Harry Connick, Jr. to Star in Broadway Revival of Pajama Game

News   Harry Connick, Jr. to Star in Broadway Revival of Pajama Game Modern day crooner Harry Connick, Jr., is the unusual choice to star in a long-planned and often-delaying Broadway revival of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' musical, The Pajama Game, the New York Times reported Jan. 8.

The show will be directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, whose Wonderful Town is scheduled to close at the the end of this month after a rocky, one-year-plus run. Pajama Game will open in November.

The announcement is something of a surprise. The production was announced some time ago and has repeatedly pushed back its start date, and producer Jeffrey Richards has been silent on the subject, suggesting to many in the theatre community that the project had stalled for good.

Connick, Jr., who enjoyed his peak fame in the late '80s and early '90s, thanks largely to the success of the soundtrack of "When Harry Met Sally," has never starred in a Broadway musical, though he wrote the score to the short-lived musical Thou Shalt Not. He has also taken occasional film roles. He will play the part of Sid. No one has been announced for the female lead.

Marshall made her Broadway debut at a director-choreographer with Wonderful Town. She was nominated for Tonys in both the Best Director of a Musical and Best Choreographer categories.

Variety reported the revival would feature two new songs, as well as a revised book by Peter Ackerman, drawing on the original George Abbott and Richard Bissell text. As a choreographer, Marshall's work has been seen in Kiss Me, Kate, Seussical and Follies. She was assistant choreographer to her brother Rob on the 1994 Broadway revival of Ross and Adler's Damn Yankees.

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