and Music Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will co-produce the finale to the 2013–2014 season
with the classic American musical The Pajama Game. This clever musical comedy will be presented in Fisher
Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center on April 10–12 at 8:00 p.m. and
Sunday, April 13, at 2:00 p.m.
The Pajama Game won
the 1955 Tony award for Best Musical. More than 50 years later, it won the
2006 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, proving the enduring, timeless appeal
of this classic Broadway musical.
Set in 1954 in a pajama
factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the story follows the journey of Babe Williams
and Sid Sorokin, two employees in the Sleep Tite Pajama Factory. Babe, the head
of the union’s grievance committee, and Sid, the factory’s new foreman, must
negotiate a labor dispute and a burgeoning romantic relationship at the same
Add to this the
antics of other wacky characters and some beautiful, fun, and timeless music, and
you have a musical that presents a serious message about worker’s rights and
corporate greed while never forgetting to entertain.
Among the many
great songs and dance music, The Pajama
Game lays claim to such classics as “Steam Heat,” “Hey There,” and
explodes with a sense of fun and old-fashioned theatricality right from the
beginning,” says director and IUP professor Rob Gretta. “It’ll entertain the
socks off of you in a way only Golden Age musicals can.
“Yet, there are
also very important and topical themes being explored: a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work, along with a snapshot of
how gender played a part in the workplace in the 1950s.”
The community is
also being urged to join the production team in giving to the Pajama Program.
This national charity collects donations, new pajamas, and new books to give to
needy children across the U.S. Collection boxes are located in various
businesses and locations on and off campus. Audience members coming to the show
may also bring their donations to the performance.
Tickets for The Pajama Game are available online. Tickets are also sold at the Hadley Union Building on the IUP
campus or by calling 724-357-1313. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door beginning
one hour before the performance.
Tickets are $16
for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and
$10 for students and children.
information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail email@example.com.
and Music Theater are programs within the College of Fine Arts and are funded,
in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.
Cast members pictured above are Ken Singleton as Sid and Briana Thomas as Babe.
April 10, 2014–April 12, 20148:00 p.m.
April 13, 20142:00 p.m.Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
A true “song and dance” musical, The Pajama Game won three Tony Awards in 1955 for Best Musical, Best Featured Actress, and Best Choreography. Its unlikely setting in a pajama factory puts a twist on the complications of workplace romance.
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