The Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino kicked off the holiday season with their annual Christmas tree lighting event on November 29.
The gala event was held outside on Seneca Square in front of the Casino. The Niagara County SPCA were on hand with some puppies for visitors to pet..and adopt.
The festivities began with the arrival of Santa and Mrs Claus accompanied by some reindeer while The Midtown Men performed “Here Comes Santa Claus”.
The Buffalo Bisons baseball team mascot Buster Bison and the Buffalo Sabres hockey team mascot Sabretooth were also on hand to help celebrate the holiday festivities with enthusiastic glee.
The Midtown Men performed “Little St. Nick” before Seneca Gaming Corporation President an CEO Holly Gagnon greeted the crowd.
Seneca Gaming Corporation Vice Chairman Kevin Seneca also spoke with the crowd; along with General Manager Patrick Blasney.
Publicity Manager Nadine DeStefano led the crowd in singing some Christmas songs until it was time for the big event of lighting the live Christmas tree.
Santa and Mrs. Claus remained to visit with the children. Buster an Sabretooth even took a turn on Santa’s lap.
Back inside the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino The Midtown Men performed on stage in the Bear’s Den Showroom.
The Midtown Men – Michael, Daniel, Christian, an Jay Robert – originated the roles in the Tony Award winning it Broadway musical “Jersey Boys”. Christian Hoff also won the Tony Award for his role in the show.
Seasoned veterans of Broadway, the guys were backed by a full band an proved that real talent outweighs vocal gymnastics and gimmicks. The group used harmony and key changes to make each song truly their own.
Kicking off their tour, The Midtown Men gave their first performance to the western New York area. They performed holiday music, songs from the sixties, and of course music from “Jersey Boys”.
After the show opened with a video featuring black and white performance videos and television commercials from the sixties, The Midtown Men opened their show with the hit song “Let’s Hang On”.
With the guys performing together and solo, the night of music continued with “Put a Little Love”, “Happy Together, “Ain’t that Peculiar”, “White Christmas”, “Christmas Walt”, “Get Together”, “It’s the Holiday Season”, “Merry Christmas Darling”, “Got to Get You”, “Cry for Me”, a medley of songs from “Jersey Boys”, “Little St. Nick”, “Time of the Season”, “Good Lovin’”, “Stepping Stone”, “All Alone for Christmas”, “Let it Snow”, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, “Winter Wonderland”, “My Eyes Adored You”, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, “Ain’t No Mountain”, “Oh What a Night”, and “Bye Bye Baby”.
The Midtown Men put on a show worthy of a Broadway production and left the rousing crowd looking for more.