Archive for July, 2012

NEXT STOP: Selbyville, DE

Catherine • July 31, 2012 • Comments (0)

The Freeman Stage at Bayside, an outdoor performing arts venue four miles west of Fenwick Island, Delaware,  has grown by leaps and bounds since it was first opened in 2008 by the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.  The venue presents approximately 50 exceptional arts experiences a year between Memorial Day and Labor Day; including dance, theatre, live music and children’s shows.  And tomorrow night, August 1, 2012, The Stage will be host to a sold-out show featuring the sexy 60s sounds of The Midtown Men!

What better way to experience this Fab Four – Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer – than sitting on a blanket on a warm summer evening, sipping a glass of wine and swaying to the beat of “Oh What A Night”?  And what better way to experience this glorious country of ours than to follow The Midtown Men as they make their way from town to town, state to state. 

The Midtown Club’s “NEXT STOP” will guide you through the tour, whether you can join in or not, you won’t feel left out!

NEXT STOP: The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville, DE! 

Selbyville isn’t called ”the gateway to the beach” for nothing!   There are several fabulous beach towns to visit with an hour drive, so it might be hard to know where to start.  But let’s just head due East and see where that takes us…

Fenwick Island Beach

…Fenwick Island is a fairly quiet beach town immediately across the state line from Ocean City, Maryland.  Visitors may choose to hit the beach or Fenwick Island State Park, wander around DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum, or, for the more adventurous, check out DelMara Board Sport Adventures.  Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you may want to head over to the Fenwick Crab House.  According to Coastal Living Magazine, “This family-owned restaurant maintains a relaxed, rustic spirit and serves huge portions of seafood, such as Alaskan snow crab legs, in metal buckets. The meaty blackfin crab cakes are famous.”

Bethany Beach Boardwalk

From there, head up the coast about 10 miles to Bethany Beach.  The family friendly boardwalk is small, clean and with a great variety of activities and a lot of fun.   Got a sweet tooth?  Head over to Beach Break Bakrie & Cafe, 123 Garfield Parkway, for some great homemade muffins or sandwiches.  They also have a huge variety of cupcakes available!

Another 15 miles up the beach will find you in the “wild atmosphere” of Dewey Beach.  If it’s meal time, you may want to stop in at Chicken Ed’s, which enjoys a cult following for its fresh, steamed blue crabs dusted with Old Bay seasoning; BYOB. 

A bit further up the coast is the more “cosmopolitan”  bustle of Rehoboth Beach, where the aromas of sea and saltwater taffy fill your senses when you arrive.  Park the car and stretch your legs.   Almost everything you need lies within walking distance of the mile-long Boardwalk–flanked by beach and Atlantic Ocean on one side and restaurants and shops on the other.  Not to be missed – a bucket of fries from Thrasher’s French Fries – a boardwalk staple.

We hope you’ve enjoyed your trip.  See you at the NEXT STOP.

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Selbyville Looking Forward To The Midtown Men

Catherine • July 26, 2012 • Comments (0)

  

The Midtown Men (from left, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer) performing at the 2011 NY State Fair

Josh Davis recently wrote about upcoming shows at the Freeman Stage for  Go! Magazine.  The following is an excerpt:

 ”There are many, many great shows coming up at the Freeman Stage, but if I had to pick one that I’m most looking forward to … it would be The Midtown Men on Aug. 1,” (said marketing and communications manager Doug Phillips.) “I have seen these guys twice at performance showcases in New York City, and both ended with the huge cheers and standing ovations. At the showcase we attended last winter, Tommy James (from Tommy James and the Shondells) was a couple of seats down from me, and he was transfixed on these guys. I figured, if it’s entertaining enough for Tommy James, it’s definitely entertaining enough for our audience.

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Live Life to the Fullest With The Midtown Men

Catherine • July 20, 2012 • Comments (0)

One of the things that has always impressed me about The Midtown Men, besides their obvious talent, is the way they take full advantage of the opportunities presented them.  Whether it’s visiting the Surf Ballroom while  in Iowa, or having a “play day” at the go-kart tracks in Franklin, NC, the Men live life to the fullest.

