The Pajama Game

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (New York, NY)
205 West 46th St.
New York, NY
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Based on the novel 7-1/2 Cents by Richard Bissell

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 7½-cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.

Kids Week Returns with Free Tickets to 36 Shows for Children, August 1
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

The annual London theatre initiative Kids Week ( returns this summer from 1 - 31 August 2014 with an exciting line-up of 36 shows offering free tickets for children. (more...)

Shirley MacLaine in Talks to Star in MEN OF GRANITE
by Movies News Desk - May 27, 2014

Shirley MacLaine is currently in talks to star in Men of Granite. The project is based on the book of the same name (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 5/26/14 - Memorial Day, SUBMISSIONS ONLY and More!
by Jessica Showers - May 26, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: It's Memorial Day! Chill out and catch up on SUBMISSIONS ONLY, and have fun partying with friends and family. (more...)

Neile Adams Brings THE LIVES OF ME to El Portal Theatre This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2014

El Portal Theatre presents Ms. Neile Adams in The Lives of Me, A Musical Celebration of her memories and the stages of her life! Directed by Ted Sprague with Musical Direction by Andy Howe, The Lives of Me runs this weekend, May 24 & May 25 for 2 shows only, at the Monroe Forum Theatre at the historic El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in the heart of the NoHo Arts District. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from West End's THE PAJAMA GAME
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 23, 2014

Following a critically acclaimed, sold out run, Chichester Festival Theatre's sparkling production of the Broadway smash hit musical, The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre, just opened in the West End, playing until 13 September 2014. A buoyantly blissful blend of romance and comedy starring Joanna Riding reprising her feisty heroine, and Michael Xavier, the show features golden hits such as Hey There (You With The Stars In Your Eyes), Hernando's Hideaway and Steam Heat. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 5/23/14 - BRIDGES at B&N, THE NORMAL HEART and More!
by Jessica Showers - May 23, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale celebrate the 'BRIDGES' cast recording at Barnes & Noble today, and THE NORMAL HEART airs on HBO this Sunday! (more...)

New Production Photos Of UK THE PAJAMA GAME Starring Joanna Riding & Michael Xavier
by Pat Cerasaro - May 22, 2014

A first look at the new West End revival of musical comedy classic The Pajama Game starring Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier is now available to view via a series of new production photos just unveiled. (more...)

2014 FREDDY Awards Ceremony Set for Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

Nominations for the 2014 FREDDY Awards were announced tonight, May 8th, live on 69 WFMZ-TV during the Noon News broadcast. (more...)

Freedom High School's CRAZY FOR YOU Tops 2014 FREDDY Awards; All the Winners!
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

The 2014 FREDDY Awards Ceremony were broadcast live from the State Theatre on 69 WFMZ-TV and this evening, May 22nd at 7 PM. Scroll down for the full list of winners! (more...)

2014 FREDDY Awards to Feature 31 Area Schools; Ceremony Set for Today
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

The State Theatre Center for the Arts announces the 2014 FREDDY Awards, the 12th year of the program, recognizing and rewarding exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania, and Warren County, New Jersey. The 2014 program will feature 31 schools, the most in the programs history, and will include a first time appearance by Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School who will present In the Heights in April. (more...)

Christina Bianco's Blog: Musings From The Sky
by Guest Blogger: Christina Bianco - May 20, 2014

I'm currently on my way to London and I can hardly contain my excitement! I begin my journey and my blog from the plane, which is actually quite a bad idea since I should be sleeping instead of typing, as to not be a jet lagged zombie when I land in the morning. I also probably shouldn't have had that glass of wine the flight steward offered, as it can dry the vocal I'm off to a good start! (more...)

THE PAJAMA GAME Plays Maltz Jupiter Theatre This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

The buoyantly blissful musical The Pajama Game is just weeks away from its debut as the most heartwarming, high-energy show ever to be performed by students at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts! (more...)

Broadway's Neile Adams McQueen to Open 4th Idyllwild Authors Series, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Author and Broadway star, Neile Adams McQueen, the former wife of the late movie star idol Steve McQueen, will kick off The Fourth Annual Idyllwild Authors Series presented by Eduardo Santiago & Pen Center USA on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Cafe Aroma, 54750 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549. (more...)

