The show ran on Friday and Saturday nights only, because of the casts' regular jobs. It ran for 1,108 performances before closing. According to theater critic John Kenrick,
"Pins and Needles" is "the only hit ever produced by a labor union, and the only time when a group of unknown non-professionals brought a successful musical to Broadway." The Cradle Will Rock composer Marc Blitzstein was among the contributors for the book, "Pins and Needles."