In our new series, “Where are they now?” We take a look at some of our favorite original Broadway actors and catch up on their careers!
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John Lloyd Young was the original Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, a role that earned him the 2006 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. After leaving Jersey Boys in 2007, Young continued to star in Les Misérables du Hollywood Bowl as Marius in 2008, and appeared on the TV show Glee! Young released his debut album “My Turn …” in 2012. That same year, Young reprized his role as Frankie Valli in the Broadway production of Jersey Boys. In 2014, Young made his West End Theater debut in the London production of the musical. He reprized the role of Frankie Valli in Clint eastwoodThe 2014 film adaptation of Jersey Boys!
In 2013, Young was nominated by President Barack obama to the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He resigned from the Presidential Committee in August 2017, while President Trump was in office.
John Lloyd Young is an acclaimed concert artist, having performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U.S. Embassy in Finland, Mar-a-Lago, Clint eastwood‘s Tehama Country Club, Café Carlyle in New York, Feinstein’s in New York and San Francisco, Radio City Music Hall, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and New Years Eve in Times Square.
Christian Hoff was the original Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, a role that won him the Tony Award for “Best Actor in a Musical” in 2006. After Jersey Boys, Hoff joined the group The Town center men, which consists of four former Jersey Boys cast members who perform music from the 1960s. On stage, Hoff went on to appear in the 2006 Broadway cover of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the cover of Pal Joey Roundabout in 2008 and more!
On screen, Hoff has appeared in All My Children Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ugly Betty, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and more. Hoff holds the world record for “Most Character Voices in Audio Book” for Tell Me How You Love the Picture, performing 241 distinct voices.
Daniel Reichard was the original Bob gaudio in Jersey Boys! After Jersey Boys, Reichard went on to play the role of Candide in Leonard Bernstein‘s “Candide” at the New York City Opera, and as Emmet at the world premiere of the musical version of Jim henson‘s “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas” at Goodspeed Opera House. As a concert singer, Daniel has had sold-out engagements at New York’s Joe’s Pub, The Metropolitan Room, and Ars Nova. Other concert appearances include Symphony space, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, BB Kings, Town Hall, Firebird, and the Cutting Room, as well as appearances with the Arkansas and Grand Rapids Symphonies. He can be seen as Frankie in the 2009 film version of the musical “Forever Plaid”. Reichard is also a member of the Town center men, next to Christian Hoff!
J. Robert spencer starred as the original Nick Massi in the original Jersey Boys cast on Broadway! Spencer went on to star in the original Broadway company Next to Normal in 2009, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Spencer had also previously played in the Arena scene production in 2008 and received a Helene hayes Nomination for the award for best leading actor in a non-resident production. Spencer played the role of Abraham Lincoln in the 2014 New York Musical Theater Festival production of Bayonets of Angst, and received an Award of Excellence from the New York Musical Theater Festival for “Outstanding Individual Performance.”
Spencer then formed his own company, “7 Spencer Productions”, for which he produces, writes, directs and stars in films. Onscreen, Spencer has appeared in Farm Girl in New York, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Lost on Purpose, and more.
Jennifer naimo was the original Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys! After Jersey Boys, Naimo led an industry read of THE MOST MISERABLE CHRISTMAS TREE alongside Jimmy smagula and Renée Marin in 2014. In 2018, Naimo joined ROCKERS WEST OF BROADWAY, a unique and fun charity event, featuring the best rock from Broadway with Southern California’s best band, Calphonics.
On screen, Naimo has appeared in Nip / Tuck, The Closer, Annie Claus Is Coming to Town, Speechless and more.
Pierre Gregus played like the original Bob crewe in Jersey Boys! After Jersey Boys, Gregus has gone on to appear in the Broadway revival of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 2006, the 2017 Theater for the New City production of UP THE RABBIT HOLE, the A Bronx Tale Nationwide Tour in 2018 and more! Onscreen, Gregus has appeared in Halston, Mem 39, Show Me a Hero, The Boys Who Brunch and more!
Marc Lotito starred as Gyp DeCarlo in the original Broadway production of Jersey Boys! After Jersey Boys, Lotito continued to star in 59E59Theaters’ Smart Blonde in 2019, alongside luminous Andréa Burns, Andrea Bianchi, and Jonathan spivey. Lotito went on to appear in the 59E59 Theaters TECH SUPPORT’s off-Broadway premiere alongside Ryan Avalos, Leanne Cabrera, Lauriel Friedman, and Margot Blanche. In 2020, Lotito joined the world premiere production of the off-Broadway play Drift at New World Stages, which premiered before it closed due to the closure of Broadway.
Michel Longoria is at the origin of the role of Joe pesci in Jersey Boys! He then reprized the role of Frankie Valli. After Jersey Boys, Longoria, he continued to star on screen in “Broadway Under The Stars: A Tribute To Harold Prince“, the US Open and the” America’s Got Talent “, season nine finale with Susan boyle and Shakira, and more.
In 2010, Longoria starred as Emmett in the 2010 Off-Broadway production of Cirque du Soleil: Banana Shpeel. In 2017, he starred in the original Off-Broadway production of The View UpStairs as Freddy.
As a singer-songwriter, Longoria has performed at CB’s Gallery in New York, Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, Knitting Factory and Caroline’s on Broadway. Longoria is also a member of the Town center men next to Christian Hoff and Daniel Reichard.
Donnie Kehr starred as the original Norm Waxman in Jersey Boys! Kehr went on to star in Billy Elliot on Broadway in 2008! Kehr’s film credits include Clint eastwoodthe film adaptation of Jersey Boys, Wall Street, Chaplin featuring Robert downey Jr and more. Her television credits include House of Cards, Gotham, Quantico, Tales of The City, Z-The Beginning of Everything, and Inventing Anna. Kehr starred in the Tonight Show, David Letterman, Good Morning America, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Oscars.
Donnie Kehr is also a singer-songwriter, musician and producer, who co-founded the group Urgent.
Kehr’s directing and production credits include the New York concert series “Rockers on Broadway”, The Who’s T’ommy’s 15th anniversary reunion concert on Broadway, and the opening ceremonies of the 2009 Maccabi Games at Madison Square Garden. In 2013, he received the Best Director award for a musical nomination at the Midtown International Theater Festival in 2013. Kehr is currently the creator and executive producer of The Greatest Piano Men.
Erica Piccininni was the original Lorraine in Jersey Boys! After Jersey Boys, Piccininni went on to star in the Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks as Luisa. Piccininni went on to appear as Lorraine in Clint eastwoodthe film adaptation of Jersey Boys. On screen, she has appeared in Hart of Dixie, Mad Men, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Station 19, Lethal Weapon, The Magicians and more!
Sara schmidt was the original Francine Valli in Jersey Boys. On stage, Schmidt has performed at MST BROADWAY CABARET, ROCKERS ON BROADWAY and more!