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Hal Linden coming to Welk San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- He can play a hot clarinet or a sax. He can convince you he’s Barney Miller or Errol Flynn or Mayer Rothschild (for which he received a Tony). He can tell stories and jokes, sing old familiar songs and charm the heck out of you.

He’s probably best known as Barney Miller on the seven-year TV series for which he was Emmy-nominated seven times. He’s been on Broadway many times and been nominated for numerous awards.

Hal Linden takes you on a musical tour of his 65-year career in the entertainment business at Welk Resort Theatre for four performances. Backed by a seven-piece band, he will perform Big Band tunes, Broadway hits and jazz standards.

Born Harold Lipschitz in New York City, he wanted to be a bandleader and studied classical clarinet, playing with symphony orchestras from the age of 15. He toured with the Sammy Kaye orchestra and often played saxophone in jazz bands.

After a stint in the Army, he worked in summer stock and off-Broadway productions. He chose his stage name on the way from Philadelphia to an acting job in New York, when he saw the water tower in Linden, New Jersey.

The details

“Hal Linden: I’m Old Fashioned” plays Feb. 18, 21 and 22 at 1 pm and Feb. 19 at 8 pm at Welk Resorts Theatre San Diego, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido. The resort’s restaurant will be open for buffet or full-service dining.

Tickets: (888) 802-7469 or HERE.

To read more reviews by SDGLN Theater Critic Jean Lowerison, click HERE.