LONGVIEW, Wash. - If Victor Borge had been able to sing and tap dance, he would have been Mark Nadler.
"Mark Nadler in a Nutshell" is a riotously fun and vastly entertaining evening of comedy, great songs and madcap merriment, according to advance publicity from the Columbia Theatre.
Nadler, who has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Broadway and everywhere in between, was recently heralded by The New York Times as "a comic spark plug touched with brilliance." The Village Voice dubbed him "the most prodigiously talented entertainer working in America today."
Nadler returns to the Columbia Theatre Sunday, March 13 with one performance at 3 p.m. Many will remember him as the featured performer at the 2004-05 Columbia Theatre preview and sponsor party, where he astounded guests with his brilliance and zany performance. Sunday's performance is sponsored by Dorothy Gevers-Wojtowych.
In "Mark Nadler in a Nutshell," he plays the piano with fire and virtuosity, sings songs that range from touching ballads to outrageous comedy and even tap dances while playing the piano and singing. Songs include "I Love a Piano," infused with piano repertoire through the ages from Chopsticks to the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody, and "'S Wonderful" with "Rhapsody in Blue" - only Nadler can play "Rhapsody in Blue" not only by itself, but while singing "'S Wonderful" at the same time.
Ticket prices are $12-$22 for adults and $8.40-$15 for students. For information or to purchase tickets, call the box office toll-free at (888) 575-8499. Tickets can also be purchased on the theater's Web site at www.columbiatheatre.com. The Columbia Theatre is located at 1231 Vandercook Way in Longview.