Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Pajama Game Update

Hinesy!

Sorry, but I did warn y'all that I would be doing Pajama Game updates. So I thought I'd "save time" and do Hines and Gladys with one update. I'm really excited about this particular announcement. I think Michael McKean will be great as the knife-throwing jealous maniac who romances Gladys (to be played by Megan Lawrence whom I have heard amazing things about). This is gonna be fun!

According to this article in Playbill:

Michael McKean, recently of Hairspray and A Second-Hand Memory, will play Hines in the upcoming Kathleen Marshall revival of The Pajama Game starring Harry Connick, Jr., and Kelli O'Hara.

As Hines, McKean will sing the songs "I'll Never Be Jealous Again" and "Think of the Time I Save." The actor is well known for his work on the sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" and films such as "This Is Spinal Tap," "Best of Show" and "A Mighty Wind."

Also new to the production are Peter Benson as Prez; Joyce Chittick as Mae; Michael McCormick as Pop; Richard Poe as Hasler; and Roz Ryan as Mabel.

Bridget Berger, Stephen Berger, Kate Chapman, Paula Leggett Chase, Jennifer Cody, David Eggers, Michael O’Donnell, Vince Pesce, Devin Richards, Jeffrey Schecter, Amber Stone and Debra Walton round out the cast.

As previously reported by Playbill.com, Megan Lawrence, who last summer played Rosario Dawson's saucy sidekick in Kathleen Marshall's Two Gentlemen of Verona in Central Park, will work with Marshall again next year in The Pajama Game, playing Gladys, the role played by Carol Haney in the original show. As such, she will be featured in two of the show's most famous tunes: "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway." Haney won a Tony Award for her work.

Previews begin Jan. 19, 2006, at the American Airlines Theatre. Opening is Feb. 23.

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