October 30, 2008

Jarrod Spector–Fresh Face on Broadway.com!

October 30th, 2008

Jarrod Spector

Joanne Villani of Broadway.com is featuring Jarrod Spector in the Fresh Face column today! Here’s a preview of what Jarrod had to say:

Reaching for the Stars: Spector was only three when he first performed professionally, singing on a local television variety show. By age six, he was competing on Star Search with renditions of Bobby Darin classics such as “Splish Splash” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” a song he coincidentally now sings on Broadway every night. The tunes got him pretty far, landing him in the finals against a girl named Countess Vaughn. “She was like an 11-year-old Whitney Houston and I was 6. I just didn’t stand a chance,” Spector recalls. “I was cute. She was great.”

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Who Loves You: Being cast as Frankie Valli gave Spector the chance to meet the pop icon, who was “everything I wanted him to be,” he says. The real Valli was nothing but complimentary of Spector’s performance, even giving the young actor his phone number should he ever need advice. “I’m thinking, ‘Right, I’m gonna call Frankie Valli!’ But literally, I have Frankie Valli’s number in my phone, which is kind of an odd thing every time I scroll past it.” Spector has also built a friendship with John Lloyd Young, a fellow Ivy Leaguer who originated the role on Broadway. “He was so kind, and he was never condescending or territorial or possessive,” he says. “He just wanted to share his experiences. We keep in touch by e-mail and he sent me flowers on my opening night.”

1 Comment »

  1. Congratulations, Jarrod — another Philly native does well!

    Comment by elaine grace — October 31, 2008 @ 11:05 am

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