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Jersey Boys Closes as Aladdin Announces First Extension

Monday, 3rd Oct 2016

Aladdin - Disney's New Musical - Prince Edward Theatre

This past week there have been two major announcements concerning the future of certain west end shows, with both Jersey Boys and Aladdin the focus of attention. But whilst the latter, recently having opened at the Prince Edward Theatre, will be gaining its first extension that takes it to April next year, the former is coming to a close at a similar time.

Jersey Boys has been a mainstay of the capital for almost a decade, giving London theatregoers an insight into the rise and career of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. It originally opened at the Prince Edward Theatre (the venue that currently houses Aladdin) and has since transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre, where audiences now hear songs like Sherry and My Eyes Adored You, amongst others.

During that time it and the Broadway version went from strength to strength, with the profile raised even further by the Clint Eastwood film of the same name that reached cinema screens in 2014. With that in mind there will be plenty of fans disappointed to hear of its closure, though they can take solace in the fact that a UK tour is scheduled for later in 2017.

Jersey Boys continues at the Piccadilly Theatre and will now close its doors for good on Sunday 26th March 2017.

Meanwhile, Aladdin was one of the major new releases of 2016 and now stands up alongside The Lion King as one of the big Disney musicals of the capital. Telling the story of the eponymous ‘street rat’, a magic lamp, and his fight against Jafar, it has captured imaginations and is undoubtedly due for a long West End stay.

Currently starring Dean John-Wilson as Aladdin, the production features many familiar elements from the 1992 film of the same name, whilst also boasting numerous musicals numbers as well. So it is no wonder it has already announced its first major booking extension.

The cast also includes Don Gallagher as Jafar, Trevor Dion Nicholas as Genie and Jade Ewen as Jasmine, amongst others.

Aladdin continues at the Prince Edward Theatre and is now booking for performances up to Saturday 1st April 2017.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.