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Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 12:00 am

When Jersey Boys opened on Broadway in 2005, it was an instant hit, a combination of great material and great stars. Once again, the 1960s sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were front and center once again.

Only this time, the music was performed by four incredibly talented young singers: Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer. Night after night, they brought the house down until eventually they turned the show over to other performers and moved on.

Move on they did, to stages around the country as The Midtown Men. And on Thursday and Friday, they will move to the stage of Rudder Auditorium as the first performers of OPAS' landmark 40th season.

The Midtown Men will perform music made popular in the 1960s by the likes of the Beatles, the Temptations, the Jackson 5 and the Beach Boys. And while they take great pains to note they are not the Jersey Boys and no longer affiliated with that musical, The Midtown Men do sneak in a few tunes made famous by the Four Seasons. Those of a certain age might not resist the urge to sing along and maybe even get up and dance.

The four men bring a wealth of experience on stage, screen and TV, as well as in voice-over work.

The Midtown Men will perform at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets range from $29 to $78 and are available at the MSC Box Office, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and before each performance. Tickets may be purchased online at For more information, call the box office at 845-1234 or toll free at 888-890-5667.

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