The Midtown Men Help Stage Special Valentine Surprise

• February 16, 2014 • Comments (0)

Valentine’s proposal takes center stage at Paramount

By Denise Crosby, Aurora Beacon News

Ann Briggs and Andy Hotaling celebrate with The Midtown Men Friday night after Hotaling surprised Briggs with a wedding proposal on stage.

The audience that packed the Paramount Theatre in Aurora Friday night to hear the Midtown Men perform the greatest hits of the 1960s got a special Valentine’s Day surprise.

No one was more taken aback, however, than 57-year-old Ann Briggs of Addison, when she was called up on stage during the second half of the performance.

With the four original cast members of the Tony Award-winning “Jersey Boys” surrounding her, Briggs’ boyfriend pulled out a diamond ring and asked her to marry him.

“You are the wind beneath my sails,” Andy Hotaling told the obviously “shocked” Briggs before making her his fiancé in front of 1,800 delighted theatergoers.

Hotaling, a 67-year-old pediatric surgeon at Loyola Medical Center, had planned the surprise weeks in advance by calling Midtown Men managers to see if the critically-acclaimed quartet would be willing to play along.

And they were more than delighted to help stage the surprise.

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