Young was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
(He resigned from the President's Committee in August, 2017, co-signing a letter of resignation that said in reference to President Trump, "Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions." After moving to New York City, Young worked his way up through the ranks of the theater scene with roles in numerous regional and off-Broadway plays, including the New York-area premiere of Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy with actor John Mahoney; "Charlie" in Julia Jordan's The Summer of the Swans; "Moritz" in the Douglas Langworthy translation of Wedekind's Spring Awakening; and "Claudio" in Rinne Groff's The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem for the Target Margin Theatre.
“Frankie’s philosophy is like a yo-yo of regret and optimism. He’s a very emotional guy and he’s been through a lot in his life.
Of Italian descent and raised in a tough, mob-influenced part of New Jersey, Valli struggled for years to break through (working as a barber to pay his way) and paid a heavy price for his success.
His friendship with spendthrift fellow band member Tommy De Vito which forms the heart of the film literally cost him dear whole his personal life was scarred by tragedy; his daughter Francis committed suicide.
During his tenure at Jersey Boys, which now has several companies playing worldwide, Young performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the New York City Marathon, New Year's Eve in Times Square, Yankee Stadium and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Young's run with Jersey Boys concluded on November 9, 2007, followed shortly thereafter by a sold-out-in-a-day solo concert debut at Lincoln Center.
Never giving up is an important lesson from Valli’s life and one that inspires Young still.
“Whenever I’m in a period of doubt I look at him and say: ‘Look what can happen if you just keep going.’ Now Jersey Boys is a major show all over the world and has just been made into a movie by Clint Eastwood.
Eastwood saw him perform on Broadway last year.“I met Clint very briefly afterwards on stage,” says Young who by then had performed the show more than 1,200 times.
“He keeps things very close to this chest and I have the same kind of personality so we had very short words with each other of admiration and the next time I met him was on the set of the movie.”If John Lloyd Young is Frankie Valli, what has he learned about the singer who still performs and was closely involved in the stage show and film production?
“I come from a military family so we moved around a lot.