The Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced the casting for a new production of Pal Joey. Christian Hoff (Jersey Boys) will play Joey Evans, a lowlife nightclub entertainer who wants to own his own business. Stockard Channing (she’s still got it) will play an older, married woman who he tries to seduce so she’ll give him money to start his nightclub. Martha Plimpton (a two-time Tony nominee but we’ll always remember her from the Goonies) will play Gladys Bumps, a chorus girl who dislikes Joey. Pal Joey was originally written as a series of awkwardly written letters published in The New Yorker in the late 1930s. The story takes place in Chicago.
The musical will feature a new book by Tony winner Richard Greenberg, based on Jhon O’Hara’s original. Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello will direct. Previews are set to begin Nov. 14. Pal Joey will officially open on Dec. 11 at Studio 54 on Broadway.