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Musical: Pal Joey

2. Composer: Richard Rodgers
Lyricist: Lorenz Hart
Librettist: John OHara
Director: George Abbott
3. Other Works: Fly With Me, The Garrick Gaieties, Dearest Enemy,
The Girl Friend, Betsy, Peggy-Ann, The Fifth Avenue Follies, Lido
Lady, A Connecticut Yankee, One Dam Thing After Another,
Present Arms, Chee-Chee, Shes My Baby, Heads Up!, Ever
Green, Simple Simon, Americas Sweetheart, Jumbo, On Your
Toes, The Show Is On, Babes In Arms, Id Rather Be Right, The
Boys from Syracuse, I Married An Angel, Too Many Girls, Higher
and Higher, and By Jupiter
4. Source of the Story: Based on a series of short stories John
OHara published in The New Yorker
5. When and Where it Opened: it opened on December 25, 1940 at
the Ethel Barrymore Theatre
6. Appropriate Roles:
Vera Simpson Vivienne Segal, Vivica Lindfors, Joan
Copeland, Stockard Channing, a bored rich socialite
Linda English Leila Ernst, Pat Northrop, Rita
Boni Enton, Jenny Fellner, a nave stenographer
Gladys Bumps June Havoc, Helen Gallagher, Elaine
Dunn, Janie Sell, Martha Plimpton, a chorus girl
Melba Snyder Jean Casto, Elaine Stritch, Kay
Medford, Dixie Carter, an ambitious reporter
7. Songs for the Repertoire: I Could Write A Book, Chicago (A Great
Big Town), Bewitched/Bothered/and Bewildered, Zip
8. I love this show because the female roles are plentiful and
strong. Each woman has her own angle and character that makes
her unique and the songs reflect that. Gladys is actually my
favorite character as one of the villains in the show, she could
come across as a ditz or that could all be a cover for a
remarkably smart and manipulative woman.
9. Song Recommendations:
Jen Chicago (A Great Big Town) and Zip