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Cast Announced for Musical ‘Pal Joey’

SUNY Cortland’s Performing Arts Department has announced the cast for its fall production of the original 1940 Broadway hit musical “Pal Joey.” 

The play will be performed at Dowd Fine Arts Theatre from Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Nov. 4, to Sunday, Nov. 6. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Staying true to the music and lyrics of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, with a book by John O’Hara, this production revives the story of Joey Evans, a small-time song and dance man who is desperate for success.

The performance includes familiar songs, such as “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and “I Could Write A Book,” and is highlighted by the spectacular choreography that has become a hallmark of SUNY Cortland musicals. 

The cast includes Tim Fuchs as Joey; Sam Rey as Vera; Annali Fuchs as Gladys; Angelia Golden as Linda; Derek Mellor as Lowell; Keith Golden as Louis; Mallory Walton as Melba; and Rasheem Ford as Mike. Katie Quigley and Ricky Wenthen perform as specialty dancers, and the chorines (“chorus girls”) are played by Lauren Collins, Lindsey Galgano, Chrissy Jackson, Sara Laursen, Grace McGeoch, Carly Merrill and Katie Quigley. The ensembles include Jacqui Fisher, Kerry Maloney, Melissa Pipher, Lauren Puente, Lisa Reid, Katie Stanton, Joey Gugliemelli, Chad Henke, David Newman, Charles O’Connor, Paul Warren Smith and Ricky Wenthen.

“Pal Joey” is directed and choreographed by Kevin Halpin. The associate director and choreographer is Cindy Halpin and the musical director and conductor is Corinne Aquilina. Howard Lindh is the set designer, Preston Mayre is technical director, Joel Pape is the sound designer and lighting designer and Mark Reynolds is the costume designer. 

Admission is $16 for the general public; $14 for senior citizens and SUNY staff; and $7 for all students and children. Tickets are on sale at Jodi’s Hallmark Shop on Main Street in Cortland, and at the door prior to each performance.

More information about the musical and this season’s other events can be found on the Performing Arts Department website.