Chris Hoch News

Full Cast Set for World Premiere of AMAZING GRACE in Chicago with Josh Young, Erin Mackey & More; Broadway in Sights
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced complete ensemble casting for the world premiere of AMAZING GRACE, the new musical with music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippas' The Wild Party) and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies). (more...)

Erin Mackey, Tom Hewitt, Chuck Cooper & More Will Join Josh Young in World Premiere of AMAZING GRACE in Chicago this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced additional principal casting for the world premiere of AMAZING GRACE, the new musical with music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippas' The Wild Party) and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies). (more...)

Matt Harrington Joins Cast of MATILDA as 'Mr. Wormwood' Tonight!
by Courtnie Mele - Mar 04, 2014

Today, March 4, Matt Harrington joins the cast of Matilda. He will be playing the role of Mr. Wormwood, Matilda's father, and replacing Gabriel Ebert. Harrington recently appeared in Broadway's Twelfth Night and Richard III, which transferred from the Shakespeare's Globe in 2013. (more...)

A Stage of Their Own: This Season's Leading Men Light Up Broadway
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 22, 2013

From newcomer Zachary Levi on his FIRST DATE with Broadway to veteran, half-masked opera instructor Hugh Panaro as the 'PHANTOM', this season on the Great White Way is filled with men who know how to reign onstage. Below, BWW brings you the cream of the crop currently on Broadway -- and be sure to let us know your favorite in this week's poll! (more...)

BroadwayWorld is Most Thankful For: Last Season's Hits- MATILDA
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 29, 2013

The 2013 theatre season brought some truly extraordinary productions, including Matilda, which is still playing at the Shubert Theatre. The musical earned thirteen Tony nominations- taking home five, including a special honor for the four girls playing the title role. (more...)

Craig Bierko to Depart MATILDA For Good Due to Shoulder Injury
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

Regrettably, due to medical circumstances beyond his control, Craig Bierko will not be resuming his role as Miss Trunchbull in the Broadway production of Matilda the Musical. During rehearsals for the role of Agatha Trunchbull, Craig injured his shoulder making it impossible for him to meet all the physical requirements of the part. (more...)

Photo Coverage: MATILDA's Leading Ladies Get Surprise Portrait at Sardi's
by Walter McBride - Oct 22, 2013

The young leading ladies of MATILDA -- Milly Shapiro, Sophia Gennusa, Bailey Ryon and Oona Laurence -- attended a surprise Sardi's caricature unveiling at Sardi's Restaurant today, October 22, 2013 in New York City. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you full coverage of the unveiling! (more...)

Craig Bierko Sidelined from MATILDA Due to Injury; Understudies Chris Hoch and Ben Thompson to Fill In
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

Craig Bierko, who began performances on September 17 in the role of Miss Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical, has temporarily exited the show due to an injury. A show representative told NYT: 'Due to a shoulder injury which delayed his start in 'Matilda the Musical' and which has been aggravated during performance, Craig Bierko will be taking a 12-week disability leave from the production. At this time, understudies Chris Hoch and Ben Thompson will be playing Miss Trunchbull.' (more...)

Craig Bierko Joins Cast of MATILDA Tonight as 'Miss Trunchbull'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2013

Craig Bierko will begin performances tonight in the role of Miss Trunchbull in MATILDA THE MUSICAL at Broadway's Shubert Theatre. Bierko was originally scheduled to begin on September 3, but a minor injury caused a delay. Since Tony nominee Bertie Carvel departed on September 1, the role was played by Chris Hoch. (more...)

MATILDA Update: Craig Bierko to Delay Start Due to Injury
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2013

Due to a minor injury, Craig Bierko, who was to begin performances tonight in the role of Miss Trunchbull in MATILDA THE MUSICAL, will delay his first performance in the show. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Muny Opens Season with Funny Production of SPAMALOT
by Chris Gibson - Jun 19, 2013

Torrential rains beforehand, a late start, and even technical issues couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the cast SPAMALOT, which is currently playing The Muny. I brought my young son along to the show since he'd enjoyed the movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, that it's based on, and I'm happy to report that he laughed at the silliness on display repeatedly. I myself have issues with this hodgepodge of scenes cobbled from the cult film, and in fact, it is the additional elements that book writer and Python member Eric Idle included, along with a couple of fresh songs he's written with frequent collaborator John Du Prez, that really stand out to me in this parody/homage. One thing's for sure, a game cast led by John O'Hurley delivered a hilarious presentation under less than ideal conditions this past Monday at the Muny. (more...)

