Exton, PA: Romance is bursting at the seams at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory! Handsome new superintendent Sid Sorokin falls hard for spirited union rep Babe Williams and, despite her objections, it seems as though she’s falling right back. When the Sleep-Tite employees are refused a raise, the pair find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict, and must figure out how to come together while their beliefs are pulling them apart.
The original production of The Pajama Game, with a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, opened in 1954 and produced two pop hits, “Hernando’s Hideaway” and “Steam Heat.” But it was most notable for two things: first-time choreographer Bob Fosse; and an injury that sidelined star Carol Haney and ended up making a breakout star of her replacement, a then unknown dancer named…Shirley MacLaine.
BSP’s production, directed by Allison Beaver, produced by Lindsay Franklin, musical directed by Lyndsey Holmes, and choreographed by Lindsey Barnett and Rose-Marie Turbessi, was chosen because, although the season overall is strong and diverse, it didn’t include the kind of name recognition that is so popular with theater-goers. However, just like the 1954 Broadway production, this one also promises a few surprises, ones designed to honor the original while adding touches that will appeal to a more modern audience.
The Pajama Game stars Jordan Catagnus (Sid), Madeleine Snyder (Babe), Jim Breslin (Myron), Andrea Kalan (Gladys), Doug Pratt (Vernon), Dave Ruczhak (Prez), and Cynthia Shelton (Mabel), with Nate Beaver, Tami Kenney, Mike Macri, Kevin Robinson, Lauren Starling, Stevie Tagye, Karly Thomas, Deb Topka, and Tali Trofa rounding out the cast. The set and technical designs are by Allen Puy, and Bonnie and Chris Schuman provide assistance to the producer and musical director.
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1954 and for Best Revival of a Musical in 2006, The Pajama Game stitches together the promise of romance and the heat of politics, all tucked away in an evening of entertaining musical theater!
The Pajama Game runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 from March 1-23, with 2:00 matinees on Sundays, March 10 and 17. Purchase your tickets and select your seats online at www.barleysheaf.org or call the box office at 610.363.7075.
The Barley Sheaf Players is a non-profit, inclusive community theater organization dedicated to the ongoing promotion and encouragement of dramatic arts in the region. BSP is located at 810 N. Whitford Rd in Lionville, PA and throughout the year welcomes new members interested in all aspects of theater at all levels of experience.
Press Release credit Michele Bolay
Photo credit Andrea Grinwis
Photo 3: Madeline Snyder as Babe Williams
Photo 10 l to r: Tali Trofa as Poopsie, Tami Kenney as Mae, Madeline Snyder as Babe, Deb Topka as Virginia, Karly Thomas as Mara, and Lauren Starling as Brenda