March 13, 2008

‘Frankie Camp’ Trains Future Valli Boys

March 13th, 2008

With Jersey Boys opening in Minneapolis next week, has a terrific feature about “Frankie Camp,” which JB producers have created to give young auditioners who dream of playing the Frankie Valli role a more relaxed workshop type of experience than your typical casting process.

Production Supervisor Richard Hester says, “If you had a list of the most challenging roles in all theater, they would include King Lear, Mama Rose in Gypsy, and Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. We’re asking of the people who play Frankie Valli to age over the course of the evening 40 to 45 years. We’re asking them to sing 27 songs, most of which are in high falsetto, and to dance and act. We’re also asking them to essentially be a star.”

Read the full story, which includes interesting comments from dance captain Peter Gregus and vocal coach Katie Agresta, on LavenderMagazinecom.

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