Christopher J. Hanke is the newest star of Jonathan Tolins’ hilarious one-man show Buyer & Cellar, and we’ve got a first look at the star showing off Babs’ real-life book, My Passion For Design. Directed by Stephen Brackett, the solo show tells the story of Alex More, a struggling actor recently fired from Toontown who takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a certain Hollywood mega-star. Check out this Hot Shot of the new employee in action, then see him hanging out underground at off-Broadway’s Barrow Street Theatre!
But New Yorkers have no fear: The show isn’t closing its off-Broadway doors. Urie, whose run ends March 16, will be replaced starting March 18 by Broadway veteran Christopher J. Hanke at the play’s home at the Barrow Street Theatre.
“I know the show will be in very good hands,” Urie said during a joint interview Wednesday, turning to his fellow actor. “I’ll show you the ropes. I’ll show you where you can keep your lunch. I’ll show you how to clock in.”
“I’m excited,” said Hanke, whose Broadway credits include “Rent” and “Cry-Baby,” and who originated the role of Bud Frump in the Daniel Radcliffe-led revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” He also had a recurring role on “Big Love.”
Urie recently starred in the celebrated off-Broadway revivals of “Angels in America” and “The Cherry Orchard” and also “How to Succeed in Business,” appropriately taking over the role of Bud Frump from Hanke. Now Hanke is replacing him.
MARY/HOMER is a feature length film written by Katharine Emmer. It is the story of a live-in-nanny and a clown magician who meet at a 10-year-old’s birthday party, and both get fired by the end of the day. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to house-sit together for Homer’s successful yet pompous childhood friend, Adam. Mary and Homer get off to a rocky start. They soon realize the gravity of their situation and the necessity of joining forces, making money and pulling themselves out of the hole they both have lived in for years. Mary inspires Homer to join a comedy competition to help them escape their impending debt. However, first Homer must overcome his fear of performing, and the fact that he has forgotten how to be funny. Will this odd couple help each other on their feet or will their time spent together end in disaster? Will they help each other find the courage it takes to overcome their painful pasts and change their habits for a more promising future? Will they fall in love?
Hanke will play Chris, Mary’s ex-boyfriend.
Christopher was in Major Crimes Season 2 Episode 2. I’ve been away for a while and gonna continue updating this site.
Hey guys, been doing lots of stuff lately but I am back. I just checked and seen what was new with Christopher and found he did a short drama called The Hearing.
Here’s the description of it: Cassie’s mother was killed in a botched robbery 15 years ago. One of the convicted men, Tommy Wolfe, is up for parole. Tommy has reach out to Cassie and they’ve struck up a friendship. Cassie is struggling with what to say to the parole board who wants to keep Tommy behind bars. Cassie believes Tommy’s done enough time. This story shows Cassie’s struggle with right and wrong.
Still have to do some more stuff so be back soon…..
Tonight was CJ Hanke’s Client List Episode, so good to see him acting again. Since his How to Succeed Vlogs I missed him. Thanks to Christopher, for all the info on his latest projects what would I do without him.
The Normal Heart has started production in Washington DC and you can read more on BroadwayWorld about it along with Production photos of the cast.
BWW Interviews – Christopher J. Hanke
Christopher J. Hanke has been extremely busy since exiting the successful Broadway revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING last year. The actor recently wrapped filming on an episode of Lifetime’s new series ‘The Client List’, which will air this Sunday, June 10. Tonight, he opens at Washington DC’s Arena Stage in the Broadway production of Larry Kramer’s ‘The Normal Heart’ in the role of Tommy Boatwright.