Long-awaited 'Jersey Boys' film hits theaters

News 12 New Jersey's John Bathke took a look at the life of Frankie Valli and his road to stardom. (6/20/14)

EDISON - 'Jersey Boys,' the long-awaited film about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, hits theaters today.

It's the story of four hard-knock fellows from the Garden State who sang their way to the top. In honor of the film's release, News 12 New Jersey's John Bathke took a look at the life of Valli and his road to stardom.

Valli's one-of-a-kind falsetto made him a superstar, but he came from humble beginnings. He lived in Newark's Stephen Crane Village projects.

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He also struggled as a performer for nearly a decade before finally achieving success as the lead singer of the Four Seasons. Their breakout hit was "Sherry" in 1962, and it became the first of 29 of the group's total Top 40 hits.

The group eventually split in 1977, but Valli continued on as a solo artist and later reformed the group with new singers.

The story of the Four Seasons was turned into a musical in 2005, and it became one of the longest-running and most successful shows in Broadway history.

The movie version of "Jersey Boys" is directed by Clint Eastwood. It hits theaters nationwide today.

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