Tag: 60’s songs

60s Music Trivia Quiz

• April 6, 2012 • Comments (1)

While The Midtown Men are enjoying a short, much deserved break, I thought it might be a good time for a music quiz! Test your knowledge of 60’s music, the Four Seasons, AND The Midtown Men.

Please e-mail your answers to tmmclub@comcast.net. (Do not answer here, or you’ll spoil the fun for everyone.)

The first person to answer all the questions correctly will win a Midtown Men tote bag!  The next three people to answer all the questions correctly will win Midtown Club souvenirs.

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This Four Seasons song was #3 for the year 1962, and spent 16 weeks on the charts – five of them at #1.

“This kid could be the next (Michael) Bublé.” Who said this, and about which Midtown “Man”?

In 1966, the Beach Boys released what iconic album?

Four Seasons #1 hit ‘Sherry’ was originally titled ________________, in honor of __________________________.

What does M.G. stand for in “Booker T & The M.G.’s”?

In 2007, this Midtown “Man” did a hilarious rendition of a Biz Markie rap song. Name the “Man” and the song.

‘Marlena’ was the B-side to what Four Seasons hit?

Which girl band did Patti LaBelle sing with in the 1960’s?

This Midtown “Man” was up against Jim Dale for two honors. Name the “Man” and the two honors.

Who had hits in the 1960’s with ‘Jealousy’, ‘Halfway to Paradise’, and ‘Like I’ve Never Been Gone’?

Which Midtown “Man” can list Improv Olympic – Stand Up on his resumé?

Name the first Four Seasons single NOT composed by either Bob Gaudio or Bob Crewe.

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Sixties Hits Promo Video

• March 13, 2012 • Comments (1)

I have so much to share about my visit with The Midtown Men in Lakeland, but I’ve been crazy busy.  So please enjoy this very cool video in the meantime!

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Category: Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria, The MEN, The MUSIC

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Daniel Reichard Lives To Make Audiences Laugh

• March 1, 2012 • Comments (0)

WEEKEND BEST BETS ‘Midtown Men’ travels well
By Bonnie J. Toomey, Correspondent
Posted: 03/01/2012 06:29:41 AM EST
sentinelandenterprise.com

WORCESTER — The Midtown Menis at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts tonight, reuniting the cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” — Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer.

The retro quartet brings the music of the ’60s to the stage with signature style and electrifying elegance.

When he’s not performing, Daniel Reichard chills out by dining at the best New York City restaurants, walking his French bulldog and listening to his vinyl records collection. He shares some thoughts on his early years, advice for the aspiring and on his smash hit, “The Midtown Men.”

Reichard grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, the second youngest of nine children.

“My house was a whirling dervish, with people rushing in and out all morning, day, and night,” he says.

The heightened action in his house had him working a little harder for attention than most kids and, in a brood of many siblings, who he says are all very funny, he had already begun to hone his craft at a young age.

“I truly feel comfortable in front of large groups because it’s what I grew up with. I used to get up and sing ‘King Tut’ and do TV commercials at family reunions,” says Reichard, who when asked his age, says with a smile that he was born at “nighttime.”

He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of fine arts degree and made his debut in New York City in “Forbidden Broadway: 20th Anniversary Celebration,” which catapulted him to roles like Keith Haring in “Radiant Baby,” Man in “The Thing About Men,” and Emmet in Jim Henson’s “Emmet Ott(er)’s Jugband Christmas.” Along with his many classic concert appearances nationwide, he is well known for his portrayal of Frankie in the 2009 film “Forever Plaid.”

“Audiences can expect my colleagues and I to be up onstage singing our hearts out and sweating our suits out,” he says. “We give every show all of our energy and enthusiasm. We are ourselves onstage, so our audiences get to see our true relationship with each other.”

Reichard points out that “The Midtown Men” is a business he built along with colleagues and friends Hoff, Longoria and Spencer.

“We have an incredible team. Together we have taken this idea from a group that occasionally sings together to a full-time, cross-continental lifestyle,” says Reichard, who has enjoyed sold-out engagements in places like New York City’s Joe’s Pub, Metropolitan Room, and Ars Nova.

“We have been all over. Some of my favorite cities on the road have included Austin, San Diego, Key West, Biloxi and, of course, our hometown, New York City,” he says. “You can read more tour information on our website, www.themidtownmen.com.”

What’s more impressive is that Reichard, Hoff, Spencer and Longoria have directed and choreographed the show themselves.

“It’s a lot of fun to put these numbers together. Everyone always has a good idea right when we need one,” he says.

