Your showtune for February 21 is

“I Could Write a Book” – Pal Joey

Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Lorenz Hart

The charismatic but scheming Joey from the musical’s title first appeared in short stories in The New Yorker, a magazine which debuted on this day in 1925.  Joey sings “I Could Write a Book” to a girl he’s trying to seduce, but author John O’Hara was thinking the same thing as he published his stories in novel form and wrote the book for this arresting musical.

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