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‘Jersey Boys’ Broadway Stars Serenade Atlanta as ‘The Midtown Men’

2014 January 22


Four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys will be performing the hits of the ’60s at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre this Sunday. Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer will sing their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, The Four Seasons, The Turtles and more.

Watching the stars of “Jersey Boys” was like watching Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Their voices and acting were phenomenal, so I expect no less from these stars. Their rendition of “Happy Together” sounds more like The Turtles than its lead singers Flo and Eddie did when the duo performed at Atlanta’s old Electric Ballroom in the late ‘70s.

Longoria, who created the role of Joey in the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys, would later star as Frankie Valli.

Reichard played the Four Seasons star composer Bob Gaudio, a role he created at the La Jolla Playhouse. He also played the title role in the New York City Opera’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.”

Spencer originated the role of Nick Massi in “Jersey Boys” and originated the role of Dan Goodman in the Broadway production of the rock musical “Next to Normal.”

Hoff starred in the original cast production as Tommy DeVito, one of the founding members of The Four Seasons and won a Tony Award for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical.” Hoff holds the world record for “Most Character Voices in an Audio Book” for “Tell Me How You Love the Picture,” based on the career of movie producer Ed Feldman. In it, he performs 241 separate voices, including Jack Lemmon, Eddie Murphy and Joan Crawford. No wonder The Midtown Men’s renditions of these ’60s hits sound so authentic.

The quartet performs Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

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