1940 Motion Picture

rnhfanThe Boys from Syracuse

On July 18, 1940, Universal Pictures released the film adaptation of Rodgers & Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse, premiering the film in Syracuse, New York. Directed by A. Edward Sutherland, the movie starred Allan Jones, Martha Raye, Joe Penner, Rosemary Lane and Irene Hervey. Nominated for two Academy Awards, the picture featured six Rodgers & Hart tunes: four hits from the Broadway … Read More

1938 Original Broadway Production

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Based on William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, Rodgers & Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse premiered on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on November 23, 1938. Directed by George Abbott, the production featured Eddie Albert, Ronald Graham, Teddy Hart, Jimmy Savo, Muriel Angelus and Marcy Westcott. The highly anticipated show from the darlings of Broadway went on to run 235 … Read More

2018 Off-Broadway

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Directed by John Doyle, choreographed by Bill T. Jones and starring Anika Noni Rose, this 2018 revival was critically acclaimed. Ben Brantley of the New York Times called the production “glorious” and “breathlessly seductive,” adding, “the entire cast is first rate.” Rose was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award for her turn in the title role.

1991 West End Premiere

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In 1991, Hammerstein’s Carmen Jones was revived on the West End at The Old Vic. Directed by Simon Callow, the show ran for a full season and earned six Olivier Award nominations, winning Best New Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Wilhelmenia Fernandez. The production later toured Europe and Japan.

1954 Motion Picture

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Starring Dorothy Dandridge and featuring Pearl Bailey and Harry Belafonte, the film adaptation of Carmen Jones premiered October 28, 1954. Variety declared the adaptation was executed “with taste and imagination in an opulent production,” referring to Dandridge’s “notable” performance as “a sultry Carmen whose performance maintains the right hedonistic tone throughout.” Dandridge was nominated for both a Golden Globe and … Read More

1943 Original Broadway Production

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Carmen Jones made its New York premiere at the Broadway Theatre on December 2, 1943. Staged by Hassard Short, directed by Charles Friedman and choreographed by Eugene Loring, the production starred Muriel Smith, making her Broadway debut, alternating with Muriel Rahn. The New York Herald Tribune hailed Carmen Jones: “Bravo! The theatre and music have had a memorable wedding…. The … Read More

2008 Broadway Revival

rnhfanPal Joey

Before making its way to Broadway in 2008, a new production of Pal Joey, with a revised book adapted by Richard Greenberg, premiered at the Huntington Theatre in Boston in 1992 with Donna Murphy as Vera. The same book had been used for the staged concert at New York City Center for its 1995 Encores! presentation starring Peter Gallagher and … Read More

1995 New York City Center

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This staged concert, part of New York City Center’s Encores! series, played a limited engagement in May 1995. Starring Peter Gallagher and Patti LuPone, the production also featured Ned Eisenberg, Vicki Lewis and Daisy Prince, with Bebe Neuwirth singing Melba’s show-stopping strip number, “Zip.” The show featured a newly-adapted book by Richard Greenberg, with direction by Lonny Price and musical … Read More

1980 West End Revival

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Led by stars of British stage and screen Sian Phillips and Denis Lawson, the West End’s first revival of Pal Joey opened on September 25, 1980 at the Albery Theatre, where it ran for a year under the direction of Rob Walker.

1976 Broadway Revival

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After a limited engagement at City Center starring Bob Fosse, Pal Joey returned to Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre, this time presented in the round – a challenging obstacle for shows designed for the proscenium. The rehearsal process was plagued with challenges and conflict; ballet dancer/choreographer Edward Villella, who was originally cast as Joey, struggled to sing … Read More