June 17, 2006

JLY’s “Person of the Week” Transcript on ABC

June 17th, 2006

ABC News has provided a transcript of this week’s “Person of the Week” segment featuring John Lloyd Young. Here’s an excerpt of the segment:

A year ago John Lloyd Young was ushering theater fans to their seats; he’s now entertaining those theatergoers while celebrating his first Tony win for his role as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys.

His voice had been hibernating since his musical theater days at Brown University. So the Broadway neophyte had to train his muscles for a marathon of singing, performing eight shows a week with 27 songs such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.”

And then there’s that signature falsetto. Young said,

“I thought everyone had a falsetto. I never had a use for it, especially as an actor in plays in New York. And the only time I ever really used it was to amuse my friends at karaoke in college or singing along to Chicago or Supertramp or the Bee Gees. I never realized it would be the key to my career.”

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  1. When I saw the play for the first time on Broadway I was stunned with the nostalgic and pleasurable emotions that John Lloyd Young’s crystal-clear voice produced withinin my heart and soul. Pure joy, delight and happiness. The main messages of the story to me are the so typical American aspirations to make a better life, the inspiration of its achievement, followed by subsequent loss of success and, finally, the rebounding uplifting enthusiasm to move forward with life expressed in “Working My Way Back To You”.

    Comment by Bill Grimes — January 31, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

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