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The Midtown Club Wants to Hear From You

• January 14, 2019 • Comments (6)

People often ask me, “How many times have you seen The Midtown Men?”  And I answer, quite honestly, “I have no idea.”  I am so impressed by the people who know their exact number of shows, especially when that number is something like 44!  I guess I could sit down with pen and paper and try to make a chronological list, and I could probably come up with something close to the number of shows I’ve seen.  Maybe one day I will.  But for now, I just think of each show as a fabulous memory.  The wonderful people I’ve met, the beautiful venues I’ve visited, the friends and family that I have introduced into my TMM world, and the amazing music that I never grow tired of.

Ask me what my first show was, and I’ll tell you a story about my trip to Atlanta to see the Men before they had even named themselves The Midtown Men, when they began what would turn into a decade of touring together.  They were playing the Cobb Energy Center and my best friend and her daughter, my two daughters and I drove up from Florida and made a weekend out of it – which I do quite often.  We went to a huge water park, which the girls loved, and we stayed in an Embassy Suites where we held an impromptu after-show cocktail party!  And I met, for the first time in person, Carolyn Miller and her “crew”, who have come to mean so much to me over the years.  And best of all, we got to spend some time with Christian, Bobby, Daniel and Michael after the show.

It was wonderful to finally meet Carolyn in Atlanta!

 

My favorite show, you ask?  That is a bit more challenging.  It could be the NJPAC show, when the show was recorded live for PBS.  I organized a large fan gathering before the show and met so many people I had only known through email.  The audience was wild, and it was an amazing experience all the way around.

So many wonderful fans came out for the NJPAC show!

But as great as that show was, it was actually a very close second to the unparalleled concert at the Beacon Theatre.  There was so much excitement leading up to the show, such a phenomenal line-up, the crowd was in a frenzy, and the Men were on fire.  Oh, what a night, indeed!

 

Fans were treated to an amazing experience at the Beacon Theatre, and afterwards at the Beacon Hotel bar!

 

I really could go on and on – each show has a fun story; a happy memory.  You see, for me it’s not about the numbers.  It’s about the cities, the theaters, the friends old and new, the music, and the Men that makes each experience special to me.

How about you?  How many times have you seen the Men?  What was your first show?  Your favorite show?  Your best experience?   We want to hear it!  Leave as a comment here, or email me at themidtownclub@gmail.com (along with pictures if you have them) and I will post it.

My next show, along with my dear friend Carolyn, is at The RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL.  I’m sure there will be some stories to tell!  Where is your next show?

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Westminster College Audience will see firsthand “The Midtown Men’s ability to get audiences dancing in the aisles”

• November 17, 2018 • Comments (0)

The Midtown Men expand on ‘Jersey Boys’ roots

By GUY D’ASTOLFO
dastolfo@vindy.com

 

Michael Longoria has gone from playing Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” to a life that – in many ways – parallels that of the famed falsetto-voiced singer.

Longoria was part of the original Broadway cast of the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical blockbuster about Valli and the Four Seasons.

After leaving the show, he and three of his “Jersey Boys” castmates parlayed their musical chemistry into the Midtown Men, a vocal quartet that shares the appeal and longevity of the show that spawned it, The Midtown Men are now in their ninth year of showcasing the hits of the 1960s – including a few by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

It will make a tour stop at Westminster College on Saturday.

In a recent phone interview, Longoria explained how it all happened.

“We are four guys who met on ‘Jersey Boys’ and did over 1,000 performances in three years,” he said. “Because of that experience, we started to take on other groups’ songs in our off-time, like Motown, and the Mamas and the Papas, to get into the Jersey Boys’ world. That led us into a friendship off stage. A lot of times on Broadway, you work and go home. But we bonded over music.”

What started as a bit of fun eventually got serious… (read article in its entirety)

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Christian Hoff’s TONY NIGHT AT THE PALM a Tremendous Success

• June 25, 2018 • Comments (0)

Christian Hoff’s 3rd Annual TONY NIGHT AT THE PALM was bigger and better than ever!  With nearly the entire restaurant reserved for guests, there was plenty of room to mingle, view auction prizes, and enjoy the awards show on several big screen TVs.  Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening, presented by the evening’s special guest Host, Richard Skipper.

