For a strictly limited run only, the unmissable musical comedy The Pajama Game is transferring to the West End. What’s more, the show’s stars, Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier, will reunite at the West End where they performed ‘Hey There’
Riding and Xavier to peform Hey There at the West End
Following a highly successful existence at the Chichester Festival Theatre, The Pajama Game is moving to the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre. The hilarious Broadway musical is based on Richard Bissell’s novel 7 1/2 Cents. The show’s critically-acclaimed, sold-out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre generated a string of great reviews.
“Sizzling with hit songs and positive energy,” wrote The Evening Standard.
This much-loved show will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on May 13, 2014, following previews from May 1. The “buoyantly blissful blend of romance and comedy” will see Joanna Riding reprise her role from the Chichester Festival Theatre. Joanna will be joined by Michael Xavier who plays the handsome superintendent, Sid.
This is not the first time Joanna and Michael will join forces at the West End. Earlier this month, the musical duo performed a special arrangement of ‘Hey There’ at the ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone: The West End Unites for the Philippines’ concert at the West End’s Queens Theatre. The concert was a one-night-only gala in support of the Typhoon Appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee.
If you click here, you can hear a recording of Hey There by Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier. The recording is a Special Arrangement by Paul Herbert. It is not how the song appears in The Pajama Game, as this recording was re-arranged for the You’ll Never Walk Alone concert.
For those unaware of The Pajama Game’s plot, the successful comedy is centred on a romance that blossoms at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. Sid Sorokin, the handsome new superintendent falls in love with Babe Williams, the feisty union rep. The smitten couple find themselves at odds when the factory workers are refused a seven-and-a-half cents an hour pay rise.
The original production opened on The Broadway in 1954 where it ran for more than 1,000 performances for a spate of almost three years. So successful was the show, it won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1955. The Pajama Game was revived in 1973 and again in 2006. The 2006 Broadway revival won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
The joyous comedy is known for its jazzy, upbeat music. It features many great classic songs, including Hernando’s Hideaway, Stream Heat, There Once Was A Man, Once-A-Year Day and, of course, the sensational Hey There. The Pajama Game’s music and lyrics are by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Despite only collaborating on two musicals, Adler and Ross are widely referred to as being two of the greatest composers for Broadway in the 1950s. Their scores were exciting, memorable and popular, with The Pajama Game being no exception.
Tickets for this formidable amalgamation of romance and comedy and to see Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier reunite at the West End are on sale now.