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Pal Joey



September 04, 2013 - September 29, 2013

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
New book by Patrick Pacheco
Based on the original book by John O’Hara


A BOLD AND BEWITCHING REINVENTION OF THE RODGERS & HART CLASSIC

Taking the stage in September is a re-conceived version of the Rodgers & Hart 1940 classic Pal Joey

Edgy for its time, Pal Joey is perhaps best known for the 1957 film version starring Frank Sinatra. Director Peter Schneider’s production breathes new life into this classic tale and brings a modern day relevance to the story that unfolds amidst this richly romantic score.

"A near-perfect cast...the best of the original numbers...an absolute triumph."- Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Jordy Lievers as Val Wondrous in Arkansas Repertory Theatre's production of Pal Joey.

“Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the perfect environment for the artistic collaborative process required to reinvent a musical," says Schneider. “I am thrilled to partner with Arkansas Rep and Bob to present the world premiere of this exciting new version of 
Pal Joey."

"I was captivated...bold and beautiful voices...delightful music...a whirlwind of emotion from song to song." - InArkansas.com


Peter Schneider is the Tony Award-winning producer of the internationally acclaimed Broadway musical 
The Lion King. He produced the award-winning documentary, “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” about Disney animation from 1984-1994, a decade within his 17-year tenure at the company where he served as President of the animation department and, later, as Chairman of the studio.


Peter Schneider


"The action is engaging...the cast is talented across the board. A bonus of course - a major bonus - is all the great singing and dancing of classic Rodgers and Hart tunes." - Arkansas Times

A new score has been enhanced with other memorable songs from the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart catalog, such as “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Sing for Your Supper,” and “Glad To Be Unhappy” intermingled with gems from the original 1940 show like “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and “I Could Write a Book.”

"Schneider's crew does a wonderful job with Pacheco's re-write of this classic, and you should really go see the transformation." - Sync Weekly

Also included from the original 1940 score is the song “What is a Man?” This Pal Joey answers that question in the most provocative and unexpected ways, exploding on stage with timeless jazz favorites, stunning tap dance numbers and plenty of sparkle while exploring morality, race, class and the timeless relationship between power and sex.





Cast

Jonas Cohen* ... Ted
Rodrick Covington* ... US Joey
Erica Hanrahan-Ball* ... Vera
Jeffrey Johnson II+ ... Robert/Jerry
Elise Kinnon* ... Trixie
Marisa Kirby+ ... Assistant Choreographer/US Val/US Trixie/US Gladys
Jordy Lievers* ... Val/US Vera
Clifton Oliver* ... Joey
Joel Pellini+ ... Nick/Sailor/Walter/Workman
Danielle Erin Rhodes* ... Gladys/US Linda
Michael Reno* ... Musical Director/ Band Leader
Ian Jordan Subsara+ ... Cubby/Barry/Workman
Matthew K. Tatus * ... Mike
Stephanie Umoh* ... Linda
Baci ... Skippy

Crew

Set Designer: David Potts
Resident Set Designer/Technical Director: Mike Nichols
Costume Designer: Rafael Colon Castanera
Wig Designer: Gerard Kelly
Lighting Designer: Michael J. Eddy
Sound Designer: Allan Branson
Properties Designer: Lynda J. Kwallek
Director: Peter Schneider
New Book by: Patrick Pacheco
Music Director/Arrangements/Band Leader: Michael Reno*
Choreographer: Dan Knechtges
AEA Stage Manager: Jessie Vacchiano*
AEA Assistant Stage Manager: Kristin M. Herrick

Additional Info


ACT I: 65 Minutes

ACT II: 60 Minutes

There will be one 15 minute intermission

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PERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS

PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT

Wednesday, September 4 
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night." On Wednesday, September 4, patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. Tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series 
Wednesday, May 1 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director and Death of a Salesman director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s current production. Why do critics call Death of a Salesman the greatest American play, and what relevance can audiences draw from this 50 year-old production?

Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239 for reservations. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/deathofasalesman/#sthash.w0Zaafa3.dpuf
CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series 
Wednesday, May 1 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director and Death of a Salesman director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s current production. Why do critics call Death of a Salesman the greatest American play, and what relevance can audiences draw from this 50 year-old production?

Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239 for reservations. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/deathofasalesman/#sthash.w0Zaafa3.dpuf
CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series 
Wednesday, May 1 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director and Death of a Salesman director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s current production. Why do critics call Death of a Salesman the greatest American play, and what relevance can audiences draw from this 50 year-old production?

Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239 for reservations. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/deathofasalesman/#sthash.w0Zaafa3.dpuf
CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series
Thursday, September 5 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of Pal Joey for a panel discussion on this re-conceived version of the Rodgers & Hart classic musical.
Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of Avenue Q for a panel discussion on this unique puppet musical. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=40#sthash.rj1cPBeZ.dpuf
Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of Avenue Q for a panel discussion on this unique puppet musical. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=40#sthash.rj1cPBeZ.dpuf

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of Avenue Q for a panel discussion on this unique puppet musical. - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=40#sthash.rj1cPBeZ.dpuf
Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239 for reservations.


PRESHOW DIRECTOR TALKS
Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5 | 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Preview performances are Wednesday and Thursday nights before opening, and include a pre-show discussion at 6:15 p.m. in the Theatre with the director of Pal Joey, Peter Schneider and Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp. 

OPENING NIGHT 
Friday, September 6 | 8 p.m.
Opening Night will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

JAZZ IT UP WITH COLONIAL WINES & SPIRITS | Martini Night at The Rep
PARTY LIKE A PIRATE sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits
Thursday, March 28 | 6 p.m. -7 p.m. |

Sample light bites, specialty rums and rum drinks in Foster’s prepared especially for you by local mixologist Joel DiPippa! Then grab your VIP seating in the First Mezzanine for Treasure Island, A New Musical at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits.

Admission to 'Party Like a Pirate' is limited. Tickets not available online. Must be 21 or older to attend. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 for these exclusive tickets!


- See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=38#sthash.EW980qvc.dpuf
PARTY LIKE A PIRATE sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits
Thursday, March 28 | 6 p.m. -7 p.m. |

Sample light bites, specialty rums and rum drinks in Foster’s prepared especially for you by local mixologist Joel DiPippa! Then grab your VIP seating in the First Mezzanine for Treasure Island, A New Musical at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits.

Admission to 'Party Like a Pirate' is limited. Tickets not available online. Must be 21 or older to attend. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 for these exclusive tickets!


- See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=38#sthash.EW980qvc.dpuf
PARTY LIKE A PIRATE sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits
Thursday, March 28 | 6 p.m. -7 p.m. |

Sample light bites, specialty rums and rum drinks in Foster’s prepared especially for you by local mixologist Joel DiPippa! Then grab your VIP seating in the First Mezzanine for Treasure Island, A New Musical at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits.

Admission to 'Party Like a Pirate' is limited. Tickets not available online. Must be 21 or older to attend. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 for these exclusive tickets!


- See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=38#sthash.EW980qvc.dpuf
PARTY LIKE A PIRATE sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits
Thursday, March 28 | 6 p.m. -7 p.m. |

Sample light bites, specialty rums and rum drinks in Foster’s prepared especially for you by local mixologist Joel DiPippa! Then grab your VIP seating in the First Mezzanine for Treasure Island, A New Musical at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits.

Admission to 'Party Like a Pirate' is limited. Tickets not available online. Must be 21 or older to attend. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 for these exclusive tickets!


- See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=38#sthash.EW980qvc.dpuf
Thursday, September 26 | 6-7 p.m.
Jazz it up with Colonial Wines & Spirits in Foster's Lounge as Colonial's resident mixologist
treats you and your guests to a few fine martinis. Then enjoy your VIP seats on First Mezzanine for Pal Joey, beginning at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits.

Admission to "Jazz it up with Colonial Wines & Spirits" is limited. Tickets $50 for the party and the show. Please call The Rep Box Office for tickets to this event (501) 378-0405.
Must be 21 and up to attend this event.



Sample light bites, specialty rums and rum drinks in Foster’s prepared especially for you by local mixologist Joel DiPippa! Then grab your VIP seating in the First Mezzanine for Treasure Island, A New Musical at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits.

Admission to 'Party Like a Pirate' is limited. Tickets not available online. Must be 21 or older to attend. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 for these exclusive tickets! - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=38#sthash.EW980qvc.dpufshow
Sample light bites, specialty rums and rum drinks in Foster’s prepared especially for you by local mixologist Joel DiPippa! Then grab your VIP seating in the First Mezzanine for Treasure Island, A New Musical at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Colonial Wines & Spirits.

Admission to 'Party Like a Pirate' is limited. Tickets not available online. Must be 21 or older to attend. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 for these exclusive tickets! - See more at: http://www.therep.org/attend/productions/default.aspx?prodid=38#sthash.EW980qvc.dpufshowcases some of the best martinis in town.

SIGN INTERPRETATION
Performance interpreted for the hearing impaired on Wednesday, September 11

PERFORMANCE RUN
Pal Joey will run for four weeks with performances from  September 6 - September 29, 2013, Wednesday through Sunday.

SHOW TIMES
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday evening performances 8 p.m. Sunday Matinees 2 p.m. 

Sponsors