FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UTAH SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES SPECIAL HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE WITH THE MIDTOWN MEN CROONING YULETIDE CLASSICS
Featuring original cast members from Broadway’s “Jersey Boys”
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (July 12, 2017) – The Utah Symphony today announced a special performance of Holiday Hits with The Midtown Men on December 12, 2017 at Abravanel Hall. The group with four original cast members from Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” will croon yuletide classics such as "Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," as well as their signature renditions of the greatest rock and roll hits of the 1960s. Tickets, priced from $29 to $85 go on sale at 10 AM on Friday, July 14 and are available for purchase at my.usuo.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=18474 or by calling (801) 533-6683.
Hailed as “a talented and personable group of singers who present a fun and nostalgic evening of classic 60s music” by the “Maryland Theater Guide,” The members of Midtown Men – Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer – joined together after their performances in the original cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, “Jersey Boys.”
Christian Hoff 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. Mr. Hoff has performed extensively throughout America, including roles in “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “The Who’s Tommy,” to name a few. He recorded Grammy Award-winning cast albums for both “Jersey Boys” and “The Who’s Tommy” with famed producer for The Beatles, George Martin. Mr. Hoff has also graced the stage in solo performances, including repeated solo turns at Carnegie Hall.
Michael Longoria, best known for his star turn on Broadway as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys,” joins his co-stars from the original cast. Mr. Longoria made his Broadway debut in the smash hit musical “Hairspray,” later creating the role of Joey in the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys.” He earned a Barrymore Award nomination for Best Actor as Chino in “West Side Story.”
Daniel Reichard originated the role of chief songwriter and original Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio in “Jersey Boys” both on Broadway and in the La Jolla Playhouse premiere. He followed “Jersey Boys” with a critically-acclaimed performance as the title role in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” at New York City Opera. Mr. Reichard can also be seen as Frankie in the 2009 film version of the international hit musical comedy “Forever Plaid.”
J. Robert Spencer is a Tony Award-nominated actor, independent film director, producer, and writer. Spencer originated the role of Nick Massi in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.” He was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor and nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his role of Dan Goodman in “Next to Normal.” Along with his extensive performing career, Spencer can be seen and heard on DVD and CD through Sony Masterworks, where he has been nominated for multiple awards including a nomination for a Midwest Emmy Award.
Utah Symphony presents
Holiday Hits with the Midtown Men
December 12, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Christian Hoff, vocalist
Daniel Reichard, vocalist
J Robert Spencer, vocalist
Michael Longoria, vocalist
Program includes: “All Alone on Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow,” “All I Want for Christmas,” “Christmas Waltz,” “The Christmas Song,” “This Christmas,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Baby Please Come Home,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony performs more than 175 concerts each season and offers all Utahns easy access to world-class live musical performances of the world’s greatest music in the state’s top venues. Since being named the orchestra’s seventh music director in 2009, Thierry Fischer has attracted leading musicians and top soloists, refreshed programming, drawn increased audiences, and galvanized community support. In addition to numerous regional and domestic tours, including the Mighty 5® Tour of Utah’s National Parks, the Utah Symphony has embarked on seven international tours and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016 coinciding with the orchestra’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The Utah Symphony has released more than 100 recordings, including, most recently, two albums for Reference Recordings: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Dawn to Dust, which features three Utah Symphony-commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas. With its many subscription, education, and outreach concerts and tours, the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation. For more information visit https://www.utahsymphony.org
Season Sponsor for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; Masterworks Series Sponsor is O.C. Tanner; Entertainment Series Sponsor is Zions Bank; Family Series Sponsor is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation; and Guest Conductor Sponsor is The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation.