by Clancy DuBos
The Midtown Men, featuring four original members of the cast of “Jersey Boys,” will perform a benefit concert next Friday (March 27) at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with an opening act by New Orleans’ own Yat Pack. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Team Gleason, the nonprofit inspired by former Saints player Steve Gleason’s fight against ALS.
The Midtown Men concert is not affiliated with “Jersey Boys,” but the group covers many of the greatest hits of the 1960s. The Midtown Men are in their fifth national tour and feature songs by the Beatles, the Rascals, the Turtles, the Four Seasons, Motown artists and others. The group includes Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff as well as Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer.
The Yat Pack performs classic big band numbers by Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima and Dean Martin, as well as the music of contemporary artists like Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, Joe Cocker and Harry Connick, Jr.
The concert is being produced by Hurricane Promotions, a local production company that specializes in musical entertainment with a fundraising-for-charity twist. All Hurricane Promotions events benefit local charities, says CEO Wynonia Lazaro.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Saenger Theater box office or via phone at (800) 745-3000.