The Short way to success

The Short way to success

Comic legend Martin Short brings his multi-talented presence to the reopened Alex Theatre Saturday night

By Carl Kozlowski 06/24/2014

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The Alex Theatre has undergone a multimillion-dollar, year-long renovation and expansion that both preserves its historic legacy as a vaudeville-era theater and moves it boldly into the 21st century. On Saturday, the general public will be able to witness the results for the first time when comedy legend Martin Short takes its stage Saturday night with the Glendale POPS Orchestra for an evening of music and laughter. 

The grand reopening and its attendant gala will also feature a red carpet walk, pre- and post-theater reception and guided tour of the Alex’s new 6,600-foot expansion for VIP ticketholders, with a Mediterranean dinner served immediately after the show. The pre-show reception will take place at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m., and all proceeds from the $150 VIP tickets and $85 tickets for the show only will benefit Glendale Arts, the organization responsible for the care and upkeep of the theater. 
 
“I have many different elements to my shows, and one is a symphony show,” says Short, who has attained great success in film, TV and live theater. “It’s comedy. I perform, we have gags and things and a story that leads into a song, but it’s utilizing the orchestra. [His character] Jiminy Glick interviews the conductor, and I do the Three Amigos with a couple of audience guys. It’s going to be a great night.”
 
Martin Short and the Glendale POPS Orchestra perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the grand reopening and gala of the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are $85 and $150. Call (818) 243-ALEX or visit alextheatre.org.

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