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Photo Coverage of JB 10th Anniversary Celebration

Catherine • November 18, 2015 • Comments (3)

November 8th was a banner day in Midtown Manhattan when Jersey Boys celebrated 10 years on Broadway – the 12th longest running show in Broadway history!  And our Midtown Men were there – for the celebration, yes, but they were also there 10 years ago, when it was all still ahead of them…

Fans were thrilled to see them get the recognition and love they so deserve!

10 years worth of JB cast members, past and present.

Can you spot The Midtown Men?

Check out some of the amazing photo coverage of the day and night: Broadway.com; broadwayworld.com; playbill.com; theatermania.com

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Des McAnuff introduces the original Tommy DeVito.

And the original Nick Massi...

...and the original Bob Gaudio...

...and the original Joe Pesci!

What a thrill it was to run into these gentlemen in the lobby of the August Wilson before the show!

Bobby's son was a natural - shaking hands and greeting fans.

The energy and excitement from the stage permeated the theater and continued down the street to a star-studded party at the beautiful Novotel Hotel.

Carolyn and I took advantage of Daniel's mad selfie skills.

The girls and I enjoyed meeting Joe Hutcheson and JB Alum Charl Brown.

If you have any pictures or stories you would like to share about the JB weekend, please leave a comment here or email your pictures to tmmclub@comcast.net.

And did I mention it was my birthday?

 

 

 

Category: Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, Fan Stories, J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria

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Jersey Boys (and Girls) Past and Present Join In the 10th Anniversary Celebration on Broadway

Catherine • November 11, 2015 • Comments (0)

Huge Congratulations to all current and former cast members of this incredible show – most especially our Midtown Men, Christian, Daniel, J. Robert and Michael!!


 

Oh What A Night Indeed!

Original Jersey Boys cast members J. Robert Spencer, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard with Jujamcyn's Jordan Roth

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‘Jersey Boys’ Celebrating 10 Years on Broadway

Catherine • November 4, 2015 • Comments (2)

Congratulations to Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Michael Longoria as they prepare to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Jersey Boys on Broadway! JB joins an elite group of shows that made it 10 years on the Great White Way, including Phantom of the Opera, Chorus Line and Wicked!  And we all know that if you can make it 10 years there, you can make it 10 years anywhere, right Midtown Men?

Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers and Fans will gather this weekend to pay tribute to this amazing show that gave birth to our beloved Midtown Men.  Many of us “Midtown Clubbers” have a story from the early days, when it was all still ahead of them, and us.  If you have a story, please share it here in comments, and if you have a picture to go with that story, email it to me at tmmclub@comcast.net and I will share it here on the Club site.

The cast and crew of Jersey Boys from left are: actor J. Robert Spencer, director Des McAnuff, actor Christian Hoff, co-writer Rick Elice, actor John Lloyd Young, co-writer Marshall Brickman, and actor Daniel Reichard stand in front of the Virginia Theatre and pose for a photo on August 30, 2005 in New York City. . Jersey Boys won big at the 2006 Tony Awards, taking home Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Featured Actor.

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“Wisconsin Tonight” with The Midtown Men

Catherine • October 27, 2015 • Comments (0)

The Midtown Men kick off a big week of concerts all over the Midwest – starting with tonight’s show in Green Bay!

Tony Award Winner Christian Hoff and Tony Award Nominee J. Robert Spencer stopped by “Wisconsin Tonight” to preview TMM’s upcoming performance at the Weidner Center.

Click here to watch the video.

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J. Robert Spencer’s “UnCivil War” a Hit at ATF

Catherine • July 20, 2015 • Comments (0)

J. Robert Spencer has been spending his summer in Glen Falls, NY. No, not on vacation, but on STAGE at the Adirondak Theatre Festival! Yes, Mr. Spencer has been a busy man. Not only did he headline the 2015 Adirondack Theatre Festival presentation of unCIVIL WAR, but he is an Executive Producer.  AND in his spare time, he starred in his very first cabaret show!

