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The Midtown Men Set To “Light Up Mayo Theatre”

Catherine • May 15, 2013 • Comments (0)

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 Midtown Men, l to r: Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria and Christian Hoff

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

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About THE MIDTOWN MEN

Catherine • December 28, 2012 • Comments (3)

This AWESOME, all-encompasing interview appeared on the CALL ME ADAM blog.  Everything you ever wanted to know about The Midtown Men…and then some!

1. Who or what inspired you to become performers?

J. Robert Spencer: Steve Martin and Johnny Carson were actually a big influence on me as far as comedians and as entertainers. I wanted to do what they were doing. Making people laugh and have a good time. Now I get to do that along with my other love, which is 60′s Rock And Roll.

Christian Hoff: I remember being kinda shy but having a great imagination and loved to pretend and loved music. I also loved being physical. I loved sports and riding my bike and running around and singing and dancing. When I got onstage for the first time and found that I could have all those things and be a storyteller too…I was hooked. I started pursuing every opportunity I could find to just do it. A reluctant but unwavering ham.

Michael Longoria: My mom sang in a band when I was growing up, so it started there watching those late night rehearsals. After that, Ritchie Valenz. The first song I ever sang for a public audience was “Oh Donna.”

Daniel Reichard: My first (and truest) idol that inspired me to do what I do (the way that I like to do it) was Steve Martin. I loved movies like The Jerk and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. Most especially, I would watch his appearances on Saturday Night Live, and his television specials. His work as a comic actor, especially in the 70s and 80s, was exceptional…He was dashing but the joke was always on him.

2. Who haven’t you worked with that you would like to?

J. Robert Spencer: I would love to do a play one day with Jeff Daniels.

Christian Hoff: Christopher Nolan as a director would be a great opportunity to couple a real life perspective with larger than life circumstances. Something I have always been drawn to as a person and an actor.

Michael Longoria: Stephen Sondheim…I’ve always been a huge fan of his work. Stephen, write me a song will ya???

Daniel Reichard: I love great directors…I’ve worked with a few–George C. Wolfe, Des McAnuff, among others. I would love to work with Susan Stroman and Graziella Danielle, among others.

3. You all starred in “Jersey Boys” together on Broadway, which I was fortunate enough to see. Looking back, what was the best part about starring together in this show?

J. Robert Spencer: Being able to say that we are a part of history by being one of the Original Stars, forevermore, in one of the biggest hits of all time!

Christian Hoff: The experience of having a character tailored to you was incomparable. Your essence and timing and inflection stamped forever in a script as brilliant as it is raw, like Marshall Brickman and Rick Elices. Having your performance shape a legendary production and then be recognized for your contribution, unforgettable and glorious. We all like to be liked and seek to be somehow indispensable in our lives and work. Now the molds they made with us are allowing other actors to explore themselves in our shoes, much like I did filling the shoes of the one and only Tommy DeVito.

Michael Longoria: Knowing that the four of us had each other at every moment. I never felt lost on the journey of the play cause the connection was so raw and real.

Daniel Reichard: Oh wow, there is so much to think about here. We were very lucky to grow together and discover both good and bad realities of show business in the center of this huge Broadway success. I did JERSEY BOYS for two years and three months, and it felt like we were the toast of the town the entire time. With that success came sacrifices and rewards, and we got to experience all of those things together.

3a. What made you want to continue on as The Midtown Men?

J. Robert Spencer: Being our own bosses, and running things our way!

Christian Hoff: A sublime addiction to the power of mixing dynamic personalities, sound and storytelling like we learned to do together led me back to the guys and our ability to do what we love most, entertain and share something great with each other and our audiences. The entertainers’ life, lived out to the fullest.

Michael Longoria: We continued getting requests to sing together and it felt good to keep the magic we created together in Jersey Boys going, especially with our debut album as The Midtown Men. We wanted to show what our sound could do on songs recorded by the other pop groups that sang in the same era as the group we portrayed on stage.

Daniel Reichard: Now it’s very similar with The Midtown Men; we are going on the rocket ride together all over again. We spend time away from our friends and family, we meet incredible fans, we do exciting shows, and we are STILL learning so much.

3b. How has your relationship strengthened over the years?

