Frankie Valli is a pop music icon who's been the famous falsetto frontman of The Four Seasons since 1960. The group was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and is the inspiration behind the hit musical Jersey Boys. Valli and co. are taking the Great White Way by storm with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway, which celebrates the group’s 50th anniversary and plays the Brodaway Theatre through October 27. Below, Valli shares everything from his favorite concert experiences to why he wants to collaborate with Hugh Jackman.
What record/album was your favorite growing up?
Frank Sinatra’s Only the Lonely, which came out in 1958 on Capitol Records.
What concert most influenced you as a performer?
I have seen so many amazing artists in concert and they have all inspired me, from Paul McCartney to Elton John to Billy Joel to Tina Turner and the list just keeps going on. My favorite concert that I performed in was in December of 1972 when The Four Seasons performed at An Evening of Solid Gold before a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, where we headlined with Jay & the Americans, The Four Tops and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.
What song are you most excited to perform in your show?
All of our hits! I want this concert to be a joyous night on Broadway where our fans get to hear us sing all their favorites, up close and in person.
What musical theater performer do you wish you can collaborate with?
Hugh Jackman. I have seen him on Broadway and he is amazing. He is a very talented performer.
What’s your favorite love song?
To fairly answer that questions we would be here all day. Look, I love listening to love songs and I love performing them. They are like oxygen.
What’s the best hidden gem in your catalogue?
One of my favorite songs we did that not a lot of people are familiar with is 1976’s "Fallen Angel."
What song most makes you smile?
How could it not be "Sherry," our first hit?!