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J. Robert Spencer Portrays Abe Lincoln in NYMF

Catherine • July 6, 2014 • Comments (0)

If you will be in the New York City area this week, check out J. Robert Spencer in ‘Bayonets of Angst’ at the New York Musical Theatre Festival:

It ain’t ya’ great-great-great-grandpappy’s kinda musical.

J. Robert Spencer in 'Bayonets of Angst', Photo Credit: Walter McBride

BAYONETS OF ANGST is an original musical comedy set to a bluegrass soundtrack and narrated by the last remaining veterans of the American Civil War. These old codgers detail the behind-the-battlefield exploits of President Lincoln, the madness of General Tecumseh Sherman, and the pickled promiscuity of General Ulysses S. Grant in a dizzying sequence of events that changed the course of history. And because they were the ones who was there – you just listen and hush up ‘bout it!

Click here for ticket information.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects; nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community; and connecting one of America’s greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience.Now in its eleventh year, the Festival is the largest musical theatre event in America.

 

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NJPAC part 2 – “…oh what a night of entertainment it was”

Catherine • June 22, 2014 • Comments (5)

I enjoyed All the moments!  Especially ALL the new songs we put in our special with all our new choreography. My wife who has done ten shows on Broadway said,”You all looked so good dancing together!  You all looked and sounded amazing!”  She was so impressed with the whole filming/concert experience. That is what I am most proud and pleased about is that my wife was so proud of All of Us! bobby

 

My apologies for taking so long to follow up on the NJPAC “pre-show” post!  I received an email from a friend yesterday saying “NJPAC is still in our minds. It was such a great evening!!!!”  And I believe she shares those thoughts with anyone who was there.  There were so many amazing moments – new songs, new choreography (which the Men made look so easy!) fabulous lighting, Gene Cornish…I could go on and on, but instead, I’ll share  some of the thoughts fans and a couple of the Men shared with me about the show itself.  Enjoy, and feel free to add your own thoughts as comments here!

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What a fabulous show!  The Midtown Men are not only great singers but also great entertainers and showmen.  The variety of their song selections is unbelievable…they can do that because they seamlessly switch off each other taking the lead on different songs.  This is not some sort of retrospective show…this is great songs done with more flair than the original recordings.  Pardon me for using a familiar cliché but there is no other way to describe it…oh what a night of entertainment it was. And to think we get to see it again on public television in a few months. David Cace

 

Daniel brings the house down every time he sings "Cry For Me"

It was the absolute BEST show to date that we have seen!! They were dancing up a storm and doing some fantastic new songs from some of the girl groups of the 60′s that really rocked!! Daniel’s solo of “Cry For Me” was a show stopper, I love it every time he does it…and so did the audience!  Michael’s new solo was great! Sounded a little gospel! Very cool! Christian’s solo is so heartfelt, his expressions just tell a story with every word he sings.  Bobby’s solo is as soulful as you can get!  They do everything so well, I could never pick a favorite! Just when I think I found one, I feel the same way about the next song! JoAnn C.

 

The show was amazing!! Beautiful venue, amazing lighting, and the guys were at their best— absolutely electric!!  I loved the new music and choreography… great adds to the show. I‘m contacting my local PBS station and demanding they pick it up locally, as soon as it’s available!! Sandra P

 

Gene Cornish thrilled the crowd when he joined the Men for "Groovin" - he plays a mean harmonica!

So thrilled to be in the audience for such an exciting event for one of the best, most talented groups around, The Midtown Men!!  Especially exciting to be there with my parents, and my daughter! Three generations all enjoying the same music. What an amazing night!

