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AS REPORTED BY THEATERMANIA:
(Andy Lefkowitz • New York City • Dec 8, 2016)
Disaster! Star Lacretta will Join Daniel Reichard in His Guide to Christmas, a special holiday concert that will play at Birdland December 17-19.
Lacretta, recent star of the Broadway musical Disaster!, will join Daniel Reichard, original star of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, for his annual New York City holiday show Daniel Reichard’s Guide to Christmas at Birdland December 17-19. The event is directed by Patrick McCollum.
The evening of stories and songs features an eclectic musical program, featuring lively arrangements of Christmas classics, Hanukkah favorites, and romantic tunes from the Great American Songbook. Reichard will be backed by a full band, with Jesse Vargas music-directing and writing musical arrangements. Guide to Christmas is written by Reichard, Patrick McCollum, and Mark Noonan.
Click here for tickets.
*****In 2016, Daniel has a record-high 6 holiday shows! His first Christmas show was on the west coast, San Francisco, Sunday, December 11, 2016. Daniel will have 3 holiday shows in NYC, followed by two more in his hometown of Cleveland. Click here for ticket info on the Cleveland show. *****
Still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life? Well, if you will be in the New York City area for Mother’s Day, look no further!
Daniel Reichard will perform a special Mother’s Day concert – Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers – tomorrow at Birdland Jazz Club!
“New York City is blessed with an abundance of gifted people, several of whom I know well, others whom I’ve known casually over the years, and many of whom I have never met, but admired from afar,” says Reichard. “That’s what this show is about — celebrating the great times we can all have when we get together on any given night in the Big Apple. This evening will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Reichard’s guest performers will include Broadway veteran Michael Longoria (Jersey Boys), tap dancer Luke Hawkins (Hail Caesar!), cellist Elad Kabilio, singer-songwriter Maddy Wyatt (of the band Wyatt), and more. Jesse Vargas will serve as the evening’s musical director and arranger.
For more information, click here.
For the past six years, Michael Longoria has endeared himself to TMM audiences across the country as the “short, adorable tenor” who can “fit in your purse.” We’ve loved his soaring falsetto, antics on stage, and warm greetings after shows. As a member of the Midtown Men, he is a talented, kind and genuine person in a group filled with talented, kind, and genuine guys. Now, he is stepping out on his own and releasing a solo album titled Broadway Brick By Brick. This album traces his journey from childhood to the present, as he attempts to rediscover the dreams that led him down the path to this moment. He generously invites us to share in that journey, and by doing so, we really get to know him as an individual.
Of course, those of us who love TMM and have been to their concerts know that Michael was born in Hollywood, started singing before he could talk, went to NYU, and joined the Broadway casts of Hairspray and Jersey Boys. These facts provide the most basic framework, but with this album, he opens his heart and uses classic Broadway songs to tell intimate stories from his past. He combines this creative structure with powerhouse vocals within gorgeous orchestrations. And the result is most amazing.
This past week, I was fortunate enough to preview the entire album and spend some time talking with Michael about it. I have loved Broadway and show tunes for decades; I have heard my share of compilation albums, and more covers than I can count. I can tell you that this album is so much more than that. This is not simply a “CD of Broadway songs” per se, but rather a very emotional story told through song. In fact, Michael’s life story could almost be a Broadway show itself, with a synopsis that might read something like this:
‘There was once a small Mexican-American boy with immense talent and specific, improbable dreams of performing on Broadway. He faced unique challenges, but with some guardian angels and an intense work ethic, he triumphed and realized those dreams, ultimately starring in a hit Broadway show.’
Sharing Michael’s journey through these songs was very engaging, not only because of his story but also because the music took me on my own journey, back to the first time I fell in love with Broadway. As he says, “Music is a powerful expression of emotion.”
Through his music and our conversation, I learned a lot about the person that I have seen on stage so many times through the years. As I anticipated, he is open and honest, funny and kind, insightful and forthcoming. We shared some stories, some laughs, and at the end of the day, I can say that I know Michael better as a person and artist, largely because I have a better understanding of the experiences that shaped him.
