Archive for February, 2013
It’s a gorgeous day in sunny Florida today, with temperatures in the low 70′s, not a cloud in the sky and best of all for Florida, no humidity. But by 7:30 tonight, it will be hot, hot, hot as The Midtown Men steam it up at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach!
A huge thank you to Carol VanSalisbury and Melissa Aldrich who worked so hard to help fill this vast 2500 seat space. The Midtown STREET CREW is awesome!!
Stay tuned for a first-hand account of the show, as I will be in attendance tonight, rockin’ alongside Carol, Missi and the MEN!
Josh Lingenfelter, Director of Marketing for Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University, appeared on IndyStyleTV today to talk about The Midtown Men’s upcoming visit.
(starts at :48)
From boys to Midtown Men
By Otis R. Taylor Jr., The State
As one of The Midtown Men, the dashing vocal quartet that sings decades-old songs, Daniel Reichard is a smooth guy on stage. But he admits that singing hits of yesteryear on stages across the country wasn’t in his career plans.
“With this opportunity that came along, somewhat accidentally, with The Midtown Men, I’ve really been able to see the country in a way I didn’t imagine,” he said.
He mentioned Lafayette, La., and Portland, Maine. On Monday and Tuesday, he’ll be in Columbia. The Midtown Men will perform at 7:30 p.m. both nights at the Koger Center as part of the Broadway in Columbia series.
Reichard, who was building a profile on Broadway, doesn’t get to perform in productions because of his busy touring schedule. And he’s away from his New York City home.
“For me, this has been the most powerful, profound experience in my career,” Reichard said.
More so than “Jersey Boys,” the long-running play that gave him a big break, he added.
“With The Midtown Men, we started it and it kept growing,” he continued. “In that way, it’s been extremely gratifying. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I’ve got to appreciate it.”
Briefly, here’s how the opportunity came about: Reichard was in the original cast of “Jersey Boys,” a musical documentary on The Four Seasons (later known as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons), acting alongside the other Midtown Men — Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and J. Robert Spencer — for more than 1,000 performances. Hit songs from the ’60s such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” and “Stay” are included in the musical.
Reichard, Hoff, Longoria and Spencer began performing concerts as the Boys. It led to a 2010 lawsuit by the members of The Four Seasons and the “Jersey Boy” playwrights that claimed the Boys were trying to mislead audiences. That year the quartet changed its name to The Midtown Men and life began imitating art.
“It’s certainly not what I thought I’d be doing,” Reichard said. “Now what we’re doing is living a rock ’n’ roll adventure. In a way, we’re living out the lifestyle that we portrayed in ‘Jersey Boys.’ Now we’re going out and actually living it.”
The Midtown Men are like ambassadors of’60s music, back when vocal group harmonies were still cool. There’s a Motown sequence in the show. The quartet weave in tales from their lives.
Now the characters they have to study are themselves.
“I’ve really enjoyed branching off into the role of Daniel,” Reichard said. “Our show is self-deprecating. I enjoy having fun with the self-deprecation. Being an entertainer, that’s the part I enjoy the most.
“I like the freedom to be ourselves and making audiences laugh from the way we’re observing our lives and the towns we’re visiting.”
The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $47-$58; (803) 251-2222 or www.capitoltickets.com
Congratulations to Matt M. for correctly filling in the blanks on our Sherry lyrics quiz. Matt wins two tickets to see The Midtown Men at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, SC Tuesday night!
(Why don’t you come out) to my twist party
(Come out) where the bright moon shines
Thank you to those who participated in our little contest. Be on the lookout for more chances to win tickets … maybe in your town next!!
Congratulations to Melissa for correctly filling in the blanks to win 2 tickets to see The Midtown Men on Monday night at the Koger Center in Columbia, SC!
“I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you, for all my life. When you’re with me, baby the skies will be blue, for all my life.”
Now, for a chance to win tickets to Tuesday night’s show, correctly fill in these blanks (5 words):
(Why don’t you come out) to my twist party
(Come out) _____ ___ ______ ____ _____
Be sure to leave your answer as a comment here. The winner will be announced Sunday evening!
The Midtown Club is giving away a pair of tickets to see The Midtown Men in Columbia, SC on Monday night!! All you have to do to be eligible to win is correctly fill in the blanks to this hit 60s song:
“I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you, for all my life. When you’re with me, —- — —– —- — —-, — — — —-.”
On Saturday morning we will announce the lucky winner, AND give away a pair of tickets for the Columbia show on Tuesday night!
Be sure to leave your answer here (comment) on The Midtown Club website.
click here for ticket information
Hard to believe, but it just keeps getting better! At least that’s what the folks in Wilmington, Delaware are saying! The Midtown Men made a return visit to The Grand recently, and Heather Powell was front and center with her family. According to Heather, “Oh What A Night, indeed!”
THE MIDTOWN MEN are sharing some VALENTINE’S love in Maine!
Just saw MM at The University of Maine @ Orono Collins Center for the Performing Arts! HOLY SMOKES folks…GO SEE THIS SHOW! For Robert (Bob)…I’m trying to click on the “LOVE” button, but LIKE is all I can find ; ) Thanks fellas for a PERFECT night & sharing your first time in Maine with us. PLEASE come back!!! ♥
Happy Valentine’s Day to THE MIDTOWN MEN and the lucky folks they’ll be sharing it with in Portland tonight!!