Robert Hanley takes center stage as twelve hundred people applaud.
Reminiscent of Dean Martin, Robert is a talented singer, funny and fun, casual, cool and quick-witted. After finishing his up-tempo opening song, he stands in front of his 17-piece orchestra and calmly says to the audience:
“By the way folks, if you have a cell phone, please, leave it on. I could care less.”
Laughter fills the room.
He has the charm and stage presence of a Hollywood actor and the comic timing of a professional comedian. And, as a matter of fact, he is both a successful actor and a professional comedian.
As an actor, he's been cast in over 100 television shows. But this audience is focused on this performance as he sings the great songs of Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Sinatra—delivering his off-the-cuff humor throughout the show.
Billed as “Broadway Bob” with a fan club at Hollywood’s famed Comedy Store and Improv, Robert performed as a stand-up on national television as well as in major clubs with the likes of Letterman and Leno. He starts to softly sing, “Call me Irresponsible . . .” when seventeen musicians abruptly interrupt and yell, “YOU’RE IRRESPONSIBLE!”
The audience laughs. Robert says, “And these are my friends.”
The syndicated television show “Extra,” on several occasions, has invited him to appear as an acting expert. You ask yourself: Is this the same guy?
It’s the same guy, too, who hosted game shows for the ABC and CBS television networks and here, performing “live,” his quick-on-his-feet talents are apparent: When a Catholic nun in the audience says she’s with the “Sisters of Charity,” he responds, “Gotta five?”
Stand-up comedian and NBC weather person Fritz Coleman opened for him tonight. Last time it was the respected, clean comic Jimmy Brogan who regularly opens for Leno’s live shows.
Robert stands center stage saying:
“You know when you’re in an Italian restaurant run by the mob . . . on the menu they offer you broken leg of lamb.”
He’s the same guy who hosted the California Special Olympics for twenty-five years and today performs for countless nonprofit organizations like the City of Hope.
“Your waitress’s name is Vito.” More laughter.
“Hanging next to the picture of Sinatra is Tony Soprano . . . not a picture. It’s really Tony!”
Now, an hour-and-a-half later, he brings the show to a close. The audience is standing, applauding. They’ve had a great time and so has he.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution to the Studio City’s 4th of July Spectacular, benefiting Olive Crest and the Studio City Chamber of Commerce. The entertainment by you . . . helped to make the event a smashing success. On behalf of the Studio City Chamber of Commerce and CBS Studio Center, thank you for your involvement and generosity of spirit.”
—Michael L. Klausman, President, CBS Studio Center / President, Studio City Chamber of Commerce
“Keep in mind that our donors’ ages range from 25-92 and are a tough crowd to please. With Robert’s versatility as a performer, singing songs from mainstream standards to his sense of humor and his likeable personality, he was a huge hit with our audience. To sum it up, in our event wrap-up meeting, the first thing people asked: ‘Did we book Robert Hanley for next year?’”
—Les Williams, Assoc. Development Director, Anti-Defamation League, Pacific Southwest Region, Ca.
“Your performance was outstanding.”
—Joseph Katz, Chairman, City of Hope, Judy Rose Chapter, Encino, Ca.
“As stated, you were the ‘Hit of the Night!’ Thank you for everything!”
—Marcia Hebert, President, Assistance League of San Pedro - South Bay, Ca.
“In addition to the flawless musicality, Mr. Hanley’s introductions and descriptions were fun and polished. The event was attended by nearly 1,000 people. Everyone had a good time. Our event was enhanced by his presence and that of the orchestra.”
—Amanda Susskind, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League, Pacific Southwest Region, Ca.
“It was wonderful!”
—Suzanne Brown, Parish Administrator, St. Charles Borromeo, North Hollywood, Ca.
“Wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank you for a wonderful performance last Friday evening at Steppin Out! We have received many favorable comments. I also wanted to thank you for your assistance and guidance in setting the agenda for the evening. I respect your experience and opinion and it really helped the evening flow.”
—Brian P. Hammel, President, Northridge Hospital Medical Center Foundation
“Robert, you were awesome!”
—Rev. Jim Bevacqua, Associate Pastor, Holy Trinity, San Pedro, Ca.
