PAL JOEY Star Plimpton Nabs Role in Showtime Pilot

By: Dec. 10, 2008

The Hollywood Reporter stated today that Martha Plimpton, currently starring in the Broadway revival of Pal Joey at Studio 54, will be part of the cast of the new Showtime pilot "The End of Steve."

She will play a television producer opposite Friends star Matthew Perry.
The Reporter also revealed the pilot cast includes Kiele Sanchez, Eddie Shin, Nate Torrence and Dreama Walker.

Martha Plimpton recently received Tony and Drama League nominations for her work in MTC's acclaimed revival of Top Girls. Other Broadway credits include Cymbeline, The Coast of Utopia (Drama Desk, Outer Critics awards, Tony nomination), Shining City, 16 Wounded. Off-Broadway: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hurlyburly, The False Servant, Flesh & Blood, Boston Marriage, Hobson's Choice (Obie award), suburbia, Pericles. Regional: Uncle Vanya, Sisters Rosensweig, Heidi Chronicles (Seattle Rep), Absolution (dir.), The Glass Menagerie, The Libertine (Steppenwolf), Hedda Gabler, Playboy of the Western World, (Steppenwolf, Long Wharf). Member of Steppenwolf Theater Company ensemble. She has appeared in over 35 films and was nominated for an Emmy award for her appearance on "Law & Order: SVU."

Peter Tolan and Perry both wrote the pilot script, they also serve as executive producers. The Hollywood Reporter describes the shows as "Perry is Steve, an egomaniacal local talk show host who is on a reluctant path to redemption."

Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) Pal Joey stars Stockard Channing (Vera Simpson) Matthew Risch as (Joey Evans) and Martha Plimpton (Gladys Bumps) with Robert Clohessy (Mike), Jenny Fellner (Linda English), Daniel Marcus (Ludlow Lowell), Steven Skybell  (Ernest), Timothy J. Alex, Brian Barry, Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines, Lisa Gajda, Anthony Holds, Nadine Isenegger, Mark Morettini, Kathryn Mowat Murphy, Abbey O'Brien, Hayley Podschun, Matthew Risch, Krista Saab and Eric Sciotto.

PAL JOEY features a new book by Tony® Award winner Richard Greenberg , based on the original book by John O'Hara, with music direction by Tony® Award winner Paul Gemignani, choreography by Graciela Daniele, directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello at Studio 54 on Broadway.

PAL JOEY is a limited engagement through February 15th, 2009, it officially opens December 18th 2008.

The design team includes two-time Tony® Award winner Scott Pask (Sets), five-time Tony® Award winner William Ivey Long (Costumes), Tony® Award nominee Paul Gallo (Lights), Tony Meola (Sound), Don Sebesky (Orchestrator), Eric Stern (Dance Arranger) and Paul Huntley (Hair and Wig Design)..

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.

Tickets are available by phone at (212) 719-1300, online at or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).  Ticket prices range from $36.50 to $121.50.

Pal Joey will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.

Through ACCESS Roundabout, 100 tickets will be available for the first preview performance (November 14th) for only $10 each.

For more information please visit

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.




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