Hard to pick a favorite part of the evening, but some of the highlights, for me, were connecting with many other Midtown Men fans, dancing in my seat, leaping up for multiple standing ovations, and seeing Gene Cornish of The Rascals come out onto the stage to play harmonica during “Groovin” sung so beautifully! Awesome memory from a GREAT night! Tricia R

 

The show was great as always, and they just keep getting better & better. I love watching them dance! The best part of all is that they are the greatest guys and I am proud to call myself a fan!!! Donna G

 

It was … hysterical when (Daniel) was relaying his funniest moment and (he) made some mistakes and said “Oh well, they will edit that out anyway.”  Then we go to Bobby who says “Well you messing up just now was my funniest moment.”

Not to simplify things but their concerts are so happy and uplifting.  No matter what kind of a day you have had or what is going on in your world, you truly lose yourself in their performances.  They have the ability to transport you to a place where there are only smiles.  They don’t sing at you but they sing with you.  The ability to include the audience in such a way is a unique gift. Cynthia B

 

 

During the filming, we just did our thing, no stops, no retakes, raw and real. The only difference was ten or more cameras rolling and three trucks outside capturing the excitement onstage and in the audience. So many of our fans and friends there celebrating with us like always. Christian

 

 

I wish i was in the front row, because you guys were so good that i would have come up on the stage! George

 

This was my 11th show. It was just as exciting as my first one…I just love them.  Their concerts are always fantastic!  My favorite song of the night was when Daniel sang “Cry For Me”.  He has an outstanding voice!  Of course all the other songs they sang were top notch also. Donna St. J

 

 

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The Midtown Men at NJPAC…A Powerful Thing

Catherine • June 14, 2014 • Comments (4)

Before the show I was enjoying watching our dream crew do their thing.  Pre-production, design and planning were now in real time.  Just like our show itself, when it’s go time, it’s a powerful thing. Christian

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than two weeks since that magical night at NJPAC.  In the days and weeks preceding the big event, it seemed like THE DAY would never come.  Since then, though, time has flown by, but the memories of the night have not faded.

I thought it would be fun to relive the night through the eyes of those who were there.   I’ve gathered some thoughts and pictures from the guys and the fans, and today’s post will concentrate on the excitement of the pre-show events.  In the following days, look for more thoughts and pictures from the show and the post-show exhilaration.

 

In my mind, there was no better way to spend time before the show than visiting with other fans at the pre-show gathering.  So many wonderful people who I have “talked” to in emails, but have never actually met – I loved them all, loved having this bond with them, and loved sharing the experience with my daughter.  Thanks so much to all of you who came up to the Tier 3 Cafe and helped make this incredible evening even more special! Catherine

I was running around backstage ten minutes before the … show changing and ironing my shirts. JRS

I’m so glad I went (to the) pre show dinner, because it’s not only seeing TMM, it’s getting  together with friends we have made to share our obsession…. I mean passion. Norene H.

 

 

(One) of the highlights, for me, were connecting with many other Midtown Men fans. Tricia R.

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J. Robert Spencer Featured on Tonight’s HOUSE HUNTERS on HGTV

Catherine • January 9, 2014 • Comments (1)

from broadwayworld.com

Broadway actors J. Robert Spencer (Jersey Boys, Next to Normal, [The Midtown Men]) and JennyLynn Suckling (All Shook Up) will be featured on tonight’s episode of House Hunters on HGTV.

In the episode, the New York City, who are always on the go with their two children, are hoping to have somewhere peaceful to retreat to, so they’re in the market for a vacation home in nearby Woodstock.

Keeping the house hunt a secret from their kids, their dream house would be cabin or barn-like with modern touches. Not long into their house hunt, however, their broker gives them the reality check that their budget isn’t going to get them what they want. Will they be forced to compromise to find a peaceful retreat?

Don’t miss the episode airing tonight, January 9 at 10:00 PM e/p on HGTV.

J. Robert Spencer was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Dan Goodman in Next to Normal. His Broadway credits include original Nick Massi in Jersey Boys (Tony Award Best Musical 2006, Grammy Award and Gold Record recipient), Side Show.

