Pal Joey on Broadway Show Information and History

Pal Joey Summary

  • Show Status: Future
  • Genre: Musical
  • Pal Joey is 120 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Begin: March 9, 2023
  • Show Opens: April 4, 2023
  • Show Closes: Open ended

Updated musical revival set in a nightclub in the South Side of Chicago in the 1940's. An aspiring singer faces daunting personal and societal challenges with race and gender on her rocky path to success.

Pal Joey on Broadway Background

Show is Revised Version of the 1940 Movie

This show is a newly revised and updated iteration of the original 1940 “Pal Joey” Broadway production that starred Gene Kelly as the lead Joey Evans. A subsequent 1957 film adaptation of the musical starred Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Novak, and Sinatra won a Golden Globe Award for his performance.

Previous Theatrical Revivals

There have been several revivals of “Pal Joey,” over the years but most notable Broadway revivals include the 1963 City Center production and the 2008 Roundabout Theatre Company production at Studio 54. The City Center production starred powerhouses Bob Fosse and Rita Gardner. The 2008 Roundabout Theatre Company production starred Stockard Channing, Martha Plimpton and Matthew Risch.

Famous Songs in Show

The score features famous songs such as “Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered” and “I Could Write a Book”. Additional songs that were added to the show 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.”

Pal Joey Co-Directors Savion Glover and Tony Goldwyn
Co-Directors Savion Glover and Tony Goldwyn

What’s Pal Joey Like?

The original Broadway musical, and subsequent popular 1957 movie, was about a small-time womanizer and dancer/singer who has dreams of opening his own night club, but gets in the way of his own success.

The new Broadway version of the show is now set in a nightclub on the South Side of Chicago, Club De Lucie, in 1957. There, an aspiring singer faces daunting personal and societal challenges with race and gender as she attempts to make it into the big time. In addition to the nightclub there are various scenes including Vera’s upper class social circle and at WSBC Radio in Chicago.

Is Pal Joey Good for Kids?

This show contains adult content of drugs, sex, violence and murder and may only appropriate for adults over the age of 18

Theatre Information

Cort Theatre

138 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,102
Entrance: 48th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues
Theatre Information

Cort Theatre Seating Chart

Producers

Jeffrey Richards

Funny World Productions

Willette Klausner

Irene Gandy

Production Credits

Director
Tony Goldwyn
Director
Savion Glover,
Choreographer
Savion Glover
Set Designer
Derek McLane
Costume Designer
Emilio Sosa
Lighting Designer
Natasha Katz
Orchestrator, arranger and music supervisor
Daryl Waters

Creative Team

Writer
Richard LaGravenese
Original Show Writer
Richard Rodgers
Original Show Writer
Lorenz Hart
Original Book Writer
John O’Hara