Tampa, Florida -- He's gone from Tampa Bay to Jersey and back again.
Hayden Milanes, a native of Town 'n Country and graduate of Blake High School's (Tampa) performing arts program leads the cast of "Jersey Boys" this week at the Straz Center in Tampa. Milanes plays the role of Frankie Valli, one of the founders and lead singer of the legendary rock group The Four Seasons.
The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the formation, success and break-up of The Four Seasons, using dozens of the group's biggest hits like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)" and "Walk Like a Man."
"Being able to do the show where I grew up," Milanes told 10 News, "It makes me happy the most. My family's here and they'll be able to see it. But they've flown to see me plenty of times and crowded other theaters in other states."
Milanes says the fact that "Jersey Boys" is based on fact, makes the show special.
"These guys are real, they have real circumstances," said Milanes. "They really had all odds against them and they flipped those odds to become one of the most famous rock bands in the history of rock and roll."
The real members of The Four Seasons are keep a tight rein on the show because it is their story.
"Most of us have to audition for Bob and Frankie," said Quinn VanAntwerp who plays Bob Gaudio in "Jersey Boys."It's kind of an incredible nerve-racking experience but who else gets to play living rock legends on stage every night?"
"Jersey Boys" opens Tuesday night at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and runs through Sunday afternoon. For more information, call (813) 229-STAR (7827.)