August 28, 2013

It’s Official! John Lloyd Young Confirmed to Play Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys Film!

August 28th, 2013

John Lloyd Young (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

On the John Lloyd Young Friends Facebook page today, JLY fans rejoiced :) !

JLY is delighted to have been chosen to star as ‘Frankie Valli’ in Clint Eastwood’s film Jersey Boys.,” read the post. “Production has started and JLY couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this very special project.”

As reported earlier, Eastwood has been planning to cast the JB film with stage actors from various JERSEY BOYS companies around the globe. Joining Young in the cast are Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Christopher Walken as Gyp DeCarlo, Mike Doyle as Bob Crew, Joey Russo Joe Pesci, Erica Piccininni as Lorraine, Donnie Kehr as Norm Waxman, Jeremy Luke as Donnie and Johnny Cannizzaro as Nick DeVito, and Kathrine Narducci as Mary Rinaldi.

Congratulations to JLY this fabulous news!


  1. Congratulations, Mr. Lloyd!!!!
    Now, I know for a FACT that this movie will be simply amazing. Ahem, excuse me while I happily rejoice in my living room and dance to “Sherry.” :)

    Comment by Jolene — August 29, 2013 @ 12:27 am

  2. Back from my little happy dance…
    Okay, and now on to the serious feedback!
    I applaud Mr. Eastwood for deciding to choose performers from the Broadway production. I absolutely despise when directors cast big-star, Hollywood actors who can act…but unfortunately, cannot sing. All us Jersey Boys and Four Seasons fanatics already know how marvelous of a singer John is! I’ve read many other reviews on various websites concerning the JB movie. Many of them are skeptical about Eastwood being the director, while others (who have perhaps never seen the Broadway show even!) criticize Eastwood’s decision to cast unknown, “small-named” actors. Oooh, I simply cannot wait to see all their shocked, little faces once the movie comes out and John opens his mouth to sing. ;) As long as Eastwood and the production staff stay true to the show, and the cast performs as they had always (brilliantly) done in the August Wilson Theatre, then there is no way the movie can go wrong!

    Comment by Jolene — August 29, 2013 @ 12:49 am

  3. Well done, sir. Well done. The most deserved of news.

    Comment by Annaleise — August 29, 2013 @ 11:07 am

  4. Yes–We are all rejoicing to this news!!

    So Happy for JLY — I could not imagine anyone else to play Mr. Valli other than JLY–Mr. Eastwood — Thank You :-)

    I’m hoping the cast of the Movie has as much fun as the cast on Broadway have doing Jersey Boys! ENJOY! XOXOXO

    Comment by Jody Cardillo — August 29, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  5. Great news. Congrats JLY .
    I posted a note last year about using the J.B. cast in roles for the movie and everyone had something negative to say about. Mr.Eastwood & I think a like.
    Can not wait to see the movie

    Comment by Bob Nelson — August 30, 2013 @ 10:55 am

  6. Well done Mr. Eastwood. John will be the perfect Frankie Valli. With his dedication, perseverance and talent you have picked a winner. . We are so proud of you John.

    Comment by Marlene Cetrulo — August 30, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

  7. Thank you Mr.Eastwood for casting John Lloyd Young in the movie.
    He is the best actor to portray Frankie Valli.
    John has won the Tony amd many awards so therefore he deserves to have the role in the movie.
    JLY is the BEST!!!
    I am so happy and can’t wait to see the movie.
    Great Choice Mr. Eastwood!!!!
    Vivian DeMarco

    Comment by viv — September 2, 2013 @ 1:40 am

  8. I think every one of us Jersey Boys fans are happy that Clint Eastwood chose current or past JB cast members! (Or the majority of the roles are from JB companies.) I am very thrilled that JLY got the role of Frankie Valli. Great choice, Mr. Eastwood! Congratulations, JLY!

    Comment by Nancy — September 3, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

  9. Congratulations John! Count on us die-hards to be at the premiere to cheer you on!

    Comment by Gary — September 4, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

  10. I am over the moon! I cannot imagine anyone other than JLY in this role! I’ve always been a fan of Clint Eastwood and I’m glad he didn’t disappoint me on this!! :-) Congratulations John!

    Comment by Mary — September 5, 2013 @ 10:00 am

  11. Big Congrats to you cousin…You will be a great success just like on Broadway….There are many looking down upon you and I am sure couldn’t be more proud…All that singing with your Grandfather is paying off for you….Congrats again and Enjoy!!

    Comment by Bernadette — September 5, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

  12. I was waiting anxiously for this official confirmation! Such wonderful news. Congrats John!

    Comment by Rose — September 5, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

  13. So happy John was chosen to play Frankie Valli. Saw him on Broadway and couldn’t imagine anyone else in the part. Congrats John!

    Comment by Dennise Germano — September 6, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

  14. WOW,such great news!!! I have been waiting for this announcement all summer. The movie will be great. I am so happy for John. He deserves the best.

    Comment by MiMi Hill — September 18, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

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