J. Robert Spencer: On Broadway you have separate dressing rooms to hide in IF you’re annoyed at one of your cast mates. When you’re side by side on the road as much as we are, you can’t hide and if you are having an issue with anyone on the team, you have to Man up, speak your mind, and try to do it as respectfully as sensitively as you can. Honesty is the only key to success and a stress free environment and we’ve all been really good at balancing that…and it’s made us stronger.

Christian Hoff: Our relationship has strengthened in love and commitment. It’s sort of like a family business whose success and sacrifice refines the bond and raises the stakes.

Michael Longoria: I think we know each other very well. We share hundreds of stages across America and every audience that come to see us sing leave knowing our friendship. That comes from being stuck on a 5 hr road trip to the next city!

Daniel Reichard: Our relationship strengthens every week…We thought we knew each other THEN, but boy do we know each other now. We have a brotherhood, and with all we have been through together, it is a sacred connection between us.

4. You’ve recently released your debut album as “The Midtown Men” called “Sixties Hits.” What excites you about this release?

J. Robert Spencer: That we did it our way all the way!

Christian Hoff: The music from our live show that made the album was distilled down through politics and passion. We wanted to capture the love and respect we have for one another and this incredible decade of music and give people a way to take the excitement and energy home with them.

Michael Longoria: That people get to hear us sing outside the box of being a character. In Jersey Boys I let Frankie Valli’s recordings and his video taped performances influence how I used my voice to portray his life and music…with the album I get to sing these songs how I would approach them. We get to reinvent them a little and spread it to groups like the Mamas and Papas.

Daniel Reichard: Well, this album really reflects our first year and a half on the road.  It is a time capsule for this period of our lives. We had just enough time to record some of the highlights of our show in the midst of a busy touring schedule. Most importantly, we funded, produced, distributed, and conceived this album ourselves. We love how we show what “The Midtown Men Sound” is…I always say, it’s great driving, treadmill, and making dinner music.

4b. What is it about this time in music that made you want to keep on singing it?

J. Robert Spencer: Because this era of music is universal and timeless.

Christian Hoff: No other decade of music has captured machismo and vulnerability like the Sixties did. It is dream to bring it to live every time we step up to the mic.

Michael Longoria: The men at that time really knew how to bare their souls on a song. I learn a lot from listening to those recordings, many of them done on a few takes.

Daniel Reichard: These songs truly speak to the romantic spirit of people, and we intend to energize and uplift people when we sing for them. The album is meant to reflect that intention.

5. What do you enjoy most about traveling the country on tour?

J. Robert Spencer: I love seeing America. I love meeting the people. I love playing these historic venues.

Christian Hoff: I enjoy the people.

Michael Longoria: Dominos Pizza!

Daniel Reichard: We have played big cities, small towns, and everything in between. It’s been fascinating to get a comprehensive tour of our country. We have played cities I would never have imagined visiting –Galveston, TX, Lafayette, LA, Cedar Rapids, IA and dozens and dozens of other cities and towns. I have loved gaining a broader perspective of the country. We are a little sheltered, a little “inside a bubble” in NYC, and it’s been refreshing. The fact that we get unanimous ovations at the end of our shows no matter where we are tells me are still in the game. We sign every autograph and take every picture after every show–It sometimes takes over an hour, but it is worth it. It is our way of thanking our audiences.

5a. What do you hope audiences come away with after attending your concerts?

J. Robert Spencer: A big smile.

Christian Hoff: A shared experience that is unforgettable and unique.

Michael Longoria: Joy, memories, and a soar throat!

Daniel Reichard: We are giving it our all, and our audiences give us their energy back.

6. This past summer you made your symphonic debut with the Houston Symphony. What did this occasion mean to you?

J. Robert Spencer: To originally start as 4 guys around a piano…to 4 guys with an 85 piece orchestra backing them?!? We were SO thrilled! Top of the world!

Christian Hoff: It was like wearing a new suit, with a vintage tie.

Michael Longoria: Huge accomplishment as performers, singers, entrepreneurs, and best friends.

Daniel Reichard: The Houston Symphony was PHENOMENAL. What a milestone for us. We were blown away by Jones Hall, and the 85 talented musicians that backed us onstage. It was surreal but it felt right. The response was exciting and sincere. We have symphony performances ahead of us in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Omaha.

7. You also made an appearance on Good Morning America this summer. What did you enjoy most about that?

J. Robert Spencer: Showing off The Midtown Men to millions of viewers! Also, the energy, excitement, and love for what we do and what we have accomplished as artists!

