The Theater: Old Musical in Manhattan

Pal Joey (book by John O'Hara; music and lyrics by Rodgers & Hart) had turned—in the eleven years since it first opened on Broadway—into a kind of musicomedy legend. It had only to be revived there last week to emerge as a kind of musicomedy classic. John O'Hara's book remains brilliantly alive; Richard Rodgers' score is still delightfully fresh.

The very thing that gives Pal Joey its distinction—its unabashed look at sordid doings—may always disconcert the people for whom musicomedy means moonlight & roses, or at any rate does not mean blackmail and kept...

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