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The Idolmaker
Role: Guido/Caesare
Director: Taylor Hackford
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Barry
United Artists

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audio Baby wma | mp3
audio However Dark The Night wma | mp3

This was my first movie, and one I'm still very proud to have been a part of. I played Caesare, a young kid from the Bronx who is transformed into a teen idol by Vincent Vaccari, played by the late Ray Sharkey. It was based on the true story of Robert Marcucci, who discovered Fabian and Frankie Avalon.

The time I spent as Danny Zuko in the original production of Grease not too long before turned out to be a good preparation for all the singing and dancing I had to do in this movie. Of course, after The Idolmaker's release, the question I was most often asked was, "Who did all your singing and dancing?"

"Baby" was Caesare's debut.

"However Dark The Night" was an homage to Elvis in his own backyard, and featured the amazing James Cleveland Choir of gospel singers.

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