Cast Complete for Arena Stage Pajama Game, Starring Donna McKechnie

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Directed by Alan Paul, the company will also feature Tim Rogan, Britney Coleman, and Nancy Anderson.
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Donna McKechnie

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has announced complete casting for its upcoming production of The Pajama Game, which will be presented October 27–December 24 in the in-the-round Fichandler Stage.

Directed by Alan Paul, the cast will be headed by Tim Rogan (Beauty and the Beast national tour) as Sid, Britney Coleman (Sunset Boulevard) as Babe, Edward Gero (Arena’s The Originalist, The Little Foxes) as Hasler, Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) as Mabel, Nancy Anderson (Sunset Boulevard, A Class Act) as Gladys, Eddie Korbich (Wicked, The Little Mermaid) as Hines, and Blakely Slaybaugh (Paramour, Shrek The Musical national tour) as Prez.

The production will also feature Elliot Dash as Pop/Ensemble, Ben Gunderson as Joe/Ensemble, Gabi Stapula as Mae, and Paul Scanlan as Max/Ensemble, with ensemble members Jay Adriel, Maggie Donnelly, Heidi Kershaw Quick, Kara-Tameika Watkins, and Casey Wenger-Schulman as well as Tony Neidenbach (Dance Captain), Bridget Riley, Victor Wisehart, and Phil Young, with swings Katie Arthur and Tyler Roberts.

The Pajama Game has music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. Winner of the 1955 Tony Award for Best Musical and based on the novel 7½ Cents by Bissell, the musical follows Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams in a battle-of-the-sexes romance.

“Alan Paul has shown a gift for musicals and I know he will make the Fichandler come alive,” said Artistic Director Molly Smith in a statement. “The refrain of ‘Seven and a Half Cents’ reminds us that little things are meaningful in the long run. It’s going to be fun to see Alan's take on this story of unions and love. Finding compromise and friendship across a philosophical divide is an important story for our country to hear right now. And I know the great music and dynamic dancing with Parker Esse will leave us high during the holiday season.”

"The Pajama Game is many things: joyful, sexy, sly and entertaining,” added Paul. “Along with all the fun, there's a serious idea at its core: it's about fighting for what you believe in, both at work and in our relationships. My first professional job, right out of college, was working as Molly Smith’s Assistant Director at Arena Stage. I'm thrilled to come full-circle to return and direct The Pajama Game."

The creative team also includes musical director James Cunningham, choreographer Parker Esse, wig designer Anne Nesmith, dialect coach Lynn Watson, associate music director Victor Simonson, assistant choreographer Tony Neidenbach, stage manager Kurt Hall, assistant stage manager Anthony O. Bullock, and production assistant Emily Ann Mellon.

Tickets may be purchased online at arenastage.org, by phone at (202) 488-3300, or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.

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