Jersey Boys Tony Winner Young Re-Ups with Broadway Musical

News   Jersey Boys Tony Winner Young Re-Ups with Broadway Musical John Lloyd Young, the Tony Award-winning star of Broadway's Jersey Boys, has renewed his contract with the musical, Playbill.com has learned.

John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys.
John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. Photo by Joan Marcus

The actor — who begins a two-week vacation Oct. 2 (according to his website) — has signed on to continue his role, a production spokesperson confirmed to Playbill.com. No details on how long his new stay will last were given. Young, on his website, terms it "a several-month extension."

Young won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal as Frankie Valli.

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Des McAnuff (The Who's Tommy, Big River) directs the story of American pop group The Four Seasons — the highs, the lows and all in between — which comes to life in the musical Jersey Boys with the help of their hits "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like A Man," "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" and more. The show began on Broadway Oct. 4, 2005 and opened at the August Wilson Theatre Nov. 6.

The forthcoming national tour will launch from San Francisco's Curran Theatre (starting Dec. 1) and is also scheduled to stop at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre (May 2007) before heading to Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre in October 2007.

Jersey Boys features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and a book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice. The production garnered four Tony Award wins for stars John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff, lighting designer Howell Binkley and for the top prize Best Musical.

Young (The Drawer Boy, The Chosen at Paper Mill) joined the cast for the Broadway run. Original stars Hoff (The Who's Tommy), Daniel Reichard (Radiant Baby, The Thing About Men) and J. Robert Spencer (Side Show, Lucky Duck) reprise their roles from the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere.

Tickets to Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250. For more information, visit www.JerseyBoysBroadway.com.

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