The Midtown Men will bring harmony and nostalgia to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 14. This high-octane quartet will perform with a seven piece band as part of this season’s BMW of San Antonio Signature Series.
The original cast of “Jersey Boys” (Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer) will entertain San Antonio with music from the Beatles, the Rascals, the Turtles, and a host of other groups from the ’60s.
“Jersey Boys” is the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic ’60s rock group The Four Seasons.
Jeff Vee, manager for the Midtown Men, said they started doing “Jersey Boys” in 2004 in California. “They took it to Broadway in 2005,” he said. “Since 2010, the original cast have been touring as the Midtown Men. They do 80 to 90 shows a year.
“Bobby (Robert Spencer) originated the role of Four Seasons’ bassist Nick Massi in the Original Broadway cast of the smash hit, ‘Jersey Boys,’” Vee said. “He left ‘Jersey Boys’ in the fall of 2008 and went on to star in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, ‘Next to Normal.’”
I caught up with Bobby Spencer earlier this month on his New York phone.
Don Mathis: The music performed by the Midtown Men originated before you were born. How did you become interested in the ’60s sound?
Bobby Spencer: My parents and sister listened to that type of music. They would play the oldies station in the car. And we would all sing along.
DM: Nick Massi was the bass singer in the Four Seasons. Is that your role in the Midtown Men?
BS: I’m really a rock baritone but I sing all over the map. That’s the beauty of the Midtown Men.
DM: How long have you been on tour with the Midtown Men?
BS: We’re going into our sixth year and we love it. We’ve done 450 concerts all over the country. We’ve done concert halls and private parties; lots of charity work.
DM: In addition to your tours, the Midtown Men have released several CDs. Is this going to be a career?
BS: We’ll be in this as long as it takes us.
DM: Where are your roots?
BS: I was born in Delaware but I lived my formative years in Plano.
DM: Have you ever been to San Antonio?
BS: Yes, many times. I toured with Cats in San Antonio 20 years ago. I’m looking forward to returning.
The Midtown Men will bring their brand of harmony to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Visit the Tobin’s website for ticket information.
*Top image: The Midtown Men reunites stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. They will perform hit songs from the ’60s at the Tobin Center Oct. 14. Photo courtesy Tobin Center.