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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1955!
In 1955, The Pajama Game won the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical. The smash hit opened on May 13, 1954, and remained at the St. James Theatre for 1,063 performances.

The production was later transformed into a hit movie of the same name in 1959 starring Doris Day.

The Pajama Game - original cast album
The Story:

    Based on Richard Bissell's novel, Seven and a Half Cents, the show is about the Sleeptite Pajama Factory where the disgruntled employees are seeking a $.07 per hour raise. Babe Wiliams, the feisty employee representative sent to negotiate the wage increase, meets her match in shop superintendant Sid Sorokin. By the time they're done talking, it's not just a wage increase that's on their minds.

The Music and Lyrics:

    Music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

The Producers:

    Frederick Brisson, Robert Griffith, and Harold Prince

The Directors:

    George Abbott and Jerome Robbins

The Choreographers:

    Bob Fossee

The Opening:

    May 13, 1954, at the St. James Theatre

The Cast:

  • John Raitt
  • Janis Paige
  • Eddie Foy, Jr.
  • Carol Haney
  • Reta Shaw
  • Ralph Dunn
  • Stanley Prager
  • Peter Gennaro
  • Shirley MacLaine

The Songs:

  • The Pajama Game (opening)
  • Racing With the Clock
  • A New Town is a Blue Town
  • Racing With the Clock (reprise)
  • I'm Not At All In Love
  • I'll Never be Jealous Again
  • Hey, There
  • Her Is
  • Sleep Tite
  • Once a Year-Day
  • Small Talk
  • There Once Was a Man
  • Factory Music
  • Slow Down
  • Steam Heat
  • Think of the Time I Save
  • Hernando's Hideaway
  • Seven and a Half Cents
  • Rush Music
  • There Once Was a Man (reprise)
  • The Pajama Game (closing)
  • Seven and a Half Cents (reprise)

The Other Awards:

  • unknown
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