the Virgin Islands playing piano bar at T.C.’s, The Elysian and at Stouffer Grand beach resort 1994 Fly to Europe to play at the Brittania hotel in Trondheim, Norway then to Haugesund, Norway to play at the Hotel Bestastua Spangt also back to St. Thomas to play Stouffers Grand Beach Resort 1995 My son Mathew is born. Play piano bar on the Star Clipper Tall Ship sailing around the Caribbean. 1996 Off to the Republic of Ireland to play at the Downhill Hotel and Golf resort in Ballina, County Mayo 1997 Playing Switzerland this year at the Figaro Restaurant in Dornacherof. I’m off to St. Thomas again. Form band in St. Thomas the Sun Kings. 1998 Piano bar in Rotterdam, Holland 1999 Color line Cruise Ship sailing from Oslo, Norway to Kiel, Germany 2000 Back to Norway to play at The Brittania Hotel in Trondheim 2001 My son is old enough to ask me not to leave for so long anymore. Stay local. Playing piano bars and forming a very successful club date band, Only in America. Writing and recording Tropical boredom. 2002 Fly down to St. Thomas for a two week Sun Kings reunion tour! 2003 Audition for and land the principle role in Twyla Tharp’s and Billy Joel’s musical production of “Movin’ Out” playing the “Piano Man” part on Broadway as well as the occasional stint with the national tour. 2005 December 11th “Movin Out” closes on Broadway 2006 I form new band “Glass Houses”. A ten piece tribute, and musical revue to the music of Billy Joel. We showcase at the Brickhouse Brewery Friday, February 3rd to record breaking crowd. March 31st and April 1st Glass houses flys to the Virgin Islands for a two night stint at Tillets Gardens. October 13th We play Edgerton Center 900 seat theatre to a "sold out" audience. 2007-2011 My band "Only In America" reforms. We perform at weddings and private parties throughout the United States, destination weddings, various theatres and concert halls, and for major corporate functions. My "Billy Joel" tribute show (Glass Houses) starts a hugely successful tour of the state of Florida. We add Tortolla and St. Croix to our yearly tour of the Virgin Islands. During these shows we got to share the stage with Bernadet Peters, Alec Baldwin, fashion designer Nicole Miller, Hairspray Golden Globe Award winner Nikki Blonsky and of course our very own American Idol runner up "Big Mike". We start work on our new, all original CD "Our Time". 2012 The 1st of May we release ten songs on our CD "Our Time" to rave reviews! Independent feature length film Halcyon (2012) picks up the 5th track from the CD called "One Heart's Been Sold" to be the only song used in the film for a critical transition. Watch the clip on YouTube. On Sunday, July 15 The Doug Lewis Show on WVGN 107.3 FM airs "Our Time" CD from 1-3 p.m...more to come!