The Visual and Performing Arts department, which recently established a tradition of doing one musical production per semester, opened its spring musical, a Tony-award winning Broadway show called “The Pajama Game,” on April 5.
“The Pajama Game” is based on a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, as well as a novel by Bissell, according to fdu.edu.
“It’s a musical that takes place in the 1950s, and [the show] is based off of the novel ‘7 ½ Cents.’ We all work at a pajama factory and we want our seven-and-a-half cent raise but our boss refuses to give it to us,” said senior Lindsey Krier, who plays the part of Mae in the show and has performed in other FDU productions such as “Into the Woods.”
The characters Babe Williams and Prez influence the workers in the factory to fight for their raises, with Babe being the head of the grievance committee. Superintendent Sid Sorkin falls in love with Babe, but the seven-and-a-half cent raise comes between them.
“So I guess you could say it’s like a Romeo and Juliet type romance…except it’s a happy ending,” said Krier.
“It’s old-Broadway style, so it’s full of comedy and cheesy musical tactics,” said sophomore Devin Massih, a member of the ensemble in this show who starred in last spring’s “Gypsy” and the student-directed play “No Witness.”
“People I’ve known who have seen it already have raved about the choreography done by Cindy Thole, the music direction by Allen Cohen and the ultimate direction by Stephen Hollis,” said Massih.
Being a spring show, it will be the last one for many seniors.
While Krier is not graduating until the fall, she admitted it has been a “bittersweet” experience. “This is my last show where all of my little theater group of friends since freshman year will be in a show together,” she said.
Later in the semester, the department will put on a “straight” play, a production of “What the Butler Saw” by Joe Orton, opening on May 8 on the Dreyfuss stage.
“The Pajama Game” is currently running for another weekend, with shows on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m, and Sunday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m. All shows will be held at the Dreyfuss Theater.
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance. Tickets are $6 for members of the FDU community or senior citizens and $12 for all other guests.