Pins and Needles Day is celebrated on November 27 in the United States. It commemorates the opening of a musical play on Broadway in 1937. This play was created by Harold Jacob “Hecky” Rome, an American lyricist and composer, and was dedicated to the members of the International Union of Garment Workers. The play, which was created by ordinary workers in their spare time, was an unexpected success.
The original production involved ordinary workers who just wanted to touch the creativity. They did not know then that their occupation would bring unprecedented success, with the first performances taking 8 weeks. Harold Jacob “Hecky” Rome wrote the play, “Pins and Needles”, from a trade union perspective, showing young, carefree individuals engaging in working moments in the center of the most active American city. It became a hit! There are very few cases in history when non-professionals achieve such stunning success.
- In 2003, a concert was held in Israel, full of different versions of the play.
- Rachel Grunwald directed the play in London in 2003 and earned critical acclaim.
- In 2016, Pins and Games was shown in New York, attended by students whose age coincided with the first participants.
How to take part
To take part in celebrating Pins and Needles Day:
- Watch the play, even if you’ve already seen it, and remember the details.
- Invite your friends to watch it.
- Learn more about the historical period.
- Share information about the holiday on social media.
When is Pins and Needles Day celebrated in 2023?
Pins and Needles Day is observed on November 27 each year.