Friday, April 12, 2024

Broadway: Tony Goldwyn and Savion Glover Bringing Updated “Pal Joey” Adding Rodgers and Hart’s Other Hits to Score


Broadway is getting what can only be called a treat.

Tony Goldwyn will direct and Savion Glover will direct a newish version of “Pal Joey,” the famed musical from Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, with a book by the also late, great John O’Hara.

They’ve gotten permission to change one of the characters to make her an aspiring singer, and they’re adding a bunch of famous R&H songs that weren’t in this show including “Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered” and “I Could Write a Book” include “Where or When”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, “It Never Entered My Mind”, “My Heart Stood Still”, “Falling in Love With Love” and “There’s A Small Hotel” among others.

Richard LaGravenese is adapting O’Hara’s book so that the primary setting of the plot is a South Side Chicago nightclub in the 1940’s. Newly minted Tony winner Derek McLane is doing the sets, so we know they’ll be terrific. Jeffrey Richards and his team is producing.

So who will play Joey? Linda? Gladys? Back in 2008, for the most recent revival, they were Christian Hoff, Stockard Channing, and Martha Plimpton. They all garnered rave reviews, with the ladies getting Tony nominations.

Welcome back, Joey! We always knew you’d come back, but we still don’t know “Where” or “when.” (More details to come.)


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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