Tag: All Alone On Christmas
Simply tell us what your favorite holiday song is, and why, and you could win a Midtown Men “All Alone On Christmas” CD! Included in the CD packaging is your very own Midtown Men ornament!
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Category: Fan Stories
Most everyone has a favorite “yuletide carol” … whether it be a song that brings back a fond Christmas memory or a newer holiday hit that just makes you want to sing along (insert “All Alone On Christmas.”)
Since I was a child, my favorite Christmas song has always been “The Little Drummer Boy.” A small child, so humble and poor, offering his gift of music to the newborn King. Such a beautiful message for us all.
What is your favorite holiday song?
Anyone who shares will have a chance to win The Midtown Men’s “All Alone On Christmas” CD.
And just for fun, guess which Midtown Man’s favorite Christmas song is “Silent Night.”
I found this incredible version of Little Drummer boy on youtube. Hope you enjoy!
Category: Prize Posts
Thanks so much to all who played along with our Thanksgiving Dinner Contest. Even after my obvious hints, only four people answered correctly! So I’ve decided to give all four a Midtown Men “All Alone on Christmas” CD. Jane, Dina, Olivia and Kristina – please email me your mailing addresses, so I can get your CD out to you – email@example.com. thanks!!
And a special mention goes out to Stubbleyou – you always make things fun!
Stay tuned for more Holiday Contests, and more chances to win your very own “All Alone on Christmas” CD!
Category: Music Quiz
On this holiday of feasting and giving thanks, I am so thankful for the friends I’ve made through The Midtown Club, and for all of your continued support of The Club and of our Midtown Men!
And in keeping with the “feasting” aspect of the holiday, I thought it would be fun to pose the question: What is your favorite food to eat on Thanksgiving?
And why not make a contest out of it?!? Correctly match each dish below with The Midtown Man who loves it. All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing for a Midtown Men Christmas CD, “All Alone On Christmas!”
(please leave answers as Comments on the Club site)
BWW Interviews: The Original Cast of JERSEY BOYS Reconnects with Audiences, Music as Midtown Men
by Paul Batterson, BroadwayWorld Columbus
Christian Hoff has a record amount of voices inside his head. He holds a Guinness World’s Record for “Most Character Voices in an Audio Book” doing 241 separate voices in Tell Me How You Love the Picture, based on the career of movie producer Ed Feldman.
Hoff will be using his ability to sound like someone else when the Midtown Men perform a variety of hits from the Sixties with the Columbus Symphony 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Ohio Theatre (55 East State St.).
“This tour is kind of blowing our minds,” Hoff says. “We’ve got this combination of symphony shows and private dates, galas and performing arts centers. It’s great to see the roof get blown off and that has a lot to do with our fans and audiences responses to the show.”
“It’s a crusade bringing people together around live music and theater. We love doing what we do. We want to see if we can take it to the next level. We want to reach the symphony crowd, which is a little older and more sophisticated, as well as their grandkids. To have two or three generations of fans listening to us is amazing.”
The Midtown Men consists of Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer, the original cast of JERSEY BOYS. Hoff won “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” for his portrayal of Tommy DeVito in the musical JERSEY BOYS in 2006. Spencer was nominated for a Tony in 2009 for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Dan Goodman in NEXT TO NORMAL.
Hoff and his former cast mates will share lead singer duties as they run through a gamut of classics from Motown to the British Invasion. Hoff will offer his take on Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of A Clown,” The Zombie’s “Time of the Season” and the Turtles’ “Happy Together.”
Columbus is one of a handful of stops where the Midtown Men will be accompanied by an orchestra. Hoff enjoys adding a lush sound to these Sixties staples.
“It’s such an amazing experience. Metaphorically (going from the simple arrangements to playing with an orchestra) is like rowing down a lazy river to going into the rapids.,” Hoff says. “We’ve taken our (versions) of this music and multiplied it by a talented, gifted orchestra like the Columbus Symphony.”
Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, some of the artists whom the Midtown Men emulate have been blown away by the quartet. It’s not uncommon to see some of the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers, like the Rascals’ guitarist Gene Cornish, join the fun when the Midtown Men roll into town. Tommy James, who wrote “Crimson & Clover,” I Think We’re Alone Now”, and “Mony, Mony,” called the band “the real deal” and Paul Anka, who penned “Diana,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “You’re Having My Baby,” said they were “superb. Bravo!”
“It’s one thing to enjoy what you do,” Hoff says. “But when it connects with the audience and gets that kind of feedback (from the original performers) … that’s what it is all about.”
One of their most famous encounters was with New Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen, who first checked out the four when they were in JERSEY BOYS. The quartet was invited to perform with the Boss, Elvis Costello and Dion at the Right 2 Rock concert honoring Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt on Oct. 16, 2012 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
After Hurricane Sandy caused over $71 billion worth of damage to the New York and New Jersey 15 days later, Van Zandt helped the Midtown Men record a charity single, “All Alone for Christmas,” with all the profits going to the Red Cross. Van Zandt originally wrote the song for the movie “Home Alone 2″ but came up with a new arraignment for the Midtown Men. Van Zandt also played guitar and recruited members of the E Street Band to back up the quartet.
