The JERSEY BOYS national tour company will be playing Toledo at the Stranahan Theater from Jan 10-15 and Sue Brickey of The Toledo Blade has a terrific interview with Aaron De Jesus, who plays Frankie Valli! Below is a sneak peek:
De Jesus has met Valli several times. “He comes to see the show from time to time,” the actor said, “and he’s seen me play him once, which was a neat experience — a little bit nerve-racking, but exciting.”
What did Valli think?
“He complimented me and said I did a great job,” said De Jesus, who has been playing Valli on the tour for about a year and a half and appeared in the Joe Pesci role in the Las Vegas Jersey Boys for about three and a half years, understudying the Valli role.
“When it comes to singing, Frankie and I have a similar tone quality to our voices, and so it’s not easy, but it’s easier for me to replicate his sound, the style he sang.”
In Jersey Boys he is “not trying to do a carbon copy [of Valli], or an impersonation,” adding that as an actor he brings his personality to the role.
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