Category: Concerts

Get into Spring with TMM: Upcoming NYC shows

Heather • May 10, 2016 • Comments (2)

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!

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Catherine • May 7, 2016 • Comments (0)

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.

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Midtown Men Captivate in Alabama

Catherine • April 16, 2016 • Comments (1)

A concert review by TMM Superfan, Debby Baker

On April 9, The Midtown Men found a sweet home in Alabama for their first visit to Anniston.

Dan and Debby Baker with their favorite MEN in Tallahassee earlier this year.

From the first note of “Big Girls Don’t Cry” to the last note of “Bye Bye Baby,” the Men had the crowd in the palm of their hands.The minute MM hit the stage, the energy level went off the charts and stayed there. Michael jumped up and down with excitement, Christian grinned and waved at the crowd, Daniel made eye contact with fans and Bobby smoothly welcomed the audience. It was our 13th concert and it was like we were back with dear friends who just happen to be amazing artists.

The group kicked off the show with a medley of two songs from Jersey Boys – “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Sherry” – complete with choreography. It was a great way of reminding the audience of the MM’s Jersey Boys pedigree.The medley was followed by familiar performances of “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Happy Together” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.” No matter how many times we hear them perform, the guys make each song sound special and fresh.

Between numbers, the group members introduced themselves and bantered with each other, just like brothers. Their camaraderie and obvious affection for each other add layers of fun to every performance. You never know what they will say or do.  One night, Bobby re-tied Daniel’s shoelaces – while Daniel was singing! I’m sure it took a herculean effort on Daniel’s part not to lose it.

It never ceases to amaze me how Daniel can perform “Cry for Me” night after night and still make it heart-wrenching and thrilling. When he drops down to that knee, you can actually hear people gasp.We were thrilled with new arrangements – especially “Daydream” by Christian. In fact, there were several musical tweaks that brought freshness to familiar songs. It was also nice to have the MM band spotlighted in many numbers. It’s a joy to watch those magnificent musicians during the show – they are obviously having fun.

Other recent additions include “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by Michael, “Galveston” by Bobby and “Got to Get You Into My Life” by Christian.

Later in the show, Michael absolutely slayed his rendition of the Righteous Brothers classic, “Unchained Melody,” leaving the crowd screaming at the end. I must admit this song isn’t a favorite of mine, perhaps because I heard it so much after it was featured in the movie Ghost, but Michael brought it to life in spell-binding fashion. He made me love that song again.In fact, Michael was delightful throughout the show, giving an extra spark to everything – interpreting his numbers beautifully, adding zest to the choreography and engaging the crowd.

In a break from tradition, there was no intermission. The guys took a break while the band performed its entertaining medley of 1960s TV show themes, and then returned for the second half of the show, beginning with the always-fun MM classic, “Get Ready.”That was followed by crowd favorites such as “Time of the Season,” “Vehicle” and “Groovin.”

Two relatively new songs, “For What It’s Worth” and “In My Life,” packed a real punch. Christian’s performance of “For What It’s Worth” brought back memories of the turbulent 1960s and sadly reinforced the fact that we face the same challenges today.  Bobby’s rendition of “In My Life” by the Beatles struck a deep chord as it expanded the listener’s understanding of how love of every kind enriches our lives. I get teary-eyed every time I hear this song now, thanks to Bobby.

Knowing just the right time to switch gears, the guys launched into a crowd favorite and one of the highlights of the show, “The Motown Medley.” Their choreography is always stellar, but it totally rocked in this compilation of “Ain’t Too Proud,” “I Want You Back,” “I Second That Emotion,” “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.”  The minute the guys began those incredible dance moves, the crowd went crazy.

It was almost the end of the show, and still the MM were giving it their all – true trademarks of consummate entertainers.  The show came to a close with the audience on its feet and singing along to “Oh, What a Night,” clear evidence the MM had scored another triumph.

The Midtown Men genuinely love and appreciate every single one of their supporters, and they never fail to make sure they know it.  These guys quickly become more than favorite singers – they become friends.  As we were saying goodbye to Bobby, we told him we’d see them again in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in May – a six-hour drive one way for us. With a look of surprise on his face, he exclaimed, “Why?!?”“Because we love you guys,” we said, to which he replied, “But still – why!?”  That speaks volumes to the humbleness of these amazing performers. They do it for the love of the music and the opportunity to perform it together. The fact that they have fans who love and appreciate them is almost an extra perk for them.

