Performance Lab: PAL JOEY

Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

Directed by Robert McQueen

7pm | September 26 & 27, 2015
First Floor Studio, 120 Bank Street
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Using scenes from the musical PAL JOEY this lab will focus on strengthening each participants’ rehearsal process, beginning with score preparation, table work and will then move into staging and choreographic rehearsals. Open performances will be a mix of staged and choreographed scenes and table readings.

This project is made possible through the generous support of the Frederick Loewe Foundation. 

Fabio Motta – Joey
Graham Shadow Boxer – Mike
R. David Robinson – Ludlow Lowell
Lisa Hickman – Vera
Jen Gorman – Gladys Bumps
Keely Hutton – Linda
Diana Ocampo – Melba Snyder
Eleonora Cacciola – The Kid

Male Ensemble
Jeff Moulton
Orlando Ocampo
Angelo Fiore
Ye Hao

Female Ensemble
Nana Tatebarashi
Sarah Tranchina
Ener Cui
Alexandra Leafloor

Set Designer | Steven Hammel
Costume Designer | Emma Steen
Choreographer | Allison Plamondon
Music Director | Paul Chamlin
Music Director | Robert Grusecki
Stage Manager | Mia Schachter
Asst. Stage Manager | Vanessa Joyce & Emma Steen
Designer / Technical Director | Brian Kafel
Production Manager | Daniel Allen Nelson

Originally produced on Broadway in 1940, with Gene Kelly staring in the title role, PAL JOEY features a book by John O’Hara and score and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The plot is based on several of O’Hara’s short stories that were originally published in The New Yorker magazine.

Set in the rough and tumble world of Chicago nightclubs in the late 1930’s PAL JOEY follows the career and romances of an opportunistic and charming singer named Joey Evans.

Many of the songs in PAL JOEY have become standards in the American Musical Theatre Songbook; “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “You Mustn’t Kick It Around,” “I Could Write a Book” and “What is a Man.”

When PAL JOEY first opened it challenged Broadway audiences with it’s hardedged characters and sophisticated themes. Since it’s original production it has had 5 major revivals in New York and London, perhaps the most celebrated of these being the 1952 production for which the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical went to HB faculty member Helen Gallagher!


HB Performance Labs provide actors who are well advanced in their technique opportunities to participate in the development and performance of Studio works-in-progress, guided by HB faculty or guest artists. Open by audition, participation is free of charge. Labs meet three times weekly over 5 weeks, with public sharing — performances or open rehearsals — in week 5.


  • Time:
    Every day
    September 26, 2015 – September 27, 2015
    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm ET
  • Location: HB Studio, First Floor Studio, 120 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014