Celebration is a way of life for The Midtown Men.
“We celebrate every time we get on stage,” said Daniel Reichard, a member of The Midtown Men, a group of four singers who performed together in “Jersey Boys” on Broadway. “We celebrate the great decades of music. We celebrate our friendship. And we celebrate performing together for an audience. It’s a calling for us.”
The Midtown Men, which includes Reichard, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and J. Robert Spencer, will appear for two shows on Feb. 14 at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.
The quartet has been celebrating on the road for nearly four years. The group started while they were still performing in “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The four singers would entertain at numerous charity events, but since they were contractually obligated to not perform any songs from “Jersey Boys,” the foursome decided to perform the songs of other groups like The Beach Boys, The Beatles and The Everly Brothers.
Backed by a seven-piece band, the Paramount concert also will feature the hits of The Turtles and The Mamas and The Papas, among others. And, with no more contractual restrictions, they will perform songs by The Four Seasons.
“We take great pride in singing The Four Seasons’ songs,” said Reichard, who portrayed Bob Gaudio in “Jersey Boys” on Broadway. “Many people did not get to see us on Broadway. We are sharing the magic that we experienced on Broadway with new audiences.”
All four members of The Midtown Men performed in the original Broadway production of “Jersey Boys.” Reichard did the show for two years and three months for about 1,000 performances. The others performed in “Jersey Boys” for three years for about 1,300 shows.
As The Midtown Men, the quartet has performed more than 300 times together.
“Over the past 3½ years of touring together we’ve never missed a concert,” Reichard said. “We have great reverence for it. If someone does not feel well, we are like a team, we pick up the slack.”
Reichard is pleased with The Midtown Men’s progression as a touring act.
“On stage we are dancing and singing; and we are freer and more energetic.” He said. “It is more of a passion. In ‘Jersey Boys,’ it was all about control in the roles we were playing. With The Midtown Men, we’re letting go of that control.
“When we started we were singing at charities and theater galas,” Reichard continued. “Then we grew into casinos and performing arts centers. We keep trying to one-up ourselves. Our life as a touring concert act is ever growing. Last year we performed with four major symphonies.
“This year we will do 13 symphony engagements. We want to make the experience of being in The Midtown Men as full a life as possible. It has been a broad and rich experience. As a man and an artist, it has exceeded the incredible adventure of being in ‘Jersey Boys.’”