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Singer, songwriter reflects on life in one-man show

Al Balkin typically performs the Broadway and Great American Songbook classics for his one-man shows at the South Carolina Repertory Company. This time, his show will be a bit more personal.

Balkin will be performing an original show, "Appearing Nightly!," at the theater Jan. 6-9. The semi-autobiographical show is about a longtime singer-pianist in a New York City club reflecting on his life and the characters he's met while performing.

Balkin himself used to perform in New York City supper clubs alongside greats such as Mel Torme. But he made most of his career out of teaching and composing music for children. His music was featured on the "Captain Kangaroo" television program, and he even performed his "America the Musical" on the "Today" show in the late '80s.

With just himself and a piano, he's performed some of the best-known songs of all time at the repertory company for more than a decade. The 12 original songs mark the first time he's written music aimed at adults, he said. The upcoming show is in two parts: the first features his original works, while the second highlights Broadway medleys from "South Pacific," "Fiddler on the Roof" and other classics.

"I wanted to make a statement at the theater," he said. "I usually perform other songs. But I wanted to say something about my life."

"Appearing Nightly!" is at 8 p.m. Jan. 6, 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at the South Carolina Repertory Company, 136 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Details: 843-342-2057, www.hiltonheadtheater.com

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