Together since April 2010, the cast of “The Midtown Men,” has stuck to successful strategies for preparing for each performance, which include getting enough sleep, doing vocal exercises and drinking “tons of water,” Reichard says.

From the time he was a boy, he always wanted to be a performer.

“I said to my dad when I was a kid, ‘I don’t want to be a performer for the money and fortune. I want the fame.’ My dad always thought that was funny. I wanted to be a comic actor and many times over the past 12 years in New York City I’ve been able to be,” he says. “Otherwise, with ‘The Midtown Men,’ we all live to make our audiences laugh. I can’t complain.”

According to him, the cast just loves performing the Motown sequence in the show, which brings the house down.

“It always kills! I love singing my old ‘Jersey Boys’ tune ‘Cry for Me.” It doesn’t get old,” he says.

Reichard believes the takeaway for the audience comes as the group shares the best of the best from the 1960s songbook. The four young men put their blend on all of the great groups of the era as they tell their stories from their adventures together, revealing backstage dish and personal highlights.

Reichard shares some sage advice for aspiring performers.

“Get to know all of the decades of the American theater,” he says. “Learn the classics. Learn about contemporary writers. Arm yourself with knowledge and passion for the arts. Enjoy your life and develop your entire being and the work can follow.”

Commerce Bank sponsors “The Midtown Men,” tonight, 7:30; tickets $29 to $49, Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 554 Main St., Worcester; go to www.thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

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“Total Immersion” In Music From The Sixties

• February 25, 2012 • Comments (0)

The Midtown Men will immerse themselves in their fabulous sixties sound as they thrill a sold-out audience in Jackson, TN.  Tonight’s ‘Blue Suede Spectacular’ at the Carl Perkins Civic Center is a benefit for  the prevention of child abuse.  Following is an excerpt from The Jackson Sun highlighting the event:

So ‘Happy Together’

The Jackson Sun, 2/16/12, by Jesse Hillman

Total immersion is one way to describe the method The Midtown Men use to approach the way they perform music from the sixties. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff has another:

“The beauty of it is we were cast for the way we look and sound when we perform. When we are singing we’ve got it surrounded. We love the era. We love the music,” Hoff said.

Members of The Midtown Men were all major players in “The Jersey Boys,” which was a huge hit. In this new iteration – what Hoff calls chapter two, since they are not affiliated with “The Jersey Boys” any longer — The Midtown Men will cover ’60s music when they take to the stage here Feb. 25 for the “Blue Suede Spectacular” benefiting the Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. ..

…”This event is over the top. We are sold out of tables, and people are still calling. We have very few reserved seats left, and the general admission tickets are going fast,” said Pam Nash, president and CEO of the Exchange Club/Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. “We are so very blessed to have the Midtown Men (Original Jersey Boys off Broadway) coming. We know everyone will enjoy the show. We are bringing New York and Broadway right here to Jackson.”

…Members of The Midtown Men are Hoff, who won his Tony for his portrayal of Tommy DeVito in “Jersey Boys,” Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer. The quartet celebrates the music of the ’60s, and they each bring wide experience to the stage as singers and actors…

…Noting the charitable cause they will be performing for here, Hoff said, “We couldn’t be prouder. I’m a huge (Carl) Perkins fan as a guitarist. I’ll be bringing my 16-year-old son with me, and he’s a Johnny Cash fan. We are planning to go to Memphis and visit Sun Records. We couldn’t be more proud to be there.”

…The Midtown Men will play to a full audience as the Blue Suede Spectacular is always well-attended. ..

…”Our volunteers and staff are the best and have been working months on the decorations and props to give people the feeling of really being in New York,” said Nash. “The sights, sounds, food, and unique auction items will give everyone an experience they will never forget. We hope to raise $250,000 to help the children in West Tennessee, while having a wonderful time visiting New York and Broadway without having to leave Jackson.”

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Springfield, We Have A Winner!

• February 24, 2012 • Comments (2)

Congratulations to Coleen Deems, who has won a pair of tickets to see The Midtown Men in Springfield, MA on March 2nd!  We asked fans to share (in three different places) their favorite Midtown Men or 60s song.  Coleen was the only one to CORRECTLY respond by sharing on all three sites listed – here on the CLUB site, The Midtown Men’s Facebook page AND Springfield CityStage &  Symphony Hall’s Facebook page.  Coleen shared that her favorite Midtown Men song is “Don’t Worry Baby”, adding that The Midtown Men “rock the Beach Boys songs.”

Fear not, Midtown Men and 60s music fans!  We have another pair of tickets to give away.  Just be sure and respond on all three sites.  And if you’ve already responded, but missed a site, you’re still in the running.  Just be sure and complete your assignment!

