Bayou City Concert Musicals kicked off its 2013-14 season with a fully-staged concert version of the classic musical THE PAJAMA GAME, for five performances at the Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin, September 12-15, 2013. “It’s fitting,” says BCCM Artistic Director Paul Hope, “that BCCM will begin a series of shows from the 1950s with the quintessential American musical comedy.”
Based on Richard Bissell’s novel 7 ½ Cents, THE PAJAMA GAME is the story of worker against management, both in a pay raise fight and in a budding romance.
The original Broadway production premiered on May 13, 1954, and ran for 1,063 performances. It won the Tony Award in 1954 for Best Musical. Its most recent Broadway revival in 2006 won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. The 1957 film version of The Pajama Game starred Doris Day, John Raitt and the rest of the Broadway cast, and is a perennial favorite of musical film buffs.
The BCCM production featured a large cast of Houston’s finest singing and dancing talent. Artistic Director Paul Hope says the production reunited Beth Lazarou and Cole Ryden, who won praise for their roles as the young lovers in BCCM’s 2011 production of FINIAN’S RAINBOW. Houston favorites Susan Shofner, Jon Egging and Jennifer Gilbert rounded out the featured cast. Artistic Director Paul Hope directed BCCM’s production, with musical director Michael Mertz and conductor Dominique Røyem. Melissa Pritchett and Krissy Richmond provided choreography.
THE PAJAMA GAME features an energetic score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross that includes Hey There, Once A Year Day, Steam Heat and Hernando’s Hideaway. Hope says THE PAJAMA GAME is “one of those rare musicals where every number is a home run.”
Proceeds from Bayou City Concert Musicals’ production of THE PAJAMA GAME benefitted the Tim Harris Memorial Fund, which supports local musicians who have suffered catastrophic illness or injury.
Bayou City Concert Musicals is funded in part by grants from the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
CHEEK TO CHEEK—IRVING BERLIN IN THE 1930s featured Berlin’s hits from the golden age of Broadway and Hollywood musicals. This most American songwriter produced some of his greatest songs during the 1930s, including Easter Parade, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Heat Wave, and God Bless America. BCCM presented CHEEK TO CHEEK—IRVING BERLIN IN THE 1930s February 3, 10, & 17, 2014, at the Performance Centre at the Ensemble Theatre.
Best known for composing Over the Rainbow and the other songs in The Wizard of Oz, Harold Arlen’s catalogue of hits includes Stormy Weather, That Old Black Magic, Blues in the Night, and Paper Moon.
BCCM presented LET’S FALL IN LOVE: THE SONGS OF HAROLD ARLEN May 5, 12 & 19, 2014, at the Performance Centre at the Ensemble Theatre.