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The Midtown Men in Sun Valley, ID

Heather • July 14, 2016 • Comments (0)

 

The guys have been wanting to play Sun Valley, Idaho since their first year of touring. They said it was “another special evening for us together” and well worth the wait. We can see why!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Midtown Men—’Happy Together’ In The ‘60s

BY KAREN BOSSICK (Eye on Sun Valley)

They started off as actors on Broadway. And they parlayed that into a rock and roll band that has taken them to stages across the country.

The Midtown Men—part of the original cast of the smash hit “Jersey Boys”–will perform at Sun Valley Pavilion at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3. Tickets start at $35 and are available at www.sunvalley.com or by calling 208-622-2135.

The boys in their Rat Pack-inspired suits will deliver a high-octane blast from the past as they sing their way through a hit parade of songs by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Turtles, Mamas and Papas and Motown.

“I wasn’t even born when these songs came out but I grew up listening to them,” said Midtown Men member Daniel Reichard. “It’s music that’s so appealing, so intoxicating, so energizing. They’re songs you can relate to, songs that light your heart up, songs that make you happy to be alive.”

Reichard a native of Cleveland, Ohio, played Candide for Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” at the New York City Opera. He was with the original coast of “Forbidden Broadway: 20th Anniversary Celebration.” And he played Emmet in the world premiere of Jim Henson’s “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas” at the Goodspeed Opera House.

It was the role he created of Four Seasons songwriter Bob Gaudio for “Jersey Boys” that launched him as a rock and roller.

“Bob will go down as one of the 1960s’ greatest songwriters,” Reichard said. “He wrote musically catchy and heartfelt hits like ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’ Cry,’ ‘Walk Like a Man,’ ‘Big Man in Town,’ ‘Rag Doll’ and ‘Dawn Go Away.’ He and Bob Crewe wrote ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.’ Once you get songs like that in your head, they’re always in your head.”

Reichard and his comrades—Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and J. Robert Spencer—went five seasons starring in a thousand-plus performances as they portrayed the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in what became one of Broadway’s biggest hits of all time.

Hoff won a Tony Award. Spencer was nominated for one.

Reichard said it was great to tell a story about a group of musicians that wasn’t well known.

“We enjoyed it so much, and then the invitations to perform began pouring in…all of a sudden we realized we had a show by accident,” he said. “We thought: Why not take it on the road and see what it’s like to become a rock and roll band.”

The quartet began singing at casinos and fairs in 2010—they electrified an audience at the Utah State Fair three Septembers ago in pouring rain.

One night at New York City’s Beacon Theater they were even joined on stage by many of the legends of the ‘60s, including Petula Clark, who sang “Downtown,” The Shirelles, who sang “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” and Gene Cornish of The Young Rascals.

Their album “The Midtown Men: Sixties Hits” garnered five-star album reviews from iTunes. And they recorded their first radio single, “All Alone on Christmas,” with members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

“The idea of concert art appeals to me a lot,” said Reichard. “And who better to base a show around than Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They have so much soulfulness. They’re macho yet they have  so much emotional vulnerability. They provided four decades of recordings and Frankie’s still performing in concert.”

All of the guys would like to return to their theater roots, Reichard said. But they’d like to keep touring as The Midtown Men, as well.

“I love singing for people who love this music so much. I love singing music that lifts people’s spirits and is so satisfying,” he said. “The best case scenario would be to do both!”

 

 

Category: Concerts, Uncategorized

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These Are Exciting Times for The Midtown Men and Their Fans

Catherine • March 12, 2016 • Comments (2)

2015 was a big year for The Midtown Men: a second fantastic PBS special, more symphony shows, national and regional television appearances, and a huge show at the Beacon in NYC.  Not to mention dozens of concerts for old friends and new fans across the country.

 

Lucky for us, these are not guys who rest on their laurels; in fact, The Men have an even bigger 2016 ahead!

After hugely successful shows in Hawaii last season, they are heading back to The Aloha State next week – March 18 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and March 20 at the Hawaii Theatre Center.

From there, the Men will head cross-country to spend some time in sunny Florida for return visits to the Lakeland Center and Van Wezel PAC on March 24th and 25th.

Coming up in April, The Men will travel to the Pacific Northwest before heading back down to Florida, with stops in a couple of southern states along the way.

Yes, exciting things are in store for OUR fab four and their fans, so be sure to check back here often for updates on where the Men have been, and where they are heading!  And check out the concert calendar to find a show near you!

Comments are always welcome – in fact they are encouraged! And feel free to send along any pictures you want to share – tmmclub@comcast.net.

Category: Concerts, Next Stop, The MEN, The MUSIC

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BroadwayWorld’s THE FRIDAY SIX – Q&As with Daniel Reichard

Catherine • January 22, 2016 • Comments (0)

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?

I have a new Facebook fan page at and a new Youtube channel. My twitter is @danielreichard

For ticket information on Daniel’s Feb 5 show , click here.

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Beacon Round-Up – Midtown Men Fans Are The Best!

Catherine • July 3, 2015 • Comments (1)

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!

Great time with friends after the show: fm L, Tricia, Courtney, Lulu, Audrey, Catherine and Doreen

Category: Concerts, Fan Stories, The MUSIC

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Another Fabulous Performance From The Beacon Theatre

Catherine • July 1, 2015 • Comments (2)

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.”

 

Category: Concerts, The MEN, The MUSIC

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Gene Cornish Joins TMM For Some “Good Lovin’”

Catherine • June 28, 2015 • Comments (4)

The Rascals’ Gene Cornish is no stranger to The Midtown Men stage. He showed off his amazing harmonica skills last year at NJPAC when he joined the Men for a little “Groovin’.” So it came as no surprise when Gene joined the Men once again at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, June 20th. What was a surprise, though, was that this time he was jamming on his guitar to the Men’s pumped up version of “Good Lovin’” – an unforgettable performance all around!

