Inclusive Dates: 2005 - 2006
Production Files documenting the 2006 production of The Pajama Game at the American Airlines Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall with set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Brian Ronan and hair and wig design by Paul Huntley.
The production starred Harry Connick, Jr. as Sid Sorokin and Kelli O'Hara as Babe Williams; with Michael McKean as Hines, Richard Poe as Mr. Hasler, Megan Lawrence as Gladys, Roz Ryan as Mabel, Michael McCormick as Ganzenlicker/Pop, Peter Benson as Prez, Joyce Chittick as Mae, Bridget Berger as Virginia, Stephen Berger as Charlie, Kate Chapman as Martha, Paula Leggett Chase as Brenda, Jennifer Cody as Poopsie, David Eggers as Lewie, Michael Halling as Cyrus, Bianca Marroquin as Carmen, Vince Pesce as Jake, Devin Richards as Joe, Jeffrey Schecter as Ralph, and Debra Wilson as Shirley. Various cast members acted as understudies for the lead roles, with Michael O'Donnell and Amber Stone as swings.
Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical
Tony Award, Best Choreography, Kathleen Marshall
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Choreography, Kathleen Marshall
Outer Critic's Circle Award, Outstanding Choreography, Kathleen Marshall
Theatre World Award, Harry Connick Jr.
"'The Pajama Game' is a musical based on the novel '7 1/2 Cents' by Richard Bissell... The story deals with labor troubles at a pajama factory, where workers demands for a 7 1/2 cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head and Sid [Sorokin], the new factory superintendent." (Wikipedia, accessed 9/21/2015)
Directed by George Abbott and Jerome Robbins, and with choreography by Bob Fosse, the original Broadway production opened on May 13 1954 at the St. James Theatre and ran for over two years. The production won three Tony Awards in 1955, for Best Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Featured Actress in a Musical to Carol Haney. According to Wikipedia, this original production of "The Pajama Game" also launched the career of Shirley MacLaine, who was Carol Haney's understudy and an unknown actress at the time. The show had a concurrent successful run in London and a film was made by Warner Bros. in 1957; the film featured the original Broadway cast with the exception of the Babe Williams character, who was played by Doris Day.
The 2006 revival at the Roundabout included two new songs written by Richard Adler; the book was adapted by Peter Ackerman.
Production files span 3 Hollinger boxes consisting of 25 folders, two playbills, 5 curtain call snapshots and the cast/family photo. There is a fourth box for the cast album information with restricted access.
The digital "Pajama Game" holdings on the Archives 1 server include folders for:
American Idol use of Pajama Game Artwork
Closing NIght (containing 183 jpeg images)
Costume Sketches (containing 127 jpegs of Archives-scanned costume renderings)
Education (contains the digital copy of the study guide and the David Chase interview transcript)
Media (contains B roll video, audio interviews, press compilation video, the cast album and radio spots)
Opening NIght (contains 411 jpeg images of opening night, plus post party images)
Playbill (contains 22 jpeg scans)
Press (contains video files and Archives scanned selects)
Production Photographs (contains "Approved & Captioned" images and "Select" images)
There is a related collection of Pajama Game marketing materials on the Marketing shelves. Related orchestration can be found on the Orchestration shelves. Contracts and cast album royalties information have been removed and housed in the Contracts cabinets; these are confidential and access is restricted.
Access Restrictions: Open and available to approved researchers by appointment only.
See folder details for specific restrictions.
Preferred Citation: The Pajama Game 2006, Roundabout Theatre Company Archive
Library of Congress Subject Heading Connick, Harry, Jr., 1967-O'Hara, KelliHaimes, ToddMarshall, KathleenMcKean, MichaelAbbott, George, 1887-1995Bissell, Richard, 1913-1977Adler, Richard, 1921-2012. Pajama gameRoss, Jerry, 1926-1955Roundabout Theatre CompanyAckerman, PeterLieb, Richard, 1930-Troob, DannyMcLane, DerekPakledinaz, MartinKaczorowski, PeterRonan, Brian
This box contains the following folders:
Author and Producer Agreement
NETworks Purchase Budgets and Correspondence
This box contains the following folders:
1. Rehearsal New 42
2. Physical Therapy
3. Performance Statements
4. Performance Reports
5. House Reports
6. House Seats
This box contains the Playbill, cast/family photo, and the following folders:
1. Artistic and Management
2. Flame and Haze Permits
4. Sound Design
5. Costume Design
6. Set Design
7. Lighting Design
This box contains lists of royalties generated from the cast album. The contracts and correspondence relating to the album are stored in the Contracts cabinet. This box's contents are sub-divided into two folders.