Final Curtain Call for Tony-Winning ‘Jersey Boys’ at Orleans, Las Vegas

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The curtain is unexpectedly descending on off-Strip Broadway favorite, “Jersey Boys,” at the Orleans in Las Vegas. Cast in the backstage light of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’ meteoric rise to fame in the 1960s, this Tony-winning musical masterpiece has been serenading Las Vegas audiences since the start of the year. Yet, despite its prestigious history and compelling storyline, it seems the show has remained a well-kept secret, with dwindling crowds marking its final performances. The last round of applause will echo throughout the Orleans theater this Sunday, July 7.

Embellishing a landmark moment in the Orleans Casino’s history, “Jersey Boys” was the inaugural resident production to grace its stage. However, word from the Las Vegas Review-Journal confirms that midweek, producer John Bentham notified the cast and crew of the impending closure. Bentham cited “circumstances beyond our control,” a phrase that insinuates one thing in Sin City: disappointing ticket sales.

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Indeed, a foray into the digital sphere paints a grim picture. Sam Novak, publisher of Vegas411, posted a telling Facebook image on June 29th that disclosed just 10% of the following night’s “Jersey Boys” tickets had been sold.

“Jersey Boys” initially took to the Broadway stage from 2005 to 2017, enchanting crowds and bagging four Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 2006. Repackaged and rejuvenated, it made its Vegas debut at The Palazzo on May 3, 2008. With audiences flocking to its door, the Jersey Boys Theater, a newly minted venue custom-built for the musical, was regularly sold out until the production’s conclusion on Jan. 1, 2012.

In a strategic move, the Vegas production downsized from 1,600 seats to 1,100 and relocated to Le Theatre des Arts at Paris Las Vegas on March 5. This stint eventually became the longest-running show at the gambling resort, spanning an impressive four years, further cementing the musical’s staying power.

However, this year ushered in new challenges for the “Jersey Boys.” While making history again as the first resident production at the Orleans Showroom in the casino hotel’s 28-year history, the production felt the bounds of the venue’s capacity, which only accommodates 850. Amplifying the strain, Red Mercury, the show’s consulting company and co-producer, pulled out of the production after sinking $600,000-$700,000 into it, a mere two days before the dire news of the closure was announced.

Earlier this week, Bentham had optimistically reported that the cast and crew of “Jersey Boys” were committed for another six months. But, as the theater world knows all too well, the show must go on, even when that means a final curtain call.