The Midtown Men Set for Valentine Gala

Catherine • October 30, 2014 • Comments (0)

’If we’re going to entertain lets have a party, let everyone in the room have a party,’ and that’s what we try to do.

j. robert spencer

BY SUE BRICKEY
BLADE STAFF WRITER
(excerpts from article – click here to read in its entirety)

The elegant Valentine Theatre is the perfect setting for the sophisticated cool of The Midtown Men, who appear Saturday for the theater’s 16th annual fundraising gala.

The Midtown Men, clockwise from top: J. Robert Spencer, Daniel Reichard, Michael Longoria, and Christian Hoff

The quartet has that Rat Pack style, with skinny ties and well-tailored Hugo Boss or Ted Baker suits…They came to fame as Jersey Boys, but now audiences come out to see them solely as The Midtown Men, J. Robert Spencer said in a recent phone interview. “We’re fortunate enough to say this keeps us extremely happy and busy.”

 

Among Spencer’s favorite musical experiences is being flown out to San Francisco for a private birthday party that had a stellar entertainment lineup: the Midtown Men, Jason Mraz, and Bruno Mars. “Never in a million years did we think we would run into, or open for, Jason Mraz or Bruno Mars, but there we are, sitting and talking like musicians talk,” Spencer said. “Everybody’s got a story. No matter what you’re making or where you are on the Billboard charts, music gives a seamless connection to all artists.”

Spencer counts Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as influences. “They are iconic entertainers, and actors and entertainers love performing,” he said. “There’s something about that time that people connect with instantly, a time of carefree fun that [the performers] exuded, that ’If we’re going to entertain lets have a party, let everyone in the room have a party,’ and that’s what we try to do, from what we’ve learned from icons like that over the years.”

The Valentine Gala begins at 6 p.m. Saturday with cocktails and station dining in a tent on the Plaza and in the Grand Lobby, followed by the Midtown Men at 8 p.m. in the theater and dessert and dancing in the Grand Lobby.

 

Category: Concerts, J. Robert Spencer, Media

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

HTML tags are not allowed.