Archive for February, 2014
Valentine’s proposal takes center stage at Paramount
By Denise Crosby, Aurora Beacon News
The audience that packed the Paramount Theatre in Aurora Friday night to hear the Midtown Men perform the greatest hits of the 1960s got a special Valentine’s Day surprise.
No one was more taken aback, however, than 57-year-old Ann Briggs of Addison, when she was called up on stage during the second half of the performance.
With the four original cast members of the Tony Award-winning “Jersey Boys” surrounding her, Briggs’ boyfriend pulled out a diamond ring and asked her to marry him.
“You are the wind beneath my sails,” Andy Hotaling told the obviously “shocked” Briggs before making her his fiancé in front of 1,800 delighted theatergoers.
Hotaling, a 67-year-old pediatric surgeon at Loyola Medical Center, had planned the surprise weeks in advance by calling Midtown Men managers to see if the critically-acclaimed quartet would be willing to play along.
And they were more than delighted to help stage the surprise.
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It’s not too late to spend Valentine’s Day with FOUR very handsome, very talented, and extremely entertaining MEN!
The Midtown Men 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, today, February 14 at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.
For tickets and information, call the Paramount box office, 630.896.6666, or visit the Paramount website.
Daniel Reichard joined BroadwayWorld Rhode Island to discuss The Midtown Men‘s upcoming debut at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Reichard spoke warmly about the enduring friendship and professional collaboration between the men in the group … and the lasting resonance of the music of the 1960s.
“The memories being made together as The Midtown Men for me have almost eclipsed the Jersey Boys memories – and that says a lot, because the Jersey Boys experience on Broadway was so thrilling – but I think when you create something yourself, you’re not just part of creating something but you literally build something from nothing to something successful, there’s just something special about it. It’s your baby.” DR
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The Midtown Men play the Providence Performing Arts Center for one night only, Wednesday, February 12, 2014. To purchase tickets, contact PPAC by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787), book online, or visit the box office at 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI.
Bruno Mars and his band put on an amazing halftime show at last night’s Super Bowl. From the opening (spectacular) drum solo to the closing notes of the beautiful “Just The Way You Are,” and all the cool dance moves in between, Mars’s high energy performance was just what the audience needed after a snoozer of a first half of football!
When I first heard that Mars would be the half time entertainment this year, I was pretty excited. I mean, come on, The Midtown Men had played a private event with him recently – how impressive is that? And I can’t help but think that maybe Bruno was just a little impressed with The Midtown Men, too. Let’s look at the similarities: there was certainly a little “throw back” vibe to the music, all the way back to 60s Motown. And how about those suits? The glittery gold, skinny lapel and tie look taken straight out of the 60s, and except for the glitter, straight from The Midtown Men’s wardrobe! Having the band similarly attired, and performing those cool, choreographed dance moves was a direct reference to acts from The Temptations to the Four Tops to, dare we say it, The Midtown Men!