Music: The Show's the Thing

The ingredients of good show tunes come from requirements of staging, action and pace, and as a result relatively few show tunes become pop hits. But last week, no fewer than three tunes from The Pajama Game, Broadway's brightest musical of the season, were tweaking jukebox and disk-jockey fancies: a slinky, satirical tango called Hernando's Hideaway was high on the bestseller record lists, a rowdy novelty called Steam Heat was also on the lists, and the show's big ballad, Hey There, suddenly showed signs of becoming a big hit.

Nobody was more surprised, or pleased, by this than Manhattan's Richard Adler, 30,...

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