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The Pajama Game

Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell

Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

October 12 - 15, 2006


The Story:
Conflict is rife at the Sleep Tite pajama factory in 1954 where workers are demanding a long overdue 7-½ cent pay raise. Sparks fly, and not just those regarding the labor dispute, when the new superintendent Sid Sorokin and union representative Catherine ‘Babe’ Williams meet. A union girl all the way, Babe fights the pull of desire, but Sid’s charms begin to lower her resistance. Unfortunately an impending strike threatens their budding love affair. Will the union-management clash derail their simmering attraction or will Sid find a way to negotiate an agreement and get the girl?

Artistic Significance:

Winner of the 1955 Tony Award for Best Musical, The Pajama Game recently won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Revival. Composers Richard Adler and Jerry Ross’s brief collaboration produced two of the signature musicals of the 1950s - The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees. Their blend of earnest romance with satirical comedy and a buoyant score featuring innumerous song standards such as “Hey There,” Steam Heat,” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” gives the musical an exuberance that transcends time. Abounding with old-fashioned charm and a dash of sex appeal, The Pajama Game is a theatrical piece of cotton candy that, as the Toronto Star stated, “can make you grin from ear to ear.”

The Cast

Zachary Barnes (Palos Verdes, CA), Darren Biggart (Crownsville, MD)

Mark Christine (Massillon, OH), Marjorie Failoni (St. Louis, MO)

Ricki Foss (Madison, WI), Ryan Foy (Aurora, CO)

Kelcy Griffin (Chicago, IL), Olli Haaskivi (Bradenton, FL)

Jessica Hershberg (Philadelphia, PA), David Hull (Cincinnati, OH)

Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Detroit, MI), Max Kumangai-McGee (Spokane, WA)

Bryan Langlitz (Marlton, NJ), Andrew Laudel (St. Louis, MO)

Susanne Layton (Olympia, WA), Cara Massey (Plano, TX)

Garen McRoberts (Kenosha, WI), Shina Ann Morris (Wichita, KS)

Ruth Pferdehirt (Middleton, WI), Alex Puette (Aurora, OH)

Kendal Sparks (Washington, D.C.), Dani Spieler (Scarsdale, NY)

Max Spitulnik (Rockville, MD), Paige Wheat (Houston, TX)

Ashley Williams (New Rochelle, NY), Jake Wilson (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cortney Wolfson (Lafayette, IN), Heléne Yorke (Los Angeles, CA)


The Pajama Game graphic by Bill Burgard


Director Mark Madama
Music Director Cynthia Kortman Westphal
Choreographer John MacInnis
Scenic Designer Bruce Brockman
Costume Designer Jessica Hahn
Lighting Designer Rob Murphy
Sound Designer Mark Gordan
Wig & Makeup Designer Dawn Rivard
Stage Manager

Stephanie Anderson

Production Photos

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower