Working: Musical from the Composer of Wicked at the Lex
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The last date listed for Working was Sunday April 22, 2012 / 3:00pm.
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Back in the 1980s, when driving back from the San Fernando Valley to Brentwood, I was listening to KCRW when the song “Just a Waitress” came on the radio. I fell in love with the song, and eventually learned it came from the Stephen Schwartz...continued
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“In a period of high unemployment and assaults on unions and public service pensions, this revival of Working, a musical homage to the proletariat, couldn’t be timelier. It’s a sprawling quilt of tales from the American working class, brought colorfully to life by director August Viverito and an outstanding cast.” —LA Weekly (Pick of the Week)
“a thrilling, emotionally resonant musical revue unlike any other … It’s been two and a half years since TheProdCo’s _Sweeney Todd _proved what Viverito, Kolman, and company could do with a musical. _Working _replicates that production’s brilliance. It is quite something indeed to see and hear America’s labor force tooting their own horns in this superbly staged musical revue.” —StageSceneLA (Wow!)
Now, at last, in Viverito’s LA revival, Working is getting a loving, small-scale reimagining that digs out the poignant internal struggles in the bedrock American lives it seeks to explore with an hint of Waiting for Lefty urgency. It glimpses into the individual casualties that the ‘Occupy’ marchers are trying to give voice to. Finally, Viverito believes, Working has come of age.
Based on the book by Studs Terkel in which interviews from American workers were adapted into a magnificent quilt of stories, and featuring songs by such greats as James Taylor, Craig Carnelia, Stephen Schwartz, Micki Grant, Matt Landers, Graciella Danielle, Susan Birkinhead and Mary Rodgers, the score resounds with beauty and truth. Musical direction is by Richard Berent, who will also lead the talented live band. Mr. Berent earned an Ovation Award nomination for his work on TheProdCo’s 2010 production of Sweeney Todd, which received high acclaim.
The cast includes Broadway talent and another _Sweeney Todd _award nominee, Kurt Andrew Hansen, along with the impressive skills of Lane Allison, Michael D’Elia, Margaret Dwyer, Harmony Goodman, Randy Wade Kelley, Larry Lederman, Judy Nazemetz, Pamela Taylor, and Michael Zemenick. Choreography is by Nancy Dobbs Owen, and the production is produced and assistant directed by the company’s Co-Artistic Director T L Kolman. Stage management is by Christopher Carver and C B Spencer.