Sunday, April 21, 2013

Happy Birthday to Tony Award-Winner Christian Hoff!

Christian and Melissa Hoff (IMDb)
Today is the birthday of another brilliant Broadway actor! Like Norbert Leo Butz, J. Robert Spencer, and others I have highlighted on Singular Sensation (in Spotlight articles), he is one of my all-time favorites. Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff is currently part of the oft-spoken about group, The Midtown Men.

Christian Hoff started his professional acting career with film at age 12, most notably playing Young Walt Disney in the show "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color," in his long list of film and television appearances spanning 1980-2011. He made his Broadway debut in The Who's Tommy in 1993, then took a hiatus from the Great White Way for 12 years, during which he cultivated his screen career.

Perhaps he was biding his time, waiting for just the right role before his Broadway return. Whatever the reason, his success was worth the wait. When he returned in 2005, he won a Tony Award for his performance as the bad-boy Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, a role which also earned him Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. Upon winning the Tony, he delivered the most heart-wrenching acceptance speech I have ever heard. He literally touched on every possible tear-jerking element you could think of, including but not limited to references to his wife (pregnant and looking radiant), children, and immigrant family! It's incredibly sweet, and you just have to watch it.


He returned to Broadway for the Pal Joey revival in 2008, but due to a foot injury in about the first week of previews, he had to drop out.

Besides Broadway, his other stage credits include leading roles in Los Angeles/regional performances as well as National Tours in many shows including Rocky Horror, Big River, Jesus Christ Superstar, and more. 

Most of all, I love Christian Hoff because he clearly has his priorities in order. He has been married to Melissa Hoff for a while, and they have five children. Five! How sweet is that? Being from a big family myself, I'm quite partial to couples (especially actors) who have lots of children. 

Celebrate his birthday by watching this performance of Christian Hoff in a Jersey Boys concert!


Trivia: Christian Hoff set a Guinness Book of World Records record for voicing the most characters in an audiobook for Tell Me How You Love the Picture and was named by Entertainment Weekly the "master of mimicry." A record previously held by Tony Award-winner Jim Dale for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hoff voiced 241 characters including actors Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, and more.

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