Archive for May, 2016
What a weekend it was! A reunion, a homecoming, a celebration….call it any or all of those and you would not be far from the truth. Three thrilling days, each one unique and exhilarating in its own way.
On Friday night, the Men played to a sold out crowd at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. It was their third time at this theater, and they were welcomed back with open arms. From the guys: “This was our most thrilling and invigorating show we have ever done at the Count Basie and we have all of you to thank for it! We are blessed to have such longtime friends who turn up to see us time and time again!”
I think the audience would agree that we are the ones who are blessed – by their talents, their humor, and their sincerity. I think this comment from a fan on their Facebook post says it all: “We loved this show! So much talent on one stage! Your voices are amazing! Your interaction with the audience is wonderful. The autographs after the show were fun, and it was so nice to meet each of you face to face. And let’s not forget the musicians – exceptional talent!”
On Saturday, the party moved to BB Kings Blues Club in Midtown Manhattan. A smaller, more intimate venue, the audience dined at tables and enjoyed seeing the Men reconnecting with many longtime fans and friends that they have known since their Jersey Boys days. Very special guests were in the house, including LaChanze and Maureen VanZandt, as well as Rick Elice, who (with Marshall Brickman) wrote the book for Jersey Boys.
The energy in the house was palpable, and the crowd filled with love overflowing for the guys. It was incredible to see not only the relationships that the Men have built with their fans through the years, but also the friendships that have been cultivated among the fans themselves. It was truly a reunion, filled with reminiscing and creating new memories.
On Sunday, the Men headed north of the city to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. One of the largest casinos in the country, it hosted our Midtown Men in their Mohegan Sun Arena. That night, they played to a crowd of over 8,000! The Midtown Men described the experience as “an indescribable thrill” that they will never forget. Judging from the over 100 joyful comments of their Facebook post, it doesn’t seem the audience is likely to forget their time with the Midtown Men either.
Finally, the Midtown Club celebrates all the friendships, some new and some dating all the way back to 2006, that have been created through the artistry of these four Men, whether in Jersey Boys or TMM. It is a special thing to meet people who share a common interest, and then develop a bond that is so strong that you know you have made lifelong friends. We invite you to share your own stories and send in photos from the weekend, if you were there.
It’s hard to believe that it’s May! Christian, Michael, Daniel, and Bobby had a busy winter, sharing their talents with audiences all over the map. They were in Hawaii and Florida, even China, and everywhere in between, it seems. Now, they are preparing for a “homecoming” of sorts, returning to the NYC area for a pair of very special shows.
From Broadway World:
“We are blessed with incredible audiences all over the country but I have to admit that there’s something really special about playing for our hometown fans in New York and New Jersey, ” said Tony Award winner Christian Hoff. Daniel Reichard adds, “I think it’s because these are the people who saw Jersey Boys first and have known us and supported us for over 10 years. By now we know so many of them personally and they’ve embraced us as family, and for that we’re very grateful.”
On May 20, they have a return engagement at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ, and on May 21, they will perform at BB Kings in midtown Manhattan (just blocks from the August Wilson Theater, where everything all began).
- The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ on Friday May 20th. Click here for tickets and more information
- BB Kings Blues Club NYC on Saturday May 21st at 8pm. Click here for tickets and more information
ALSO, both of these shows are PBS events; this means that through their new PBS special (“Meet the Midtown Men”), viewers can make a pledge to their local PBS station (NJTV, WLIW, WNET) and get great seats to the shows. There are also VIP tickets available, which include access to sound check and a pre-show meet and greet with the guys. There are still some great seats available, especially to BBKings, but don’t delay!
As always, keep checking back to the Midtown Men website for concert dates and links to tickets. New dates and locations are being added all the time!
The Midtown Club’s ELLAvate LIFE campaign kicked off just two weeks ago and had already received over $800 in wristband orders and/or donations!
A Huge THANK YOU to our Donors:
To become a Donor, visit the ELLAvate LIFE page.
Category: CLUB EXCLUSIVE
Still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life? Well, if you will be in the New York City area for Mother’s Day, look no further!
Daniel Reichard will perform a special Mother’s Day concert – Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers – tomorrow at Birdland Jazz Club!
“New York City is blessed with an abundance of gifted people, several of whom I know well, others whom I’ve known casually over the years, and many of whom I have never met, but admired from afar,” says Reichard. “That’s what this show is about — celebrating the great times we can all have when we get together on any given night in the Big Apple. This evening will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Reichard’s guest performers will include Broadway veteran Michael Longoria (Jersey Boys), tap dancer Luke Hawkins (Hail Caesar!), cellist Elad Kabilio, singer-songwriter Maddy Wyatt (of the band Wyatt), and more. Jesse Vargas will serve as the evening’s musical director and arranger.
For more information, click here.
AND don’t forget to check out Michael’s new album, Broadway Brick By Brick, which came out on iTunes today.
Click here to download
The show opened with an impossibly adorable video of a very young Michael singing Ritchie Valens’ “Oh Donna” earnestly into a 1980s video camera. With that, time instantly rewound several decades and we were transported back to his childhood, where it all began. When Michael took the stage and opened with his rendition of “Home,” he had the audience in the palm of his hand, ready for an amazing journey through his life.
Michael then sang through his entire, soon-to-be-released (May 5) cd. Hearing him with the Midtown Men is amazing enough, but vocally, these 11 o’clock numbers from classic Broadway hits showcase his range and talent in a completely new way. His voice has never sounded better and he blew the roof off the place again and again. Even more, he sang with passion and emotion woven through each moment of every song. Before each song, he told the story from his life that inspired him to include it. Some stories were funny, some poignant, but all of them offered an honest glimpse into his heart. There were lighthearted moments, such as when he danced through the audience during Corner of the Sky. For a moment, we were in Ellen’s Stardust Diner with a singing waiter who offered straws and sipped someone’s drink. When he spoke of his Broadway debut, filling in for an actor who unexpectedly fell ill, we felt with him what seemed to be equal parts excitement, pride, and sheer terror. He also spoke openly about the pain in losing his grandmother, and the difficulty that comes with feeling a lack of acceptance from his parents.
As he told these stories, each time there was a catch in his voice, it was a reminder of his transparency and sincerity, making the musical performance that followed all the more powerful. The songs may have been rehearsed and his words somewhat scripted to ensure that important details were included, but the emotions we saw from him were spontaneous and sincere. Costumes lent an additional layer of fun and authenticity, as he was able to evoke the styles of a mariachi singer, singing waiter, Frankie Valli, and the Wizard of Oz, all with a few zippers and snaps. He peeled back the layers, both literally and figuratively, as he took us on this musical journey of growth and self-discovery.
The whole night was a celebration of not only the release of Michael’s album, but also of the entire journey that led him to this moment. The room was packed with family, friends, fans, and long time supporters. Bobby and Daniel were even in the audience on Tuesday! Love and support were overflowing for this Jersey Boy turned Midtown Man as he introduced himself to us as a Broadway solo recording artist.
Many of the stories he shared at the concert are included in the liner notes of the CD. It truly is a can’t-miss musical experience. If you have not ordered Broadway Brick By Brick already, you can do so here. And anyone in or around Los Angeles can check out his show at Rockwell Table and Stage on June 7. Get tickets here.