John Lloyd Young, the singer/actor who created the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, has reprised his spot on take of the singer for a London run of the musical. Lloyd Young will play Valli on the West End stage until 27 April, according to the Daily Mail. He made his debut in London's Jersey Boys on Saturday (15Mar14), replacing Ryan Molloy.
Lloyd Young will also portray Valli in Clint Eastwood's much-anticipated movie adaptation of the musical about the rise of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. The film is scheduled to hit cinemas this summer (14).
A song penned by a teenager killed in a coach crash on his way home from a British festival last year (12) has been released by the event's organiser Rob Da Bank. The track, titled Rise And Fall, was written by Michael Molloy, from Liverpool, England and recorded in July last year (12), just weeks before his death at the age of 18 when a bus transporting more than 50 festival-goers from Bestival crashed into a tree on 10 September (12).
The song was completed by his friend and musical collaborator Alex Evans and released by Rob Da Bank, real name Robert John Gorham, through his Sunday Best label, entering the U.K. Singles Chart on Sunday (05May13) at Number 38.
Rob Da Bank said, "It's obvious to me that Michael was a young and rare talent and that music was an extremely important part of his life. I've heard he absolutely loved Bestival and had a great time at Bestival 2012, so I feel privileged to be able to help his family fulfil his and their ambition of getting Michael's music out there."
Michael's mum Frances adds, "The release of Michael's single will represent a small step in the long and hard job of rebuilding our lives. We will always be thankful for the fact that he was the happiest 18-year-old alive at the time of his death. He was fulfilled and full of hopes and dreams. One of those dreams was for his talent to be recognised."
Bestival takes place annually over three days on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.
The Muriel's Wedding star passed away on Saturday (21May11) at the age of 71 following a battle with cancer.
Tributes have poured in for Hunter, and on Thursday, his family, friends and a number of famous faces turned out for a service celebrating the actor's life.
With Hunter's casket taking centre stage at Melbourne's Princess Theatre, singer Paul Kelly opened the memorial with an emotional performance of Nukkin Ya, which is derived from the Aboriginal term for 'see you later'. Oliver Jao Smith and The Maza Sisters also performed during the service.
Screen stars including David Field and Mick Molloy shared their memories of Hunter, while actor Rod Mullinar, who helped nurse the actor through illness during his final months, read out a poem in his honour.
Mullinar also delivered a moving speech about his "sweet, kind and generous" friend, telling the mourners, "He had a great curiosity about people - what they did, how they lived their lives, and most of all, what their stories were.
"People loved Billy because what you saw was what you got. I'll miss you Billy. We'll have a drink for you."
Family members paid tribute to Hunter, with his former wife Rhoda Roberts telling the guests, "He had wisdom and experience that he wanted to pass on. He was such a mentor to so many in this room, and that's how I would like to remember him."
Hunter's niece Kate Sheffield added, "It was an amazing life, and he lived it his way. His generosity of spirit was extraordinary. So long Billo. I'm so proud to have known you. You added colour and passion to all of our lives."
His brother John Hunter said, "Safe journey dearest friend, brother, you will never be forgotten in our hearts."
Paul Kelly closed the service by performing his classic track Leaps and Bounds.