Direct from Broadway – the four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys reunite to harmonize the hits of the 1960’s: The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Motown Sound, and more. “Oh What a Night!”
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The Midtown Men
The Midtown Men
J. 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. Spencer has an 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 Curry 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. Spencer is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Shenandoah University.
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, Reichard 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, Reichard 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.
Michael Longoria is proud to be joining his fellow Broadway colleagues as The Midtown Men. Longoria 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 B.F.A. in drama. Longoria 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 U.S. 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.
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 more than 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 L.A. 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. Hoff 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 include 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, Hoff 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 and Town Hall as well as two appearances at Carnegie Hall. Hoff is a proud husband and father of five.
Hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s electric conductors,” Todd Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought after music directors working today. Currently music supervisor and conductor of the new Broadway production of An American in Paris, nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, his credits include Annie, Monty Python’s Spamalot - Best Musical Tony Award, La Cage aux Folles - Best Musical Revival Tony Award, 42nd Street - Best Revival Tony Award, Elton John’s Lestat, Michel Legrand’s Amour, The Wild Party, On The Town, Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker), How To Succeed (starring Matthew Broderick), She Loves Me, Taller than a Dwarf and A Class Act. He was the music director of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the famed Radio City Music Hall for several seasons. As Marvin Hamlisch’s music director, Ellison worked with him on his productions of Ballroom and The Nutty Professor, directed by Jerry Lewis. For City Center’s Encores!, he conducted their acclaimed version of On The Town and The Band Wagon. Internationally, he has conducted at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Dawn Upshaw and Jerry Hadley, The Dublin Film Orchestra, Radio City Christmas Spectacular-Mexico City, World Science Festival-Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall-Cole Porters’ “Jubilee.” He has conducted more than 20 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning cast albums of his shows. He has accompanied such stars as Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Tyne Daly, Bea Arthur, David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry and Kelsey Grammar. Born in Essex, Connecticut, Ellison began his piano lessons at age 6 and is a graduate of Boston University School of Music in piano performance.