Working, a musical

Time and Location

2019, Dec 08

from the book by STUDS TERKEL

Adapted by STEVEN SCHWARTZ and NINA FASO

with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg

Songs by

CRAIG CARNELIA

MICKI GRANT

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

MARY RODGERS and SUSAN BIRKENHEAD

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

JAMES TAYLOR

About the updated 2012 version of Working, a musical

Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few.

New songs

Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor.

Contemporary setting

Set in contemporary America, this new version of Working is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. The strength of the show is in truths that transcend specific professions — how our relationship to work reveals key aspects of our humanity.

Backstage revealed

This raw new adaptation of Working allows us a rare glimpse of the actors and technicians working to put on a show which further enhances the relatable nature of our lives as workers.

 

WORKING - 2012 REVISED VERSION
is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

Photos from the production!

Thanks to Rachel Bayne

Cast in multiple work uniforms stands on platforms surrounded by lamp-lit scaffolding and sings passionately.
Cast in various working uniforms longingly sing to the audience as they stand and kneel in a group.
Actor dressed as an old man with a cane sits on a park bench and reminisces.
An actor in cleaning lady wear stands on a box singing as other cleaning ladies dance along with her from below as a cleaning montage is projected behind.
Actor in jeans kneels next to their childhood self as they look back on their life and other hardworking individuals take a break in tableau.

Disability Accommodations

For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found by contacting Western's Disability Access Center.