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
It’s obviously not your Mother’s “Pal Joey”