Christian Hoff poses with Fender guitar autographed by Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Joe Long, and Joe Pesci – generously donated for Silent Auction by The Jersey Four.

 

Broadway World’s Linda Lenzi was on hand to capture the evening in pictures – Midtown Men fans may recognize a few familiar faces in the crowd!

On Sunday June 10th the Tony Night at the Palm Viewing Party was hosted by Christian Hoff, 2006 Tony Winner, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Jersey Boys. The event benefited The V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by Jim Valvano in 1993.

This was truly a celebration of life, love and the transcendent power of theatre.

Jay Webb, Daniel Reichard, Brian Holtz, Christian Hoff, and Paul Arborgast

View full article and many more pictures on broadwayworld.com.

Stay up to date on Tony Night at the Palm events here – and be sure to join Christian next year!

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Happy Birthday to Daniel Reichard

• June 20, 2018 • Comments (0)

Please join The Midtown Club in wishing a very Happy Birthday to our friend Daniel Reichard!

 

And if you are in the New York area later this summer, you must join Daniel at Birdland Jazz Club for an evening of songs and stories in his brand-new cabaret show, SUMMER PLAYLIST!  Choose from one of three shows – August 23, 24, or 25 – or see them all!

click here for more information

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Happy Spring from TMM!

• April 13, 2018 • Comments (0)

April and May look to be very busy times for the Men, who will find themselves singing for happy crowds all over the country in the span of a few short weeks. Catch them in the Mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey), South (North Carolina, Tennessee), Midwest (Minnesota, Nebraska), South Central (Oklahoma), Mountain (Colorado, Wyoming), and Pacific (Washington) regions, all before Memorial Day.

Here’s a fun interview that Michael did for their shows this weekend with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Enjoy!

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VALENTINE’S DAY POETRY CONTEST

• February 11, 2018 • Comments (6)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, The Midtown Club is offering an autographed TMM baseball shirt to one (or more) lucky poets.  Simply comment below with your version of this standard love poem, and you could be a winner!

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

The Men may be visiting

a city near you!

 

(Our version is an obvious hint to check out the updated concert calendar for a show near you)

 




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TMM a Part of St. George Theatre History

• October 18, 2017 • Comments (1)

The Midtown Men are so excited to be featured in this program about one of the true “Treasures of NY”–the St. George Theatre.

NYC area friends and fans, tune in this Thursday night, October 19, to WLIW21 at 8pm!

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Reunion!

• May 12, 2017 • Comments (0)

The spring has flown by, with Michael in New York performing in his off-Broadway show, The View UpStairs, and Christian, Daniel, and Bobby joining up with Jersey Boys alum Travis Cloer to take the show on the road. We were so happy to see Travis welcomed with open arms by TMM audiences across the country. At the same time, we couldn’t be more thrilled that Michael is back with the group this Sunday, when they return to the NYCB Theater in Westbury, NY.

 

Michael sat down with Joe Piscopo on The Joe Piscopo Morning Show (AM 970 The Answer) to talk about his time as Frankie Valli, his recent experiences off-broadway, and his upcoming return to The Midtown Men this weekend. These two go way back, and they had a blast sharing memories and looking ahead to the end of a successful run for The View UpStairs, and this weekend’s TMM concert in Westbury.

 

Take a listen!

Michael Longoria on the Joe Piscopo Morning Show

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTIAN!!

• April 21, 2017 • Comments (1)

Please don’t feel bad for Christian that he has to spend his birthday on the road – The Men will make sure he has a blast!

From The Midtown Men on Facebook:

Happy Birthday Christian Hoff! To celebrate our dear friend’s big day, we went to Keeneland to sing at the races (including the National Anthem) and bet on a horse! We WON! Congratulations to Seems a Fortune and lots of love to Christian–you are both winners in our book! Looking forward to our shows at the Lexington Opera House!