Ivoryton Playhouse to Present FINGERS & TOES, 6/4-22
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

A 1930's tap dance spectacular that burst on to the New York Stage in 2010 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Fingers & Toes opens the summer season at the Ivoryton Playhouse. A brand new work from Logan Medland, this mighty, mini musical combines snappy dialogue, catchy tunes and some of the fanciest dancing you'll see this year - high-energy tap routines that evoke the magic of the Fred Astaire - Ginger Rogers era. A deliriously delightful and genuinely funny love-letter to the old-fashioned backstage musical. (more...)

BREAKING: Harry Connick Jr Confirms 'I'm Definitely Coming Back' to IDOL
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2014

During a press conference call on the 13th season of AMERICAN IDOL this morning, judge Harry Connick Jr confirmed that he will indeed return for the 14th season of the show. (more...)

Review Roundup: West End's THE PAJAMA GAME
by Review Roundups - May 14, 2014

In 1950s America, love is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin (Michael Xavier) falls head-over-heels for firebrand Union rep Babe Williams (Joanna Riding). Sparks fly when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents raise, leaving Sid and Babe deliciously at odds as the temperature rises. . . Will love, eventually, conquer all? Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE PAJAMA GAME, Shaftesbury Theatre, May 13 2014
by Kate Finburg - May 14, 2014

Richard Eyre's revival of this classic American musical is worth getting out of bed for. In Coronation Street, the machinists at Carla's knicker factory steal the petty cash and gossip over cream cakes. Rewind to 1954 and working conditions are very different. The unionised workers at Mr Hasler's pajama factory are overworked and underpaid so they threaten production by 'going slow' and with substandard button threading. (more...)

BWW TV: Harold Prince Welcomes Boggess & Lewis to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 13, 2014

The Phantom of the Opera, which is now in its 26th year on Broadway, celebrated yet another in a long line of milestones last evening, as it welcomed former LITTLE MERMAID co-stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess to the cast on Monday, May 12, at the Majestic Theater. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there for the big night, and below, he chats with legendary director Harold Prince about the latest additions to the cast! (more...)

by Stage Tube - May 13, 2014

Today in 1954, The Pajama Game opened at the St. James Theatre, where it ran for 1063 performances. The Pajama Game is a musical based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell. It features a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where worker demands for a seven-and-a-half cents raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent. The original production won a Tony for Best Musical, and the 2006 Broadway revival won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 5/13/14 - Fantasia, THE PAJAMA GAME, Lea Michele and More!
by Jessica Showers - May 13, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Fantasia returns to AFTER MIDNIGHT as its guest star tonight! (more...)

Judy Kaye to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut, 6/12-13
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Broadway legend and two-time Tony Award winner, Judy Kaye will make her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with a new show celebrating the work of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim on Thursday, June 12 (8 p.m.) and Friday, June 13 (8 p.m.). Having worked with both, she'll share humorous anecdotes and personal reminiscences, along with her own unique take on some of her favorites from these two giants of the American musical theatre. Tickets for Judy Kaye range in price from $35 - $50 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting (more...)

Nominees Announced for the 2014 Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

For 20 years, the Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards have been a celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theatre in Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties. These awards recognize individual artistry and honor the dedication and professionalism of students and educators and their schools' commitment to performing arts education. The committee is proud to announce this year's nominees, who will be honored at a private reception at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center on May 18. At the Nominees Reception, nominations will be read by Broadway veteran Lenora Nemetz, and nominees will receive a medal and commemorative certificate. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Center on May 21 and will feature performances by several adjudicated productions. Former honorees will serve as presenters and tribute awards will be given to those who have greatly influenced the Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards. A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Mr. Phil Inman, and Mrs. Ginny Mancini will be in attendance. (more...)

BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY's Jason Robert Brown Wins Tony for Best Score
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2014

Jason Robert Brown won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Jason Robert Brown was nominated both for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for his work on The Bridges of Madison County this year. He won a Tony Award for Parade in 1999 and was nominated for Urban Cowboy in 2003, both in the Best Score category. (more...)

BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY's Jason Robert Brown Wins Tony for Best Orchestrations
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2014

Jason Robert Brown won the 2014 Tony for Best Orchestrations for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Jason Robert Brown was nominated both for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for his work on THE BRIDGES OF MADISON County this year. He won a Tony Award for PARADE in 1999 and was nominated for URBAN COWBOY in 2003, both in the Best Score category. (more...)

