Savion Glover & Tony Goldwyn

Savion Glover & Tony Goldwyn to Direct Broadway Production of Pal Joey

A new Broadway production has been announced for next season! Pal Joey, the Rodgers and Hart-John O’Hara classic musical, has been revised in a brand-new production that will be heading to Broadway in the 2022-2023 season.

The creative team for this reimagined Pal Joey includes Richard LaGravenese (new book), co-directors Tony Goldwyn and Savion Glover, choreographer Savion Glover, set designer Derek McLane, costume designer Emilio Sosa, lighting designer Natasha Katz and orchestrator/arranger/music supervisor Daryl Waters.

Adapting O’Hara’s book so that the primary setting of the plot is a South Side Chicago nightclub in the 1940’s and changing the character of Linda from a stenographer/clerk to an aspiring singer, has enabled the creative team, with the permission of the Rodgers and Hart estate, to interpolate some of that team’s greatest songs into an already memorable score.

Additions to the score already highlighted by “Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered” and “I Could Write a Book” include “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” among others.

The producing team is led by Jeffrey Richards and co-produced by Funny World Productions, Willette Klausner, and Irene Gandy. Casting and a Broadway theatre will be announced at a later date.

Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. His Broadway credits include Shuffle Along (Tony Award nomination), Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk (Tony Award for Best Choreography), Jelly’s Last Jam, Black and Blue (Tony nomination), and The Tap Dance Kid (Broadway debut). A legendary hoofer, as a child he was privileged to dance and be guided by the great Bunny Briggs, Buster Brown, Lon Chaney, Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Slyde, and Diane Walker. In addition to his Broadway career as a performer and choreographer, he has created many tap repertoires that tour worldwide, including Bare Soundz, Classical Savion, OM, STepZ, Solo in Time, Sole Sanctuary, Improvography, Footnotes, and Savion Glover’s Holiday Spectacular. In addition to creating his ongoing bodies of work, he has enjoyed performing worldwide with jazz legends including McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, and Jack DeJohnette. His film work includes Tap, Bamboozled, Happy Feet, and Happy Feet Two.

Tony Goldwyn is an American actor, singer, producer, director, and political activist. He portrayed Carl Bruner in Ghost, Harold Nixon in Nixon and starred in the ABC legal/political drama Scandal as Fitzgerald Grant III. As a director, Goldwyn has directed four feature films, A Walk on the Moon, Someone Like You, The Last Kiss, and Conviction. He has also directed many episodes of television series such as Without a Trace, The L Word, Dexter, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal. In 2014, he directed the pilot episode of the WE tv series, The Divide, of which he also served as executive producer and co-created with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard LaGravenese. On Broadway, he has starred in Holiday, Promises, Promises, Network, and The Inheritance.