 

 

THE UNCIVIL WAR

A bluegrass musical comedy along the Mason-Dixon

The Civil War’s six lone survivors retell the story of the infamous conflict…as it REALLY happened…

 

 

 

 

 

Adirondack Theatre Festival hits the jackpot with the new comedy musical unCivil War, which runs July 9 through Saturday, July 18, at the Charles Wood Theater.
[Glen Falls Chronicle]

Seriously funny — J. Robert Spencer, Matthew Stocke and Brian Charles Rooney in UnCivil War.

Great interview by Ronda Triller in poststar.com:

J. Robert Spencer starts an interview with a warning: “I’m long-winded.”

Then the Tony Award nominee spends half an hour entertaining, telling stories about run-ins with celebrities, his favorite sweater (even Harvey Keitel likes it) and busking in New York City subways.

If he’s long-winded, there needs to be another term for close-talking windbag second cousins who corner you near the hors d’oeuvres table at family reunions to talk about their careers in insurance.

Spencer might talk a lot, but he has a lot of interest to say.

click here to read in article its entirety)

 

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An Evening With The Midtown Men

Catherine • October 20, 2014 • Comments (0)

Join host Valerie Smaldone as she gets to know The Midtown Men tonight in NYC.

Valerie Smaldone, radio star and friend to TMM, will delve into Christian, Daniel, Michael and Bobby’s lives – their back stories, inspirations and dreams – in a cozy and intimate setting at 92Y.  It is sure to be a fun and informative evening!

Click here for ticket information.  Cash Bar.

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J. Robert Spencer: Musician, Singer, Actor, ROCK STAR

Catherine • October 14, 2014 • Comments (0)

I just love singing rock ‘n’ roll, jamming with these guys and having a good time on stage. Every actor is a show-off; we like to take people on an emotional journey.

J. Robert Spencer

Midtown Men’s J. Robert Spencer talks ‘Jersey Boys,’ concert at Majestic Theater

The Midtown Men are set to perform in Gettysburg on Thursday

By Robyn Fisher
For The Evening Sun

When four of the original cast members of “Jersey Boys” sang their last notes at the August Wilson Theatre, they knew their visit to the 1960s was not over.

The bond that formed among the four men while they were on stage together for 1300 performances of the Tony and Grammy award winning musical developed into a shared dream. And together they formed the Midtown Men, a musical group with sharp choreography, tailored suits and harmonies that could take audiences back in time.

The group, composed of Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, Michael Longoria, and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, is set to perform at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg on Oct. 16.

Relaxing in his rocking chair at home in Oregon on a rare day off, Spencer, 45 years old and a member of Central York High School’s class of 1987, took some time to reflect on his journey from local theaters to the bright lights of Broadway and beyond.

Q: You have been touring across the country with the Midtown Men for five years now. How does it feel to be coming back to the area?

A: I’m a big Civil War buff, I’ve always had a fascination with that area and it feels really nice that I’ll be able to do a concert in a place where I spent so much of my life. I was actually born on Abe Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12; we’re exactly 160 years apart.

Q: You recently portrayed Lincoln in ‘Bayonets of Angst’ in the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

A: It was great because no one has ever seen me doing anything remotely close to Abbott and Costello and here’s this funny, bluegrass/Mel Brooks kind of musical comedy. I was on Broadway playing these dramatic roles in ‘Jersey Boys’ and ‘Next to Normal’ and over Facebook, I receive a message asking me if I’d be interested in the role. Reading over the script, I start laughing so hard that my wife (actress Jenny Lynn Suckling) notices tears streaming down my face.

With Midtown Men, we control the business and our schedule and if there’s a time when someone can take off for a quick creative spell then we’re going to be able to work that out. It’s a blessing to be able to do what you love.

