John Lloyd Young will return to the role of Frankie Valli – the role he originated in “Jersey Boys” – for a limited engagement beginning next January.
Young won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for the role, and will join the Broadway production on January 11, 2013. The musical plays at the August Wilson Theatre.
In addition to originating the role back when the musical premiered in 2005, Young also appeared during a limited engagement this summer that ran from July 3 – September 30.
Jarod Spector, who currently plays the role of Valli, will leave the Broadway production on December 30. Spector has played Valli for six years in over 1,500 performances that have spanned Broadway, Chicago and national tour companies. Dominic Scaglione, Jr. will fill the role from December 31, 2012 – January 10, 2013.
Young will join the other three members of The Four Tops currently on Broadway: Matt Bogart as Nick Massi, Drew Gehling as Bob Gaudio and Jeremy Kushnier as Tommy DeVito. The musical is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.
The musical also won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, and the cast recording was awarded a Grammy Award.
Here’s how press notes describe the musical:
[“Jersey Boys”] is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Vallie, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, about a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty.
The musical features a slew of songs by The Four Tops, including “Sherry,” “Oh What a Night” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”