Age 27 Bob Fosse debut Broadway production program The Pajama Game, 1954

Bob Fosse's first Broadway show, The Pajama Game, 1954 | research property of Brian Cummings

The Pajama Game original Broadway production opened on May 13, 1954, and closed on November 24, 1956, after 1,063 performances. It was directed by George Abbott and Jerome Robbins and featured all original choreography by the then 27 year old Bob Fosse.

Above detail image from the 1954 “Who’s Who in The Cast” original The Pajama Game Broadway program reading in part:

“Bob Fosse brings to his first job of choreography on Broadway a wealth of experience gained as a performer and as a stager of dances for musicals on the summer circuits.”

The Pajama Game original cast included John Raitt, Janis Paige, Eddie Foy, Jr, Carol Haney, and Stanley Prager.

This particular production of The Pajama Game is also known for helping with the stardom of Shirley MacLaine’s performance career. MacLaine was selected to understudy Carol Haney’s role and filled the role for several months while Haney healed from a broken ankle. Though Carol Haney did win the Tony award for best performance in The Pajama Game, Hollywood director Hal B. Wallis attended one of MacLaine’s performances and subsequently signed her as a contract player for Paramount Picutres.