Our Midtown Life, Part III

• December 21, 2013 • Comments (3)

Midtown Club Member Betsy Simek shares her Midtown Men story.

(Click here to read Part I)  (Click here to read Part II)


A dozen shows, and we just don’t ever get tired of watching and hearing these gentlemen perform.

Betsy's daughter Alicia gets a hug from Daniel

Driving from Atlantic City back to Nashua was quite a haul. You’re basically driving across the entire state of Connecticut, and we still had an hour from Nashua to Concord once we got back. The Concord show was Alicia’s friend Bernadette’s first TMM experience, and the Men welcomed her into the fold as they graciously do with everyone. She had a great time, and believe it or not, it was her first concert – EVER. She couldn’t have picked a better group to initiate her!


Our gift to the MEN this show was a replica of my TMM FAN license plate (which I had given myself for Mother’s Day!) We made theirs on foam board, about the same dimensions as an actual plate, with the banana picture in the background, a Jersey Boys reference, and a picture from one of our other shows.

We decided to extend our road trip and took a train to NYC to see Jersey Boys again. It was on this occasion that the infamous picture of John Lloyd Young and me, wearing my Midtown Men T-Shirt, was taken! (All four of us wore them that night.)

Next up would be Lynn, MA on September 27. Again, the three and a half hour drive to Nashua, and another amazing show. The gift this time was another foam board, slightly larger than a coaster, with the MM on it, which Alicia painstakingly bedazzled in contrasting colors. It’s been used on their FB page, and in a couple of videos, and we’re very pleased that it was well received!

Six days later, Alicia and Steve would be driving up to NY again and we would be departing for Rochester NY for two more shows. That’s a four hour drive from home! These would mark shows 10 and 11 for us, and our first time seeing the Men with an orchestra…also our first time in the front row, an experience I highly recommend!

We stayed at the same hotel as the Men, and ran into them here and there around the hotel. They all put in appearances in the hotel bar after the shows, taking the time to chat and take pictures. Daniel introduced us to Maestro Ron Spigelman, who stayed to chat for close to an hour. Small world – Maestro Ron also conducts the Sinfonietta in Lake Placid, NY – 10 miles from where my youngest goes to college. I personally love multiple shows in the same city, but regardless, we have wonderful times wherever we go, and some great memories as well. I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

Our next show was the holiday show at the Tilles Center in Greenvale, Long Island. The audience was as enthusiastic as the performers, and it was great to hear some familiar tunes, and some great holiday tunes as well. Michael’s rendition of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” along with the ensuing bit of comedy, was wonderful, as was hearing “All Alone On Christmas” live for the first time.

As I write this, we have a show in Binghamton, NY tomorrow (Dec. 12), which will bring the total miles logged to 1,855. It’s been such a great experience for all of us, and it could be for you too. Their schedules thus far make it pretty simple to find shows and venues that are relatively close in proximity. Anyone who can, could live the “Midtown Life” – and believe me, it’s worth it! A dozen shows, and we just don’t ever get tired of watching and hearing these gentlemen perform.

As for 2014 – we have two shows in February and two shows in April – so far. We’ll see what happens after that!

In closing, wherever we attend shows, I still buy a couple of CD’s, have them signed, and give them away. We had a really remarkable taxi driver in Rochester who gave us a free ride our last night, so I gave him a CD. We took a limo to Greenvale in Long Island, and gave our driver one along with his tip. Three of our friends have become fans and attended shows after hearing the CD, so it’s a practice we plan to continue. It’s great PR! Also, we never hesitate to tell people in line for autographs how many times we’ve seen the show, and how much we love the Men, and that we plan to continue our ‘Midtown Life’ as long as we can!

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  1. JLY says:

    was nice to meet you. as for “infamy,” stay tuned.

  2. Catherine says:

    It’s been such fun to follow along on Betsy’s adventures! It inspired me to search the calendar for an adventure of my own. There’s a great opportunity for Florida residents, or anyone looking for a spring break vacation in the Florida sun…three shows across the state – March 28 to 31st. Fun, fun, fun!!

    Thank you so much, Betsy, for sharing your Midtown Life!

  3. Betsy Simek says:

    As a PS, the Binghampton show was quite the adventure! Broke down about 10 minutes outside of Binghampton, and probably 140 miles from home. Waited 90 minutes for a tow, another hour for Kathy’s husband to pick us up. (Thank you so much, Michael, for making that drive!). On the plus side, my wonderful husband surprised me with some brand new wheels (getting it Monday), so hopefully, there won’t be anymore of THOSE adventures!

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