All is not entirely bleak on the Broadway front. The Roundabout's production of the classic Pal Joey has extended its run at Studio 54 by two weeks. Grosses for the show have been thoroughly decent, if not overwhelming, and the advance must be relatively solid--else why extend?
This revised version of Pal Joey, with a new book by Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, The American Plan), opened in December to mixed reviews after losing leading man and Tony Award winner Christian Hoff to a reputed wounded foot.
The actual story seems a bit more complicated. According to Michael Riedel of the New York Post, various production sources weren't thrilled with Hoff's performance. Other reports have intimated that Hoff may have been too old for the part (he's 40), and that choreographer Graciela Daniele may not have been happy with Hoff's hoofing.
The loss of Hoff makes me far less excited about seeing the show; he was simply sensational in Jersey Boys, and Joey seemed like a role tailor-made for his talents. But I'm always up for some Stockard Channing, and Martha Plimpton is apparently making quite the sensation in her Broadway musical debut. I'll be seeing the show on February 7th. Look for my review here shortly thereafter.