John Lloyd Young is sensational- a natural by far! Young is best known for winning a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Award for his portrayal of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway and in the Warner Bros film adaptation. Young also won a Grammy for the cast multi-platinum album of Jersey Boys. But his talents go way beyond his Jersey Boy days. His vocal range is superb; his stage presence is confident and alluring- he is an all-around talented performer.
The evening begins with an elegantly dressed Young entering the room. His smile is captivating as he greets the audience. The show continues with a myriad of songs, some from Jersey Boys and some not. His voice carries masterfully through the various styles and tempos played by his skillful team comprised of Sean Harkness on guitar, Mark McLean on Drums, Derek Nievergelt on bass and Ron Abel on the piano and musical director.
It is apparent that his audience adores him through the applause and words of admiration they dote at him. He equally shows his appreciation by interacting and engaging with his loving fans. His body language is warm and inviting. He encouraged everyone to sing or clap along. Some of the crowd's favorites were "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and "My Eyes Adored You" from Jersey Boys. But the other songs were also well-received. He included songs by Roy Orbison and Paul McCartney. Whichever song he was singing, Young is a master! He is truly a powerhouse to watch on stage.
The evening ended with the classic "Sherry," which the audience loved! He continued showing his sincere esteem for his fans as he walked around the room, shaking hands and thanking them. They reciprocated with a heartfelt standing ovation.
John Lloyd Young: Broadway's Jersey Boy is a magnificent evening of entertainment and a must-see!
"Broadway's Jersey Boy"
Performed by John Lloyd Young
Musical Direction by Ron Abel
January 11 - 14, 2023
254 W 54th St. Cellar, NYC 10019
Yani Perez, M.F.A, is a poet, playwright, translator, and educator. Her plays have been presented in various theaters in the United States such as La Mama and Yale University as well as internationally in Bogotá, Colombia. She works at IATI Theater, one of the oldest Latinx theaters in NYC. She is currently working on translations of Latinx artists in hopes of introducing them to English-speaking audiences.