Jim Dale's Showbiz Story

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Jim Dale in the autobiographical show 'Just Jim Dale.' Jim Dale in the autobiographical show 'Just Jim Dale.' (Joan Marcus)

The versatile actor Jim Dale takes the stage solo in his new show, aptly and modestly entitled Just Jim Dale. Accompanied by the pianist Mark York, the show, directed by Richard Maltby Jr., is an autobiography in song, story and even a little dance. It plays at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theater.

Many Broadway watchers know Dale from his starring roles in the 1980s in the musicals Barnum and Me and My Girl, among others. But his career stretches a lot farther back than that. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood talks about when the showbiz bug bit for Dale, as well as his modest success in the 1960s as a pop songwriter and if those songs make it into the show.

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