Here are the instructions:

It’s as easy as 1-2-3…just share your favorite Midtown Men song or your favorite 60s song in three places, and your name will be entered into the ticket drawing!

1)  Share as a comment to this post;

2)  Click here to Like and share as a post to The Midtown Men’s Facebook page ;

3)  Click here to Like and share as a post to the City Stage and Symphony Hall’s Facebook  page.

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The Midtown Men Hit Canada

• February 16, 2012 • Comments (0)

The Midtown Men played the first of three shows at the McPhillips Casino in Winnipeg last night. From there, it’s on to the Casino Regina (in Regina) for their last stop in Canada.

Check out the concert calendar to see where they’ll visit next. And check out this fabulous write-up in today’s Leader-Post:

Midtown Men freshen up classics

Show adds new twists on old hits

By Barbara Woolsey, The Leader Post

For four Broadway actors, Jersey Boys was just the beginning.

And some beginning it was – the production is one of the biggest musicals of all time, winning multiple Tony awards and spawning over a thousand performances.

Now, a few former cast members are embarking on a new adventure. This time, not as Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, but as The Midtown Men.

“We started singing together outside of the show, just for fun in our dressing rooms, for private parties,” explained group member Christian Hoff. “After we left (Jersey Boys), we really missed singing with each other and the unique bond that we had in the music . and what it’s brought us is more than a concert act, but completely beyond anything that we did portraying the Four Seasons.”

Hoff along with Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Michael Longoria, sing music from the likes of the Beatles, Beach Boys, and of course, Franki Valli. The biggest challenge, said Hoff, is trying to fully capture the era in a 90-minute show.

The hits are classic, but done with a fresh take. It’s that approach that’s being applauded by not only those who grew up with the music, but the new generation.

“What we do on stage, it’s very Rat Pack meets Mad Men, ” explained Hoff, who portrayed Tommy DeVito in the musical. “Old school, off the cuff. You know, we even rip each other. We bring our hearts to the music.”

Now, The Midtown Men are touring North America …

“We have to pinch ourselves constantly,” said Hoff. “Here we are in front of thousands of people and they’re standing and cheering for us as individuals and as artists and singers, not as the characters we played in Jersey Boys. That’s a great surprise.”

Such an accomplishment hasn’t come easily.

“We’ve turned down Broadway, TV and film to try and do this,” explained Hoff. “There have been great sacrifices . but what we’ve said no to has been eclipsed by the success we’ve had.”

The Midtown Men recently recorded an album called Sixties Hits and plan to hit the studio again soon. The band is also collaborating with orchestras in Canada and the U.S., to add another dimension to its live performance.

“The tension that keeps us together is like that of brothers or teammates,” said Hoff. “But when it comes to the music of the 1960s, we know that we are stronger together. It’s being together that’s blowing us up.”

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Test Your 1960s Music Knowledge – Part II

• November 26, 2011 • Comments (4)

In keeping with the 1960′s music theme of The Midtown Men, I thought this would be fun – TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC FROM THE 60′s – Part II.

Can you name the title and artist of these 18 songs from the 60′s? Send your answers to tmmclub@comcast.net by December 18th and the person with the most correct answers will win a Midtown Club souvenir. (Please feel free to comment, but don’t put your answers in the comment section.)

A special “thank-you” to Tom Burley for creating these terrific quizzes!

Answers will be posted between December 19 & 23. Have fun!

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The Midtown Men Enjoy Some Great Media Exposure

• September 30, 2011 • Comments (0)

Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard of THE MIDTOWN MEN were in KETK studio for a chat about the new CD and the show at the Cowan Performing Arts Center in Tyler, TX.

In anticipation of The Midtown Men’s Thursday night concert at The Heymann Center in Lafayette, LA, Christian Hoff chatted with KPEL’s “Mornings With Ken & Bernie”, and Steve Wiley of 99.9 KTDY radio spoke with Daniel Reichard and Michael Longoria.

Click here to visit KPEL’s website to listen to Christian’s interview.
Click here to visit KTDY’s website to listen to Daniel and Michael’s interview.

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Press Release for The Midtown Men Album, Sixties Hits

• August 25, 2011 • Comments (0)

THE MIDTOWN MEN, Four Stars from the Original Cast of Jersey Boys, Release Long-Awaited Debut Album

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 25, 2011

While THE MIDTOWN MEN–Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer–have been thrilling concert audiences in over 70 cities across the U.S. and Canada, they have also been busy in the recording studio.  The group’s eagerly-anticipated debut album, THE MIDTOWN MEN :  SIXTIES HITS, featuring classic songs from the 1960s, is now available at THEMIDTOWNMEN.com.



