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PAL JOEY a musical in two acts by John O'Hara, based on his own short stories. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Music by Richard Rodgers. Produced at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York, 25th December 1940 (374 perfs) with Gene Kelly (Joey), Vivienne Segal (Vera) and Leila Ernst (Linda). Produced at the Broadhurst Theatre, 3rd January 1952 in a revised version with Harold Lang, Miss Segal and Patricia Northrop. Produced at the Circle in the Square, 27th June 1976 with Christopher Chadman, Joan Copeland and Boni Enten. Produced at the Princes Theatre, London, 31st March 1954 with Lang, Carol Bruce and Sally Bazely. Produced at the Albery Theatre, 25th September 1980 with Denis Lawson, Sian Phillips and Danielle Carson. A film version was produced by Columbia Pictures in 1957 with Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth (singing dubbed by Jo Ann Greer) and Kim Novak (singing dubbed by Trudy Ewen). SYNOPSIS Act I In a cheap night-club, Joey auditions for the job of M.C. and gets it by his self-confidence and cockiness with the owner Mike. Later, outside a pet shop, Joey chats up Linda. He tells her his life-story - a pack of lies about lost fortunes and playing polo. She falls for this and they realise their mutual attraction. A month later, in the club, Mrs Chicago Society - Vera, an experienced woman of about 35, saunters in with friends and soon eyes Joey up and down. Linda is there with a boyfriend and Joey is somewhat curt to her. Vera makes it clear to Joey that he attracts her, but when he gets too fresh, she and her friends flamboyantly walk out. Mike is furious and gives Joey till the end of the week to get her back. Joey then calls Vera and insults her for costing him his job; this is done in a state of some panic, but it evidently works. A couple of nights later, Vera unexpectedly turns up at the club, drawn by Joey's charm, thus saving him his job. They go off together to her apartment. A few days later, in a tailor's shop, Vera smothers Joey (whom she is obviously now keeping) with new clothes: evidently she has fallen for him. But Linda, who works there, comes in, much to Joey's surprise and Vera's jealousy. She puts on a tough act with poor Linda, pretending to be Joey's second wife. Joey hears this from the tearful girl, but admits 'What do I care for a dame?' The act ends with a ballet, which is Joey's fantasy of what the night-club of his own that Vera has promised him will be like. Act II At Chez Joey's, Victor prepares the floor-show as Melba Snyder, a fast-talking reporter, interviews Joey about his new club. Egged on by Joey's fantasising, she contrives to make his history more interesting in order to get a good column. And she has plenty to tell about her own interview scoops. Ludlow Lowell breezes in, claiming to be a top agent, and with the help of the dancer Gladys (an old accomplice), cajoles Joey into signing a contract with him, which robs Joey of his independence. Later, these two plot a neat triple blackmail - on Vera, by revealing her affair with Joey to her husband; on her husband, to 'protect' his business from scandal; and of course on Joey, for obvious reasons! They try to enlist Linda, as the 'woman scorned', but she refuses. Gladys doesn't think it's going to be easy, but Ludlow is ready to do it the hard way. At Joey and Vera's love-nest, Linda tells her about the plot: Vera senses scandal, graciously 'returns' Joey to