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Broadway Alum Erica Piccininni & Kathrine Narducci Join
the Cast of Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys Movie
Oh, what a cast! The ensemble for Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys
movie is filling out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Erica
Piccininni, who starred in the original Broadway production of the
Tony Award-winning musical, will reprise her role as Lorraine, a
Detroit reporter who has an affair with Frankie Valli, in the film
adaptation. Also, according to TheWrap.com, Kathrine Narducci, who
played Charmaine Bucco in HBO's The Sopranos, will play Valli's
mother, Mary Rinaldi.
Piccininni and Narducci join previously announced cast members Erich
Bergen (as Bob Gaudio) and Christopher Walken (as Gyp DeCarlo),
Joey Russo (as Joe Pesci), Jeremy Luke (as Donnie), Mike Doyle (as
Bob Crewe) and Johnny Cannizzaro (as Nick DeVito). Original star
John Lloyd Young is rumored to reprise his Tony-winning role as
Frankie Valli. The Hollywood Reporter also noted that the Jersey Boys
movie began production last week.
Piccininni has appeared on several TV series, including The Good
Wife, CSI: NY, NCIS and The Closer. In addition to The Sopranos,
Narducci's film and TV credits include A Bronx Tale, Miracle on 34th
Street, Law & Order, Third Watch, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace,
Cold Case, In Plain Sight, Workaholics and Hung.
Jersey Boys tells the story of how the Four Seasons became one of the
top-singing groups of the 1960s before they even turned 30. Like the
Night,” Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The
musical opened in 2005 and is currently running at Broadway's August
|Detroit's Roostertail gets its 3:00 minutes of fame when Frankie sings, with
horns, for the first time, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,”. Google Jersey Boys
then search for The Roostertail story, Paul Drew RKO's , story, big shot that
was running CKLW radio.Tom (Jerry's Twin) and Diane invited Paul Drew
down for Monday press preview night of the Four Seasons.
Detroit's Roostertail Stars in
It was Tom and Diana Schoenith, who’s twin brother Jerry booked the pop
group,invited Paul Drew to Monday's press preview . Paul and his wife Ann
was Tom and Diana's oldest son's Michael's Godparents.
Drew liked the what he heard and added the song to his station’s play list.
"Jersey Boys" Film to Premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival
By Michael Gioia
06 May 2014
The Clint Eastwood-directed screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning hit Jersey Boys
will premiere as the concluding presentation of the Los Angeles Film Festival June 19.
Graham King ("Argo") and Robert Lorenz ("Million Dollar Baby") are producing the film that
will hit theatres nationwide June 20. The L.A. Film Festival runs June 11-19 at LA Live.
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‘Jersey Boys’ walks, talks like the man
Clint Eastwood's direction brings Broadway musical
Author: Michelle F. Solomon, Contributing writer
Published On: Jun 20 2014 04:30:01 PM EDT
Clint Eastwood gives Broadway musical Jersey Boys the celluloid treatment, adding his own
touches of genius that, pardon the pun, really makes the story of the Four Seasons sing.
Eastwood seems to get it on all levels, creating a movie musical that isn't too heavy on music,
but doesn't skimp on it, yet gives it an urgency with the behind-the-scenes drama that makes
it interesting to those who don't give a dang about the mid-20th century boy band.
The tug-of-war for the film, though, is making it fit for the big screen when it really feels more
like a made-for-TV biopic. But what do I know? The 60-something guy next to me was singing
along with every tune and when the movie was over, yelled "Bravo" at the screen.
The movie is really a few stories rolled into one. First, there's the story of the group of guys
from outside of Newark — Belleville, N.J. — who, according to the first of the four to speak
directly into the camera (the asides technique is used in the musical and skillfully done here),
have only three ways to get out of their dead end town: “join the Mob, join the Army, or get
They are Goodfellas types who come from lower middle class homes that have pictures of the
Pope in the same frame as a black and white of Frank Sinatra, where spaghetti is the staple at
dinner, and "dis, dat, does and yo," plus a slap upside the head, are a common language. The
movie begins following the small town thugs whose plan to steal a safe goes awry when it's
too heavy and big to fit in the truck of a car.
But soon the focus turns to Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, a.k.a. Frankie Valli, the guy with
the falsetto voice. Frankie is basically a good guy, while his pal Tommy DeVito (the wonderful
Vincent Piazza), a hustler, sees that Frankie is a Golden Ticket.
The movie goes through the band's rise and fall, Frankie's tumultuous life with his alcoholic
wife, and eventually the debt he has to pay off because of DeVito's gambling addiction.
The only known star in the cast is Christopher Walken, who dives into the role as a mobster
who tears up when Frankie sings.
John Lloyd Young, who created the role on Broadway, is absolutely riveting on screen.
Eastwood approached Lloyd Young to star in the film while he was performing the show. It
was a wise choice in the fact that he's played Valli almost 2,000 times on stage.
The director insisted that the cast sing live on camera and there's definitely the feel of the
immediate performance. Eastwood also makes sure that the decades (the 1950s, 1960s, and
1970s) are captured creating almost another character with the spot-on eras. Eastwood's
direction, which is reminiscent of the same style he brought to the 2008 Changeling, soars
amidst vintage instruments, cars and costumes.
While the film has its share of gems, the curtain call takes the cake. How to capture a
Broadway curtain call on film? The wonderful closing number of Jersey Boys is choreographed
to a tee. And Walken doing a soft shoe? Priceless.
|Stars of Clint Eastwood’s upcoming Jersey Boys: John Llyod Young, Freya Tingley,
Christopher Walken and Francesca Eastwood