Jersey Boys Becomes 16th Longest-Running Show In Broadway History
Oh What A Night! It’s far too often shows come and go on Broadway. While it seems everyone has a story to tell, it is only so often audiences are willing to listen. Audiences are listening over at The August Wilson Theatre and have been for the past seven years as they music of the Four Seasons and the story of how one incredible group of boys together to create the sound of a generation. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Jersey Boys is now the 16th longest running show in Broadway history!
Jersey Boys is a musical that features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. According to a press release, Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, about a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they were thirty.” The show features “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”
As of this past Friday August 23rd, Jersey Boys surpassed Life With Father with 3,224 performances to become the 16th longest running show in Broadway history. As of today, Jersey Boys has played a total of 3,228 performances. While the show continues to climb the ladder of longest running Broadway productions, surpassing Life With Father is a huge milestone in itself. Life With Father is not only the 17th longest running production in history but is also the longest play to ever run on Broadway.
Jersey Boys premiered back on Broadway in 2005 at The August Wilson Theater on 52nd Street. The show, to this day, still continue to play at that theater. The musical was nominated for 8 Tony Awards during it’s premiere on Broadway and went on to win four of those including Best Musical. The original Broadway recording of Jersey Boys also received a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2006. The musical has grown into a world-wide phenomena with productions not only in New York but also in Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, London, Melbourne and cities across the United States with two U.S. national tours. The show is next set to premiere in South Africa. As of July 2013, 18 million people have experienced Jersey Boys worldwide.
Have you ever wondered what is the longest running show in Broadway history? Okay, that’s easy. But what about the 2nd or 3rd or 10th? Well, Luner on Theatre thought it would be fun to bring you a little Broadway history while talking about this new record for Jersey Boys.
The top 15 longest running shows in Broadway history are:
- The Phantom of the Opera – 10,639 (Currently Running)
- Cats – 7,485
- Chicago the Musical – 6,965 (Currently Running)
- Les Miserables – 6,680
- The Lion King – 6,557 (Currently Running)
- A Chorus Line – 6,137
- Oh! Calcutta! – 5,959
- Beauty and the Beast – 5,461
- RENT – 5,123
- Mamma Mia – 4,915 (Currently Running)
- Miss Saigon – 4,092
- Wicked – 4,083 (Currently Running)
- 42nd Street – 3,486
- Grease – 3,388
- Fiddler on the Roof – 3,242
What an incredible achievement for an outstanding Broadway show! There is nothing more that we love here at Luner on Theatre then seeing a show on Broadway succeed so well. Jersey Boys, in our opinion, is a model that many artists should look to if they plan to make a Broadway outing. While it is easy for a major artist to form a Broadway musical based off of their work, it isn’t easy to do so with one featuring a story audiences don’t only connect to but can’t get enough of. Jersey Boys on Broadway has done just that. The story of this unknown group before they became legends is written in such a way that people end seeing this show multiple times. Congratulations Jersey Boys!
Walk like a man over to The August Wilson Theatre on 52nd street and experience a musical like no other on Broadway! Jersey Boys on Broadway will continue to play at the theatre with an open run schedule! For more information, check out Jersey Boy’s Official Website! Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!