Archive for November, 2013
No one has been able to match the Midtown Men with their favorite Thanksgiving dish!! Here’s a hint:
I had deep fried turkey for the first time yesterday, and Christian is right, it was out of this world! And I made the sweet potatoes and topped half of the casserole with marshmallows. That way, both Bobby and Daniel would be happy.
Okay, now everybody try again.
On this holiday of feasting and giving thanks, I am so thankful for the friends I’ve made through The Midtown Club, and for all of your continued support of The Club and of our Midtown Men!
And in keeping with the “feasting” aspect of the holiday, I thought it would be fun to pose the question: What is your favorite food to eat on Thanksgiving?
And why not make a contest out of it?!? Correctly match each dish below with The Midtown Man who loves it. All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing for a Midtown Men Christmas CD, “All Alone On Christmas!”
(please leave answers as Comments on the Club site)
Daniel Reichard’s 54 Below Holiday Shows Will Benefit the Actors Fund
By Adam Hetrick21, Playbill.com, Nov 2013
Original Jersey Boys cast member Daniel Reichard will perform two December benefit concerts at 54 Below.
Featuring musical direction by Adam Souza (Wicked), the evenings of song promise “to be both sweetly nostalgic and lightheartedly irreverent.” Expect classic holiday hits along with treasured favorites from the Great American Songbook.
“My holiday show has become a self-imposed December tradition,” Reichard said in a statement. “Growing up the eighth of nine children, I require more attention at Christmas. In all seriousness, the most satisfying aspect of the holiday show is that every year, I choose a different charitable organization to support with 100 percent of my proceeds. This year, I am honored to be supporting The Actors Fund.”
There is a $30-$40 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. 54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. For more information and tickets, visit 54Below.
NY1′s Roma Torre describes this show as “An instant rush of holiday spirit – Reichard reclaims the pure magic of Christmas!”
Category: Daniel Reichard
Planning a trip to the Big Apple this holiday season? Here are a few dates for you to keep in mind when booking that trip!
Midtown Men pay handsome musical homage to the 1960s
By Lawrence Toppman
Posted: Friday, Nov. 01, 2013
The Midtown Men – a strange name, but apt. They strike a balance between uptown suavity (Hugo Boss suits, their website says) and a bit of downtown funkiness, when their 1960s songbook ventures toward Detroit. And they made their names in midtown Manhattan when they met in the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys” eight years ago.
The close-harmony quartet joined the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Friday night for They’ve sung together as Midtown Men for six years, and they know exactly how to handle a crowd. I would guess the lone moment of spontaneity came when a singer knocked over a stool in the first half (and ad-libbed smoothly), but that makes their energy and commitment even more impressive. To run a musical express train night after night is no easy task.
They work the “Jersey Boys” angle ceaselessly: in anecdotes, reminiscences about cast members, reminders that the musical and its cast album won Tony and Grammy awards. Slightly less than half the musical material in this show comes from “Jersey Boys,” from the opening “Let’s Hang On”/Working My Way Back to You” medley to the second encore of “Bye Bye Baby.”
The Four Seasons weren’t known for slow material, and their philosophy affects this concert. In the first half, midtempo tunes such as “Up on the Roof” and “Time of the Season” slow the pace briefly, but we don’t really get a quiet ballad until well after intermission: “My Eyes Adored You,” arranged for all four to sing rotating leads in a version that surpasses the original in tenderness. (Heresy, I know.)
Michael Longoria doesn’t do a mere Frankie Valli impression in the Four Seasons numbers: His raspy falsetto and note-bending style make him his own man. The unusual thing about Midtown Men is that all the guys can blend, but all can be solid soloists: Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer each capably carry a song every three or four numbers. (None has a voice lower than baritone, though, so all the harmonies are high.)
They brought their own combo, headed by pianist/arranger George Maurer, but his arrangements treated the Charlotte Symphony as more than a beefy string section. The orchestra and buoyant conductor Albert-George Schram brought sonic splendor to “Dawn,” and even Tina Turner would have enjoyed the grandeur of “River Deep, Mountain High.” (On the other hand, a hyperinflated “Big Girls Don’t Cry” sounds overblown.)
The listing on the Blumenthal Performing Arts website isn’t quite accurate: The Midtown Men don’t do songs by the Beach Boys, and some tunes don’t come from the 1960s. They do perform a Motown medley, as advertised, and prove middle-aged white guys in matching gray suits can have their own kind of soul.
Click here for tickets to Saturday night’s show (Nov 2, 8pm at Belk Theatre, Charlotte.)