Christian Hoff: We reached 4.5 million new fans in an hour and had a blast just doing our thing.

Michael Longoria: Getting introduced to the nation as the Midtown Men.

Daniel Reichard: Again, Good Morning America was a milestone. It was great being on the Today Show when we were in JERSEY BOYS, but this felt so much more gratifying because the four of us, with our incredible team, got us to this occasion. We were on a ton that morning, and it was a great adventure.

8. What have you learned about yourselves from being performers?

J. Robert Spencer: That being a performer is where I am most comfortable.

Christian Hoff: Humility and pride are both necessary. You must be strong willed and teachable at the same time.

Michael Longoria: How to maintain the gift in the hardest of circumstances and the coldest and driest of climates. The show must always go on.

Daniel Reichard: You learn that our friendships are like our performances. You have to give effort and you have to learn to receive thanks. You have to be quiet and still sometimes, and other times you have to take the lead. You have to respect your audience and you have to respect your colleagues.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

J. Robert Spencer: Whiskey and beer never fear…beer and whiskey now that’s risky!

Christian Hoff: Be yourself.

Michael Longoria: Don’t push. And don’t tank up on air…thanks Joan Lader ;)

Daniel Reichard: See this opportunity through!

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be?

J. Robert Spencer: It would be wonderful to dream and visit with my great, great, great, great, grandfather and grandmother.

Christian Hoff: God.

Michael Longoria: My honey boo boo child.

Daniel Reichard: It would probably be Call Me, Adam :-)

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off?

J. Robert Spencer: With my family.

Christian Hoff: Watching the kids play outside, my wife and I watching and sharing a drink and something good to eat.

Michael Longoria: Rosa Mexicano.

Daniel Reichard: I love walking my French Bulldog, Boscoe, through my neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, stopping into shops, and drinking iced lattes.

12. Favorite way to stay in shape?

J. Robert Spencer: Stretching on yoga ball.

Christian Hoff: Crossfit.

Michael Longoria: Not going to Rosa Mexicano :)

Daniel Reichard: You gotta mix it up. I love lifting weights, doing sprints on the treadmill or bike, and when I’m really strong, I swim laps.

13. Boxers or Briefs?

J. Robert Spencer: Hugo Boss Briefs!

Christian Hoff: Calvin Klein Boxer-Briefs.

Michael Longoria: It depends on how hot the party after the show is ;)

Daniel Reichard: Briefs. There’s no choice. That’s the way it needs to be.

14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose?

J. Robert Spencer: To FLY!

Christian Hoff: Healing Factor like Wolverine or Jesus.

Michael Longoria: Flying.

Daniel Reichard: To fly, because I’m getting so sick of sitting on planes.

Click here to visit the Call Me Adam website to read complete bios of The Men.

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And The Winner Is….

Catherine • October 29, 2012 • Comments (0)

DOREEN CAPASSO was the first to correctly identify THE MEN by their footwear!  Congratulations Doreen, and we hope you enjoy your Midtown Men tote bag!  And in agreeing with Doreen, Betsy Simek wins a Midtown CLUB key chain. 

Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer during the sound check for their appearance on Good Morning America

 

Huge thanks to everyone who responded!!

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OH WHAT A WEEKEND for The Midtown Men

Catherine • August 21, 2012 • Comments (0)

The Midtown Men officially kicked off their 2012-2013 concert tour at the Paramount Theatre in legendary Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday night, August 18. And from the reaction of first-timer Matt Philbin, who won tickets from The Midtown Club, the show was a huge success: “The Paramount Theatre was packed and people were dancing in the aisles. If there’s a concert coming to your town, don’t miss out!”

Greetings from Asbury Park

Saturday night’s show was the climax of a few very exciting days for The Men, beginning on Thursday morning with a hugely successful appearance on Good Morning America.  Their Facebook page was ablaze with comments from across the country by people who were blown away by their performance. It was such fun to read the reactions of “new” fans experiencing The Men (and their entire band) for the first time.