“We raised $75,000 for the evening, more than one-third of it from the live auction which you conducted! We also appreciate your involvement in the planning process. Your suggestions about structuring the evening's events made notable improvements over previous events.”
—Fr. John Knoernschild, O.Carm., President, Crespi Carmelite High School, Encino, Ca.
“I can highly recommend Robert Hanley for quality entertainment. Our parishioners felt he and his seventeen piece orchestra were worth every penny and a great deal more. Mr. Hanley himself is a terrific entertainer and alone could make any night special.”
—Fr. Matthew Williams, O.C.D., Pastor, St. Therese, Alhambra, Ca.
“Our gala was truly a successful night both socially and financially! All night long, we heard nothing but compliments. Your input at the meetings previous to the event helped enormously in making sure that the event went just as planned.”
—Fr. Michael D. Gutierrez, Pastor, St. Anne’s, Santa Monica, Ca.
“Raising funds and allowing the guests to have fun: Your participation helped us achieve both goals. We raised over $22,000.00 at the event. Your performance demonstrated a degree of professionalism and talent that truly awed the audience. I’ve dealt with others who sign a contract and disappear until three days before show time. That was not the case in working with you. Not only was the communication excellent, but the entire relationship was a partnership from the start. For that professionalism in particular, I thank you.”
—K.C. Fowler, Executive Director, Granada Hills Hospital, Granada Hills, Ca.
“From his initial downbeat to its last triumphant encore, Robert Hanley and his Orchestra dazzled the crowd of parishioners and friends with their renditions of classic favorites. Hanley had them on their feet for hours.”
—Mrs. Anne-Marie Hudani, School Principal, St. John Fisher, Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca.
“Mr. Hanley is a longtime, active member of this parish. The result of his inspiration and hard work was our Fun Night Under The Stars last September. A committee was formed, and Mr. Hanley was in charge of the entertainment. The band was outstanding. Mr. Hanley’s own singing and hosting were delightful. It was professional entertainment of the highest quality. What is more, Robert did all this in such a way that the evening was affordable for a family of modest means. It was a great success for us. A capacity crowd of parishioners enjoyed a splendid evening . . . It was a wonderful community-building experience for our parish family.”
—Rev. Austin C. Doran, Pastor, Our Lady of Grace, Encino, Ca.
“What started as a ‘Pie in the sky’ idea for a program opportunity became a powerful reality with your professional vision, guidance and your generous spirit. The participant's evaluations repeatedly named you, and the music, as the best part of the event. Without a doubt, Robert Hanley, you and your band are the best.”
—Carol Cook, Associate Executive Director, Girl Scouts, San Fernando Valley, Ca.
“Thanks again for all you have done and are continuing to do for our parish and school. You’re the best value for entertainment out there and a very real blessing to our parishes!”
—John Freeman, Family Life Ministry, St. Therese, Alhambra, Ca.
“Thanks to you and the wonderful orchestra. It truly was everything you said it would be! I loved every minute of it. It was a wonderful evening, drew many new faces and I want to do it again next year.”
—Retreat Director: Rev. Patrick J. Brennan, CP, Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center, Sierra Madre, Ca.
“Your style and talent, and that of the orchestra, really made the event. I received many calls of congratulations and everyone around here is still talking about it. It was just so much better than any other Fiesta ever!”
—Elizabeth Velarde, Administrator, Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center, Sierra Madre, Ca.
“Hi Robert! Just a quick note to tell you how wonderful Saturday night was! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. There is serious talk of doing it again very soon. I’ll let you know.”
—Jennifer La Fontaine, Parish Administrator, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pasadena, Ca.
“Any parish that contracts with Mr. Hanley is guaranteed an excellent performance, money well paid and a very satisfied audience. Mr. Hanley is a sensitive person and highly gifted, which insures his excellence and dedication. Our parishioners were very pleased.”
—Rev. Toma A. Elis C., Pastor, St. Clement’s, Santa Monica, Ca
“An enchanting evening! Robert Hanley’s masterful voice, coupled with the sound of the exceptional orchestra, create an atmosphere of energy and elegance that’sirresistible. The popular songs are only enhanced and complemented by Robert’s charm and wit. Outstanding
—Lillian Bitar, President, PTO, St. Dorothy's, Glendora, Ca.