Jason Alexander is being courted for the role of Hines in the upcoming May 2-6 Encores! concert revival of Adler and Ross' The Pajama Game, according to a report in Theatrical Index. A spokesman for Encores! Could not confirm the "Seinfeld" star's involvement.
Karen Ziemba is already set to play Babe Williams in The Pajama Game, sources confirmed. Her hoped for antagonist in the show's union-labor romance is Brent Barrett, currently headlining Kiss Me, Kate in London. Official casting for the show has not been announced.
Alexander appeared on the New York stage in Jerome Robbins' Broadway over a decade ago. Since then, he acted in a television adaptation of Bye Bye, Birdie and for a while he was attached to the in development musical Marty. He is also known for creating the role of the producer in Sondheim's Merrily We Role Along.
Ziemba won a 2000 Tony Award for her performance in Contact as a housewife who escapes a suffocating marriage through choreographed flights of fancy. The show was only her latest collaboration with director-choreographer Susan Stroman, who had previously cast her in And the World Goes Round, Crazy for You and Steel Pier.
Barrett is receiving some of the best notices of his career as Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate. Recently, he was nominated for an Olivier Award. On Broadway, he is known as a sturdy replacement player, stepping into lead roles in Annie Get Your Gun and Chicago, in which he has played Billy Flynn many times. John Rando will direct Pajama Game, which has a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. Abbott and Jerome Robbins directed the original 1954 Broadway production, which starred Janis Paige and John Raitt as the romantic leads, and featured the choreographic Broadway debut of Bob Fosse. Fosse took cast members Carol Haney, Buzz Miller and Peter Gennaro and created what became the show's most famous number, "Steam Heat." The score also features "Hey There."
— by Robert Simonson