Daniel Reichard Talks Brand New Album, ‘Under the Mistletoe’
(from broadwayworld.com Stage Tube)
Daniel Reichard, Broadway actor and concert singer, is releasing his debut Christmas EP album, entitled “Daniel Reichard–Under the Mistletoe.”
“My holiday show is an important tradition in my life and career. This year, I wanted to give people all over the country a chance to enjoy my approach to classic Christmas songs in their homes, cars, and headphones. This mini-album presents an extremely eclectic collection of songs, and I am very proud of the fresh spin we have put on these iconic tunes.”
“Under the Mistletoe” was produced by Daniel Reichard and Jesse Vargas, who also served as musical director and orchestrator. Songs include “Winter Wonderland,” “Put a Little Love In Your Heart,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Young At Heart.”
The album can be purchased on CD Baby (click here) and will be released on iTunes on Monday December 14th.
For information on Reichard’s 2015 holiday concerts in New York City, click here.
Go into the recording studio with Danel, and see what he has to say about the history of his annual holiday show and his upcoming EP!
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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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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.”
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.