With his distinctive lead falsetto vocals in the hit group the Four Seasons, the legendary Frankie Valli helped change the game of music with the group’s numerous number one hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “December 1963 (Oh What A Night).”
Frankie is still on top of his game and singing all those cherished hits in performances around the world with the Four Seasons, including a stop here in Los Angeles at the Saban Theatre on September 27th! Frankie stopped in to the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show today to talk about his upcoming L.A. show and to address some of the rumors about the Jersey Boys movie in the works.
The most recent rumor circulating about the anticipated movie based on the Tony award-winning musical about the rise to fame of Valli and the Four Seasons, is that Clint Eastwood is set to direct the film.
“I just heard it from you!” joked Frankie when asked if there’s any truth to the rumor. “That’s what it’s looking like and we’re really very excited. He’s not only a great musical guy, but a great director.”
Frankie added that he’ll be involved in part with the casting and says he wouldn’t mind seeing an up and coming actor play him in the movie version.
“I’ll be very interested in who they do [cast],” said Frankie. “When I think back of the play in general, there was nobody that had a name or anything, so that doesn’t bother me. I think if the guy is good that’s what it’s all about…how do unknown people get a shot anyway?”
Casting a young Frankie Valli means the actor needs to not only look the part, but most importantly sound like the part to really convey his signature falsetto fans have loved all these years. However to Frankie, hitting those high notes isn’t as difficult as one might think.
“I’m a firm believer that if I can do it, there are millions of people out there can do it,” he said. “It’s like anything else, you train yourself…everything takes work to get to what you’re doing. I’m not the first guy who ever sang falsetto.”
In addition to the upcoming Jersey Boys movie, Frankie is also set to make a cameo appearance in a Rob Reiner film starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton titled And So It Goes.
“It’s a little cameo that I’ll just have some fun with. I like immensely Michael Douglas, who is an incredible talent, and Diane Keaton and Rob Reiner, who is a terrific guy,” he said.
Fans don’t have to wait see Frankie in the movies, because the singer is returning to L.A. for the first time since his 2010 performance at the former Kodak Theatre for his show with the Four Seasons at Saban Theatre Sept. 27th. For tickets and more information, visit ticketmaster.com.
We also talked to Frankie about his favorite Four Seasons record, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” and how the song almost didn’t get released or get played on the radio.
“That is one of my favorites. First of all, the record company would not release it because they feared I might leave the group. Finally we did get them to release it and we went out and started promoting it and it got no action at all. Nobody wanted to play the record,” explained Frankie.
Listen to part two of our interview with Frankie to hear the rest of the story on how “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” went from being almost unreleased to becoming one of the group’s biggest hits!