Friday, November 4, 2016
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Tickets: $35-$65 / Time: 7:30pm
“Authenticity is the core of this musical brotherhood… the Midtown Men sound as crisp as their Rat Pack-inspired suits!”-The New York Daily News
Escondido, CA — Friday, October 7, 2016 — The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is proud to present The Midtown Men, the original cast members of the critically acclaimed Broadway hit show “Jersey Boys,” on Friday, November 4, 2016 in the Concert Hall at 7:30 pm. This high-octane musical tour de force will showcase their self-titled debut album consisting of the best music of the 1960s with a modern twist featuring classics such as “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Oh What a Night!”. Audiences will experience The Midtown Men’s incredible chemistry on stage while celebrating the music that helped define a generation.
The Midtown Men are comprised of Tony® Award winner and San Diego native Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony® Award nominee J. Robert Spencer. Their first album, The Midtown Men: Sixties Hits, received high praises and garnered five-star album reviews across iTunes. The Midtown Men have teamed up with super producer Steven Van Zandt and members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band for their debut radio single, “All Alone On Christmas.” As the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show, The Midtown Men have appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” ABC’s “The Chew” and NBC’s “Access Hollywood Live”.
Each performer in The Midtown Men is a bright star in their own right. Please see the individual bios for each singer below, and interviews and hi-res images are available upon request.
Highlights of The Midtown Men
Christian Hoff is thrilled to reunite with The Midtown Men. He won a Tony Award for his performance as Tommy DeVito in “Jersey Boys”, as well as Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. He was named, “The Master of Mimicry” by Entertainment Weekly when his voicing of over 200 characters surpassed the audio book world record and was named Audio Book of The Year. His voice-over career was launched as the voice of Richie Rich in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series. Favorite stage roles include King Herod in the national revival tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Governor Hugh Dorsey in the Los Angeles revival of “Parade,” the Original LA cast of “Evita,” 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 winning “The Who’s Tommy.” He recorded Grammy winning cast albums for both “Jersey Boys” and “The Who’s Tommy” with famed Beatles producer George Martin. Christian has appeared on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” portrayed D.A. Richard Blackman on ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” federal prosecutor Thomas Grady on NBC’s “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and the recurring role of Marty on ABC’s “All My Children.” Other credits: “Encino Man,” “Star Trek IV,” “Honor Thy Mother,” “In Love and War,” “From The Dead of Night,” “Rockadoodle,” “21 Jump Street,” “ER,” “JAG,” “Party of Five,” “Millennium,” “The Commish,” “Beverly Hills 90210,″ and celebrity guest appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show,” “Regis,” “The Late Show,” “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve” and “Jeopardy.” In the acclaimed festival film “Bad Dog and Superhero,” Christian sings and performs the entire original film score. He has enjoyed solo performances in New York City’s Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, Metropolitan Room, BB Kings, Town Hall as well as two appearances at Carnegie Hall. Christian is a proud husband and father of five.
Michael Longoria is proud to be joining his fellow Broadway colleagues as The Midtown Men. Michael is best known for his celebrated turn on Broadway as Frankie Valli in the Tony Award Winning musical “Jersey Boys.” Hollywood born and Broadway bound, Longoria trained at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, then headed east to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned himself a BFA in Drama. Michael made his Broadway debut in the smash hit musical “Hairspray” (2003 Tony Award for Best Musical), later creating the role of Joey in the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys” (2006 Tony Award for Best Musical) before taking over the role of Frankie Valli and taking his career to new heights beginning with performing solo 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 US Open and the “America’s Got Talent”, season nine finale with Susan Boyle and Shakira. His journey recently led him back to Atlantic City with feature performance in “That’s Life! with Joe Piscopo” at Caesar’s. Other theatrical credits include Peter Pan in “Peter Pan & Wendy” at the Prince Music Theater, for which he earned a Barrymore Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical; Chino in “West Side Story” at the Walnut Street Theatre; Mark in “A Chorus Line” at Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center; and Chuck in “Avenue X” at the Abe Burrows Theater. In Europe, he performed the role of Paul in the German Tour of “A Chorus Line”, and Baby John in “West Side Story” at the famed Teatro alla Scala-Milan. 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 honored to join musical forces once again with The Midtown Men. Daniel, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is best known for his portrayal of chief songwriter and 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 along with colleagues Christian Hoff and J. Robert Spencer. He followed the success of “Jersey Boys” with a critically acclaimed performance as Candide in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” at the New York City Opera. After graduating with a BFA from the University of Michigan, Daniel made his New York City debut with the original cast of the world-famous “Forbidden Broadway: 20th Anniversary Celebration”. His signature style and talent paved the way to starring roles in New York City and across the country, including his triumphant portrayal of artist and social activist Keith Haring in “Radiant Baby” at Joe Papp’s Public Theater; Man in “The Thing About Men,” whose original cast album he also appears on; and Emmet in the world premiere of the musical version of Jim Henson’s “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas” at the Goodspeed Opera House. A gifted pianist and concert singer, Daniel has had sold-out engagements at New York City’s Joe’s Pub, Metropolitan Room, Ars Nova and repeat appearances at 54 Below. Other concert appearances include Symphony Space, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, BB Kings, Town Hall, Triad Theater, Firebird and the Cutting Room, as well as guest appearances with the Arkansas and Grand Rapids Symphonies. He can be seen as Frankie in the 20th anniversary film version of the international hit musical-comedy “Forever Plaid.”
- Robert Spencer is excited to return to making music with The Midtown Men. A Tony Award Nominated Actor, Independent Film Director, Producer, and Writer, he originated the role of Nick Massi in the Tony and Grammy Award winning “Jersey Boys”. He also originated the role of Dan Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical “Next To Normal,” for which he received nominations for both the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, and Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. He has voiced two animated features: “Nightmare Campus” and the critically acclaimed, award winning “Grave of the Fireflies.” His portrayal as a psychopathic killer named Bob in the independent feature film “Night of the Dog” earned him a Best Supporting Actor Nomination at the SMMASH Film Festival. The film won Audience Awards for “Best Feature Film” at Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, SMMASH and PBIFF. J. Robert’s independent film company 7 Spencer Productions, with which he produced, wrote, starred and directed the comedy “Farm Girl In New York”. The film was featured on “The Today Show” with Ann Currey and Al Roker, and was the official selection of the Sacramento International Film Festival (Nominated for Best Comedy and Best Actress,) as well as Big Apple, Atlanta, Buffalo Niagara, and Seattle True Independent Film Festivals, distributed by Maverick Entertainment. He recently produced and starred in his second independent feature titled “Heterosexuals.” With Wood Media Films, he executive produced an environmental documentary titled “On Coal River,” an official selection of Silverdocs, Camden, Hamptons, Chesapeake and New Orleans Film Festivals. Through Sony Masterworks, he appeared with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in PBS’s “Handel’s Messiah Rocks,” for which he was Nominated for a Midwest Emmy Award for Best On Camera Performance by a Leading Actor. J. Robert is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Shenandoah University.
About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
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