Motown from The Midtown Men
What: The Midtown Men.
When: 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.
Cost: Tickets are $78.
More information: Details and tickets available online at http://www.vilarpac.org, by phone at 970-845-8497 or in person at the VPAC Box Office in Beaver Creek.
BEAVER CREEK — The “Jersey Boys” of Broadway brought their jukebox musical to life under the lights more than 1,000 times after the show’s debut in 2005. In 2007, the “boys” cast — Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer — became the Midtown Men.
“We’re like the Rat Pack meets Bruno Mars,” Hoff said in a recent phone interview.
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“The tour is old school — I think that’s the best way to describe it in a phrase,” Hoff said of their traveling music act, which comes to Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center on Friday night.
“What we do is very analog-based — it’s a show about an act that’s about the sounds and the chemistry of four guys that come together from different parts of the show biz world, converging on the music of the Sixties and our collaboration of one of the biggest phenomenons in Broadway to exist.”
Since their breakaway from Broadway, The Midtown Men have become known as an original band doing timeless music.
“We have gold and platinum records on the wall from ‘Jersey Boys,.’” Hoff said, “And now what we’ve done for The Midtown Men is taken our favorite songs from our tours to make our albums.”
Their self-titled album, “Sixties Hits by The Midtown Men,” received critical acclaim, and features the classics of a generation, including “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Up On The Roof,” “Time Of The Season,” and “Candy Girl.”
Hoff said that what happens on stage with the group is an “explosion of passion, intensity and sound” — a celebration of the group coming together, and the layers of generations in the audience.
The Sixties are a decade of music that the Midtown Men have learned to trust, Hoff said, treating it like it is their time, because they are in the moment during every show. He said once the lights go down, it feels like time travel.
“We come out into the lobby after the show to meet everyone who cares to meet us,” he said. “It’s almost like pinching yourself after a dream … we step out of this timeless era into our t-shirts and jeans.”
By the end of every show, Hoff said, The Midtown Men are always revived and reinspired.
“We have a real reverence, a love, a passion for this great song-writing,” Hoff said, “and the demographics of history where these songs came from.
“In a nutshell it’s a celebration of the sixties. It’s the Sixties — live.”