“Meet The Midtown Men,” a documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa, who directed and produced the acclaimed documentary, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” will air on PBS stations in the New York metropolitan area this month.
The documentary, in which the four artists share personal stories of their rise to fame and perform some of the biggest songs of the 1960s, will be broadcast on WLIW Sept. 12 at 7 PM and Sept. 13 at 5:30 PM and on NJTV Sept. 19 at 7 PM and Sept. 20 at 11 AM.
If you are out of the viewing area, you can still show your support for your Midtown Men! Follow this link to make your pledge: WLIW21 – and note that for a pledge of just $150 – $250 you can get tickets for either or both of these 2016 shows: May 20, 2016, at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ, and at BB Kings Blues Club in NYC May 21, 2016.
1996 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Shirley Alston Reeves, former Lead Singer of the Shirelles, was one of The Midtown Men’s special guest stars at the recent Beacon Theatre concert. The crowd went wild when she declared “Tonight, I’m gonna be a Midtown Woman!”
What a thrill to be in the audience and experience Ms. Alston Reeves perform the Shirelles’ first #1 hit, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”
The Rascals’ Gene Cornish is no stranger to The Midtown Men stage. He showed off his amazing harmonica skills last year at NJPAC when he joined the Men for a little “Groovin’.” So it came as no surprise when Gene joined the Men once again at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, June 20th. What was a surprise, though, was that this time he was jamming on his guitar to the Men’s pumped up version of “Good Lovin’” – an unforgettable performance all around!
Written by Fan Correspondents Norene and John Howard:
What a thrill to have THE MIDTOWN MEN in our home this past weekend. Well, okay, appear on our television. Saturday, November 29th at 7:00pm there was a halt in all activities here on the east coast as many of us prepared to view the premier television broadcast of The MIDTOWN MEN’S National Concert Tour on PBS. John & I set the lights low, lit a cozy fire and cranked up the volume on our Bose in preparation for the concert. While having seen The Men perform live 27 times, I have to admit my heart was pounding a bit just prior to the bewitching hour; yes it was in anticipation of seeing The Midtown Men on television, but more to the point it was being excited and thrilled for them to showcase their talent to a whole new audience.
Filmed May 28th, 2014 at the beautiful venue of NJPAC in Newark, NJ, one may say we have been waiting for six months to see this project come to television, but they would be wrong. I venture to say all of the longtime loyal supporters of The Midtown Men have been waiting since attending their first concert – most of us as long as four years. Up until this time all we had were amateur YouTube snippets to give us a visual remembrance. Alas, when we make our donation to our local PBS station we will have a full length professional copy of this event and we can relive the great moments in between attending another performance.
We were so very fortunate to have attended the taping of this performance along with many long time Midtown Men fans. It was a great social evening to share our passion with others of the same mindset. The PBS broadcast was superb!!!! It captured the energy, the voices and choreography of this multi-talented foursome to a “T”. An added bonus of this broadcast was having the opportunity to view their performance from many vantage points beyond the seats we held. These men are consummate entertainers; for those of us who were in attendance we witnessed the cameras in their faces (at times it seemed like less than only a foot away); I swear they could see J. Robert’s tonsils – they were that close. In addition to the airing of the Live Performance at NJPAC, watching the PBS Fundraiser, we were treated to interviews with The Men to learn more about their journey, to experience their sense of humor and given another opportunity to hear them sing.
As I view THE MIDTOWN MEN’S Facebook page, I see that more and more PBS stations are picking up their show. We are so excited for them in that a whole new audience is being created for them. As most of us know they are not only extremely talented in what they do but they are always so kind, generous with their time and appreciative of their fans. I often wonder how many photographs they have taken with fans – they must be in The Guinness Book of World Records.
Not only do we send our CONGRATULATIONS AND OUR WISHES FOR MUCH MORE CONTINUED SUCCESS to you – Michael, Christian, Daniel and J. Robert, we THANK YOU for producing this DVD and CD for all of us to enjoy whenever we want.
In closing this would not be complete without acknowledging the FABULOUS seven member band that accompany THE MIDTOWN MEN performance after performance. These men are truly talented in their own right and are certainly the best complement to The Midtown Men.
Can’t wait to receive our DVD and CD.
THANK YOU Michael, Christian, Daniel and J.Robert – YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!
Norene & John
PS Through my “magic mirror” I could see Audrey, Frank, Doreen, Anthony, Barbara, Pat, Bob, Tricia, Andie and Catherine in the audience…what fun!
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.
For more information about The Midtown Men, visit their website at http://themidtownmen.com/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/themidtownmen. For more information about Christian Hoff visit ChristianHoff.com and follow Christian Hoff on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHoff. Fans and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mrchristianhoff. For information about interviews with Christian Hoff, contact Kamatoy Media Group at (844) 526-2869 or email@example.com. Please provide media outlet, contact name with primary and backup numbers, and exact time (PST).
The moment we’ve all been waiting for!! The Midtown Men make their broadcast television debut this weekend with their May 28 NJPAC concert taped live for PBS.
Airing begins tonight with shows on local PBS stations in New York, New Jersey and Atlanta. Check out air dates throughout the country on the calendar below (listed in no partcicular order.) And keep checking your local PBS stations for air dates near you, or for changes in the schedules.
