Archive for August, 2011
Now for something totally new and exciting…
…Q&A is now open to the FANS!
Have a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask one of the Men? Well, now you can.
E-mail your questions to email@example.com and I will forward them on to the MEN. I’ll post them here as the answers come in.
Should be fun!!
Hey from the road, Midtown Club! Spreading roots in the great music stomping grounds of Tennessee and Mississippi…coming from Nashville through Memphis on the Blues Highway, listening to Johnny Cash…
We just found out our album is available on cdbaby, everybody - iTunes next!
Christian, Michael, Daniel and Bobby
- The Midtown Men
Category: The MEN
There are plenty of opportunities to see The Midtown Men across the country – and that’s just this week alone! The week begins tonight in Huntingdon, TN and ends in San Diego, CA next Friday, with several stops in between!
There are still a few tickets available for tonight’s (A – Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center) and tomorrow night’s (B – Bologna Performing Arts Center) shows. The New York (C) and Minnesota (D) State Fair shows are open to the public at no charge. And the two Sycuan Casino (final stop E) shows are nearly sold out, with about 30 seats available between them.
If you don’t catch a show this week, no worries…there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year. Check out the concert calendar and start making your plans now.
Category: The MUSIC
THE MIDTOWN MEN, Four Stars from the Original Cast of Jersey Boys, Release Long-Awaited Debut Album
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 25, 2011
While THE MIDTOWN MEN–Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer–have been thrilling concert audiences in over 70 cities across the U.S. and Canada, they have also been busy in the recording studio. The group’s eagerly-anticipated debut album, THE MIDTOWN MEN : SIXTIES HITS, featuring classic songs from the 1960s, is now available at THEMIDTOWNMEN.com.
Their musical journey began when they starred together in the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The four actors shared the stage for over a thousand performances and can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling Original Cast Album. Michael Longoria, of the Midtown Men, recalls his time crooning with his future band mates, “We found our own unique sound and chemistry recreating the music of the Four Seasons for the Broadway stage and we continue to discover the magic of that truly amazing era in rock music.” About their debut album, the group’s J. Robert Spencer explains, “We wanted our listeners to experience the sound and electricity of our live show. So get ready!”
Charles Alexander, long-time senior editor for Time Magazine writes, “This new Fab Four became rock stars in their own right. THE MIDTOWN MEN put their own youthful spin on these ageless songs. They are helping the pop composers of the ’60s take their rightful place in the Great American Songbook. And how much do I love this album? It’s as good as popping Meet the Beatles on my turntable for the ﬁrst time!”
THE MIDTOWN MEN : SIXTIES HITS features iconic classics such as “Happy Together,” “California Dreamin’,” “Up on the Roof,” “Sherry” and more. The album’s release comes at the kickoff of the group’s 2011/2012 performing arts center national tour. Visit THEMIDTOWNMEN.com for tour information and to purchase their new CD.
Well, the STREET CREW was hard at work this week in Fayetville, Arkansas, papering the town and spreading the word about this weekend’s concerts at the Walton Arts Center. Thank you, Richy and Taylor, for your hard work, and we know you’ll love the show, and THE MEN!!
Visit the STREET CREW page and sign up to help spread the word when The Midtown Men come to your town.
Category: STREET CREW
‘Jersey Boys’ Grow Up
Midtown Men hit the road with ’60s music and style
by Becca Bacon Martin
What’s Up Editor, Assistant Features Editor
Northwest Arkansas Newspapers
We’re living the dream,” Christian Hoff says simply. “We look at each other on stage and say, ‘Wow, this is real.’ We have to pinch ourselves.”
It’s not that Hoff wasn’t successful before he became one of the Midtown Men. He was named “The Master of Mimicry” by Entertainment Weekly and has voiced more than 200 characters for audio books, surpassing the record of any other actor. With musical colleagues — J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard — he spent three years on Broadway in “Jersey Boys,” winning a Tony Award and Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations.
“The journey to the Tony was one of great patience and fortitude, as my grandmother would say. Work as an actor is so much about the craft and the process, I didn’t see it coming,” he says.
But in Midtown Men, the four performers are “not portraying characters,” Hoff says. “This is us. We get to live out the very story that we played on Broadway — kids from across the tracks, rags to riches. That’s our story now.”
The idea of the Midtown Men was conceived backstage at “Jersey Boys,” where Hoff and his co-stars started singing music beyond the Four Seasons’ songs featured in the play.
“We put everything we had learned in preparing for ‘Jersey Boys’ and the sound we had developed doing eight shows a week into songs by the Beach Boys, the Righteous Brothers, the Jackson Five, the Beatles,” Hoff says.