And why not?  After all, life is to be lived!  So the next time you’re looking over the concert calendar, look past the venue and city name and consider how you, too, could take full advantage of the opportunities presented you.  The Men will be in some very exciting cities this year:  Houston, Texas,  Atlanta, Georgia, and Los Angeles, California to name just a few.  But you may be pleasantly surprised if you take a closer look at some of the lesser known cities.  

Did you know that the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida is just 15 minutes away from Siesta Key, dubbed the nations #1 beach by “Dr. Beach”?  And only one hour from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and two hours from Disney World! 

At a glance, Fort Collins,Colorado may not sound very exciting, but it’s actually only an hour outside of Denver!  Denver, Colorado in April – what a wonderful vacation opportunity that would make.

The Midtown Men’s next stop is Selbyville, Delaware, where they will share their fabulous 60s sound with a sold-out crowd at The Freeman Stage at Bayside.  Sounds like great fun – an outdoor summer concert on a Wednesday evening.  But how about extending that stay into the weekend?  There are so many fabulous places to visit within a two hour drive.

I will list a few of those “things to do” in the first installation of a new Midtown Club series titled “Next Stop”… stay tuned!

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Tickets on Sale for Naples, FL

Catherine • July 12, 2012 • Comments (0)

Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Your cultural destination in Naples, FL

 

The Phil released its single-ticket catalog Tuesday, July 11, with tickets for all its shows available now, including  The Midtown Men on December 29!

Tickets may be purchased at 239-597-1900,  on the Phil’s website or at the box office.

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THE MIDTOWN MEN: 2012-2013 Headlining Tour

Catherine • July 10, 2012 • Comments (4)

**PRESS RELEASE**
PR Newswire
NEW YORK, July 10, 2012

From ‘Boys To Men’ – THE MIDTOWN MEN

FOUR STARS FROM THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST OF JERSEY BOYS ANNOUNCE 2012-2013 HEADLINING TOUR

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE 85 PIECE SYMPHONY SHOWS, AIR FORCE ANNIVERSARY AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS

NEW YORK, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As original cast members of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, they took the world by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time. Now they are together again becoming rock stars in their own right as THE MIDTOWN MEN. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer are taking their sensational sound on the road once more, bringing to life their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, The Four Seasons and more.

THE MIDTOWN MEN’S 2012-13 US tour – which will cover 77 cities from coast to coast – will officially kick off on August 18 in Asbury Park, NJ at the Paramount Theatre. After that THE MIDTOWN MEN will perform at The New York State Fair on August (28) before performing with an 85-piece orchestra with the esteemed Houston Symphony for three shows over Labor Day Weekend. On September 15th THE MIDTOWN MEN will contribute a special performance at the Robbins Air Force Base near Atlanta, GA as the headlining musical guest alongside The Air Force Band commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the USAF. THE MIDTOWN MEN’S headlining tour will end 2012 with a highly anticipated performance at The Philharmonic Center For The Arts in Naples, Florida on December 29. The group will then continue their tour in 2013 with a combination of shows at performing arts centers and symphony halls.

Formed in 2007, THE MIDTOWN MEN reunites four stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Following their storied run on Broadway – where these four magnetic artists shared the stage for over a thousand performances and appeared on The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve and The U.S. Open – they have been selling out venues coast to coast living the dream they once portrayed on the stage. THEMIDTOWN MEN is the next chapter for these accomplished entertainers, making them the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show.

The past few years have been a whirlwind for THE MIDTOWN MEN. With each tour their reach has grown, and with this next run, their third headlining tour, they are projected to perform an impressive 140 shows. Not only have they continued to win over audiences of all ages at the performances, their self-titled debut album, THE MIDTOWN MEN: Sixties Hits was met with critical acclaim and garnered 5 star album reviews across iTunes. The album was recorded in New York City and features the group performing such iconic ’60s hits as, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Up On The Roof,” “Time Of The Season,” “Candy Girl” and more. It is once again a testament to what THE MIDTOWN MEN do best: helping to keep alive iconic music from the ’60s in the 21st century while giving it a new “twist.”

