Marx was joined onstage by his long-time friend, Tony Award-winning actor and Vertical Horizon lead singer and guitarist Matt Scannell. Marx was the musical director and penned four songs for Jackman's one-man show, which just finished a brief run in San Francisco.
About 50 people bought the V.I.P. pass at $104 apiece which included the show and a meet-and-greet session during the sound check before the sold-out performance. Jackman came out and sang a song then Marx continued with a few more.
Marx posed for photographs with all of the guests after the sound check before heading off to get ready for the performance.
Deanna Oliver came from Utah to see the show and said she's been a fan since the 80s. Tammy Disero of St. Charles said she's a long-time fan and loves the acoustic part of the show.
Francine Rosalenti got Marx to autograph her Fender guitar. She and husband Mike drove down from McHenry and listen to his music.
Marx will be on the road through next January, with his next stop in Sandy, Utah on June 18. Wednesday night's performance was taped for a Public Broadcasting Service show to be aired at a later time.
Ron Onesti, owner and president of Onesti Entertainment Corporation, said a lot of renovations have been made to the theatre.
"We've 'tv'd' up," Onesti said. "We've got new sound, new lights, and more power."
Onesti is working with Joan Rivers to do her "Fashion Police" show at the Arcada and has a varied lineup in the coming months including Brian Wilson, Don Rickles, Neil Sedaka and Rick Springfield.