Category: Fan Stories

Carolina On My Mind

• April 19, 2019 • Comments (0)

I made a last-minute decision to take a quick road trip to Myrtle Beach – to see The Midtown Men, of course!  My sister-in-law had been saying for months that she needed another TMM fix, so we decided to make it a girls’ weekend, with a stop in Savannah to visit my sister (and break up the rather long drive ahead!)  It was The Midtown Men’s third concert at the beautiful Alabama Theatre, and the crowd was obviously thrilled to have them back!

Our little weekend jaunt was such fun, and well worth the effort, but it was nothing compared to some friends we ran into on Saturday who were on their third show in a row!  What fun they had, and the MEN were so happy to see their friendly faces in the audience night after night.

This is what it’s all about – great music, great friends, great memories – and if you’re lucky, a few hugs along the way.

Robin and I were so happy that we made the trip to Myrtle Beach!

Debbie and Dan share some love at one of three shows in a row.

Debbie and Jay Webb

Monica and Tom travel up and down the east coast for their MEN, including all four Carolina shows!

I can’t wait to see where The Midtown Men take me next!  How about you?  Where will they take YOU next?

Category: Concerts, Fan Stories

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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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Midtown Men Captivate in Alabama

• 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

Category: Concerts, Fan Stories, The MEN, The MUSIC

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Share and Win – It’s as Easy as That!

• December 3, 2015 • Comments (14)


The Holiday Season is upon us, and how better to kick off your holiday music listening than with The Midtown Men?!?

Simply tell us what your favorite holiday song is, and why, and you could win a Midtown Men “All Alone On Christmas” CD!  Included in the CD packaging is your very own Midtown Men ornament!

Click on “Comments” (under the title of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the page.  Be sure to leave your correct email address so we can get in touch with you – it will not be visible to others. We will draw random winners every few days between now and the end of the year.

Thanks for SHARING!

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Fan Shares from JB 10th Anniversary

• November 22, 2015 • Comments (2)

There were so many fantastic memories from the Nov 6th -8th JB Anniversary weekend!  Here are some great photo shares from some who were there.

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A huge Thank You goes out to Audrey Rockman, who organized a group of 60+ tickets for Friday night’s show.  Audrey, you rock!

Audrey (center) and some of her Jersey Girls

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Lulu Thompson took a little bit of the party back to the room with her!  (And no, she did not steal them, my hand to God!)

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Thank you Peter and Jean Albini for sharing these great pictures!

"Peter and Chris"

"Jean and Bobby"

Have something to share?  email pics and thoughts to tmmclub@comcast.net!

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Photo Coverage of JB 10th Anniversary Celebration

• November 18, 2015 • Comments (3)

November 8th was a banner day in Midtown Manhattan when Jersey Boys celebrated 10 years on Broadway – the 12th longest running show in Broadway history!  And our Midtown Men were there – for the celebration, yes, but they were also there 10 years ago, when it was all still ahead of them…

Fans were thrilled to see them get the recognition and love they so deserve!

10 years worth of JB cast members, past and present.

Can you spot The Midtown Men?

Check out some of the amazing photo coverage of the day and night: Broadway.com; broadwayworld.com; playbill.com; theatermania.com

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Des McAnuff introduces the original Tommy DeVito.

And the original Nick Massi...

...and the original Bob Gaudio...

...and the original Joe Pesci!

What a thrill it was to run into these gentlemen in the lobby of the August Wilson before the show!

Bobby's son was a natural - shaking hands and greeting fans.

The energy and excitement from the stage permeated the theater and continued down the street to a star-studded party at the beautiful Novotel Hotel.

Carolyn and I took advantage of Daniel's mad selfie skills.

The girls and I enjoyed meeting Joe Hutcheson and JB Alum Charl Brown.

If you have any pictures or stories you would like to share about the JB weekend, please leave a comment here or email your pictures to tmmclub@comcast.net.

And did I mention it was my birthday?

 

 

 

Category: Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, Fan Stories, J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria

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

• 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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Ticket and T-Shirt Winners Announced

• February 14, 2015 • Comments (5)

Congratulations to Kim Bryan – you are the winner of a pair of tickets to see The Midtown Men at the Florida Theatre on February 25th!!  We know you and your mom will love the show.  And please come back here to the Club site and share your experience afterwards.

And huge congratulations to our T-shirt winners – all of you who responded are going to receive a shirt!!

I’ll be sending each of you an email soon.  Thank you all for your participation!

Category: Concerts, Fan Stories, Prize Posts

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Comment For A Chance to Win A TMM Shirt

• February 9, 2015 • Comments (14)

Midtown Men fan Steve S. won this cool Midtown Men baseball tee through a contest here on the Club site. He recently attended a TMM show and took the shirt with him to have it autographed – doesn’t it look great?!

Steve posted this picture on his Facebook page and it sparked a lot of interest among his friends, many wanting to know where they might buy one for themselves. Unfortuntaly, they not for sale, but I would love to give a couple away! Just leave a comment here on this post and you could possibly win one of your very own – autograph not included. The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 12th.

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Street Crew Member Captures TMMs Fifth Show in Biloxi

• February 8, 2015 • Comments (4)

The Midtown Men recently played their fifth show in Biloxi, MS, and long-time Street Crew Member and TMM fan Barbara Gandy was on hand to capture the night in pictures. Thank you Barbara for your continued support of The Midtown Men and contributions to The Midtown Club!


Category: Concerts, Fan Stories, The MEN, The MUSIC

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