New Jersey Stage

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

SOPAC Spring Gala Concert Featuring THE MIDTOWN MEN


(South Orange, NJ) -- Celebrating the culmination of its fifth season, the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) toasts special honorees, supporters, and community leaders as part of its annual Spring Gala on Saturday, June 4th at 8PM.  Bookended by pre- and post- receptions, this one-night only bash features performances by the ebullient group, THE MIDTOWN MEN – four stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s mega-hit musical Jersey Boys.

As part of SOPAC’s annual tradition, the Gala evening kicks off with a salute to four special honorees: Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive; Anthony Leitner, Chair of the SOPAC Board of Governors; Nicholas Santoro, retired Director of Fine Arts for the South Orange/Maplewood School District; and the 2011 Felsman Spirit Award recipient Patrick Morrissy, Executive Director of HANDS (Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc.).  "Our Spring Gala gives us an opportunity to applaud a few of our outstanding neighbors and supporters,” says Michael Bollinger, Executive Director of SOPAC.  "SOPAC is humbled and inspired by these honorees’ enthusiasm, support, and dedication to the community.  We toast to them!”



The festivities escalate with the jump-to-your-feet show by THE MIDTOWN MEN - Tony Award Winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer. The group belts out top hits from a who’s who of the ‘60s including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, and The Four Seasons, whose story they brought to life every night as stars in the original cast of Jersey Boys.  "The 60s produced some of the greatest songs ever written,” says THE MIDTOWN MEN’S Christian Hoff, who won the Tony Award for his portrayal of Four Seasons bad boy Tommy DeVito. "So, we’re having a ball adding our own style to those great songs everyone loves.”





About THE MIDTOWN MEN                                                                                                                              

"Amazing one of a kind show, first class in every respect.” – 60’s pop icon Bobby Vee

THE MIDTOWN MEN, the 4 stars form the original cast of "Jersey Boys,” took Broadway by storm with one of the biggest hits of all-time!  Now they’re together again, taking their sensational sound on the road.  Audiences from coast-to-coast are raving about this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music of the 1960’s with classic songs by the Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, The Four Seasons and more! After a successful 2010 national tour of nearly 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada, THE MIDTOWN MEN bring their highly anticipated concert on tour in 2011 with stops all across the country.  THE MIDTOWN MEN are Tony Award Winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer.  www.themidtownmen.com

About SOPAC                                                                                                                                                                                              

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative cultural experiences for audiences in an intimate and inviting environment. The multidisciplinary arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is also a home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz N’ the Hall performances and Seton Hall Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in residence, Midtown Direct Rep, and its dance company in residence, Lydia Johnson Dance.  For more information, visit www.SOPACnow.org.