But why create an album that is so personal? Sure, artists create art every day that presumably includes a part of their journey woven through throughout, but most often the personal sources of inspiration remain unknown to the audience. To come across someone willing to bare his soul and share so many details of his life with an audience is rare. To explain, Michael points to a lyric in “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and describes how “I came out to NYC alone, and because of that it kind of made me not want to let people get too close to me because I was used to living in my own world alone and surviving on my own. So the line ‘I don’t want to be alone…that’s all in the past’ really speaks to this moment now. (I’ve realized that) I don’t want to be an artist that nobody gets to know; I want to tell my truth. I want people to really (understand) my experience though my art. And I feel like this is the moment to do it. This is my time to get that out there finally and not be alone, and take that chance.”
Broadway music is the perfect choice to tell Michael’s story, as Broadway has been the dream all along. A self-described “theater geek” in his younger years, someone who just wanted to “sing songs and tap dance,” he is going back to his roots to reawaken that original dream. He says “The reason I came out here (to NYC) was to chase Broadway, so I wanted to have that representation on this album. I wanted it all to be Broadway because that’s really who I was when I came out here, and I think the best way to find myself again is to search for myself in those songs.”
To that end, Michael has chosen some Broadway classics that speak to his heart and represent significant times in life. He sets the stage for us in a little house in the Pomona Valley, California (“Home”). To capture what music sounded like to him when he was small, he sings the most unique and beautiful arrangement of “The Sound of Music” I’ve ever heard, with Latin vibes and some lyrics in Spanish that harken back to his days as a child mariachi singer. He was introduced to Broadway music at the age of 10, while eating his grandmother’s tamales on Christmas Eve. West Side Story was on television, and Tony was singing “Maria.” Enough said. The album then takes us through his adolescence, a time when he felt like the black sheep in his family (“Music and the Mirror”), as well as his move to NYC to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts (“The Impossible Dream). We then experience his post-college days: paying his dues as a singing waiter (“Corner of the Sky”), earning his big break as a swing in the Broadway cast of Hairspray (“As If We Never Said Good-bye”), originating the role of Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys, and eventually taking over the starring role of Frankie Valli (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”). He then takes us deeper as he explores his emotions surrounding the death of his beloved grandmother (“Tell Me on a Sunday”) and his past and present relationship with his parents (“Being Alive”), which were arguably the most emotional moments of the album. He also takes a moment to express his gratitude to those who helped guide him along the way (“Thank you for the Music”) before singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the perspective of someone who has triumphed in his goal of finding his true self. Yes, these are all very well known songs, but it would be a mistake for anyone to think that because of that, they know what this album sounds like. He says, “The goal was to not just sing these songs like they’ve been done in the past and will be done in the future, but to really take the perspective as if I’m the first person singing them and they’re about my life.” The end result, in my opinion, is wonderful, unique, and anything but predictable.
Michael has also had time over the last months to reflect on multiple meanings behind the songs. For example, he points to “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and how “I just love how it not only represents my time in Hairspray but how it also represents the experience with this CD. I’ve been away from Broadway for so long, touring all over with the Midtown Men, which has been amazing and (such a) great learning experience that I hope continues, but this is my moment to come back to Broadway. Not on the stage necessarily, but just back to my heart. Singing these songs and remembering the passion of that 17-year-old boy who came out here on his own, it helps me and motivates me to continue forward and to not just exist.”
Finally, I would be remiss to write this article without a commentary on Michael’s vocals. Of course, he has performed show-stopping solos with the Midtown Men, in city after city. But the songs on Broadway Brick by Brick allow us to access a range of his talent that 60’s music just can’t touch in the same way. If I had a nickel for every money note or amazing riff on this album, I would be very rich indeed. But in addition to those, it’s the softer, nuanced moments that have the most potential to rip your heart out. The beginnings of “Music and the Mirror,” “As If We Never Said Goodbye,” and “Tell Me on a Sunday,” for example, just communicate such clear emotion; it’s like he reaches out and grabs your heart and says, “Feel what I’m singing.” And you do.
This is a special album, and the artist who created it is pretty special as well. I hope you all take this opportunity to enjoy some classic Broadway songs in a new way, and in the process, get to know Michael better. Because to know him, is to love him.
“I hope people receive this album from my soul, and my heart. I want it to be something that is a true artistic expression of who I am.” -Michael Longoria, 2016
• Pre-order Broadway Brick By Brick by clicking here
• If you live near New York or Los Angeles, don’t miss Michael’s CD Release Concerts celebrating Broadway Brick By Brick:
- NYC on May 2-3, 2016 at 9:30pm at Joe’s Pub. Click here for tickets
- Los Angeles on June 7, 2016 at 8:00pm at Rockwell Table & Stage. Click here for tickets.
