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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)

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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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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.

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More from B.B. King’s…

• January 21, 2017 • Comments (0)

Thanks so much to everyone who sent us their pictures. What fun to share in your fun!

California Dreamin'

All Alone On Christmas

Loving every minute

"Family photo"

Longtime fan Steve was in the audience, and he captured a moment with Jay Siegel of The Tokens

Howard R. was happy to see TMM for the first time, and meet Christian after the show

Howard R. with Daniel and Michael

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The Midtown Men in Midtown Manhattan

• January 12, 2017 • Comments (1)

Considering the amazing night with The Midtown Men at BB King’s last May and the upcoming closing of Jersey Boys after 11+ years on Broadway, the January 8th concert at BB King’s had all the makings of a very special evening. I think those in attendance would agree – it did not disappoint!

The audience arrived early to dine and chat with friends before the show. All over the room, there were greetings and hugs as friends were reunited in their mutual love for this group.

 

 

 

Sandy Hicks with Stevie and Maureen VanZandt

Some very special friends of TMM were in the room as well, including long-time friends and supporters Stevie and Maureen VanZandt, Jay Siegel (the Tokens), and Gene Cornish (the Rascals).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel, Michael, Christian, and Bobby with some of their Jersey Boys family

Also introduced from the stage were members of the Jersey Boys family, both past and present. Original Cast members Peter Gregus (Bob Crewe), Sara Schmidt (“My Boyfriend’s Back), alumni Russell Fischer and Travis Cloer (Broadway, Vegas Frankie), as well as current and final cast member Chris Messina cheered and danced their way through the show.

 

 

 

 

 

Christian, Michael, Daniel, and Bobby fed off the energy from the audience, and appeared to be having as much fun as all of us. It was a truly special night in midtown, and the best way to start the new year. Were you there? Send us your pictures (Tmmclub@comcast.net) and we’ll post them!

 

 

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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.

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“Daniel Reichard’s Guide to Christmas” to include Special Guest

• December 10, 2016 • Comments (0)

AS REPORTED BY THEATERMANIA:
(Andy Lefkowitz • New York City • Dec 8, 2016)

Disaster! Star Lacretta will Join Daniel Reichard in His Guide to Christmas, a special holiday concert that will play at Birdland December 17-19.

photo credit: David Gordon

Lacretta, recent star of the Broadway musical Disaster!, will join Daniel Reichard, original star of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, for his annual New York City holiday show Daniel Reichard’s Guide to Christmas at Birdland December 17-19. The event is directed by Patrick McCollum.

The evening of stories and songs features an eclectic musical program, featuring lively arrangements of Christmas classics, Hanukkah favorites, and romantic tunes from the Great American Songbook. Reichard will be backed by a full band, with Jesse Vargas music-directing and writing musical arrangements. Guide to Christmas is written by Reichard, Patrick McCollum, and Mark Noonan.

Click here for tickets.

*****In 2016, Daniel has a record-high 6 holiday shows! His first Christmas show was on the west coast, San Francisco, Sunday, December 11, 2016. Daniel will have 3 holiday shows in NYC, followed by two more in his hometown of Cleveland. Click here for ticket info on the Cleveland show. *****

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On the road again…

• October 10, 2016 • Comments (0)

It’s October, and fall is in full swing! The guys have entered their seventh year touring with the Midtown Men, much to the delight of their audiences. The season is off to a great start, with concerts across the Mid-Atlantic (Maryland and Virginia) and the Midwest (South Dakota) before landing in the NY/NJ area for a pair of concerts last weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

In Maryland, they played Frostburg and Frederick for the first time before headlining one of Northern Virginia’s bright jewel arts events, ARTS by George! at George Mason University. From the review in DC Metro Theater Arts: “The Midtown Men concert was a sunny upbeat delight. This was no mere, “call-it-in” oldies-but-goodies event with four guys who could mimic across many a musical genre beyond The Four Seasons. There was a smooth ease about the evening. It was a concert with legendary ‘60’s music well-delivered by very highly skilled, authentic, entertainers, who danced up a storm on stage while truly seeming to not only enjoy what they were doing, but lit up the crowd with their winning personalities. And they were accompanied by a smokin’ 7-member rock band…Their concert was wall-to-wall of appealing, tight musical and spot-on choreographed harmony propelled by a seven-piece band, bursting-forth with horn-and sometimes flute dominated arrangements – and all filled with charming personal chemistry and the non-stop energy of the performers…It was an out-of-sight, full-tilt winning evening with The Midtown Men that benefited emerging arts stars of the future.

