December 26, 2005

Year-End Roundup: New York Times Brantley Includes John Lloyd Young in “Celestial Star Turns” List of 2005!!

December 26th, 2005

In his year-end summary of Broadway’s best, New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley applauds John Lloyd Young’s standout performance in Jersey Boys:

    Who’d a thunk that the theatrical find in the year would surface in a crowd-pleaser about the career of the pop group the Four Seasons? But playing Frankie Valli, the Seasons’ lead singer, Mr. Young crosses the line from spot-on surface impersonation into genuine depths of character. Even wailing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” he generates a soul-plumbing intensity that makes “Jersey Boys” a Broadway rarity: a jukebox to remember.

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