John Lloyd Young Talks Bringing JERSEY BOYS to the Big Screen
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Young on working with Eastwood: "I was a little apprehensive working with Clint Eastwood, because I heard that he didn't do many takes...He was very generous, very calm, trusted me implicitly, which then made me feel confident, so some of my nerves were unfounded and my instincts that had helped carry me through the role, probably about 1,300 times on stage, served me very well on set."
Young on the differences between the movie and the stage version: "...the movie goes much deeper into the character. For example, in the show Frankie's daughter is only touched upon, but in the movie we see her at three stages of her life, so we really get to understand his relationship to his daughter... . I find that one of the great joys in acting is enveloping yourself in the character...on a film set is everything around you is so real, it's like stepping into the life of the other person as closely as you can. For me, film acting is the closest you could get to actually believing the fantasy."
Young won the 2006 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for lead actor in a musical for his portrayal of 'Frankie Valli' in JERSEY BOYS on Broadway. Young left the show in 2007, but returned for limited engagements there and in the West End.
JERSEY BOYS will hit theaters on June 20. It stars Tony Award winner Young as Franki Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Michael Lomenda a Nick Massi and Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito. JERSEY BOYS is based upon the Broadway musical featuring the music and lyrics of Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
The film follows the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It is about a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The show features all their hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What A Night," "Walk Like A Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Working My Way Back To You."
JERSEY BOYS is the recipient of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The Broadway production also won the 2006 Outer Critics Circle & Drama League Awards for Best Musical. The London production also won the 2009 UK People¹s Choice and What¹s on Stage Awards for Best New Musical. The Toronto production won three Dora Awards, including the Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production. The Australian production is 2010 recipient of the Helpmann Award for Australia¹s Best Musical and seven Victorian Green Room Awards.