Archive for July, 2015
Last night, Saturday, July 25th, The Midtown Men took a break from their summer vacation to play to a “sold-out and enthusiastic audience” at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. Pat Abdalla was on hand and had this to say about the show:
Midtown men take sold-out casino crowd back to the ’60s
by PAT ABDALLA, citizensvoice.com, Published: July 26, 2015 (excerpts – click here to read story in its entirety)
J. Robert Spencer sat on a stool and, introducing the song he was about to sing, explained he’d heard the Beatles’ classic “In My Life” in a new way recently. He talked about how people move into and out of our lives, and he appreciated that fact in a new way as a husband and father, which gave the song a deeper meaning to him.
Then Spencer, who came to fame singing classic songs in the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” and currently as a member of the Midtown Men, leaned back and sang the opening lyrics, “There are places I remember …”
Spencer and his bandmates — Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard — brought the sold-out and enthusiastic audience back to the places of their childhood on a tour through the ’60s on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
The Midtown Men hit all the right notes, from the pop hits of bands like The Mamas & the Papas to the protest songs of groups like Buffalo Springfield to some of Motown’s biggest classics……
…Throughout the show, they took turns introducing each other to the audience, talked about touring the country and their love of ’60s music.
Longoria, who bounds about the stage like a mix of Valli and Bruno Mars, was self-deprecating.
“I can fit in your purse,” the diminutive singer said.
Reichard, who is sporting a new beard, stole the show with a rousing and heart-felt rendition of “Cry For Me” and a rollicking “Good Lovin.’” Both got audience members heads bobbing and received a loud ovation.
Hoff’s rendition of “For What It’s Worth” was powerful.
Spencer’s soulful baritone also connected with the crowd, particularly on “In My Life” and “California Dreamin.’” …
(all links added by themidtownclub.com)
J. Robert Spencer has been spending his summer in Glen Falls, NY. No, not on vacation, but on STAGE at the Adirondak Theatre Festival! Yes, Mr. Spencer has been a busy man. Not only did he headline the 2015 Adirondack Theatre Festival presentation of unCIVIL WAR, but he is an Executive Producer. AND in his spare time, he starred in his very first cabaret show!
THE UNCIVIL WAR
A bluegrass musical comedy along the Mason-Dixon
The Civil War’s six lone survivors retell the story of the infamous conflict…as it REALLY happened…
Adirondack Theatre Festival hits the jackpot with the new comedy musical unCivil War, which runs July 9 through Saturday, July 18, at the Charles Wood Theater.
[Glen Falls Chronicle]
Great interview by Ronda Triller in poststar.com:
J. Robert Spencer starts an interview with a warning: “I’m long-winded.”
Then the Tony Award nominee spends half an hour entertaining, telling stories about run-ins with celebrities, his favorite sweater (even Harvey Keitel likes it) and busking in New York City subways.
If he’s long-winded, there needs to be another term for close-talking windbag second cousins who corner you near the hors d’oeuvres table at family reunions to talk about their careers in insurance.
Spencer might talk a lot, but he has a lot of interest to say.
( click here to read in article its entirety)
The Midtown Club wishes to express heartfelt condolences to Jersey Boys co-writer Rick Elice on the loss of his husband, Roger Rees.
On July 15th the lights of Broadway dimmed in memory of late Tony Award-winning actor who died July 10 at the age of 71. Rees, a veteran of stage and screen, worked virtually to the last weeks of his life, appearing in the Broadway musical The Visit earlier this season until he was forced to withdrawal due to declining health.
“He will be fondly missed by many, and always greatly admired by the four of us.”
The Midtown Men
It goes without saying that the “night at the Beacon” (as many will fondly remember it) was a truly magical night – The Men so at home in New York City, the amazing special guests, the adoring audience…and for me, the very special added bonus of seeing so many cherished friends, some I have known for years, dating back to the early JB days, some coming to me through this website and TMM shows, and even a few newly made friendships that I hope will last a lifetime!
The Midtown Men are truly blessed with so many amazing fans all over the country. What a blast when a whole bunch of these fans converge! I feel so fortunate for the times I am able to join them – most recently for two once-in-a-lifetime opportunities (or would that be twice-in-a-lifetime? Anyway, you know what I mean) such as the NJPAC show filmed for PBS and the NYC homecoming show at the Beacon. Midtown Men fans are the absolute best! How wonderful to have a community of people who not only share our stories with each other, but who share a passion that few understand – a passion and love for these ridiculously talented, incredibly sweet, truly amazing men.
Thank you friends and fans for helping to feed the fire, stoke the flames, and spread the word of the Midtown Men experience. And thank you Christian, Michael, Daniel and Bobby for continuing to bring us all together!
1996 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Shirley Alston Reeves, former Lead Singer of the Shirelles, was one of The Midtown Men’s special guest stars at the recent Beacon Theatre concert. The crowd went wild when she declared “Tonight, I’m gonna be a Midtown Woman!”
What a thrill to be in the audience and experience Ms. Alston Reeves perform the Shirelles’ first #1 hit, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”