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On June 3rd. 2014 
The Roundabout Company presented the Opening Night of

"Just Jim Dale"
for a twelve week season at the Laura Pels Theatre, New York, ending August 10th. 

The creative team for  the show  
Richard Maltby (Director)
Mark York (Pianist and co-arranger), 
Aaron Gandy (Music direction by co-arranger),
Anna Louizossets, (Set Designer), Rui Rita, (Lights) and Carl Casella, (Sound).

Here is just one of over thirty rave reviews for Jim's show

John Simon 
New York theatre critic, 5th. June 2014

What a relief to come to the marvelous “Just Jim Dale,” as good a solo show as you will ever see, 
and which I cannot commend and recommend highly enough. 
Jim Dale may just be the most charming farceur to tread the boards, 
while also triumphing on both the big and little screen and in music, 
to say nothing of his brilliant recorded readings of the seven Harry Potter novels, 
in which he manages a different, equally splendid voice for all two hundred plus characters.

But let’s get back to charm. 
This usually comes with high comedy a la Noel Coward or Cary Grant, or, more Gallicly and bedroomily, by Charles Boyer. 
It almost never comes with unabashedly low or middle-range farce, dazzlingly elevated to the heights attained by Jim Dale, 
as he holds you in his palms, his feet, his whole body for two uninterrupted hours, 
leaving you wallowing in laughter but perfectly game for any number of hours more.

Delightfully accompanied by Mark York on the piano—and a bit beyond—Dale sings and clowns, dances and jests with delicious patter, 
and moves with an anthology of comic walks, gestures, and even the odd pratfall, right onto your funny bone and into your heart. 
And when I say funny bone, I don’t mean merely that spot on your elbow, 
but every bone and muscle making you shake with laughter to make the rafters ring.

The show is essentially Dale’s telling and reenacting of his life and stage story, and how a boy from a working-class suburb of London, 
with working-class parents and very briefly himself a shoe factory hand, worked himself up through hard training to the summits of showbiz, 
to Britain’s beloved Music Hall and beyond it to stellar performing in every possible country and medium, 
including Shakespeare and Molière, displaying matchless movement (as suggested by his father), terrific timing (ditto) 
and those oodles and oodles of charm which only inborn talent and hard work lightly worn can attain.

Richard Maltby, Jr. has contributed skilled direction, and Anna Louizos a handsome backdrop, 
but mostly it’s the genius of just Jim Dale or Smith. Yes Smith, as he was born, but, by a printer’s error he adopted, 
Dale, has “forged in the smithy of his soul” (phrase by James Joyce) not just “the conscience of his race” (Joyce again), 
but also the conquest and conveying of the summits of comedy.

It is impossible to impart all this through mere printed words; you must catch “Just Jim Dale” and experience it firsthand. 
What you see and hear will stay with you as a touchstone for as long as you are capable of joyous remembrance.

Last year Jim was nominated for a Drama Desk Award 
 for his appearance in the
Roundabout Theatre production of 
Athol Fugard's, 
"The Road to Mecca"
with
Rosemary Harris and Carla Gugino 
Directed by Gordon Edelstein

"Dale almost steals the show - 
if it wasn't for Rosemary Harris up there too, he'd sneak home with the play."
Mark Kennedy AP Drama Writer

"Dale, also a great treasure of the theater, is deceivingly brilliant as Marius."
Hollywoodsoapbox.com 

Jims last appearance on Broadway was in November 2012 
The Roundabout Company at the American Airlines Theatre
presented a sold out preview of his one man show,
"Just Jim Dale"

Jim's last musical on Broadway was
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's,

"The Threepenny Opera" 

For his performance as Mister Peachum 
he was honored with a 
Tony Award Nomination  
Drama Desk Award
 Outer Critics Circle Award 
 Richard Seff Award 
 Drama League Award

The American Theatre Critics Assoc. 
recently inducted Jim into the 
American Theatre Hall of Fame 
for 

Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

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