Tony Winner Young Will Take Vacation from Broadway's Jersey Boys and Return on Birthday
By Ernio Hernandez
John Lloyd Young, the Tony Award-winning star of Broadway's Jersey Boys, will be on vacation from the 2006 Best Musical Tony winner June 30-July 3.
The actor confirmed his vacation on his website, noting his return to the show will be for the evening performance on July 4 (which happens to be his birthday). Young will also not perform July 16.
Understudies Michael Longoria and Dominic Nolfi will fill the role of pop star Frankie Valli in Young's stead. At press time, it could not be ascertained which actors would play at which performances. Young won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal.
From blue-collar beginnings to gold-record status, the story of American pop group The Four Seasons comes to life on Broadway in Jersey Boys. Des McAnuff (700 Sundays, The Who's Tommy) directed the musical which began Oct. 4, 2005, and opened at the August Wilson Theatre Nov. 6.
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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