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The Midtown Club Wants to Hear From You

• January 14, 2019 • Comments (12)

AS THE MIDTOWN MEN LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR 10th YEAR OF TOURING TOGETHER, THE MIDTOWN CLUB INVITES FANS TO LOOK BACK AND SHARE THEIR STORIES:

People often ask me, “How many times have you seen The Midtown Men?”  And I answer, quite honestly, “I have no idea.”  I am so impressed by the people who know their exact number of shows, especially when that number is something like 44!  I guess I could sit down with pen and paper and try to make a chronological list, and I could probably come up with something close to the number of shows I’ve seen.  Maybe one day I will.  But for now, I just think of each show as a fabulous memory.  The wonderful people I’ve met, the beautiful venues I’ve visited, the friends and family that I have introduced into my TMM world, and the amazing music that I never grow tired of.

Ask me what my first show was, and I’ll tell you a story about my trip to Atlanta to see the Men before they had even named themselves The Midtown Men, when they began what would turn into a decade of touring together.  They were playing the Cobb Energy Center and my best friend and her daughter, my two daughters and I drove up from Florida and made a weekend out of it – which I do quite often.  We went to a huge water park, which the girls loved, and we stayed in an Embassy Suites where we held an impromptu after-show cocktail party!  And I met, for the first time in person, Carolyn Miller and her “crew”, who have come to mean so much to me over the years.  And best of all, we got to spend some time with Christian, Bobby, Daniel and Michael after the show.

It was wonderful to finally meet Carolyn in Atlanta!

 

My favorite show, you ask?  That is a bit more challenging.  It could be the NJPAC show, when the show was recorded live for PBS.  I organized a large fan gathering before the show and met so many people I had only known through email.  The audience was wild, and it was an amazing experience all the way around.

So many wonderful fans came out for the NJPAC show!

But as great as that show was, it was actually a very close second to the unparalleled concert at the Beacon Theatre.  There was so much excitement leading up to the show, such a phenomenal line-up, the crowd was in a frenzy, and the Men were on fire.  Oh, what a night, indeed!

 

Fans were treated to an amazing experience at the Beacon Theatre, and afterwards at the Beacon Hotel bar!

 

I really could go on and on – each show has a fun story; a happy memory.  You see, for me it’s not about the numbers.  It’s about the cities, the theaters, the friends old and new, the music, and the Men that makes each experience special to me.

How about you?  How many times have you seen the Men?  What was your first show?  Your favorite show?  Your best experience?   We want to hear it!  Leave as a comment here, or email me at themidtownclub@gmail.com (along with pictures if you have them) and I will post it.

My next show, along with my dear friend Carolyn, is at The RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL.  I’m sure there will be some stories to tell!  Where is your next show?

ADDITION, 1/20/19

Thank you Carol S. for sending in your TMM story!

Every time I’ve seen TMM, they always put on a fantastic show! They aren’t around my area all that often, but it’s worth it when they are! I’ve seen them twice at the New York State Fair (which is where I discovered them), at the Forum in Binghamton NY, with the RPO at the prestigious Eastman theater in Rochester NY, drove to Schenectady NY see them, at the Proctor’s theater I believe, and lastly at Del Lago Casino in Waterloo. They’ve caused me to do a fair bit of driving! One of my favorite things they did was at Del Lago, when they performed the Beatles In My Life. Wish they’d come around more often! Attached is a pictures from the NYS Fair.  Carol

Category: CLUB EXCLUSIVE, Concerts, Fan Stories

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Westminster College Audience will see firsthand “The Midtown Men’s ability to get audiences dancing in the aisles”

• November 17, 2018 • Comments (0)

The Midtown Men expand on ‘Jersey Boys’ roots

By GUY D’ASTOLFO
dastolfo@vindy.com

 

Michael Longoria has gone from playing Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” to a life that – in many ways – parallels that of the famed falsetto-voiced singer.

Longoria was part of the original Broadway cast of the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical blockbuster about Valli and the Four Seasons.

After leaving the show, he and three of his “Jersey Boys” castmates parlayed their musical chemistry into the Midtown Men, a vocal quartet that shares the appeal and longevity of the show that spawned it, The Midtown Men are now in their ninth year of showcasing the hits of the 1960s – including a few by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

It will make a tour stop at Westminster College on Saturday.

In a recent phone interview, Longoria explained how it all happened.

“We are four guys who met on ‘Jersey Boys’ and did over 1,000 performances in three years,” he said. “Because of that experience, we started to take on other groups’ songs in our off-time, like Motown, and the Mamas and the Papas, to get into the Jersey Boys’ world. That led us into a friendship off stage. A lot of times on Broadway, you work and go home. But we bonded over music.”

