1963 City Center Revival

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“From the moment that the orchestra struck up the overture, it was evident that the audience was ready for an evening with an old favorite,” reported The New York Times on May 30, 1963. In a brief, limited-run revival at New York City Center, Bob Fosse starred as the titular cad in Pal Joey, which ran a “bright” production two … Read More

1957 Motion Picture

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On October 25, 1957, Columbia Studios released the film adaptation of Pal Joey, and it became a box office smash. Starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak, the film was set against the romantic, foggy backdrop of San Francisco. Though other leading men – including Gene Kelly, Marlon Brando, Kirk Douglas and Jack Lemmon – had been considered for … Read More

1954 West End Premiere

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Arriving at the Prince’s Theatre in London after a week of previews in Oxford, Pal Joey offered British audiences a peek into another side of the American character, exploring a cynicism they had not seen in wistfully romantic shows like Oklahoma! or Annie Get Your Gun. The London Daily Herald called it “a musical comedy of real class,” adding “The … Read More

1952 Broadway Revival

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“As an augury of a Happy New Year, the town has inherited a brilliant production of Pal Joey, which opened at the Broadhurst,” wrote The New York Times theatre critic Brooks Atkinson in his review of Broadway’s first revival of the groundbreaking Rodgers & Hart smash. The production played for 540 performances, almost 200 more than its original production. Starring … Read More

1940 Original Broadway Production

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On Christmas Day, 1940, Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey opened on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre, featuring a book by John O’Hara, who adapted his stories from The New Yorker. Staged by George Abbott, the show would become a landmark in American theatre history as one of the first to help progress the American musical into a fine art form, … Read More

1999 New York City Center

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Opening the 1999 Encores! Season at New York City Center, Babes in Arms ran from February 11-14, directed by Kathleen Marshall with musical direction by Rob Fisher. The cast featured Donna McKechnie, Thommie Walsh, Don Correia and Priscilla Lopez as the parents of the “babes,” with the principle roles played by David Campbell, Erin Dilly, Melissa Rain Anderson, Christopher Fitzgerald, … Read More

1939 Motion Picture

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MGM’s film adaptation of Babes in Arms was released nationwide on October 13, 1939. Loosely based on the stage musical by Rodgers & Hart, the film dispensed with most songs from the original and replaced them with songs by other writers. (Only two Rodgers & Hart songs, the title number and “Where or When,” remained; “The Lady is a Tramp” … Read More

1937 Original Broadway Production

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On April 14, 1937, just two weeks after its final preview in Boston, Rodgers and Hart’s Babes in Arms premiered on Broadway, introducing a trove of songs that would later be considered integral to the Great American Songbook. Directed by Robert B. Sinclair, choreographed by George Balanchine, and featuring Alfred Drake, Mitzi Green, Dana Hardwick, Ray Heatherton and the Nicholas … Read More

2016 West End Revival

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After premiering at Sheffield Crucible in December 2015, Daniel Evans’ epic production of Show Boat transferred to the West End, where it opened at the New London Theatre on April 25, 2016. Critically hailed as “exceptional” by The Guardian, this special return to the London stage featured performances by Gina Beck, Emmanuel Kojo, Michael Xavier and more.

1994 Broadway Revival

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For this remarkable return to Broadway, Harold Prince helmed what the New York Times called a “gloriously bold re-examination of the indestructible classic.” Show Boat previewed in Toronto in 1993 before gliding into Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre. With choreography by Susan Stroman, the seventy-person cast featured Broadway’s best talent, including Michel Bell as Joe, Rebecca Luker as Magnolia, Lonette McKee as … Read More