Ryan Molloy, the West End’s very own Jersey Boy, has announced his departure from the hit London musical.
The What’s On Stage Award-winning performer holds the record as the longest-running star in a West End musical for his role as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. Molloy also holds the record for the longest-serving Frankie Valli having originated the role in the West End and starred in the show for the past six years.
Molloy released a pun-filled statement via Facebook and Twitter announcing his departure (points for who can count the most Jersey Boys songs hiding in there):
“Although I’ve been the big man in town (London) for more than six years and everybody knows my name, it’s time to walk like a man into the night. Whilst breaking up is hard to do, I’ve had an offer that’s too good to be true (to be announced soon!) A massive part of me says — let’s hang on to what we’ve got and I know some people are beggin’ and saying oh won’t you stay… but remember… big girls don’t cry so, don’t cry for me and think that the sun ain’t’ gonna shine anymore. Just remember who loves you pretty baby.”
There’s still time to see Molloy as the Jersey Boys frontman with his last performance as the American crooner on 9th March. After this the show will transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre, making way for Miss Saigon to land at the Prince Edward Theatre.
Molloy will be replaced with Broadway’s original Frankie Valli, John Lloyd Young, from March 15th until 27th April. Lloyd Young won four leading actor awards for his Broadway debut of the show and also stars in Clint Eastwood’s forthcoming movie adaptation of Jersey Boys.
Say ‘Bye Bye Baby’ to Ryan and book a Jersey Boys ticket and hotel package.