Archive for October, 2012
DOREEN CAPASSO was the first to correctly identify THE MEN by their footwear! Congratulations Doreen, and we hope you enjoy your Midtown Men tote bag! And in agreeing with Doreen, Betsy Simek wins a Midtown CLUB key chain.
Huge thanks to everyone who responded!!
The first person to correctly identify each MAN by his footwear will win a Midtown Men tote! The second will win a Midtown Club key chain. (images are a little fuzzy, sorry!)
Image #1 = blue shoes;
Image #2 = red shoes;
Image #3 = boots;
Image #4 = brown shoes
Please click on COMMENTS to post your answers. Good Luck!!
Category: Music Quiz
The Midtown Men have been so busy this week, traveling from one beautiful venue to another, soaking up the local culture and spreading joy to fans, old and new. But I truly believe that no town, in fact, no one person, has been anxiously awaiting THIS day more than the town of Utica, NY and fantastic fan extraordinaire Rosemary Caruso!
Rosemary has been following Michael, Christian, Daniel and Bobby since the days of Jersey Boys, when she would make the trip from Utica to Manhattan to be thrilled by their amazing talents time and again. And she’s not the only one! She has a friend who actually arranged bus trips from Utica and Syracuse to see Jersey Boys. And tonight’s show at the Stanley Theatre is not much different. After years of traveling to The Big Apple and to the NY State Fair to see her beloved MEN, Rosemary and her friends finally have the opportunity to “host” them right in their own back yard. And they have been hard at work for months spreading the word, helping to boost ticket sales, and make THIS STOP a memorable one for The Midtown Men. Now that’s dedication!
It was pretty much a no-brainer where I should turn for information on Utica! Rosemary was more than happy to share some of her favorite spots with The Midtown Men and their fans. Here they are, in no particular order:
** the Stanley Theaterhas a beautiful chandelier built right in Utica. It is all stained glass, made by Meyda Tiffany. It is said to be the biggest in the world. So, if you can take your eyes off the stage long enough, don’t forget to look up!
** Pumpernickel’s NY Deli was voted #1 lunch spot for three years running;
** The Saranac Brewery is over 120 years old;
** Last but certainly not least, Café Canole Bistro and Pastry Shop – the home of the best Italian pastries!
Thank you so much Rosemary, not only for your insight into Utica, but for your unwavering, unbelievable devotion to OUR Midtown Men!
Category: Next Stop
The Midtown Men posted a link to this article on their Facebook page recently, and I think it is definitely worth a “re-run” – click here for ticket information for tonight’s Erie, PA show.
Published: October 04. 2012 12:01AM
Midtown Men to visit Warner Theatre on Oct. 10
“(She) really put the idea in our minds when we were on ‘The Today Show,’” said Christian Hoff, who won a Tony Award for his role on Broadway. “She asked us to come that night to sing at her 49th birthday party. We told her we had a show and she goes, ‘Oh, man.’
“The next year, for her 50th birthday party, we were the surprise entertainment at Tiffany’s in New York City. There we were, starting our own group out of ‘Jersey Boys’ for Katie Couric’s birthday. And it just took off from there.”
Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer loved performing the Four Seasons era of early rock so much — “Jersey Boys” tells the group’s story — that they couldn’t bear to stop.
“Let’s hang on, to what we got,” they basically decided.
Said Hoff: “What started as a side gig became a passion for putting our sound — what we had used to put a stamp on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway — and just send it to the moon with all the other great acts and great hits of the 1960s. This side gig has turned into a full-fledged rock and roll tour and we’re so thrilled.”
Backed by a seven-piece band, Hoff and his band mates — who spent three years together in “Jersey Boys” — showcase their lustrous vocal flair and appealing blend on well-known but spiffed-up hits such as “Time of the Season,” “Happy Together,” “Never My Love,” as well as Motown classics and more. They feature snazzy arrangements and showcase everybody.
“We all take turns on lead, which is unlike ‘Jersey Boys’ and that’s something our audiences really love,” Hoff said. “We love this more than ‘Jersey Boys’ because you get to hear all our voices in a new light. So, we lean on each other and we each shine on our own.”
Hoff was the lone Tony winning actor for “Jersey Boys,” though Spencer also scored a nomination. Christine Ebersol — Hoff’s one-time, real-life New Jersey neighbor — handed him the award.
