Archive for January, 2014
BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman
“The Midtown Men, close-harmony quartet whose members were among the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” recently joined the Oklahoma City Philharmonic for a joyous and nostalgic trip through the music of the 1960s.”
“Every age group, from the silent generation to the millennials, has a commonality that binds them. And while the Midtown Men’s spectacular talents afford them an appeal that crosses generational boundaries, for those of us who are baby boomers, this was a powerful reminder of what it’s like to be young at heart.”
Published January 28, 2014 – click here to read review in its entirety.
The Midtown Men return to Atlanta this weekend to bring their love of ’60s music to the Cobb Energy Centre stage.
(The) Midtown Men’s show at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre will revive the ’60s
by: Sally Litchfield, The Marietta Daily Journal (excerpt – click here to read article in its entirety)
“There’s a story behind each song we sing and a connection to the audience. Everything we are is about connecting to the audience through the hits of the ’60s and bringing that music to life like we did for the Four Season’s music (in Jersey Boys),” (Christian Hoff) said.
Tickets can be purchased throughTicketmaster, charged by phone at (800) 745-3000, or at Cobb Energy Centre.
The Midtown Men played three shows this past weekend with The Grand Rapids Symphony, and according to MLive’s Jeff Kaczmarczyk, they had the audience hoping they would ‘work their way back’ soon!
(following is an excerpt from Kaczmarczyk’s January 18, 2014 post on mlive.com)
Midtown Men put Frankie Valli and Four Seasons back on stage with Grand Rapids Symphony
The Midtown Men, dapper in navy suits with skinny lapels and ties, dancing the steps that made the Four Tops and Jackson 5 famous, entertained with the enthusiasm of chorus members in their first leading role but with the poise and polish of seasoned veterans.
The four were a fun-loving, mutual admiration society, swapping stories for the audience, and sharing leads in songs by Neil Sedaka and by Gerry Goffin and Carole King with guest conductor Sarah Hicks leading the Grand Rapids Symphony.
… music of the Four Seasons made up the bulk of the show, and songs such as “Working My Way Back to You” likely left the audience hoping the Midtown Men would do so soon.
( click here to read full article and view more great pictures from the show)
The Midtown Men, who starred in the original Broadway production of “Jersey Boys,” join the Grand Rapids Symphony for hit songs from the 1960s on Jan. 17-19, 2014 in DeVos Performance Hall.
The following is an excerpt from an article written by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk for MLive.com – to read the article in its entirety, click here.
The Midtown Men join the Grand Rapids Symphony this weekend for its Pops Series in DeVos Performance Hall.
“I think people of all generations wish they could have been there to actually experience the ‘60s, because the ‘60s were so monumental, both musically and politically,” said (J. Robert) Spencer, a Tony Award-nominee who played Massi in “Jersey Boys.”
“You can understand the words, the passion and the meaning of the music, and the main message of that time, which was love,” Spencer said.
Along with crooning the Four Season’s biggest hits, The Midtown Men also apply their soaring falsetto singing to music by The Beatles and Motown groups.
Matching suits, slicked-back hair and choreographed dance moves accompany chart-topping ‘60s hits including such Four Seasons hits as “Dawn (Go Away)” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.
Guest conductor Sarah Hicks, principal pops conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, who also has worked by artists including Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson and Sting, leads the Grand Rapids Symphony and vocal quartet through such songs as The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love,” The Turtles’ “Happy Together,” and The Zombies’ “Time of the Season.”
Midtown Men includes (Michael) Longoria, who starred as Valli in “Jersey Boys,” and (Daniel) Reichard, a graduate of the University of Michigan, who played Gaudio in the Broadway show.
The Four Seasons throughout the 1960s enjoyed a reputation as clean-cut boys who wore suits and ties and sang songs about falling in love with nice girls.
… “Jersey Boys,” which weaves the Four Season’s songs into the tumultuous tale of their own roughneck-to-record success, has toured more than once to Grand Rapids, most recently last October, attracting audiences of all ages.
It’s not hard to see why, according to (Christian) Hoff, who starred as DeVito in “Jersey Boys,” winning a Tony Award for his performance.
“The quality and diversity of sound and storytelling in these songs represents many generations,” he said.
Grand Rapids Symphony
What: Pops Series with The Midtown Men
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
Where: DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW
Visit Ticketmaster or call 800-982-2787
According to the Wood Radio website:
WOOD Radio and the Grand Rapids Symphony invite you to experience the 60′s HITS OF THE MIDTOWN MEN, JANUARY 17-19 at Devos Hall.
Register to win a family four pack of tickets to see the SUNDAY January 19th, 3pm performance of 60′s HITS OF THE MIDTOWN MEN!
ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Receives two premium symphony tickets to the Sunday January 19th performance of 60′s HITS OF THE MIDTOWN MEN! at Devos Hall AND a $50.00 gift card to Leo’s downtown Grand Rapids!
