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Harper and Row, Critical Reaction to the Show Pal Joey Brooks Atkinson, reviewer for The New York Times, then as now the newspaper whose reviews most influenced the fate of Broadway shows, was not prepared for a musical to be set in such a gritty corner of society as the world cheap nightclubs and dubbed the story "odious.
Other reviewers were more positively disposed. Wolcott Gibbs of The New Yorker wrote, "I am not optimistic by nature but it seems to me just possible that the idea of equipping a song-and-dance production with a few living, three-dimensional figures, talking and behaving like human beings, may no longer strike the boys in the business as merely fantastic" Musical Stagesp.
Gene Kelly also entered into the debate over the musical by commenting to the newspapers on the character he played: Hart, Thou Swellp. A week after the opening, Richard Watts, then drama critic for the New York Herald Tribune, mounted a defense of Joey--the show as well as the character.
Pal Joey is a sardonic and entirely accurate picture of the type of creature reared in the ugly life of the minor cabarets, and I think that, in my limited way, I have investigated these night clubs carefully enough to attest to the letter-perfect correctness of Mr.
Yet, even though he is a pretty miserable specimen, Joey is by no means unbearable as a musical comedy hero. There is something so naive about his cheap caddishness, he is so essentially an innocent boob, the simple prey of any smart operator, and, above all, he is so guilefully played by Gene Kelly, that moral judgment becomes suspended and he emerges as an object for Olympian amusement rather than hatred.
In particular, it seems to me so pleasant to see believable human beings, even if not admirable ones, in a musical comedy for a change that I think the utterly credible Joey should be accepted with gratitude.
Pal Joey ran for performances. Brimming over with good music and fast on its toes, it renews confidence in the professionalism of the theatre.
The Richard Rodgers Reader. Oxford University Press, Richard Rodgers, Musical Stages: An Autobiography New York: Random House, Da Capo paper bound ed. Lorenz Hart was known for the acerbic wit and irony, so what is he doing writing a lyric for "I Could Write a Book" that is imbued with simplicity, directness and innocence, especially for a show sporting a cynical point-of-view like Pal Joey.
His partner Richard Rodgers explains: Throughout our score for Pal Joey, Larry and I were scrupulous in making every song adhere to the hard-edged nature of the story. Taken by itself, "I Could Write a Book" is perfectly straightforward and sincere in the context of the plot, however, Joey, who had probably never read a book in his life, sang it for no other reason than to impress a naive girl he had just picked up on the street Rodgers, Musical Stagesp.
Seemingly ironic, Hart himself is on record as stating that "I Could Write a Book" is his favorite song from the show.
The Song is Ended: Songwriters and American Music, Oxford University Press, William G. Hyland suggests a purpose in relation to the plot for the seeming purity of feeling expressed in "I Could Write a Book.
Other commentators have noted that when "I Could Write a Book" is heard outside the context of Pal Joey, it comes across as a guileless love ballad, which is its reputation as an American standard song.
Gerald Mast feels that both the composer and lyricist of "I Could Write a Book" intended it as a "dumb song" sung by "a conman dope to a woman who is even more stupid than he is. The refrain is deliberately repetitive and drippy driving its parallel between books and love into the ground.
In the original production, the song contains two verses one sung by each character. First Joey sings his verse followed by the refrain. Then Linda sings her verse and repeats the refrain. The complete and authoritative lyrics for "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" can be found in:If they ask me, I could write a book About the way you walk and whisper and look I could write a preface on how we met So the world would never forget And the simple secret of the plot Is just to tell them that I love you, alot Then the world discovers as my book ends How to make two lovers of friends If they ask me, I could write a book About the way you walk and whisper and look I could.
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