Also broadcast on PBS' Front Row Center
, Richard Marx does indeed spend A Night Out with Friends on this DVD/CD live package. Those friends include Hugh Jackman, JC Chasez, Matt Scannell, and Sara Niemietz, all additions to a Marx revue that alternates from intimate, stripped-down reinventions to full-blown, flashy arrangements. Every element from the patter to the ease with expanding his band suggests a savvy showbiz pro -- and Marx's charm does indeed carry him through whatever rough patches he may encounter during this set. It's much lengthier on DVD than on CD -- 21 tracks vs. 12 -- but for the die-hard Marxist, this is an entertaining night out...or night in, as the case may be.