The Midtown Men – “A Class Act Through and Through”

• November 24, 2015 • Comments (0)

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.

The Midtown Men, from left -Michael Longoria, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer - sing for an audience at Hutchinson's Historic Fox Theatre on Nov. 19. Photo Courtesy of Bob Hunter

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.

Category: Concerts, Media

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