Julia McKenzie (pictured), who replaces the previously scheduled Honor Blackman, leads the combined casts as the Narrator in both musicals. In Pal Joey, she's joined by Kim Criswell as Vera, Bonnie Langford as Gladys, Sophie-Louise Dann as Linda and Tim Flavin as Joey. In On Your Toes, Criswell is Peggy, Dann is Frankie and Mark Meadows plays Junior.
Pal Joey, considered by many as the collaborators' greatest work, is the story of a young hustler who juggles the affections of a wealthy society dame and a naive chorus girl. Written in 1940, its score includes "I Could Write a Book' and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered".
Its predecessor, 1936's On Your Toes, is packed with gangsters, vaudeville, tunes including "Glad to be Unhappy" and "There's a Small Hotel" alongside the groundbreaking jazz ballet "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue".
The concert performances feature a specially written script by David Benedict and stage direction by Fiona Laird. They are conducted by American Robert Ziegler.
- by Terri Paddock