In this installment of “22 Minutes,” 1010 WINS anchor Brigitte Quinn sits down with the original Jersey boy, Frankie Valli, to discuss his week-long engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the closing of the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys and the Clint Eastwood version the story that left him a little flat.
BQ: All your success, all these years in the business, is it still a thrill to be on stage?
FV: Well, it’s always a thrill when you’re doing something you love to do and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to make a living at the thing I love more than anything else in the world. So it is a thrill.
BQ: I would think your concerts turn into sing-alongs. Everybody knows the music, and it’s probably a mix of people who were buying your records and new people too who know you from Jersey Boys.
FV: There are a lot of young people now, especially those who have gone to see Jersey Boys which celebrated its 11th year on Broadway and has been seen more than one time by most of the people that go to see it… It has been an amazing run.
BQ: Closing in January, is that too soon?
FV: Remember the old story, everything that goes up comes down? I don’t think it’s closing forever. There are places in the world that Jersey Boys is just beginning, it’s in Sweden, it’s in Japan, it’s in the U.K., it will be going to South America and there are touring companies that will probably continue for the next five, or six, or seven years.
BQ: And then of course the Clint Eastwood movie. Did you like the movie?
FV: Not particularly, the concept wasn’t what I felt…. I saw the movie more like “Goodfellas”… and the movie didn’t do that. And I also didn’t like the fact that the movie was not shot on the East Coast — that was the original idea. I think Clint Eastwood is a sensational director, but for me this was more of a Martin Scorsese movie.
You can catch Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! during their limited engagement through Oct. 29.
About Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons:
Broadway will have two helpings of “Sherry” this fall when the real-life Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons play a week of concerts at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre just a few blocks from where the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys has been telling their life stories for a decade.
The show is a return engagement for the group, which played the Broadway Theatre under the same title in 2012.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! features many of the singing group’s greatest hits and Valli’s solo hits, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Rag Doll,” “Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye),” “Let’s Hang On!,” “Working My Way Back To You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Grease,” ”My Eyes Adored You,” “Who Loves You” and “December ‘63 (Oh What A Night),” along with a variety of musical surprises.
About Brigitte Quinn:
Brigitte anchors mornings at 1010 WINS radio and has worked in broadcasting for more than thirty years. She was a TV anchor at the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NBC. She holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BS from Cornell University. Her first novel, “Anchored” was published in 2015.