Archive for December, 2011
What a wonderful year it has been for The Midtown Men and their fans! Over 50 concerts across the United States and Canada, from New York to Florida, California to Montana and so many points in between. What a treat for us fans to have the opportunity to go along on this wild ride!
I feel so fortunate to have seen three TMM concerts in 2011, from Queens College, where the longtime fans made it feel like a homecoming; to the riotous college campus performance in Birmingham, where the “Roll Tide” cheers and a few chords of “Sweet Home Alabama” had the young crowd in a frenzy; to the black tie gala in Macon, where the cream of society let loose to the nostalgia of the 60′s…all so different, but comfortingly familiar. The highlight for me, though, has to be seeing my Atlanta friends in Birmingham, with whom I saw my first show the year before, and being able to share that joy once again.
I asked Christian Hoff if he might share some highlights of his year with us, and as is his nature, he came through with not only a reflection, but some of his favorite pictures from the past year:
Some things come to mind reflecting on 2011 with The Midtown Men: patience from Adele taking a break, perspective from Amy Winehouse passing, persistence from Lady Gaga’s defining rise, personal inspiration from The Beatles Album Guide from Rolling Stone.
Highlights with The Midtown Men tour include the joy of bringing our sound and story to fans across the United States and Canada, the huddle before each show, the ovations during, meeting every fan after, the laughs and time together in the studio, the countless planes, trains and automobiles, the friendly feud between us guys that holds it all together … but the greatest of all has to be coming home to my loving wife and kids, sharing the reward and sacrifice of the road with them.
Here’s to a year ahead filled with growing success and good times. We look forward to sharing it with you, our fans and friends – thanks for joining us! From Jersey Boys to The Midtown Men and beyond…the journey continues…
I’m looking so forward to what I know will be a spectacular year ahead for the Men! I already have plans for the March 7 show in Lakeland. Happy New Year to all the fans, and to you, Christian, Michael, Daniel and Bobby. Thank you for continuing to share your immense talents and charming selves with us!
What are your favorite TMM memories from the past year? Please share!!
Doreen Shulman was able to identify all 18 of these songs, with only one error in identifying the artist. Awesome job, Doreen – this was not an easy quiz!! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address, and I’ll send you your exclusive “Midtown Club” keychain!
Thanks to everyone who played – great job by many of you!
Here are the correct answers:
1. “Lazy Sunday”, The Small Faces
2. “Simon Says”, 1910 Fruitgum Company
3. “Downtown”, Petula Clark
4. “Itchycoo Park”, The Small Faces
5. “Sunny Afternoon”, The Kinks
6. “Day Tripper”, The Beatles
7. “The Young Ones”, Cliff Richard & The Shadows
8. “Uptight (Everything is Alright)”, Stevie Wonder
9. “Brown Eyed Girl”, Van Morrison
10. “Oh, Pretty Woman”, Roy Orbison
11. “Heartbeat”, Buddy Holly
12. “Lady Madonna”, The Beatles
13. “Green Onions”, Booker T. & the M.G.’s
14. “Leader of the Pack”, The Shangri-Las
15. “Judy in Disguise”, John Fred & his Playboy Band
16. “Silence is Golden”, The Tremeloes
17. “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly”, Hugo Montenegro
18. “Get Back”, The Beatles
BONUS: Fill in the blanks: “Silence is Golden” is a song co-written by ______ ________ (of the American rock band, _____ ______ ________,) with _____ ________. It was released as a B-side to the hit song “____ ______” in 1964.
The first person to correctly fill in the blanks as a comment here will also receive a key chain!
Norene and John Howard, longtime fans and supporters of The Midtown Men, have made Daniel Reichard’s annual Christmas concert their holiday “kick-off”. This year, John has shared their experience with The Midtown Club.
Thank you, John and Norene, for your continued support of The Midtown CLUB, and our MEN!
Daniel Reichard’s CHRISTMAS PRESENT
What has become for us an annual event and marks the beginning of the Christmas season is Daniel Reichard’s annual Christmas concert. As with his prior shows Daniel always centers the evening on a theme. This year he chose Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. It opened with Daniel himself entering hunched over and wearily creeping on stage as the crotchety old Ebenezer Scrooge who soon broke into Cabaret’s “Money, Money”.
True to form and ever present were Daniel’s distinctive and powerful voice, his Broadway presence and delightful humor as he took the audience through Ebenezer’s metamorphosis with song and dance. Dressed as the ghost of Christmas present, Daniel attired in a green velvet fur trimmed robe, beard and garland, gave a rousing rendition of “I Like Life”.
This evening included many favorite Christmas songs together with some well known non-Christmas songs (John Denver’s “Country Roads”) and for us, some never before heard ones. The audience was even treated to the Hawaiian themed “Mele Kalikmaka” (featured in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation) as supporting cast members Emily Bottorff, Beth Kuhn and Paul Louis Lessard sang and danced the hula in simulated Hawaiian grass skirts and coconut “you know what” attire.
Surprise guest, Donna Vivino (currently Wicked’s Elphaba), performed “Winter Wonderland” and joined Daniel in a duet of “What Can You Do With A Man”.
The recognition of audience members and fellow performers, Michael Longoria and J. Robert Spencer, gave Daniel the brief opportunity to promote their highly successful national tour of The Midtown Men.
With never a dull moment this year’s Daniel Reichard’s Christmas Concert was as always, a truly spirited, uplifting, energetic and a thoroughly entertaining event.
The only way to expand the enjoyment of his concerts would be to make all his Christmas Concerts available for sale on CD and DVD (Are you listening Daniel?)
In his continued generous spirit and the spirit of Christmas his concert was a benefit for Chemo Comfort.
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Daniel Reichard, star of THE MIDTOWN MEN, is delighting fans with his annual holiday concert at the Triad Theater. The concert opened last night, December 11, and continues tonight, December 12. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the opening show … click here to view photo coverage.
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Tickets are still available for Daniel Reichard’s “Christmas Present” tonight and tomorrow night at the Triad Theater, 158 W. 72nd St., New York. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this special show!
“Backed by an eight-piece chamber band, a zany group of Christmas carolers and other special guests, Reichard will take you on a journey from Christmases past to Christmases future. With songs popularized by Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, John Denver, and others, the evening will jump-start you into the holiday spirit.”
All proceeds will benefit the charity, Chemo Comfort. Founded in 2005 by a breast cancer survivor, Chemo Comfort provides cancer patients kits with products to help them manage the many side effects of chemotherapy.
Click here for ticket information.
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