It is a sport of balletic beauty and extraordinary violence. Where else are you allowed to strangle an opponent unconscious? But while its aim is to inflict symbolic death, judo is a form of combat which also rigorously insists on the most formal courtesies. When Mark Law joined his local judo club he was able to observe at close quarters the sport practised at its highest level – finding himself face-to-face with world champions and Olympic medallists. His journey into judo took him to Osaka, Japan to see the World Championships and to Athens for the Olympics. He delved into the sport’s history, exploring everything from its origins in 17th century Samurai culture, to its legendary proponents - past and present. The Pyjama Game is a fascinating account of this most enigmatic of sports. We are taken behind the scenes of the international tournament circuit, populated by some of the most fearsomely single-minded and self-denying competitors of all time -men and women who have arrived at the apex of a sport from thousands of local clubs all over the world. Through a series of colourful encounters we experience the irresistible drama of tournament judo as figures grapple, whirl and fly through the air or struggle for arm-locks and chokes; each contest culminating in that symbolic death. Funny, alarming and mesmerising, The Pyjama Game is one of the best sports books of recent years.
(Vocal Selections). Nine songs from the 1954 Broadway hit penned by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross presented in standard piano/vocal format with the melody in the piano line. Includes: Hernando's Hideaway * Hey There * I'll Never Be Jealous Again * I'm Not at All in Love * Once-A-Year-Day * Seven-And-A-Half Cents * Small Talk * Steam Heat * There Once Was a Man.
(Vocal Score). This vocal score features all 21 songs from the 1954 Broadway hit penned by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Includes: Factory Music * Hernando's Hideaway * Hey There * I'm Not at All in Love * A New Town Is a Blue Town * Once-A-Year-Day * The Pajama Game * Racing with the Clock * Slow Down * Steam Heat * There Once Was a Man * and more.
When Moxie Brecker chose her kicky nickname back in college, it suited her perfectly. But now she feels it's one big misnomer. After graduation, she set out to command her own seventh-grade science class and was stunned to find the job too challenging. She didn't have the energy necessary to get a roomful of pre-teens excited about atoms, and she never felt like herself, so she handed in her chalk and lesson plans. Stumped about where to turn next, she followed the advice of her best friend Gerard and took a job folding underthings at the chain lingerie store in the mall. She's got plenty at home to distract her, including her neighbor, Steven Tyler (no, not that Stephen Tyler) and the kindly septuagenarian Joe, who runs the joke shop downstairs, but she spends her days languishing in the store. Though she feels tired and just out of it physically, she still gets bored steaming peignoir sets, protecting the thong table from shoplifters, and readjusting bras straps for hours on end. Maybe that's why, when a handsome guy named Allan starts hanging around the store for little chats, Moxie sees hope on the horizon. Maybe, just maybe, her employee discount won't go to waste for much longer…
(Vocal Score). This vocal score features all 21 songs from the 1954 Broadway hit penned by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Includes: Factory Music * Hernando's Hideaway * I'm Not at All in Love * A New Town Is a Blue Town * Once-A-Year-Day * The Pajama Game * Racing with the Clock * Slow Down * Steam Heat * There Once Was a Man * and more.
The Broadway musical Pajama Game was based on Seven and a Half Cents. a comic novel about labor relations written by Richard Bissell. Doris Day stars as an employee at a pajama factory who becomes the spokesperson for her fellow workers when management refuses to give them a 7 1/2 cent raise. Complicating matters is the fact that Management is represented by handsome John Raitt, who happens to be in love with Day. A subplot involves Day's freewheeling co-worker Carol Haney and her insanely jealous boyfriend, factory-manager Eddie Foy Jr. Many of the cast members from the original Broadway production (Raitt, Haney, Foy, Reta Shaw, Peter Gennaro etc.) are retained for the film version, as are most of the Richard Adler/Jerry Ross songs: highlights include "Hey There," "Steam Heat," "Hernando's Hideaway," "There Once Was a Man." and the title song. The choreography is in the capable hands (and feet) of Bob Fosse. Pajama Game performed so well at the box-office that Warners immediately went to work on the filmization of the second (and last) Adler/Ross Broadway collaboration, Damn Yankees.
St. James Theatre, Frederick Brisson, Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince present John Raitt, Eddie Foy, Jr., Helen Gallagher in a new musical comedy "The Pajama Game" (based on the novel "7 1/2 Cents" by Richard Bissell), book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, with Pat Marshall [and others], scenery and costumes by Lemuel Ayers, choreography by Bob Fosse, musical direction by Philip Ingalls, orchestrations by Don Walker, dance music arrangements Roger Adams, production directed by George Abbott and Jerome Robbins.
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