Fifties musical comedy The Pajama Game is be revived this year in the UK with a production at Chichester Festival Theatre which may well go on into the West End. But Sheffield gets in on the act first with a revival of its own by Southey Musical Theatre Company at the Montgomery Theatre next week.
The show, later made into a movie with Doris Day, won a fistful of Tonys when it first opened, and then again in 2006 when it was revived on Broadway with Harry Connick Jnr.
Southey’s creative team of director Mark Feakins, choreographer Martin Scattergood and MD Anna Wright. have given the show a totally new interpretation.
“It is the story of a wage dispute in a pyjama factory in middle America, but it is somewhat stuck in its old fashioned setting, so we have kept the kitsch vintage feel and then added our own twist,” says Feakins.
“As the show is mostly about people wanting to get in to bed with each other, management metaphorically getting in to bed with workers and so on, we have set the show on a giant bed.
“Everyone wears pyjamas throughout – so the boss wears a black silk number, the uptight secretary a buttoned-up Winceyette nighty etc. Even the band and MD will be in their pyjamas. So we keep the plot, but release the comedy and fizz of the original concept and really let the songs - such as Steam Heat and Hernando’s Hideaway - shine.”
The cast is made up of newcomers as well as very experienced members of the amateur scene with a real life couple, Katie and Jamie Nuttall, playing the show’s leading lovers who are on opposite sides of the wage strike. The Pajama Game runs at the Montgomery Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday.