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.
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.