Summer Place Theatre Cast & Creatives Talk ‘The Pajama Game’ on It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee

Based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissel, The Pajama Game premiered on Broadway in 1954. It was the first time the choreography of Bob Fosse was officially seen on Broadway, having first gained notice for creating select dance sequences while performing as a dancer in the film Kiss Me Kate.

The Pajama Game features music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, with a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. It won the Tony award for Best Musical in 1955. It had a successful revival in 1976 and then again in 2006. The latter won the Tony Award for Best Revival, proving the timeless appeal of the quirky comedy.

Summer Place Theatre has been entertaining audiences in Chicagoland’s Naperville community since 1966. Now, under the skilled direction of Barry Norton the song and dance comedy bursts to life through June 25.

In addition to Norton, the creative staff includes music director Kitty Karn, vocal director Ted Waltmire, and choreographer Marianna Kontos. Kontos’ choreography includes a nod to original dance master Fosse. The Pajama Game is produced by Ted Waltmire and Steve Zeidler.

On this week’s episode of radio show and podcast It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee, producer Waltmire and three of the stars of the Summer Place Theatre production of The Pajama Game are on board to talk about the experience of creating a new mounting of the Tony Award-winning musical.

Bob Bullen, Christina Peck, Jason Peck and Ted Waltmire share fun stories about working with director Norton and the rest of the creative staff and a cast of spectacular singers, dancers, and actors.

The Pajama Game revolves around life and romance at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. The comedy of the script is simply enchanting.

The interview with cast and creatives from Summer Place Theatre is now available as a podcast on all major platforms including Spotify ( It also airs on 101.5 FM out of Huntley on Friday, June 16 at 3 PM Central, streaming in real-time from anywhere at It is a fun-filled interview that you don’t want to miss.

It’s always important to support the arts. Theater, dance, and music are all part of human expression and examples of the wonder of creativity. There is nothing quite like sitting in the audience and basking in the glow of talented people pooling together to create entertainment.

Summer Place Theatre’s mounting of The Pajama Game promises to have something for everyone – romance, comedy, songs, and dances. Featuring such iconic numbers as Steam Heat, and Hernando’s Hideaway, you can’t go wrong.

Make plans to hear all about the incredible talent involved in The Pajama Game on this week’s episode of It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee, and then make plans to join me in the audience at Summer Place Theatre to see the magic come to life. For ticket information visit or call (630) 355-7969.

Peace. Love. Trust.

Rikki Lee Travolta


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