Jersey Boys Veteran Mark Ballas to Reprise Broadway Role in Los Angeles
The Tony-winning Frankie Valli musical will open at the Ahmanson Theatre this May.
Mark Ballas will reprise his Broadway performance as Frankie Valli in the Los Angeles engagement of Jersey Boys, coming to Center Theater Group/Ahmanson Theatre this May. Performances begin May 16 in advance of a May 18 opening and will run through June 24.
Ballas made his Broadway debut as Valli last fall, playing the role at the August Wilson Theatre from October 18, 2016-January 15, 2017. "Frankie veterans" Aaron De Jesus and Miguel Jarquin-Moreland will play Frankie Valli at certain performances during the week.
The cast will also feature Matthew Dailey (Tommy DeVito), Keith Hines (Nick Massi), and Cory Jeacoma (Bob Gaudio) as the Four Seasons, with Barry Anderson and Thomas Fiscella. Rounding out the ensemble are Mark Edwards, Corey Greenan, Bryan Hindle, David LaMarr, Austin Owen, Kristen Paulicelli, Leslie Rochette, Andrew Russell, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Dru Serkes, Jonny Wexler, and Jesse Wildman.
Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
The Tony-winning musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi, and includes dozens of their popular hits including "Walk Like a Man," "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What a Night," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."
After opening on Broadway on November 6, 2005, the show ran for 11 years, becoming the 12th longest running show in Broadway history.