Pajama Game, The
A popular 1950s classic, The Pajama Game comes from an era of lighthearted, tuneful shows which feature a sparring romance between its two leading characters, contrasted with the antics of two effective comic sidekicks, all buoyed aloft by lilting, clever songs (“Hey, There,” “Hernando’s Hideaway,” “Steam Heat,” “I’m Not At All In Love”). Set in a 1950s pajama factory, new superintendent Sid Sorokin falls for Babe Williams, the head of the grievance committee. Efficiency expert Mr. Hines tries to keep things humming, despite his own tendency to get needlessly jealous over the actions of his secretary Gladys. There are some still-pertinent issues of management and labor which give this show a bit more grit than was typical of its era, but it remains a light-hearted and highly entertaining musical comedy.
Costumes for The Pajama Game, designed by George T. Mitchell, are an explosion of color and 1950s fashion, both in the factory workplace as well as in the other locations where these characters live, love, and let off steam. The finale for the show is, naturally, a fashion parade of 1950s pajamas.
Supported cast: 11- principals /~14-female / ~16-male
Principal size range: Female 2 to 12 / male 36 to 48
# Ensemble Bottoms: N/a
# Ensemble Tops: N/a
# of drops: 5
Types of goods: Muslin/ duvetyne