Christian Hoff OUT, Matthew Risch IN

It’s a tale as old as time, the understudy is called on to take over after a star’s injury.  In this case, Matthew Risch (perennial chorus boy from Legally Blonde and Chicago) has taken over the title role in Pal Joey at Studio 54 from Tony Award winner Christian Hoff.  Playbill reports that Christian suffered a foot injury this past Friday and Matthew went on for him all weekend (the Saturday matinee was cancelled).

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Daddycatcher has always wanted to see a production of Pal Joey.  He has played the CD of the Encores! production with Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher over and over.  This new production stars Stockard Channing in the LuPone role of Vera Charles and Martha Plimpton in the role of Gladys Bumps.

Daddycatcher was looking forward to seeing the cute Christian Hoff as Joey.  He was wonderful in his Tony winning role of Tommy Devito in Jersey Boys.  We wish him a speedy recovery!

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