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 The Pajama Game is the game I'm in,

And I'm proud to be in The Pajama Game. I love it!

I can hardly wait

To wake and get to work at eight.

Nothing's quite the same as The Pajama Game!

The Pajama Game is a Broadway Musical scored by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler and based on the novel 7½ Cents, by Richard Bissell. Workers at the Sleep-Tite pajama factory are demanding a seven-and-a-half cent salary increase. Caught in the middle of this labor/management dispute are Sid Sorokin and Katherine "Babe" Williams, Star-Crossed Lovers stuck on opposite sides of the conflict. Can their relationship survive the negotiations?

The original production ran from 1954-1956, winning three Tony Awards[1] and there have been two revivals since: one in 1973, and another in 2006 (which won another two Tony Awards[2] and was nominated for an additional seven). A film adaptation was released in 1957, starring all of the original Broadway cast except for Janis Paige (Babe), who was replaced by Doris Day.


The Pajama Game contains examples of:

 Why don't you stop all this small talk?

I've got something better for your lips to do

  • Solo Duet: "Hey There". Sid sings a duet with a recording of himself on a dictaphone.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Sid is the factory's superintendent and Babe is the head of the union's Grievance Committee, placing the two sweethearts at opposite ends of the quickly-escalating conflict between labor and management.
  • Title Drop: Right in the opening. "The Pajama Game is the game I'm in, and I'm proud to be in The Pajama Game."
  • William Telling: Heinsy tries to do this in his knife-throwing act. While visibly drunk.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: In "Seven And A Half Cents," the characters tally up how much money they'd earn off of their 7.5-cent raise in the long run. They get it wrong.

Notes

  1. Best Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Carol Haney), and Best Choreographer (Bob Fosse)
  2. Best Revival of a Musical and Best Choreography
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