February 6, 2009

Frankie Valli’s Thoughts on Jersey Boys Heading to Australia

February 6th, 2009

Frankie Valli and Bobby Fox
Frankie Valli with Bobby Fox, the actor who will play him in the Melbourne production of JERSEY BOYS.

Ross Brundrett of the Herald Sun reports that the next big musical to hit Melbourne, JERSEY BOYS, may bring with it Frankie Valli, the man whose falsetto voice made the music of the Four Seasons famous.

Headlining the Las Vegas launch of the Australian production, which opens at the Princess Theatre on July 4, Valli, 74, said he was hoping to see it.

“I’ve seen the show 15 to 20 times … but I’m told this Australian set is as good as any of the casts going around,” he told the Herald Sun in an exclusive interview.

“I love the place,” he said of Australia. “But I haven’t been there for a long, long time, so you know. It’s time (to go again). Anyway, I’m hoping … it’s just so far away.”

Valli, who appeared most recently on TV playing, ironically, Rusty Millio, a New Jersey mobster on The Sopranos, said he had to watch the play three times before he got used to having some of the most emotional moments of his life replayed on stage.

Asked if the show’s mobster element gave it more appeal, Valli said he was sure it would do well in Australia.

“Our music always sold well down there,” he said. “And I’m sure there are Australian gangsters aren’t there?”

Visit the Herald Sun for the full story.

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