The Pajama Game Broadway Revival Now Looking at 2004-05 Season

News   The Pajama Game Broadway Revival Now Looking at 2004-05 Season The new production of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' musical, The Pajama Game, which was first announced to reach Broadway in the late spring or early summer of 2004, is now looking at a launch sometime later in the 2004-05 season.

The project’s director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall told Playbill On-Line, “We’re developing it and investigating casting. If casting comes into place, the current schedule might still happen. We’re hoping for next season.”

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.

Playbill On-Line first reported plans for a new Pajama Game revival on May 1, 2002. Adler told PBOL the deal was "definite," and that the production would be the first Broadway mounting of the musical to feature "If You Win, You Lose," a new song Adler penned several years ago. The tune has been used in many regional productions across the U.S. According to Adler, the number is a refashioning of "Watch Your Heart," a tune inserted in a 1973 Broadway revival of The Pajama Game.

"I reshaped ['Watch Your Heart'] into 'If You Win, You Lose.' It's got a new melody and a new lyric," he said. "If You Win" takes the place usually reserved for a reprise of one of the score's best known titles, "Hey There." Said Adler: "The reprise of 'Hey There' was suggested by my mentor of the time, George Abbott, to help promote the song. That was 48 years ago. The song needs no help now. I never liked the reprise. So I took it out and put this in... It's the best song I ever wrote."

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.