Casting is complete for the West End transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Pajama Game, which starts previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 2nd May 2014, with Opening Night on 13th May 2014.
Peter Polycarpou and Colin Stinton will reprise their roles as Vernon Hines and Hasler, respectively, with Gary Wilmot taking over the role of Vernon Hines from 2nd June. They join the previously announced leading pair of Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier.
The entire cast includes: Joanna Riding (Babe Williams), Michael Xavier (Sid Sorokin), Peter Polycarpou/Gary Wilmot (Vernon Hines), Alexis Owen Hobbs (Gladys), Claire Machin (Mabel), Colin Stinton (Hasler/Pop), Eugene McCoy (Prez), Siôn Lloyd (Max), Jennie Dale (Mae), Sharon Wattis (Poopsie), Keisha Amponsa Banson (Brenda), Lauren Varnham (Charlene), Jo Morris (Rita), Nolan Frederick (Charley), Richard Jones (Frank), Dan Burton (Earl) and James O’Connell (Joe).
“In 1950s America, love is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin (Michael Xavier) falls head-over-heels for firebrand Union rep Babe Williams (Joanna Riding),” according to press notes. “Sparks fly when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents raise, leaving Sid and Babe deliciously at odds as the temperature rises. . . Will love, eventually, conquer all?”
The musical has choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Paul Groothuis, musical supervision and dance and vocal arrangements by Gareth Valentine, musical direction by Musical Director Michael England and casting by Pippa Ailion.
The Pajama Game features music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. The Chichester Festival Theatre production of The Pajama Game, Directed by Richard Eyre, and produced in the West End by Joseph Smith and John Brant, Old Vic Productions, Gavin Kalin and Stephen McGill.
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Booking From: 1st May 2014
Booking Until: 13th September 2014
Thursday 13th February 2014