Archive for June, 2013
I can’t thank you enough for sending me everything. It was so great to have it and help promote the show. It was a great night and the show was AMAZING! I got to meet them after and take a picture. They were the nicest guys … how could I not have a good time with those personalities, voices and overall amazing show! Can’t wait to see them again.
Thank you again for all your help.
Category: STREET CREW
Tony Nominee J. Robert Spencer will return to the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) to star in the staged readings of Shawn Cody’s The Water Dream July 10-11 at The Pershing Square Signature Center, The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.
Directed by Jim True-Frost, the cast also includes Rent star Anthony Rapp, Karmine Alers (Rent), Alexis Hightower (Rent), Dee Roscioli (Wicked), Brian Dykstra (Lucky Guy), Josh Lamon (Hair), writer Cody, Doug Chapman, Adam Kern, Cheo Bourne, Alisa Ledyard and Alana Rader.
Readings will be held July 10 at 5 PM and July 11 at 5 PM and 9 PM.
“The concert at Harrah’s Resort was so incredibly phenomenal…”
The Midtown Men rock it out 1960s style at Harrah’s Resort
BY: CARLA IVES, examiner.com
If you’ve seen the original cast of “Jersey Boys” on Broadway, you’ve already seen Michael Longoria, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer, now known as The Midtown Men. Recently, I had the pleasure of being in the fourth row, center stage as a guest of Harrah’s Resort. The Midtown Men had that crowd of baby boomers out of their seats and dancing in the aisles with their expert renditions of some of the greatest songs of the 1960s.
“Jersey Boys” told the story of the rise of the group The Four Seasons. There were quite a few numbers from The Four Seasons in the show, but that was far from all of it. The guys told the audience that during the run of “Jersey Boys,” they found they enjoyed the music of the 60s so much that they started getting together and working out harmonies and arrangements for other 60s’ songs. Those impromptu sessions led to one of the highest energy and greatest performances you’ll ever see on a stage.
The music flowed with great stories in between and lots of fun up on that stage. Except for one very quick break, they never stopped. The hits just kept on comin’ with everything from The Four Seasons’ “Let’s Hang On,” “Dawn” and “Candy Girl” to “My Girl,” originally sung by The Temptations and “Time of the Season,” originally sung by The Zombies.
I had spoken to J. Robert Spencer about a week before the performance and just happened to meet all the guys in Bill’s Bar & Burger before the show. You couldn’t meet a nicer bunch of young men if you tried. They were fun, chatty and you could tell they truly love their fans.After the show, their CD, “Sixties Hits,” was available for sale in the lobby. Sometimes at a concert, the CDs are pre-signed and hawked by someone from the entertainer’s organization, but not this time. When you got to the table, you met Michael, Christian, Daniel and Bobby, pen in hand, ready to personally sign your CD and/or have their picture taken with you.
So if you grew up with the music of the 1960s, as I did, or you just love it, you have to see The Midtown Men when they come to your town. I can’t recommend them highly enough. The concert at Harrah’s Resort was so incredibly phenomenal that I sincerely wish there were more than five stars available for this review. . . many more.
A new season for Midtown Men
Group that once portrayed Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito et al brings a more eclectic show to Costa Mesa.
By Rhea Mahbubani, dailypilot.com
The Midtown Men bicker all the way to the stage — as brothers might.
The singers could be arguing about which socks look best or which attorney to bring on board, and the next instant, they’re straightening ties or tossing towels to one another.
“No matter what, we huddle before every show and give thanks,” Christian Hoff said. “We encourage each other to go out there and have fun.”
The unlikely foursome came together almost by accident nearly 10 years ago — a number that they find hard to believe — as original members of the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys.”
As the Midtown Men, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Hoff, will take the spotlight at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. They will be accompanied by about 88 members of the Pacific Symphony.
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The toils of Street Crew have their perks! The Midtown Men really appreciate the time and effort put in by each and every Street Crew member!
A huge thank you to Doreen C. and Cathy C. for their efforts in NJ!
A message from Cathy C.:
Hi Catherine, Street Crew Member Cathy Cole, hanging out with the wonderful & very talented
Midtown Men in Atlantic City, NJ. Also saw them Friday night in Morristown, NJ. Both shows were sold out! Street Crew Members must be doing their job. Both shows were GREAT!
Christian Hoff Of The Midtown Men Talks Bringing Music of The ’60s & Happy Times To Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
by jmarmo, atlantic city blog
If you love the upbeat music of the ’60s, you totally loved Jersey Boys, and if you love Jersey Boys, you’re sure to love The Midtown Men! And if you’ve never seen Jersey Boys, you’ll still love The Midtown Men. Who are these mysterious dudes? The original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys! Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer. These guys had such a dynamite on-stage connection that they decided to keep it going in a slightly different capacity after their Broadway run came to an end! If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? The Midtown Men take the Four Seasons songs made even more popular in Jersey Boys and more hits from the ’60s to tell the real story of Hoff, Longoria, Reichard and Spencer. And they give the audience a killer time while doing it. Lucky for you, you could be one of these audience members because they are coming to Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City this Saturday!
We chatted with the group’s Christian Hoff about all this and more! Read the interview, below.
TAC: How did your big break for Jersey Boys come about?
Christian Hoff: I knew the director, Des McAnuff, back from the “Tommy days” on Broadway. He was trying to track me down and had me in mind for this role of Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys before it was even written. He finally found me because I was kind of laying low and he got me back in the racket. He told me that he had a show that he wanted me to do and that I’d be perfect for it. He wanted to know if I wanted to go back to Broadway. I told him if he wanted me to do it, I would take it all the way and we certainly did that. It was basically all the way to the Super Bowl. That Tony Award is my Super Bowl ring.
TAC: We were just going to ask about that Tony Award! How has it changed your life? (click “Read Post” below to read interview in its entirety)
The Midtown Club recently asked fans to share their favorite Midtown Men moment, and we had a lot of great responses. I have added what will always be my favorite Midtown Men moment – well, it’s actually more than a moment … it was a night that will be forever in my heart. Click here to see the updated post.
Perhaps Cathy C. took her inspiration from a BOGO special at the super market, but however she came up with the idea, what a great way to advertise The Midtown Men’s upcoming Morristown (Friday) and Atlantic City (Saturday) shows :
Way to take advantage of a situation, Cathy! Thanks to you and all the wonderful Street Crew for your support, dedication, and ingenuity!!
Midtown Club Street Crew Member Doreen Capasso had a blast papering Morristown, NJ for this weekend’s show!
“I am so excited about the shows! Friday at Morristown and Saturday at AC. We very often go to shows back-to-back! They will be our 19th and 20th shows seeing The Midtown Men!” DC
20 shows! I think that may qualify Doreen and Frank for SuperFan status!
Category: STREET CREW