Archive for April, 2014
The Midtown Club would like to wish Christian Hoff a very Happy Birthday! I’m sure the good people of Kitchener, Ontario will show him some birthday love tonight!
I believe last year’s birthday wishes deserve a repeat…click here to revisit the post.
Category: Christian Hoff
The Midtown Men will perform tonight, April 12th, at The Uptown Theatre in beautiful Napa, California.
If you are attending the show, why not come in a little early and visit the Courtyard Cafe, serving lite fare and wine and beer. Or check out one of the nearby restaurants. Show them your ticket stub and ask if they offer any theatre goers specials.
Daniel Reichard discusses the Midtown Men “brotherhood”, among other things, with the Great Falls Tribune
excerpt from: ‘Midtown Men’ celebrates music of the ’60s at Mansfield Center next week
Written byJake Sorich, Great Falls Tribune Staff Writer
(click here to read interview in its entirety)
Keeping the spirit of that core group of “Jersey Boys” intact has helped create an organic, natural evening of entertainment, (Daniel) Reichard told the Tribune.
“We’re playing out our friendship on stage for people in a very comedic way,” he said. “It’s a funny friendship, a brotherhood, and we do a lot of making fun of each other and making fun of ourselves. I think people really enjoy getting to see what all these years of singing together does for us.”
“The Midtown Men” is a musical journey that brings to life the men’s favorite ’60s hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, The Four Seasons and more.
The familiarity they share with each other also extends to the music. Reichard said aside from the original artists, they’ve likely performed these hits more than anyone.
“Some of these songs we’re doing our own versions, and some of the songs we’re performing as Midtown Men are newer to us, but others we’ve literally sung thousands of times together on stage,” he said. “You could argue that you know, besides the Four Seasons themselves, we’ve sung some of these songs more than anybody else has.”
Reichard said the show isn’t as much a tribute performance as it is Broadway veterans performing their favorite songs with a “Rat Pack vibe.”
“Midtown Men,” the Broadway in Great Falls production, takes place Thursday at the Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts theater. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 406-455-8514 or at the door.
On Wednesday, April 9, The Midtown Men will help the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts celebrate the 90th Anniversary of “A Glorious Tradition”…The The Roaring ’20s, heyday of flappers and bootleggers. Women get the vote. King Tut’s tomb is discovered. And on April 9, 19 24, a dazzling new venue opens in beautiful Santa Barbara – The Granada.
In addition to offering premieres and sneak previews of historic films such as Gone With the Wind and Guys and Dolls, The Granada has played host to the 20th century’s greatest artists and entertainers: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, Sir John Gielgud, Ethel Barrymore, Al Jolson, Will Rogers, Helen Hayes, Jon Vickers and Martha Graham have all graced the stage with their presence. The Granada is where art and history converge, a grand theatrical tradition that adds immeasurably to the spirit of Santa Barbara.
THEATRE: It’s time to be men in Midtown, boys (excerpt)
by Gary Smith: TheSpec.com, MetrolandMedia
(click here to read article in its entirety)
When Jersey Boys came along and (Daniel) Reichard was cast, he had no idea what a life-altering experience it would be. For one thing he met his best friends in that show. For another, it gave him a chance to play a choice role on Broadway singing the sort of music he loves.
“I’m younger than the people who lived through the ’60s, but you’d have to be under a rock not to know this music. It’s social change music and I love that. I love the guy group songs. It’s men wearing their hearts on their sleeves.”
“For me, The Beatles, The Temptations, The Four Seasons are just the best. When I finished doing Jersey Boys on Broadway and it was time for me to move on I guess I didn’t really want to say goodbye to the music, or to my stage partners. The Midtown Men was the answer.”
“The music we sing is comfort food for the soul. It just makes you feel good. The ’60s was a revolutionary and exciting time for song writing. The songs from then have a resonance and significance that’s lasted. I love the music written today, but I don’t think people will be singing it in 50 years.
“I don’t want to sound like some jaded old grouch, but today it’s more about image than expression. Many artists aren’t going as deep as they should. The ’60s had such euphoric feeling. The music was about living and loving.”
The Midtown Men will be in concert April 22 at Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. For ticket information, visit call 1-855-985-5000 or visit ticketmaster.com