RODGERS and HART's Musical Theatre Classic:

(More news coming soon)

World Premiere of the re-conceived production 
ARKANSAS REPERTORY THEATRE
601 Main Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
www.therep.org
September 3rd to the 29th, 2013

 " 'Pal Joey' a Winning Revamp"
Kelly Bass, The Arkansas Times

Along with Peter Schneider, Patrick Pacheco, and Dan Knechtges we have been working on  a radically re-conceived version of the
Rodgers & Hart 1940 classic, “Pal Joey”.

We’ve updated the show to 1948, made Joey African-American (Vera, the society dame who keeps him, is white; Linda, the girl he truly loves, is African-American) and further upped the ante by introducing a white male pianist into the club who also falls in love with Joey.Six new songs have  been interpolated (all Rodgers and Hart), including  “The Lady Is A Tramp” and “Sing For Your Supper”, others have been eliminated while keeping “Bewitched” and “I Could Write a Book”.   A central conceit is that some of the numbers are interpreted in the black jazz idiom of its Post-War setting.

The show has been resized to a cast of 12, with all new arrangements and orchestrations for a band of eight, including two pianos, which has helps focus the story and amplify an uniqueness in the sound of the show.
It’s obviously not your Mother’s “Pal Joey”








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