He has appeared on TV on “Law & Order,” “All My Children,” “Girls Behaving Badly” and on film in Night of the Dog (Audience Award winner at Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, and nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the SMMASH Film Festival), Farm Girl in NewYork (official selection for Atlanta, Big Apple, Seattle and nominated for Best Comedy in Sacramento).

His company, 7 Spencer Productions, recently wrapped their second film, titled Heterosexuals. Concerts: He recently performed with the Boston Pops for Handel’s Messiah Rocks currently available on CD/DVD by Sony Masterworks.

Read more about Broadway’s J. Robert Spencer Featured on Tonight’s HOUSE HUNTERS on HGTV – BWWTVWorld by www.broadwayworld.com

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J. Robert Spencer and Anthony Rapp Singing “Brave”

Catherine • July 5, 2013 • Comments (0)

J Robert Spencer and Anthony Rapp sing “Brave” from The Water Dream, one of the 24 musicals in the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2013.

 

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J. Robert Spencer Returns to NYMF July 10-11

Catherine • June 18, 2013 • Comments (0)

Tony Nominee J. Robert Spencer will return to the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) to star in the staged readings of Shawn Cody’s The Water Dream July 10-11 at The Pershing Square Signature Center, The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.

Directed by Jim True-Frost, the cast also includes Rent star Anthony Rapp, Karmine Alers (Rent), Alexis Hightower (Rent), Dee Roscioli (Wicked), Brian Dykstra (Lucky Guy), Josh Lamon (Hair), writer Cody, Doug Chapman, Adam Kern, Cheo Bourne, Alisa Ledyard and Alana Rader.

Readings will be held July 10 at 5 PM and July 11 at 5 PM and 9 PM.

 

The Pershing Square Signature Center, The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre is located at 480 West 42nd Street. For tickets, visit NYMF.org. For more information, visit TheWaterDream.com.

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Another Rave Review for The Midtown Men

Catherine • June 2, 2013 • Comments (1)

“They swing, they groove and they are thoroughly cool…”

Midtown Men fill night with harmony

By Kim Carpenter, WORLD-HERALD CORRESPONDENT

 

They swing, they groove and they are thoroughly cool as they move through the music that comprises a fitting survey of many of the best-loved songs from the early ’60s.

The Midtown Men (TMM) kept the crowd hip and happy for close to two hours Saturday night as they performed with the Omaha Symphony at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

A bit of backstory to TMM’s backbeat: the foursome — Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer — founded the group in 2007 following a highly successful run on Broadway as the original cast members of “Jersey Boys.” Unlike their previous show, which focused on the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, this one features a “classic catalogue” from the first part of the 1960s, that is, from the time before the decade became synonymous with hippies, drugs and the Vietnam War. It’s music from the baby boomer generation’s Age of Innocence, and it includes selections from groups as wide-ranging stylistically as the Temptations and the Mamas and the Papas.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About THE MIDTOWN MEN

Catherine • December 28, 2012 • Comments (3)

This AWESOME, all-encompasing interview appeared on the CALL ME ADAM blog.  Everything you ever wanted to know about The Midtown Men…and then some!

1. Who or what inspired you to become performers?

J. Robert Spencer: Steve Martin and Johnny Carson were actually a big influence on me as far as comedians and as entertainers. I wanted to do what they were doing. Making people laugh and have a good time. Now I get to do that along with my other love, which is 60′s Rock And Roll.

Christian Hoff: I remember being kinda shy but having a great imagination and loved to pretend and loved music. I also loved being physical. I loved sports and riding my bike and running around and singing and dancing. When I got onstage for the first time and found that I could have all those things and be a storyteller too…I was hooked. I started pursuing every opportunity I could find to just do it. A reluctant but unwavering ham.

Michael Longoria: My mom sang in a band when I was growing up, so it started there watching those late night rehearsals. After that, Ritchie Valenz. The first song I ever sang for a public audience was “Oh Donna.”