Breaking News: Ken Watanabe to Star Opposite Kelli O'Hara in Bartlett Sher's 2015 Broadway Revival of THE KING AND I!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that Kelli O'Hara will play Anna Leonowens, and Ken Watanabe will play the King of Siam, in its new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I, with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. The production, to be directed by Bartlett Sher, will begin performances Thursday, March 12, 2015, and open on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

The Production Company's GUYS AND DOLLS Comes to Arts Centre Melbourne, July 19-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

One of Broadway's best musicals, the award winning Guys and Dolls opens on July 19 at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne for 10 shows only. Starring in this new production are Verity Hunt-Ballard, Martin Crewes, Chelsea Plumley, Adam Murphy, Bobby Fox and Christopher Horsey. (more...)

NEXT TO NORMAL to Play The Merc, 7/11-13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Next to Normal will play one weekend only, Friday July 11, Saturday July 12 and Sunday July 13th 2014 at The Merc in Temecula, California. Tickets are priced at $30.00 and can be purchased by visiting or or by calling the Old Town Community Theater Box Office at 1-866-653-8696. (more...)

Broadway's Harry Connick Jr. to Return as Judge to AMERICAN IDOL XIV
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

FOX has announced that Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Broadway's own Harry Connick, Jr. will return as judges and Ryan Seacrest will host American Idolfor its 14th season. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Rebecca Lock of MAMMA MIA!
by Carrie Dunn - Jun 23, 2014

It's a sultry day in London, and a sticky walk through Covent Garden to meet Rebecca Lock, who's just started her year-long run as Rosie in Mamma Mia! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 6/23- Bob Fosse
by Stage Tube - Jun 23, 2014

Happy Birthday, Bob Fosse! Fosse won an unprecedented eight Tony Awards for choreography, as well as one for direction. He was nominated for an Academy Award four times, winning for his direction of Cabaret. Amonst his many Broadway credits are The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, Pippin, Chicago, Dancin' and many more. (more...)

Tweet Beat - WEST END LIVE!
by Carrie Dunn - Jun 22, 2014

Missed out on West End Live? You missed out on a summery sunshiney festival - packed full of stagey excitement! There were fantastic performances from West End shows past and present - plus opera legend Placido Domingo, as the ENO joined in the fun. (more...)

by Darren Bell - Jun 22, 2014

It's West End LIVE! weekend! The stars of the shows are all part of a fantastic festival of free theatre in the middle of London, in the famous and historic Trafalgar Square - and here's our peek at what happened yesterday, with The Commitments, Once, Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Jersey Boys and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels all performing! (more...)

Stephen Sondheim Society and London Theatre Workshop Present Musical Parody of Sondheim GOD,
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Stephen Sondheim Society, we will be paying tribute to Mr Sondheim and his genius, with a collection of material which affectionately celebrates and reflects our love for the great man himself in a brand new show GOD, premiering at London Theatre Workshop for only 6 performances this July. (more...)

Shirley MacLaine Tells Graduates 'Live Your Life As If It Is Show Business'
by Movies News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Oscar-winning actress and Broadway veteran Shirley MacLaine was the keynote speaker at Sautrday's New Mexico School for the Arts graduation. (more...)

West End LIVE Celebrates 10 Years, June 21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

West End LIVE in association with MasterCard takes place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014. Now in its tenth year, this annual event - the largest event of its type in the world - is organised by Westminster City Council and theSociety of London Theatre and offers fantastic free family entertainment from London's top theatre productions and performers. (more...)

KIDS WEEK Acheives Record-Breaking First Day Sales of 85,336 Tickets
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

The annual London theatre initiative Kids Week ( has achieved a 77% year-on-year increase in first-day sales, with 85,336 tickets sold in the first 24 hours since going on sale on 17 June 2014 at 10:00am (compared to the equivalent period in 2013). Revenue from paid tickets surpassed £2m. (more...)

Bookings for London's KIDS WEEK Now Open
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the annual London theatre initiative Kids Week (, with an exciting line-up of 37 shows offering free tickets for children between 1 and 31 August 2014. (more...)

Foothill Music Theatre Takes a Trip to the SOUTH PACIFIC, 7/24-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents the epic Broadway Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical, SOUTH PACIFIC. Winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this ground-breaking musical based on James A. Michener's 1927 Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, features such iconic hits as Some Enchanted Evening, Younger Than Springtime, There Is Nothing Like a Dame, Bali Ha'i, and I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair. SOUTH PACIFIC will be directed by Milissa Carey, with musical direction by Mark Hanson and choreography by Michael Ryken and plays July 24 through August 10 in the Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills. The public may purchase tickets ($10 - $28) online at or by calling (650) 949-7360. (more...)