(The Midtown Men performing California Dreamin’ -which was not their featured song- on GMA)

But the fun didn’t stop there. On Friday morning, Christian, Daniel, Michael and Bobby visited the set of Good Day New York (view clip below), where, although the medley they performed was the same as GMA, the vibe was quite different. As expected, The Men were clad – very sharply – in amazing HUGO BOSS suits, which did not go unnoticed by the anchors!  And without the distraction of a live audience, you were able to focus more on these four handsome men and their amazing harmonies. Another home-run performance.

How could it possibly get any better than two stellar performances? I don’t know how they do it, but their third appearance in two days was, to me, the best of all. On Friday afternoon, NY Live welcomed The Midtown Men into the studio for a terrific interview. It was fun to hear all four men chatting comfortably with the three hosts, and Bobby Spencer was his crazy, funny self and kept the ladies highly entertained. Add to this yet another fabulous suit and an amazing a capella rendition of “Dawn”, and you have an unforgettable Midtown Men experience.

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The Midtown Men … “Four ‘Seasoned’ Vets”

Catherine • August 15, 2012 • Comments (3)

The Midtown Men are everywhere this week!  Here is a fantastic article from the  “upperWETside blog” which includes a very insightful interview with Tony Award Winner Christian Hoff.

8/15:  Four Seasoned Pros Hit the Town

J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Christian Hoff are The Midtown Men — and the four seasoned veterans of Broadway’s JERSEY BOYS are working their way back to Jersey for a concert at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre this Saturday, August 18.

“Sherry.” “Candy Girl.” “Walk Like a Man.” “Dawn.” “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

We know ‘em as canonical catalogue classics from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Garden State streetcorner-serenade city slickers (and Belleville’s answer to The Beach Boys?) about whom native Jerseyans can tend to be as proprietary as pork roll, pizza and pumping gas (not).

For a whole millennial generation of Broadway babies, however, these awesome poptunes — instantly ID’d through their clanking, thumping beat and the sci-fi falsetto beamed in from somewhere east of the final frontier — are the stuff that drives Jersey Boys, the jukebox juggernaut that became the hit of the 2005 season — and granted its original New York cast (including John Lloyd Young, the Tony winner who recently announced his return to the role of Frankie) the Vallidity of the real thing.

A few years back, four “seasoned” vets from that Broadway cast — including Christian Hoff (a 2006 Tony winner as Tommy DeVito), Daniel Reichard (who played the group’s songwriting mastermind Bob Gaudio), J. Robert Spencer (who portrayed Nick Massi) and Michael Longoria (who took over as Frankie Valli after originating the show’s part of young Joe Pesci) — got together for a touring project that would find them expanding on their 1960s pop bona fides, by tackling a bonanza of Billboard-toppers from the pre-Woodstock era.

Originally dubbed The Boys in Concert, the allstar act hit a serious snag in its momentum, when a legal challenge by the producers of Boys forced a name change before more than an initial handful of gigs were booked. Since rebranded as The Midtown Men, the guys retook to the road last year, and recorded a platter of Sixties Hits that finds them looking beyond Jersey to the exotic lands of Motown (Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar”), SoCal (The Mamas and the Paps’ “California Dreamin”) and the UK (The Zombies’ “Time of the Season”). This Saturday, August 18, the Men for All Seasons are joined by their seven-piece band for an Off Broadway/ On Boardwalk concert at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre.

Produced by Sammy Boyd, the 8pm event will dedicate portions of proceeds to the (recently relo’d to Asbury) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties — and, as per the specs of the settlement, it will NOT be a performance of, or in any way connected to, the smash musical that gave these four singing actors their big break.

UpperWETside talked to Hoff — a busy character actor, narrator and vocal artist who actually got HIS first big break as the young voice of the Hanna Barbera toon Richie Rich! — in the middle of a tour schedule that will take the Midtowners from Green Bay to Asbury to Missouri, with big-time New York TV ops along the way. Let’s hang on…

A Tony winner for JERSEY BOYS — and, among many other credits, the cartoon voice of Richie Rich — Christian Hoff has logged hundreds of billable hours playing lawyers on UGLY BETTY and LAW & ORDER: CI, a credit that may have come in handy during the Midtown Men’s past legal hassles.

 

upperWETside: When we first became aware of your act, through our meeting and talking to Michael Longoria a few seasons back, we understood that you guys were originally being billed as The Boys In Concert — but the JERSEY BOYS people put a quash on that in court. Coming as it did so early in your collaborative career, how did the whole lawsuit thing serve to crystallize the concept of what you were doing? Did it change things much from what you were doing at the outset? And where does the MIDTOWN MEN name come from anyway?