Daniel Reichard: My first (and truest) idol that inspired me to do what I do (the way that I like to do it) was Steve Martin. I loved movies like The Jerk and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. Most especially, I would watch his appearances on Saturday Night Live, and his television specials. His work as a comic actor, especially in the 70s and 80s, was exceptional…He was dashing but the joke was always on him.

2. Who haven’t you worked with that you would like to?

J. Robert Spencer: I would love to do a play one day with Jeff Daniels.

Christian Hoff: Christopher Nolan as a director would be a great opportunity to couple a real life perspective with larger than life circumstances. Something I have always been drawn to as a person and an actor.

Michael Longoria: Stephen Sondheim…I’ve always been a huge fan of his work. Stephen, write me a song will ya???

Daniel Reichard: I love great directors…I’ve worked with a few–George C. Wolfe, Des McAnuff, among others. I would love to work with Susan Stroman and Graziella Danielle, among others.

3. You all starred in “Jersey Boys” together on Broadway, which I was fortunate enough to see. Looking back, what was the best part about starring together in this show?

J. Robert Spencer: Being able to say that we are a part of history by being one of the Original Stars, forevermore, in one of the biggest hits of all time!

Christian Hoff: The experience of having a character tailored to you was incomparable. Your essence and timing and inflection stamped forever in a script as brilliant as it is raw, like Marshall Brickman and Rick Elices. Having your performance shape a legendary production and then be recognized for your contribution, unforgettable and glorious. We all like to be liked and seek to be somehow indispensable in our lives and work. Now the molds they made with us are allowing other actors to explore themselves in our shoes, much like I did filling the shoes of the one and only Tommy DeVito.

Michael Longoria: Knowing that the four of us had each other at every moment. I never felt lost on the journey of the play cause the connection was so raw and real.

Daniel Reichard: Oh wow, there is so much to think about here. We were very lucky to grow together and discover both good and bad realities of show business in the center of this huge Broadway success. I did JERSEY BOYS for two years and three months, and it felt like we were the toast of the town the entire time. With that success came sacrifices and rewards, and we got to experience all of those things together.

3a. What made you want to continue on as The Midtown Men?

J. Robert Spencer: Being our own bosses, and running things our way!

Christian Hoff: A sublime addiction to the power of mixing dynamic personalities, sound and storytelling like we learned to do together led me back to the guys and our ability to do what we love most, entertain and share something great with each other and our audiences. The entertainers’ life, lived out to the fullest.

Michael Longoria: We continued getting requests to sing together and it felt good to keep the magic we created together in Jersey Boys going, especially with our debut album as The Midtown Men. We wanted to show what our sound could do on songs recorded by the other pop groups that sang in the same era as the group we portrayed on stage.

Daniel Reichard: Now it’s very similar with The Midtown Men; we are going on the rocket ride together all over again. We spend time away from our friends and family, we meet incredible fans, we do exciting shows, and we are STILL learning so much.

3b. How has your relationship strengthened over the years?

J. Robert Spencer: On Broadway you have separate dressing rooms to hide in IF you’re annoyed at one of your cast mates. When you’re side by side on the road as much as we are, you can’t hide and if you are having an issue with anyone on the team, you have to Man up, speak your mind, and try to do it as respectfully as sensitively as you can. Honesty is the only key to success and a stress free environment and we’ve all been really good at balancing that…and it’s made us stronger.

Christian Hoff: Our relationship has strengthened in love and commitment. It’s sort of like a family business whose success and sacrifice refines the bond and raises the stakes.

Michael Longoria: I think we know each other very well. We share hundreds of stages across America and every audience that come to see us sing leave knowing our friendship. That comes from being stuck on a 5 hr road trip to the next city!

Daniel Reichard: Our relationship strengthens every week…We thought we knew each other THEN, but boy do we know each other now. We have a brotherhood, and with all we have been through together, it is a sacred connection between us.

4. You’ve recently released your debut album as “The Midtown Men” called “Sixties Hits.” What excites you about this release?

