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Entries in Jersey Boys (3)

Saturday
Oct082016

Adam's Call: Michael Longoria's "Broadway Brick by Brick" celebration at Joe's Pub

Michael Longoria knocked me out unconscious at Joe's Pub a few weeks ago while celebrating the release of his CD Broadway Brick by Brick. I 've known of Michael's powerhouse voice for well over 10 years, especially after seeing him in Broadway's Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, but on this particular night, I was reminded of just how talented Michael Longoria is. Michel literally has a vocal range like no other! The sound that comes out of his mouth is unreal! He could sing the phone book and I would be mesmerized.

But it wasn't only the way Michael sang the songs off of Broadway Brick by Brick that captured my attention, it was also the stories behind the songs. Michael has had quite the ride getting to where he is. From humble beginnings in CA to coming to NYC at 17 with not much more than his suitcases to having a guardian angel help him attend NYU Tisch to finding success on Broadway and now with The Midtown Men.

Michael Longoria, Photo Credit: Kevin AlveyMichael Longoria performing at Joe's Pub, Photo Credit: Magda KatzEach song on Broadway Brick by Brick represents a time in Michael's life. While there are some songs I just love for the way Michael sings them like "Being Alive" and "The Sound of Music" or "Corner of the Sky," I now love certain songs more for the stories behind them such as "Maria," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "The Impossible Dream," and "Thank You For The Music." "Maria," was the first song Michael heard that made him go, "I want to be an actor." It was that song that propelled him to do whatever it took to make it, even if it meant leaving his family, much to their dismay, and moving to NYC at age 17 to pursue his dream. "The Impossible Dream" was the song Michael used to describe his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical Hairspray and how that moment solidified all his doubts and worries about making it on Broadway. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," which Michael performed in Jersey Boys was probably the most emotional story for me as it was the moment his dad came to see him in Jersey Boys and finally understood why Michael needed to leave home and go after his dream. It was a thrill for Michael to see his dad shouting his name from the audience. "Thank You For The Music" was the second most wonderful story because that song was dedicated to Michael's NYU teacher, who was like a guardian angel, helping him get into Tisch, studying, graduating, and encouraging him all the way to keep going after his dreams! 

Call Me Adam and Michael LongoriaMichael Longoria performing at Joe's Pub, Photo Credit: Magda KatzThere was not a moment in the show where the word "Wow" did not come out of my mouth. Each song was more impressive than the one before it. Michael has a true gift and how lucky are we that he is sharing it with the world not only through touring with The Midtown Men, but through this incredible album. He is such a dynamic performer I didn't want the concert to end!

Broadway Brick by Brick showcases Michael's talents perfectly! It capitalizes his strong vocal range, highlights his soulful voice, and captures his love for Broadway! I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Michael Longoria's Broadway Brick by Brick via Amazon or iTunes, but the next time Michael is performing live, I suggest you get your ticket sooner rather than later!

If you missed my interview with Michael about Broadway Brick by Brick you can read it here!

For more on Michael be sure to visit http://www.michaellongoria.com and follow him on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Sunday
Aug262012

The Midtown Men: Sixties Hits: Delights and Enchants

With their own spin on such hit tunes as "Happy Together," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry," and "California Dreamin'," The Midtown Men have released their debut CD, "Sixties Hits," which will delight baby boomers and enchant a new generation of listeners to these timeless songs!

Comprised of 4 original stars from the Tony Award winning musical "Jersey Boys," The Midtown Men are Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael LongoriaDaniel Reichard, and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer! On Broadway, these four guys rocked the stage in "Jersey Boys," but as The Midtown Men, they triumph! The formation of The Midtown Men reminds me of another legendary musical quartet, The Beatles! Like the Fab Four, the blending of their vocals and talents are golden. While each member has their own flair, it's their combined strengths that really make the music!