We can’t say it enough – if The Midtown Men are appearing anywhere in your vicinity, don’t miss them. You can thank me later.

Debby And Dan Baker, LaGrange, Georgia

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TMM Groovin’ in Hawaii

Catherine • March 18, 2016 • Comments (0)

Live from Honolulu! The guys were Groovin’ on Hawaii News Now Sunrise show.

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

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The Midtown Men Chosen to Represent the US in “Year of Tourism” Event

Catherine • March 14, 2016 • Comments (0)

by TMClub Correspondent, Heather Powell

The Midtown Men recently had the privilege of performing in Beijing, China to help kick off a tourism event between the US and China. Government officials from both China and the US created the event to celebrate partnership and an organized “Year of Tourism” between the two countries.

In their words, “Our first trip to China was a total success! We were hosted incredibly by the Chinese government and given the royal treatment!”


It wasn’t all work and no play! Despite the long flight and short stay, Michael, Christian, Daniel and Bobby made sure to take in some sights and cultural experiences while in China. The Great Wall of China, some authentic Chinese dining experiences, and meeting new fans were all memorable parts of the trip.

The guys were so proud to represent the US at this event, and their friends and fans back home were so proud to be able to support them in this amazing opportunity. What better way to entice visitors to the US than with these four handsome, talented men??

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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.

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Friends And Fans Help The Midtown Men Kick Off 2016

Catherine • January 20, 2016 • Comments (4)

When: Sunday January 17, 2016.
Where: Stage 48, New York, NY
What: The Midtown Men – 2016 preview
Written by: Heather Powell, TMC Guest Correspondent

For the second year in a row I was fortunate enough to attend the Industry Event/private performance held by The Midtown Men in New York City each January. It is a special thing to be able to see The Midtown Men perform in Midtown Manhattan, where there is always a special energy in the air. The room was filled with long-time fans and friends of the group, family and personal friends of the Men, as well as some musical legends, including Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells, and Randy Jones of the Village People.

When Michael, Christian, Daniel and Bobby ran out, they dove right into one of my personal favorites, the Motown medley. From there, it was one “TMM classic” after another. It takes a special group of Men to not only remake these well-known songs into something uniquely “them” but also to continue to elevate their performances of those songs time and again. As always, there was a perfect blend of taking the music seriously, pouring their hearts and souls into their performances, and not taking themselves too seriously, with perfectly timed comedic moments and jokes. You can really see the brotherhood that they have built in the past decade, and I think it helps them stand out among their peers.

One of the most exciting things for me, as someone who has seen them a number of times, was to be introduced to new Midtown Men versions of songs such as The Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” by Christian, The Youngbloods’ “Get Together” by Daniel, and Glen Campbell’s “Galveston” by Bobby. Michael brought down the house with a gorgeous rendition of The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody”. The arrangements were unparalleled, surely the talented Jesse Vargas (TMM Musical Director) had a hand in that.

And it wasn’t just the fans who were taken with the Men. I was sitting next to a gentleman who I later learned was from a performing arts center in the Midwest. It was his first time seeing TMM and by the second act, he was frantically deleting apps from his phone in order to record more footage to take back to his Board of Directors. I loved seeing this kind of excitement from people who see lots of different types of acts and talent. As he said to me during the first song, “They’re the Real Deal, aren’t they?!”

Michael and Heather

After the show, it was time to reconnect with old friends, and meet some new ones. As always, Bobby, Christian, Daniel and Michael were more than generous with their time, coming back out to greet their audience and allowing us to really show our appreciation for their talent and hard work.

 

Just as last year, this event was a great way to start the New Year, and I think all who were there (and many who weren’t!) are more than ready to start 2016 with The Midtown Men.

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The Midtown Men to Bring Full 1960s Music Experience, Plus a Few Holiday Songs, to Avon Park

Catherine • December 3, 2015 • Comments (0)

“It’s a full 1960s music experience.”

The Midtown Men set bring ‘Jersey Boys’ sound to SFSC

Marc Valero | Highlands Today Published: December 3, 2015

AVON PARK — The Midtown Men — the four original stars from Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” — will perform songs of the Four Seasons, the holiday season and the 1960s at South Florida State College this month.