J. Robert Spencer: That we did it our way all the way!

Christian Hoff: The music from our live show that made the album was distilled down through politics and passion. We wanted to capture the love and respect we have for one another and this incredible decade of music and give people a way to take the excitement and energy home with them.

Michael Longoria: That people get to hear us sing outside the box of being a character. In Jersey Boys I let Frankie Valli’s recordings and his video taped performances influence how I used my voice to portray his life and music…with the album I get to sing these songs how I would approach them. We get to reinvent them a little and spread it to groups like the Mamas and Papas.

Daniel Reichard: Well, this album really reflects our first year and a half on the road.  It is a time capsule for this period of our lives. We had just enough time to record some of the highlights of our show in the midst of a busy touring schedule. Most importantly, we funded, produced, distributed, and conceived this album ourselves. We love how we show what “The Midtown Men Sound” is…I always say, it’s great driving, treadmill, and making dinner music.

4b. What is it about this time in music that made you want to keep on singing it?

J. Robert Spencer: Because this era of music is universal and timeless.

Christian Hoff: No other decade of music has captured machismo and vulnerability like the Sixties did. It is dream to bring it to live every time we step up to the mic.

Michael Longoria: The men at that time really knew how to bare their souls on a song. I learn a lot from listening to those recordings, many of them done on a few takes.

Daniel Reichard: These songs truly speak to the romantic spirit of people, and we intend to energize and uplift people when we sing for them. The album is meant to reflect that intention.

5. What do you enjoy most about traveling the country on tour?

J. Robert Spencer: I love seeing America. I love meeting the people. I love playing these historic venues.

Christian Hoff: I enjoy the people.

Michael Longoria: Dominos Pizza!

Daniel Reichard: We have played big cities, small towns, and everything in between. It’s been fascinating to get a comprehensive tour of our country. We have played cities I would never have imagined visiting –Galveston, TX, Lafayette, LA, Cedar Rapids, IA and dozens and dozens of other cities and towns. I have loved gaining a broader perspective of the country. We are a little sheltered, a little “inside a bubble” in NYC, and it’s been refreshing. The fact that we get unanimous ovations at the end of our shows no matter where we are tells me are still in the game. We sign every autograph and take every picture after every show–It sometimes takes over an hour, but it is worth it. It is our way of thanking our audiences.

5a. What do you hope audiences come away with after attending your concerts?

J. Robert Spencer: A big smile.

Christian Hoff: A shared experience that is unforgettable and unique.

Michael Longoria: Joy, memories, and a soar throat!

Daniel Reichard: We are giving it our all, and our audiences give us their energy back.

6. This past summer you made your symphonic debut with the Houston Symphony. What did this occasion mean to you?

J. Robert Spencer: To originally start as 4 guys around a piano…to 4 guys with an 85 piece orchestra backing them?!? We were SO thrilled! Top of the world!

Christian Hoff: It was like wearing a new suit, with a vintage tie.

Michael Longoria: Huge accomplishment as performers, singers, entrepreneurs, and best friends.

Daniel Reichard: The Houston Symphony was PHENOMENAL. What a milestone for us. We were blown away by Jones Hall, and the 85 talented musicians that backed us onstage. It was surreal but it felt right. The response was exciting and sincere. We have symphony performances ahead of us in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Omaha.

7. You also made an appearance on Good Morning America this summer. What did you enjoy most about that?

J. Robert Spencer: Showing off The Midtown Men to millions of viewers! Also, the energy, excitement, and love for what we do and what we have accomplished as artists!

Christian Hoff: We reached 4.5 million new fans in an hour and had a blast just doing our thing.

Michael Longoria: Getting introduced to the nation as the Midtown Men.

Daniel Reichard: Again, Good Morning America was a milestone. It was great being on the Today Show when we were in JERSEY BOYS, but this felt so much more gratifying because the four of us, with our incredible team, got us to this occasion. We were on a ton that morning, and it was a great adventure.

