Thursday, June 15, 2006
Jersey Boys' Valli Understudy Gets Spotlight
Michael Longoria, whom most Jersey Boys audiences see portraying Joey Pesci (among other characters), will take center stage this coming Monday with his very own concert at New York's Metropolitan Room at Gotham.
On the Friday evening I saw Jersey Boys, I was greatly disappointed that John Lloyd Young -- who just won the Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical -- was skipping the performance. Little did I know that I'd be wowed by his truly amazing understudy, Longoria, in the role of Frankie Valli. I subsequently purchased the original cast CD, and I can tell you that Longoria's voice is actually much better suited to Valli's full range than Young's. Quite the crowd-pleaser, Longoria was definitely the best thing about the show.
If you'd like to catch this rising talent in the spotlight where he belongs, be sure to visit the Metropolitan Room at Gothan at 8 pm on Monday, June 19. The cabaret is located at 34 West 22nd Street. The cover charge is only $15 (along with a two-drink minimum).
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
Click here for ticket information.