The Pajama Game

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Event date: 6/16/2023 7:30 PM - 6/25/2023 3:00 PM Export event
The Pajama Game
Don Gingold
/ Categories: Coming Soon

The Pajama Game

Weekends June 16-25, 2023, Naperville Central HS Auditorium

Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

Based on the novel "71/2 cents" by Richard Bissell

The Pajama Game was awarded the 1955 Tony for Best Musical and, over half of a century later, claimed the award for Best Revival of a Musical, proving that the story is truly timeless. With an energetic score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (Damn Yankees), The Pajama Game is brimming with songs and dances that have become musical theatre standards, including "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway."

Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful as sparks fly between new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 ½ cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.

Featuring plenty of fun and splashy production numbers, including a comic "dream ballet," The Pajama Game is filled with standout featured roles and a large ensemble, making it perfect for our community. This perennial favorite is a surefire crowd-pleaser and a glowing example of solid, classic musical comedy.

We're accepting applications for the production staff now. 

Auditions are slated for the week of April 10. The exact dates and times will be posted on our Audition page.

Performances will be held at the Naperville Central HS Auditorium.

Tickets are on sale now and make great stocking stuffers. Buy a season ticket for both The Pajama Game and Newsies and save some money - you KNOW you want to see both!

Ticket Information

THE PAJAMA GAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.



Barry R. Norton (Director) Barry is a retired teacher who recently retired from CPS after 34 years of service. Barry is excited to be joining the artistic team for Summer Place Theatre and to be directing this classic musical The Pajama Game!! Barry holds a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.A. from Concordia University. At Columbia, he studied under the late Sheldon Patinkin and the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble. With over 35 years of experience, he has held positions as Artistic Director at The Woodstock Opera House. He has earned a Heart Award for his work on "Always Patsy Cline" and the WMTC Encore Award for 2014/15 for "Oliver." Nominated for the Broadway World Award for best direction of a musical "Oliver" for Woodstock Musical Theatre. His directing credits include both professional and Community Theatre work. Some of his work includes "Mamma Mia", "Nunsense", "Joseph...Dreamcoat", "Oliver"," Annie", "Crazy for You", and Always Patsy Cline" for WMTC. "Hairspray" and "Fame" for BrightSide in Naperville. "Seussical", "he King and I", for Footlighters Theatre in Des Plaines. "Hello, Dolly!" for RCLCP in Crystal Lake. "Other directing jobs include Bye Bye Birdie", "The Wiz", "The Music Man", and "Annie Get Your Gun". When not around the stage directing, set designing, painting, or performing he can be found spending time with friends, family, and his dog Mia. He would like to thank Summer Place Theatre for welcoming him on board!

Marianna Kontos (Choreographer) is thrilled to make her Summer Place Theatre debut after being an adoring patron since childhood! Marianna began her dance journey from birth, being born into her family’s Greek Folk dancing group, The Apollo Dance Troupe. She began studying many other styles from age 3 and became hooked. Marianna is no stranger to behind-the-scenes work. Her theatrical passions also include, scenic carpentry/design and prop creating; her true loves alongside dance. Marianna started her career in the community theatre scene a few years ago at Theatre-On-The-Hill in Bolingbrook where she remains on staff. She is excited to spread the wonders of Bob Fosse through this show! Marianna can’t wait to dance with you this spring!

Kitty Karn (Music Director) is a singer/actor and voice teacher who has musically and/or vocally directed over 30 shows at the community, college and professional level since 2002. She moved to the area in 2019 after 15 years as Professor of Musical Theatre/Voice at Western Illinois University. Currently, Kitty is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at University of Illinois at Chicago as well as the Music Director for Unity of Fox Valley in Batavia. Kitty maintains a private voice studio with students of all ages and skill levels. As a performer, some of her favorite roles include Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Chaperone in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’, Marmee in ‘Little Women’, Florence Foster Jenkins in ‘Souvenir’ and Phoebe in ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’.

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