Archive for June, 2014

Street Crew Members Have A Blast With TMM And The NSO Pops

Catherine • June 29, 2014 • Comments (0)

“There’s something special that happens when you bring together four supremely talented men on a single stage, couple them with one of the nation’s finest orchestras and conductors, and arm them with the songbook from one of the greatest eras in Rock ‘n’ Roll history.  Add to that a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, some infectious choreography, and star chemistry—and you have a surefire recipe for a heck of a good time.” (by Derek Mong, DC Metro Theater Arts)

 

That’s exactly what (repeat) Street Crew Members Heather Powell and Jeanne Fleck experienced this weekend with The Midtown Men and the NSO Pops Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC!

 

Midtown Club Street Crew member Heather Powell with Christian Hoff after the show on Friday night.

Midtown Club Street Crew member Jeanne Fleck and her son Michael share some hugs with the Men after the show on Saturday night.

Category: Concerts, Fan Stories, STREET CREW, The MUSIC

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NJPAC part 2 – “…oh what a night of entertainment it was”

Catherine • June 22, 2014 • Comments (5)

I enjoyed All the moments!  Especially ALL the new songs we put in our special with all our new choreography. My wife who has done ten shows on Broadway said,”You all looked so good dancing together!  You all looked and sounded amazing!”  She was so impressed with the whole filming/concert experience. That is what I am most proud and pleased about is that my wife was so proud of All of Us! bobby

 

My apologies for taking so long to follow up on the NJPAC “pre-show” post!  I received an email from a friend yesterday saying “NJPAC is still in our minds. It was such a great evening!!!!”  And I believe she shares those thoughts with anyone who was there.  There were so many amazing moments – new songs, new choreography (which the Men made look so easy!) fabulous lighting, Gene Cornish…I could go on and on, but instead, I’ll share  some of the thoughts fans and a couple of the Men shared with me about the show itself.  Enjoy, and feel free to add your own thoughts as comments here!

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What a fabulous show!  The Midtown Men are not only great singers but also great entertainers and showmen.  The variety of their song selections is unbelievable…they can do that because they seamlessly switch off each other taking the lead on different songs.  This is not some sort of retrospective show…this is great songs done with more flair than the original recordings.  Pardon me for using a familiar cliché but there is no other way to describe it…oh what a night of entertainment it was. And to think we get to see it again on public television in a few months. David Cace

 

Daniel brings the house down every time he sings "Cry For Me"

It was the absolute BEST show to date that we have seen!! They were dancing up a storm and doing some fantastic new songs from some of the girl groups of the 60′s that really rocked!! Daniel’s solo of “Cry For Me” was a show stopper, I love it every time he does it…and so did the audience!  Michael’s new solo was great! Sounded a little gospel! Very cool! Christian’s solo is so heartfelt, his expressions just tell a story with every word he sings.  Bobby’s solo is as soulful as you can get!  They do everything so well, I could never pick a favorite! Just when I think I found one, I feel the same way about the next song! JoAnn C.

 

The show was amazing!! Beautiful venue, amazing lighting, and the guys were at their best— absolutely electric!!  I loved the new music and choreography… great adds to the show. I‘m contacting my local PBS station and demanding they pick it up locally, as soon as it’s available!! Sandra P

 

Gene Cornish thrilled the crowd when he joined the Men for "Groovin" - he plays a mean harmonica!

So thrilled to be in the audience for such an exciting event for one of the best, most talented groups around, The Midtown Men!!  Especially exciting to be there with my parents, and my daughter! Three generations all enjoying the same music. What an amazing night!

Hard to pick a favorite part of the evening, but some of the highlights, for me, were connecting with many other Midtown Men fans, dancing in my seat, leaping up for multiple standing ovations, and seeing Gene Cornish of The Rascals come out onto the stage to play harmonica during “Groovin” sung so beautifully! Awesome memory from a GREAT night! Tricia R

 

The show was great as always, and they just keep getting better & better. I love watching them dance! The best part of all is that they are the greatest guys and I am proud to call myself a fan!!! Donna G

 

It was … hysterical when (Daniel) was relaying his funniest moment and (he) made some mistakes and said “Oh well, they will edit that out anyway.”  Then we go to Bobby who says “Well you messing up just now was my funniest moment.”

Not to simplify things but their concerts are so happy and uplifting.  No matter what kind of a day you have had or what is going on in your world, you truly lose yourself in their performances.  They have the ability to transport you to a place where there are only smiles.  They don’t sing at you but they sing with you.  The ability to include the audience in such a way is a unique gift. Cynthia B

 

 

During the filming, we just did our thing, no stops, no retakes, raw and real. The only difference was ten or more cameras rolling and three trucks outside capturing the excitement onstage and in the audience. So many of our fans and friends there celebrating with us like always. Christian

 

 

I wish i was in the front row, because you guys were so good that i would have come up on the stage! George

 

This was my 11th show. It was just as exciting as my first one…I just love them.  Their concerts are always fantastic!  My favorite song of the night was when Daniel sang “Cry For Me”.  He has an outstanding voice!  Of course all the other songs they sang were top notch also. Donna St. J

 

 

Category: Christian Hoff, Concerts, Fan Stories, J. Robert Spencer, The MEN

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The Midtown Men at NJPAC…A Powerful Thing

Catherine • June 14, 2014 • Comments (4)

Before the show I was enjoying watching our dream crew do their thing.  Pre-production, design and planning were now in real time.  Just like our show itself, when it’s go time, it’s a powerful thing. Christian

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than two weeks since that magical night at NJPAC.  In the days and weeks preceding the big event, it seemed like THE DAY would never come.  Since then, though, time has flown by, but the memories of the night have not faded.

I thought it would be fun to relive the night through the eyes of those who were there.   I’ve gathered some thoughts and pictures from the guys and the fans, and today’s post will concentrate on the excitement of the pre-show events.  In the following days, look for more thoughts and pictures from the show and the post-show exhilaration.

 

In my mind, there was no better way to spend time before the show than visiting with other fans at the pre-show gathering.  So many wonderful people who I have “talked” to in emails, but have never actually met – I loved them all, loved having this bond with them, and loved sharing the experience with my daughter.  Thanks so much to all of you who came up to the Tier 3 Cafe and helped make this incredible evening even more special! Catherine

I was running around backstage ten minutes before the … show changing and ironing my shirts. JRS

I’m so glad I went (to the) pre show dinner, because it’s not only seeing TMM, it’s getting  together with friends we have made to share our obsession…. I mean passion. Norene H.

 

 

(One) of the highlights, for me, were connecting with many other Midtown Men fans. Tricia R.

Category: Christian Hoff, Concerts, Fan Stories, J. Robert Spencer, The MEN

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The Midtown Men Action Figures

Catherine • June 2, 2014 • Comments (2)

A few months back I posted a series of articles titled “Our Midtown Life” in which super fan Betsy Simek shared her Midtown Men experience.  In those articles, Betsy mentioned that she and her daughter Alicia and Alicia’s boyfriend Steve “have a tradition of bringing a little something to each show that we hoped would show our appreciation for the wonderful entertainment the Men provide, each and every show.”

Well, the recent show in Newark was no exception, and this time, they really outdid themselves!  Alicia and her helpers Betsy and Steve created these Midtown Men “Action Figures” (I call them) that were a huge hit with the Men.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

 

Stay tuned for more on the fabulous NJPAC show!

Category: Concerts, Fan Stories

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