January 20, 2006

Jersey Boys’ Christian Hoff’s Roles on Stage & the Upcoming Soap

January 20th, 2006

SignonSandiego.com’s Anne Marie Welsh updates readers on La Jolla, California native and Jersey Boys’ star Christian Hoff’, who will be joining the cast of soap opera All My Children beginning January 30 in the recurring role of Marty.

Hoff was raised in La Jolla and trained in San Diego at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. He has been been a regular on many North County stages after Des McAnuff cast him as the Pinball Lad in his 1992 La Jolla Playhouse staging of The Who’s Tommy. More recently, Hoff played Miss Bible Belt in North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Pageant in 2002, Dick in Moonlight Stage Production’s Dames at Sea in 2003, and several other roles at the Welk Resort Theatre in Escondido.

While Hoff was taking a break from performing to spend time with his two young children, McAnuff called two years ago and asked him to bring his guitar to one of the last L.A. auditions for Jersey Boys. The then-half-written show would be about the rags-to-riches lives and chart-topping sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Hoff signed on to play Tommy DeVito, the Mob-connected Jersey boy who opens and often narrates segments of the show. Though Hoff himself is a curly-haired blond and a straight arrow, he’s scored big with audiences and reviewers with his dyed, slicked-back hair, his tough-guy attitude and “Joisey” accent. On the soap, he’ll play a similar role. Marty is the henchman of a casino owner.

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