"The Insider" reporter Kathie Lee Gifford interviews Valli and Young about the singer's real life and on stage persona on CBS at 7 PM (ET). Check your local listings.
From blue-collar beginnings to gold-record status, the story of American pop group The Four Seasons comes to life on Broadway. Des McAnuff (700 Sundays, The Who's Tommy) directs the musical Jersey Boys which began Oct. 4 and opened at the Virginia Theatre Nov. 6.
Jersey Boys features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and a book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice. The new musical is billed as "The story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time," according to the production notes. "They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they were 30."
Starring as the pop quartet will be Christian Hoff (as Tommy DeVito), Daniel Reichard (as Bob Gaudio), J. Robert Spencer (as Nick Massi) and John Lloyd Young (as Frankie Valli). The cast also features Tituss Burgess, Heather Ferguson, Steve Gouveia, Peter Gregus, Donnie Kehr, John Leone, Michael Longoria, Mark Lotito, Jennifer Naimo, Dominic Nolfi, Erica Piccininni and Sara Schmidt.
Young (The Drawer Boy, The Chosen - Paper Mill) joins original La Jolla stars Hoff (The Who's Tommy), Reichard (Radiant Baby, The Thing About Men) and Spencer (Side Show, Lucky Duck) who reprise their roles. Rhino released the original cast album of Broadway's Jersey Boys. Recorded Aug. 28 at New York City's Right Track Studio, the CD will feature such Four Seasons hits as "My Eyes Adored You," "Sherry," "December ’63 (Oh What A Night)," "Who Loves You?," "Big Girls Don’t Cry," "Walk Like A Man," "Workin’ My Way Back To You," "Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You," "My Boyfriend’s Back," "Earth Angel," "Sunday Kind Of Love," "Short Shorts," "I Can’t Give You Anything But Love" and "Rag Doll," among others.
Tickets to Jersey Boys at the Virginia Theatre, 245 W. 52nd Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250. For more information, visit www.JerseyBoysBroadway.com.