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Songs for New Alternatives

• June 27, 2016 • Comments (0)


This past Thursday, Michael Longoria was joined onstage by a few dozen NYC and Broadway talents to present a concert benefitting New Alternatives, an organization that helps homeless LGBT youth in New York. Michael and his very funny co-host, Ashley Austin Morris (The Electric Company) had an easy chemistry and kept the show moving, telling jokes and introducing each singer.

It was an absolutely electric evening, with each performer delivering heartfelt performances. The atmosphere was relaxed and intimate, with a vibe of friendship, love and support.





Michael and his co-host, Ashley Austin Morris

Michael opened the show with a really beautiful acappella version of “Imagine” by the Beatles. It set the perfect tone for an evening devoted to the homeless youth of New Alternatives. He then introduced Ashley, who got the audience laughing and ready to have a good time.






Daniel Reichard singing "Put a Little Love in your Heart"


As advertised, the vocalists were talented beyond belief. With each performer, it seemed, the audience’s collective jaw dropped even lower. Songs were eclectic, from many genres, including pop, jazz, rock, and Broadway. There were even a few singer/songwriters who performed original work. I really enjoyed being introduced to some new artists that I hadn’t heard before.








Alice Ripley

As the evening went on, instead of waning, the energy actually increased. The final few performers were very well known to the audience, including Diana DeGarmo and Constantine Maroulis of American Idol fame, as well as Felicia Finley (Broadway) and Christina Bianco (Impressionist, Off-Broadway). We were all waiting for the “Broadway Diva” who would be making a special, unadvertised appearance at the concert. When Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Sideshow, Next to Normal) took the stage, the cheers were deafening. She sang a song from Next to Normal (“I Miss the Mountains”) and then paused to speak a bit about the way the Broadway community has responded to the recent act of violence in Orlando against the LGBT community. As I’m sure many of you know, Broadway for Orlando released an All-Star charity single benefitting the LGBT Center of Central Florida. With special permission from the song’s creators, Alice sang a solo version of that song for us, and brought the house down.


Michael and Daniel

Although many of us may have initially chosen to attend the concert for a variety of reasons, whether to support Michael, or hear some great music, the real reason we were there was always at the forefront. Coming together in solidarity to benefit those that the larger society may cast aside – the LGBT community in general, and the homeless LGBT youth of NYC in particular – was a powerful part of the evening. Thanks to Michael and his whole team for putting on a very fun and memorable event.

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Songs for New Alternatives, hosted by Michael Longoria

• June 20, 2016 • Comments (0)

Fresh off the debut of his solo album, Michael is hosting a very special concert on June 23 to benefit homeless LGBT youth of New York City. New Alternatives is an organization that helps homeless LGBT youth become self-sufficient and transition out of the shelter system and into stable adult lives. The center — which provides services including case management, education, life-skills training, community-building recreational opportunities for self-expression and support services for HIV-positive youth — will be losing its donated space after August, and Longoria is hoping the benefit will raise money as well as awareness to keep the program afloat.

Michael is also quoted as saying, ““What happened in Orlando is just a reminder that no matter how much love we have, other sources of evil are always going to resist, so let’s find a way to get serious in a positive way that shows our support for each other and our love for each other in public”

In addition to Michael and his co-host, Ashley Austin Morris, featured performers and guests include: Constantine Maroulis, Diana DeGarmo, Daniel Reichard, Marty Thomas, Christina Bianco, Tori Scott, Ryan Raftery, Willito Rivera, Matthew Gagnon, Felicia Finley, Alexa Green, Ashanti J’aria, Danny Longoria, Tim Young, Jennifer Malenke, Michelle Dowdy, Cameron Mitchell Bell, Jennifer Bishop, Matthew Roscoe, Jenna Miller, Kristina Nicole Miller, Marissa Pontecorvo and Andrea Nardello.

Raffle items include:

Tickets to The Color Purple (Broadway)

Broadway Records Album Package

Bottle of Pinot by Tituss autographed by Tituss Burgess

Tickets to Fiddler on the Rood (Broadway)

Tickets to Kinky Boots (Broadway)

Tickets to Finding Neverland (Broadway)

Tickets to Himself and Nora (Off-Broadway)

Tickets to Trip of Love (Off-Broadway)

Tickets to Feinstein’s/54 Below

697 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Thursday June 23rd
$10 suggested donation


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Christian Hoff Hosts Tony Party for a Cause

• June 20, 2016 • Comments (0)

On June 12, 2016, our very own Christian Hoff hosted a Tony viewing party at NYC’s Palm West restaurant.