Chichester's Festival Theatre Reopens With AMADEUS, Starring Rupert Everett, Jul 12-Aug 2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Chichester's Festival Theatre reopens in July with a new production of Amadeus, featuring West End and Hollywood star Rupert Everett alongside acclaimed young actor Joshua McGuire. (more...)

Michael Cerveris and Laura Osnes to Join Randy Newman in Encores! FAUST: THE CONCERT, July 1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Michael Cerveris, Isaiah Johnson, Randy Newman, Laura Osnes, Vonda Shepard, Brooklyn Shuck, Tony Vincent and Broadway Inspirational Voices have been cast in Randy Newman's Faust: The Concert, which will be performed on July 1 as the second Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2014 season. Faust will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Marcos Santana. Jeanine Tesori is the Encores! Off-Center artistic director; Chris Fenwick is its music director. (more...)

Shirley MacLaine Joins WILD OATS Comedy Film
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

According to Deadline, Shirley MacLaine has joined the comedy film WILD OATS, alongside Jessica Lange, Demi Moore, Judd Hirsch and Billy Connolly. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO's LEGALLY BLONDE Opens 6/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Do blondes really have more fun? Audiences will soon find out at Pittsburgh CLO's production of Legally Blonde The Musical, June 13-22 at the Benedum Center. This mega movie hit will be brought to life by a cast of Broadway's best and Pittsburgh CLO veterans. Watch as Elle Woods takes over the stage with her vivacious personality and a score sure to please. (more...)

Mesa Arts Center Announces 2014-2015 Performing Live Season; Includes Tony Bennett, Broadway, Joshua Bell, Bill Cosby
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2014

Mesa Arts Center today announced its 2014-2015 Performing Live Season, which begins with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band on July 24, and includes performances with Tony Bennett, MythBusters, Bill Cosby, Joshua Bell, Evil Dead the Musical, Molly Ringwald, and many more. The shows unveiled today are in addition to the six series packages announced on May 1, including Broadway on Center, Classical, Dance, Jazz, National Geographic Live, and Spoken World. (more...)

Clare Foster, Jamie Parker and More to Star in GUYS AND DOLLS at Chichester, Aug 11-Sept 21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Guys and Dolls - a joyous and vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York - marks a series of firsts when it bursts onto the Festival Theatre stage at Chichester this summer, running 11 August - 21 September 2014. (more...)

Broadway's Bianca Marroquin Debuts New Concert at 54 Below Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Award-winning Latina stage and screen actress Bianca Marroquin (Broadway's Chicago, TV's 'Mira Quien Baila' and 'Bailando por un Sueño') will debut her new concert act at Broadway's legendary supper club 54 Below (254 W. 54th St., Cellar) on Wednesday, July 9 at 9:30 p.m. (more...)

URINETOWN, AS YOU LIKE IT, 21 & More Set for Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company will produce five works, including the world premiere of a new musical about the life of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, in the 2014-2015 season. (more...)

CLONED! Adds 7/19 Performance at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Following a sold-out Opening Night performance, THE NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL and SPIEGEL AND WOLPOW PARTNERSHIP have announced a second extension performance of CLONED!, a two of a kind sci-fi musical set in the Manhattan of the 90s, with book by Jacey Powers (Picking Up - DR2 Theater) & Dan Wolpow (Keepers: A Broadway Benefit at Studio 54), lyrics by Dan Wolpow, music by Adam Spiegel (Camp Rolling Hills - 2013 NYMF Next Link Project Finalist), choreographed by Ryan Kasprzak (TV: Smash, So You Think You Can Dance; Tour: Billy Elliot; NYMF: Volleygirls), music direction by Julianne B. Merrill (NYMF: Mother Divine) and directed by Tom Wojtunik (Children of Eden - NY IT Award Outstanding Musical; Urinetown - NY IT Award Outstanding Musical; The Miss Education of Jenna Bush - FringeNYC Best Solo Show & Audience Favorite; Edenville - NY IT Award Nominee Best Director; NYMF: The Groove Factory). (more...)

Bianca Marroquin, Lindsay Mendez & Derek Klena and More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rehearsals Underway for Stephen Sondheim Society's GOD, July 8-12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2014

Rehearsals are now well underway for GOD, the 20th anniversary celebration show from the Stephen Sondheim Society, which pays tribute to Mr Sondheim and his genius. (more...)

Patti LuPone, Charles Busch, Lindsay Mendez, The Skivvies and More Set for 54 Below, July-Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

This July and August 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

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