Today is the 97th anniversary of his birth. Frank was the only child of Marty and Dolly Sinatra. As a kid he stood on top of the bar at a local nightclub and sang for tips. He dropped or was kicked out of high school, and help make ends meet at home by delivering the local paper, the Jersey Observer.
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: He's an ignorant, low class bum with nothing but good looks and a good line. To emphasize the lyricist's despair, Kelly added, "We couldn't get him to come out. 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.
It is worth noting that in the twelve years between Pal Joey's original production and its first revivalpublic and critical opinion dispensed altogether with the idea of the show being too "real. Brimming over with good music and fast on its toes, it renews confidence in the professionalism of the theatre.
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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.
One cannot be certain that Hart would completely agree with his partner's assessment. Seemingly ironic, Hart himself is on record as stating that "I Could Write a Book" is his favorite song from the show.
One can be sure he doesn't like it so much for its romantic sentiment but much more likely for its irony, which not everyone, apparently including Rodgers, picks up on.
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. It is not sure about Joey even though the number that precedes "I Could Write a Book," the burlesque style "You Mustn't Kick it Around," reveals his "essential cockiness.
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. Few who don't know its origin can understand its irony. 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.
Rather he credits the song's popular success, quite simply, to the genius of Rodgers and Hart.I could write a book lyrics: If they asked me I could write a book About the way you walk and whisper and look I could write the preface on how we met So the world would never forget And the simple secret of the plot Is Harry Connick, Jr.
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(born September 11, ) is an American singer, conductor, pianist, actor, and composer. He has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. First sung by Betty Buckley in the show’s debut, “Memory” features lyrics by Trevor Nunn, and took home the Ivor Novello award for Best Song.
It has been covered by Judy Garland, Bernadette Peters and Harry Connick Jr., among others. “I Could Write a Book. Lyrics to 'I Could Write A Book' by Harry Connick Jr..
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