Their musical journey began when they starred together in the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  The four actors shared the stage for over a thousand performances and can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling Original Cast Album. Michael Longoria, of the Midtown Men, recalls his time crooning with his future band mates, “We found our own unique sound and chemistry recreating the music of the Four Seasons for the Broadway stage and we continue to discover the magic of that truly amazing era in rock music.”  About their debut album, the group’s J. Robert Spencer explains, “We wanted our listeners to experience the sound and electricity of our live show. So get ready!”

Charles Alexander, long-time senior editor for Time Magazine writes, “This new Fab Four became rock stars in their own right. THE MIDTOWN MEN put their own youthful spin on these ageless songs.  They are helping the pop composers of the ’60s take their rightful place in the Great American Songbook.   And how much do I love this album?  It’s as good as popping Meet the Beatles on my turntable for the first time!”

THE MIDTOWN MEN : SIXTIES HITS features iconic classics such as “Happy Together,” “California Dreamin’,” “Up on the Roof,” “Sherry” and more.  The album’s release comes at the kickoff of the group’s 2011/2012 performing arts center national tour.  Visit THEMIDTOWNMEN.com for tour information and to purchase their new CD.

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News From Northwest Arkansas….

• August 19, 2011 • Comments (0)

‘Jersey Boys’ Grow Up
Midtown Men hit the road with ’60s music and style

 by Becca Bacon Martin
What’s Up Editor, Assistant Features Editor
Northwest Arkansas Newspapers

from L to R: J. Robert Spencer, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard (picture not part of original article)

 

We’re living the dream,” Christian Hoff says simply.  “We look at each other on stage and say, ‘Wow, this is real.’  We have to pinch ourselves.”

It’s not that Hoff wasn’t successful before he became one of the Midtown Men.  He was named “The Master of Mimicry” by Entertainment Weekly and has voiced more than 200 characters for audio books, surpassing the record of any other actor.  With musical colleagues — J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard — he spent three years on Broadway in “Jersey Boys,” winning a Tony Award and Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations.

“The journey to the Tony was one of great patience and fortitude, as my grandmother would say. Work as an actor is so much about the craft and the process, I didn’t see it coming,” he says.

But in Midtown Men, the four performers are “not portraying characters,” Hoff says. “This is us. We get to live out the very story that we played on Broadway — kids from across the tracks, rags to riches. That’s our story now.”

The idea of the Midtown Men was conceived backstage at “Jersey Boys,” where Hoff and his co-stars started singing music beyond the Four Seasons’ songs featured in the play.

“We put everything we had learned in preparing for ‘Jersey Boys’ and the sound we had developed doing eight shows a week into songs by the Beach Boys, the Righteous Brothers, the Jackson Five, the Beatles,” Hoff says.

The quartet sang for Katie Couric’s 50th birthday party, Hoff says, but after their run in “Jersey Boys” ended, each went on to something else.   “After about a year, we were asked to perform together again, and it was as if no time had passed,” Hoff remembers.  “Our chemistry, our sound, was more evident to us with a little perspective.  And we decided it was time to start booking a tour.”

Performing as a musical group is something new for all four of the Midtown Men, Hoff says.  His first passion was acting.

“The moment I knew was the moment I stepped on a stage, playing Tom Sawyer,” he says.  He was 9, living in San Diego, Calif.  “I remember going out there and getting lost in the storytelling of it, just me and an empty theater.  Then, when you get a theater full of people and it comes alive, that’s when you get hooked.

“From then on, I stretched myself into new things — dancing, singing, voiceovers: I was the voice of Richie Rich in the Hanna-Barbera cartoons when I was younger.  You just throw yourself into stuff and see what you can’t do.”

Apparently Hoff hasn’t failed at anything yet — he’s also the father of five children ages 16 years to 4 weeks — but he’s still learning new things about touring.

“I didn’t expect the unique and unified response we get in each town we play,” he says.  “Whether it’s a small town in Montana or Chicago, there’s this buzz created by where we come from but also from the interest people have in this music.

“We’ve all heard these songs thousands of times, but how fresh they are and how fresh the response is, it’s amazing.

“Now that we are sort of ambassadors to the ’60s decade, we find it resonates with young people and old people alike,” he says.  “These are songs about something — social change, class issues, unrequited love — brought to life by young guys with new passion and perspective.

“This is everything we played out in ‘Jersey Boys’ come to life.”

FAQ
The Midtown Men
WHEN — 8 p.m. today and 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE — Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville
COST — $38-$54

Category: Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, Media, Michael Longoria, The MEN, The MUSIC

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