This summer I have been preparing for my next directing project: The Pajama Game by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. I will be directing it for Lipscomb University this fall. Here’s what MTI says about it:
Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Broadway Version (1954)
The dangers of a workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this romantic comedy (from the creators of DAMN YANKEES). Conditions at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 and a half cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.
Bright and brassy, this unconventional, fast-paced Broadway favorite is every bit the embodiment of legendary director George Abbott at his very best. The energetic score byRichard Adler and Jerry Ross is brimming with songs and dances, which have become popular and musical theatre standards (among them “Hey There,” “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway”) and features plenty of splashy, fun production numbers.” For solid, classic musical comedy, it’s hard to beat THE PAJAMA GAME!
Here’s a production photo from the 2006 Tony Award-winning revival on Broadway:
I love this musical. It’s classic, bright, and fun, but also timely and honest. At the end of the day, it’s about the human spirit. I’m looking forward to getting this pajama factory moving! HURRY UP!