VIDEO: Mark Ballas Talks JERSEY BOYS Casting: 'I'm Incredibly Honored'
As BWW reported yesterday, the producers of the Tony, Grammy & Olivier Award-Winning Best Musical Jersey Boys have announced that the Broadway production will end its record-breaking, 11-year run on Sunday, January 15, 2017 after 4,642 performances at the August Wilson Theatre. 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.
Today, Ballas spoke exclusively to ET about his casting in the lead role and shares, "I've been a fan of this show since it came out. I've seen it on [London's] West End, I've seen it in Vegas, I've seen it numerous times in New York, and it's actually coming to a close... this is the last run, and I'm going to be able to play the final Frankie on Broadway, so this is incredible. I'm super excited." Watch the interview below and read the article in full here.
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. 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.