August 16, 2011

Rick Faugno’s Reflections on Jersey Boys & His Future in Las Vegas Sun

August 16th, 2011

Faugno & ValliRick Faugno & Frankie Valli (Photo Credit: Erik Kabik)

Rick Faugno chats with Las Vegas Sun journalist John Katsilometes on his decision to end his run as Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS Vegas and his plans for the future. Here’s a sneak peek:

Unless you are in fact Frankie Valli, you can’t be Frankie Valli forever.

At least this is true of Rick Faugno, who for five years has portrayed Valli in various productions of “Jersey Boys.” Faugno has played the Valli role for 3 ½ years in the standing production at Palazzo.

But as of Oct. 9, Faugno-as-Valli will cease, as the antsy song-and-dance man embarks on a one-man show (his own, conveniently enough) titled “Body & Soul” at Las Vegas Hilton’s famous Shimmer Cabaret (**which was fabulous! stay tuned for the JBB recap coming soon!**). Faugno’s 3-month contract with the hotel, under which he is four-walling the production, began Monday night. The show opened this week and plays each Monday at 8:30 p.m.

Even before the 3-month commitment, Faugno has performed the show at the Shimmer, bolstering his urge to step off the “Jersey Boys” stage and the protective-if-confining role of Valli.

“It is a big hurdle,” he said this week during a phone interview. “I have always had the security net of ‘Jersey Boys,’ and it’s a lot of pressure. I don’t know if five years is a magic number, but there are other things I want to do in life.”

Visit to read Rick’s reflections on expanding his acting options; embracing as many music genres as possible; dong more than just singing; growing as an artist, and more.

1 Comment »

  1. i would like to get tickets for your show at the hilton for november 25th, will you be playing?

    Comment by lisa watson — September 14, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

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