The event benefitted The V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by Jim Valvano in 1993. Christian is a Board Member for The V Foundation’s Wine Celebration in Napa.

The elegant evening featured selections from the Palm’s menu, and wines by sponsor Santa Margherita. Guests enjoyed the Tony broadcast and generously participated in a Silent Auction throughout the evening. Christian eloquently shared his family’s experience as his daughter Ella and wife Melissa are thriving and surviving ALL leukemia and breast cancer. He also spoke of The V Foundation’s role in research, and how their work is truly changing the future of cancer diagnosis and outcomes.

A highlight of the evening was Christian signing his caricature on the Palm’s new Tony Wall, which also features Hugh Jackman, Jefferson Mays, and Ben Vereen among others. Said Hoff, “It was a distinct honor to celebrate the 70th annual Tony Awards at The Palm and kick off the 10th anniversary of my Tony Award by signing my caricature on the new Tony wall! The evening matched the broadcast’s sensitive and transforming celebration of Broadway’s best by raising awareness and thousands of dollars toward cancer research and patient care for The V Foundation. On behalf of my wife and daughter and millions of others battling this disease, thank you”

Several Midtown Club members were there to experience this special event and many thanks to Pat Palumbo and Catherine Sanneman for their hard work in organizing the event. Special thanks also to Robert Sanchez, Sales Manager at the Palm West, who states that “The partnership between The Palm and The V Foundation is just beginning and we vow to fight as long as the fight is necessary.”

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Special Pre-sale Tickets Available in Escondido, CA

• June 11, 2016 • Comments (0)

On November 4th, 2016, The Midtown Men will be playing at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Presale for TMM friends and fans begins TODAY, June 11. This is a week ahead of the public sale, beginning June 19th. This is an amazing chance to get the best seats in the house. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Click HERE for The Midtown Club pre-sale tickets.



**If any friends/fans in or around Escondido would be interested in being part of the TMM Street Crew, hanging posters to spread the word about the upcoming show, send an email to and we’ll get you set up!



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Oh, What A Weekend!

• May 25, 2016 • Comments (0)

What a weekend it was! A reunion, a homecoming, a celebration….call it any or all of those and you would not be far from the truth. Three thrilling days, each one unique and exhilarating in its own way.

On Friday night, the Men played to a sold out crowd at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. It was their third time at this theater, and they were welcomed back with open arms. From the guys: “This was our most thrilling and invigorating show we have ever done at the Count Basie  and we have all of you to thank for it! We are blessed to have such longtime friends who turn up to see us time and time again!”

I think the audience would agree that we are the ones who are blessed – by their talents, their humor, and their sincerity. I think this comment from a fan on their Facebook post says it all: “We loved this show! So much talent on one stage! Your voices are amazing! Your interaction with the audience is wonderful. The autographs after the show were fun, and it was so nice to meet each of you face to face. And let’s not forget the musicians – exceptional talent!”


On Saturday, the party moved to BB Kings Blues Club in Midtown Manhattan. A smaller, more intimate venue, the audience dined at tables and enjoyed seeing the Men reconnecting with many longtime fans and friends that they have known since their Jersey Boys days. Very special guests were in the house, including LaChanze and Maureen VanZandt, as well as Rick Elice, who (with Marshall Brickman) wrote the book for Jersey Boys.






The energy in the house was palpable, and the crowd filled with love overflowing for the guys. It was incredible to see not only the relationships that the Men have built with their fans through the years, but also the friendships that have been cultivated among the fans themselves. It was truly a reunion, filled with reminiscing and creating new memories.

On Sunday, the Men headed north of the city to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. One of the largest casinos in the country, it hosted our Midtown Men in their Mohegan Sun Arena. That night, they played to a crowd of over 8,000! The Midtown Men described the experience as “an indescribable thrill” that they will never forget. Judging from the over 100 joyful comments of their Facebook post, it doesn’t seem the audience is likely to forget their time with the Midtown Men either.




Finally, the Midtown Club celebrates all the friendships, some new and some dating all the way back to 2006, that have been created through the artistry of these four Men, whether in Jersey Boys or TMM. It is a special thing to meet people who share a common interest, and then develop a bond that is so strong that you know you have made lifelong friends. We invite you to share your own stories and send in photos from the weekend, if you were there.





