Call Redialed: NEW Michael Longoria Interview: "Like They Do In The Movies" CD
Michael Longoria is getting ready to release his third solo album, Like They Do In The Movies. I have been a fan of Michael’s since seeing him on Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys. I was lucky enough to get an advanced listen of Like They Do In The Movies, and this album is his best to date!
Like They Do In The Movies features 16 iconic songs from movies you love! It also boasts the debut of an original song written by Michael (arranged by James Dobinson).
Michael has taken every song on this album and truly made them his own. You would think they were written just for him. I can normally pick three or four top songs, but on this album, every song is my favorite!
Michael will be celebrating the release of Like They Do In The Movies with concerts in New York City and San Francisco.
New York City will be on Thursday, October 10 at 9:30pm at The Green Room 42 (570 10th Ave, on the 4th floor of the Yotel). Click here for tickets!
San Francisco will be on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00pm at Feinstein’s at the Nikko (222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102). Click here for tickets!
1. This October you are releasing your third studio album, Like They Do In The Movies, a romantic album featuring your favorite songs from the silver screen. The lead song, "Kiss Me (Like They Do In The Movies)", is the album's only original song which you wrote. What was your favorite part of writing this song? What was the most challenging? My favorite part was discovering the different colors of the story in the song as it unfolded and evolved. The melody came first and the idea of kissing someone like you would if you were in the last row of a movie theater came next. That passionate and in the dark as the credits roll kind of kiss.
The most challenging was being so personal about what I was going though in real life through the lyrics of the song.
2. What song was the first one you knew just had to be on this album? “In Your Eyes” from the movie Say Anything. Peter Gabriel sang this originally and something about the lyric makes me long for that movie type romance. It makes me nostalgic and hopeful for the future at the same time.
3. Which song was the most fun to record? “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from Mannequin.
This song has always had a special place in my heart. It also reminds me of a special time in life when I saw this movie as a little boy. I remember movies being so magical then. This song is super hopeful too, which is a great way to end the album.
4. Which was was the most difficult? Why did it give you so much trouble? “I Will Always Love You.”
I went back and forth on this one. It’s such an iconic song that I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it my own. I kept putting it off in the recording process. But when I was experiencing a major breakup of my own, I decided to let that be the day that I went into the studio and record the vocals for that song. The melody became authentic to my own experience which made this version unique and truly my own.
5. If you could get kissed by anyone Like They Do In The Movies, who would you want to be kissed by? Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic!
6. What movie have you lingered at the credits to steal a kiss in the glow of the big screen? I had a special moment after La La Land. That music was super romantic in that film.
These next few questions are playing off of the song titles.
7. "My Heart Will Go On" - How does your heart go on after suffering heartache? Allow yourself to hurt, knowing that many lessons are learned in moments of heartache.
8. "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" - "When you get caught between the Moon and New York City," what do you enjoy doing most in the city that never sleeps? My favorite thing lately is taking a romantic stroll in the village arm and arm with a cutie who wants to get to know me. Something about that area, where the streets get all jumbled, is super sexy, and you have to rely on your date to find the way back to a normal street.
9. "Unchained Melody" - Have you ever re-enacted the pottery scene from Ghost? If so, where did you re-create it? No, but that’s a hot idea, until the clay starts to harden on your fingers. I thought it would be fun to sing that song while trying to make a piece of pottery on stage, but then I thought that would totally distract from the beauty of the lyric. A song about longing and hunger for that love that only one person can give to you.
10. "Evergreen" - Who's love has been "soft like an easy chair and fresh as the morning air"? Do they still make easy chairs? I always thought that lyric was super specific. This is Barbra Streisand’s song from the movie A Star Is Born. Most new love is fresh as the morning air. You wake up excited about the day because this fresh romance is blossoming. Having that kind of love in your life can make your day soar like the melody in this song.
More on Michael:
Michael Longoria is best known for his star turn on Broadway as “Frankie Valli” in the Tony Award Winning Musical Jersey Boys. In 2016, Michael's solo debut Broadway album, Broadway Brick By Brick, reached #2 on the iTunes Vocal Album Chart. Michael’s second solo studio album, Merry Christmas Darling, was released in November of 2018 to critical acclaim.
Currently starring in The Midtown Men concert tour and Meet The Midtown Men (a live concert/documentary for PBS), Michael is crooning across the world in a rock concert celebrating the 60s. Their self-titled debut album, THE MIDTOWN MEN: Sixties Hits was met with critical acclaim and was followed by their first radio single “All Alone On Christmas” with producer Steven Van Zandt and backed by members of The E Street Band.
Michael began his career with theatrical credits including Peter Pan & Wendy at the Prince Music Theater (Barrymore Award nomination for Best Actor in a musical), West Side Story at the Walnut Street Theatre, A Chorus Line at Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center and Avenue X at the Abe Burrows Theater. Internationally; Michael appeared in West Side Story at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and A Chorus Line in Munich. Michael made his Broadway debut in the smash hit musical Hairspray (2003 Tony award for Best Musical), later creating the role of “Joey” in the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award for Best Musical) before taking over the role of “Frankie Valli.” In 2017, Michael created the role of “Freddy” in the original Off-Broadway cast of The View UpStairs and can be heard on the original cast album. He has appeared on television as the lead vocalist for Cirque du Soleil on the Season 9 Finale of America's Got Talent, Broadway Under The Stars: A Tribute To Harold Prince, the Opening Ceremonies at The U.S. Open and as animated characters on Dora the Explorer. Michael also appeared in the documentary film One Night Stand.
As a headlining solo concert artist, Michael has appeared at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City, co-starring with SNL’s Joe Piscopo in That’s Life! As a singer-songwriter, Michael has performed his original songs at Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, CB’s Gallery and Caroline’s on Broadway. Michael was nominated for Best Male Vocalist and Best Cabaret by The Glam Awards in 2016.
Michael trained at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts followed by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (BFA in drama).