Mark Nadler in a Nutshell would have been an entertainment bargain at many times the amount charged by the Charleston Heights Arts Center. Don't raise the price too much, though. Just continue to give Las Vegans this kind of (too rare) entertainment at a ridiculously low price.
What a talent! I honestly don't know how he does it all. They would have to come up with a broader and better expression than "triple threat" to describe this man. Mr. Nadler is a terrific singer, an accomplished piano player (whether accompanying another singer, himself - how he plays without looking at the keys and while singing another melody, ala Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue/'S Wonderful piece, or while doing "dancing feet," is beyond me - or playing a classical piece) and a consummate dancer. As if that isn't enough, he is funnier and more witty than many people who make their living doing standup comedy. And talk about "working a room." He doesn't let up for a minute! How does he remember the names of all the audience members he makes contact with, both in and outside of the theater? This man is truly amazing! What energy. What a memory. Whatever Mr. Nadler is on, I want some! Legendary songwriter Ervin Drake ("Good Morning Heartache," "I Believe," and "It Was a Very Good Year," to name a few) stated it best when he said in an e-mail to me,"Mark is the best entertainer in this country - maybe in the world."
This was one of the best and most entertaining shows I have seen and, as an almost 30 year entertainment writer, I have seen plenty. No pyrotechnics, no dancing girls (except the "volunteers" from the audience), no big orchestras, no feathers and rhinestones, no gimmicks, just pure talent, oozing from every pore (lesser men call it sweat!). Feel free to quote me...again!
Put my name on the reservations list for Mark Nadler's next appearance in Las Vegas. I'm there!
(Queen) Esther Lynn