“Paljoy” is back on Broadway.
The 1940 Rogers and Hart musicals about Cadish Nightclub performers will be rewritten, reset and revived for the next Broadway season. A production team led by Jeffrey Richards announced on Monday.
The production is set in the Black Community on the South Side of Chicago in the 1940s, with a new book by Richard Gravenese, who was nominated for the Oscar of “Fisher King” and was the scriptwriter and director. The 2014 movie version of “The Last Five Years”. The show was originally set 10 years ago in the 1930s, with the main character played by a white performer.
Tony Goldwyn and Savion Glover will oversee the new film. Goldwin is best known as an actor who has appeared in the adaptations of the television series “Scandal” and Broadway’s “Network”, and Grover is best known as a tap dancer and choreographer. He won a Tony Award for “Bring in’da Noise, Bring in’da Funk”.
“Pal Joey” is a book based on a story written by John O’Hara for the New Yorker, a rare Broadway musical centered around antiheroes, often referred to as cynical. Brooks Atkinson, a theater critic at The New York Times, wrote about the original story, “If you can make an interesting musical comedy out of a nasty story, then’Pal Joey’,” and closed the review with a rhetoric. The question that has plagued the show for decades, “Can you get sweet water out of foulwell?”
The original song, starring Gene Kelly and Vivienne Segal, was performed in less than a year, but some of the songs, especially “fascinated, annoyed, and confused,” became the norm. The 1952 revival was more successful, prompting the adaptation of the 1957 film starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, and Kim Novak (although Hollywood turned Joey into a nice guy and made the story a happy ending).
By 1961, another Times critic, Howard Tobman, had published “great” and “vivid evidence of what a great musical is” of the musical, “its fascinating and sour mood. Is in good agreement with realism, if not cynical. ” Of our day. “
After that, there were three Broadway revival, all short-lived. The latest 2008 was panned by New York Times critic Ben Brantley as “a work in memory of his lifelessness.”
Of course, its history leaves room for reinvention, which is what the new team wants. Among other expected changes: in addition to the original scores best known for “fascinated, annoyed, embarrassed” and “I was able to write a book”, they We plan to add other songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, including “Where Somewhere”. “The Lady Is a Tramp”, “It Never Entered My Mind”, “My Heart Standed Still”, “Falling in Love With Love”, “There’s a Small Hotel”.
The music is directed by Daryl Waters, who won Tony in the “Memphis” orchestration. Also, Linda, one of the women who wasn’t treated much by Joey, is portrayed not as a shorthand, but as an ambitious singer who facilitates the use of new songs. The movie has a parallel shift and some songs have been added.
In addition to Richards, the next revival production team will include Fanny World Productions, Willett Klausner, and Irene Gandhi, a longtime theater spokeswoman who won a Tony Award for theater excellence this year. The producer said he hopes to bring a revival to Broadway during the 2022-2023 season. They did not announce the casting.