New Broadway Pajama Game Targeting Summer 2004

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A new production of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' musical, The Pajama Game, will reach Broadway in the late spring or early summer of 2004, Variety reported. Kathleen Marshall will make her directorial debut with the show, which will be produced by Jeffrey Richards and James Fuld. Marshall will also choreograph.

Playbill On-Line first reported plans for a new Pajama Game revival on May 1, 2002. Adler told PBOL the deal was "definite," and that the production would be the first Broadway mounting of the musical to feature "If You Win, You Lose," a new song Adler penned several years ago. The tune has been used in many regional productions across the U.S. According to Adler, the number is a refashioning of "Watch Your Heart," a tune inserted in a 1973 Broadway revival of The Pajama Game.

"I reshaped ['Watch Your Heart'] into 'If You Win, You Lose.' It's got a new melody and a new lyric," he said. "If You Win" takes the place usually reserved for a reprise of one of the score's best known titles, "Hey There." Said Adler: "The reprise of 'Hey There' was suggested by my mentor of the time, George Abbott, to help promote the song. That was 48 years ago. The song needs no help now. I never liked the reprise. So I took it out and put this in... It's the best song I ever wrote."

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.

The production is capitalized at $8 million.

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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