Archive for June, 2016
This past Thursday, Michael Longoria was joined onstage by a few dozen NYC and Broadway talents to present a concert benefitting New Alternatives, an organization that helps homeless LGBT youth in New York. Michael and his very funny co-host, Ashley Austin Morris (The Electric Company) had an easy chemistry and kept the show moving, telling jokes and introducing each singer.
It was an absolutely electric evening, with each performer delivering heartfelt performances. The atmosphere was relaxed and intimate, with a vibe of friendship, love and support.
Michael opened the show with a really beautiful acappella version of “Imagine” by the Beatles. It set the perfect tone for an evening devoted to the homeless youth of New Alternatives. He then introduced Ashley, who got the audience laughing and ready to have a good time.
As advertised, the vocalists were talented beyond belief. With each performer, it seemed, the audience’s collective jaw dropped even lower. Songs were eclectic, from many genres, including pop, jazz, rock, and Broadway. There were even a few singer/songwriters who performed original work. I really enjoyed being introduced to some new artists that I hadn’t heard before.
As the evening went on, instead of waning, the energy actually increased. The final few performers were very well known to the audience, including Diana DeGarmo and Constantine Maroulis of American Idol fame, as well as Felicia Finley (Broadway) and Christina Bianco (Impressionist, Off-Broadway). We were all waiting for the “Broadway Diva” who would be making a special, unadvertised appearance at the concert. When Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Sideshow, Next to Normal) took the stage, the cheers were deafening. She sang a song from Next to Normal (“I Miss the Mountains”) and then paused to speak a bit about the way the Broadway community has responded to the recent act of violence in Orlando against the LGBT community. As I’m sure many of you know, Broadway for Orlando released an All-Star charity single benefitting the LGBT Center of Central Florida. With special permission from the song’s creators, Alice sang a solo version of that song for us, and brought the house down.
Although many of us may have initially chosen to attend the concert for a variety of reasons, whether to support Michael, or hear some great music, the real reason we were there was always at the forefront. Coming together in solidarity to benefit those that the larger society may cast aside – the LGBT community in general, and the homeless LGBT youth of NYC in particular – was a powerful part of the evening. Thanks to Michael and his whole team for putting on a very fun and memorable event.
Fresh off the debut of his solo album, Michael is hosting a very special concert on June 23 to benefit homeless LGBT youth of New York City. New Alternatives is an organization that helps homeless LGBT youth become self-sufficient and transition out of the shelter system and into stable adult lives. The center — which provides services including case management, education, life-skills training, community-building recreational opportunities for self-expression and support services for HIV-positive youth — will be losing its donated space after August, and Longoria is hoping the benefit will raise money as well as awareness to keep the program afloat.
Michael is also quoted as saying, ““What happened in Orlando is just a reminder that no matter how much love we have, other sources of evil are always going to resist, so let’s find a way to get serious in a positive way that shows our support for each other and our love for each other in public”
In addition to Michael and his co-host, Ashley Austin Morris, featured performers and guests include: Constantine Maroulis, Diana DeGarmo, Daniel Reichard, Marty Thomas, Christina Bianco, Tori Scott, Ryan Raftery, Willito Rivera, Matthew Gagnon, Felicia Finley, Alexa Green, Ashanti J’aria, Danny Longoria, Tim Young, Jennifer Malenke, Michelle Dowdy, Cameron Mitchell Bell, Jennifer Bishop, Matthew Roscoe, Jenna Miller, Kristina Nicole Miller, Marissa Pontecorvo and Andrea Nardello.
Raffle items include:
Tickets to The Color Purple (Broadway)
Broadway Records Album Package
Bottle of Pinot by Tituss autographed by Tituss Burgess
Tickets to Fiddler on the Rood (Broadway)
Tickets to Kinky Boots (Broadway)
Tickets to Finding Neverland (Broadway)
Tickets to Himself and Nora (Off-Broadway)
Tickets to Trip of Love (Off-Broadway)
Tickets to Feinstein’s/54 Below
697 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Thursday June 23rd
$10 suggested donation
On June 12, 2016, our very own Christian Hoff hosted a Tony viewing party at NYC’s Palm West restaurant.
The elegant evening featured selections from the Palm’s menu, and wines by sponsor Santa Margherita. Guests enjoyed the Tony broadcast and generously participated in a Silent Auction throughout the evening. Christian eloquently shared his family’s experience as his daughter Ella and wife Melissa are thriving and surviving ALL leukemia and breast cancer. He also spoke of The V Foundation’s role in research, and how their work is truly changing the future of cancer diagnosis and outcomes.
A highlight of the evening was Christian signing his caricature on the Palm’s new Tony Wall, which also features Hugh Jackman, Jefferson Mays, and Ben Vereen among others. Said Hoff, “It was a distinct honor to celebrate the 70th annual Tony Awards at The Palm and kick off the 10th anniversary of my Tony Award by signing my caricature on the new Tony wall! The evening matched the broadcast’s sensitive and transforming celebration of Broadway’s best by raising awareness and thousands of dollars toward cancer research and patient care for The V Foundation. On behalf of my wife and daughter and millions of others battling this disease, thank you”
Several Midtown Club members were there to experience this special event and many thanks to Pat Palumbo and Catherine Sanneman for their hard work in organizing the event. Special thanks also to Robert Sanchez, Sales Manager at the Palm West, who states that “The partnership between The Palm and The V Foundation is just beginning and we vow to fight as long as the fight is necessary.”
The Midtown Club would like to wish Daniel a very happy birthday today.
We hope that today is a wonderful start to your best year yet. We can’t wait to see what you have in store!
The Midtown Club loves you and we are behind you all the way!
Category: Daniel Reichard
On November 4th, 2016, The Midtown Men will be playing at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Presale for TMM friends and fans begins TODAY, June 11. This is a week ahead of the public sale, beginning June 19th. This is an amazing chance to get the best seats in the house. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Click HERE for The Midtown Club pre-sale tickets.
**If any friends/fans in or around Escondido would be interested in being part of the TMM Street Crew, hanging posters to spread the word about the upcoming show, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you set up!