All good things must end, I think! But it’s hard to believe that the 11 year running, record breaker Jersey Boys, with 4,642 performances under its belt, will conclude on January 15, 2017.
Dancing with the Stars superstar Mark Ballas will be the final actor to take on the iconic role of Frankie Valli, making his Broadway debut in the show on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
Jersey Boys opened on Broadway on November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. It is now the 12th longest running show in Broadway history, passing such original Broadway productions as Miss Saigon, 42nd Street, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Producers. It’s also one of only five currently running shows to play over 10 years on Broadway. Jersey Boys has set the box office record 30 times and has gone on to become the longest running tenant in the August Wilson Theatre’s (formerly the Virginia Theatre) almost 100 year history. It is also the longest running tenant in any of the 5 theaters owned by the Jujamcyn Theaters organization. Jersey Boys has grossed more $2 billion worldwide and has been seen by over 24 million people.
It was written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.
The first Frankie Valli was played by the ever popular and now iconic John Lloyd Young, recently seen here in his solo concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below.