Michael Longoria Interviewed By The Gloucester County Times

• October 14, 2011 • Comments (0)

Kristie Rearick of the Gloucester County Times recently spoke on the telephone with Michael Longoria of The Midtown Men.  Here are some excerpts from her article, “‘The Midtown Men’ to sing oldies in Vineland”, which was published October 14, 2011.

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“After Michael Longoria took over the role of Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys,” it occurred to him and his fellow castmates that they had a good thing going.

“We started getting asked to do private events and parties,” Longoria said.

The foursome knew the songs of The Four Seasons inside and out, but for their appearances, they wanted to sing other songs from that time period, too.

“We would learn a Temptations’ song or a Jackson 5 song,” he said in a phone interview. “And before we knew it, we had a show.”

…After leaving the musical, the guys went their separate ways. Longoria worked for Cirque du Soliel, and the other guys were in shows such as “Next to Normal” and “Candide.” But anytime they had a chance, they would perform as “The Midtown Men” singing hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Mamas and The Papas and, of course, The Four Seasons…

…Longoria is not really a Jersey boy at all. Born and raised in Hollywood, Calif., the entertainer grew up singing alongside his mother, who was a singer in a band. He loved hanging out with his mom’s musician friends, learning the ropes, he said.

“My mom always says before I formed a sentence I was singing. There’s not a day I can remember that I didn’t sing,” Longoria said…

…For his show with “The Midtown Men” in Vineland, Longoria promised that audiences of any age will have a good time.

“Just the other day I saw a 9-year-old singing every lyric, dancing alongside his mom, and right next to her was his grandmom,” Longoria said. “This is definitely a show that speaks to every generation. It’s a really fun night.”

  

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“The Midtown Men” will perform at Cumberland County College’s Guaracini Performing Arts Center in Vineland, Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $50 and can be purchased at the theater’s box office (open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.) Call the box office at 856-692-8499 for tickets or more information. To look at a seating chart visit, cccnj.edu/fpac. For more information about the group visit The Midtown Men’s website.

To read the article in it’s entirety, click here.

Category: Media, Michael Longoria, The MEN, The MUSIC

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