Archive for September, 2012
The Midtown Club is gearing up for a busy week in October, and we’re looking for Street Crew members to help spread the word! Let me know if you’re able to help out by putting up fliers, sharing on your Facebook page, and generally telling everyone you know to go see the show! The first person to sign up for each show will receive something special…maybe a Midtown Men shirt, a tote bag, or even a pair of tickets to one of the shows! First or last, everyone will receive a Midtown Club key chain and Street Crew stickers! Signing up is easy – just leave a comment on this post or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 8, Arkansas Best PAC, Fort Smith, AR
Wednesday, October 10, Warner Theatre, Erie, PA
Thursday, October 11, State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ
Saturday, October 13, Stanley Theatre, Utica, NY
Sunday, October 14, two shows at The Forum, Binghamton, NY
Category: STREET CREW
The Midtown Men “superfan” Rosemary Caruso shared these great pictures from the 2012 New York State Fair. Enjoy!
I edited the slideshow to add more great pictures from Carol Techman – keep ‘em coming, fans!
Thank you Rosemary and Carol! If anyone else has pictures to share, please email them to email@example.com.
Category: The MUSIC
During their performances at Texas A&M, (Michael) Longoria and The Midtown Men said they hope to act as an inspiration to the college students who dream of a successful career in show business.
“Expect a high octane, high energetic concert with songs that every one knows,” said Craig Boleman of SoloShoe Communications. “They can sing, they can dance; you wont be disappointed.”
Tickets are still available for the Friday “The Midtown Men” performance at the MSC Box Office. Curtains will open at 7:30 p.m. The Midtown Men will also be available after the show for an album signing.
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‘The Midtown Men’ bring retro sound, style to Rudder Auditorium
By ROB CLARK
theeagle.com / Bryan-College Station, Texas
The four performers — J. Robert Spencer, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard — shared the Jersey Boys stage on Broadway for more than 1,000 shows, telling the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The musical won the 2006 Tony Award for best musical, and the cast recording album won a Grammy.
Along the way, the quartet found interest from corporate and private events, separate from the Broadway stage.
“When we were done doing our three-and-a-half years on Broadway, we continued getting asked to do events,” Spencer says by phone from the group’s van, on the way to a recent Pennsylvania gig. “We just thought there’s a market for this. People know who we are, they know the relevance of who we are and what we originated on Broadway. … It was supposed to be a side gig, and it’s just blossomed organically into this very successful business.
That comes in the form of The Midtown Men, which MSC OPAS presents Thursday and Friday at Rudder Auditorium. It’s not a musical with a storyline, but a concert that features the quartet along with a seven-piece band. The show includes classic songs from the ’60s from such artists as Marvin Gaye, The Beach Boys and The Mamas & the Papas. Spencer describes their take on The Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love as a “really cool, very horns-y, Vegas kind of arrangement.”
The singers will be decked out in dapper suits provided by sponsor Hugo Boss, which Spencer says adds to the nostalgic appeal.
“You add that flair to what we grew up being inspired by, not just the music but the presence of the 1960s, the entertainers of that era: Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin. Add that with dressing up in great-looking suits, singing the songs of the ’60s, it really combines an eclectic grouping of what and how we perceive the evening to be for these baby boomers. And for their children that they’re bringing to the shows, and their children’s children.”
For a taste, go to themidtownmen.com to see the group’s video for its cover of The Turtles’ Happy Together. It lands between the Rat Pack sensibility and The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night silliness, with retro flavor of the era: dark suits, skinny ties, cocktails in hand, even a stickball street scene. Spencer says that vibe continues through The Midtown Men show.
“It’s the feel-good mentality,” Spencer says. “For that bit of time, you’re taken away and having a little bit of freedom from your day, whatever your day consisted of. … [The audience] is taking away really nice imagery of us onstage, and that combined with our love for each other and our love for what we do is very much resonant to how it was back in the ’60s with those iconic stars. They were having a great time as well.”
Details: MSC OPAS presents The Midtown Men, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Rudder Auditorium. $29-$78. 845-1234. opas.tamu.edu.
Shippensburg, PA ticket winner Carol O. was thrilled at the opportunity to see The Midtown Men for the first time. She and her sisters-in-law had a blast (see her comment under “Win Tickets…” and she assures us she will be seeing the show again very soon!
Keep checking back for YOUR chance to win tickets to a show near you!
Category: The MUSIC
Would you like to see The Midtown Men at the Luhrs Center in Shippensburg, PA this Friday night? Tell us WHY, and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets from The Midtown CLUB!
(Could it be because you love great music? Or because you can’t resist a man clad in Hugo BOSS? Because you think they’re so darned handsome? Or you just don’t have anything better to do? Anything goes!)
Just remember to share your answer as a comment on the CLUB site as well as on Facebook!
“Simply Sandra” of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer had a front row seat for last night’s Midtown Men show at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, and judging by the adjectives she used to describe the night, it was fantastic! Following is an excerpt from her September 8 article:
“Tonight, the Midtown Men came to help RiverCenter celebrate and what a show!
…Everyone I spoke to after the show were so happy to have been there.
…Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer, who were the original cast of ‘Jersey Boys,’ are spectacular. Fabulous singers, of course. Handsome and funny.
If they’re coming to your town, go see them. They’re that good.”
The Midtown Men will be in Columbus, Ga this weekend to help the River Center for the Performing Arts celebrate it’s 10th Anniversary!
And the River Center certainly does know how to celebrate! After what is sure to be a thrilling experience with The Midtown Men, the crowd will have the opportunity to prolong the experience with complimentary pink champagne, punch, and pink-and-yellow frosted petit fours in the lobby!
Guests are invited to commemorate this historic event by taking a picture in front of the huge birthday cake in the lobby! And I invite fans to share their Midtown Men pics with others here on the fan site. Just email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them in the “fan gallery.”
Some tickets are still available for Saturday night’s show and birthday bash. Click here for more information.
Hmm…my 20th Anniversay is coming up…and my birthday for that matter…wonder if I can get The Midtown Men to help ME celebrate?!?
Category: Next Stop