“It was cool to have another Tony winner and a neighbor of yours doing it; it added to the surreal element of the day,” Hoff said. “When I saw Frankie Valli stand up, and the producer, and my colleagues in ‘Jersey Boys’ — it was just a cool thing, that rush of excitement. It meant the world to me.”
His world has revolved around music since age 11, when his older brother — now the Midtown Men’s tour manager — bought him a guitar. He started playing in bands early on. And his first Broadway show, the one that led to “Jersey Boys,” was “The Who’s Tommy.”
In addition to his Tony, Hoff owns a Guinness record for an unlikely category: most character voices recorded for an audio book. He did 241 voices — mostly long-gone movie stars — for “Tell Me How You Love the Picture.”
“I love to record books,” he said.
But he obviously loves old-time records even more.
We will randomly pick from those who correctly name the UAFS mascot:
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org or post as a comment on The Midtown Club website. The winner will be announced Sunday evening. Good Luck!!
Excerpt from a recent Texas A&M publication:
“Expect a high octane, high energetic concert with songs that every one knows,” …“They can sing, they can dance; you won’t be disappointed.”
Category: The MUSIC
Rascals to Reunite for Three Shows
By JAMES C. MCKINLEY JR., The New York Times
Steven Van Zandt has been trying to persuade his musical heroes the Rascals – the influential white soul group known for hits like “Good Lovin’ ” and “Groovin’ ” — to reunite since the early 1980s. But the four original members, who started the band as the Young Rascals in New Jersey in 1965, agreed to perform together only once since – at a private benefit concert in 2010.
Now Mr. Van Zandt, the actor, producer and longtime guitarist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has persuaded the Rascals to do a set of shows that will not only be the first concerts the quartet has performed together since the early ’70s, but will also tell the group’s history through archival footage, narration and dramatic film segments.
“It’s a hybrid of a live concert and a Broadway show, through a mixed-media presentation of a theatrical event,” said Mr. Van Zandt, who is producing the shows. “The four original guys will be performing, as they would in a regular concert, with a couple other elements mixed in – their own narration of their story, the history of the Rascals, done on these big screens, and then segments of actors playing them at critical points in their career.”
The show will run for three nights, from Dec. 13 through 15, at the newly reopened Capitol Theater in Port Chester, N.Y. Mr. Van Zandt has started a fund-raising campaign on the Kickstarter Web site to help underwrite the production, although he intends to finance it himself even if no donations are raised.
Gene Cornish, the Rascals’ guitarist, said the foursome had resisted reuniting for decades, despite several lucrative offers. (Three members did a brief tour in 1988.) But Mr. Cornish said they changed their minds after jamming at the 2010 Kristen Ann Carr Fund performance in New York City to raise money to fight cancer. “It was a really an ‘aha moment,’ ” Mr. Cornish, who is 68, said. “We realized how much we missed playing together.”
Mr. Cornish said the band agreed at that point to play another group of concerts if Mr. Van Zandt, who arranged the benefit, could come up with a show concept that would be more meaningful that a simple reunion to make money. He said he and the other band members — the keyboardist and singer Felix Cavaliere, the vocalist Eddie Brigati and the drummer Dino Danelli – were bowled over by the script Mr. Van Zandt wrote for them. “I was just overwhelmed to read our legacy on printed paper,” Mr. Cornish said.
Gene Cornish, on The Midtown Men (not from the original article):
“Their show brings back memories of the great soundtrack of my youth.
Singing along with them made me feel like a teenager again.”
The Rascals, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, were one of the most popular blue-eyed soul groups of the mid-1960s, emerging from the post-Twist bar scene in New York and New Jersey.
After they topped the Billboard singles chrt with a cover of the R&B song “Good Lovin’ ” in 1966, they had a string of Top 20 hits in the late 1960s, among them “Groovin’ ” in 1967 and “A Beautiful Morning” in 1968. They also wrote the civil rights anthem “People Got to Be Free” after the 1968 assassinations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.
By the time the group broke up in the early 1970s, the Rascals had earned a reputation as a principled band on civil rights issues. The band always demanded that a black act appear on the bill with them at their concerts, a stance that cost them some dates in the South.
The show, titled “Once Upon a Dream,” will feature lighting and visual elements designed by Marc Brickman, a veteran who most recently did Roger Waters’s “Wall” tour. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 28.