8. What have you learned about yourselves from being performers?

J. Robert Spencer: That being a performer is where I am most comfortable.

Christian Hoff: Humility and pride are both necessary. You must be strong willed and teachable at the same time.

Michael Longoria: How to maintain the gift in the hardest of circumstances and the coldest and driest of climates. The show must always go on.

Daniel Reichard: You learn that our friendships are like our performances. You have to give effort and you have to learn to receive thanks. You have to be quiet and still sometimes, and other times you have to take the lead. You have to respect your audience and you have to respect your colleagues.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

J. Robert Spencer: Whiskey and beer never fear…beer and whiskey now that’s risky!

Christian Hoff: Be yourself.

Michael Longoria: Don’t push. And don’t tank up on air…thanks Joan Lader ;)

Daniel Reichard: See this opportunity through!

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be?

J. Robert Spencer: It would be wonderful to dream and visit with my great, great, great, great, grandfather and grandmother.

Christian Hoff: God.

Michael Longoria: My honey boo boo child.

Daniel Reichard: It would probably be Call Me, Adam :-)

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off?

J. Robert Spencer: With my family.

Christian Hoff: Watching the kids play outside, my wife and I watching and sharing a drink and something good to eat.

Michael Longoria: Rosa Mexicano.

Daniel Reichard: I love walking my French Bulldog, Boscoe, through my neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, stopping into shops, and drinking iced lattes.

12. Favorite way to stay in shape?

J. Robert Spencer: Stretching on yoga ball.

Christian Hoff: Crossfit.

Michael Longoria: Not going to Rosa Mexicano :)

Daniel Reichard: You gotta mix it up. I love lifting weights, doing sprints on the treadmill or bike, and when I’m really strong, I swim laps.

13. Boxers or Briefs?

J. Robert Spencer: Hugo Boss Briefs!

Christian Hoff: Calvin Klein Boxer-Briefs.

Michael Longoria: It depends on how hot the party after the show is ;)

Daniel Reichard: Briefs. There’s no choice. That’s the way it needs to be.

14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose?

J. Robert Spencer: To FLY!

Christian Hoff: Healing Factor like Wolverine or Jesus.

Michael Longoria: Flying.

Daniel Reichard: To fly, because I’m getting so sick of sitting on planes.

Click here to visit the Call Me Adam website to read complete bios of The Men.

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THE MIDTOWN MEN: 2012-2013 Headlining Tour

Catherine • July 10, 2012 • Comments (4)

**PRESS RELEASE**
PR Newswire
NEW YORK, July 10, 2012

From ‘Boys To Men’ – THE MIDTOWN MEN

FOUR STARS FROM THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST OF JERSEY BOYS ANNOUNCE 2012-2013 HEADLINING TOUR

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE 85 PIECE SYMPHONY SHOWS, AIR FORCE ANNIVERSARY AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS

NEW YORK, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As original cast members of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, they took the world by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time. Now they are together again becoming rock stars in their own right as THE MIDTOWN MEN. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer are taking their sensational sound on the road once more, bringing to life their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, The Four Seasons and more.

THE MIDTOWN MEN’S 2012-13 US tour – which will cover 77 cities from coast to coast – will officially kick off on August 18 in Asbury Park, NJ at the Paramount Theatre. After that THE MIDTOWN MEN will perform at The New York State Fair on August (28) before performing with an 85-piece orchestra with the esteemed Houston Symphony for three shows over Labor Day Weekend. On September 15th THE MIDTOWN MEN will contribute a special performance at the Robbins Air Force Base near Atlanta, GA as the headlining musical guest alongside The Air Force Band commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the USAF. THE MIDTOWN MEN’S headlining tour will end 2012 with a highly anticipated performance at The Philharmonic Center For The Arts in Naples, Florida on December 29. The group will then continue their tour in 2013 with a combination of shows at performing arts centers and symphony halls.

