Arts Commons Presents
Jack Singer Concert Hall
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Arts Commons Presents: An Evening with Martin Short
Friday, October 16 at 7:30pm (No intermission, no opener)
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall
Canada’s consummate comedian in an all-out one man variety show!
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On Friday October 16, 2015, Canada’s Martin Short brings his one-man show to the stage of the Jack Singer Concert Hall for an extraordinary evening with some of his most loved characters, comedic tributes and sketches. Emmy winner, Tony winner and member of the Order of Canada, this Hamilton born comedy icon occupies a rarified space in Canadian psyches reserved for the very best of us - best comedian, best person. Period. Martin Short has been referred to by both of these descriptions.
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Martin Short has starred in SCTV, Saturday Night Live, Soap, ¡Three Amigos!, Innerspace, Father of the Bride and its sequel, Three Fugitives, Pure Luck, Mars Attacks!, Damages, Weeds, Mulaney, Working the Engels, and in the breakout hit the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as a plastic faced Dr. Franff.
We can thank the legendary 1972 Toronto production of Godspell for gracing us with the comedic big bang that brought together Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Gilda Rader, Dave Thomas, Victor Garber, Paul Shaffer and in his first theatrical role, a boyish Martin Short. Son of a concert-mistress and a steel executive, father of three and husband of 30 years to Nancy Dolman who died in 2010 of ovarian cancer, Short also has unleashed upon us all the unbridled joy and weirdness of Ed Grimley, “pole vaulter” and obstreperous interviewer Jiminy Glick, silent film & former child star Ned Nederlander, the chain-smoking Nathan Thurm and unintelligible wedding designer Franck Eggelhoffer amongst only a few.
Showing no sign of slowing down, Short's memoir, celebrating his brilliant forty-year career in show business, "I Must Say: My Life as Humble Comedy Legend", was just released on November 2014 to glowing reviews. As of January 2015, Mr. Short has been starring in the Broadway run of the comedy hit, “It’s Only a Play”.
Arts Commons is delighted to invite you to join us on October 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm in Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall for a night of unpredictable fun with Martin Short.
The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.
Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep.
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.
Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.
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