Connick Jr will play the role originated in 1954 by John Raitt, according to JEFFREY RICHARDS, a co-producer of the revival.
The performer, who boosted his popularity after taking on a role in hit sitcom Will And Grace, will begin rehearsals in the autumn (05), with the musical opening in November (05).
The Pajama Game tells the story of labour unrest in an Iowa pajama factory and the romantic involvement between the plant supervisor, played by Connick Jr, and a union activist, portrayed in the original by Janis Paige.
Casting for other roles has yet to be announced.
Connick Jr appeared on Broadway with his band in 1990, and he wrote the score for THOU SHALT NOT, a musical based on EMILE ZOLA's novel THERESE RAQUIN. It had a three-month run on Broadway in 2001.10/01/2005 03:41