CHRISTIAN HOFF: It’s an easy jump from being Boys to something else — and we weren’t boys anymore, so the Midtown Men name reflected our hardworking, middle class roots; commerce and art…and it referred to where we all first met, in midtown Manhattan.

The whole lawsuit experience served to bring us together as people and as artists. Any differences we may have had just fell away. We were fighting for our lifeblood; our right to perform in the style that we were known for. The whole thing was very high stakes — but it was never personal. Our position was that we just wanted to entertain, and bring these songs to life.

So the four of you control your own collective brand?

We’re all equal partners in the show…which can be about the perils of democracy on the one hand, but also about how much we behave as a family. We get to argue over everything from the horn arrangements, to the PR, and the type of socks we’re wearing. But, we’re the kind of trained entertainers who can sing through fatigue, sing through anything…and everything that we’ve been through has been a learning experience.

I’m hoping you’re all in agreement about continuing on with those 60s sharkskin suits. You guys look real slick on stage, although I’m sure you’ve all sacrificed a degree or two of comfort for the team…

We did a gig in Delaware where it was about 90 degrees, with 85 percent humidity…you know it’s hot up there when the color of your suit changes from light blue to deep purple. But we enjoy yukking it up in those suits, you know…something about wearing those clothes keeps you focused, keeps you in the period. There’s a certain gravitas to it, like wearing the uniform of a great ball team.

With the necessary disclaimers that the Midtown Men show is not JERSEY BOYS — and with the implicit understanding that your act attracts a lot of its audience from the many thousands of JERSEY BOYS fans out there — how much of what you’re doing in concert is you being the Actor, or you being the Singer? 

The show that we’re doing is great because it allows you to hear our ‘rock’ voices. And as an actor, I was hired based on my ability to bring a character to life, to play a real person. We’re all actors, and the musicians that we work with understand how we feel about it…we’re used to working on Broadway, with all the multimedia aspects, the sets and costumes. Between the four of us, we’ve done over a thousand performances on Broadway — and we’re on track to do over 140 gigs this year. We go into a show like the Super Bowl, where you know the plays going in, and now you get to execute it in real time.

But the bottom line is that this is not a tribute act; it’s not the four of us acting in character…it’s about our sound and the music that we love, how we connect to it, and how that transmits to the audience. Working together for as long as we have, we have fun trying something new…and we can still pull off some incredible things; very in the moment, but still prepared.

With that in mind, I wanted to ask whether you’re constantly tweaking the set list of the show; whether you had any new, or new-old, material that you were trying out on tour. Any surprises in store for the Paramount?

We do adapt the show as we go along. We need to ask ourselves, when we’re kicking around a particular song to introduce into the show, does it resonate? How does it fit in with the show?

It’s fun to try something new…we just finished an arrangement of the Tina Turner song “River Deep Mountain High,” which we rehearsed when we were in Wisconsin. And when we do GMA we’ll also do this thing with ABC.com; a nine-minute Motown medley where we perform seven great Motown classics.

We’ll be doing that one at the Asbury Park show…and if you’re wondering how we pick just seven, we each start with our favorites, then we bring them to the table as a quartet, then bring them to the band — with the ultimate goal of performing them in front of a live audience. We whittled down a list of 20 into 15, then 10, and then 7.

I’m particularly interested in how you came to integrate The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” into the act…it’s a pretty intriguing choice, with a jazzier kind of sound that kind of pointed the way toward prog rock when it came out.

Daniel fell in love with the Zombies song, which absolutely fits my voice…there’s a cool vibe to it; very different from the other things we’ve been doing. The band really has fun with it, too…from the moment the audience hears (imitates the song’s familiar bass-and-percussion intro) they’re into it.

Of course you’re still doing a healthy amount of Seasons stuff, but have you deeper into their catalogue; checked out some of the obscurities and noble experiements? Not that I’m suggesting you perform the entire GENUINE IMITATION LIFE GAZETTE album…

Like so many groups that existed for such a length of time, they left a lot of masterpieces, and some stinkers as well. But they, Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio, really stretched their wings, took a lot of chances. And I love ‘em all.

Any plans to record a followup album yourselves? And what might you do differently than on the first Midtown Men album, if you had your druthers?