Category: Michael Longoria
THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- Feinstein’s/54 Below-Bound Daniel Reichard
In this week’s edition of BroadwayWorld’s THE FRIDAY SIX, the BWW Staff caught up with Daniel Reichard, who will bring his solo show, Daniel Reichard Celebrates Rodgers and Hammerstein, to Feinstein’s/54 Below on February 5 (9:30PM).
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
The first Broadway show I ever saw was KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. I was visiting New York City with my family, and that was a huge show at the time. I saw it, I loved it, and I met Chita Rivera (for the first time) at the stage door. The next night was CRAZY FOR YOU.
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
Meditation. For big shows especially. When The Midtown Men were playing The Beacon in New York City, I remember waking up and saying, “I have to do a guided meditation. My mind will be at 100 miles per hour today.” I did two Deepak Chopra meditations, and I was as cool as a cucumber all day and for the whole show. It really helps to do before intense moments in our lives.
What is your most memorable “the show must go on” moment?
Many of my favorite “the show must go on” moments have happened across the country with The Midtown Men. When you are a rock and roll band, performing in different cities night after night, crazy things are bound to happen. We were in some city in Iowa, and there was a torrential storm happening outside the venue and the power in the whole building went out. The emergency lights lit up the theatre, and we asked everyone to relax and our drummer and flutist played “California Dreaming” and we did the song without amplification. The audience went crazy.
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
Cornelius Hackl in HELLO DOLLY. Hint hint! I love old school Broadway because those Golden Age shows were the gateway to my love of Broadway.
Who is your Broadway crush?
Female crush would be the one and only Kelli O’Hara, because she is beautiful, smart, and talented. Male crush would have to be the choreographer Patrick McCollum because he is wonderful in every way.
Where can people follow you online?
For ticket information on Daniel’s Feb 5 show , click here.
Their Favorite Things: Original Jersey Boys Star Daniel Reichard Shares His Theatregoing Experiences (Playbill, December 23, 2015)
Daniel Reichard, who created the role of Bob Gaudio in the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, shares the performances that most affected him as part of the audience. The singing actor has also just released a holiday EP entitled “Daniel Reichard — Under the Mistletoe,” which is available on iTunes and CDbaby.com. (Click here to read article.)
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!
Category: Daniel Reichard
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]
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)
Broadway’s Daniel Reichard Will Return to Birdland Jazz Club, 5/10
The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced the return of Broadway and concert star Daniel Reichard, who will return to Birdland on Sunday, May 10 at 6pm, with a show celebrating the music and lyrics of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The evening will feature selections from the celebrated songwriting team’s catalogue, including rarely-heard jewels and treasured classics alike.
The concert, presented by MusicTalks and its Artistic Director Elad Kabilio, will take place on Mother’s Day and will offer insights and fascinating anecdotes about Rodgers and Hammerstein’s historic partnership.
Click here for tickets.
Category: Daniel Reichard
I found this great clip of Michael Longoria preparing to participate in the unique endeavor ONE NIGHT STAND and serenading the cast with a recognizable radio hit as part of a group chat session.
The phenomenal backstage documentary ONE NIGHT STAND is now available on DVD and as a digital download and fans have the chance to make their own appearance as part of THE 24 HOUR MUSICALS event thanks to the current contest now available to enter.
Click here for more information on ONE NIGHT STAND.
Category: Michael Longoria
Written by Fan Correspondent Anthony Gigli:
Birdland is the classic venue for the depth and flawlessness of Daniel’s voice. He was joined by Elad Kabilio and Amy Connolly. He intertwined the classics of the Holiday season with funny banter as well as witty, funny memories of Christmas growing up in his large Irish catholic family. His gorgeous gray suit, bow tie, dancing and ravishly awesome red shoes all made us feel, as he alluded early in the show, as if we were going to a Decked Out party at his apartment. Boscoe made a special appearance as well! My own personal highlight was when he resorted to his training, he said from the stage, after the microphone unexpectedly went out during an amazing version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – he carried on without missing a beat.
Decked Out is the theme of the show and Daniel certainly put on a professionally phenomenal performance backed by an amazing group of musicians led by Jesse Vargas.
After last night, my personal wish is to make this a yearly tradition to come to NYC for Daniel’s annual Holiday show!