Pal Joey

2nd Year BA Musical Theatre
14th, 15th, 16th June 2018

Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre


Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Lorenz Hart;

Book by John O'Hara; Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek

“features one of the most delectable scores of any American musical, and some of the wittiest lyrics” New York Times

Pal Joey was ahead of its time and, ultimately, the most successful Rodgers and Hart collaboration, a musical filled with sex, desire, power and money. Based on John O'Hara’s popular collection of stories about a truly selfish, shameless man, and featuring well-known numbers like I Could Write a Book, Zip and Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, the first production in 1940 starred an unknown Gene Kelly. The revival, in 1952, was hailed as the most exciting musical of the season, and won three Tony Awards. Joey is young, naïve, ambitious, a lady-killer and chancer who will do anything to get ahead.

"Brilliant, sardonic and strikingly original" New York Herald Tribune 

Director                               Sean McNamara

Choreographer                   Rachael Kerridge

Musical Director                 Tom Turner

By arrangement with R & H Theatricals Europe

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Pal Joey