Let me start by saying I had 2nd row center seats that night and I was SO excited. Seriously, I think I had perma-smile all day (it was a Friday and I'd gotten the tickets right after the box office opened at 10).
Dominic came back after the impromptu intermission -- right before the church scene. It was so odd. When JLY entered on the catwalk and starting singing I noticed he didn't sound quite up-to-par, but I figured it would work itself out. Then, as the cross came down it was almost like the voice of God came on over the speakers: "Ladies and Gentlemen, due to the sudden illness of John Lloyd Young we will being taking a brief 10 minute intermission and when we return the role of Frankie Valli will be played by Dominic Nolfi."
I will be honest about it...I cried when they got to Sherry and the rest of the "break-out" songs. I don't know if it was because Dominic was thrown into the part on such short notice, but it was like he couldn't quite hit the high notes in the songs or something and chemistry in the show was, understandably, a little off.
I was so disappointed by the whole experience because I was so looking forward to it all day, that I never warmed up to him. Unfortunately, I think a lot of the audience felt the same way, especially because it was after JLY had won the Tony. I know he did the best he could and you could tell by his bow at the end how humble he was about the performance, he seems like a real class act.
In an attempt to give Dominic a fair shot I went back the next morning for SRO tickets for the Saturday matinee, but (hoping JLY would be back) that I just had a bad attitude toward Dominic. For that, I am sorry because I've heard many great things about his other performances. It's just that I saw JLY first he's the best "Frankie" in my mind.
As you can tell by the fact that I've seen the show 9 more times since then, this experience did not deter me in any way.