For more information on The Midtown Men please visit:
The Midtown Men website; The Midtown Men Facebook page

The Following Tour Dates Are Confirmed For 2012:

August 1; Fenwick Island, DE, The Freeman Stage at Bayside

August 10; Green Bay, WI, Oneida Casino

August 18; Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre

August 25; Lake Ozark, MO, The Lodge of Four Seasons

August 28; Syracuse, NY, New York State Fairgrounds

August 31; Houston, TX, With Houston Symphony @ Jesse H. Jones Hall

September 1; Houston, TX, With Houston Symphony @ Jesse H. Jones Hall

September 2; Houston, TX, With Houston Symphony @ Jesse H. Jones Hall

September 8; Columbus, GA, Bill Heard Theatre,

September 11; Ashland, KY, Paramount Arts Center

September 13; New Wilmington, PA, Orr Auditorium, Westminster College

September 14; Shippensburg, PA, Luhrs Center

September 15; Warner Robins, GA, USAF 65th Anniversary

September 17; Texarkana, TX, Perot Theatre

September 18; Longview, TX, The Belcher Center, Letourneau University

September 20; College Station, TX, Rudder Auditorium, Texas A&M University

September 21; College Station, TX, Rudder Auditorium, Texas A&M University

September 22; Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium, University Of Illinois

October 10; Erie, PA, Warner Theatre

October 11; New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre

October 13; Utica, NY, Stanley Theatre

October 14; Binghamton, NY, The Forum

November 17, Las Vegas, NV, Cannery Casino

November 23; Brampton, ON, Rose Theatre Brampton

November 24; Brampton, ON, Rose Theatre Brampton

November 26; Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theatre

November 28; Shreveport, LA, Strand Theatre

November 29; Orange, TX, Lutcher Theatre

November 30; Orange, TX, Lutcher Theatre

December 1; Fort Worth, TX, Bass Performance Hall

December 5; Muncie, IN, Semens Auditorium, Ball State University

December 8; Jersey City, NJ, St. Peter’s Performing Arts Center

December 9; Bloomsburg, PA, Haas Theatre, Bloomsburg University

December 28; Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

December 29; Naples, FL, Philharmonic Center For The Arts

The Following Tour Dates Are Confirmed For 2013:

January 4; Cedar Rapids, IA, Paramount Theatre

January 11; Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre

January 17; York, PA, The Strand Theatre

January 18; Scranton, PA, Cultural Center

January 19; Scranton, PA, Cultural Center

January 20; Scranton, PA, Cultural Center

January 25; Easton, PA, State Theatre Center For The Arts

January 26; Clinton Township, MI, Macomb Center For The Performing Arts

January 27; Clinton Township, MI, Macomb Center For The Performing Arts

February 6; El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre

February 8; Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Civic Center Performing Arts Theatre

February 13; Orono, ME, Collins Center For The Arts

February 14; Portland, ME, Merrill Auditorium

February 17; Wilmington, DE, The Grand Opera House

February 23; Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget Casino (Kennedy Health Foundation)

February 25; Columbia, SC, Koger Center

February 26; Columbia, SC, Koger Center

February 28; Daytona Beach, FL, Peabody Auditorium

March 1; Springfield, OH, Clark State Performing Arts Center

March 2; Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Memorial Hall Of Butler University

March 8; USAF Academy, CO, Arnold Hall

March 12; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 13; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 14; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 15; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 16; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 17; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 19; Pensacola, FL, Saenger Theatre

March 21; Athens, GA, The Classic Center

March 22; Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center

March 25; Pembroke, NC, Givens Performing Arts Center

March 27; Key West, FL, Tennessee Williams Theatre

March 28; Key Largo, FL, Ocean Reef Cultural Center

March 30; Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall

April 18; Atlanta, GA, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

April 20; Atlanta, GA, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

April 23; Butte, MT, Mother Lode Theatre

April 25; Fort Collins, CO, Lincoln Center of Fort Collins, CO

April 26; Fort Collins, CO, Lincoln Center of Fort Collins, CO

April 27; Fort Collins, CO, Lincoln Center of Fort Collins, CO

April 28; Pueblo, CO, Sangre de Cristo Art Center Theater

May 17; Stamford, CT, The Palace Theatre

May 18; Princeton, NJ, McCarter Theatre Center

June 1; Omaha, NE, The Omaha Symphony Orchestra

June 2; Omaha, NE, The Omaha Symphony Orchestra

June 7; Morristown, NJ; Mayo Performing Arts Center

June 13; Los Angeles, CA, The Pacific Coast Symphony

June 14; Los Angeles, CA, The Pacific Coast Symphony

June 15; Los Angeles, CA, The Pacific Coast Symphony

(some events are Private)

