Mark Kennedy of The Associated Press states that Frankie Valli and producer Michael David are not sad about JERSEY BOYS closing on Broadway on January 15. Can’t say that I’m feeling that way, how about you guys?
Here’s a sneak peek of the article:
“I’m not sad,” Frankie Valli said by phone. “I never dreamed it would last 11 years. The beauty about this whole situation is, it’s not over. It is now beginning to happen in other parts of the world.”
Michael David, a “Jersey Boys” producer for Dodger Theatricals, said the final show will be bittersweet.
“There’ll be tears, but this has been a blessing, and we’re all smart enough to know it,” he said. “This probably won’t happen in our lives again.”
Valli, 82, said the show would live on in productions in Japan, the Philippines, Sweden and London, as well as a current U.S. and U.K. tours. Upcoming is a South America production and performances in schools and on cruise ships.
“The funny thing about theater is that something can go away and come back 20 times – probably even after I’m gone,” he said. “That’s the beauty of it. It’s better than doing a movie. It’s better than doing anything, in my opinion.”
David said the decision to close was made before box-office numbers got terrible.
“We wanted to leave with a dignity and elegance that the show deserved,” he said. “We looked at each other and said, ‘Look, let’s call this one ourselves.’ “
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