Friday, October 04, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-John Lloyd Young

Artist:John Lloyd Young
Song:Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Album:Jersey Boys: Original Broadway Cast Recording

John Lloyd Young's claim to fame is he is the only actor to win a Lead Actor in a Musical Tony Award in his Broadway debut. He played Frankie Valli in the very popular show Jersey Boys. He has since moved to Los Angeles and released a CD last year. He was born July 4, 1975 in Sacramento, CA and went to high school in Plattsburgh, NY. Young graduated with honours in Theater Arts at Brown University. Then he moved to New York City and appeared in small roles in several shows. One of the current trends in Broadway musicals is the Jukebox musical. There's no actual story. The show consists of popular songs by a famed recording artist. The success of musicals about Buddy Holly and Abba convinced original Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio and producer Bob Crewe that there should be a Four Seasons musical. They hired director Des McAnuff to create the show and he built it around the band's story. John Lloyd Young auditioned for Frankie Valli but David Norona played the role when the show debuted in San Diego Oct. 2004. But Norona had voice problems and Young replaced him for the Broadway run. Jersey Boys premiered on Nov. 6, 2005 and it's still running. And there have been many regional productions. So Jersey Boys has been very successful. Young won several awards including the Tony for Lead Actor in a Musical. The original cast album won a Grammy and is available as a budget CD. Young left Jersey Boys in Nov. 2007 and has returned for a couple of Broadway runs including a current one. Young moved to Los Angeles and was the very first guest star to appear on the TV series Glee. He released the CD My Turn on his own label in 2012. Here's John Lloyd Young performing Can't Take My Eyes Off You and Who Loves You on the 2006 Tony Awards broadcast.

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