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THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- Feinstein’s/54 Below-Bound Daniel Reichard
In this week’s edition of BroadwayWorld’s THE FRIDAY SIX, the BWW Staff caught up with Daniel Reichard, who will bring his solo show, Daniel Reichard Celebrates Rodgers and Hammerstein, to Feinstein’s/54 Below on February 5 (9:30PM).
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
The first Broadway show I ever saw was KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. I was visiting New York City with my family, and that was a huge show at the time. I saw it, I loved it, and I met Chita Rivera (for the first time) at the stage door. The next night was CRAZY FOR YOU.
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
Meditation. For big shows especially. When The Midtown Men were playing The Beacon in New York City, I remember waking up and saying, “I have to do a guided meditation. My mind will be at 100 miles per hour today.” I did two Deepak Chopra meditations, and I was as cool as a cucumber all day and for the whole show. It really helps to do before intense moments in our lives.
What is your most memorable “the show must go on” moment?
Many of my favorite “the show must go on” moments have happened across the country with The Midtown Men. When you are a rock and roll band, performing in different cities night after night, crazy things are bound to happen. We were in some city in Iowa, and there was a torrential storm happening outside the venue and the power in the whole building went out. The emergency lights lit up the theatre, and we asked everyone to relax and our drummer and flutist played “California Dreaming” and we did the song without amplification. The audience went crazy.
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
Cornelius Hackl in HELLO DOLLY. Hint hint! I love old school Broadway because those Golden Age shows were the gateway to my love of Broadway.
Who is your Broadway crush?
Female crush would be the one and only Kelli O’Hara, because she is beautiful, smart, and talented. Male crush would have to be the choreographer Patrick McCollum because he is wonderful in every way.
Where can people follow you online?
For ticket information on Daniel’s Feb 5 show , click here.
When: Sunday January 17, 2016.
Where: Stage 48, New York, NY
What: The Midtown Men – 2016 preview
Written by: Heather Powell, TMC Guest Correspondent
For the second year in a row I was fortunate enough to attend the Industry Event/private performance held by The Midtown Men in New York City each January. It is a special thing to be able to see The Midtown Men perform in Midtown Manhattan, where there is always a special energy in the air. The room was filled with long-time fans and friends of the group, family and personal friends of the Men, as well as some musical legends, including Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells, and Randy Jones of the Village People.
When Michael, Christian, Daniel and Bobby ran out, they dove right into one of my personal favorites, the Motown medley. From there, it was one “TMM classic” after another. It takes a special group of Men to not only remake these well-known songs into something uniquely “them” but also to continue to elevate their performances of those songs time and again. As always, there was a perfect blend of taking the music seriously, pouring their hearts and souls into their performances, and not taking themselves too seriously, with perfectly timed comedic moments and jokes. You can really see the brotherhood that they have built in the past decade, and I think it helps them stand out among their peers.
One of the most exciting things for me, as someone who has seen them a number of times, was to be introduced to new Midtown Men versions of songs such as The Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” by Christian, The Youngbloods’ “Get Together” by Daniel, and Glen Campbell’s “Galveston” by Bobby. Michael brought down the house with a gorgeous rendition of The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody”. The arrangements were unparalleled, surely the talented Jesse Vargas (TMM Musical Director) had a hand in that.
And it wasn’t just the fans who were taken with the Men. I was sitting next to a gentleman who I later learned was from a performing arts center in the Midwest. It was his first time seeing TMM and by the second act, he was frantically deleting apps from his phone in order to record more footage to take back to his Board of Directors. I loved seeing this kind of excitement from people who see lots of different types of acts and talent. As he said to me during the first song, “They’re the Real Deal, aren’t they?!”After the show, it was time to reconnect with old friends, and meet some new ones. As always, Bobby, Christian, Daniel and Michael were more than generous with their time, coming back out to greet their audience and allowing us to really show our appreciation for their talent and hard work.