Harry Connick Pajama Game to Play Roundabout's American Airlines

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Modern day crooner Harry Connick, Jr. will star in a long-planned and often delaying Broadway revival of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' musical, The Pajama Game at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre.

Harry Connick, Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The show will begin performances Jan. 27, with a March 2 opening. The move is a surprise, in that producers had hitherto put forth the revival as a commercial enterprise. The mounting at the Roundabout will be a nonprofit outing, presented by special agreement with the commercial producers, who include Jeffrey Richards and James Fuld.

The show will be directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, now rehearsing Two Gentlemen of Verona in Central Park.

Connick, Jr., who enjoyed his peak fame in the late '80s and early '90s, thanks largely to the success of the soundtrack of "When Harry Met Sally," has never starred in a Broadway musical, though he wrote the score to the short-lived musical Thou Shalt Not. He has also taken occasional film roles. He will play the part of Sid. No one has been announced for the female lead.

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.

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.

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