The Pajama Game Still Exploring Broadway and Road Possibilities

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Producers of The Pajama Game, the Tony-winning hit revival at the American Airlines Theatre starring Harry Connick Jr. and Kelli O'Hara, still hope the show will return to Broadway for a second engagement in the fall.

"We are in the process of exploring Broadway, as well as a national tour at this point," said producer Jeffrey Richards backstage at the Tonys. He offered no definites in terms of dates or casting.

The commercial production, according to an earlier press release, will feature a new cast. (Connick, O'Hara and Michael McKean will not be returning for the second run, although it is possible other members of the current cast may.)

The show, which was originally scheduled to close on June 11, will now perform on June 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17, all shows at 7 PM. All five evenings will benefit The Actors’ Fund of America, The New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village and Roundabout Theatre Company’s Education Programs & Musical Theatre Fund.

Kathleen Marshall directed the current revival of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' The Pajama Game. Connick (composer of Broadway's Thou Shalt Not) made his Broadway acting debut as Sid Sorokin and O'Hara (Tony nominee for The Light in the Piazza) is Babe Williams. They play the lovesick management and labor chiefs, respectively, at the musical's Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

This is the second Broadway revival of the show. In 1973, a company directed by Abbott included Hal Linden, Barbara McNair and Cab Calloway. It played 65 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne.

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