An Intimate Evening with Sinatra’s Iconic Music
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7 p.m.
Hotel Zaza, 5701 Main Street
Houston Arts Alliance’s next annual fundraising dinner featured the beloved songbook of “Ol’ Blue Eyes”—in celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday—with a special evening of dining and entertainment reminiscent of a 50’s supper club.
Chaired by Philamena Baird and Regina Garcia with Honorary Chair Trini Mendenhall, An Intimate Evening with Sinatra’s Iconic Music honored HAA’s very own Chairman of the Board Marc Melcher. The evening featured vocal stylist Cary Hoffman, who shared his Sinatra stories and songs in a customized performance for the first time in front of a Houston audience.
Proceeds from this dinner supported programs that benefit local nonprofit arts and culture organizations increase their knowledge and understanding of the art of doing business.
Special Events Committee
ABOUT CARY HOFFMAN
Cary Hoffman is New York's premier Frank Sinatra interpreter having performed his music for the past ten years in over 100 performing arts centers, casinos, and symphonies around the world - including a performance for the President of Singapore. Focused on his Sinatra obsession, he finally achieved his dream with My Sinatra, an autobiographical one-man memoir musical that ran Off-Broadway for two years. His compelling blend of vocal performance and stories led to a National PBS television special—produced by Albert Tapper—that has aired in over 80 cities around the country and been viewed by more than two million people.
Before returning to the stage to sing the great songs of Frank Sinatra, Hoffman was a very successful songwriter/producer, co-writing a hit Off-Broadway musical with Ira Gasman (What's A Nice Country Like You, Doing in a State Like This), two top 20 country hits, and some of the country's most well known jingles (Ford, Grand Union, Beechnut Gum). As a personal manager, Hoffman discovered the R&B crooner Luther Vandross; comedy performer and actor Zach Galifianakis (Birdman, The Hangover); and managed A-list stand-up comedians such as Lynne Koplitz, co-star with Joan Rivers on WE's hit reality show Joan and Melissa: Mother Knows Best. He currently manages TV writers such as Tom Hertz, creator of CBS' Rules of Engagement, and Mike Royce, producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and creator/executive producer of TNT's Men of a Certain Age (both starring Ray Romano). Hoffman and his former wife Suzanne opened Stand-UP NY Comedy Club—a landmark club on the Upper West Side—which he has overseen for the past 21 years.