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English Title: Pal Joey
Japanese Title: パル・ジョーイ
Romanized Title: Paru Jooi
Performances: Bow Hall, 1/2 - 1/20
Based On: The Broadway musical "Pal Joey" by John O'Hara, Richard Rodgers, and Lorenz Hart
Director: Ako Takeshi
Book: John O'Hara
Lyrics: Lorenz Hart
Composer: Richard Rogers
Composer/Arranger: Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Odakane Bonpei, Kuratomi Shinichi
Choreographer: Yamada Taku
Available on DVD: No
|Role||Cast||Switched Cast †|
|Joey Evans||Hyuuga Kaoru||Asaji Saki|
|Vera Simpson||Marimo Eri||Asaoka Nari|
|Ludlow Lowell||Asaji Saki||Minoru Kou|
|Gladys Bumps||Yashiro Kou||Izumo Aya|
|Louis||Minoru Kou||Kozuki Wataru|
† The switched cast performed: 6:30 on Jan. 7th, 11:00 and 2:30 on Jan. 12th.
Other Cast: Aikou Mitsuru, Agi Katsura, Matsubara Midori, Machikaze Kana, Kokonoe Haruka, Matsukaze Ryou, Takayagi Midori, Nanki Chihiro, Kouki Subaru, Hagio Hitomi, Jun Atsuki, Kujou Akira
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Summary from Wikipedia, may not accurately reflect Takarazuka version.
In Chicago in the late 1930s, singer/dancer Joey Evans, a charming "heel" with big plans, schemes to get his own nightclub. He auditions for an emcee job at a second-rate nightclub ("You Mustn't Kick It Around"). Joey gets the job and begins rehearsals with the chorus girls and club singer Gladys Bumps. Joey meets young and naïve Linda English outside a pet shop, and he impresses her with grandiose lies about his career. Linda innocently falls for Joey's line ("I Could Write a Book"). As the chorus girls are doing a song-and-dance number at the club that night ("Chicago"), Linda arrives with a date. Wealthy married socialite Vera Simpson arrives at the club and shows a definite interest in Joey. Joey plays hard-to-get and insults Vera, who walks out. Mike, the club owner, fires Joey, but Joey, believing Vera will be back, strikes a deal: if Vera doesn't come back within the next few days, Joey will leave without pay. The chorus girls continue with the show ("That Terrific Rainbow"); Linda, having witnessed Joey's caddish behavior, has left the club. Vera doesn't return, so Joey is fired. When Linda refuses to answer his calls, Joey calls Vera ("What is a Man"). After Joey's last night as emcee, Vera picks him up from the club and they start an affair ("Happy Hunting Horn"). Vera is glowing in the romance and sets Joey up with an apartment and expensive clothes ("Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"). While shopping for clothes for Joey, Vera and he run into Linda, leaving Vera jealous and Linda distraught. Vera gives Joey his own nightclub, "Chez Joey," and Joey looks forward to rising to the top ("Pal Joey"/"Joey Looks to the Future" ballet).
The chorus girls and singers from the old club have relocated to "Chez Joey," where they rehearse for the opening performance ("The Flower Garden of My Heart"). Melba, an ambitious reporter, interviews Joey, recalling her interviews with various celebrities, including Gypsy Rose Lee ("Zip"). Ludlow Lowell, Gladys' old flame, introduces himself as an agent with papers that Joey unthinkingly signs as the rehearsal continues ("Plant You Now, Dig You Later"). In Joey's apartment the next morning, Joey and Vera reflect on the pleasures of their affair ("In Our Little Den"). Linda overhears Gladys and Lowell plotting to use the papers Joey signed to blackmail Vera. Linda calls Vera, who initially distrusts Linda; Vera confronts Joey, asking what his relationship is with Linda, and Joey responds defensively ("Do It the Hard Way"). Linda comes to the apartment to convince Vera, and Vera, seeing Linda's sincerity, now believes her. Vera and Linda agree that Joey is not worth the trouble ("Take Him"). Vera calls her friend the police commissioner, who arrests Gladys and Lowell. Vera throws Joey out and closes "Chez Joey" ("Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" reprise). Joey runs into Linda again outside the pet shop, and she invites him to dinner with her family. He refuses the invitation, and, saying she hopes she'll see him again, she leaves him standing alone.
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