The Pajama Game opened in London at the Coliseum on 13 October 1955 and ran for 588 performances – an undoubted hit. On Broadway it had opened in May the previous year where its run there was almost double that of London’s. Unlike many of the Broadway transfers of the period it did not import American stars but was cast with performers well known in Britain. Joy Nichols and Edmund Hockridge, Australian and Canadian respectively, led a company that also starred the great Max Wall in a rare outing to the musical stage, and Elizabeth Seal who three years later would find stardom playing the lead role in Irma La Douce.
Featuring a strong cast and many fine songs that have become standards – Hernando’s Hideaway, A New Town Is A Blue Town and the show-stopper Hey There, London embraced the show and the Queen Mother saw the show five times during its run. Both versions of Hey There, performed by Edmund Hockridge and the other by Joy Nichols are heard on this CD and Ted’s version lives on for it was recently featured in an episode of “The Street” starring Jim Broadbent on the BBC TV channel.
Our bonus tracks are a tribute to Joy Nichols. She had found fame in Britain in the early post-war years in the long-running radio series Take It From Here which co-starred Jimmy Edwards and Dick Bentley. Her wonderful comic timing and fine singing voice is revealed on this CD. On the ten bonus tracks she can be heard on her own as well as with radio co-stars Jimmy Edwards and Dick Bentley and with another wireless favourite Benny Lee.
1. Overture – The Skyrockets Orchestra 5:04
2. (I) The Pajama Game – Max Wall (II) Racing With The Clock – Girls & Boys 3:02
3. A New Town Is A Blue Town – Edmund Hockridge 2:55
4. I’m Not At All In Love – Joy Nichols 3:49
5. I’ll Never Be Jealous Again – Max Wall, Joan Emney 3:15
6. Hey There – Edmund Hockridge 3:30
7. Her Is – Frank Lawless, Elizabeth Seal 2:46
8. Once-A-Year Day – Edmund Hockridge 3:18
9. Small Talk – Edmund Hockridge, Joy Nichols 3:28
10. There Once Was A Man – Edmund Hockridge, Joy Nichols 3:03
11. Steam Heat – Elizabeth Seal 4:39
12. Hey There (Reprise) – Joy Nichols 2:12
13. Think Of The Time I Save – Max Wall 2:46
14. Hernando’s Hideaway – Elizabeth Seal 3:29
15. 7� Cents – Joy Nichols, Frank Lawless 4:35
16. The Pajama Game – Joy Nichols, Edmund Hockridge 0:43
17. On The Five-Forty-Five – Joy Nichols & Benny Lee 2:43
18. Aw C’mon – Joy Nichols & Benny Lee 2:27
19. Cherry Stones – Joy Nichols 2:29
20. The Old Soft Shoe – Joy Nichols & Wally Peterson 2:24
21. Froggie And The Catfish – Joy Nichols 2:21
22. The Hippopotamus Song – Joy Nichols 2:28
23. I Talk To The Trees – Joy Nichols 2:32
24. The Little Red Monkey – Joy Nichols, Dick Bentley & Jimmy Edwards 2:26
25. Me An’ Johnny – Joy Nichols, Dick Bentley & Jimmy Edwards 2:21
26. I’ve Got A Feelin’ You’re Foolin’ – Joy Nichols 1:49
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