Pal Joey (musical)

Pal Joey (Musical)

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Pal Joey (musical)

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Pal Joey is a musical with a book by John O'Hara (from his novel of the same title) and music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart based on a character and situations O'Hara created in a series of short stories published in The New Yorker. It includes two songs that have become standards: "I Could Write a Book" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered".

The original 1940 Broadway production was directed by George Abbott and starred Gene Kelly. There have been several revivals since, including a 2008–09 Broadway run, and a 1957 film adaptation starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak.

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The author John O'Hara offered the stories of "Pal Joey" to Rodgers and Hart to turn into a musical. O'Hara was not present during the out-of-town tryouts, and the director George Abbott took over the rewriting. When the show opened in New York the critics were divided, with Richard Watts (New York Herald Tribune) calling it "brilliant." It became the longest running Rodgers-Hart show to that time. Ethan Mordden wrote that Pal Joey"...is a breakthrough in character writing...The two leads and Linda are extremely well-drawn...Pal Joey is tough...its script true to its characters...the show finds Rodgers and Hart at their best." Everett and Laird wrote that ''Pal Joey'' is the most important work produced by Rodgers and Hart, and is the most integrated of their...
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