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The Pajama Game


The 5th Avenue Theatre Downtown
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 5 2017


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Recommended by Christopher Frizzelle

The Pajama Game, the 1950s musical with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, is a love story, a labor dispute set in the golden age of American manufacturing, and an excuse for a bunch of big dance numbers. In the production at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Billie Wildrick plays Babe, the head of the factory's grievance committee, who butts heads with Sid, the new superintendent of the factory. From the moment Sid stumbles out during "I'm Not at All in Love," the song Babe sings to convince her coworkers she's not romantically interested in him, their chemistry is palpable. She sings with bright, winning clarity and he has a deep, buttery baritone. But their love story is upstaged by an impressive array of supporting performances. The show drags in places because of Bob Richard's choreography, which strikes me as beneath this cast's abilities—lots of jumping around and gesturing and little else. But director Bill Berry builds enough visual delight into the staging that it's still a pleasure to watch the story unfold.

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The 5th Avenue Theatre

1308 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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  • Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 5 2017