Great songs and powerful voices define the group "The Four Seasons", whose songs and voices also propelled the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" to smash hit status. Now, some of the musical's original cast members have formed their own music group. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
The musical "Jersey Boys" was a surprise hit on Broadway and a musical juggernaut around the world. Now, four of its original cast members are surprising audiences again touring the country as "The Midtown Men," only this time Tony Award winner Christian Hoff and Tony Award nominees J. Robert Spencer, Daniel Reichard, and Michael Longoria are doing it their way.
"When I sing the Frankie Valley music now I put in my own sound to it, so ya know it sounds like a more contemporized version of what I did on Broadway because on Broadway you know you have a musical director saying do it like this, put more [sound] in your nose or whatever, and now we just get to do it our own way," says Longoria.
It was the chemistry and camaraderie the four shared on stage during "Jersey Boys" that led to the creation of "The Midtown Men" back in 2007.
"After the guys and I left the show we kept getting asked to sing together, and these performances kept stacking on top of each other. After after a while we had a show," recalls Reichard.
They went on the road about three years ago and have been playing to sell-out crowds since, doing their favorite 60's hits by of course the Four Seasons, but also Motown, the Beatles and more. It's a new lucrative business model that they expect other Broadway performers to try and follow.
"You know, they used to tell us when we were in 'Jersey Boys', 'You never sounded that good.' And now that we've started our own band, it's blown their mind again," says Hoff.
For tour dates and more, visit www.midtownmen.com and www.mayoarts.org.