Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey, with a book by John O'Hara, was a sophisticated, downbeat tale about a gigolo. It may have been a bit too dark for audiences in 1940, when it had a moderate run on Broadway. More than a decade later, Columbia Records' Goddard Lieberson decided to make a studio recording of the show, which included such classic songs as "I Could Write a Book" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," with Harold Lang and Vivienne Segal in the main roles. It is not, as the album jacket suggests, a "Broadway cast," although, just to confuse matters, the success of this album led to a Broadway revival starring Lang and Segal.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann