If you want a fabulous, old fashioned Broadway musical then choose The Pajama Game. It is perfect for a London theatre break. The show has transferred to the West End for a limited season from the Chichester Festival Theatre. This Richard Eyre production of the Broadway classic is currently playing at The Shaftsbury Theatre.
The critics loved it and the show is full of gems. Songs you already know and love. I can almost guarantee you will come out singing at least one of them!
The Story of The Pajama Game
Romance is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. There is a handsome new Superintendent (Sid Sorokin). Of course he falls madly in love with an impossible woman, who just happens to be the Union rep (Babe Williams). When the employees are refused a small pay increase, their love is sorely tested.
Will love, or loyalty to the union eventually, conquer all?
Do you really need to ask?
Just park your brain at the theatre entrance and be swept along by this riotous roller coaster of a show. This is full on Broadway at its best, with laughs, tears, tenderness, and show-stopping numbers.
It’s a classic story but with lots of laughs and tenderness and some cracking songs: Hey There, Once-A-Year Day, Hernando’s Hideaway, There Once Was A Man and Steam Heat.
My personal favourite is Hernando’s Hideaway! I’ve been singing it all round the house this morning, whilst executing a fairly dire solo tango
I have to share the Hernando’s Hideaway scene with you, it’s too good to miss:
This version is from the 1957 film, with John Raitt, Carol Haney/ Doris Day.
The song is sung by Carol Haney, not Doris Day. I love it!
The show runs initially till early September. Everyone seems to really enjoy it so I’m hoping it will extend.