Archive for November, 2012
While The Midtown Men are thrilling audiences in Brampton, Ontario, this weekend (2pm and 8pm today), the good people of Baton Rouge are anxiously awaiting their turn. The Men will visit the River Center Theatre for one show only at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26th. Tickets are still available – click here for more information.
In anticipation of the show, John Wirt of the Baton Rouge Advocate, wrote a great article on The Midtown Men from J. Robert Spencer’s perspective. The following are excerpts from that article.
Broadway bond spawns vocal group
By John Wirt
November 23, 2012
The Jersey Boys became the Midtown Men.
Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer, original cast members in the Tony-winning Broadway hit, Jersey Boys, performed more than a thousand shows in the musical based upon the 1960s pop vocal group, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons…
…Following their three-and-a half-year run as the Jersey Boys, Hoff, Longoria and Reichard formed the Midtown Men. Spencer moved on to another Broadway hit, Next To Normal, a Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner.
Once Next To Normal had run its course for Spencer, he got a call from his fellow former Jersey Boys.
“They’d been on the road with this group, the Midtown Men,” Spencer recalled. “They said, ‘We need the fourth original guy. We need you.’
“The timing was right,” Spencer said. “I had done Next To Normal for two years. I thought, ‘There’s not much more I can get out of this show. Midtown Men is something I can do with my best friends, singing songs of the ’60s, songs I love.’ Before I knew it, we were on stage together…”
…“The Midtown Men do the Four Seasons, but we do all these other great songs, too, like the Mamas and the Papas and the Turtles,” Spencer said. “We listen to those classic albums over and over again. You really do start living them. You start understanding the meaning of the songs more, and what was going on in the world when the songs were written.”
Spencer, having portrayed Four Seasons bass singer Nick Massi in Jersey Boys, can exploit his broader vocal range as a Midtown Man.
“Nick sang the iconic riffs from those hits,” Spencer said. “In ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ he sang, ‘Silly boy, silly girl.’ So no one who saw Jersey Boys knew how much I can sing because they only heard the Four Seasons songs.”
The Midtown Men released their album debut, Sixties Hits, in 2011. The original Jersey Boys cast album, released in 2005, sold more than a million copies.
“That’s pretty crazy, for a Broadway actor to have gold and platinum records on his wall,” Spencer said…
The Midtown Men began their 77-city 2012-13 tour in August in Asbury Park, N.J. The group also is excited about its Christmas single, “All Alone On Christmas.” Steven Van Zandt, a member of Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band, produced this new version of the song, which he originally wrote for the Home Alone 2 soundtrack.
Van Zandt’s wife, Maureen, who’d seen the opening night of Jersey Boys and later attended Midtown Men concerts, encouraged her husband to work with the Midtown Men.
“We’re proud of the song and we’re proud of our relationship with Stevie,” Spencer said. “And my wife, she’s the biggest critic in the world, she’s been like, ‘Bobby, I cannot stop listening to this Christmas song!’ And our kids have it memorized. In my opinion, it could rank up there as one of those Christmas songs that people listen to every year.”
(Download your copy of “All Alone On Christmas” here. 100% of proceeds from all downloads in 2012 will go to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief.)
St. Peter’s PAC understands how hard New Jersey and New York residents have been hit by Sandy and are offering discounted tickets to the December 8th performance of The Midtown Men. Act quickly, beause this is a limited time offer through Groupon.
Click here to take advantage of this fabulous offer. Thank you, St. Peter’s, for making it a little easier for the good people of NY and NJ to put a little joy into their lives!
In case you haven’t heard the news, The Midtown Men recently released their first ever Christmas single, “All Alone On Christmas.”
It should come as no surprise that the song AND the release stay true to The Midtown Men style – over the top and classy! For this is no ordinary Christmas song, no this is a song originally written by “Little” Steven Van Zandt (of E-Street Band fame) which was recently given a new arrangement specifically for The Midtown Men. Not only did Van Zandt create the new arrangement and produce the single, he also plays guitar on the track with musicians from the E Street Band. That in itself is exciting enough, but add to this Christian, Bobby, Daniel and Michael’s beautiful harmonies, and you’ve got a true winner!
And this is no ordinary “release”, either. No, this digital release of “All Alone On Christmas” offers an opportunity for us all to get involved and “give back”, as The Men have pledged all their 2012 download proceeds to the Red Cross to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Obviously a win-win.
St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ presents a huge oppportunity to aid in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, AND an added incentive to purchase tickets to their upcoming show – The Midtown Men on Saturday, December 8th:
Share this on your FACEBOOK page and your name will be entered into a drawing for a Midtown Men tote bag!!
Click here to purchase tickets for The Midtown Men at St. Peter’s Performing Arts Center.
Reading the accounts of the devastation in so many parts of our country caused by Hurricane Sandy, our thoughts turn, not only to those of our Midtown Men and band members who live in and around New York City, but to the beautiful places and beautiful people The Men have visited recently who will never be quite the same …
Our thoughts go out to all of you, as we pray for your speedy recovery.
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