Tony and Emmy award winning Broadway and film star and TV's "Barney Miller" Hal Linden spices up the stage with a dose of nostalgia and a dash of legendary star quality. Backed by a 7-piece band, Linden performs some of America’s greatest songs and Broadway hits. A former big band singer and instrumentalist with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, Linden will provide decades worth of knowledge and talent and an entire concert filled with an assortment of poise, entertainment and timeless big band, Broadway, and jazz standards.
With a 65-year career in the entertainment business, Hal Linden is best known for his portrayal
of the police precinct captain in the hit television series, Barney Miller, for which he earned multiple
Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. In 1957, he made his Broadway debut in the musical
Bells Are Ringing opposite Judy Holliday and has continued to perform in more than 20 Broadway and
off-Broadway productions including Pajama Game, A Christmas Carol, Chicago and Cabaret.
In 1971, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in The Rothschilds.
Backed by a 7-piece band, Linden performs some of America’s greatest songs and Broadway hits.
You will get decades worth of knowledge and talent and an entire concert filled with an
assortment of poise, entertainment and timeless melodies.
Born in 1931, Bronx-born Hal Linden was the son of Charles Lipshitz and Frances Rosen
and had an older brother who would become a future professor of music
at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Similarly musical,
Hal took up classical clarinet in his late teens and played
regularly with symphony orchestras. After graduating from the
High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, he studied music at Queens College,
moving later to City College to pursue business.
Hal also played in dance bands and was asked to join Sammy Kaye
on tour before being drafted into the Army,
where he sang and provided entertainment for the troops.
This sparked an interest in acting, and, upon receiving his discharge,
he enrolled at New York's American Theatre Wing where he trained in voice and drama.
Hal's first Broadway show was in "Bells Are Ringing" where he understudied lead Jeff Moss.
During the 1960s, Hal accumulated more musical credits in "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,"
"Subways Are for Sleeping," "The Apple Tree" and "The Pajama Game." He won the 1971 Tony award
for his role in "The Rothschilds." This particular stage success led to a TV career
that culminated in the title role on the popular Barney Miller (1974) sitcom.
Emmy-nominated every year the program aired, Hal became a household name.
More musical leads such as "I Do! I Do!" and "The Pajama Game" came his way,
along with dramatic pursuits in "I'm Not Rappaport" and "The Sisters Rosenzweig."
Hal has also undertaken musical tours in his continuing role as clarinetist.
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