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Broadway in Savannah Series concludes Tuesday with 'Pajama Game'

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POSTED: April 13, 2009 8:02 a.m.
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Prez (Jason Elliott Brown) during a pivotal scene in 'The Pajama Game'.

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Looking for something to cheer you up? How about a bit of musical comedy? 'The Pajama Game', the final installment of the 2008-09 Broadway in Savannah Series, may be just what the doctor ordered.

The play is coming to the Mercer Theater for one night only - this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. And it bears some impressive credentials. The original production hit Broadway in the fifties and raked in the Tony Awards, including 'Best Musical'. It became a motion picture in 1957 and came back to Broadway in the seventies. A more recent revival brought the play back with a vengeance by adding two more Tony Awards in 2006 to reclaim some some of that initial fanfare.

The 2008-09 national tour wraps up its' seven-month-long run with Tuesday's Savannah appearance. The plot centers around a group of workers in a pajama factory as they fight to get a 'seven and a half cent' raise.

Some of the more notable actors that have participated in renditions of 'The Pajama Game' include Doris Day, Harry Connick, Jr., Shirley MacLaine, Hal Linden and Cab Calloway. Although not as star-studded these days, actor Jason Elliott Brown, a member of the current ensemble, says the 2009 version is sure to entertain. Brown plays 'Prez' - the president of the factory workers union and "a nerdy ladies man in the classical comedy sense."

Brown said the play, which was written in 1954, has a lot of classical touches to it and "is extremely entertaining for audiences of all ages. It has all the ingredients - dance, great music, comedy and romance. There's something for everyone."

Tickets range from $30-$50. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 651-6557 or visit www.savannahcivic.com.

 

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