Last Updated: 12:58 AM, May 10, 2011
Posted: 11:07 PM, May 9, 2011
I’ve mentioned in this column, many times before, that ABC’s “Barney Miller” (1975-82) is one of my all-time-favorite shows, with an A-list cast headlined by Hal Linden, Max Gail, Ron Glass, Steve Landesberg, Jack Soo, Abe Vigoda, James Gregory and Ron Carey. I always felt that each “Barney Miller” episode was akin to a one-act play in the way it was written, acted and directed by this terrific ensemble cast.
I mention this here because Hal Linden, who won a Tony in 1972 for the Broadway musical “The Rothschilds,” has his first CD at the age of 80. It’s called “It’s Never Too Late” and includes jazz, Big Band numbers and Broadway and film tunes: “Up a Lazy River,” “She’s Out of My Life,” “Hello, Dolly!” “If I Could” and even Billy Joel’s “She’s Got a Way,” among others.
Arrangers on the CD include Bob Florence, Jonathan Tunick and Tom Scott. Linden plays clarinet on a few tracks (he’s a classically trained clarinetist).
The CD is available on amazon.com and in music stores.