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Nick Jonas in talks to play Frankie Valli in streaming version of Tony-winning ‘Jersey Boys' musical

Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News on

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Nick Jonas may be ready to walk like a man.

The Grammy Award-nominated pop music crooner is in talks to play Frankie Valli in a streaming event performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.”

According to a Deadline report, sources say the event will be produced by “Bohemian Rhapsody”s Graham King and the original Broadway producers the Dodgers, with Valli and Bob Gaudio, the other surviving member of the original group and the songwriter of most of their big hits.

“Jersey Boys” chronicles Valli’s origins from Newark, N.J., to the top of the pop charts in the ’60s with the Four Seasons. The Broadway jukebox musical ran for 12 years and was one of the biggest juggernauts on The Great White Way. In 2014, Clint Eastwood directed and produced a film adaptation, which featured members of the original award-winning Broadway cast.

In the lead role, Jonas is expected to belt out a plethora of the group’s most famous songs, including “Walk Like A Man,” “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

 

Valli, born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, went on to sing the theme song to the “Grease” soundtrack in 1978, which garnered a Grammy nomination for Album of The Year.

As an actor, the youngest member of the hit-making Jonas Brothers trio, turned in a gritty performance in the 2016 Sundance Film Festival hazing drama “Goat” and also co-starred with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and its sequel, “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

The former “Voice” coach also starred on the television shows “Smash,” “Hawaii Five-O” and the Audience network’s “Kingdom.”

The doo-wop quartet — the progenitors of what would evolve into blue eyed soul — Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

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