The quartet sang for Katie Couric’s 50th birthday party, Hoff says, but after their run in “Jersey Boys” ended, each went on to something else. “After about a year, we were asked to perform together again, and it was as if no time had passed,” Hoff remembers. “Our chemistry, our sound, was more evident to us with a little perspective. And we decided it was time to start booking a tour.”
Performing as a musical group is something new for all four of the Midtown Men, Hoff says. His first passion was acting.
“The moment I knew was the moment I stepped on a stage, playing Tom Sawyer,” he says. He was 9, living in San Diego, Calif. “I remember going out there and getting lost in the storytelling of it, just me and an empty theater. Then, when you get a theater full of people and it comes alive, that’s when you get hooked.
“From then on, I stretched myself into new things — dancing, singing, voiceovers: I was the voice of Richie Rich in the Hanna-Barbera cartoons when I was younger. You just throw yourself into stuff and see what you can’t do.”
Apparently Hoff hasn’t failed at anything yet — he’s also the father of five children ages 16 years to 4 weeks — but he’s still learning new things about touring.
“I didn’t expect the unique and unified response we get in each town we play,” he says. “Whether it’s a small town in Montana or Chicago, there’s this buzz created by where we come from but also from the interest people have in this music.
“We’ve all heard these songs thousands of times, but how fresh they are and how fresh the response is, it’s amazing.
“Now that we are sort of ambassadors to the ’60s decade, we find it resonates with young people and old people alike,” he says. “These are songs about something — social change, class issues, unrequited love — brought to life by young guys with new passion and perspective.
“This is everything we played out in ‘Jersey Boys’ come to life.”
…Steve Stubbleyou was able to correctly name 16 of the 18 songs and artists from the 1960s music quiz. Congratulations, Steve, and thanks for playing! Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your mailing address, and I’ll send you an exclusive “The Midtown Club” key chain!
Thanks to all who played along, and better luck next time.
Here are the correct answers to our first Test Your Knowledge music quiz:
1. Let It Be, The Beatles
2. Locomotion, Little Eva
3. Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf
4. House Of The Rising Sun, The Animals
5. Not Unusual, Tom Jones
6. Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles
7. Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks
8. I Got You Babe, Sonny and Cher
9. Venus In Blue Jeans, Mark Wynter
10. When You Walk In The Room, The Searchers
11. Out Of Time, Chris Farlowe
12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
13. If Paradise Is Half As Nice, Amen Corner
14. Build Me Up Buttercup, The Foundations
15. You Really Got Me, The Kinks
16. Needles & Pins, The Searchers
17. A Groovy Kind Of Love, The Mindbenders
18. When I’m 64, The Beatles
Category: The MUSIC
Q: With the mounting excitement over the release of The Midtown Men’s first CD, can you share your thoughts on producing your own record over the past 6 months?
A: J. Robert – Well, we are less than two weeks away from the release of THE MIDTOWN MEN’s first CD recording SIXTIE’S HITS! For the last year and a half we’ve had audiences from all across the country, including Canada,asking, “When’s the CD gonna come out?” Well, we’re pleased to say that after spending months recording, playing, mixing and adding all the final touches, it’s just moments away. And I can honestly say that we’re all so proud of our work! And I know that our audiences that got to know us and love our sound and chemistry from the Broadway Stage, will experience that magic all over again.
But the wonderful thing about this CD is it was done our way! Our way as Producers, Musicians, Artists, Arrangers, Engineers, and the fact that it’s completely Independent is so rewarding! With our incredible 7 piece band from the road joining us on this album, we’ve done more than just record our favorite hits of the 60’s, we’ve recorded THE MIDTOWN MEN experience! The sound and electricity of what our audiences hear live at a MIDTOWN MEN concert! To journey with us on this CD through our production and arrangements of The Beatles, The Mama’s and the Papa’s, The Zombies, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, and the Four Seasons is exciting for all of us to share with audiences everywhere!
The wonderful thing I encountered personally in the creating of our CD was to add my talents as a drummer. Throughout the album, on certain tracks, when you hear any percussion….whether it’s tambourine, hand claps, cymbals swelling, vibraslap slapping, or bongo’s “bonging”….it’s fun for me to say, “Hey, That’s me! I added that!” And that’s what we all added to this project. Layer after layer of our own individuality but still bringing it together as a group! Daniel, Christian, Michael and I have delivered the music that we love. The way we love to hear it….and the way we love to perform it….on all 11 tracks!
We want to thank you ahead of time for your support and we’ll see you on the road as THE MIDTOWN MEN! Love J. Robert Spencer