Photo Flash: Eric Idle Surprises the Muny's SPAMALOT Cast on Opening Night!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2013

The Muny presents John O'Hurley in the first show of its fantastic 95th Season, Monty Python's Spamalot, directed and choreographed by Denis Jones. The show opened last night, June 17, and you can check out photos from the show and after party below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Meet Michelle Ragusa and John O'Hurley from The Muny's SPAMALOT!
by Stage Tube - Jun 14, 2013

Michelle Ragusa stars in The Muny's production of Monty Python's SPAMALOT as The Lady of the Lake, alongside John O'Hurley as King Arthur this summer. In these conversations with Muny Executive Producer, Mike Isaacson Michelle discusses Ragusa's hilarious and captivating character, and O'Hurley's comedic chops. Click below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Quick Take of MARY POPPINS National Tour in Denver
by Michael Mulhern - May 03, 2013

I must say that there was plenty of Disney magic in this visual extravaganza and it delighted my inner-child ever so much. (more...)

Exclusive: Full Cast Revealed for SPAMALOT at the Muny; Ragusa, Cahoon, Scherer, Hibbard & More Join - Plus the Voice of Bob Costas!
by BWW News Desk - May 03, 2013

As previously announced, John O'Hurley will star as King Arthur. Also starring will be Michelle Ragusa as The Lady of the Lake, Kevin Cahoon as Historian, John Scherer as Sir Robin, David Hibbard as Patsy, Chris Hoch as Sir Lancelot, Ben Davis as Sir Dennis Galahad, and Tally Sessions as Dennis' Mother/Sir Bedevere. Joining them will be broadcast legend Bob Costas as The Voice of God. (more...)

Robert Petkoff, Josh Young Join the Cast of AMAZING GRACE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2012

Robert Petkoff is joining Broadway & film star Robby Benson and Tony nominee Josh Young in the upcoming special invitational presentation of selections from the original new musical AMAZING GRACE, with music & lyrics by Christopher Smithand book by Mr. Smith & Arthur Giron, December 11th and 12th at Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theater. AMAZING GRACE has been in development over the past four years and the musical had a record-breaking run at Goodpeed's Norma Terris Theatre last summer. Under the direction of Gabriel Barre, the cast will also feature Whitney Bashor (The Fantasticks, Happy Days), Chris Hoch (Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime, Memphis), and Harriett D. Foy (Mamma Mia!, Once on This Island). (more...)

Robert Petkoff, Josh Young and Robby Benson Set for AMAZING GRACE Readings, 12/11 & 12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2012

Robert Petkoff is joining Broadway & film star Robby Benson and Tony nominee Josh Young in the upcoming special invitational presentation of selections from the original new musical AMAZING GRACE, with music & lyrics by Christopher Smithand book by Mr. Smith & Arthur Giron, today, December 11th and December 12th at Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theater. (more...)

Robby Benson, Josh Young and More to Lead AMAZING GRACE Readings
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2012

Broadway and film star Robby Benson and Tony nominee Josh Young are set to star in the upcoming special invitational presentation of selections from the original new musical AMAZING GRACE, with music & lyrics by Christopher Smith and book by Mr. Smith & Arthur Giron, December 11th and 12th at Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theater. AMAZING GRACE has been in development over the past four years and the musical had a record-breaking run at Goodpeed's Norma Terris Theatre last summer. Under the direction of Gabriel Barre, the cast will also feature Whitney Bashor (The Fantasticks, Happy Days), Chris Hoch (Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime, Memphis), and Harriett D. Foy (Mamma Mia!, Once on This Island). (more...)

Full Cast Announced for AMAZING GRACE Presentation, Starring Robby Benson and Josh Young
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2012

Broadway and film star Robby Benson and Tony nominee Josh Young are set to star in the upcoming special invitational presentation of selections from the original new musical AMAZING GRACE, with music & lyrics by Christopher Smith and book by Mr. Smith & Arthur Giron, December 11th and 12th at Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theater. AMAZING GRACE has been in development over the past four years and the musical had a record-breaking run at Goodpeed's Norma Terris Theatre last summer. Under the direction of Gabriel Barre, the cast will also feature Robert Petkoff (Fiddler on the Roof, Ragtime), Whitney Bashor (The Fantasticks, Happy Days), Chris Hoch (Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime, Memphis), and Harriett D. Foy (Mamma Mia!, Once on This Island). (more...)

Photo Coverage: In Rehearsal with Josh Young and More for AMAZING GRACE
by Walter McBride - Dec 07, 2012

Robert Petkoff is joining Broadway & film star Robby Benson and Tony nominee Josh Young in the upcoming special invitational presentation of selections from the original new musical AMAZING GRACE, with music & lyrics by Christopher Smithand book by Mr. Smith & Arthur Giron, December 11th and 12th at Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theater. AMAZING GRACE has been in development over the past four years and the musical had a record-breaking run at Goodpeed's Norma Terris Theatre last summer. Under the direction of Gabriel Barre, the cast will also feature Whitney Bashor (The Fantasticks, Happy Days), Chris Hoch (Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime, Memphis), and Harriett D. Foy (Mamma Mia!, Once on This Island). (more...)

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