Jersey Boys, the most successful jukebox show Broadway has produced and a global phenomenon later revisited in Clint Eastwood’s less successful 2014 film, will end its record-breaking 11-year run on January 15, 2017. The 12th-longest running show in Broadway history, it will have played 4,642 performances at Jujamcyn Theatres’ August Wilson Theatre and taken in more than $2 billion in ticket sales.
Making his Broadway debut in the show October 18 through the end of the run, Dancing With The Stars star Mark Ballas will be the final actor to play Four Seasons frontman Frankie Valli. Mauricio Pérez will continue to play Valli at certain performances during the week.
Jersey Boys was scripted by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, and staged by Des McAnuff, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The Tony-, Grammy- and Olivier Award-winning best musical opened on Broadway in November 2005, after bowing a year earlier at the La Jolly Playhouse. Jersey Boys has set the Wilson box office house record 30 times and has been seen by more than 24 million people.
The show won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The original Broadway cast recording, produced by Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.
The closing offers a rare opportunity for a new musical to take up residence in one of the District’s long-booked houses. Jersey Boys is also credited with reviving the fortunes of Dodger Theatricals, which produced along with Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner / Osher / Staton / Bell / Mayerson Group. Associate producers are Lauren Mitchell, Rhoda Mayerson and Stage Entertainment. The executive producer is Sally Campbell Morse.