Frankie Valli Had A Problem With Jersey Boys

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As you know, Jersey Boys is the Tony-winning smash about the creation and success of the 1960s vocal group the Four Seasons.

Well, you'd assume it would be all kudos and champagne for the original Four Seasons, who got a burst of renewed interest and lovin' ever since the show debuted in 2005.

But lead singer Frankie Valli had his reservations.

As showbiz guy Fred Weintraub relates in his new memoir, he had lunch with Valli after seeing Jersey Boys and gushed about how good it was.

But Frankie looked troubled.

"What the matter?" asked Weintraub.

"It really wasn't fair, Fred," he said, pained. "Did you hear all the applause the guy playing me got?"

He was jealous of the fake version of himself!

"Frankie," assured Weintraub, "he's only imitating you. Didn't you notice? When the original footage of you was shown at the end, the applause was thundering."

"Yeah. ... You're right," said Valli, giving in. (Big boys don't cry.)

"And now you're going to be remembered forever," added Weintraub.

Valli smiled.

And John Lloyd Young won the Tony.


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Frankie Valli (left)

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bitchtrollfrom hell
bitchtrollfrom hell

Bob Crewe is the unsung songwriting genius behind the Four Seasons, he also co-wrote "Lady Marmalade".

bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

Just bough the cd hits of Four Seasons and it rocks, really feelin' the disco "Swearin To God" - amazing arrangement and vocals.  What happened to John Lloyd Young?

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

It's kind of endearing that he had that awkward feeling before coming to terms with it. it's only human.

rolph
rolph

And when the ka-ching started flowing in, I'm sure Valli was perfectly OK with it all.

Rogie
Rogie

Valli's falsetto's an acquired taste - and once I got it, I couldn't get enough of Four Seasons music. Surprisingly polished-yet-populist in the best sense - old-fashioned social consciousness, like the Internationalists would have produced if they had pop-music talent of high caliber and hired Phil Spector at his peak.

rolph
rolph

I remember he was in some movie in which me married a guy. Lainie Kazan was in it. It never came out! I thought he'd be a big star. Very weird.

Allen Firth
Allen Firth

According to IMDB< It's called Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!

I think the title says it all; and thus, besides a small role on "Glee!" [a place where everybody knows you're gay], he's been laying low.  ;-(

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