Q: Back in 1992, you had a brush with potential rock stardom when your band from college was offered a record deal.

A: I think that’s what every kid thinks about when they play the drums for the first time. I didn’t know if I was going to be an actor or a musician, but I was definitely going to be an entertainer. So there I was supposed to be a rock star, but the guys in my band got cold feet and I was just like, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ I decided I needed to get back in control of my life, so I cut my hair, went to New York, and then I started getting theater gigs. And there I was, no longer a wannabe rock star, I was a Broadway actor playing a rock star. How crazy is that? Not only were we playing the Four Seasons on Broadway and portraying the lives of these stars, but walking out the stage door, it was like the Beatles had arrived. That was the crazy wonderful response every single night from 2004 to 2008; every night was like Wembley Stadium.

Q: You’ve gone from portraying a character in a role to being on stage as yourself. How have you made that transition?

A: I think that there is something to wearing really well-tailored, expensive suits, but I just love singing rock ‘n’ roll, jamming with these guys and having a good time on stage. Every actor is a show-off; we like to take people on an emotional journey.

Q: What’s new for your upcoming visit to the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg?

A: We’ve added a lot of new tunes to the mix: Ronnie Spector, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, the Rascals, the Beach Boys and a lot more. We’ve got some of our classics that people love, but it’s an all-new show. We have incredible seven-piece band with us, and while we’re on the road, we make every second count. We’ll sometimes try new things in the morning before sounds checks and make it happen that night.

Q: There was a time when listening to a record was an activity, not just background ambience. For the generation of people who grew up without oldies music playing on the radio, explain the significance of this era of music.

A: This music is timeless. The songs, the arrangements, the choreography, they were designed to entertain. There is an emotional recall that people have when they think about the sixties. That music was a huge part of our lives growing up, listening to it on the radio with our parents. When you have the power to bring that kind of emotional recall back into someone’s life, it is the most rewarding and beautiful thing that you can bring to an audience. And over these past five years of performing, we’ve seen the love of that music spread over to all of these other generations.

If you go

What: Midtown Men performance
Where: Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg
When: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16
Tickets: $79, $72, $65
More: Call 717-337-8200 or visit gettysburgmagestic.org

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The Midtown Men – Stars In Their Own Story

Catherine • October 3, 2014 • Comments (1)

“…we could have our cake and eat it, too. You don’t have to be happy with the apple pie a la mode. You could try the blueberry cobbler.”

J. Robert Spencer

 

The best role of all? Themselves, say the Midtown Men

by Bruce R. Miller, Sioux City Journal

(excerpts, click here to read article in its entirety

 

How do four actors juggle Broadway careers and another identity as the Midtown Men?

J. Robert Spencer was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in "Next to Normal.

“It comes down to timing,” says J. Robert Spencer, a Tony-nominated member of the group. “The Midtown Men usually have the summers off so we can try something then.”

Last summer, for example, the 45-year-old Spencer played Abraham Lincoln in a “wacky, Mel Brooks-style musical” at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Throughout the year, he, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and Michael Longoria also have the ability to squeeze in appearances in films and television shows.

Too good to be true? Spencer wondered when the Midtown Men idea was posed.

“I was in ‘Next to Normal,’ which won the Pulitzer Prize and got me my Tony nomination, when my best friend called with the idea and said, ‘Do you want to go on the road?’”

Spencer talked it over with his wife and realized, “If we don’t try it, we’ll never know.”

Almost immediately, he says, they learned “we could have our cake and eat it, too. You don’t have to be happy with the apple pie a la mode. You could try the blueberry cobbler. It took off like wildfire.”

Now, the Midtown Men are nearing their 400th concert appearance. They’ve opened for Bruno Mars, performed at an oil tycoon’s birthday party, appeared on the White House lawn and recorded CDs and a PBS special.

“Broadway brought us rewards that every actor dreams of,” Spencer says. “But this has given us something more, something entirely different.”

