Jarrod Spector is making quite a name for himself on Broadway by playing music icons. First, he played a record 1,500 performances as Frankie Valli inJersey Boys, and this year, he’s nominated for a Best Featured Actor in a Musical Tony for his role as songwriting legend Barry Mann in the Carole King musicalBeautiful. But there’s more to the Philadelphia native than capably stepping into the mighty big shoes of mighty big musicians in mighty big productions. To single out one: he has cut two of his own albums (A Little Help From My Friends: Minor Fall, Major Lift) that capture his truly spectacular range as a vocalist. At the Hyatt Time Square in Manhattan, Spector filmed an A-Sidessession, discussing his Beautiful Broadway run, his own music, and everything in-between. He also weighed in on a Don King/Carole King collaboration (yes, you read that right) and performed a classic Animals song from the show. Watch the vids below (filmed by (, and catch some Spector fever. This guy’s a star.


“We Gotta Get Out of This Place”


* A-Sides’ Tony spotlight coverage wraps up this coming week with Rocky star Andy Karl!


About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:

Jon Chattman’s music series features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles – just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change.

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