Will Jersey Boys' Hoff Star in Pal Joey Revival?

News   Will Jersey Boys' Hoff Star in Pal Joey Revival? Christian Hoff, who won a Tony Award for his work as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, will likely star in a Broadway revival of Pal Joey, according to Variety.

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Hoff would star in the title role of the musical, which will feature a retooled book by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg. Joe Mantello will direct.

The production has yet to be officially announced, but the industry paper says Wicked producer Marc Platt is aiming for a Broadway bow next spring.

At one point Hugh Jackman was said to be interested in starring in the Broadway revival. Cyndi Lauper, who made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera, has also been attached to the project for some time.

Pal Joey is based on the stories of John O'Hara, focusing on a charming heel who dreams of owning a Chicago nightclub and finds himself caught between a nice girl and a middle-aged benefactress. The show was notable for featuring an anti-hero (and anti-heroine) whose behavior clashed with the conventions of musical comedies: He's selfish and doesn't necessarily get the girl.

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's Pal Joey opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Christmas night 1940 with a cast that included Vivienne Segal and Gene Kelly. The Rodgers and Hart score boasts such tunes as "I Could Write a Book," "What Is a Man?," "Zip," "Pal Joey," "Happy Hunting Horn," "Chicago," "That Terrific Rainbow," "The Flower Garden of My Heart," "Den of Iniquity," "Plant You Now, Dig You Later," "Take Him" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." The most recent New York staging of Pal Joey was presented by City Center Encores! That weekend of concerts featured Peter Gallagher in the title role with Tony-winning actress Patti LuPone as Vera. Christian Hoff's Broadway and national tour credits include Jersey Boys (Tony Award), The Who's Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar. His regional credits include Jersey Boys; The Rocky Horror Show; The Tin Pan Alley Rag; The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas; Violet; and Lone Star Love. Hoff has been seen on screen in "ER," "JAG," "Party of Five," "Millennium," "The Commish," "Honor Thy Mother," "In Love and War," "For the Very First Time" and "Encino Man."