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In every creative career there are ups and downs, and during the downs, I always remembered what Frankie Valli said.”From there Young’s spirit and drive lead him to win a Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards in 2006 for his portrayal of Valli on stage. Latin Times had a chance to sit down with Young to discuss his Broadway success, “Jersey Boys” the movie, Clint Eastwood and Frankie Valli. Latin Times: I read that you were inspired as a kid to become an actor after watching “Tootsie” and “Amadeus.” How did that inspiration lead you to where you are now?John Lloyd Young: Yes, I was probably about 8 years old, and those movies were big. I remember watching them over and over again on our Beta Macs.For John Lloyd Young, the acting bug bit at the Omaha Community Playhouse in the late 1980s, under the tutelage of stage veterans Mary Peckham, Dick Boyd and director Charles Jones.His Air Force dad was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base back then, and he did some acting in commercials as well.
From the moment Young met Valli, he felt the impact.
I had heard Eastwood was going around the country seeing versions of “Jersey Boys,” getting a sense of the show. Lomenda also played Massi for most performances of the tour that came to Omaha.