Chase and Baldwin Play The Pajama Game at the Muny Beginning July 23

By Andrew Gans
23 Jul 2007

Will Chase and Kate Baldwin in The Pajama Game at the Muny.
Will Chase and Kate Baldwin in The Pajama Game at the Muny.
Photo by Larry Pry/The Muny

Will Chase is Sid opposite Kate Baldwin's Babe in the production of The Pajama Game that begins performances July 23 at the St. Louis Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre.

Paul Blake directs Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' musical, which will run through July 29 at the famed theatre. The cast also includes Patti Mariano as Mabel, Leslie Denniston as Gladys, Bruce Adler as Hines, Jack Friemann as Mr. Hasler, John Contini as Pop, Jennifer Cody as Mae, Sara Sheperd as Brenda, Gary Glasgow as the Salesman and Joe Farrell as Prez. Drew Humphrey and Brandon Bieber are the "Steam Heat" dancers.

The ensemble comprises Andrew Arrington, Brandon Bieber, Nathaniel Braga, Kyle Brown, Joseph Butler, Nick Cosgrove, Kara Driscoll, Ted Ely, Stephanie Gibson, Daisy Hobbs, Drew Humphrey, Ian Joseph, Jessie Kohut, Sean Montgomery, Samia Mounts, Kent Overshown, Ruth Pferdehirt, Rich Pisarkiewicz, Max Quinlan, Lisa Ramey and Gia Grazia Valenti.

The creative team also features Liza Gennaro (choreographer), Steve Margoshes (musical director), Michael Anania (set designer), David Lander (lighting designer) and Jason Krueger (sound designer). Peter Hynds is the production stage manager.

The Pajama Game features music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. The original Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre May 13, 1954, and later transferred to the Shubert Theatre. The musical ended its run Nov. 24, 1956, having played 1,063 performances. The premiere Broadway cast featured Janis Paige as Babe Williams and John Raitt as Sid Sorokin. Revivals were seen at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1973 and at the American Airlines Theatre in 2006; the latter cast Harry Connick, Jr. as Sid with Kelli O'Hara as Babe.



Kate Baldwin, who was seen in the Muny's mounting of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, has appeared on Broadway in Wonderful Town, The Full Monty and Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as in the City Center Encores! productions of Babes in Arms, A Connecticut Yankee and Bloomer Girl. She was also part of the Paper Mill production of Hello, Dolly! Baldwin was Helen Hayes Award-nominated for playing Nellie in South Pacific at Arena Stage.

Will Chase has starred on Broadway in High Fidelity, Lennon, The Full Monty, Aida, Rent and Miss Saigon. His regional credits include roles in Assassins, Mame, Electra, Son of Fire, You're Gonna Love Tomorrow and Trask & Fenn. Chase was also part of the star-studded concert version of The Secret Garden.

The Muny season also includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 30-Aug. 5) and Les MisÚrables (Aug. 6-15).

Tickets are available by calling (314) 361-1900, ext. 550; for more information visit www.muny.org.