‘Jersey Boys’ welcomes back its prodigal son
By Mark Kennedy
NEW YORK (AP) — Who says you can’t go home again? Not John Lloyd Young, who left Broadway’s ‘‘Jersey Boys’’ five years ago and is now spending the summer back in his old role. He even got the same dressing room.
‘‘How many people in life get to go back and reclaim their past and relive it in almost exactly the same way and enjoy it all over again?’’ asks Young.
The show and theater may be the same, but it’s a different Young who again slips into the shoes of Frankie Valli in the behind-the-music musical about the doo-wop group The Four Seasons.
Young left the show in 2007, a newly minted Tony Award winner whose lead vocals also propelled the cast album to a Grammy win. He moved to Los Angeles to try his hand at film and TV, but found frustration. So he did different things: He became a kung fu expert. He helped charities. He got a tattoo. Most important, he fell in love with making modern art.
‘‘A lot of things changed radically right after I left the show,’’ he says. ‘‘I had certain expectations that didn’t happen or at least didn’t happen the way I expected. So I adapted.’’
Michael David, president of the producing partnership Dodger Properties, happily welcomed Young back to ‘‘Jersey Boys’’ and knows how rare it is for a Tony-winning leading man to return to the show that launched his fame.
‘‘It’s great to observe his inarguable talents and work ethic inhabit Frankie Valli again onstage,’’ David says. ‘‘For everybody in the show, it brings up their game to have him there.’’
John Lloyd Young who won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Frankie Valli in the Tony Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical JERSEY BOYS has returned to perform the role on Broadway through Sunday, September 30.