The Pajama Game is one of those vintage Broadway musicals that never fails to deliver a five-star performance.
It opens in London’s West End on May 1 following a sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre last summer.
This smash hit show, directed by Richard Eyre, is a buoyantly blissful blend of romance and comedy, starring Joanna Riding who is reprising her feisty heroine, and Michael Xavier.
The musical features golden hits such as Hey There (You With The Stars In
Your Eyes), Hernando’s Hideaway and Steam Heat.
In 1950s America, love is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new superintendent, Sid Sorokin (Xavier), falls head-over-heels for firebrand Union rep Babe Williams (Riding).
Sparks fly when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents raise,
leaving Sid and Babe deliciously at odds as the temperature rises. . . Will love, eventually, conquer all?
It won over everyone at Chichester with its big dance numbers (now able to be given a bit of space on a big West End stage) and its uplifting story.
Richard Eyre said “The Pajama Game was the first musical I ever heard – on an album belonging to my sister when I was 14.
“I had never seen it until I directed it at Chichester. It was a long wait to discover what an entrancing, joyful, tuneful and sharp show it is.”
The Pajama Game runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre until September 13.