December 30, 2009 Catches Up With Jarrod Spector!

December 30th, 2009

Jarrod Spector
(Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

Now in his fourth year as Frankie Valli—a year in San Francisco, a year in Chicago, 15 months and counting at the August Wilson Theatre—Jarrod Spector is an audience favorite who’s been center-stage since he was six years old. caught up with him in the midst of a hectic holiday performance schedule.

Here’s a sneak peek of Jarrod’s fabulous interview:

Q: We’ve heard you have to maintain a monk-like existence to play Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys.

Jarrod: I have all these rules that I live by in order to do my job effectively. I can’t drink except on my day off; I can’t have caffeine because it dries me out. I have to eat after the show and stay up for a few hours so I don’t have acid reflux. But you get to the point where you don’t really think about it. I used to drink with the best of them, but once you stop, you don’t miss it if that’s what the show requires.

Q: Is it true that you pull your tongue before every performance?

Jarrod: Yeah, part of the warm-up vocal exercises that all the Frankies are required to do include pulling on your tongue. At this point, I don’t care [where I do it]. During that big snowstorm [before Christmas], the car service couldn’t pick me up, so I took the subway, and I was standing in the corner of the subway car pulling on my tongue. That’s just how it’s gotta be!

Q: How long will you stay in Jersey Boys?

Jarrod: My contract runs through April [2010], and then October if I so choose. At the end of this contract, it will have been four years, which is a long time. Physically, I feel fine, and I always want to put my best work out there. I’ll stay as long as I feel inspired every night.

Visit to read the entire interview with Jarrod and to check out great video coverage of him rehearsing for the Muscular Dystrophy telethon back in 1988.

1 Comment »

  1. I hope he stays until October, he is my favorite Frankie Valli, and I’ve been promised to see Jersey Boys this summer and I would love to see him again! I saw him in Chicago and he was absolutley amazing!

    Comment by TLM — February 4, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

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