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Daniel Reichard Celebrated His Birthday in High Style

Catherine • June 23, 2015 • Comments (8)

The Midown Club would like to extend belated Happy Birthday wishes to Daniel Reichard, who celebrated his birthday on June 20th with a few of his closest friends.

 

I was thrilled to be on hand for the celebration – Best Birthday Party Ever!

Fortunately for me, Daniel is a selfie master.

Sandy Hicks played a huge role in planning the celebration.

Petula Clark dropped by to see the birthday boy.

Daniel happily shared his birthday celebration with "LaLa" Brooks - after all, it was her birthday, too

 

 

Daniel was even allowed to perform - and perform he did! "Cry For Me" was definitely a crowd favorite.

I can’t imagine any better place to celebrate a birthday – hope you enjoyed it, Daniel.  I know the estimated 2,000 people in attendance did!

Category: Concerts, Daniel Reichard

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Oh What An Incredible Night At The Beacon

Catherine • June 22, 2015 • Comments (2)

The Midtown Men’s much anticipated, much talked about, much publicized New York City Homecoming Concert at the gorgeous Beacon Theatre was nothing less than spectacular!

The Men (Michael Longoria, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer) were in top form, feeding off of the frenzied energy of the crowd.  Every note, every harmony, every dance move was spot on.  Each joke, each story, and each of Mr. Spencer’s ad-libbed antics was met with enthusiastic laughter and applause by each and every audience member.  And man, did the Men ever deliver on the promise of iconic 60s musical guests!

Dolores “La La” Brooks of the Crystals had the crowd singing and dancing along with Da Do Ron Ron, although not many could keep up with the 68 year old firecracker’s energy as she shimmied to the floor and back up again effortlessly in 3 inch heels!  To say her performance was amazing is an understatement!

 

Stay tuned for more posts from this incredible concert! If you have pictures from the evening that you would like to share, please email them to tmmclub@comcast.net.

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Looking FORWARD to the Beacon Takes Me BACK…

Catherine • June 13, 2015 • Comments (6)

The Historic Beacon Theatre will come alive on Saturday, June 20th, when fans old and new come together for the much anticipated New York City homecoming of The Midtown Men!  Preparations are being made…flight booked, reservations at the famed Beacon Hotel made, outfit arranged…well, I do have another week to figure that out.

In all the excitement of looking forward to next Saturday night, my thoughts go back to the beginning.  Back to that night in February of 2007 when I saw these guys, and Jersey Boys, for the first time.  Back to the excited frenzy of the Jersey Boys blog and the welcoming, avid fans, many of whom I look forward to seeing next week.  And back to the joy I felt when I learned that we would all have a chance to enjoy these four men’s talents on the same stage once again.

While reminiscing, I looked back to the beginning of this website, to the very first article I wrote, and I realized that the elation I felt back then is still the same every time I see a Midtown Men show.  So I would like to share that feeling with all of you – new fans, old fans, family and friends – and take you back to the beginning.

 

Originally posted by Catherine, May 20, 2011

Working My Way Back To You…

“Let’s hang on to what we got
Don’t let go, girl, we got a lot
Got a lot of love between us
Hang on, hang on, hang on to what we got…”

If you’ve seen The Midtown Men in concert, you may recognize those lyrics as the start of the show, the MEN singing  even before they appear on stage.  And the audience goes wild.   Then the men enter, and the song changes…

“Working my way back to you babe
With a burning love inside
Yeah I’m working my way back to you babe
With a happiness that died
I let it get away, paying every day…”

And the crowd goes even more wild.  Those in the audience who aren’t familiar with the MEN from their Jersey Boys days may not get the significance of those songs right away.  But those of us who fell in love with Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer from the first time we laid eyes on them… we know.  And the words excite us, because we understand them.  We understand that the time spent at the August Wilson Theatre meant as much to these MEN as it did to us.  They have said in interviews that they missed performing together, missed making that fabulous music, missed that special time.  And we, the fans, have missed it, too.  And we are so  thrilled that The Midtown Men were able to hang on, and are working their way back to us!

A little over the top, you say?  Perhaps.  But those are the feelings these men inspire in their fans … with a burning love inside … a burning love of their amazing talents, their dedication to their profession, their genuineness with their fans, their love of this infectious 60’s sound, and most of all, the obvious joy they get from performing together.  And they spread that joy so completely to their audiences night after night.

As the last notes of “Bye Bye Baby” are dying away, and the crowd is going wild, The Midtown Men newbies get it.  They get it, and they understand it.  They understand that now, they will be working their way back to see these MEN again and again.

 

Work YOUR way BACK to The Midtown Men next Saturday, June 20th, at the Beacon Theatre!

(click here for tickets)

Category: Concerts, The MEN, The MUSIC

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Exciting News for Midtown Men Fans

Catherine • May 23, 2015 • Comments (11)

The Midtown Club will be taking to the Streets and Avenues of Manhattan to spread the word of The Midtown Men’s long awaited New York City Homecoming concert at the famed Beacon Theatre!

 

The gorgeous Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, NYC

 

The Men recently announced that a few 60′s music icons will be special guest stars for this one night only concert!

If you would like to get involved in this exciting event, please leave a comment here on the Club site or email Catherine at tmmclub@comcast.net. Volunteers will receive some cool TMM prizes, including an opportunity to win two tickets to see the show!

What: The Midtown Men at The Beacon Theatre
When: Saturday, June 20th @ 8:00 pm
Where: 2124 Broadway, NYC
How: Click here for ticket info

Category: Concerts, STREET CREW, The MUSIC

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