Review: The Pajama Game at Chichester Festival Minerva Studio

You might think that industrial turmoil in a pajama factory was hardly the stuff of which light entertainment was made.

But The Pajama Game is more than a mere examination of workers fighting for a seven and a half cents pay rise in 1950s America.

It is a love story too.

The drama on the shop floor is mirrored in the emotional rollercoaster ride between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent.

And there is one more vital ingredient. Music.

For this unlikely story-line is an accurate revival of the Broadwahy smash hit which opened in 1954.

Based on Richard Bissell’s novel and with a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, this production bursts with humour, dance, and musical magic.

If the first half lacks a little vitality, the second is packed with pace.

And there are some great classics perfectly staged like Steam Heat and Hernando’s Hideaway.

The singing is powerful; the dancing is mesmerising, and there are some great cameo performances from the cast - not least Alexis Owen-Hobbs and Dan Burton.

Stars Joanna Riding, as Babe, and Hadley Fraser as Sid, show stamina galore as they blast their way through the performance.

It’s a great opener for the summer season.

These pajamas are a cut above the rest.