In 1995, Patti LuPone, Peter Gallagher and Bebe Neuwirth teamed up for an Encores! “Pal Joey offers everything but a good time,” it continued. — G.A.

Broadway: The American Musical. The first was in March 1954 at the Princes Theatre, starring Harold Lang, Carol Bruce and Sally Bazely.

FREE TRIAL. Nolan, Frederick (2002). Add to Wishlist. [18][27] Advance publicity for the show included a full page spread in the November issue of Vogue, featuring Christian Hoff in costume as Joey. Encores! $10.49. This was the note received by Richard Rodgers in October 1939 from well-known New Yorker scribe and writer John O’Hara, a talent Rodgers had known for several years when the surprising correspondence reached him during the out-of-town tryout of Too Many Girls. The film was followed by two more revivals on the New York stage: City Center’s 1963 production starring previous-understudy Bob Fosse it lasted just 15 performances, though still earned Fosse a Tony Award nomination and Circle in the Square’s 1976 version starring Christopher Chadman. As the chorus girls are doing a song-and-dance number at the club that night ("Chicago"), Linda arrives with a date. The first production [1940] shocked a lot of critics and many theatergoers. Original Broadway Cast Of "Pal Joey" Albums. Not Your Average JoeyPal Joey ultimately became the most successful Rodgers and Hart collaboration, if not the climax of their pairing. Rodgers sent a note to O’Hara the day after the show, announcing he had found their star. [26] The production starred Stockard Channing as Vera, Martha Plimpton as Gladys, Matthew Risch as Joey, Jenny Fellner as Linda, and Robert Clohessy as Mike. Lang and Segal starred, with Helen Gallagher as Gladys (for which Ms. Gallagher won the Tony Award for best featured actress that year), future Broadway star Elaine Stritch as Melba, and Bob Fosse as the understudy for Joey. In sum, this recording is worthwhile for LuPone’s performance and for the inclusion of “I’m Talkin’ to My Pal,” a great Rodgers and Hart song that was originally slated to end the show but was dropped during the pre-Broadway run in Boston. Brooks Atkinson even amended his previous reservations, writing that “Brimming over with good music and fast in its toes, [Pal Joey] renews confidence in the professionalism of the theater.”. According to Alvin Yudkoff’s biography of Gene Kelly, Rodgers minced no words: “That guy Kelly. Risch will get smarmy opposite Tony Award winner Stockard Channing as Vera Simpson and Tony nominee Martha Plimpton, who makes her musical debut as the June Havoc-originated Gladys Bumps. [38], Coincidence or not, Risch's Joey is a younger brother of Erwin Schrott's Don Giovanni, seen at the Met Opera earlier this season. [32] Todd Haimes, the Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre, commented on the "new book by Richard Greenberg that, in my opinion, does a stunning job of enhancing O'Hara's original by more fully integrating the songs with the book and giving even more of a full life to each of his characters.

When these guys smile, it's the devil's work at play with any woman's affections. Jane Froman & Company Pal Joey (Original 1952 Broadway Cast Recording) ℗ 2011 … [23] The original book by John O'Hara had undergone substantial "adaptation" by Greenberg, eliminating characters and reassigning songs.

[37], Variety, praising the production and specifically Risch, wrote a follow up response to the mixed reviews stating, it's bizarre to see Mantello's staging pejoratively described as "ruthless," "joyless" and "unhappy" — as if such qualities don't compute in musical theater. $9.49. [39] Historians Everett and Laird wrote that Pal Joey is the "most important work produced by Rodgers and Hart", and is the "most integrated of their musicals".[40].

The album’s best selections are “The Lady Is a Tramp” and “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” as sung by Sinatra.

In 1976, a revival on Broadway opened on June 27, 1976, at the Circle in the Square Theatre and closed on August 29, 1976. Original Broadway Cast Album 1950 Studio Cast Album 1952 Revival Broadway Cast Album 1980 London Revival Cast Album. St. James Theatre Previous Theatres. Bewitched, Bothered and BewilderedThe show had found its star contracted at just $350 a week, well below traditional starring-role scale. Vivienne Segal reprised Vera, while Harold Lang understudied by then-unknown Bob Fosse took the title role, playing 542 performances—a Rodgers and Hart record. Pal Joey (Original 1952 Broadway Cast Recording) Jane Froman & Company; 17 videos; 1,137 views; Last updated on Jun 11, 2020 The opening-night cast featured Christopher Chadman (Joey); Harold Gary (Mike); Terri Treas (Kid); Janie Sell (Gladys); Gail Benedict (Gail); Murphy Cross (Murphy); Rosamond Lynn (Rosamond); Marilu Henner (Marilu); Deborah Geffner (Debbie); Boni Enton (Linda); David Hodo (Gent); Austin Colyer (Ernest); Denny Martin Flinn (Waldo the Waiter); Michael Leeds (Victor); Kenn Scalice (Delivery Boy); Adam Petroski (Louis); Joe Sirola (Ludlow Lowell); Ralph Farnworth (O'Brien); Dixie Carter (Melba); and Joan Copeland (Vera).
“[Joey] is a character that would do anything to get ahead. BROADWAY SHOWS SUSPENDED THROUGH MAY 30th. Ludlow Lowell, Gladys' old flame, introduces himself as an agent with papers that Joey unthinkingly signs as the rehearsal continues ("Plant You Now, Dig You Later"). Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of all Time. — G.A. [1] A 1978 revival titled 'Pal Joey '78' starring Clifton Davis as Joey, Lena Horne as Vera, and Josephine Premice as Melba was scrapped due to low ticket sales and critical pans during its tryout tour. Pal Joey. The set designer was Scott Pask, with costumes by William Ivey Long and lighting by Paul Gallo. Vera calls her friend the police commissioner, who arrests Gladys and Lowell. Broadway Musical Original. Just five years later the show returned again, this time as a major motion picture starring Frank Sinatra as the namesake scoundrel and screen siren Rita Hayworth as Vera Simpson. A notoriously hypercritical theatergoer one rarely opposed to walking out of a show, Rodgers was underwhelmed by the production, about doleful drunks in a local bar, but captivated by a single performance: a song and dance number executed by “Harry the Hoofer,” played by then-unknown actor Gene Kelly. (Note: A DRG CD reissue of this recording includes Jane Froman performing selections from With a Song in My Heart. The musical is based on a character and situations O'Hara created in a series of short stories published in The New Yorker, which he later published in novel form. Throughout much of the 1940s, the songs from Pal Joey were banned from radio play by ASCAP, preventing them from becoming popular standards; the ban was lifted in the late 1940s. Directed by George Abbott with choreography by Robert Alton, the opening-night cast included Gene Kelly as Joey, Vivienne Segal as Vera, and June Havoc as Gladys. Broadway Rewind: ZORBA Returns to the Stage with Encores!
Director Abbott pushed O’Hara for rewrites while Rodgers nagged Hart for tighter lyrics, both major obstacles—Rodgers was a chronic depressive, Hart was prone to bouts of crippling self pity and alcoholism as well as long disappearances, usually into his own locked bedroom, and O’Hara, well-respected off the Rialto, frequently escaped production altogether, disappearing for weeks at a time to drown his Broadway frustrations in snifters of scotch.

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— G.A. Van Johnson and Stanley Donen were also in the cast.