The Midtown Men – Rat Pack Meets “Mad Men”

• November 10, 2011 • Comments (2)

‘Life imitating art’

Midtown Men coming to The Whiting

BY AMANDA DURISH-COOK, The Burton View

 

Midtown Men singer Christian Hoff describes his band’s image as the Rat Pack meets “Mad Men.”

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The Midtown Men, which also consists of singers Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer, is a ’60s musical review that makes a stop at The Whiting on Saturday.

The band mates met while performing “Jersey Boys,” a Broadway musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, which earned Hoff, a husband and father of five, a Tony Award.

“I grew up in a musical household so we listened to everything from jazz to punk,” Hoff says, as he drives home from music class with his two daughters.  “When I was in high school, I really gravitated towards ’60s music.”

Hoff recalls that one of his first albums at age 9 was “Meet the Beatles.”  By the time he reached high school in the ’70s, Hoff says he was a decade behind his other peers in musical taste.

Today Hoff can indulge his natural inclination all he wants while touring with The MIdtown Men and singing hits from groups like The Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits and even Cream and Jimi Hendrix.  In addition to the four singers, the ensemble features a sevenpiece rhythm and horn section that can easily tackle the clean-cut doo-wop to psychedelic sounds.

“It’s so hard for us to pick songs because we’ve got a 90 minute show and a whole decade of music,” he says.

Hoff and his band mates sift through hours of music to come up with songs that will not only resonate with them but their all-ages audience.

“When we do a show, yeah the boomers are there, but so are their parents  and their kids. So sometimes there’s four generations celebrating the music with us,” Hoff says.

One of Hoff ’s favorite songs to perform — The Zombie’s “Time of the

perform — The Zombie’s “Time of the Season” — has had him in direct contact with the original band members.  The same goes when the band was working on perfecting The Turtle’s “Happy Together.”

Although The Midtown Men are dedicated to authenticity — they run a completely analog show without digital enhancements and even consult the original recording artists sometimes. Hoff insists that the group isn’t out to imitate the originals but make the songs their own.

“It’s sort of like life imitating art,” said Hoff. “ We’re now living the story we created on Broadway [with Jersey Boys].  We didn’t know this was going to be possible.”

With TV shows like Pan Am and artists like Adele on radio waves, the ’60s are once again enjoying a vogue moment.  The Midtown Men are experiencing the same success, and have just finished mastering an album of ’60s hits, available on iTunes.

“It was such a diverse time but such an amazing time. It’s trendy as well as timeless and it’s all relevant today,” remarks Hoff.

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2 comments on “The Midtown Men – Rat Pack Meets “Mad Men”

  1. I’m so happy I got a chance to see the midtown men with my mom and aunt!! I really hope and wish they continue touring because seeing them once just isn’t enough!!

    • Oh, Nicole, sounds like you have the fever…welcome to the club! Where did you see the Men? Did you get to meet them afterwards? Aren’t they wonderful. Hope you get the chance to see them again soon!

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