…..

“For the droves who come to see (us) as the Midtown Men, I’m Nick Massi from ‘Jersey Boys’ or I’m the husband in ‘Next to Normal.’”

A gritty musical, “Next to Normal” traced a woman’s mental breakdown and the effects it had on her family.

Spencer, who played the woman’s husband, says it was very tough emotionally. “After a week of it, I’d look at my wife and say, ‘I just need to cry.’ I needed an outlet, other than a stage, to deal with it.”

The show, he says, was so “rock solid,” it never felt difficult during performances. “It was a huge collaborative effort – from writing to acting to directing – and it was like being on a roller coaster. When you work with Alice Ripley (who won the Tony for her performance), you have to be on your toes. We connected as friends, as playmates, and that made the journey so rewarding.”

Spencer says he and the other Midtown Men are getting a kick out of relating to an audience as themselves, not some characters.

“When we get on stage and tell stories,” he says, “they’re our stories, not someone else’s.”


The Midtown Men will appear at WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa at 8 p.m. Oct. 10.  Tickets are available by calling 800-468-9466.

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J. Robert Spencer Portrays Abe Lincoln in NYMF

Catherine • July 6, 2014 • Comments (0)

If you will be in the New York City area this week, check out J. Robert Spencer in ‘Bayonets of Angst’ at the New York Musical Theatre Festival:

It ain’t ya’ great-great-great-grandpappy’s kinda musical.

J. Robert Spencer in 'Bayonets of Angst', Photo Credit: Walter McBride

BAYONETS OF ANGST is an original musical comedy set to a bluegrass soundtrack and narrated by the last remaining veterans of the American Civil War. These old codgers detail the behind-the-battlefield exploits of President Lincoln, the madness of General Tecumseh Sherman, and the pickled promiscuity of General Ulysses S. Grant in a dizzying sequence of events that changed the course of history. And because they were the ones who was there – you just listen and hush up ‘bout it!

Click here for ticket information.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects; nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community; and connecting one of America’s greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience.Now in its eleventh year, the Festival is the largest musical theatre event in America.

 

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J. Robert Spencer Featured on Tonight’s HOUSE HUNTERS on HGTV

Catherine • January 9, 2014 • Comments (1)

from broadwayworld.com

Broadway actors J. Robert Spencer (Jersey Boys, Next to Normal, [The Midtown Men]) and JennyLynn Suckling (All Shook Up) will be featured on tonight’s episode of House Hunters on HGTV.

In the episode, the New York City, who are always on the go with their two children, are hoping to have somewhere peaceful to retreat to, so they’re in the market for a vacation home in nearby Woodstock.

Keeping the house hunt a secret from their kids, their dream house would be cabin or barn-like with modern touches. Not long into their house hunt, however, their broker gives them the reality check that their budget isn’t going to get them what they want. Will they be forced to compromise to find a peaceful retreat?

Don’t miss the episode airing tonight, January 9 at 10:00 PM e/p on HGTV.

J. Robert Spencer was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Dan Goodman in Next to Normal. His Broadway credits include original Nick Massi in Jersey Boys (Tony Award Best Musical 2006, Grammy Award and Gold Record recipient), Side Show.

He has appeared on TV on “Law & Order,” “All My Children,” “Girls Behaving Badly” and on film in Night of the Dog (Audience Award winner at Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, and nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the SMMASH Film Festival), Farm Girl in NewYork (official selection for Atlanta, Big Apple, Seattle and nominated for Best Comedy in Sacramento).

His company, 7 Spencer Productions, recently wrapped their second film, titled Heterosexuals. Concerts: He recently performed with the Boston Pops for Handel’s Messiah Rocks currently available on CD/DVD by Sony Masterworks.

Read more about Broadway’s J. Robert Spencer Featured on Tonight’s HOUSE HUNTERS on HGTV – BWWTVWorld by www.broadwayworld.com

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