Complete casting has been revealed for the New York City Center Gala revival of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's Pal Joey, set to take the stage November 1 with a gala performance and continue through November 5. Production co-director and choreographer Savion Glover will appear in the revival's onstage dance ensemble, which, according to press notes, will serve as "descendants of ancestral spirits that speak in the language of dance."
Joining Glover in that ensemble will be Krystina M. Burton, Marshall L. Davis Jr., Dormeisha, Jarvis Manning, and Brittany Nicole Parks. The non-spirit ensemble will comprise Mary Antonini, Taylor Marie Daniel, Leandra Ellis-Gaston, Jodeci Milhouse, NaTonia Monét, Rory Shirley, and Allysa Shorte.
The project has been in the works since at least 2021, when it was announced that Glover and Goldwyn were working with LaGravenese on a new Broadway-bound revival. LaGravenese and Beaty are revising John O'Hara's original book, adapted from his novel. The new version reportedly reimagines its title character as a Black jazz singer trying to make it on the Chicago nightclub circuit, and newly interpolates Rodgers and Hart songs from other works, including “Where or When,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “My Heart Stood Still,” “Falling in Love With Love,” and “There’s a Small Hotel.”
Tickets are already on sale. Visit NYCityCenter.org.