SURE TO RAISE A LAUGH

Don’t be caught nap­ping when The Pa­jama Game opens or you will miss a night full of belly laughs and plenty of clas­sic Broad­way hits

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Di­rec­tor Stu­art Lums­den says Gold Coast­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence some good ol’ belly laughs when he raises the cur­tain on The Pa­jama Game this week­end.

The funny mu­si­cal is based on the book by George Ab­bott and Richard Bis­sell and fea­tures mu­sic and lyrics by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler.

Set in the Sleep-Tite Pa­jama Fac­tory in 1954, the play fol­lows the story of Sid, his love in­ter­est Babe, and their group of colour­ful co-work­ers.

The fac­tory work­ers are try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate a sev­e­nand-a-half cent pay rise.

“The boss is hes­i­tant on the raise, he doesn’t think he can af­ford it but the cost of liv­ing is go­ing up,” Stu­art says.

“In among all of this, there’s a love story on the cen­tre. A worker, who wants the raise, falls in love with the su­per­in­ten­dent. That’s when all the drama comes about.”

The lo­cal pro­duc­tion stars a mas­sive cast of 24, in­clud­ing David Tod­man, Jemmah Pea­cock, Tracey de Vries and James Flett.

Stu­art says he was drawn to stag­ing The Pa­jama Game as Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre’s last pro­duc­tion of the year as it’s a great “feel-good” num­ber.

“I like it be­cause it’s vi­brant, fun, fam­ily-friendly and happy,” he says.

“It’s a big Broad­way mu­si­cal. With big songs and toe-tap­ping num­bers, it will put a smile on your face.”

Suit­able for all ages, Stu­art says The Pa­jama Game is full of Broad­way clas­sics.

“If you are into your mu­si­cals you will know the songs,” he says.

The setlist in­cludes Her­nando’s Hide­away, Hey There, There Once Was a Man, Steam Heat and I’m Not At All in Love.

Stu­art says The Pa­jama Game is the type of play that will trans­port the au­di­ence.

“It’s ba­si­cally a ro­man­tic com­edy with mu­sic,” he says.

“There are hi­lar­i­ous mo­ments, and the leads are just bril­liant. Some mo­ments have real belly laughs. It’s a great com­edy.

“The whole bright­ness of the stage – the cos­tumes, the vi­brancy, the en­ergy – is some­thing that peo­ple will get lost in.”

Pic­ture: MUR­RAY RIX

The cast of GCLT's lat­est pro­duc­tion

The Pa­jama Game

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