Olivia Valli, Granddaughter of Frankie Valli, Will Join the Cast of Jersey Boys
Valli will begin performances at New World Stages later this month.
Olivia Valli, granddaughter of Frankie Valli, will take over the role of her grandmother Mary Delgado (Frankie Valli's first wife) in the off-Broadway production of Jersey Boys at New World Stages beginning May 20. Olivia Valli was previously seen onstage in the second national tour of Wicked.
Valli joins a cast that features Aaron De Jesus (Frankie Valli), Austin Colby (Bob Gaudio), Mark Edwards (Nick Massi), Sam Wolf (Tommy DeVito), Dianna Barger (Francine), Stephen Cerf (Gyp DeCarlo), and Amanda Dela Cruz (Lorraine). Natalie Gallo currently plays the role of Mary Delgado.
Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and includes dozens of their popular hits including "Walk Like a Man," "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."
The show's Broadway production opened on November 6, 2005, after playing an out-of-town tryout run at the La Jolla Playhouse. It closed 11 years later on January 15, 2017. A film version directed by Clint Eastwood was released in 2014.
Like the Broadway production, the off-Broadway staging is directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, with music supervision, vocal and dance arrangements and incidental music by Ron Melrose, and orchestrations by Steve Orich.