Friday, February 15 – February 24
Louise O. Gerrits Theater, downtown Miami
MIAMI— Famed Broadway icon George Abbott’s 3-time Tony award winning musical The Pajama Game will honor a special guest at its opening night performance by the New World School of the Arts, when the award-winning musical launches an extended run, Friday, February 15 at 7:30 P.M. at the Louise O’ Gerritts Theatre, 25 N.E. 2nd Street downtown Miami. In the audience will be special guest, Mrs. Joy Abbott, who will welcome audiences and speak to the passion, brilliance and legacy left by her late husband who the theatrical world knew, loved and respected as “Mr. Abbott.”
In addition to the Friday, February 15 premiere, performances will be Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 P.M.; Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23 at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday, February 24 at 2 P.M. General admission is $12, students and seniors $5.
Directed by NWSA’s Dean of the Theater Patrice Bailey, The Pajama Game, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, book by George Abbott and Richard Brisell, and original choreography by Bob Fosse, will be powered by a cast comprised of NWSA Acting and Music Theater college sophomores, juniors and seniors.
“George Abbott is a legend in musical theater” stated Bailey. “When I announced the news of Mrs. Abbott’s special visit to the opening of the show, the faculty and the students, both high school and college, were ecstatic. She is an inspiration and we are grateful for her generosity.”
Lead by Bailey, the musical highlights the talent of college junior Nicholas Duckarte in the role of Sid. “Nick is a talented young actor with a beautiful singing voice and a professional work ethic,” said Bailey. “Coming to New World School of the Arts as a college sophomore on a full scholarship, we’re fortunate to have him in our program and look forward to helping him perfect his craft.” A BFA music theater major at NWSA, Duckarte made his professional debut as “Freddie” in Mad Cat Theatre’s Everything Will Be Different and has participated in staged readings for GableStage and the VSA Playwrights Festival. NWSA credits include: Constantine (Big Love), Prison Guard (Parade), Officer Lockstock (Urinetown), Marquis de Sade (Marat/Sade) and Stanley (Four Dogs and a Bone).
From the creators of “Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game is a romantic comedy that explores a workplace romance at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory where workers demand a 7-1/2 cent raise. Among its score are such Broadway showstoppers as “Hey There,” “Hernando’s Hideaway” and “Steam Heat.”
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, and is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Through its partnership with the University of Florida NWSA is able to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees.
For more information about the theater program at NWSA, please call (305) 237-3541 or visit www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
Photo Caption: NWSA music theater students Nicole Pettus in the role of Babe Williams and Nicholas Duckarte as Sid Sorokin.