October 3, 2008

Cory Grant’s Reflections on Being an Actor

October 3rd, 2008

Jack Bess of the Evanston Review has a terrific interview with Cory Grant, who took over the role of Frankie Valli in the Chicago production of Jersey Boys last Saturday.

Grant, 29, stated, “A year ago, I didn’t even have my (Actors) Equity Card, but they threw me right into the lions’ den and it’s been the greatest experience of my life.”

Reflecting on his time as playing the matinee Frankie on Broadway, Grant said, “When I was working in New York, after the show, these 50- and 60-year-old men from New Jersey come up to you with tears in their eyes as they’re shaking your hand. To have these huge men so moved by something, it’s an honor to be part of that. A lot of them explain that they grew up in that time and they thank me for helping them relive such a golden age in their childhood. It’s so personal.”

To read the whole story, including what Grant called “the scariest day of my life,” visit Pioneerlocal.com.


  1. Wait a minute…Are you not the same Cory Grant that was my advisee at Washburne and who entertained the advisory every ingle single afternoon up there on the third floor with your singing dancing routines? And did you not also do a lot of singing/dancing/acting in Mod Com? OH YEAH!! Tons of congratulations from one of your earliest fans.
    Mrs Kirk (Washburne teacher now retired)

    Comment by Bev Kirk — October 27, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

  2. Hi Cory,
    My husband and I were blown away by your performance. You are terrific and we had a great night out at the performance. You are electrifying…thanks for all your energy and talent……Lynda J

    Comment by Lynda J — October 14, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

  3. Cory,
    My family and I caught your performance this past Saturday, you were amazing. I’m one of those old guys who grew up listening to the Four Seasons in the Newark area back then.Many thanks to you and all of the cast,the best show I’ve ever seen.
    Sal P

    Comment by Sal Palma — January 24, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

  4. Cory,
    You were magical and unforgetable as Frankie Valli on Broadway this past Sept 2010. I’m waiting for you to play it again. I would fly in to see you-thats just how well you recreate that role . You are the very best at what you do-I hope you come back.
    continuing to search for your next performance!

    Comment by Lilla Tilghman — November 4, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

  5. Lilla,
    A good source says Cory’s new show is very close to being announced. Stay tuned!

    Comment by CL — November 7, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

  6. CL-I was just looking at the JB website and noticed Cory had left. When did he leave and can you give me the name of his new show? Will it be in NYC? I’m slightly obsessed. I LOVE HIM! He’s the only Frankie for me.

    Comment by Mary K — November 8, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

  7. When did he leave JB? I love, love, love him! Will his next show be in NYC? Any word on what it is? Please let us know ASAP. Cory Grant is the only Frankie for me.

    Comment by Mary — November 9, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

  8. Mary,
    Cory’s new show should be this:
    You can email them at the shown email address.
    I love Cory too.

    Comment by CL — November 11, 2010 @ 12:41 am

  9. Mary,

    Sorry for the wrong link.


    Comment by CL — November 11, 2010 @ 1:01 am

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