‘Pal Joey’ gets new lead

Risch replaces original star Hoff after injury

The previewing revival of “Pal Joey” has a new Joey.

Original star Christian Hoff has withdrawn due to a foot injury suffered during the Nov. 21 perf of the musical, currently playing at Studio 54. Understudy Matthew Risch, who has since played the role in Hoff’s absence, will step in permanently.

Opening of “Joey” has been postponed a week, from Dec. 11 to Dec. 18.

Hoff, who won a 2006 Tony for his turn in “Jersey Boys,” led a cast that includes Stockard Channing and Martha Plimpton. Risch comes to the role after stints in “Legally Blonde” and “Chicago.”

The Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of 1940 tuner “Joey” is helmed by Joe Mantello, with an update of the original book (by John O’Hara) from Richard Greenberg. Songs, by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, include “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and “I Could Write a Book.”

More Legit

  • John Lithgow

    Stagecraft Podcast: Even John Lithgow 'Feels Like a Fraud' Sometimes

    The previewing revival of “Pal Joey” has a new Joey. Original star Christian Hoff has withdrawn due to a foot injury suffered during the Nov. 21 perf of the musical, currently playing at Studio 54. Understudy Matthew Risch, who has since played the role in Hoff’s absence, will step in permanently. Opening of “Joey” has […]

  • The Rose Bette Midler

    Bette Midler Film 'The Rose' to Be Adapted On Broadway

    The previewing revival of “Pal Joey” has a new Joey. Original star Christian Hoff has withdrawn due to a foot injury suffered during the Nov. 21 perf of the musical, currently playing at Studio 54. Understudy Matthew Risch, who has since played the role in Hoff’s absence, will step in permanently. Opening of “Joey” has […]

  • Waitress Sara Bareilles Jason Mraz

    Broadway Box Office: 'Waitress' Booms With Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz

    The previewing revival of “Pal Joey” has a new Joey. Original star Christian Hoff has withdrawn due to a foot injury suffered during the Nov. 21 perf of the musical, currently playing at Studio 54. Understudy Matthew Risch, who has since played the role in Hoff’s absence, will step in permanently. Opening of “Joey” has […]

  • Gordon Edelstein, Long Wharf Theater Leader,

    Connecticut Theater Leader Accused of Sexual Misconduct

    The previewing revival of “Pal Joey” has a new Joey. Original star Christian Hoff has withdrawn due to a foot injury suffered during the Nov. 21 perf of the musical, currently playing at Studio 54. Understudy Matthew Risch, who has since played the role in Hoff’s absence, will step in permanently. Opening of “Joey” has […]

  • 'The Birthday Party' Review: Harold Pinter's

    West End Review: 'The Birthday Party' With Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan, Zoe Wanamaker

    The previewing revival of “Pal Joey” has a new Joey. Original star Christian Hoff has withdrawn due to a foot injury suffered during the Nov. 21 perf of the musical, currently playing at Studio 54. Understudy Matthew Risch, who has since played the role in Hoff’s absence, will step in permanently. Opening of “Joey” has […]

  • Until the Flood review

    Off Broadway Review: 'Until the Flood,' a Docu-Drama Set in Ferguson, Mo.

    The previewing revival of “Pal Joey” has a new Joey. Original star Christian Hoff has withdrawn due to a foot injury suffered during the Nov. 21 perf of the musical, currently playing at Studio 54. Understudy Matthew Risch, who has since played the role in Hoff’s absence, will step in permanently. Opening of “Joey” has […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content