South Bend After performing 16 shows in the past two weeks, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have officially left South Bend.
Morris Performing Arts Center Executive Director, Dennis Andres says Jersey Boys had about a $1 million economic impact in St. Joseph County, most of which stays in the city. He says they had about 60 local people hired to work the show and about 46 people traveled with the act.
“Remember actors are on stage for three hours, but where did they have breakfast, where did they have lunch, where did they have dinner after the show? It really tremendously affects the downtown area and the same for Wicked,” adds Andres.
Like Jersey Boys, Wicked played a big economic role as well. You may remember back in May when the show was in town. Wicked also had a total run of 16 performances in two weeks, raking in more than $2.7 million in ticket sales.
In total, Andres says they sold more than 36,000 tickets.
“It hit the records for us. We could not find in history, and the building was built in 1921, we could not find any other show that had been here for that length of time, and doing as well as it did, yes”, says Andres.
If you are interested in these shows there are a lot more to come in the near future. To check out what the Morris Performing Arts Center has in store just go to its website.
We are also told it hopes to get Phantom of the Opera, Lion King and Book of Mormon to come to town.