Associated Press Drama Writer Mark Kennedy has a marvelous in-depth piece on John Lloyd Young’s return to Broadway as “Frankie Valli” in JERSEY BOYS! Check out a sneak peek:
Who says you canâ€™t go home again? Not John Lloyd Young, who left Broadwayâ€™s â€˜â€˜Jersey Boysâ€™â€™ five years ago and is now spending the summer back in his old role. He even got the same dressing room.
â€˜â€˜How many people in life get to go back and reclaim their past and relive it in almost exactly the same way and enjoy it all over again?â€™â€™ asks Young.
The show and theater may be the same, but itâ€™s a different Young who again slips into the shoes of Frankie Valli in the behind-the-music musical about the doo-wop group The Four Seasons.
Young left the show in 2007, a newly minted Tony Award winner whose lead vocals also propelled the cast album to a Grammy win. He moved to Los Angeles to try his hand at film and TV, but found frustration. So he did different things: He became a kung fu expert. He helped charities. He got a tattoo. Most important, he fell in love with making modern art.
â€˜â€˜A lot of things changed radically right after I left the show,â€™â€™ he says. â€˜â€˜I had certain expectations that didnâ€™t happen or at least didnâ€™t happen the way I expected. So I adapted.â€™â€™
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