Formed in 2007, THE MIDTOWN MEN reunites four stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Following their storied run on Broadway – where these four magnetic artists shared the stage for over a thousand performances and appeared on The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve and The U.S. Open – they have been selling out venues coast to coast living the dream they once portrayed on the stage. THEMIDTOWN MEN is the next chapter for these accomplished entertainers, making them the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show.

The past few years have been a whirlwind for THE MIDTOWN MEN. With each tour their reach has grown, and with this next run, their third headlining tour, they are projected to perform an impressive 140 shows. Not only have they continued to win over audiences of all ages at the performances, their self-titled debut album, THE MIDTOWN MEN: Sixties Hits was met with critical acclaim and garnered 5 star album reviews across iTunes. The album was recorded in New York City and features the group performing such iconic ’60s hits as, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Up On The Roof,” “Time Of The Season,” “Candy Girl” and more. It is once again a testament to what THE MIDTOWN MEN do best: helping to keep alive iconic music from the ’60s in the 21st century while giving it a new “twist.”

For more information on The Midtown Men please visit:
The Midtown Men website; The Midtown Men Facebook page

The Following Tour Dates Are Confirmed For 2012:

August 1; Fenwick Island, DE, The Freeman Stage at Bayside

August 10; Green Bay, WI, Oneida Casino

August 18; Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre

August 25; Lake Ozark, MO, The Lodge of Four Seasons

August 28; Syracuse, NY, New York State Fairgrounds

August 31; Houston, TX, With Houston Symphony @ Jesse H. Jones Hall

September 1; Houston, TX, With Houston Symphony @ Jesse H. Jones Hall

September 2; Houston, TX, With Houston Symphony @ Jesse H. Jones Hall

September 8; Columbus, GA, Bill Heard Theatre,

September 11; Ashland, KY, Paramount Arts Center

September 13; New Wilmington, PA, Orr Auditorium, Westminster College

September 14; Shippensburg, PA, Luhrs Center

September 15; Warner Robins, GA, USAF 65th Anniversary

September 17; Texarkana, TX, Perot Theatre

September 18; Longview, TX, The Belcher Center, Letourneau University

September 20; College Station, TX, Rudder Auditorium, Texas A&M University

September 21; College Station, TX, Rudder Auditorium, Texas A&M University

September 22; Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium, University Of Illinois

October 10; Erie, PA, Warner Theatre

October 11; New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre

October 13; Utica, NY, Stanley Theatre

October 14; Binghamton, NY, The Forum

November 17, Las Vegas, NV, Cannery Casino

November 23; Brampton, ON, Rose Theatre Brampton

November 24; Brampton, ON, Rose Theatre Brampton

November 26; Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theatre

November 28; Shreveport, LA, Strand Theatre

November 29; Orange, TX, Lutcher Theatre

November 30; Orange, TX, Lutcher Theatre

December 1; Fort Worth, TX, Bass Performance Hall

December 5; Muncie, IN, Semens Auditorium, Ball State University

December 8; Jersey City, NJ, St. Peter’s Performing Arts Center

December 9; Bloomsburg, PA, Haas Theatre, Bloomsburg University

December 28; Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

December 29; Naples, FL, Philharmonic Center For The Arts

The Following Tour Dates Are Confirmed For 2013:

January 4; Cedar Rapids, IA, Paramount Theatre

January 11; Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre

January 17; York, PA, The Strand Theatre

January 18; Scranton, PA, Cultural Center

January 19; Scranton, PA, Cultural Center

January 20; Scranton, PA, Cultural Center

January 25; Easton, PA, State Theatre Center For The Arts

January 26; Clinton Township, MI, Macomb Center For The Performing Arts

January 27; Clinton Township, MI, Macomb Center For The Performing Arts

February 6; El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre

February 8; Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Civic Center Performing Arts Theatre

February 13; Orono, ME, Collins Center For The Arts

February 14; Portland, ME, Merrill Auditorium

February 17; Wilmington, DE, The Grand Opera House

February 23; Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget Casino (Kennedy Health Foundation)

