SMASH-HIT MUSICAL ‘THE PAJAMA GAME’ SLATED FOR THE STAGE
HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (March 12, 2015) — The public is invited to attend performances of “The Pajama Game” on Thursday and Friday, April 9 – 10, and Friday and Saturday, April 17 – 18, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in Dillingham Hall on Punahou School’s campus. Presented by Punahou’s high-school students, this Tony Award-winning musical brings a small-town pajama factory’s labor dispute to the big stage.
Set in the 1950s in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the show deals with a subject that continues to make news headlines today: wages, specifically, minimum-wage employees’ fight for a raise in pay. When the unionized workers of Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory demand a raise of seven-and-a-half cents – a paltry sum by today’s standards but serious change in the fifties – complex business negotiations ensue. The economic tension is heightened by the drama of a budding romance, which tests allegiances and forces two leaders of the opposing factions to reframe their fight in human terms.
Director Tony Young selected this piece to introduce students and the outside community to theatrical classics – and the creative teams behind the classics. The choreography used for the song “Steam Heat” is nearly identical to the original Broadway show number, done by Bob Fosse. The production also includes iconic songs like “Hey There” and “Once a Year Day” that will have children and adults alike humming along and tapping their feet to the music. A live orchestra, comprised of Punahou School music students, will perform the scores to the musical.
A cast of 29 Punahou School students in grades 9 – 12 promises to intrigue and entertain audiences aged eight and up. “They are so diverse and unbelievably talented,” said Young, “you’d be amazed at the caliber of these dedicated teenagers.”
FACTS AT A GLANCE:
WHAT: Production of “The Pajama Game.” A play by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, based on the book “7-1/2 cents” by Richard Bissell.
WHO: Performed by Punahou high-school students and directed by Tony Young
WHEN: Thursday and Friday, April 9 – 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, April 17 – 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dillingham Hall on the Punahou School campus. Free parking available.
TICKETS: $8 for students and seniors (65 and older), with ID; $15 for adults. Purchase tickets at the Sullivan Administration Building Box Office on April 7 – 8 and 15 – 16 from 3 – 5 p.m. and one hour before each performance. Reserved seating.
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