Josh McAliffe of The TImes-Tribune.com notes that although Frankie Valli is a Jersey boy through and through, Valli also has a fair amount of Northeastern Pennsylvania in him, too. After all, two of the most important women in the singerâ€™s life hail from NEPA â€” the one who raised him and the one who gave him his stage name and introduced him to the music industry. As a result, the Rock â€™nâ€™ Roll Hall of Famer has a real soft spot for the region, which heâ€™ll be visiting for the first time in a while Saturday night, when he and his legendary band, the Four Seasons, perform at the Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts in Bushkill.
In this terrific interview, Frankie talks about his fond memories of Northeastern PA; playing Rusty Millio on â€œThe Sopranosâ€; the thrill of seeing Jersey Boys winning the Best Musical Tony Award; his string of hits over the past 45 years; and his upcoming album that will be released in September.
Here’s a preview of what Frankie had to say about Jersey Boys: The musical took about four years to develop, said Mr. Valli, who along with fellow Four Season and business partner Bob Gaudio were actively involved in the process from Day One. According to him, a number of ideas were tossed around before everyone settled on the concept to tell the Four Seasonsâ€™ story through the conflicting points of view of the four founding members, who also include Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito.
â€œWe were very, very fortunate to get the writers we got, because I thought thatâ€™s what really made the difference,â€ Mr. Valli said. â€œThe idea of writing this play from four different points of view was really a stroke of genius.â€
Read the full interview on TheTimes-Tribune.com.