A dazzling love letter from the 1950s, Pajama Game kicks off the Seattle Musical Theatre's 34th Season

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


See if love can beat the odds in this dazzling love letter from the 1950s, presented by the Seattle Musical Theatre, (formerly Civic Light Opera) located in Magnuson Park, 7120 62nd Ave NE.

Opening September 9 and running through October 2, performances are Friday through Sunday, with one Thursday night offering. Tickets are $35-$40 with special rates for seniors, students and group sales. Tickets can be purchased online  or by calling the box office at 206-363-2809.

The Pajama Game originally showcased the talents of Jerome Robbins, George Abbott, Bob Fosse and Harold Prince - four of the greatest talents in the history of American musical theatre. Although at first glance a relatively straightforward, conventional musical comedy, The Pajama Game proved to be one of the best musicals of the '50s, establishing the Broadway careers of Prince, Fosse, and songwriters Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.

Under the initial direction of George Abbott and Jerome Robbins, The Pajama Game won the 1955 Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Choreographer. And the recent revival in 2006, highlighting Harry Connick Jr., took home the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, proving the enduring appeal of this classic American musical.
Set in a Cedar Rapids, Iowa pajama factory, the musical follows the journey of Babe Williams and Sid Sorokin, two employees in the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. Babe, the head of the union’s Grievance Committee, and Sid, the factory’s new foreman, must negotiate a labor dispute and a burgeoning romantic relationship at the same time. 
Add to this the antics of other wacky characters and a timeless score featuring such songs as “Steam Heat,” “Hey There,” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” and you have a musical that presents a serious message about worker’s rights, livable wages and corporate greed while never forgetting to entertain. The Pajama Game is also a snapshot of the way women in the workplace were perceived in the 1950’s.


1 comments:

Janet Way August 26, 2011 at 9:11 AM  

I am looking forward to seeing this show.
When I was in HS in NJ, our Choir put on the Pajama Game. I played "Mabel", "Heinzie's" secretary and got to sing a duet.
Being in that show is one of my most wonderful memories.

Supporting our local theater efforts at our schools is a very important way to help kids learn about the arts. My son also enjoyed being in several productions in school here and our family participated, with set painting and other help. It was a great family activity.

I recommend seeing the Pajama Game at Magnuson Park and all its memorable numbers like the theme -
"The Pajama Game,
is the game we're in,
and we're proud to be in the Pajama Game,
we love it!
We can hardly wait to wake and get to work at eight,
nothing's quite the same as the Pajama Game!"

Get involved in the arts! It makes a huge difference to the community!

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