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Jersey Boys to close in London's West End after nine years on 26 March 2017
The hit musical posts closing notices.
Producers of the long-running hit West End musical Jersey Boys have announced that the Olivier and Tony Award-winning show will end its nine year run in London's West End, closing at the Piccadilly Theatre on Sunday 26 March 2017.
The musical is currently the sixth longest musical running in the West End and first opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 18 March 2008 before moving to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014.
Producer Michael David said in closing statement: “When we brought Jersey Boys here nine years ago, we hoped it was a good idea and that West End audiences would embrace it, but you never imagine it’ll multiply and resonate as much as it has. We couldn’t be more proud of the cast and crew who gave their all every night, and are profoundly grateful to the audiences who returned that energy without fail. Our time in London has been extraordinary, and we hope audiences around the UK will continue to embrace Jersey Boys as we bring the show to their hometowns."
A new UK tour of Jersey Boys was also announced to open in December 2017.
The current cast of Jersey Boys is led by Matt Corner as Frankie Valli, Simon Bailey as Tommy DeVito, Declan Egan as Bob Gaudio and Matt Hunt as Nick Massi.
It was announced earlier this year that the original Broadway production of Jersey Boys will also end its run at the August Wilson Theatre on 15 January 2017 after originally opening for previews on 4 October 2005, with an official opening on 6 November 2005.
Jersey Boys tells the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. The show features many of their hit songs including "Beggin’", "Sherry", "Walk Like A Man", "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)", and "Big Girls Don’t Cry". The production has won the Tony and Olivier Award for Best New Musical along with 57 major awards worldwide. It has been seen by over 23 million people worldwide and recently completed a record-breaking run in Las Vegas.
Featuring a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe it is directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. Scenic design is by Klara Zieglerova, with costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projection design by Michael Clark. The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose.
Tickets for the final months of Jersey Boys in the West End are on sale, booking to 26 March 2017.