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Reg Lenna Center for The Arts presents a night of nostalgia when Seinfeld actor, John O’Hurley performs “A Man With Standards” live on stage Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.
“A Man With Standards” is the veteran performer’s retrospective of the music of The Great American Songbook along with stories from his eclectic life and career. “Theater Pizazz” writer Marilyn Lester recently described it as “..a one-man show…a monologue and standup too, all adding up to polished entertainment.” Backing Mr. O’Hurley are his longtime piano accompanist, Steve Rawlins, bassist Jim Coleman and SUNY Fredonia faculty member John Bacon on drums. Both Coleman and Bacon are Western New York music mainstays who performed together in The Bobby Militello Quartet.
Best known as Elaine’s boss, J. Peterman on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, O’Hurley has worked in television for several decades which include appearances in soap operas, The X-Files, Frasier and Murder She Wrote. His scene-stealing role in Jerry Seinfeld’s long-running comedy led the actor to more prominent turns as a contestant on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, a host of syndicated game-show The Family Feud, and as the emcee of NBC’s annual National Dog Show, airing Thanksgiving Day.
The October 20 concert features O’Hurley musing about his varied careerin entertainment telling stories and jokes between performing his favorite songs from the Golden Age of music. His set is made up of memorable tunes from that era (“Beyond The Sea,” “There Used To Be a Ballpark,” “Moon River”) and songs from ‘60s and ‘70s musicals, including Kander and Ebb’s “Chicago.” O’Hurley has played the role of Billy Flynn in that musical over the years, reprising the part on Broadway over the summer.
John O’Hurley’s storytelling touches upon his youth in 1950s Maine and Massachusetts, which include lessons learned as a student and dog owner and what it meant to be a gentleman who “had standards.” He has written two books about building character and learning responsibility including “It’s Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump” and “Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have To Do It.”
Tickets for “John O’Hurley: A Man with Standards” start at $5 for children aged 18 and under, and $10 for adults. Limited spaces for an exclusive, pre-show meet and greet with O’Hurley are available for a $25 donation to Reg Lenna Center for The Arts. Tickets are available Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the ticket counter within 3rd on 3rd Gallery (108 E. 3rd St.), over the phone at (716) 484–7070 or online at reglenna.com .