For More Information Please Contact:

Karen Wiessen, Kare@thedooronline.com . 646.340.1761

Tara Melega,  Tara@thedooronline.com . 646.340.1765

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Answers to Patriotic 60s Quiz

Catherine • July 8, 2012 • Comments (0)

In honor of the Birthday of our Country, The Midtown Club offered this “patriotic” take on a 60s music quiz!

Congratulations to our winners – Sally B., Sharon W., Tricia B., Debra S., Kim C. and Carol T.!  They were all able to fill in the correct lyrics (see below) to these patriotic songs from the 1960s.

 

This song was the #1 hit in the U.S. for five weeks in 1966 and sold over nine million records:

100 men will test today,
but only three
 win THE GREEN BERET

 

 

This 1963 single written by Leiber & Stoller peaked at #25:

ONLY IN AMERICA
Can a kid without a cent
Get a break and maybe grow up to be President

 

 

This folk rock song, released in late 1968, was a major American hit :

Can you tell me where he’s gone?
I thought I saw him walk up over the hill,
With ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN

This patriotic song was written about two companions searching for the true meaning of America in the 1960s:

Counting the cars
On the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come
TO LOOK FOR AMERICA

 

 

This patriotic folk song was penned in 1940, but was brought back to life in the 1960s, when several folk singers recorded their own versions:

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME

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It’s Official … The Midtown Men at the NY State Fair’s Chevy Court

Catherine • July 6, 2012 • Comments (0)

On March 30th, Betsy posted this comment on the Concert Calendar page:

Are the guys truly playing at the NY State Fair? I keep seeing it as a venue, but fair officials haven’t yet announced it. (They’ve announced just about everything else happening on that stage.)

Well Betsy, finally, officially, here it is:

The New York State Fair has announced five more acts for this year’s Chevy Court, including a Food Network Star, Disney Channel actress, and three rock bands.

“From crooners to rockers and television personalities, Chevy Court has it all this year,” said Dan O’Hara, State Fair director, in a media release. “Our hope is to offer a variety of entertainers so that families can enjoy multiple appearances at the Fair.”Bridgit Mendler will perform Saturday, August 25 at 2 p.m. Three Dog Night will perform Monday, August 27 at 8 p.m. The Midtown Men perform Tuesday, August 28 at 2 p.m. Collective Soul will perform Tuesday, August 28 at 8 p.m. Guy Fieri will perform Wednesday, August 29 at 2 p.m…”


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A Patriotic 60s Music Quiz

Catherine • July 3, 2012 • Comments (0)

In honor of the Birthday of our Country, The Midtown Club offers this “patriotic” take on a 60s music quiz!  Fill in the lyric blanks.  Everyone providing five correct answers will win a prize.  Please e-mail your answers to tmmclub@comcast.net.

Wishing all of you a happy and safe 4th of July!!

 

   This song was the #1 hit in the U.S. for five weeks in   1966 and sold over nine million records:

   100 men will test today,
   but only three
   win ___ ___ ___.

 

 

This 1963 single written by Leiber & Stoller peaked at #25:

___ ___ ___
Can a kid without a cent
Get a break and maybe grow up to be President

 

 

This folk rock song, released in late 1968, was a major American hit :

Can you tell me where he’s gone?
I thought I saw him walk up over the hill,
With ___ ___ ___ ___

 

 

This patriotic song was written about two companions searching for the true meaning of America in the 1960s:

Counting the cars
On the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come
___ ___ ___ ___

 

 

This patriotic folk song was penned in 1940, but was brought back to life in the 1960s, when several folk singers recorded their own versions:

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

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