Classic Musical ‘The Pajama Game’ Opens at Lipscomb Tonight

The Pajama Game 2The Lipscomb University Theatre Department begins a four-performance run of the Tony Award-winning musical The Pajama Game on the Collins Alumni Auditorium stage tonight.

Lipscomb’s production of the beloved 1950s show features some of the original production’s choreography by Bob Fosse. It is directed by Beki Baker (the director of Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s acclaimed Julius Caesar winter production) and choreographed by Justin Boccito, who helmed Lipscomb’s well-received Hairspray revival earlier this year.

The Pajama Game is a romantic comedy exploring the dangers of a workplace romance set against the tension of a labor dispute. Labor conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful as sparks fly between management and the union grievance committee. The situation comes to a head when the workers strike for a seven-and-a-half cent pay increase and set off a battle of the sexes as well.

“This is a bright and brassy musical, but the labor dispute portrayed in the work certainly relates to the economic struggles our nation is currently going through,” Baker says. “There is truth in this story relayed through the comedy.”

The energetic score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross includes the popular musical theater standards “Hey There,” “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway.”  The musical won Tony Awards for best musical and best choreography in 1954. A Broadway remounting won a Best Revival of a Musical Tony in 2006.

The Pajama Game 1Lipscomb’s theatre department has built a reputation for producing award-winning productions that garner consistently positive reaction from critics and audiences. The department provides students the opportunity to participate in an improvisational company, a dance company, to direct one-act plays and to perform in a variety of productions throughout the year. The department’s theater-company-in-residence, the Blackbird Theater, has been heralded locally as an innovative and original creative team.

The Nov. 1, 2 and 3 performances of The Pajama Game take place at 7 p.m. and the Nov. 4 show starts at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for university faculty and $5 for all students and can be purchased by calling the Lipscomb box office at (615) 966-7075 or clicking here. The opening show will also be sign-interpreted. For directions to the campus click here.


*Photos courtesy Lipscomb University Theatre Department.

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