2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
1999 Regional Theatre Version
The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American
are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. That the everyday
lives of ďcommonĒ men and women should be so compelling and moving will
surprise and inspire anyone who has ever punched a time clock.
Based on Studs Terkelís best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working
paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes
for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the
waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman, the
housewife, just to name a few. Itís a highly original look at the
American landscape thatís simply impossible to forget.
extremely modest set and orchestra requirements, universal subject
matter, and featuring a multi-ethnic ensemble cast of variable size, Working
is one of the most accessible, relevant and substantive musicals ever
created. The new, revised version includes updated lyrics, a
streamlined book and two new songs by Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor.
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Irving Berlin never learned to read music or to write it. He hummed or sang his songs to a secretary, who wrote them down in musical notation.