Pal Joey (1980)

Mile End Road
4 Aug - 26 Sep 1980
Pal Joey, original Half Moon poster Pal Joey, original Half Moon poster
  • Music Richard Rodgers
  • Lyrics Lorenz Hart
  • Book John O'Hara

Pal Joey features music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, along with a book by John O’Hara. The plot is based on a number of short stories that were initially published in The New Yorker magazine. The show features a number of show standards such as ‘I Could Write a Book’ and ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’ which has been covered by a number of artists around the world. Frank Sinatra starred in the film version and covered a number of the songs on his albums. Gene Kelly starred in the original production which ran for almost a year in 1940. Recent revivals have included the Studio 54 production which starred Stockard Channing.

The production transferred  to the Albery Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, on 26 September 1980.

The musical was recorded at PRT Studios, London, on 9-11 February, by TER.

Production photos

Cast List

  • Christopher Munckie Mike
  • Denis Lawson Joey Evans
  • Jane Gurnett Adele
  • Buster Skeggs Gladys
  • Lynne Hockney Diana

Creative Team


Audio Interview

Bernadette Garrett ran the box office at the Half Moon Theatre on Alie Street and Mile End Road over a six-year period. Bernadette talks about the systems they used; productions she saw including Pal Joey and Trafford Tanzi; the involvement of young people and the move from Alie Street to Mile End Road.


Original programme

Transfer programme

Transfer special programme brochure




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