Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Jersey Boys” Film Will Star Its Tony Award Winner John Lloyd Young


John Lloyd Young, currently appearing in “Jersey Boys”as Frankie Valli, will play the role in the big screen movie to be directed by Clint Eastwood. I’ve confirmed with Young’s manager Dona Miller that the deal is being done but hasn’t been completed yet. Young’s other efforts to branch out didn’t go as well, possibly because he had the wrong people guiding him. But Young is back with a bang right now. He just played the Carlyle Hotel, and has a new album out on iTunes. Miller said that “Jersey Boys” movie producer Graham King has seen Young perform in the show seven times. And Clint Eastwood saw him about six weeks ago, cinching the deal. Fans of Young’s and the show will be very happy to hear this news. I just hope there’s some way Clint can work in cameos by Valli and songwriter Bob Gaudio.

PS John Lloyd Young wraps up his current stint in “Jersey Boys” on July 28th.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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