Award-winning Lipscomb Theatre presents nostalgic fun in The Pajama Game
By Janel Shoun-Smith on 10/31/2012
The Pajama Game
7 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 4
$15, $10, $5
The Lipscomb University Theatre Department will present the Tony Award winning musical “The Pajama Game” on the Collins Alumni Auditorium stage Nov. 1-4.
Lipscomb’s production of the beloved 1950s musical will feature some of the original production’s choreography by Bob Fosse. It is directed by Beki Baker, director of the recent production of “Julius Caesar” by the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and choreographed by Justin Boccito, who was named Nashville’s 2011 top director of a musical at BroadwayWorld.com’s annual First Night Awards for Lipscomb’s 2012 production of “Hairspray.”
“The Pajama Game” is a romantic comedy exploring the dangers of a workplace romance set against the tension of a labor dispute. Labor conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful as sparks fly between management and the union grievance committee. The situation comes to a head when the workers strike for a seven-and-a-half cent pay increase and set off a battle of the sexes as well.
“This is a bright and brassy musical, but the labor dispute portrayed in the work certainly relates to the economic struggles our nation is currently going through. There is truth in this story relayed through the comedy,” said Baker.
The energetic score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross includes the popular musical theater standards “Hey There,” “Steam Heat” and “Hernando's Hideaway.” The musical won Tony Awards for best musical and best choreography in 1954.
Lipscomb’s theatre department has built a reputation for producing award-winning productions that garner consistently positive reviews. The department provides students the opportunity to participate in an improvisational company, a dance company, to direct one-act plays and to perform in a variety of productions throughout the year. The department’s theater-company-in-residence, The Blackbird Theater, has been heralded locally as an innovative and original creative team.
The Nov. 1, 2 and 3 performances of “The Pajama Game” take place at 7 p.m. and the Nov. 4 performance takes place at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for university faculty and $5 for all students. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.lipscomb.edu/theater/Tickets or by calling the Lipscomb box office at 615-966-7075.
A sign interpreted show will be held Nov. 1. Call for details.