Production of ‘Pal Joey’ To Benefit Performing Art Program For Students With Disabilities

July 15, 2008

Tickets are available now for Bayou City Concert Musicals production of Rodgers and Hart’s Tony Award winning Broadway musical Pal Joey. This year production will benefit The River Performing and Visual Arts Center. The River is about inclusion in the world of dance, music, art, and drama for students with a broad range of disabilities. Some are mild, some severe. The students perform regularly in recitals.

The musical opens at the Heinen Theatre, Austin at Holman in Midtown on Sept. 4 and runs through Sept. 7 for five performances. Performance times for the staged concert version are Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 5 at 8 p.m., Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Perhaps best known for the 1957 film version starring Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth, Pal Joey was first a musical that opened on Broadway in 1940 starring Gene Kelly in his first major Broadway role. June Havoc was also in the production in a minor role that served as a springboard to her successful film career. The movie was nominated for four Oscars and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Musical.

The Broadway musical, though initially only a moderate hit because of the dark storyline, was revived in 1952. The revival ran for 542 performances, a record at the time for any Broadway revival, and won the New York Drama Critics’ Award for Best Musical, three Tony Awards, plus a record setting eleven out of sixteen Donaldson Awards (an award comparable at the time to the Tony Awards).

Based on John O’Hara’s series of articles for the New Yorker magazine, no one had ever before written of such unsavory characters and addressed such disreputable lifestyles and skullduggery on Broadway. Joey Evans, the anti-hero, is a second-rate dancer, a charming “heel” who schemes to get his dream – his own nightclub. An opportunist who never misses a chance to advance himself, he leaves his young and naïve girlfriend to romance an older, wealthy but bored socialite, Vera Simpson, and sets out to convince her to set him up in business. Two of the most memorable songs in the musical are “Bewitched,” popularly know as “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” sung by Vera, Joey’s “sugar mama,” and the love duet, “I Could Write A Book” sung by Joey and Linda, the girl who really loves him.

Tickets are available now online at or by calling 713-465-6484. Single tickets are priced at $25 to $35 and senior rates are $20 to $28. Student tickets are $15.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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