By Michael Gioia
and Mark Shenton
12 Mar 2013
As previously reported, the annual season will include new productions of the Broadway musicals Barnum and The Pajama Game.
The Pajama Game will begin performances April 22, prior to an official opening April 29, for a run through June 8 at the Minerva Theatre.
Richard Eyre and Stephen Mear, who previously collaborated in the West End and on Broadway on Mary Poppins and on Betty Blue Eyes in the West End, will reunite as director and choreographer, respectively. Designs are by Tim Hatley, with dance arrangements, musical supervision and direction by Gareth Valentine, lighting by Howard Harrison and sound by Paul Groothuis.
Fraser, most recently seen in the West End as Javert in Les Miserables and on Broadway in The Pirate Queen, will play Sid, with Riding (an Olivier winner for Carousel at the National and in the West End, where her credits also include The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Billy Elliot and The Witches of Eastwick) as Babe.
The cast also includes Jenna Boyd as Mae, Dan Burton as Earl, Ricardo Coke-Thomas as Joe, Amy Griffiths as Martha, Richard Jones as Frank, Claire Machin as Mabel, Eugene McCoy as Prez, Jo Morris as Rita, Sophia Nomvete as Brenda, Landi Oshinowo as Poopsie, Alexis Owen Hobbs as Gladys, Carl Sanderson as Charley, John Stacey as Max Ganzenlicker, Colin Stinton as Hasler/Pop and Lauren Varnham as Charlene.
Here's how the work is billed: "Love is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over-heels for firebrand Union rep Babe Williams. But when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents an hour raise, sparks fly and the couple find themselves deliciously at odds. Will love, eventually, conquer all in this delightful romantic comedy?"
For tickets, visit cft.org.uk or contact the box office at 01243 781312.