“It’s a full 1960s music experience.”
The Midtown Men set bring ‘Jersey Boys’ sound to SFSC
Marc Valero | Highlands Today Published: December 3, 2015
AVON PARK — The Midtown Men — the four original stars from Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” — will perform songs of the Four Seasons, the holiday season and the 1960s at South Florida State College this month.
Tickets are still available for the concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts.
After their three-season run on Broadway, The Midtown Men are together again wearing their Rat Pack-style suits and singing the sixties hits with a modern twist.
Daniel Reichard, who portrayed Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons, spoke to Highlands Today by phone on Tuesday about the “Jersey Boys” and The Midtown Men.
As Gaudio sang the tenor parts under Frankie Valli in the Four Seasons, Reichard sings the tenor part in The Midtown Men.
The original cast members of the “Jersey Boys” came from different backgrounds and didn’t know each other before the show’s initial run in La Jolla, Calif., Reichard said.
“We were just put together by chance,” he said. “We formed life-long bonds by doing the show together.”
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Hutch crowd captivated by Midtown Men’s ’60s magic
LYDIA LOWE, The Hutchinson News
The 1960s were alive and well this past Thursday night when the Midtown Men made a stop at the Fox Theatre in Hutchinson.
There was a lot of interest in this show from the time it was announced as part of the regular 2015/2016 season. This show did not disappoint. Opening to a sold-out audience, the Midtown Men wowed everyone with classic ’60s songs that appeared fresh and new, even though everyone in the audience knew all the words. Singing along was expected and encouraged.
I enjoyed the backdrops on the stage and the layout of the guitars, drums, brass instruments and keyboard. The outfits were vintage 1960s, complete with skinny ties. It was a class act through and through, as much fun to watch as to listen to.
A video screen at the back of the stage played a variety of vintage black-and-white video of various groups whose songs were being sung on stage as well as video of the Midtown Men at photo ops and on the streets of New York, which lent an air of fantasy and a Broadway feel to the overall production. Truly the audience was no longer in Kansas anymore.
When the music started back up after the break, people left whatever line they were in, be it concessions or bathrooms, to return to the auditorium and their seats. No one wanted to miss a single note that was played or sung on the stage. The Midtown Men had captivated the crowd.
At the end of the evening, the Midtown Men exited to the lobby to sign autographs, meet and greet the patrons, and take photos with anyone who requested one. Even with an early departure time the following day, the group stayed until the last person left the lobby.
The Midtown Men have several private performances lined up after their show at the Fox Theatre. The next performance planned for general audiences is on Dec. 15 in Avon Park, Florida.
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!
The Midtown Men kick off a big week of concerts all over the Midwest – starting with tonight’s show in Green Bay!
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Daniel Reichard took some time to tell Patrick Mares (of the Scene – Northeast Wisconsin’s monthly arts and entertainment newspaper) how The Midtown Men got where they are today and why it’s worth your time to check them out when they swing by the Green Bay Weidner Center on October 27.
Here is an excerpt from that interview:
SCENE: Give us a pitch. Tell us why our readers need a little Midtown Men in their lives.
Daniel R: I look out over our audiences every day. And I’ve seen them transform over the course of an evening. I see their bodies change and their faces change and their expressions light up. Our show is a nice escape from the tough world these days. You’re going to hear a broad range of songs, so it’s a full course meal as far as music from the 1960’s. We like to think of ourselves as striving to be a modern day Rat Pack. Guys that dress up in nice suits, goof around a lot, but when it comes time to sing, we really give it all we’ve got. And that’s what people can expect. It’s an old-fashioned show business experience.
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When Clemson University Brooks Center for the Performing Arts Director Mickey Harder first heard The Midtown Men, she “just flipped out.” Harder immediately engaged the group to open the Brooks Center’s 2015-16 season.
“The energy level is going to knock the Brooks Center’s new roof off,” Harder said. “They’re phenomenal and they’re going to bring a fabulous show here. We’ll sell it out.”
