Daniel And Guests Give Audiences A Christmas Treat

Catherine • December 14, 2011 • Comments (2)

Norene and John Howard, longtime fans and supporters of The Midtown Men,  have made Daniel Reichard’s annual Christmas concert their holiday “kick-off”.  This year, John has shared their experience with The Midtown Club.

Thank you, John and Norene, for your continued support of The Midtown CLUB, and our MEN!

Paul Louis Lessard, Beth Kuhn, Daniel Reichard and Emily Bottorff, photo from BroadwayWorld

Daniel Reichard’s CHRISTMAS PRESENT

What has become for us an annual event and marks the beginning of the Christmas season is Daniel Reichard’s annual Christmas concert. As with his prior shows Daniel always centers the evening on a theme. This year he chose Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. It opened with Daniel himself entering hunched over and wearily creeping on stage as the crotchety old Ebenezer Scrooge who soon broke into Cabaret’s “Money, Money”.

True to form and ever present were Daniel’s distinctive and powerful voice, his Broadway presence and delightful humor as he took the audience through Ebenezer’s metamorphosis with song and dance. Dressed as the ghost of Christmas present, Daniel attired in a green velvet fur trimmed robe, beard and garland, gave a rousing rendition of “I Like Life”.

This evening included many favorite Christmas songs together with some well known non-Christmas songs (John Denver’s “Country Roads”) and for us, some never before heard ones. The audience was even treated to the Hawaiian themed “Mele Kalikmaka” (featured in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation) as supporting cast members Emily Bottorff, Beth Kuhn and Paul Louis Lessard sang and danced the hula in simulated Hawaiian grass skirts and coconut “you know what” attire.

Surprise guest, Donna Vivino (currently Wicked’s Elphaba), performed “Winter Wonderland” and joined Daniel in a duet of “What Can You Do With A Man”.

The recognition of audience members and fellow performers, Michael Longoria and J. Robert Spencer, gave Daniel the brief opportunity to promote their highly successful national tour of The Midtown Men.

With never a dull moment this year’s Daniel Reichard’s Christmas Concert was as always, a truly spirited, uplifting, energetic and a thoroughly entertaining event.

The only way to expand the enjoyment of his concerts would be to make all his Christmas Concerts available for sale on CD and DVD (Are you listening Daniel?)

In his continued generous spirit and the spirit of Christmas his concert was a benefit for Chemo Comfort.

John Howard

Category: Daniel Reichard

2 comments on “Daniel And Guests Give Audiences A Christmas Treat

  1. Lulu Thompson on said:

    As I suspected, this was a delightful evening enjoyed by fans of Daniel Reichard, the Midtown Men and Jersey Boys, too. Many friends attended, but few offered such details. Now I know for sure that I want to make this part of my Christmas experience, too. Thanks, John, for such attention to detail. The pictures from the concert do show a festive group. Congratulations, Daniel, for spreading Christmas cheer through your concert!

    • It was indeed an entertaining performance, certainly one you would have enjoyed. Thanks for your comments, hope to see you there next year.

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