Music Review: The Midtown Men

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You're in for a real treat with The Midtown Men at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, April 3 - 5.

Bank of America Pops Series presents:
The Midtown Men (April 3 – 5; All ages)
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
1 Symphony Place, Nashville
687-6400 • nashvillesymphony.org
Show time: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $44 – $138

Oh, what a night is in store for music lovers this weekend inside the elegant Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony and The Midtown Men. The quartet comprises Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer — the four gentlemen who were the original cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys. After more than 1,000 performances of Jersey Boys on Broadway, the men reunited in 2007 and became The Midtown Men, touring the country belting out hits from yesteryear.

Maestro Albert-George Schram returns to the Schermerhorn stage to lead the lush orchestra, and he’s not joking when he says, “Tonight, we’re gonna party!” The symphony kicks things off with a lively rendition of a Spanish dance number from the opera La Vida Breve. Making their Music City debut, The Midtown Men take the audience on two hours of rockin’ hits from the 1960s not only covering tunes from The Four Seasons (the group Jersey Boys is based upon) but other beloved bands and solo artists like The Beatles, The Turtles, The Drifters, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, The Mamas and the Papas, and more.

Kicking off with “Working My Way Back to You, Babe,” the audience is immediately aware what a phenomenal night is in store. Each of the guys possesses amazing vocal talent, and their four voices together blend beautifully — and it’s nice that each one gets an amount of solo time on stage as well. While it’s hard to pick a particular standout number because they are all so fantastic, favorites include “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “California Dreaming” “Happy Together” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”

A real big treat is the magnificent Motown Medley during the second half of the show consisting of great classics like “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “I Want You Back,” “I Second That Emotion,” “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.”

Aside from The Midtown Men’s impeccable vocal chops, the evening features the best fusion of a rock band with the Nashville Symphony ever witnessed at a pops series show.

If you’re a fan of music from the ’60s, this show is an absolute best bet. If you’re not familiar with music from that era, this is you’re perfect introduction, and you’ll no doubt be hooked. Kids of all ages will love it, too. No doubt, this is one of the most festive events ever at the Schermerhorn.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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