Archive for March, 2012
The Midtown Men will be sharing their beautiful selves and 60s hits with the good people of Iowa. With three April dates to choose from, everyone in and around the Des Moines area will have the opportunity to see them…hope they don’t miss it!
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As I sit down to write this, The Midtown Men are taking the stage in Emporia, VA. And even though I’m several hundred miles away, I’m excited. I’m excited for the long-time fans who have been waiting, counting the days until they see their beloved MEN again. I’m excited for the hundreds who will see them for the first time, whose lives will not be the same after tonight for they, too, will be counting the months, weeks, days until they can see these fabulous MEN again. And I’m excited for Christian, Michael, Daniel and J. Robert, for another opportunity to do what they live to do - thoroughly entertain their audience. Something they never fail to do, night after night after night.
I had the extreme pleasure of seeing The Midtown Men last week in Lakeland, FL. And yes, I did count the months, weeks and days. And yes, the wait was well worth it. As I sat in the audience, filled with anticipation, and excited for the people around me who were seeing the show for the first time, I worried, “Can they possibly be as good as they were the last time I saw them? Or the four times before that?” I sure hoped so, because I had my “doubting Thomas” sister in tow, who, just a year before had turned her nose up at an invitation to see the show because she thought I was a little bit “Midtown Men” crazy.
Well, maybe I was, and maybe I still am, but now she understands why – she gets it. Because they absolutely were AS GOOD as the five times I’d seen them before. And more than that, they were somehow able to make me feel as if I were seeing them for the first time. They gave me goose bumps and made me smile so much my face hurt. And they seemed to be having as much fun as the audience. They were loose and funny, and so comfortable on the stage. The way they interact with each other and with the audience makes everyone feel a part of it. And the way their eyes light up when they spot a familiar face in the crowd is heart warming. They truly are a special group of men.
The fact that “my MEN” hadn’t changed in the five months since I’d seen them last was somehow comforting. No, they hadn’t changed, but some things were definitely different. The Midtown Men managed to change things up in such a way that a returning fan wouldn’t feel as if there was something missing, but would be excited at the fresh, new feel. They even changed their suits! Not to worry, they are still the very sharp dressers we’ve come to expect, but they literally changed from one fabulous suit to another at intermission!
The addition of a very cool backdrop – a black and white cityscape of Midtown Manhattan, with “MM” in spotlights in the sky – is fabulous! And I was thrilled that “Daydream Believer” was still in the set, in honor of Davy Jones. Daniel does such a tremendous job with that classic. But the biggest surprise of the night for me was Bobby Spencer rocking the house to “Vehicle” – so sexy and so cool - I was blown away.
Yes, new is fun, but I was very happy that my favorites hadn’t changed. I just love Christian’s “Time of the Season” – another sexy and cool performance (…hmm, I sense a theme.) And although I’d never heard “Candy Girl” before TMM, I love to hear Michael hit those ridiculously high notes, and the audience loves it. I could go on about my favorites, but that would take all night! Suffice it to say, by the end of the show the entire audience and I were on our feet, dancing, clapping and singing. “Oh What A Night” it was – thank you Midtown Men!
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I have so much to share about my visit with The Midtown Men in Lakeland, but I’ve been crazy busy. So please enjoy this very cool video in the meantime!
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I’m off to Lakeland, FL for some fun in the sun. Not really a stretch for me, as I actually live in Florida. But it is the perfect time of year to visit the Lakeland area … Spring Training and The Midtown Men! What could be better?
I’ll be joined tonight by the three ticket winners and their guests – Suzi, Pat and Gail. And just for fun, I threw in an extra pair to an enthusiastic Ralph Daniel, who sings at Busch Gardens and loves the music of the 60s. Sounds like a great time will be had in Row B!
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WEEKEND BEST BETS ‘Midtown Men’ travels well
By Bonnie J. Toomey, Correspondent
Posted: 03/01/2012 06:29:41 AM EST
WORCESTER — “The Midtown Men” is at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts tonight, reuniting the cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” — Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer.
The retro quartet brings the music of the ’60s to the stage with signature style and electrifying elegance.
When he’s not performing, Daniel Reichard chills out by dining at the best New York City restaurants, walking his French bulldog and listening to his vinyl records collection. He shares some thoughts on his early years, advice for the aspiring and on his smash hit, “The Midtown Men.”
Reichard grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, the second youngest of nine children.
“My house was a whirling dervish, with people rushing in and out all morning, day, and night,” he says.
The heightened action in his house had him working a little harder for attention than most kids and, in a brood of many siblings, who he says are all very funny, he had already begun to hone his craft at a young age.
“I truly feel comfortable in front of large groups because it’s what I grew up with. I used to get up and sing ‘King Tut’ and do TV commercials at family reunions,” says Reichard, who when asked his age, says with a smile that he was born at “nighttime.”
He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of fine arts degree and made his debut in New York City in “Forbidden Broadway: 20th Anniversary Celebration,” which catapulted him to roles like Keith Haring in “Radiant Baby,” Man in “The Thing About Men,” and Emmet in Jim Henson’s “Emmet Ott(er)’s Jugband Christmas.” Along with his many classic concert appearances nationwide, he is well known for his portrayal of Frankie in the 2009 film “Forever Plaid.”
“Audiences can expect my colleagues and I to be up onstage singing our hearts out and sweating our suits out,” he says. “We give every show all of our energy and enthusiasm. We are ourselves onstage, so our audiences get to see our true relationship with each other.”
Reichard points out that “The Midtown Men” is a business he built along with colleagues and friends Hoff, Longoria and Spencer.
“We have an incredible team. Together we have taken this idea from a group that occasionally sings together to a full-time, cross-continental lifestyle,” says Reichard, who has enjoyed sold-out engagements in places like New York City’s Joe’s Pub, Metropolitan Room, and Ars Nova.
“We have been all over. Some of my favorite cities on the road have included Austin, San Diego, Key West, Biloxi and, of course, our hometown, New York City,” he says. “You can read more tour information on our website, www.themidtownmen.com.”
What’s more impressive is that Reichard, Hoff, Spencer and Longoria have directed and choreographed the show themselves.
“It’s a lot of fun to put these numbers together. Everyone always has a good idea right when we need one,” he says.
Together since April 2010, the cast of “The Midtown Men,” has stuck to successful strategies for preparing for each performance, which include getting enough sleep, doing vocal exercises and drinking “tons of water,” Reichard says.
From the time he was a boy, he always wanted to be a performer.
“I said to my dad when I was a kid, ‘I don’t want to be a performer for the money and fortune. I want the fame.’ My dad always thought that was funny. I wanted to be a comic actor and many times over the past 12 years in New York City I’ve been able to be,” he says. “Otherwise, with ‘The Midtown Men,’ we all live to make our audiences laugh. I can’t complain.”
According to him, the cast just loves performing the Motown sequence in the show, which brings the house down.
“It always kills! I love singing my old ‘Jersey Boys’ tune ‘Cry for Me.” It doesn’t get old,” he says.
Reichard believes the takeaway for the audience comes as the group shares the best of the best from the 1960s songbook. The four young men put their blend on all of the great groups of the era as they tell their stories from their adventures together, revealing backstage dish and personal highlights.
Reichard shares some sage advice for aspiring performers.
“Get to know all of the decades of the American theater,” he says. “Learn the classics. Learn about contemporary writers. Arm yourself with knowledge and passion for the arts. Enjoy your life and develop your entire being and the work can follow.”
Commerce Bank sponsors “The Midtown Men,” tonight, 7:30; tickets $29 to $49, Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 554 Main St., Worcester; go to www.thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.