The first album was done on the fly, in chunks — we’d have one day off and come to New York, hole up in the studio for the day and duke it out. The four of us would literally be listening to mixes while we were traveling in the car, on the plane, at the airport. It would be the only time and place where all of us would be listening to the same thing, on the same device, the same speakers.

For next year’s record, I’d like to try a different sort of approach…it would be great to do things completely old-school, with all the musicians in one place at one time, so that everyone performs with the awareness of the other people around them. And you’d hear the room.

That’s what I love about listening to a phonograph record, too…you hear the room; the whole listening experience is different depending on the record player, the needle, the place where you’re doing the listening. The minute the needle drops, you’re on a journey. I have a 17 year old son who agrees with me completely; who’s really into vinyl records!

That kind of sums up the attitude of the band also…we’re analog champions in a digital world!

Switching gears here, I understand that when you’re not onstage or on camera you’ve been maintaining a pretty happening career as a voice actor — and that you hold the Guinness World Record for highet number of different voices done for a single project (the project was the audiobook of producer Ed Feldman’s TELL ME HOW YOU LOVE THE PICTURE, for which Hoff performed as some 241 different characters)…

It’s fun for me to bring characters to life; it’s part of just being light on my feet, being a jack of all trades and skillsets and mindsets. And I’ve been doing it since I was the voice of Richie Rich in the cartoons…I worked at Hanna Barbera, where I’d hear people like Chuck McCann, Frank Welker doing dog voices; walking around hearing all these voices for The Flintsones, Jetsons, Scooby Doo up and down the hall!

I have to tell you, the same year that I was up for a Tony I was nominated along with Jim Dale in the same category. And that was around the same time that I got the world record for the voice project, which prior to that had been held by Jim Dale, for his recording of The Lord of the Rings. At the Tonys I joked with him that ‘I got you beat on that voice thing, too’ — and of course I never even prepared a speech for the possibility of my winning Best Featured Actor.

But as far as winning awards, breaking all-time records…none of it beats the fact that you’re allowed to do what you love to do. And occasionally you get a kiss on the cheek; you get to cross the finish line and break the tape!

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Tickets for the August 18 performance by The Midtown Men are priced from $39 to $79,  and are available by calling (732)897-6500, or visiting Ticketmaster. You can catch Hoff and company on ABC’s Good Morning America this Thursday, August 16; The Men are also scheduled to appear on New York Live, airing on WNBC-TV Channel 4 this Friday, August 17 at 3pm.

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The Media Blitz Continues…

Catherine • August 14, 2012 • Comments (1)

IT BEGAN WITH A FEATURE IN SUNDAY’S NEW YORK TIMES…

 

photo by Richard Perry/The New York Times

link here.

And here’s where you can catch The Midtown Men the rest of the week!

GOOD MORNING AMERICA (ABC)
Thursday, August 16th @ 8AM
The Midtown Men will perform two songs and chat with anchors
(one LIVE performance and one taped for ABCNEWS.COM)

GOOD DAY NEW YORK (FOX)
Friday, August 17th @ 8:45 AM
The Midtown Men will perform one song LIVE on air and chat with anchors

watch live

 NEW YORK LIVE (NBC)
Friday, August 17th @ 3:00 PM
The Midtown Men will chat with the hosts about their upcoming tour and perform a short section of “Candy Girl”

visit website

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NEXT STOP: The NY Times … AND … Good Morning America!!

Catherine • August 11, 2012 • Comments (8)

The Midtown Men are on a roll! Not only will they “officially” begin their 2012-2013 concert tour in legendary Asbury Park on Saturday, August 18th, but the tour will be kicked off in great style with a full page spread in this Sunday’s edition of the NY Times, followed by an appearance on Good Morning America on Thursday!

Those of us who have been following Christian, Bobby, Daniel and Michael since the beginning knew that it was just a matter of time before they started making national headlines. We’ve had many discussions on the importance of a “morning show” appearance. And I for one am thrilled that so many will now have the opportunity to enjoy what we have been enjoying for years – not only the fabulous sound these four talented gentlemen bring to the best music of the sixties, but the humble, kind and generous men that they are.

Congratulations, MEN…you deserve every bit of the spotlight, and I know you will enjoy every minute of it!

Stay tuned for information on more media coverage of The Midtown Men in the coming week …  (teaser…AP video interview, among others …)

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