Pajama Game [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Bonus Tracks]

Pajama Game [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Bonus Tracks]

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Based on 7 1/2 CENTS, Richard Bissell's novel of striking factory workers, 1954's THE PAJAMA GAME is representative of Broadway's maturation from the more frivolous subject matter of earlier decades, and it is one of the signature musicals of the 1950's. Composers Richard Adler and Jerry Ross fashioned both a fast-moving tale touching on social concerns of the day and… See more details below

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Based on 7 1/2 CENTS, Richard Bissell's novel of striking factory workers, 1954's THE PAJAMA GAME is representative of Broadway's maturation from the more frivolous subject matter of earlier decades, and it is one of the signature musicals of the 1950's. Composers Richard Adler and Jerry Ross fashioned both a fast-moving tale touching on social concerns of the day and a charming and tuneful love story. THE PAJAMA GAME features John Raitt, Janis Paige, Carol Haney, and Eddie Foy Jr. performing classics like "Steam Heat," "Hey There," "Hernando's Hideaway," and "I'm Not at All in Love." Not heard on this beguiling recording is Shirley MacLaine, who caused a sensation when she subbed for an ailing Haney and was discovered by Hollywood talent scouts, thus creating a Broadway legend.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though it used to be said that Broadway musicals (some of them, anyway) were intended for "the tired businessman," they were not usually about business until The Pajama Game. And not only was the show set in a factory, the story also revolved around a labor dispute. But the show managed to lightly poke fun at its subject matter while actually focusing on a traditional romantic plot, and, most important, it boasted a frisky score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, a young songwriting team making a transition from Tin Pan Alley to the musical theater. They brought with them a knack for the kind of novelty material that was finding success in the pop music market. Adler and Ross could write more conventional show music fare in the Rodgers & Hammerstein mold and even introduce new wrinkles to it, but they excelled at witty numbers, and, not surprisingly, they also wrote some hits. Both "Hernando's Hideaway," and "Steam Heat" reached the Top Ten, and Rosemary Clooney took "Hey There" to number one in September. It says a lot about the overall quality of the cast that the film version retained nearly all the principals (including John Raitt and Carol Haney), only replacing Janis Paige with the more bankable Doris Day. Despite the novelty quality of some of the material, The Pajama Game retained its freshness over the decades, and the Original Broadway Cast Recording remained the recording to own. The 2000 CD reissue added nine minutes of previously unreleased material.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998925328
catalogNumber:
89253

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Tracks

  1. Overture  -  Pajama Game Pit Orchestra
  2. The Pajama Game/Racing With the Clock  -  Pajama Game Cast Ensemble
  3. A New Town Is a Blue Town
  4. I'm Not at All in Love  - Janis Paige
  5. I'll Never Be Jealous Again
  6. Hey There
  7. Her Is
  8. Sleep Tite  -  Pajama Game Cast Ensemble
  9. Once-A-Year Day!  -  Pajama Game Cast Ensemble
  10. Small Talk
  11. There Once Was a Man
  12. Steam Heat
  13. Think of the Time I Save  - Eddie Foy
  14. Hernando's Hideaway  -  Pajama Game Cast Ensemble
  15. Seven-and-a-Half Cents  -  Pajama Game Cast Ensemble
  16. Finale/The Pajama Game  -  Pajama Game Cast Ensemble
  17. Part 1  - Mike Wallace
  18. The World Around Us
  19. Part 2  - Mike Wallace
  20. There Once Was a Man
  21. Part 3  - Mike Wallace
  22. Hernando's Hideaway  - Richard Adler

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Raitt   Vocals,Track Performer
Jerry Ross   Piano,Track Performer,Interviewee
Richard Adler   Track Performer
Stanley Prager   Vocals,Track Performer
Janis Paige   Vocals,Track Performer
Mara Landi   Vocals
Virginia Martin   Vocals
Rae Allen   Vocals,cast
Jack Drummond   Vocals
Reta Shaw   Vocals,Track Performer
Carol Haney   Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Dixon   Vocals
Peter Gennaro   Vocals,Track Performer
Buzz Miller   Vocals,Track Performer
Thelma Pelish   Vocals
Eddie Foy   Vocals,Track Performer
John Ford   Vocals
John Ford   Vocals
Pajama Game Pit Orchestra   Track Performer
Jim Hutchison   Vocals
Mike Wallace   Track Performer
Pajama Game Cast Ensemble   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jerry Ross   Composer,Lyricist
Richard Adler   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer,Re-Release Producer
Goddard Lieberson   Producer,Original Album Producer
Mort Goode   Liner Notes
Richard Bissell   Book
Bob Fosse   Choreographer
Darcy Proper   Reissue Producer,Mastering,Re-Release Producer
George Abbott   Production Director,Book
Jerome Robbins   Production Director
Ken Fredette   Art Direction
Chris Woehrle   Art Direction
Lemuel Ayers   Costume Design,Scenery
Roger Adams   Music Direction
Stacey Boyle   Tape Research
Don Walker   Orchestration
Andrew Velez   Liner Notes
Mike Wallace   Interviewer

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