Be sure to listen to West Michigan’s Morning News on WOOD Radio FRIDAY MORNING January 17th to hear us announce the four pack winners plus one GRAND PRIZE WINNER of a four pack of tickets to the 60′s HITS OF THE MIDTOWN MEN courtesy of the Grand Rapids Symphony and NEWSRADIO WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM!
(click here to visit the website and register to win!)
Broadway actors J. Robert Spencer (Jersey Boys, Next to Normal, [The Midtown Men]) and JennyLynn Suckling (All Shook Up) will be featured on tonight’s episode of House Hunters on HGTV.
In the episode, the New York City, who are always on the go with their two children, are hoping to have somewhere peaceful to retreat to, so they’re in the market for a vacation home in nearby Woodstock.
Keeping the house hunt a secret from their kids, their dream house would be cabin or barn-like with modern touches. Not long into their house hunt, however, their broker gives them the reality check that their budget isn’t going to get them what they want. Will they be forced to compromise to find a peaceful retreat?
Don’t miss the episode airing tonight, January 9 at 10:00 PM e/p on HGTV.
J. Robert Spencer was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Dan Goodman in Next to Normal. His Broadway credits include original Nick Massi in Jersey Boys (Tony Award Best Musical 2006, Grammy Award and Gold Record recipient), Side Show.
He has appeared on TV on “Law & Order,” “All My Children,” “Girls Behaving Badly” and on film in Night of the Dog (Audience Award winner at Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, and nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the SMMASH Film Festival), Farm Girl in NewYork (official selection for Atlanta, Big Apple, Seattle and nominated for Best Comedy in Sacramento).
His company, 7 Spencer Productions, recently wrapped their second film, titled Heterosexuals. Concerts: He recently performed with the Boston Pops for Handel’s Messiah Rocks currently available on CD/DVD by Sony Masterworks.
Read more about Broadway’s J. Robert Spencer Featured on Tonight’s HOUSE HUNTERS on HGTV – BWWTVWorld by www.broadwayworld.com
…at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre (Chicago)
The Midtown Men, a.k.a. the original stars of Broadway’s runaway hit Jersey Boys, are coming to Chicago with a whole new musical act that celebrates the love songs of the 1960s for two special Valentine’s Day performances, Friday, February 14 at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora. Tickets are $45 and $55. For tickets and information, call the Paramount box office, 630.896.6666, or visit ParamountAurora.com.
Don’t miss the top-shelf choreography, incredible harmonies and legendary onstage chemistry when the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show branches out from their acclaimed renditions of songs by the Four Seasons to bring you more sensational love songs by The Beatles, The Beach Boys and the best artists from the golden age of Motown. More than just a tribute to a bygone era, the Midtown Men will show you – or remind you – of what it was like to see those groundbreaking artists live onstage, playing their greatest hits.
Formed in 2007, The Midtown Men are Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer. Following their storied run on Broadway – where these four magnetic artists shared the stage for over a thousand performances and appeared on The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve and The U.S. Open – they have been selling out venues coast to coast living the dream they once portrayed on the stage. The New York Daily News raved “authenticity is the core of this musical brotherhood…the Midtown Men sound as crisp as their Rat Pack-inspired suits!”
Not only have they continued to win over audiences of all ages at their live performances, their self-titled debut album,The Midtown Men: Sixties Hits, has met with critical acclaim and garnered 5-star album reviews across iTunes. The album was recorded in New York City and features the group performing such iconic 60s hits as Can’t Buy Me Love, Up On The Roof, Time Of The Season, Candy Girl and more.
The Paramount Theatre is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois. Named “One of Chicago’s Top 10 Attended Theaters” by the League of Chicago Theaters, the 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre, located in the heart of downtown Aurora at 23 E. Galena Boulevard, is nationally renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, superb acoustics and historic, Art Deco beauty.
The Paramount Theatre opened on September 3, 1931. Designed by nationally renowned theater architects C.W. and George L. Rapp, the theater captures a unique Venetian setting portrayed in the art deco influence of the 1930s. The first air-conditioned building outside of Chicago, the Paramount offered the public a variety of entertainment, including “talking pictures,” vaudeville, concerts and circus performances for more than 40 years.
Happy New Year!! Before we can look forward into 2014, we have a little unfinished business from 2013!
December 20′s post, “Favorite Christmas Songs,” asked you to match Christmas songs with the Midtown Man who loves it. Stubbleyou was the only person to get this right:
‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ = Daniel Reichard
Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ = Michael Longoria
(I gave you this one – ‘Silent Night’ = J. Robert (Bobby) Spencer)
On December 27th you were asked to match the Men with a fond “Christmas Memory.” Several of you got this right – Congratulations!
family movies – Christian Hoff
sneaking a peek at Santa in Minnetonka – J. Robert (Bobby) Spencer
mob of kids waiting on the stairs – Daniel Reichard
Grandma’s tamales – Michael Longoria
Thanks to all who played along. And thanks to the Men for sharing a little bit of themselves with the fans!!
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