What started as a bit of fun eventually got serious… (read article in its entirety)

Category: Concerts, Media, Michael Longoria

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Christian Hoff’s TONY NIGHT AT THE PALM a Tremendous Success

• June 25, 2018 • Comments (0)

Christian Hoff’s 3rd Annual TONY NIGHT AT THE PALM was bigger and better than ever!  With nearly the entire restaurant reserved for guests, there was plenty of room to mingle, view auction prizes, and enjoy the awards show on several big screen TVs.  Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening, presented by the evening’s special guest Host, Richard Skipper.

Christian Hoff poses with Fender guitar autographed by Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Joe Long, and Joe Pesci – generously donated for Silent Auction by The Jersey Four.

 

Broadway World’s Linda Lenzi was on hand to capture the evening in pictures – Midtown Men fans may recognize a few familiar faces in the crowd!

On Sunday June 10th the Tony Night at the Palm Viewing Party was hosted by Christian Hoff, 2006 Tony Winner, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Jersey Boys. The event benefited The V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by Jim Valvano in 1993.

This was truly a celebration of life, love and the transcendent power of theatre.

Jay Webb, Daniel Reichard, Brian Holtz, Christian Hoff, and Paul Arborgast

View full article and many more pictures on broadwayworld.com.

Stay up to date on Tony Night at the Palm events here – and be sure to join Christian next year!

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Happy Birthday to Daniel Reichard

• June 20, 2018 • Comments (0)

Please join The Midtown Club in wishing a very Happy Birthday to our friend Daniel Reichard!

 

And if you are in the New York area later this summer, you must join Daniel at Birdland Jazz Club for an evening of songs and stories in his brand-new cabaret show, SUMMER PLAYLIST!  Choose from one of three shows – August 23, 24, or 25 – or see them all!

click here for more information

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VALENTINE’S DAY POETRY CONTEST

• February 11, 2018 • Comments (6)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, The Midtown Club is offering an autographed TMM baseball shirt to one (or more) lucky poets.  Simply comment below with your version of this standard love poem, and you could be a winner!

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

The Men may be visiting

a city near you!

 

(Our version is an obvious hint to check out the updated concert calendar for a show near you)

 




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TMM a Part of St. George Theatre History

• October 18, 2017 • Comments (1)

The Midtown Men are so excited to be featured in this program about one of the true “Treasures of NY”–the St. George Theatre.

NYC area friends and fans, tune in this Thursday night, October 19, to WLIW21 at 8pm!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTIAN!!

• April 21, 2017 • Comments (1)

Please don’t feel bad for Christian that he has to spend his birthday on the road – The Men will make sure he has a blast!

From The Midtown Men on Facebook:

Happy Birthday Christian Hoff! To celebrate our dear friend’s big day, we went to Keeneland to sing at the races (including the National Anthem) and bet on a horse! We WON! Congratulations to Seems a Fortune and lots of love to Christian–you are both winners in our book! Looking forward to our shows at the Lexington Opera House!

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Your Chance to Win a TMM CD – “Sixties Hits”

• February 17, 2017 • Comments (0)

The Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach, SC is giving away six CDs in honor of The Midtown Men’s concert on Saturday, February 25th! Click here to visit their Facebook page – just leave a comment for your chance to win.

Category: Concerts, Prize Posts, The MEN

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The Midtown Men are California Dreamin’

• February 3, 2017 • Comments (0)

The Midtown Men had the crowd on their feet last night in Redding, CA – the first of three California shows this weekend!

The beautiful Cascade Theatre in Redding, CA

Tonight, The Men visit the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley, and on to Modesto and the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday.

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The Midtown Men Return to B.B. King’s in NYC

• December 10, 2016 • Comments (0)

Still looking for that perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift? Look no further, Midtown Men fans!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR THE MIDTOWN MEN’S RETURN TO B.B. KING BLUES CLUB IN NEW YORK CITY!

The Midtown Men's Christian Hoff, Daniel, Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Michael Longoria pose outside of BB King's in NYC, where they will perform their amazing show on January 8, 2017

If you were fortunate enough to be in the house for the May 2016 show, then you know what I mean when I say that this venue is the perfect showcase for TMM’s talents! The room was alive with energy from start to well past the finish of what was a totally exhilarating show – and I have no doubt that it will be so again on January 8th!

Get your tickets while they last, because you do not want to miss this awesome opportunity.

Click here for tickets and information.

Category: Concerts, The MEN, The MUSIC

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