20/04/06 by Maureen Mackey for Reader’s Digest
The talented star of the Broadway hit talks about the secrets to his success.
Exactly one year before Jersey Boys opened on Broadway on November 6, 2005, actor John Lloyd Young was working as an usher in New York, not sure what his next acting job would be. Now, playing the lead role of Frankie Valli in one of this year’s biggest theatrical hits, he’s a star.
Jersey Boys, at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City, tells the story of the Four Seasons singing group and how they went from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the show, Young sings no less than 27 songs as Valli, a demanding and versatile role requiring great physical stamina.
In its May 2006 “Best of America” issue, Reader’s Digest named John Lloyd Young one of this country’s best alter egos for his work as Frankie Valli. Senior staff editor Maureen Mackey spoke with him recently backstage in New York, just a few hours before showtime.
Listen as the talented young actor tells Reader’s Digest about how he prepared for the role of his life, how he went out to Las Vegas to “spy on” the real Frankie Valli, and why he thinks the show is striking chords with audiences.