Pal Joey 1940

Opened: December 25, 1940

Pal Joey - 1940 - Broadway History , Info & More

St. James Theatre (Broadway)
246 West 44th St. New York, NY

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. The 2008 revival starred Stockard Channing as Vera, Martha Plimpton as Gladys, Matthew Risch as Joey, Jenny Fellner as Linda, and Robert Clohessy as Mike.

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What productions of Pal Joey have there been?
Pal Joey has had 18 productions including Broadway which opened in 1940, Broadway which opened in 1940, Broadway which opened in 1952, Broadway which opened in 1952, West End which opened in 1954, Milburn, NJ (Regional) which opened in 1959, Off-Broadway which opened in 1961, Broadway which opened in 1963, Broadway which opened in 1963, Broadway which opened in 1976, Broadway which opened in 1976, Regional (US) which opened in 1980, London Fringe which opened in 1980, Off-Broadway which opened in 1995, Regional (US) which opened in 2002, Broadway which opened in 2008, Off-Broadway which opened in 2023 and Broadway which opened in 2023.
What awards has Pal Joey been nominated for?
Pal Joey has been nominated for several awards, including Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. Additionally, Robert Walker was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre at the Olivier Awards.
What awards has Pal Joey won?
Pal Joey has won several awards, including the Best Musical award from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. Additionally, Robert Walker received the Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre award at the Olivier Awards.