The cast and crew of Jersey Boys Las Vegas honor the legacy of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons six nights a week with the stunning show they brought from Broadway, but yesterday the celebration grew to new heights.
On the occasion of the first anniversary of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas and the show’s fifth anniversary on the Strip, a star bearing the name “Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons” was added to the Las Vegas Walk of Stars on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Frankie Valli and original Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio (the real ones!) accepted the honor.
“This is … probably one of the most important highlights in my life,” Valli said.
“I did have apprehensions about being put in cement,” Gaudio added, “but this is indeed a pleasure.”
The star is the 64th on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars, which is located outside the west entrance to Paris Las Vegas. The memorial donates $750 to the Southern Nevada Homeless Trust for each star it inaugurates. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ star brought the organization’s total contributions to the charity to $48,000, making The Las Vegas Walk of Stars the SNHT’s largest donor.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, the Clark County Commission and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller declared March 21 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Day.
“Jersey Boys” has played nearly 2,000 shows in Las Vegas since it opened at the Venetian in May 2008. The show then moved to Le Theatre Des Arts at Paris.
Travis Cloer, who plays Valli in the production, explained that the Four Seasons’ star power continues to shine in Las Vegas.
“They’re the inspiration for this fantastic show that Las Vegas has embraced,” May said.
“Of course none of this would be possible without Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio,” said Rob Marnell (Gaudio on stage) “and this is just a small token of our appreciation, our utmost respect and our admiration for what [they] have been able to accomplish over the course of [their] careers.”