May 5, 2010

Playing Frankie Valli a Dream Come True for John Michael Dias!

May 5th, 2010

John Michael Dias
John Michael Dias

Sara Feijo of The Herald News has a terrific interview with John Michael Dias, the Frankie Valli alternate in the JERSEY BOYS national tour! Here’s a preview of the interview:

Who says dreams don’t come true?

If the talented 1960s rock ‘n’ roll band The Four Seasons was able to get out of a blue-collared life and become massively famous, who says a local man from Tiverton cannot be part of a Broadway show?

John Dias, a graduate from The Boston Conservatory, is playing Frankie Valli, one of The Four Seasons singers, in the show “Jersey Boys,” playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center May 12 through June 6.

“Jersey Boys” is one of Broadway’s biggest successes. The musical revolves around the lives of the unforgettable 1960s rock ‘n’ roll group, The Four Seasons. It is filled with the good, the bad, and the worst of what it takes to be famous.

“This show is like nothing anyone has ever seen. It’s sort of ground breaking. We call it MTV behind the music about The Four Seasons … The music is incredible. The story is incredible. It’s one of those roles that you dreamt about playing,” said Dias.

Dias’ character, Frankie Valli, is a family oriented guy, who is very humble and worked extremely hard to be successful as an artist.

“It’s an honor to be playing someone who is so successful in the music industry,” said Dias. “It’s a role that’s really hard to play because he goes through such a range of emotions in the show.”

Visit to read the full interview with John.


  1. John Michael is so talented and so gracious. So glad he’s playing Frankie again, although Chicago misses him! All the best, John.

    Comment by Rose — May 5, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

  2. I just had no idea – until we (Lisa and I) saw John in a local theatre performing and singing “What Kind of Fool am I” at the age of 16. Even better than Sammy Davis! There were tears, and and a hug to his Grandma Petisco (sp) for such a wonderful performance. Thank you John for bringing such talent to the forefront, you’re just fabulous!! Lisa just got her musical doctorate from Eastman and is totally impressed with you !! (Denise is taking care of her two little girls right now, but will definitely come to one of your future performances!)

    Comment by Mary Raposa — September 22, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

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