The Pajama Game – another OSMaD hit in the making
The Pajama Game comes from the ‘golden age’ of Broadway musicals. First staged on Broadway in 1954, it was awarded the best musical Tony Award in 1955. The Pajama Game script is by Broadway legend George Abbott, and is based on a comic novel, 7½ Cents, by Richard Bissell with music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.
The pedigree of The Pajama Game is impeccable – its collaborators were all, or became, the aristocracy of Broadway: George Abbott, Richard Adler, Jerry Ross, Jerome Robbins, Hal Prince and Bob Fosse. The show was revived on Broadway in 2006, starring Harry Connick Jnr, and again received several Tony Awards.
The Pajama Game came to Australia for a two and a half year run in the mid-1950s, and captured the hearts of Melbourne audiences in 1957. Also in 1957, Doris Day starred in a notable film version along with most of the Broadway cast.
The Pajama Game represents OSMaD’s ninth annual production, after a fantastically successful production of Oliver! last year
As the title may suggest, The Pajama Game is set in a pyjama factory, where a strike is imminent to support a wage rise demand of 7½ cents an hour. Romantic interest forms between opposite sides in the wage negotiations, and the storyline and the show develop from there.
Musically rich, The Pajama Game features the following songs, among 20 musical numbers: I’m Not At All In Love, Hey There [you with the stars in your eyes}, Once A Year Day, Steam Heat, Hernando’s Hideaway and Seven and a Half Cents.
The OSMaD season of The Pajama Game opens with a preview performance on 13 October in the Geoffrey McComas Theatre, and will run to 22 October. You can book tickets via www.osmad.com.au, through www.oscanet.com.au, or direct to www.stagecenta.com.
RICHARD BEVERIDGE ('62)