Just Keeps Going and Going

Frankie ValliFrankie Valli had flown in from a date in Phoenix. He and his current Four Seasons will be appearing one night, July 21, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood ($66.50-$76.50).

He will appear at a private (birthday) party for a Hollywood executive — $25,000. He is readying a new album. He is talking the feature film version of his life story. He was on stage at the Ahmanson Theater to take a bow Sunday night at the curtain of Center Theater Group’s opening of “Jersey Boys.” It was standing ovation time for the young “Jersey Boys” cast and then for the real-life, veteran counterparts who joined them on stage — Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Crewe and Joe Pesci.

But you ain’t seen nothing yet. Levy Restaurants was the caterer for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels plaza as the site for the post-preem party. The players who had segued from performing in San Francisco mingled with old-timers, getting/giving congrats.

Director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo reminisced with me about the show’s origins at the La Jolla Playhouse. Des is interviewing hopefuls in L.A. for more “Jersey Boys” companies — for a permanent house in Chicago, Las Vegas, then London. He plans to bring his “Dr. Zhivago,” which also bowed at La Jolla to Canada’s Stratford Festival — to play in repertory with another musical Trujillo who also teamed with McAnuff in La Jolla on “Zhivago,” is planning to next direct as well as choreograph his next show.

Among those expected at the Ahmanson to see “Jersey Boys” (again) was Steven Spielberg. He has long been rumored as seeking the movie rights. He’s a fan of the “Four Seasons”, their music — and let’s not forget their drama. Steven hasn’t. If Spielberg sees the current “Jersey Boys” company he’ll be even more convinced it would make a terrif movie. The L.A. troupe is every bit as good as — if not better than — the Tony-winning troupe on B’way which has grossed $88 million to date.

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  1. Howard Lit says:

    The Broadway cast is still by far the best group but the LA group is also very good

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