Thursday, December 18, 2008

Revival of "Pal Joey" Opens Tonight at Studio 54

"Pal Joey" is a classic Broadway musical that has some of my favorite songs ever written. As a matter of fact, as an on again, off again aging actor, LOL, I used the song "I Could Write a Book" as one of my audition songs. It fit my voice perfectly, not that it got me anywhere. Honestly though, I never really gave myself a real shot here in New York, scared of failure I guess! I think that I'll dust that song off one day and use it again, we'll see. Anyway, enough about me and more about the show itself. This show was supposed to open up last week but due to a foot injury by it's leading man, "Jersey Boys" Tony Award winning actor(Tommy DeVito) Christian Hoff, they had to replace him with his understudy Matthew Risch early in previews. Causing much drama to say the least. Well hopefully this is all behind this production and the show will open to good reviews and have a very successful run!
Oh, did I mention this production also stars Stockard Channing(Rizzo from the movie Grease), Tony Award winner for Joe Egg, who sings my other favorite song from the show, "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered". Also starring in the role originally made famous by Elaine Stritch is Martha Plimpton as Gladys Bumps. With little history as a musical actress, Plimpton has been wowing Studio 54 preview crowds with her powerful, husky singing voice and her confidence with classic Rodgers and Hart songs (including the specialty number, "Zip," which has been reinvented for the revival by new librettist Richard Greenberg, director Joe Mantello and choreographer Graciela Daniele).
This is the first Broadway revival of Pal Joey in over 30 years.
The show was a year-long success in its original production (starring Gene Kelly and Vivienne Segal) but was a bigger hit when it was revived on Broadway in the 1950s (with Harold Lang and Segal).
According to Roundabout, "Set in Chicago in the late 1930s, Pal Joey is the story of Joey Evans, a brash, scheming song and dance man with dreams of owning his own nightclub. Joey abandons his wholesome girlfriend Linda English, to charm a rich, married older woman, Vera Simpson, in the hope that she'll set him up in business."
I really enjoyed this production and believe that this show deserves to be seen. My only negative comment would be that the song "Bewitched" sung by Stockard was a bit of a let down. Her rendition is a bit underwhelming.
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