Hollywood film producers just can't take their eyes off John Lloyd Young! The Tony winner, who originated the role of Frankie Valli in the Broadway production of Jersey Boys, will reprise the role in director Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the Tony-winning hit musical. Young confirmed the news via his official Facebook page.
As previously reported, Young had been rumored to be Eastwood and producer Graham King's top pick to portray the famous falsetto-singing Four Seasons frontman back in July. Young joins a cast that already includes Erich Bergen (as Bob Gaudio), Christopher Walken (as Gyp DeCarlo), Joey Russo (as Joe Pesci), Jeremy Luke (as Donnie), Mike Doyle (as Bob Crewe), Donnie Kehr (as Norm Waxman) and Johnny Cannizzaro (as Nick DeVito), Erica Piccininni (as Lorraine) and Kathrine Narducci (as Mary Rinaldi). According to Variety, Michael Lomenda and Boardwalk Empire star Vincent Piazza will play Four Seasons members Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, respectively.
Written by Tony winners Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi became one of the top-singing groups of the 1960s before they even turned 30. Like the show, the film will incorporate hits such as “Sherry,” “Oh What a Night,” Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Jersey Boys currently plays at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre and stars Dominic Scaglione Jr., Andy Karl, Drew Gehling and Matt Bogart. The musical opened on November 6, 2005, and won four 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.