Working: Musical Based on Studs Terkel's Book from Metro Stage Company
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The last date listed for Working was Thursday June 11, 2009 / 7:30pm.
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Witness all the antics of America's favorite dizzy redhead and her Cuban crooner hubby as beloved '50s sitcom I Love Lucy is transformed into a live musical. Step back in time onto the Desilu soundstage where a charming host will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the latest hi-fi technology that makes this new thing called "television" possible. Then, the show starts, and Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel get up to their side-splitting antics in the familiar cozy surroundings of their New York apartment building and at the famed Tropicana Nightclub, where The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra delights with "Babalu" and other Cuban dance numbers. In between scenes, the Crystaltone Singers will perform live advertising jingles from the show's newest sponsors (Brylcreem, anyone?) in perfect '50s-style harmony. This is your chance to be a member of the studio audience at the taping of two classic I Love Lucy episodes -- "The Benefit" (Lucy agrees to get Ricky to perform in a benefit for her women's club, as long as she is the star of the show) and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined" (drops from the eye doctor make Lucy's vision blurry just as she's about to have a jitterbug audition for a movie role). Learn More
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Featured review from Rose Shor
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Very enjoyable ensemble piece, with actors/singers portraying a variety of people and their feelings about their respective jobs.
Well-paced, enthusiastic performances, alternating between humorous and poignant.
Very talented group of performers.
I'd happily see another production by the Metro Stage Co.
<p>The award-winning Metro Stage Company, one of the Boston-area’s most exciting new theater companies, will present “Working,” a 1970s Broadway musical with songs by Stephen Schwartz, Mary Rodgers and James Taylor, among others, based on the book by the same name by Studs Terkel, at their established location in the Cambridge Family YMCA Theater in Central Square.</p> <p>Metro Stage’s artistic team chose this highly original and rarely performed musical specifically with the current economic climate in mind. The true stories of different lives in the workforce, “‘Working’ offers a gorgeous array of music with stories that offer humor and pathos that resonate as strongly today as they did 35 years ago when Studs Terkel wrote his book,” according to Artistic Director Robert Case.</p> <p>“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 mill worker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman, the housewife, just to name a few. The musical ends with a collective acknowledgment of the accomplishments of each character, and in doing so offers validation of work in its many forms - an uplifting message in the midst of our current economic malaise. </p> <p>It’s a highly original look at the American landscape that’s simply impossible to forget!</p>
About the Ticket Supplier: Metro Stage Company
Established in 2004, Metro Stage Company is celebrating its fifth season as one of the Boston metro
area's most exciting theatre companies. Under the leadership of Executive Producer Christopher
Teague and Artistic Director Robert Case, Metro Stage Company is working to redefine the influence
of theatre upon culture and society.
At its heart, Metro Stage Company strives to produce theater of the highest quality entertainment value
with a message for all citizens. Metro Stage Company is working to produce new and classic theater
at its best with a diverse group of New England's finest performers, while raising awareness and
funds for local charities that benefit Massachusetts and New England citizens.