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Introducing…The Worldwide Horns

• March 14, 2017 • Comments (0)

Attend any Midtown Men concert and it’s hard to miss the first-rate, 7-piece band that plays with them each night. Three of these band members – one saxophone player, one trumpet player, and one trombone player – are known collectively as the Worldwide Horns. The recipe is simple: three handsome guys, shiny brass instruments, crisp black clothing, and smooth choreography. The not-so-secret ingredients are mega musical talent and considerable chemistry. Taken together, it is easy to see why Greg Riley, Jay Webb, and Paul Arbogast have become an expected, not to mention highly anticipated, part of the landscape of any TMM concert. We thought it would be fun to get to know these three a little bit better, and learn more about the Midtown Men experience through their eyes.  Sit back and enjoy as we meet the Worldwide Horns.

Warming up before a show

How long have you been with TMM?

GR: I have been with them since their first show together in Atlantic City.

JW: I have been subbing with them since the beginning and fully with the band by the end of year 1.

PA: Like Greg, I played the very first show to which Michael, Christian, Daniel, and Bobby decided to add a horn section. March 20th, 2010, at Caesars in Atlantic City, NJ was our first gig with them.

How did you first get connected with the guys?

GR: I had been subbing with Frankie Valli’s band for years, off and on, and when the guys were looking for a horn section to play their first show, they asked Frankie’s music director for recommendations.

JW: I had subbed in Frankie Valli’s band years before, in Atlantic City. When Christian, Michael, Daniel and Bobby were forming the group and looking for a trumpet player, a good friend of mine got the job, and when he left, I was fortunate enough to be able to take over.

PA: Similar to the way Greg got involved, I was recommended by Frankie Valli’s tour manager, along with another Philly-area trombonist. Fortunately, my friend who was the first TMM trumpet player interjected with “oh, you definitely want to call Paul first,” and the rest is history.

After almost 7 years on the road together, what can you tell us about the experience, and TMM?

GR: No one knew what it would end up being when it started.

JW: Just the closeness of the band, and the way that we have all become good friends.
PA: All of the people that have played in the band have been a pleasure to get to know. Professionally, the level of musicianship is part of what has made it a continuous pleasure to perform. On the personal side, it’s been terrific to meet and come to know a bunch of really funny, interesting, and talented souls. And the fact that the stars of the show don’t avoid us, but rather engage with the band and embrace our friendship makes it feel like family. All of the guys have become spare uncles to my 15 month old daughter. We have all shared our difficult moments, our vulnerable moments, and our triumphs. The current vibe of the tour is kind and supportive.

What is your current favorite Midtown Men song to play?

GR: I enjoy the challenge of the flute solo in In My Life

JW: Get Together or Got to Get You Into My Life

PA: Daniel’s tune, “Get Together”. The voicings and harmonies Jesse Vargas wrote for the horns are particularly beautiful to play, and the song has a great message.

Best part about touring?

JW: The best parts for me are getting to do what I love, travel all over and see the world, and meet so many wonderful people.

PA: I suppose I have traveled to many places that most people would never think it worth traveling to, but I think that has ended up being one of the best elements of touring, just because of how much it has affected my perspective about people who are different than me. I believe it’s the fundamental thing people in our divided country need: to travel! I have really learned to appreciate the variety in how people do life. It can be starkly different from state-to-state.  [And even beyond] the differences in the US; try going straight from let’s say rural Veracruz to Oslo and see the different and beautiful and valid ways they are doing life. It’s an incredible education!

Any downsides?

GR: I don’t really love the touring aspect, to be honest. I would rather be home, in my routine, doing my thing. But I have accepted touring as part of the gig, and have made my peace with it.

PA: Not being able to take the people I love with me everywhere to share the awesome experience.

Can you tell us a funny story from the road?

GR: We were in South Dakota walking through town after a show and the Mayor of the city stopped us for a photograph. He hadn’t been to the show and didn’t know who we were, but said “I knew you weren’t from around here because of the way you’re dressed.

JW: I was in a car with another band member, who shall remain nameless, driving through Florida. We were pulled over for driving too slow! We haven’t let him forget about that.

 

Can you guys tell us some of the highlights from your 7 years with the Midtown Men?
All: There have been so many…playing in front of national audiences on the Today Show and Good Morning America were definitely memorable. Also, just meeting so many people all over the country, and the opportunities that has created.

 

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