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
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.”
The cast of GCLT's latest production
The Pajama Game