Falsetto, Check! Meet the Final Frankie Valli of Broadway, Mark Ballas
As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this week, Jersey Boys will end its record-breaking, 11-year run on Sunday, January 15, 2017 after 4,642 performances at the August Wilson Theatre (245 W 52nd St, NYC). "Dancing with the Stars" superstar Mark Ballas will be the final actor to take on the iconic role of "Frankie Valli" making his Broadway debut in the show on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. He will continue in the role through the end of the show's historic run next year.
Emmy-nominated Mark Ballas is a multifaceted entertainer. For the past 18 seasons, he has captivated more than 20 million viewers per week on ABC's hit show "Dancing with the Stars." He is a two-time champion, nine-time finalist and he earned a 2011 Emmy nomination for his work on the show. He choreographed Pepsi's Super Bowl commercial starring Sofía Vergara & the Oscar commercial for Shonda Rhimes' "The Catch." In the U.K., Mark appeared in the national tour of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story and took the lead role of Tony, Off West End, in Copacabana. He also played Judas, Off West End, in Jesus Christ Superstar and Benjamin in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Mark currently performs in the duo Alexander Jean with fiancée BC Jean. The team's single "Roses and Violets" and debut EP "Head High" both debuted at #1 on iTunes' Singer/Songwriter chart. They have recently completed a 20 date U.S. tour. Mark is also an accomplished flamenco and electric guitar player. He was trained at The Italia Conti Performing Arts School in London.
Most of us know Ballas' work from the dance floor, but perhaps are not yet acquainted with his Valli-esque falsetto. Check out his pipes with a roundup of some of his past musical performances below!