Archive for November, 2015
Hutch crowd captivated by Midtown Men’s ’60s magic
LYDIA LOWE, The Hutchinson News
The 1960s were alive and well this past Thursday night when the Midtown Men made a stop at the Fox Theatre in Hutchinson.
There was a lot of interest in this show from the time it was announced as part of the regular 2015/2016 season. This show did not disappoint. Opening to a sold-out audience, the Midtown Men wowed everyone with classic ’60s songs that appeared fresh and new, even though everyone in the audience knew all the words. Singing along was expected and encouraged.
I enjoyed the backdrops on the stage and the layout of the guitars, drums, brass instruments and keyboard. The outfits were vintage 1960s, complete with skinny ties. It was a class act through and through, as much fun to watch as to listen to.
A video screen at the back of the stage played a variety of vintage black-and-white video of various groups whose songs were being sung on stage as well as video of the Midtown Men at photo ops and on the streets of New York, which lent an air of fantasy and a Broadway feel to the overall production. Truly the audience was no longer in Kansas anymore.
When the music started back up after the break, people left whatever line they were in, be it concessions or bathrooms, to return to the auditorium and their seats. No one wanted to miss a single note that was played or sung on the stage. The Midtown Men had captivated the crowd.
At the end of the evening, the Midtown Men exited to the lobby to sign autographs, meet and greet the patrons, and take photos with anyone who requested one. Even with an early departure time the following day, the group stayed until the last person left the lobby.
The Midtown Men have several private performances lined up after their show at the Fox Theatre. The next performance planned for general audiences is on Dec. 15 in Avon Park, Florida.
There were so many fantastic memories from the Nov 6th -8th JB Anniversary weekend! Here are some great photo shares from some who were there.
A huge Thank You goes out to Audrey Rockman, who organized a group of 60+ tickets for Friday night’s show. Audrey, you rock!
Lulu Thompson took a little bit of the party back to the room with her! (And no, she did not steal them, my hand to God!)
Thank you Peter and Jean Albini for sharing these great pictures!
Category: Fan Stories
It’s that time of year again – time for Daniel’s annual Holiday Concert! Who wouldn’t want to be under the mistletoe with these two handsome gentlemen?
Daniel Reichard, veteran of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, returns to Birdland Jazz Club at 6pm on December 13 and 20 for his eighth New York City holiday concert, Daniel Reichard’s Under the Mistletoe! Featuring an eight-piece band, the concert will include holiday favorites originally popularized by artists like Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, and Johnny Mathis, along with Christmas stories and unexpected guest stars and surprises.
All of the proceeds from the show will go to Broadway Barks, an organization founded 17 years ago by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, which helps New York City’s shelter animals find permanent homes. Every year, Broadway Barks hosts a star-studded dog and cat adoption event in Shubert Alley, which is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
“My holiday show is a very special tradition,” says Reichard, “because not only is it entertaining for audiences, but it involves everyone in the spirit of giving at Christmastime. Having happily participated at the Broadway Barks adoption event in the past, I am so proud to further support this important organization. My dog has changed my life for the better. So many helpless dogs and cats need homes, and Broadway Barks reminds us that we need to take care of them. Our animals give us so much back in return.”
November 8th was a banner day in Midtown Manhattan when Jersey Boys celebrated 10 years on Broadway – the 12th longest running show in Broadway history! And our Midtown Men were there – for the celebration, yes, but they were also there 10 years ago, when it was all still ahead of them…
Fans were thrilled to see them get the recognition and love they so deserve!
Here are some of my favorite pictures from this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
What a thrill it was to run into these gentlemen in the lobby of the August Wilson before the show!
The energy and excitement from the stage permeated the theater and continued down the street to a star-studded party at the beautiful Novotel Hotel.
If you have any pictures or stories you would like to share about the JB weekend, please leave a comment here or email your pictures to email@example.com.
We want people to laugh and smile and feel wonderful emotions in an experience of an era of music. DR
The Midtown Men play Milwaukee’s Marcus Center this Friday night. In anticipation of the event, Daniel Reichard shared what it was like being the first to play Bob Gaudio on Broadway and how the four men have come to tour as The Midtown Men. Following is an excerpt from the Examiner. Click here to read the interview in its entirety.
DR: It’s incredible … you just feel lucky. But then to do what we’ve done as far as creating Midtown Men- I’m even more proud of doing Midtown Men than I am of doing “Jersey Boys” and it’s because it’s something that we’ve created from our own experiences- we choreographed it together, we produced it together, we’ve directed it together, we picked our own suits together, we’ve overseen every creative decision surrounding this and it really is a reflection of who we are as a quartet…. So we took this little dream and we ran with it.
EC: What do you hope audiences get from seeing The Midtown Men?
DR: I hope that people truly get an evening of their lives when they come see us where they get to turn of the screens on their iPhones, turn off the TVs and enjoy live music. Whether they grew up to these songs or they’re young people hearing these songs for the first time, they get to forget all of the things going on outside- all the chaos of our world. We want people to laugh and smile and feel wonderful emotions in a experience of an era of music.
The Midtown Men perform one night only at Milwaukee’s Marcus Center on Friday, November 20 at 8 pm. Tickets are available online or by calling 414-273-7206.
Huge Congratulations to all current and former cast members of this incredible show – most especially our Midtown Men, Christian, Daniel, J. Robert and Michael!!
Oh What A Night Indeed!
Congratulations to Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Michael Longoria as they prepare to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Jersey Boys on Broadway! JB joins an elite group of shows that made it 10 years on the Great White Way, including Phantom of the Opera, Chorus Line and Wicked! And we all know that if you can make it 10 years there, you can make it 10 years anywhere, right Midtown Men?
Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers and Fans will gather this weekend to pay tribute to this amazing show that gave birth to our beloved Midtown Men. Many of us “Midtown Clubbers” have a story from the early days, when it was all still ahead of them, and us. If you have a story, please share it here in comments, and if you have a picture to go with that story, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share it here on the Club site.