February 25; Columbia, SC, Koger Center

February 26; Columbia, SC, Koger Center

February 28; Daytona Beach, FL, Peabody Auditorium

March 1; Springfield, OH, Clark State Performing Arts Center

March 2; Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Memorial Hall Of Butler University

March 8; USAF Academy, CO, Arnold Hall

March 12; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 13; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 14; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 15; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 16; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 17; Dallas, TX, Music Hall At Fair Park

March 19; Pensacola, FL, Saenger Theatre

March 21; Athens, GA, The Classic Center

March 22; Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center

March 25; Pembroke, NC, Givens Performing Arts Center

March 27; Key West, FL, Tennessee Williams Theatre

March 28; Key Largo, FL, Ocean Reef Cultural Center

March 30; Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall

April 18; Atlanta, GA, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

April 20; Atlanta, GA, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

April 23; Butte, MT, Mother Lode Theatre

April 25; Fort Collins, CO, Lincoln Center of Fort Collins, CO

April 26; Fort Collins, CO, Lincoln Center of Fort Collins, CO

April 27; Fort Collins, CO, Lincoln Center of Fort Collins, CO

April 28; Pueblo, CO, Sangre de Cristo Art Center Theater

May 17; Stamford, CT, The Palace Theatre

May 18; Princeton, NJ, McCarter Theatre Center

June 1; Omaha, NE, The Omaha Symphony Orchestra

June 2; Omaha, NE, The Omaha Symphony Orchestra

June 7; Morristown, NJ; Mayo Performing Arts Center

June 13; Los Angeles, CA, The Pacific Coast Symphony

June 14; Los Angeles, CA, The Pacific Coast Symphony

June 15; Los Angeles, CA, The Pacific Coast Symphony

(some events are Private)

For More Information Please Contact:

Karen Wiessen, Kare@thedooronline.com . 646.340.1761

Tara Melega,  Tara@thedooronline.com . 646.340.1765

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How Will You Celebrate National Martini Day?

Catherine • June 19, 2012 • Comments (0)

June 19th is National Martini Day!  Who knew?  The Midtown Men, that’s who!  Christian, Bobby, and Daniel would like to share their favorite Martini with you - Cheers!

from Christian:

1 fresh Rosemary sprig
2½ fl oz Bombay london dry gin
1 fl oz St~Germain elderflower liqueur

Glass: Martini
Garnish: Rosemary sprig
Method: Strip rosemary leaves from stem and MUDDLE in base of shaker. Add other ingredients, SHAKE with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

 

 

 

And when that first martini hits the liver like a silver bullet, there is a sigh of contentment that can be heard in Dubuque – William Emerson, Jr.
(This quote is where the martini got it’s nickname of a Silver Bullet!)

Bobby prefers a Mexican Martini

4 limes, juiced
coarse salt
2 jalapeno-stuffed green olives
2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers CABO WABO tequila
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger orange liqueur
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger sweetened lime juice
1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar
crushed ice

Moisten the edges of two martini glasses with a little lime juice, and then dip moistened edges into coarse salt. Place an olive in each glass.

Pour remaining lime juice into a cocktail shaker, and then add tequila, orange liqueur, sweetened lime juice, and sugar. Fill shaker with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into prepared glasses.

 

Probably the first true “martini” was concocted around 1911 at the Knickerbocker Hotel of New York by Martini de Arma di Taggia, who was head bartender at the time. He combined 1 part London Gin, 1 part Noilly Prat Vermouth and orange bitters, chilled over ice and then strained into a chilled glass. No one is really sure who added the olive – I like to think it was a hungry customer who decided to grab an olive or two and tossed one in the mouth and one in the drink for later! (popartdiva.com)

 

Daniel’s “French” Martini (and my favorite of the three!)

1-1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
1/4 oz Chambord
1/4 oz Pineapple juice
1 twist lemon

Shake with ice and serve it up.  Great for brunch or dessert!

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