Arizona Musicfest will present “The Midtown Men, The Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys,” who The New York Times described as having “the air of the Rat Pack, Motown and a nightclub act all rolled into one,” tonight, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale.
Tickets are $34 to $76 and can be purchased at www.azmusicfest.org or at the door.
Tony Award winner Christian Hoff (Tommy DeVito in “Jersey Boys”), Tony nominated J. Robert Spencer (Nick Massi), Michael Longoria (Frankie Valli) and Daniel Reichard (Bob Gaudio) celebrate the songs of the ’60s in a high-octane musical tour de force. The New York Daily News wrote that “The Midtown Men sound as crisp as their Rat Pack-inspired suits. Their voices blend together so flawlessly on stage.”
The concert is the final performance of Arizona Musicfest’s first-ever Fall Fest, the opening series of the 2016-17 Musicfest Festival season which continues Jan. 27 with Grammy Award-winning trumpet sensation Chris Botti and runs through March 10 when “Decades of Divas: From Billie and Aretha to Celine and Barbra” closes the season.
The Midtown Men will reprise hits of one of rock-and-roll’s greatest eras with memory-generating tunes from “Dawn,” “Candy Girl” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” to “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Happy Together” and “Up On the Roof,” among many others.
Hoff, who won Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards for his performance of DeVito, also has voiced more than 200 characters, including Richie Rich in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series.
Longoria, best known for his performance as Valli, also appeared in the season nine finale of “America’s Got Talent.”
Reichard, who originated the role of Four Seasons member Guadio on Broadway, followed Jersey Boys with a critically acclaimed performance as Candide in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” at the New York City Opera.
In addition to his Tony-nominated performance as Massi in “Jersey Boys,” Spencer is an independent film director, producer and writer and was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of “Next to Normal.”
The 26th annual Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival will feature special guests including legendary multiple Grammy Award-winning Manhattan Transfer, vocal powerhouse Cantus, world renowned classical violinist Midori, Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples and Grammy winner Patti Austin with The Festival Orchestra celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. Musicfest also produces “Pagliacci,” its first-ever concert opera featuring the Festival Orchestra and stars from the Metropolitan Opera.
Featuring a range of musical genres from classical, jazz, bluegrass, Broadway, pop and folk as well as tributes to legendary acts, Arizona Musicfest’s full Winter Festival line-up can be found, along with more information, at www.azmusicfest.org.