The Pajama Game

2019 December 18 › 29

The Pajama Game

musical George Abbott / Richard Bissell / Richard Adler / Jerry Ross / Gérard Lecointe / Jean Lacornerie / Raphaël Cottin

2019 December 18 › 29

Wed 18 ›  20h
Thu 19 ›  20h
Fri 20 ›  20h
Sat 21 ›  19h30
Sun 22 ›  15h
Fri 27 ›  20h
Sat 28 ›  19h30
Sun 29 ›  15h
from 12
Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse — main auditorium

Staging a musical on a social conflict ? With female workers ready to fight to defend their best interests ? It can be done and we did it !

The Pajama Game takes place in a pajama factory. Forced to work at a hellish pace, the women workers ask for a pay rise and naturally the management refuses. However Babe, one of the workers’ leaders is very fond of the newly appointed superintendent who also has a crush on her. This impossible love story starts to interfere with the strike.

Written in 1954 during the McCarthysm era, this work/musical won three Tony Awards and was quickly adapted for the cinema by Stanley Donen, starring Doris Day. The young composers, Jerry Ross and Richard Adler, didn’t hesitate to combine two elements traditionally opposed in Broadway : comedy and melody, but also a taboo subject (class conflict, strike, industrial unrest) with a touch of « romance ». As a result the production targets of the company are set to music, the class interactions are choreographed and the personal ambitions are performed in the great jazzy style of the 50’s.

Jean Lacornerie picked this musical to portray a group of young women ready, even then to overthrow the social hierarchy and male domination. All of this in catching good spirits !

opéra de lyon
Théâtre de la Renaissance

cast / production

By George Abbott et Richard Bissell based on the novel 71/2 Cents by Richard Bissell | music et songs Richard Adler et Jerry Ross | musical direction, arrangements and percussions Gérard Lecointe | stage direction Jean Lacornerie and Raphaël Cottin | starring Dalia ConstantinMarianne DevosMarie GlorieuxVincent HedenPierre LecomteMathilde LemonnierAlexis MériauxAmélie MunierZacharie SaalCloé HorrySébastien Jaudon piano and Daniel Romero double basse | scenography Marc Lainé and Stephan Zimmerli | lighting design David Debrinay | costume design Marion Benagès

production: Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse – Lyon, Théâtre de La Renaissance – Oullins Lyon-Métropole, Angers Nantes Opéra | The Pajama Game is presented in agreement with Music Theatre International (Europe) ( and the Agence Drama – Paris (


The Pajama Game
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2019 December 18 › 29
Wed 18 › 
Thu 19 › 
Fri 20 › 
Sat 21 › 
Sun 22 › 
Fri 27 › 
Sat 28 › 
Sun 29 › 
from 12
Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse — main auditorium


in French and subtitled in English


from 5 to 27€


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The Pajama Game