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Get into Spring with TMM: Upcoming NYC shows

• 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 Cinco de Mayo from The Midtown Men!

• May 5, 2016 • Comments (0)

On behalf of all of the guys, celebrate America’s favorite Mexican holiday with this tasty mule! A winner!
-Los Hombres Del Centro


AND don’t forget to check out Michael’s new album, Broadway Brick By Brick, which came out on iTunes today.

Click here to download




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Michael Longoria CD Release Concert: Broadway Brick By Brick

• May 4, 2016 • Comments (1)

Our very own Michael Longoria celebrated the release of his new solo cd with performances of a lifetime this past Monday and Tuesday at Joe’s Pub in NYC.

The show opened with an impossibly adorable video of a very young Michael singing Ritchie Valens’ “Oh Donna” earnestly into a 1980s video camera. With that, time instantly rewound several decades and we were transported back to his childhood, where it all began. When Michael took the stage and opened with his rendition of “Home,” he had the audience in the palm of his hand, ready for an amazing journey through his life.

Michael then sang through his entire, soon-to-be-released (May 5) cd. Hearing him with the Midtown Men is amazing enough, but vocally, these 11 o’clock numbers from classic Broadway hits showcase his range and talent in a completely new way. His voice has never sounded better and he blew the roof off the place again and again. Even more, he sang with passion and emotion woven through each moment of every song. Before each song, he told the story from his life that inspired him to include it. Some stories were funny, some poignant, but all of them offered an honest glimpse into his heart. There were lighthearted moments, such as when he danced through the audience during Corner of the Sky. For a moment, we were in Ellen’s Stardust Diner with a singing waiter who offered straws and sipped someone’s drink. When he spoke of his Broadway debut, filling in for an actor who unexpectedly fell ill, we felt with him what seemed to be equal parts excitement, pride, and sheer terror. He also spoke openly about the pain in losing his grandmother, and the difficulty that comes with feeling a lack of acceptance from his parents.

As he told these stories, each time there was a catch in his voice, it was a reminder of his transparency and sincerity, making the musical performance that followed all the more powerful. The songs may have been rehearsed and his words somewhat scripted to ensure that important details were included, but the emotions we saw from him were spontaneous and sincere. Costumes lent an additional layer of fun and authenticity, as he was able to evoke the styles of a mariachi singer, singing waiter, Frankie Valli, and the Wizard of Oz, all with a few zippers and snaps. He peeled back the layers, both literally and figuratively, as he took us on this musical journey of growth and self-discovery.

The whole night was a celebration of not only the release of Michael’s album, but also of the entire journey that led him to this moment. The room was packed with family, friends, fans, and long time supporters. Bobby and Daniel were even in the audience on Tuesday! Love and support were overflowing for this Jersey Boy turned Midtown Man as he introduced himself to us as a Broadway solo recording artist.

Many of the stories he shared at the concert are included in the liner notes of the CD. It truly is a can’t-miss musical experience. If you have not ordered Broadway Brick By Brick already, you can do so here. And anyone in or around Los Angeles can check out his show at Rockwell Table and Stage on June 7. Get tickets here.

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Extending Thoughts and Prayers to Rick Elice

• July 19, 2015 • Comments (1)

Illustration (by Tom Bachtell) from a great 2012 article in The New Yorker

The Midtown Club wishes to express heartfelt condolences to Jersey Boys co-writer Rick Elice on the loss of his husband, Roger Rees.







On July 15th the lights of Broadway dimmed in memory of late Tony Award-winning actor who died July 10 at the age of 71.  Rees, a veteran of stage and screen, worked virtually to the last weeks of his life, appearing in the Broadway musical The Visit earlier this season until he was forced to withdrawal due to declining health.






Wtih Rick Elice and Daniel Reichard in 2009 at the after-party of "The Firebrand of Florence," which Rees directed.

“He will be fondly missed by many, and always greatly admired by the four of us.”

The Midtown Men

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Happy Birthday to J. Robert Spencer

• February 12, 2015 • Comments (1)

The Midtown Club would like to wish J. Robert Spencer a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!



Wishing you all the joy and happiness on your special day that you give to your fans each and every day!

Much love from

The Midtown Club

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