I enjoyed All the moments! Especially ALL the new songs we put in our special with all our new choreography. My wife who has done ten shows on Broadway said,”You all looked so good dancing together! You all looked and sounded amazing!” She was so impressed with the whole filming/concert experience. That is what I am most proud and pleased about is that my wife was so proud of All of Us! bobby
My apologies for taking so long to follow up on the NJPAC “pre-show” post! I received an email from a friend yesterday saying “NJPAC is still in our minds. It was such a great evening!!!!” And I believe she shares those thoughts with anyone who was there. There were so many amazing moments – new songs, new choreography (which the Men made look so easy!) fabulous lighting, Gene Cornish…I could go on and on, but instead, I’ll share some of the thoughts fans and a couple of the Men shared with me about the show itself. Enjoy, and feel free to add your own thoughts as comments here!
What a fabulous show! The Midtown Men are not only great singers but also great entertainers and showmen. The variety of their song selections is unbelievable…they can do that because they seamlessly switch off each other taking the lead on different songs. This is not some sort of retrospective show…this is great songs done with more flair than the original recordings. Pardon me for using a familiar cliché but there is no other way to describe it…oh what a night of entertainment it was. And to think we get to see it again on public television in a few months. David Cace
It was the absolute BEST show to date that we have seen!! They were dancing up a storm and doing some fantastic new songs from some of the girl groups of the 60′s that really rocked!! Daniel’s solo of “Cry For Me” was a show stopper, I love it every time he does it…and so did the audience! Michael’s new solo was great! Sounded a little gospel! Very cool! Christian’s solo is so heartfelt, his expressions just tell a story with every word he sings. Bobby’s solo is as soulful as you can get! They do everything so well, I could never pick a favorite! Just when I think I found one, I feel the same way about the next song! JoAnn C.
The show was amazing!! Beautiful venue, amazing lighting, and the guys were at their best— absolutely electric!! I loved the new music and choreography… great adds to the show. I‘m contacting my local PBS station and demanding they pick it up locally, as soon as it’s available!! Sandra P
So thrilled to be in the audience for such an exciting event for one of the best, most talented groups around, The Midtown Men!! Especially exciting to be there with my parents, and my daughter! Three generations all enjoying the same music. What an amazing night!
Hard to pick a favorite part of the evening, but some of the highlights, for me, were connecting with many other Midtown Men fans, dancing in my seat, leaping up for multiple standing ovations, and seeing Gene Cornish of The Rascals come out onto the stage to play harmonica during “Groovin” sung so beautifully! Awesome memory from a GREAT night! Tricia R
The show was great as always, and they just keep getting better & better. I love watching them dance! The best part of all is that they are the greatest guys and I am proud to call myself a fan!!! Donna G
It was … hysterical when (Daniel) was relaying his funniest moment and (he) made some mistakes and said “Oh well, they will edit that out anyway.” Then we go to Bobby who says “Well you messing up just now was my funniest moment.”
Not to simplify things but their concerts are so happy and uplifting. No matter what kind of a day you have had or what is going on in your world, you truly lose yourself in their performances. They have the ability to transport you to a place where there are only smiles. They don’t sing at you but they sing with you. The ability to include the audience in such a way is a unique gift. Cynthia B
During the filming, we just did our thing, no stops, no retakes, raw and real. The only difference was ten or more cameras rolling and three trucks outside capturing the excitement onstage and in the audience. So many of our fans and friends there celebrating with us like always. Christian
I wish i was in the front row, because you guys were so good that i would have come up on the stage! George
This was my 11th show. It was just as exciting as my first one…I just love them. Their concerts are always fantastic! My favorite song of the night was when Daniel sang “Cry For Me”. He has an outstanding voice! Of course all the other songs they sang were top notch also. Donna St. J
Who: Anyone interested in getting together before Wednesday night’s taped-for-television Midtown Men concert at NJPAC.
What: Pre-show gathering at the Tier 3 Cafe – offering a $22 buffet dinner and cash bar (buffet purchase is not required for attendance.)
When: Wednesday, May 28th, 6:00 to showtime – but it’s a “relaxed atmosphere,” so feel free to show up when you show up.
Where: Tier 3 Cafe is located inside New Jersey Performing Arts Center – concert ticket is not required for entrance to the Cafe.
How: Email me (Catherine) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join us or if you have any questions. Our numbers are at 40 and growing!
Come celebrate The Midtown Men, and prepare yourself for a roller-coaster ride of a show. “Oh What A Night” this will be!
By now you’ve probably heard that The Midtown Men’s May 28th performance at Prudential Hall will be taped as a concert special for public television, and that it will air in the NY metropolitan area starting in December!
Here’s a peek behind the camera at the creative team set to bring this fabulous show to living rooms across the nation.
The creative team will be led by Pierre & François Lamoureux, whose productions have earned stellar recognition: a Grammy, two Emmy, two Juno and two Gemini Awards.
The Lamoureux brothers have directed and/or produced PBS specials for Harry Connick, Jr., Judy Collins, Clay Aiken and Nikki Yanofsky, as well as the Front and Center series on PBS (Train, James Blunt, The Goo Goo Dolls, Christina Perri and The Avett Brothers to name a few.) Beyond PBS, Pierre and François have worked with The Who, Rush, Deep Purple, Ben Harper and many others.
Their gifted team has captured and lit the greats, from Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd to The Rolling Stones, U2 and even The Beatles (on their Anthology release) as well as many International MTV Awards Shows.
The gala concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Wednesday, May 28 will feature The Midtown Men, 4 stars from the Original Broadway Cast of the smash hit Jersey Boys. The celebration, hosted by NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, will be its first major benefit event.
Today, May 23, is the last day to take advantage of ticket discounts through Goldstar - click here to visit that page.
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