"Jersey Boys" Reveals Toronto Closing Date



By: CHRISTAL GARDIOLA  
Published: July 6th 2010
in Culture » Stage

Jersey Boys in Toronto, 2008

The longest running musical in the history of the Toronto Centre for the Arts will finally bid farewell to the city that has embraced it. Jersey Boys announced that it will be closing its two year stint in Toronto. The final performance is scheduled on August 22, the anniversary of the production. 

 

"We owe a huge thanks to the City of Toronto," says Dancap Productions president Aubrey Dan in a press release. "Toronto embraced Jersey Boys from the start and it was thrilling to see audiences celebrate this incredible story and timeless music."

 


Jersey Boys tells the story of a rock group called the Four Seasons. It first opened on Broadway in 2005 before becoming a North American phenomenon. The musical has received accolades from award bodies such as Tony Awards and the Dora Awards. Jersey Boys's album, which featured songs like "Bye Bye Baby" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," also won a Grammy.

 


"Bye Bye Baby" will certainly be the anthem for the final days of the musical in Toronto. Jersey Boys started with a limited engagement in 2008. The Toronto production was directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff and written by Oscar winners Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It starred Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi), Jeff Madden (Frankie Valli), Daniel Robert Sullivan (Tommy DeVito) and Quinn VanAntwerp (Bob Gaudio). After rave reviews, Jersey Boys was picked up as a resident production in December 2008.

 


The musical set box office records and now boasts over one million tickets sold since its debut two years ago. It's final show in August will also mark the company's 830th performance. The last performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on August 22. For more information, visit www.JerseyBoysToronto.com.



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