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"The Midtown Men" four singing sensations from the original cast of "Jersey Boys" deliver a blast from the past with music from the 1960's to close Pacific Symphony's 2012-13 Pops Season
May 22, 2013
Proclaimed by The Calgary Sun to be “ambassadors of the ’60s,” the four stars of The Midtown Men bring their Broadway talent, top-shelf choreography and unique onstage chemistry to Pacific Symphony for the final concert of the 2012-13 Pops season, led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman. Taking the world by storm as the original cast of the jukebox musical and Broadway hit “Jersey Boys,” the talented quartet reunites as The Midtown Men to perform favorite 1960s hits from not only The Four Seasons, but also The Beatles, Motown and more, all backed by the lush sounds of the full symphony orchestra. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer share their old-school singing style in a one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ’60s. The concert takes place Thursday through Saturday, June 13-15, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $35-$185; for more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
“Authenticity is the core of this musical brotherhood... The Midtown Men sound as crisp as their Rat Pack-inspired suits.” —NY Daily News
“It will be exciting to have these four performers on our stage after doing ‘Jersey Boys’ together on Broadway,” says Maestro Kaufman. “And having Pacific Symphony right behind them will be an amazing experience for all of us as well.”
During their time in the mega-hit musical “Jersey Boys,” these four artists shared the stage for more than 1,000 performances and delighted television audiences with appearances on “Today,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.” Since forming in 2007, The Midtown Men have reached a national audience performing coast to coast in 77 cities this season. Keeping the music of the ’60s alive and fresh, their self-titled debut album “The Midtown Men: Sixties Hits” was met with critical acclaim and garnered five-star album reviews across iTunes. Many of the songs from this hit album are performed in the evening’s concert including such iconic 1960s singles as, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Up on the Roof” and “Time of the Season.” Other exciting highlights include “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “California Dreamin’” and “Happy Together.” “The music of the ’60s takes us back to a simpler, more innocent time,” says Kaufman. “The melodies are wonderful, and the lyrics are all about love. It’s a chance to get away from our stress-filled world of today and have a great time listening to some of America’s most memorable songs. It’s all about fun!
“In the ’60s, singers were starting to use more than just a rhythm section on their recordings,” he continues. “Strings, woodwinds, harps...these all became part of the background in some of the most memorable songs ever recorded. Having these arrangements played by Pacific Symphony will make the instrumental sounds even more vivid and wonderful.”
Christian Hoff won a Tony Award for his performance as Tommy DeVito in “Jersey Boys,” as well as a Drama Desk Award, a Drama League Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. He was named “The Master of Mimicry” by Entertainment Weekly. His voice-over accomplishments have earned him notable success including Foreword Magazine’s 2008 Audio Book of The Year, when his voicing of over 200 characters surpassed the audio book world record. As the voice of Richie Rich in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, his voice-over career was launched and continues today with numerous audio books, television and radio campaigns. Theatrical highlights include the roles of Frank-n-Furter in the Los Angeles production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” King Herod in the national revival tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Governor Hugh Dorsey in the Los Angeles revival of “Parade,” George M. Cohan in “George M!,” Will Rogers in “The Will Rogers Follies,” Huck in “Big River,” and his Broadway debut in the Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning “The Who’s Tommy.”
Michael Longoria is best known for his star turn on Broadway as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys.” He made his Broadway debut in the smash hit musical “Hairspray” (2003 Tony Award for Best Musical), and later created the role of Joey in the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys” before taking over the role of Frankie Valli. This took his career to new heights beginning with a solo performance for hundreds of thousands of fans in Times Square for “Broadway on Broadway.” He went on to numerous performances on television, including Broadway “Under the Stars: A Tribute to Harold Prince,” The U.S. Open and “America’s Got Talent” season nine finale with Susan Boyle and Shakira. His journey recently led him back to Atlantic City with feature performances in “That’s Life!” with Joe Piscopo at Caesar’s. As a singer-songwriter, Longoria has shared his one-of-a-kind talent at such venues as New York City’s CB’s Gallery, Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, The Knitting Factory and Caroline’s on Broadway.
Daniel Reichard is best known for his portrayal of original Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio in the box-office smash “Jersey Boys,” a role he originated both on Broadway and in the La Jolla Playhouse premiere. He followed “Jersey Boys” with a critically acclaimed performance as the title character in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” at the New York City Opera. His talent paved the way to starring roles in New York City and beyond, including his portrayal of artist/social activist Keith Haring in “Radiant Baby” at Joe Papp’s Public Theater; “Man in The Thing About Men”; and Emmet in the world premiere of the musical version of Jim Henson’s “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas” at the Goodspeed Opera House. As a concert singer, Reichard has had sold-out engagements at New York City’s Joe’s Pub, Metropolitan Room and Ars Nova. Other concert appearances include Symphony Space, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, BB Kings, Town Hall, Firebird and the Cutting Room. He can be seen as Frankie in the 2009 film version of the hit musical comedy “Forever Plaid.”
J. Robert Spencer is a Tony Award-nominated actor, independent film director, producer and writer. In 2004, he originated the role of Nick Massi in “Jersey Boys,” and in 2008, he originated the role of Dan Goodman in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of “Next To Normal,” and nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor and for a 2008-09 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. In 2004, Spencer appeared as a psychopathic killer in the independent feature film “Night of the Dog.” The role earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Smmash Film Festival, and the film won Audience Awards for best feature film at Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, Smmash and PBIFF film festivals. In 2005, he began his independent film company, 7 Spencer Productions, for which he produced his first feature, “Farm Girl in New York.” The film was featured on “Today” and selected for the Sacramento International Film Festival (nominated for Best Comedy and Best Actress), Big Apple, Atlanta Film, Buffalo Niagara and the Seattle True Independent film festivals.
As the Pops season comes to a close, Kaufman reflects: “It’s been a great season of music and terrific performers, many who have made their Pacific Symphony Pops debut. Most of all, it’s been another season where our audiences have been able to experience the awesome talents of our orchestra. I’m sure that anyone who heard the orchestra in concert this past season is already looking forward to the coming season, and more exciting and superb performances from one of America’s great orchestras, Pacific Symphony.”
The Symphony’s 2013-14 Pops season includes Michael Cavanagh singing songs of Elton John and more, Christmas with LeAnn Rimes, Valentine’s Day with Burt Bacharach, Michael McDonald, Cirque de la Symphonie and rock band America, plus “Night at the Copa” featuring guests to be announced. Subscriptions are on sale now; single tickets are available August 18.
“The Midtown Men” are not a performance of or affiliated with the show ‘Jersey Boys.’”
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