A trio of West End cast recordings (well, one’s off-West-End…) show that it is sometimes hard to recapture the stage magic.
A stonemason or a delivery boy; a cocktail waitress or a trucker. Whether they be a housewife or factory worker or retiree, the ordinary man is often overlooked. Working is a musical for the layperson, a window into the thoughts of the everyday 1970s American, as interviewed by Studs Terkel in his book of the same name.
You meet someone at a party. The first question is nearly always: ‘What do you do?’ We are curious, it’s a starting point for a conversation and upon the answer we tend to judge whether it’s going to be interesting to find out more.
Luke Sheppard directs this European premiere production at the Southwark Playhouse. Here is what critics have had to say about it.
It is remarkable how the mundane, simple and modest elements of hard graft, so often taken for granted, become the catalyst for the way you think and live your life, despite your best efforts to be defined by your dreams. Working, a musical directed by Luke Sheppard at the Southwark Playhouse, capitalises on that universal revelation with an incredible cast performing heartfelt, heartwarming and heart-wrenching stories of real people.
Any new musical from either Stephen Schwartz or Lin-Manuel Miranda makes for big news – so it is even more intriguing and exciting that this week at Southwark Playhouse sees Working make its European premiere – a show that is a collaboration of these two creative giants.
Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne will lead the cast of the European Premiere of WORKING.
The European premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s genre-busing musical WORKING will open at Southwark Playhouse on 7 June 2017, with previews from 2 June, for a strictly limited season ending 8 July 2017.