The casting of the final Encores! attraction of the season, The Pajama Game, has finally been made official. Brent Barrett, Karen Ziemba, Daniel Jenkins, Ken Page, Deirdre Goodwin and Mark Linn-Baker will star. (Nearly all of these names have been reported on PBOL in the previous few weeks)
Also in the cast are Gina Ferrall, Fred Burrell, Jennifer Cody (Urinetown), Katie Harvey, Edgar Godineaux, Rebecca Baxter, Timothy Breese, Tony Capone, Caitlin Carter (Swing, Chicago), Susan Derry, Joe Ferrell, Anne Hawthorne, Joy Hermalyn, Ann Kittredge, Kirk McDonald, April Nixon, Mark Oka, Tina Ou, Jessica Perrizo, Josh Prince, Devin Richards, Rebecca Robbins, Angela Robinson, J.D. Webster and Patrick Wetzel.
Karen Ziemba will play Babe Williams. Mark Linn-Baker will play Hines, Daniel Jenkins is Prez, and Brent Barrett is Ziemba's antagonist in the show's union-labor romance. John Rando will direct and John Carrafa is choreographer.
The concert revival of the Adler and Ross work will run May 2-6. Rehearsals begin April 22.
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 received some of the best notices of his career as Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate in London. 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.
Jenkins played the lead in Big and appeared on Broadway in Wrong Mountain.
Pajama Game 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 dance number, "Steam Heat." The score also features "Hey There."
— by Robert Simonson