'Jersey Boys' to Close on Broadway in January

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The musical will end its record-breaking 11-year run with Mark Ballas of 'Dancing With the Stars' as its final Frankie Valli.

Broadway is saying goodbye to Jersey Boys.

The hit musical will end its record-breaking 11-year run on Jan. 15, 2017, producers announced Tuesday. It is currently the 12th longest-running show in Broadway history, and will have played 4,642 performances at the August Wilson Theatre upon closing.

Dancing With the Stars’ Mark Ballas will be the final actor to play Frankie Valli in the show, making his Broadway debut on Oct. 18.

Jersey Boys, which tells the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2004 before opening on Broadway the following year. The show received the Tony Award for best musical in 2006, and the cast recording — featuring such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back to You” — earned the Grammy Award for best musical show album. 

The bio-musical was written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, direction by two-time Tony-winner Des McAnuff and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

The production has grossed $540 million to date, chalking up just under five million admissions. But while business was brisk during the early part of the run, playing at close to capacity for several years, recent months have seen attendance hover in the 50-to-60 percent range. The producers are hoping that the closing notice brings one last surge to ticket sales over the busy end-of-year holiday period.