J. Robert Spencer missed his senior prom to be in a York Little Theatre play. The Broadway star stopped back at the Spring Garden Township theater Wednesday morning to reminisce, talk to media and meet with staff. He cringed at his hair in a old photo YLT displayed in its lobby.
Spencer graduated from Central York High School in 1987 and went onto Broadway fame in “Jersey Boys” and “Next to Normal.” He said the “Jersey Boys” dreamed about doing a show that encompassed more ’60s music – from British invasion to Motown. When the other three members started organizing a tour, they called Spencer. And The Midtown Men was born. The show hits the stage Thursday at York’s Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center.
It’s four best friends sharing stories about their experiences on and off stage, Spencer said. He added that he’s likely talk about the last time he performed in the area, which was about 25 years ago. At the time, he was a 17-year-old YLT regular. On Wednesday at YLT, Spencer recalled plays he’d seen on the stage, cigarettes he smoked in the back parking lot, which is now part of the theater, and people he acted with.
After touring the theater and doing a few interviews, Spencer, who is recuperating from a recent illness, said he planned to get some shut-eye in his Yorktowne Hotel room. The Midtown Men has five shows coming up in Scranton after the Strand show. This spring, Spencer said he’s looking forward to hanging with Sammy Hagar in Cabo during a fundraising event.
If you go:
See The Midtown Men 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets cost $49, $54 and $59. For details and tickets, call 717-846-1111 or visit mystrandcapitol.org. Read an interview with Spencer about the show.
Check out more photos from Spencer’s visit on the jump.