The Men bring their high-energy show to the Brooks Center on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:30 pm. For ticket information, call 865-656-7787 or visit the website here.
Last night, Saturday, July 25th, The Midtown Men took a break from their summer vacation to play to a “sold-out and enthusiastic audience” at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. Pat Abdalla was on hand and had this to say about the show:
Midtown men take sold-out casino crowd back to the ’60s
by PAT ABDALLA, citizensvoice.com, Published: July 26, 2015 (excerpts – click here to read story in its entirety)
J. Robert Spencer sat on a stool and, introducing the song he was about to sing, explained he’d heard the Beatles’ classic “In My Life” in a new way recently. He talked about how people move into and out of our lives, and he appreciated that fact in a new way as a husband and father, which gave the song a deeper meaning to him.
Then Spencer, who came to fame singing classic songs in the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” and currently as a member of the Midtown Men, leaned back and sang the opening lyrics, “There are places I remember …”
Spencer and his bandmates — Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard — brought the sold-out and enthusiastic audience back to the places of their childhood on a tour through the ’60s on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
The Midtown Men hit all the right notes, from the pop hits of bands like The Mamas & the Papas to the protest songs of groups like Buffalo Springfield to some of Motown’s biggest classics……
…Throughout the show, they took turns introducing each other to the audience, talked about touring the country and their love of ’60s music.
Longoria, who bounds about the stage like a mix of Valli and Bruno Mars, was self-deprecating.
“I can fit in your purse,” the diminutive singer said.
Reichard, who is sporting a new beard, stole the show with a rousing and heart-felt rendition of “Cry For Me” and a rollicking “Good Lovin.’” Both got audience members heads bobbing and received a loud ovation.
Hoff’s rendition of “For What It’s Worth” was powerful.
Spencer’s soulful baritone also connected with the crowd, particularly on “In My Life” and “California Dreamin.’” …
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“We all kind of feel like this is what we’re called to do. That’s what’s keeping us from going back too soon to Broadway.” Christian Hoff
The Midtown Men’s Christian Hoff: ‘San Diego feels right’
Vocal group back in San Diego for two-night engagement with San Diego Symphony
By Michael James Rocha, The San Diego Union Tribune, MARCH 1, 2015
After doing five Florida shows in six days — Boca Raton, Clearwater, Orlando, Jacksonville and Fort Pierce — Christian Hoff was finally back on home turf.
“Hi Michael, I literally just touched down in San Diego,” says Hoff, the Tony Award-winning actor who calls Valley Center home. “Can you call me back in five, six minutes?”
Hoff, who earned the best featured actor in a musical Tony in 2006 for his portrayal of Tommy DeVito in the La Jolla Playhouse-bred “Jersey Boys,” deserves five minutes, if not six. He’s been busy.
He’s currently on the fifth national tour of The Midtown Men, a quartet comprised of four stars from the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys.” The Midtown Men, which is not affiliated with “Jersey Boys,” perform hits from the 1960s, and on this current tour, are bringing their vocal harmonies to symphony halls and performing arts centers across the country. Hoff will be joined Friday by fellow performers Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer for a two-night engagement at Jacobs Music Center as part of the San Diego Symphony’s City Lights Series.
Performing in San Diego — they were last here in the summer at Moonlight Amphitheater — is special but surreal “because it’s sort of like singing for grandma, except grandma just happens to be a big Broadway producer.”
That’s a nod to the caliber of San Diego’s theatrical landscape: “My two Broadway experiences started in San Diego. There’s a sense of homegrown excellence — with the Old Globe, the La Jolla Playhouse. This is a testament to what a great arts community San Diego is. San Diego is like the unsung hero of excellence in many aspects — technology, biotech, research — and certainly for me, as an artist, San Diego feels right. Even though I’m on the road a lot, San Diego is always the epicenter. It just feels right.”
What feels right, too, is the material they get to work with as part of The Midtown Men: “The great thing about the material is how it connects with the audience. With pop music, in this case from the 1960s, we could have something that’s superficial — songs that we just sing and perform.
