Musical comedy will take you back to the 1950s

ON STAGE ... Jarrow Musical Theatre Company is staging The Pajama Game.
ON STAGE ... Jarrow Musical Theatre Company is staging The Pajama Game.
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A GROUP of factory workers will be fighting for their rights in musical comedy The Pajama Game.

Jarrow Musical Theatre Company is preparing to stage the American show.

ON STAGE ... Jarrow Musical Theatre Company is staging The Pajama Game.

ON STAGE ... Jarrow Musical Theatre Company is staging The Pajama Game.

It runs at Jarrow Community Centre, in the town’s Cambrian Street, from tomorrow until Friday.

The musical is based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell.

It follows a group of workers in a pyjama factory fighting for a 7½ Cents pay rise.

Director Michelle Coulson said: “This is the third show that I’ve directed with Jarrow and it’s coming together really well.

It’s a really fun, fast-paced show and it’s got a really feel-good vibe, so people won’t leave feeling depressed.

Michelle Coulson, director

“It’s a classic 1950s musical, so we’ve tried to stay really close to the style of that era with the costumes and hairstyles.

“It’s more of a traditional musical in comparison to the modern ones you see today.

“Doris Day was in the film version of it, so if people haven’t seen it before, that’s the kind of era it’s set in.

“It’s set in a pyjama factory where all the staff are trying to get a pay rise of 7½ Cents.

“They get a new boss and he falls in love with one of the union members so they fall out over this struggle for a pay rise.”

Michelle, from Chester-le-Street, added: “This is the first time the show’s been on in the area for about 20 years, but it had a recent revival on the West End last year, so people might be a bit more aware of it.

“It’s a really fun, fast-paced show and it’s got a really feel-good vibe, so people won’t leave feeling depressed.

“It’s got lots of great music in it and some very memorable songs. The big hits from it are Hernando’s Hideaway and Steam Heat, which was a hit for Doris Day.

“The cast are working really hard and doing a brilliant job with it. We’ve got two young actors in leading roles and they’re both fantastic.

“Hopefully everyone who comes along will have a fun feel-good evening.”

Tickets for the show, which runs at 7pm each night, cost £8. To book, call 422 5068.

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