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Star goes stateside for theatre

PUBLISHED: 14:53 18 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:22 03 March 2010

STOP the press, something's not quite right.

Either the Evening Star is extending its circulation area across the Atlantic or Chicago is invading Ipswich.

STOP the press, something's not quite right.

Either the Evening Star is extending its circulation area across the Atlantic or Chicago is invading Ipswich.

For among the run of today's edition of this town's lively, loyal and local newspaper were copies of the Chicago Daily Tribune.

Dated Wednesday, February 10, 1937, and breaking the news about a plane crash in San Francisco, it is clearly not a publication destined for sale.

For the Stateside newspaper is in fact a prop for the forthcoming production of Pal Joey, which opens at the New Wolsey Theatre on Thursday, February 28.

To make the show, which tells the tale of ladies' man, Joey Evans, and his life in Chicago's nightclubs, as authentic as possible, the stage crew rummaged into the archives to obtain an original copy of the paper.

And they turned to The Star to use it's press to reproduce the news publication in all its glory for use in the show.

Assistant stage manager, Mark Elliot, said: "Joey has a pile of newspapers in his apartment. They've got his reviews in them.

"I'll have to make adjustments to some of them to make them slightly different though.

"There's one original copy but we need quite a few copies because we're going to Nottingham as well and some of them get trashed."

Eagle-eyed theatregoers may also be able to spot an authentic copy of Vogue, also found in our archives, featuring as a prop in the show.

"Everything has been researched on the period," Mr Elliot added. "There are a few bits and pieces like cigarette packets."

And though it won't be seen, The Star will be playing its part in the show, with old copies of the paper being used to bulk out the pile of Chicago Daily Tribunes in Joey's apartment.

n Pal Joey opens at the New Wolsey on February 28 and runs until March 23. Tickets are £5.95 to £19.95 and available at the theatre box office, in Civic Drive, by calling 01473 295900 or by e-mailing:

tickets@wolseytheatre.co.uk

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