Glendale Arts celebrated the completion of the landmark Alex Theatre’s multi-million dollar expansion and renovation with a special evening of music, comedy, song and dance at the Theatre’s Grand reopening on Saturday, June 21st. Martin Short, the Emmy and Tony Award-winning entertainer, performed an energetic and hilarious combination of songs and comedic sketches accompanied by Matt Catingub, Artistic Director/Conductor of the Glendale Pops Orchestra.
VIP ticket holders posed on the red carpet before attending a cocktail reception before the concert and were also invited to participate in a silent auction as they wined and dined on an assortment of elegant hors d'oeuvres and libations following the performance.
Matt Catingub and the Glendale Pops Orchestra opened the evening with several great jazz compositions. While leading the orchestra Catingub sang “It Had To Be You” which featured a great guitar solo by Andrew Synowiec. They followed up with a rousing version of jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton’s composition “Ziggaboogaloo” featuring trumpeter Bob Summers and tenor saxophonist Jeff Driskell. Marcus Miller’s “Run For Cover” received a great orchestral interpretation with soloing from rhythm bass guitarist Kevin Axt while the GPO’s exceptional arrangement of Richard Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra" (better known as the fanfare/theme used in “2001: A Space Odyssey”) garnered them a standing ovation.
After intermission, an energetic and hilarious, Martin Short performed a selection of Broadway-style show tunes and musical classics with the Glendale Pops orchestra, as well as some of his award-winning comedy routines. A montage of Martin Short’s hilarious characters were shown on a giant video screen but live comedic sketches of his Jiminy Glick and his legendary 100-years old songwriter Irving Cohen brought the house down. Most recently seen on the CBS hit comedy series How I Met Your Mother, Short is currently shooting the first season of the new FOX series Mulaney, set to air later in 2014.
“Sharing the stage with Martin Short, truly one of the great entertainers of our time was a real pleasure, not only for me, but for our fabulous Glendale Pops Orchestra. What a fantastic way to welcome back our glorious Alex Theatre, and bring our Glendale Pops Orchestra season to an end,” said Matt Catingub. The event concluded with a standing ovation for Martin Short and the GPO.
Proceeds from the event will support the programs and services of Glendale Arts, a private non-profit organization which manages the Alex Theatre and coordinates resources designed to benefit Glendale based artists, arts organizations, businesses, government agencies and local schools.