Frankie Valli Cancels Thailand Concert; Cites 'Political Unrest'
According to The Hollywood Reporter, legendary doo-wop singer Frankie Valli has canceled a scheduled appearance in Thailand due to political unrest in the area. Concert promoter BEC-Tero Entertainment PCL said that Wednesday's performance would not take place, "due to the current political situation and its associated difficulties, and for the safety and well-being of customers."
Billed as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the concert was to take place near the sight of recent violent protests, where participants are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Nine deaths have bee reported since November as well as two explosions which wounded 28 people in Bangkok on Sunday.
Valli commented, "I am truly disappointed that I can't perform for my fans in Thailand on Jan. 22. But your safety and security are more important and really matter to me. My thoughts are with you all. I promise I will come back to perform in Thailand soon."
Valli's life story is the subject of Broadway's Jersey Boys. On January 14, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best musical surpassed Grease with 3,389 performances, becoming the 14th longest-running show in Broadway history.
The show has been seen by over 18 million people worldwide (as of July, 2013) and is currently playing in New York; Las Vegas; London; in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour, The Netherlands and Seoul, South Korea.
The current Broadway company stars Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Drew Gehling (Bob Gaudio) and Richard H. Blake (Tommy DeVito) and Dominic Scaglione, Jr. (Frankie Valli) with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito, and Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Candi Boyd, Jared Bradshaw, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Ken Dow, Russell Fischer, John Edwards, Katie O¹Toole, Mauricio Perez, Joe Payne, Nathan Scherich, Sara Schmidtand Katie Webber.