Multitalented Harry Connick Jr. will be singing “The Pajama Game” next season in a Broadway revival of the 1950s hit.
Jeffrey Richards, a co-producer of the revival, said Connick will play the role originated in 1954 by John Raitt. He also said Kathleen Marshall will direct and choreograph the tuner. Marshall won the choreography Tony last year for “Wonderful Town” and was nominated for helming that revival.
Connick has a recurring role on NBC’s “Will & Grace,” portraying Grace’s husband, Leo. He made his feature acting debut in “Memphis Belle” in 1990.
He also has a thriving concert career, and wrote the score for Broadway musical “Thou Shalt Not,” a jazz-inflected take on “Therese Raquin,” which had a short run in 2001.
Rehearsals will begin after Labor Day, with the musical expected to open in November.
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“Pajama Game,” with a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, tells the story of labor unrest in an Iowa pajama factory; Connick will play the plant supervisor who falls in love with a union activist.
Adler is writing two new songs for the score, and scribe Peter Ackerman, who scripted pic “Ice Age,” is revising the original book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell.