Considering the amazing night with The Midtown Men at BB King’s last May and the upcoming closing of Jersey Boys after 11+ years on Broadway, the January 8th concert at BB King’s had all the makings of a very special evening. I think those in attendance would agree – it did not disappoint!
The audience arrived early to dine and chat with friends before the show. All over the room, there were greetings and hugs as friends were reunited in their mutual love for this group.
Some very special friends of TMM were in the room as well, including long-time friends and supporters Stevie and Maureen VanZandt, Jay Siegel (the Tokens), and Gene Cornish (the Rascals).
Also introduced from the stage were members of the Jersey Boys family, both past and present. Original Cast members Peter Gregus (Bob Crewe), Sara Schmidt (“My Boyfriend’s Back), alumni Russell Fischer and Travis Cloer (Broadway, Vegas Frankie), as well as current and final cast member Chris Messina cheered and danced their way through the show.
Christian, Michael, Daniel, and Bobby fed off the energy from the audience, and appeared to be having as much fun as all of us. It was a truly special night in midtown, and the best way to start the new year. Were you there? Send us your pictures (Tmmclub@comcast.net) and we’ll post them!
Still looking for that perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift? Look no further, Midtown Men fans!
TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR THE MIDTOWN MEN’S RETURN TO B.B. KING BLUES CLUB IN NEW YORK CITY!
If you were fortunate enough to be in the house for the May 2016 show, then you know what I mean when I say that this venue is the perfect showcase for TMM’s talents! The room was alive with energy from start to well past the finish of what was a totally exhilarating show – and I have no doubt that it will be so again on January 8th!
Get your tickets while they last, because you do not want to miss this awesome opportunity.
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AS REPORTED BY THEATERMANIA:
(Andy Lefkowitz • New York City • Dec 8, 2016)
Disaster! Star Lacretta will Join Daniel Reichard in His Guide to Christmas, a special holiday concert that will play at Birdland December 17-19.
Lacretta, recent star of the Broadway musical Disaster!, will join Daniel Reichard, original star of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, for his annual New York City holiday show Daniel Reichard’s Guide to Christmas at Birdland December 17-19. The event is directed by Patrick McCollum.
The evening of stories and songs features an eclectic musical program, featuring lively arrangements of Christmas classics, Hanukkah favorites, and romantic tunes from the Great American Songbook. Reichard will be backed by a full band, with Jesse Vargas music-directing and writing musical arrangements. Guide to Christmas is written by Reichard, Patrick McCollum, and Mark Noonan.
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*****In 2016, Daniel has a record-high 6 holiday shows! His first Christmas show was on the west coast, San Francisco, Sunday, December 11, 2016. Daniel will have 3 holiday shows in NYC, followed by two more in his hometown of Cleveland. Click here for ticket info on the Cleveland show. *****
2016 has been a smashing year for you so far and we can’t wait to see what the future holds! We love you and are behind you all the way. Have a wonderful day celebrating YOU!
Love, The Midtown Club
Category: Michael Longoria
As if Bobby wasn’t busy enough touring with the Midtown Men, he is always keeping busy with other theater projects. Longtime Jersey Boys and TMM friend Pam Singer was in the audience when Bobby took the stage in New York City this past weekend. She was kind enough to share her thoughts about the experience:
“Lest anyone think Bobby Spencer is simply the fantastic singer, dancer and Midtown Man one sees on stage, think again. Bobby is an amazing actor whose voice, expression, demeanor and body language truly make a character come alive. Case in point: ‘Breaking The Shakespeare Code’, a 2 person character study that Bobby and Erikka Walsh brought to life in an intimate reading this week. Those of us fortunate enough to be there witnessed a thrilling 80 minutes of cascading emotions and crackling chemistry. There’s a reason this man is a Tony nominated Broadway actor! He’s got talent to burn. A lovely reception followed the reading, and as always, it was great to chat with Bobby. Look forward to seeing him and the other Men again soon.”
Doreen and Frank Capasso were also in the audience and added these thoughts: “The play itself was brilliantly written; it leaps through time without leaving anything out. Bobby really puts his heart and soul into everything he does; we all see it when he performs with the Midtown Men but the outside projects he chooses really showcase a different side of his talent. His acting was out of this world!”
Congratulations Bobby! We can’t wait to see what you do next!
It’s October, and fall is in full swing! The guys have entered their seventh year touring with the Midtown Men, much to the delight of their audiences. The season is off to a great start, with concerts across the Mid-Atlantic (Maryland and Virginia) and the Midwest (South Dakota) before landing in the NY/NJ area for a pair of concerts last weekend.
In Maryland, they played Frostburg and Frederick for the first time before headlining one of Northern Virginia’s bright jewel arts events, ARTS by George! at George Mason University. From the review in DC Metro Theater Arts: “The Midtown Men concert was a sunny upbeat delight. This was no mere, “call-it-in” oldies-but-goodies event with four guys who could mimic across many a musical genre beyond The Four Seasons. There was a smooth ease about the evening. It was a concert with legendary ‘60’s music well-delivered by very highly skilled, authentic, entertainers, who danced up a storm on stage while truly seeming to not only enjoy what they were doing, but lit up the crowd with their winning personalities. And they were accompanied by a smokin’ 7-member rock band…Their concert was wall-to-wall of appealing, tight musical and spot-on choreographed harmony propelled by a seven-piece band, bursting-forth with horn-and sometimes flute dominated arrangements – and all filled with charming personal chemistry and the non-stop energy of the performers…It was an out-of-sight, full-tilt winning evening with The Midtown Men that benefited emerging arts stars of the future.”
This past weekend was an exciting one as TMM played for “hometown” crowds in New Jersey and New York. Both audiences were filled with fans and friends who have been supporting the guys since they were onstage together in Jersey Boys. Perhaps most exciting, they debuted some fabulous new songs, including an awesome Jersey Boys medley, and a new solo for Bobby (Steppin’ Stone by the Monkees). As always, the harmonies are tight, the choreography is smooth, and the songs just lift you up. Can’t wait to see if any other new songs are revealed through the season!
Next up: Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony, in Pittsburgh, PA, October 28, 29, and 30, and some West Coast shows in November! Check out their full schedule here!
Thanks for reading, and hope to see you at a show soon!
Midtown Men fans, check out this awesome opportunity to hear an interview with Michael on Sirius Radio TOMORROW, Sept. 10! He will talk about his new solo CD, BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK, and his upcoming encore performance at Joe’s Pub in NYC.
Tune in tomorrow!
SiriusXM On Broadway, channel 72
“Broadway Names with Julie James”
Sat, Sept 10: 8pm ET/5pm PT
with encores Sun 12p ET/9a PT, Wed 7a and Thur 9p ET/6 PT
If you’re anywhere near the NYC metro area, come join us at Joe’s Pub on September 18 at 7:00pm to hear Michael’s amazing voice in the beautiful and intimate setting at Joe’s Pub. We’ve all heard Michael bring 60′s music to life but I’m telling you, these Broadway tunes showcase his range and emotions like you can’t believe. Don’t take my word for it! See you there!
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Category: Michael Longoria
When: September 18, 2016, 7:00pm
Where: Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette, New York, NY
What: Michael Longoria’s solo concert, Broadway Brick By Brick
From Joe’s Pub: Back by popular demand! Michael Longoria returns after his Joe’s Pub debut with a concert celebrating his solo Broadway album, “BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK”. The album features twelve Broadway classics including selections from The Wiz, West Side Story, The Sound Of Music, Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line, Sunset Boulevard, Mamma Mia, Song And Dance, Company, The Wizard of Oz, and Pippin. Michael will perform the album in its entirety and share the stories behind the songs that inspired a child Mariachi singer to dream big and, at the age of seventeen, set out for a new life on the stages of New York City.
Michael’s May 2016 debut at Joe’s Pub was a special experience that included many long-time TMM fans and friends in the audience. If you live in or around NYC, don’t miss this opportunity to get to know Michael better as a performing artist, and as a person. The music will come to life even more after you hear the stories behind the songs he chose, and don’t we all love an opportunity to hear more from one of our Men?
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See you there!
The Midtown Men are playing the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ this weekend.
If you are nearby, don’t miss it! This is a nice article from The Press of Atlantic City including an interview with Michael.
by DAVID SPATZ
Artistic boredom can be an occupational hazard for any show’s cast who performs the same scenes with the same dialogue and the same music one night after another, one year after another.
Unless, of course, you’re one of the four members of the vocal group the Midtown Men. For six years, the quartet — who were the original stars of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” — have toured with a show that usually opens and closes with the solid gold music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, whose lives and early success are depicted in “Jersey Boys.”
In between the Four Seasons hits, though, the Midtown Men — Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Michael Longoria — stretch themselves out and cover the music of a variety of artists — male and female, groups and soloists — but never leave the comfortable music blanket of the 1960s.
Beyond the music of the Four Seasons, it’s difficult to predict what the Midtown Men will cover when they bring their show to the Golden Nugget 9 p.m. Saturday, July 16. During a recent concert, they sang the music of everyone from the Ronettes and the Mamas and the Papas to the Beatles, the Beach Boys, The Association and the Zombies.
And that’s just for starters. The Midtown Men have a dozen other artists within easy reach.
“As soon one of the guys gets bored with their solos, we just pick another song from the ’60s,” says Longoria, 35, who originated the role of Joe Pesci in “Jersey Boys” before taking over the part of Frankie Valli.
“That really goes to show you how awesome that music is. It’s music that’s all written by teenage lovers, right?” he adds. “It’s just a great thing to re-live again when we do the Midtown Men in concert.”
The Midtown Men is an outgrowth of their success on Broadway. But it wasn’t easy when the four actors decided to form a group, create their own show and use their connection to the popular Broadway musical to help sell tickets.
Lawsuits were traded by both sides — the Midtown Men and the creators of “Jersey Boys,” including Valli — until it was eventually agreed that Hoff, Reichard, Spencer and Longoria would be careful about how they used their “Jersey Boys” connection to promote their new venture.
For Longoria, getting plucked from the cast of the 1960s musical “Hairspray” — where he made his Broadway debut — and becoming part of a show that would quickly become a staple of the Great White Way, was the culmination of hard work and dreams.
Longoria attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, he needed to find a “survival job” that would pay the bills while he auditioned for acting gigs. He waited tables at Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square, where the singing servers are expected to prepare a repertoire of songs from the 1950s and ’60s.
“It became a great training ground because one of my first auditions for Broadway was for ‘Hairspray,’ which is all about the 1960s,” he says. “So I went in there and sang ‘Runaround Sue,’ and it was a (musical) style I became very comfortable with it.
Then came “Jersey Boys,” and while Longoria wasn’t very familiar with Valli, he certainly knew songs like “Sherry” and “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”
“So there were another several years of me singing in that (1960s) genre,” he says. By the time the Midtown Men were created in 2010, Longoria felt it was just another “natural career progression” to branch out and learn about the music of other 1960s pop artists.
As excited as Longoria was to land the role of Pesci in “Jersey Boys” — before he got into acting, Pesci was a friend of Valli’s — he says it was “amazing” the night Valli came in to see the show when he was being considered to take over the Valli part.
“(Valli) was very supportive of me,” he says. “Before I got the approval to take the part, he had to see me do it. And I remember he came backstage and pinched my cheeks after the show and said, ‘You were ‘effing’ sensational,’ only he didn’t say ‘effing.’ That was him telling me from the bottom of his heart that he really connected with my performance. And that’s all I needed to hear from him to know that anything I did up there, he was going to be cool with.”
THE MIDTOWN MEN
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, July 16
Where: The Grand, Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City
How much: $35 and $50, available through Ticketmaster.com