The Midtown Men join Grand Rapids Symphony for 1960s Hits

• January 14, 2014 • Comments (0)

The Midtown Men, who starred in the original Broadway production of “Jersey Boys,” join the Grand Rapids Symphony for hit songs from the 1960s on Jan. 17-19, 2014 in DeVos Performance Hall.

The Midtown Men, l to r: J. Robert Spencer, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk for MLive.com – to read the article in its entirety, click here.

 

The Midtown Men join the Grand Rapids Symphony this weekend for its Pops Series in DeVos Performance Hall.

“I think people of all generations wish they could have been there to actually experience the ‘60s, because the ‘60s were so monumental, both musically and politically,” said (J. Robert) Spencer, a Tony Award-nominee who played Massi in “Jersey Boys.”

“You can understand the words, the passion and the meaning of the music, and the main message of that time, which was love,” Spencer said.

Along with crooning the Four Season’s biggest hits, The Midtown Men also apply their soaring falsetto singing to music by The Beatles and Motown groups.

Matching suits, slicked-back hair and choreographed dance moves accompany chart-topping ‘60s hits including such Four Seasons hits as “Dawn (Go Away)” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.

Guest conductor Sarah Hicks, principal pops conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, who also has worked by artists including Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson and Sting, leads the Grand Rapids Symphony and vocal quartet through such songs as The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love,” The Turtles’ “Happy Together,” and The Zombies’ “Time of the Season.”

Midtown Men includes (Michael) Longoria, who starred as Valli in “Jersey Boys,” and (Daniel) Reichard, a graduate of the University of Michigan, who played Gaudio in the Broadway show.

The Four Seasons throughout the 1960s enjoyed a reputation as clean-cut boys who wore suits and ties and sang songs about falling in love with nice girls.

… “Jersey Boys,” which weaves the Four Season’s songs into the tumultuous tale of their own roughneck-to-record success, has toured more than once to Grand Rapids, most recently last October, attracting audiences of all ages.

It’s not hard to see why, according to (Christian) Hoff, who starred as DeVito in “Jersey Boys,” winning a Tony Award for his performance.

“The quality and diversity of sound and storytelling in these songs represents many generations,” he said.

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Grand Rapids Symphony
What: Pops Series with The Midtown Men
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
Where: DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW
Tickets: $18-$90
Visit Ticketmaster or call 800-982-2787

Category: Concerts, Media

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