What’s On in 2017: Working at Southwark Playhouse


London’s Southwark Playhouse is holding the European premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s new musical Working.

Working is the extraordinary genre-defining musical from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), that is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.

This highly original and universal portrait of the American workday is told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks – the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress among many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation.

Working employs a range of musical styles and genres from contributing composers, including five-time Grammy Award-winner James Taylor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights).

The musical first opened on Broadway in 1978, under the direction of Stephen Schwartz, with a castincluding Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton, Joe Mantegna, David Patrick Kelly and Rex Everhart.

The show has since undergone several revisions, with additional songs by Lin Manuel Miranda being introduced in 2009.

The new production at Southwark Playhouse will have choreography by Fabian Aloise (Matilda).

Working will play at the Southwark Playhouse from June 2-July 8.

Stephen Schwartz talks about Working in 2011 interview.

Lin-Manuel Miranda discossues his contribution to Working

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