MICHAEL LONGORIA, TONY NOMINEE CHARL BROWN, OLIVIER WINNER LESLI MARGHERITA, MARIO CANTONE, DANIEL REICHARD, JAIME CEPERO & MORE IN MICHAEL LONGORIA’S HOLIDAY HOP CONCERT
A Christmas Concert to Benefit The Students of Opening Act
Tuesday night at The Green Room 42 in New York City, Michael Longoria’s Holiday Hop brought Christmas cheer to benefit Opening Act. The one night only concert was produced by Michael Longoria, Liz Skollar of Skollar PR and Taylor James of 42West PR as a benefit for the students of Opening Act, an organization that seeks to level the playing field for students by specifically partnering with NYC schools that have lower than average graduation rates (as few as 33% of students graduating in four years) and an evident lack of theater programming. For 20 years Opening Act has given high school students opportunities to develop leadership community and commitment through its innovative, high quality, free, after-school theater program. The evening featured MICHAEL LONGORIA, TONY NOMINEE CHARL BROWN, OLIVIER WINNER LESLI MARGHERITA, MARIO CANTONE, DANIEL REICHARD, JAIME CEPERO, ASHANTI J’ARIA and DANNY LONGORIA.
“Free after school theater programs saved my life as a teen who wouldn’t have had exposure to the arts otherwise. Theater taught me to dream big and gave me a sense of purpose whenever I was a part of the ensemble of a play or musical. With my one night only holiday concert, I am thrilled to be on the other side of it, working with Opening Act to bring free theater programs to underserved New York City public schools. I gathered some of my most talented friends from Broadway and television to join me in singing a concert to raise money for these very deserving students.” -Michael Longoria
About Opening Act:
Opening Act is an innovative nonprofit that brings free, long-term theater programs to 57 of New York City’s most under-served public high schools. Through theater, Opening Act students gain confidence, pride, and the knowledge that they can succeed at anything in life. Opening Act’s vision is to see that every New York City public school student has access to an artistic space where they can develop commitment, community, and leadership through their artistic achievement. Please visit https://openingact.org/ to learn more.
MICHAEL LONGORIA is best known for his star turn on Broadway as Frankie Valli in the Tony Award Winning Musical Jersey Boys. In October, Longoria released his third studio album, Like They Do In The Movies (a collection of classic songs from the silver screen), which reached #5 on the iTunes Vocal Album Chart. Longoria’s previous studio albums include Broadway Brick By Brick (2016), which reached #2 on the iTunes Vocal Album Chart, and Merry Christmas Darling (2018). Currently starring in The Midtown Men concert tour and Meet The Midtown Men (a live concert/documentary for PBS), Longoria is crooning across the world in a rock concert celebrating the 60s. Their self-titled debut album, THE MIDTOWN MEN: Sixties Hits was met with critical acclaim and was followed by their first radio single “All Alone On Christmas” with producer Steven Van Zandt and backed by members of The E Street Band. Michael trained at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts followed by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (BFA in drama). Longoria began his career with theatrical credits including Peter Pan & Wendy at the Prince Music Theater (Barrymore Award nomination for Best Actor in a musical), West Side Story at the Walnut Street Theatre, A Chorus Line at Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center and Avenue X at the Abe Burrows Theater. Internationally; Longoria appeared in West Side Story at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and A Chorus Line in Munich. Michael made his Broadway debut in the smash hit musical Hairspray (2003 Tony award for Best Musical), later creating the role of Joey in the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award for Best Musical) before taking over the role of Frankie Valli. In 2017, Longoria created the role of Freddy in the original Off-Broadway cast of The View UpStairs and can be heard on the original cast album. He has appeared on television as the lead vocalist for Cirque du Soleil on the Season 9 Finale of America’s Got Talent, Broadway Under The Stars: A Tribute To Harold Prince, the Opening Ceremonies at The U.S. Open and as animated characters on Dora the Explorer. Longoria also appeared in the documentary film One Night Stand. As a headlining solo concert artist, Michael has appeared at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City, co-starring with SNL’s Joe Piscopo in That’s Life! As a singer-songwriter, Longoria has performed his original songs at Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, CB’s Gallery and Caroline’s on Broadway. Longoria was nominated for Best Male Vocalist and Best Cabaret by The Glam Awards in 2016. @michaellongoriasings.