Tickets are still available for the concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts.

After their three-season run on Broadway, The Midtown Men are together again wearing their Rat Pack-style suits and singing the sixties hits with a modern twist.

Daniel Reichard, who portrayed Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons, spoke to Highlands Today by phone on Tuesday about the “Jersey Boys” and The Midtown Men.

As Gaudio sang the tenor parts under Frankie Valli in the Four Seasons, Reichard sings the tenor part in The Midtown Men.

The original cast members of the “Jersey Boys” came from different backgrounds and didn’t know each other before the show’s initial run in La Jolla, Calif., Reichard said.

“We were just put together by chance,” he said. “We formed life-long bonds by doing the show together.”

Click here to read article in its entirety.

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The Midtown Men – “A Class Act Through and Through”

Catherine • November 24, 2015 • Comments (0)

Hutch crowd captivated by Midtown Men’s ’60s magic

LYDIA LOWE, The Hutchinson News

The 1960s were alive and well this past Thursday night when the Midtown Men made a stop at the Fox Theatre in Hutchinson.

The Midtown Men, from left -Michael Longoria, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer - sing for an audience at Hutchinson's Historic Fox Theatre on Nov. 19. Photo Courtesy of Bob Hunter

There was a lot of interest in this show from the time it was announced as part of the regular 2015/2016 season. This show did not disappoint. Opening to a sold-out audience, the Midtown Men wowed everyone with classic ’60s songs that appeared fresh and new, even though everyone in the audience knew all the words. Singing along was expected and encouraged.

I enjoyed the backdrops on the stage and the layout of the guitars, drums, brass instruments and keyboard. The outfits were vintage 1960s, complete with skinny ties. It was a class act through and through, as much fun to watch as to listen to.

A video screen at the back of the stage played a variety of vintage black-and-white video of various groups whose songs were being sung on stage as well as video of the Midtown Men at photo ops and on the streets of New York, which lent an air of fantasy and a Broadway feel to the overall production. Truly the audience was no longer in Kansas anymore.

When the music started back up after the break, people left whatever line they were in, be it concessions or bathrooms, to return to the auditorium and their seats. No one wanted to miss a single note that was played or sung on the stage. The Midtown Men had captivated the crowd.

At the end of the evening, the Midtown Men exited to the lobby to sign autographs, meet and greet the patrons, and take photos with anyone who requested one. Even with an early departure time the following day, the group stayed until the last person left the lobby.

The Midtown Men have several private performances lined up after their show at the Fox Theatre. The next performance planned for general audiences is on Dec. 15 in Avon Park, Florida.

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Daniel Reichard Talks About The Journey from Gaudio to Midtown Men

Catherine • November 14, 2015 • Comments (0)

We want people to laugh and smile and feel wonderful emotions in an experience of an era of music. DR

 

The Midtown Men play Milwaukee’s Marcus Center this Friday night.  In anticipation of the event, Daniel Reichard shared what it was like being the first to play Bob Gaudio on Broadway and how the four men have come to tour as The Midtown Men.  Following is an excerpt from the Examiner.  Click here to read the interview in its entirety.

EC: I don’t even know how to begin asking about originating a role on Broadway, but what was it like being the first to play Bob Gaudio on Broadway and how has that changed your life?

DR: It’s incredible … you just feel lucky. But then to do what we’ve done as far as creating Midtown Men- I’m even more proud of doing Midtown Men than I am of doing “Jersey Boys” and it’s because it’s something that we’ve created from our own experiences- we choreographed it together, we produced it together, we’ve directed it together, we picked our own suits together, we’ve overseen every creative decision surrounding this and it really is a reflection of who we are as a quartet…. So we took this little dream and we ran with it.

EC: What do you hope audiences get from seeing The Midtown Men?

DR: I hope that people truly get an evening of their lives when they come see us where they get to turn of the screens on their iPhones, turn off the TVs and enjoy live music. Whether they grew up to these songs or they’re young people hearing these songs for the first time, they get to forget all of the things going on outside- all the chaos of our world. We want people to laugh and smile and feel wonderful emotions in a experience of an era of music.

The Midtown Men perform one night only at Milwaukee’s Marcus Center on Friday, November 20 at 8 pm. Tickets are available online or by calling 414-273-7206.

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