“But we’ve found there’s deep roots in this music, and it’s not just generational or regional — the roots of this music are across all lines. This is a borderless entity that we have entered into, and it never ceases to amaze. Five years into this tour and 10 years into singing together, every night on the stage feels fresh and new … because of how we are connecting with the music and how our band connects with the music and especially how the audience is connecting with the music.”
The rigorous touring schedule — they’ve performed more than 400 shows since the tour began — sounds taxing, but “you learn how to get into that mindset, physically and emotionally. We learned that on Broadway. It takes a lot of passion and love to do what we do, and we all love it. Being on stage … it’s playtime for us.”
Being off stage, he adds, is “like a reunion. We have a tradition of going out and meeting the audience after each show, and time and time again, we meet people who saw us when we were on ‘Jersey Boys.’ They’re bringing us photos and programs from the show. They’re like family.”
Besides his actual family in San Diego — his wife and their five children — Hoff says the local theater community also holds a special place in his heart.
His first theatrical experience — at the age of 8 in San Diego Junior Theater’s “Cinderella” — “made who I am today a possibility. I didn’t even know that being an actor was something I could be. I thought I was going to play baseball. A team. A coach. Practice. That was my reality. But I stepped into theater and saw something similar: A field, the stage. A coach, there’s my director. The role, it was like playing shortstop. The applause, it was like hitting a homerun. I went from this shy kid who didn’t (know) he could do it to someone who suddenly has a new calling, and it just took off from there.”
Besides “Jersey Boys,” his list of accomplishments is long: dancing with Shirley MacLaine, voicing Richie Rich for several years and many theatrical roles, including that of Pinball Lad on “The Who’s Tommy,” another Tony Award-winning musical that traces its roots to the La Jolla Playhouse (it was directed by Des McAnuff, who also helmed “Jersey Boys”).
Will there be a sixth tour for The Midtown Men?
“We all kind of feel like this is what we’re called to do,” Hoff says. “That’s what’s keeping us from going back too soon to Broadway.”
With a chuckle, he adds: “We’re booking into 2016. We can’t kill this thing.”
San Diego Symphony presents The Midtown Men
With: Todd Ellison, conductor. The Midtown Men: Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer
When: 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7
Where: Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown
Phone: (619) 235-0804
Christian Hoff to Appear on PBS Stations for Premier of Midtown Men in Concert
San Diego, CA - Multitalented singer, actor and musician Christian Hoff will appear as a special host on PBS stations in San Diego and Las Vegas in conjunction with the local premier broadcasts of the PBS special The Midtown Men: Live in Concert. Hoff won a Tony Award in 2006 for his portrayal of Tommy DeVito, an original member of the Four Seasons, in the Broadway production of Jersey Boys. He will be live in the KPBS studios in San Diego on Tuesday, December 2, and in the KLVX studios in Las Vegas on Sunday, December 7, for the local premiers. The show’s national premier was Saturday, November 29, on stations NJTV in New Jersey and WNET in New York.
“I can’t express how excited I am about helping PBS to bring The Midtown Men to television. This has been an amazing experience.” Christian Hoff
The Midtown Men was formed in 2009 by four original members of the Broadway cast of Jersey Boys: Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer. Jersey Boys, which first took the stage at the La Jolla Playhouse, tells the story of the iconic group The Four Seasons, which featured the legendary Frankie Valli. After more than 1000 performances together on Broadway, the four realized they had developed a passion for the music of the period and decided to continue sharing it with the world.
While putting together a show to celebrate the greatest music of the 1960s, the four soon developed their own signature arrangements of these great tunes. The quartet performs top hits of the 1960s, including music by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, The Jackson Five and, of course, The Four Seasons. Their performances have received glowing reviews from the NY Daily News, Times Square Chronicles, and longtime Time Magazine Senior Editor Charles Alexander. The group is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour, most recently performing to sold-out houses in Hawaii.
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