Hoff, a native of San Francisco, and his band mates saw the devastation and knew they had to do something.
“When something happens on your block, it is so much easier to be reminded of the impact,” Hoff says. “It’s like rooting for your local team. There’s an adrenaline that picks up inside your heart.
“New Jersey took me under its wing with the heart and soul of the people. It was a way for us to give back. Even though I don’t live there anymore, it’s still a big part of me. People say they left their heart in San Francisco. I left my mine in New Jersey.”
Original ‘Jersey Boys’ stars to light up Mayo Theatre
MORRISTOWN (NJ) – Broadway sensation The Midtown Men, four stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, will bring their magic to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7 singing their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Rascals, Motown, The Four Seasons and more.
Tickets are $49 to $79. This concert is sponsored by Crum & Forster.
The production reunites four stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ’60s.
These entertainers shared the Broadway stage for more than 1,000 performances in the mega-hit “Jersey Boys.” Now, as The Midtown Men, they have thrilled crowds on concert stages and symphony halls across the continent, and have delighted television audiences with performances on “Good Morning America,” “Access Hollywood,” “Katie,” and “The Chew.”
Additionally, the Men collaborated with rock and roll icon Stevie Van Zandt on their first radio single, “All Alone on Christmas,” featuring Van Zandt and members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. The group had the distinct honor of opening the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House.
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 4:01 pm, New Jersey Hills | Morris NewsBee News
This fantastic review of “All Alone On Christmas” on the myfizzypop blog is so much fun – a MUST READ! Thank you Paul!
11 days til Christmas: The Midtown Men ~ All Alone on Christmas
Posted by Paul on December 14, 2012
There is so much joy and goodness wrapped in today’s festive song choice that I’m positively percolating at the seasonal charm of it all! There are 2 lots of background you need to be aware of – most importantly of course are The Midtown Men themselves. The four fellas who make up this sixties music loving group are original stars from the massive stage smash “Jersey Boys” – Christian, Michael, Daniel and J.Robert were busy earning accolades when the show first hit Broadway when they decided they loved what they were doing so much that they wanted it to continue. Lucky for us that meant keeping the whole gang together to continue their loving tribute to the sounds that shaped pop music today in the form of the Midtown Men. They have a sparkling album of music out already (see iTunes) delving into the catalogues of The Beach Boys, Mamas & Papas, The Turtles, the Four Seasons (of course) & many more. Their voices are utterly irresistable, the harmonies delicious and the delivery passionate, enthusiastic and vibrant. Plus! As their website proudly proclaims, they are all dressed rather nattily in suits from Hugo Boss so you know they are devastatingly debonair!
But what does this all have to do with Christmas I hear you ask (yes even you at the back. I have very good hearing, though crap eyesight!) Well, the blokes have only gone and recorded the amazing Stevie van Zandt penned All Alone On Christmas (which you may well remember featuring prominently – and sung by Darlene Love – in Home Alone 2 and Love, Actually). The original is a rousing, horn infused romp that pays tribute to both the Spector sound of the sixties as well as Darlene’s own Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). The joyous, uplifting instrumental takes the sting out of the lyrics which detail a couple no longer together & the sounds of the season making the split oh so much harder. Weep. The Midtown Men put their own definitive spin on the track with a jingle-bell soundtracked intro that puts out their emotive please that, of course, no one ought to be alone on Christmas. It then launches into a percussive, chime laden, horn saturated backing that acts as the perfect picture frame for their story telling – and oh boy, those voices bring the lyrics into vibrant, vivid focus. Their layered harmonies give the track a heavenly, sumptuous textured feel while individually they ably inject a real pathos, wistfulness yet sense of optimism into the proceedings. It’s these nuanced performances that are both powerful individually & together that make the track such a magnificent success. Their marriage of downbeat lyrics and upbeat instrumental ultimately inspire hope that wherever you are, whoever you are with, people will find a way to share the joy at Christmas. Gorgeous.
The Midtown Men grace the Access Hollywood Live stage with their rendition of Stevie Van Zandt’s “All Alone On Christmas.” The song is available on iTunes now, and proceeds will go to The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief.
In case you haven’t heard, The Midtown Men will be in Jersey City this weekend rocking St. Peter’s Performing Arts Center! Come on out and listen to some great 60′s music, with a few Christmas favorites thrown in to get us all in the Holiday Spirit. The only thing better than listening to ”All Alone On Christmas” on your iPod or the radio? Hearing the MEN sing it live and in person, of course!
In the spirit of the season, and in keeping with the charitable efforts already put forth by St. Peter’s (portions of ticket sales donated to NJ Hurricane Sandy relief, and discount tickets offered on Groupon) and The Midtown Men (all proceeds from 2012 downloads of “All Alone On Christmas” will go to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief,) The Midtown Club is offering two pair of tickets to Saturday night’s show!
Share one of your favorite things about the holiday season (favorite song, holiday memory, etc.) and you will be eligible to win 2 tickets to see The Midtown Men at St. Peter’s PAC this Saturday night, December 8th at 8:00. Be sure to share here on the Club site (comment) and on the Facebook page. Good luck!
(Winning tickets will be available at Will Call and a photo ID must be presented at time of pick up.)