The Midtown Men Thrill in Dubuque

• May 19, 2012 • Comments (1)
“It was a testament from these four musical ambassadors — the uplifting power of truly great music performed by truly great talent never fades.”
This is what Midtown Men fans love to hear:  a reporter who GETS IT, just as we do.  Oh What A Night it was in Dubuque!

Midtown Men croon at the Mississippi Moon

The foursome treats 2 sold-out audiences to a nostalgic trip back to the hits of the 1960s.

 BY MEGAN GLOSS, Telegraph Herald staff writer

It was a night of sweet nostalgia and a groove down memory lane as the soaring sounds of four-part harmony, ’60s-styled, filled every crevice of the Mississippi Moon Bar on Friday, sending chills through the crowd.

The Midtown Men Michael Longoria (from left), Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer perform one of their two concerts Friday night at the Diamond Jo Casino's Mississippi Moon Bar

The Midtown Men took the stage for two sold-out performances, featuring high-energy and more crooning hits than one might think possible to pack into an hour-and-a-half show.

The Midtown Men reunites the four original stars from Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” — Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer — who performed alongside one another for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The hit juke-box musical opened in 2005 and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

While the show told the story of The Four Seasons and heavily featured the music of the famed quartet, The Midtown Men’s performance — now in its second year of touring the country — served as a musical smorgasbord of ’60s vocal groups, with a sprinkle of casual humor, favorite memories from “Jersey Boys” and stories of their most recent stints on the road.

The audience was made up primarily of those who grew up with the music of the ’60s.

From the show’s opening medley, “Let’s Hang On,” “Working My Way Back to You” and “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” to soul-inspired Motown renditions and the sing-along encore, “Oh, What a Night,” the four singers effortlessly transitioned from tune to tune, letting their voices and tight harmonization bask in the warm glow of the limelight.

“During ‘Jersey Boys,’ we naturally fell in love with the greatest decade of music,” Spencer said, accompanied by bursts of cheers and applause. “Back stage, in the dressing room, we started working out the harmonies to our favorite groups from the ’60s until it gave birth to a show of our own. We’re having the time of our lives.”

The foursome really shined on The Four Seasons selections, “Dawn,” “Candy Girl,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Sherry,” each featuring Longoria’s high soaring vocals, channeling Frankie Valli. His voice also was well-suited for a young Michael Jackson on the Jackson 5 hit, “I Want You Back.”

Patrons treated the group to a standing ovation and were singing in the aisles after the show, grinning from ear to ear.

It was a testament from these four musical ambassadors — the uplifting power of truly great music performed by truly great talent never fades.

Category: Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, Media, Michael Longoria, The MEN, The MUSIC

One comment on “The Midtown Men Thrill in Dubuque

  1. Melissa on said:

    Another great review!! The whole country is finding out what we have known for a long time 🙂

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