July 18, 2013

Breaking News from Variety: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda & Vincent Piazza Under Consideration to Star in Jersey Boys Film!

July 18th, 2013

Breaking News from Justin Kroll at Variety.com! THIS IS BIG:

After going through several hoops to get the adaptation of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” off the ground, Graham King and Warner Bros. look as if they are getting closer to a start date.

Broadway stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and “Boardwalk Empire” thesp Vincent Piazza are being eyed to star in the Clint Eastwood-directed film.

No offers have been put forth but sources tell Variety that these are the choices Eastwood and King want and Warners has given the OK to move forward with them.

If deals can be worked out, Young would play Frank Valli, Bergen would play Bob Gaudio, Piazza would play Tommy Devito and Lomenda would play Nick Massi.

Preliminary congrats are in order to the fabulous actors who MAY be playing The Four Seasons in the JB Movie!

You guys are already going nuts on Facebook & Twitter on the BIG NEWS! So, how about some buzz on the JB Blog?! What do you guys think of the scoop?

Visit Variety.com for the full details!


  1. Oh John Lloyd
    My prayers have been answered. You are “Frankie Valli ” and everyone
    knows that. This is Great News!!!!!
    I am so happy for you and your fans!!

    Comment by viv — July 18, 2013 @ 6:51 am

  2. So what’s up with this Piazza guy? Can he sing?

    Comment by stubbleyou — July 18, 2013 @ 11:16 pm


    Comment by THEA — July 20, 2013 @ 1:40 am

  4. Such joy & excitement! (flashback to the life-changing moment when John Lloyd won the 2006 Tony) Hard to put into words. Thankfully, it turns this coming Sunday from a tough good-bye to an exciting send-off!

    Now what will I wear for opening night – okay, even if it is just to stand outside, behind the barrier?

    Comment by Audrey — July 23, 2013 @ 7:10 am

  5. :-) <3 I'm with Audrey!! We will be behind the barrier smiling and crying…. So Happy for Mr. Young :-) xoxoxo

    We will be there Sunday with tears—-But Happy Tears!

    xoxoxo We Love you JLY

    Comment by Jody Cardillo — July 24, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

  6. Ryan Molloy (London) should be cast as Frankie. His audition was amazeballs! Come on Clint, “Make my day”!

    Comment by LesleyAnne — July 25, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

  7. So happy he got the role! He is the ONLY “Frankie”!! From Danny Saunders in The Chosen at the old Coconut Grove Playhouse to Frankie Valli on the big screen, John Lloyd Young’s career is going to soar! So happy for him and his fans!

    Comment by Barbara — July 26, 2013 @ 3:00 am

  8. Is the role 100% confirmed as JLY’s? Not having seen him perform, I just checked him out on You Tube and still feel that Ryan Molloy is the man to play Frankie. That face – those eyes – that smile – that VOICE! He oozes charm and charisma and I believe he is also thought to be Frankie Valli’s personal favourite.

    Comment by Rose — July 26, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

  9. According to newspaper reports, Ryan Molloy is a personal favourite of Frankie Valli and very much deserves the lead role. My fingers are still x’d for Mr Molly.

    Comment by Rose — July 28, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  10. It is surely every singer’s dream to perform alongside the legendary Barbra Streisand, so when Ryan Molloy was asked to join her on stage just hours before she was due to appear for the London leg of her European tour, he couldn’t believe his luck. Streisand, 71, had been let down by classical trio Il Volo, who were due to sing the finale with her. The diva’s stage manager Richard Jay-Alexander called his old friend Molloy, who for the last five years has starred as Frankie Valli in the West End hit Jersey Boys, and begged him to fill in.

    Good enough for Babs – then surely good enough for Clint!

    Comment by Jan S. — July 29, 2013 @ 5:49 am

  11. Only John lloyd Young should play Frankie in the movie – he is a more believable Frankie because he is American, with Italian roots like Frankie and he has perfected the Jersey accent, moves and character needed for the role.

    Comment by Itto — July 30, 2013 @ 12:00 am

  12. Ryan M began his training in Newcastle receiving a drama honours degree, which took him to LA (where he perfected the American accent)and then to London. His awesome voice as well as his portrayal as Frankie is the closest to the man himself, as Mr Valli has praised and acknowledged. Good luck Ryan – still rooting for you.

    Paula UK

    Comment by Paula, London — August 1, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

  13. Tuesday, July 30

    Ryan Molloy to Play Lead in Jersey Boys Movie?

    According to the Daily Mail, Ryan Molloy who is playing Frankie Valli in the London production of the musical Jersey Boys, could be cast in the lead role of the movie being directed by Clint Eastwood.

    Ryan is the longest serving Frankie in the world and was hand picked by the original Frankie Valli for the West End show with him saying he is the best Frankie he has seen.

    The producers of the film saw him perform and were so impressed they requested acting footage and invited him to meet them at the Dorchester.

    Christopher Walken has been cast as Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo – the mobster who takes Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons under his wing. With John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda (all of whom have appeared in stage productions of the show) in talks for the movie with Boardwalk Empire star Vincent Piazza expected to play Valli’s foil, Tommy DeVito

    Jersey Boys is set to begin filming in London in September.

    Comment by Brenda in Berkshire — August 3, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

  14. Jared Spector is the best actor/singer and would translate to film more successfully

    Comment by Sheila — August 4, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

  15. Just viewed Jared Spector and John Lloyd Young on You Tube. I am all for Ryan Molloy being awarded the part of Frankie and my thoughts are he and Jared sound quite alike whereas I felt John (although having a great voice) does not sound that similar to Frankie Valli himself. (Only my personal opinion everyone!)Good luck to them all as it will be a brilliant role to play, though my hopes and loyalties lie with Ryan.

    Comment by Louise - UK — August 6, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

  16. John, it is “Your Turn” as your CD says. You are going to be awesome in the lead role of Frankie Valli! I am so happy for you I am bursting with pride!! “When will I see you again?”

    Comment by Gioia Crawford — August 7, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

  17. Seen JB in London, NY and Sydney. Ryan, UR the best, good luck, man!

    Comment by Eddie, Middlesex — August 8, 2013 @ 4:31 am

  18. Seen JB in London, NY, Sydney. Molloy is the best Frankie I have seen. Good luck mate.

    Comment by Eddie, Middlesex — August 9, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

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