I love the mix of songs The Midtown Men have included on "Sixties Hits." My favorite tracks are "Can't Buy Me Love," "Happy Together," "Big Girls Don't Cry/Sherry," "California Dreamin'," and the Four Seasons' medley "Let's Hang On/Working My Way Back To You/Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." I gravitate to these songs in particular because I just love their rhythm and vibe and they also bring me back to a very fun time in my life, when I hosted my own '50s/'60s radio show in college.

The Midtown Men: J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, Christian HoffI think it's wonderful that Christian, Michael, Daniel, and J. Robert have teamed back up to bring this music to their allegiance of fans, both old and new! Separately, these four men are a sight to see, but when their "superpowers" are combined, the result is pure perfection! In the words of "Jem and the Holograms," "This is only the beginning" for The Midtown Men, cause like "Jem," they are "Truly Outrageous!"

For more information on The Midtown Men be sure to visit http://www.themidtownmen.com and follow them on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube!

Sunday
Jul152012

Flambe Dreams: Fun, Humorous, and Enjoyable

"Flambe Dreams" is a new musical comedy that was enjoyable to sit through. Written by Matthew Hardy and music by Randy Klein, "Flambe Dreams" is the story of "Joseph Christiansen," played by "Jersey Boys'" Jarrod Spector, who aspires to be a great Maitre d' like his father, played by Kevin B. McGlynn, who was tragically killed in a freak flamming Banana Foster accident. Wanting to pursue his dream, against the wishes of his mother, played by Tony Award nominee Catherine Cox, "Joseph" moves to New York in hopes of being a Maitre d' at Le Cirque, one of NYC's famous restaurants. Along the way, he meets "Gloria," a pharmacist at Duane Reade, played by Jillian Louis and "Desiree/Delicious Dish," played by the hilarious J. Elaine Marcos, most recently as the ping-pong poppin' "Cynthia" in Broadway's "Priscilla Queen of the Desert."

As "Joseph" pursued his dreams many lessons were learned along the way about life, love, lies, and parenting. I was very entertained during the show while being taught a few good lessons. In a very funny way, "Flambe Dreams" showed me what a parent will go through to protect her child from hurt, even when it may not be the best thing for him. It also showed what one person will endure to reach his dreams, even when it seems like they won't come true. It also highlighted what a few people would do to find love and how far they would go to get it.

The whole cast should be applauded for their comedic talents, though J. Elaine Marcos did steal the spotlight several times when on stage. She really utilizes her improv/stand-up comedy skills to bring her moments just that much further. Jarrod Spector and Jillian Louis were both very funny in the way they capitalized on their characters' neurosis. Catherine Cox was delightful playing "Joseph's" mother especially when she felt he was doing something he shouldn't be. Catherine found a way to embody the crazy of the mother. Kevin B. McGlynn shined in each of the characters he played: "Joe's" father, "River," the owner of "River's Holistic Tearoom," "Yashinoya," the owner of "Speedy Happy Noodle Shop and Internet Cafe, and "Emile," the head Maitre d' at Le Cirque. Kevin found a great way to make each character stand out in a hilarious way.

Overall the music was enjoyable. I particularly liked "Mr. Christiansen," "Helping Children," "Chatroom," "Table For One," "Lesions On Your Heart," "My Dream," "Letting Go," and "Everything You Long For." These songs really stuck out for me because they were either written with much wit or they really gave some insight to the character.

I hope this show has more of a life after NYMF. If it does, I might suggest trying to trim it down to just under 2 hours or re-work the ending because I did think the show was over after everyone sang "Everything You Long For," but then there was about another 10-15 minutes. Although, "Everything You Long For" would have been a fitting ending, but it was nice to see the actual ending, so maybe there is a way to smooth that out.

"Flambe Dreams" is fun, humorous, and enjoyable. The run is already sold-out but there is talk of a possible addition. Stay tuned to "Call Me Adam" to find out! "Flambe Dreams" has added one more performance: Friday, July 20 at 11pm! Click here for tickets!