David John Chavez of BayAreaPlays.com has posted a very insightful interview with Aaron De Jesus, who plays Frankie Valli in the JERSEY BOYS national tour. Check out an excerpt below:
De Jesus cut his teeth with the show in Las Vegas, where he understudied the role, quietly prepping for the big moment where he was able to headline the show on his own. His character study also came from his father, a blue collar man who was raised in the South Bronx. That first-hand peek at authenticity certainly helped shape the truths he brings to his portrayal of Valli.
“When I was assigned to this role, the producers want this to be a real story with real people, and it has to be authentic and genuine,” said De Jesus. “My father grew up in a rough ‘hood like these guys, and I’ve been able to draw from that and kind of create my own idea of who Frankie is to me.”
Click HERE to read the full interview.