Soundcheck in New Jersey

 

This past weekend was an exciting one as TMM played for “hometown” crowds in New Jersey and New York. Both audiences were filled with fans and friends who have been supporting the guys since they were onstage together in Jersey Boys. Perhaps most exciting, they debuted some fabulous new songs, including an awesome Jersey Boys medley, and a new solo for Bobby (Steppin’ Stone by the Monkees). As always, the harmonies are tight, the choreography is smooth, and the songs just lift you up. Can’t wait to see if any other new songs are revealed through the season!

 

Next up: Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony, in Pittsburgh, PA, October 28, 29, and 30, and some West Coast shows in November! Check out their full schedule here!

 

Thanks for reading, and hope to see you at a show soon!

 

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LIVE from Hastings, NE

• August 21, 2016 • Comments (0)

The Midtown Men were live in Hastings, Nebraska last night! Check it out.


Be sure to keep an eye out for more live Facebook videos. The next best thing to being there!

And check out the concert calendar for a show near you.

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Atlantic City, Get Ready!

• July 14, 2016 • Comments (1)

The Midtown Men are playing the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ this weekend.

If you are nearby, don’t miss it! This is a nice article from The Press of Atlantic City including an interview with Michael.


Walk like a Man with The Midtown Men

by DAVID SPATZ

Artistic boredom can be an occupational hazard for any show’s cast who performs the same scenes with the same dialogue and the same music one night after another, one year after another.

Unless, of course, you’re one of the four members of the vocal group the Midtown Men. For six years, the quartet — who were the original stars of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” — have toured with a show that usually opens and closes with the solid gold music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, whose lives and early success are depicted in “Jersey Boys.”

In between the Four Seasons hits, though, the Midtown Men — Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Michael Longoria — stretch themselves out and cover the music of a variety of artists — male and female, groups and soloists — but never leave the comfortable music blanket of the 1960s.

Beyond the music of the Four Seasons, it’s difficult to predict what the Midtown Men will cover when they bring their show to the Golden Nugget 9 p.m. Saturday, July 16. During a recent concert, they sang the music of everyone from the Ronettes and the Mamas and the Papas to the Beatles, the Beach Boys, The Association and the Zombies.

And that’s just for starters. The Midtown Men have a dozen other artists within easy reach.

“As soon one of the guys gets bored with their solos, we just pick another song from the ’60s,” says Longoria, 35, who originated the role of Joe Pesci in “Jersey Boys” before taking over the part of Frankie Valli.

“That really goes to show you how awesome that music is. It’s music that’s all written by teenage lovers, right?” he adds. “It’s just a great thing to re-live again when we do the Midtown Men in concert.”

The Midtown Men is an outgrowth of their success on Broadway. But it wasn’t easy when the four actors decided to form a group, create their own show and use their connection to the popular Broadway musical to help sell tickets.

Lawsuits were traded by both sides — the Midtown Men and the creators of “Jersey Boys,” including Valli — until it was eventually agreed that Hoff, Reichard, Spencer and Longoria would be careful about how they used their “Jersey Boys” connection to promote their new venture.

For Longoria, getting plucked from the cast of the 1960s musical “Hairspray” — where he made his Broadway debut — and becoming part of a show that would quickly become a staple of the Great White Way, was the culmination of hard work and dreams.

Longoria attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, he needed to find a “survival job” that would pay the bills while he auditioned for acting gigs. He waited tables at Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square, where the singing servers are expected to prepare a repertoire of songs from the 1950s and ’60s.

“It became a great training ground because one of my first auditions for Broadway was for ‘Hairspray,’ which is all about the 1960s,” he says. “So I went in there and sang ‘Runaround Sue,’ and it was a (musical) style I became very comfortable with it.

Then came “Jersey Boys,” and while Longoria wasn’t very familiar with Valli, he certainly knew songs like “Sherry” and “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

“So there were another several years of me singing in that (1960s) genre,” he says. By the time the Midtown Men were created in 2010, Longoria felt it was just another “natural career progression” to branch out and learn about the music of other 1960s pop artists.

As excited as Longoria was to land the role of Pesci in “Jersey Boys” — before he got into acting, Pesci was a friend of Valli’s — he says it was “amazing” the night Valli came in to see the show when he was being considered to take over the Valli part.

“(Valli) was very supportive of me,” he says. “Before I got the approval to take the part, he had to see me do it. And I remember he came backstage and pinched my cheeks after the show and said, ‘You were ‘effing’ sensational,’ only he didn’t say ‘effing.’ That was him telling me from the bottom of his heart that he really connected with my performance. And that’s all I needed to hear from him to know that anything I did up there, he was going to be cool with.”

THE MIDTOWN MEN

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, July 16

Where: The Grand, Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City

How much: $35 and $50, available through Ticketmaster.com

 

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