The Pajama Game

Opened: May 13, 1954

The Pajama Game - 1954 - Broadway History , Info & More

St. James Theatre (Broadway)
246 West 44th St. New York, NY

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.

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On this day in 1954, the classic musical The Pajama Game opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. 

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The Pajama Game
Racing with the Clock
A New Town Is a Blue Town
I'm Not at All in Love
I'll Never Be Jealous Again
Hey There
Her Is
Once a Year Day
Small Talk
There Once Was a Man
Steam Heat
The World Around Us
Think of the Time I Saved
Hernando's Hideaway
Jealousy Ballet
7 Cents
Dear Miss Williams
Watch Your Heart
If You Win, You Lose
The Pajama Game
Racing With The Clock
A New Town Is A Blue Town
I'm Not At All In Love
I'll Never Be Jealous Again
Hey There
Her Is
Once A Year Day
Small Talk
There Once Was A Man
Steam Heat
Think Of The Time I Save
Hernando's Hideaway
Jealousy Ballet
Seven-And-A-Half Cents
The Pajama Game Finale
The Pajama Game has had 13 productions including Broadway which opened in 1954, Broadway which opened in 1954, US Tour which opened in 1955, West End which opened in 1955, Off-Broadway which opened in 1957, Broadway which opened in 1973, Broadway which opened in 1973, Off-Off-Broadway which opened in 1986, Off-Broadway which opened in 1989, West End which opened in 1999, Off-Broadway which opened in 2002, Broadway which opened in 2006 and Broadway which opened in 2006.
The Pajama Game has been nominated for several Tony Awards. It was nominated for Best Musical and Best Choreography for Bob Fosse.
Best Musical, Best Choreography for Bob Fosse, .
The Pajama Game has been nominated for the Performance category at the Theatre World Awards for Carol Haney.
The Pajama Game has won the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Carol Haney.



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