A View from the Cliff: ‘The Midtown Men’


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Music is a source of personal and collective expression. Remember the songs you sang in school and the music that took you through adolescence into adulthood? For the audience at Colden Auditorium (Kupferberg Center, Queens College) last Saturday night, that would arguably be the music of The Four Seasons. Those who came of age in the late fifties through the early seventies made the Tony Award-winning “Jersey Boys” a smash hit.

Four of the original stars have reunited as The Midtown Men. They’ve been touring to packed houses, and Colden Auditorium was no exception. Christian Hoff, who won a Tony Award for his role as Tommy DeVito, was joined by Michael Longoria, who created the role of Joe Pesci and then took over the Frankie Valli role; Daniel Reichard (Bob Gaudio) and J. Robert Spencer (Nick Massi). The quartet paid homage to their “Jersey Boys” alter-egos, as well as to other notable groups and soloists from the same era. Outstanding tributes were paid to The Beach Boys and the artists of Motown. Audience members were taken back to first dates, first kisses and first loves…

Although there is much originality and talent in today’s music, is there still a place for “the oldies?” Ask any of the more than 1,700 fans who attended this weekend’s show. Attend future performances at the Kupferberg Center by calling the box office at (718) 793-8080 or surf to www.KupferbergCenterArts.org.