Chase, Keenan-Bolger Will Star in "Brechtian" Take on Working for Actors' Fund Concert

News   Chase, Keenan-Bolger Will Star in "Brechtian" Take on Working for Actors' Fund Concert Broadway stars Will Chase and Celia Keenan-Bolger will star in a one-night Actors' Fund of America benefit concert of the musical Working — offered in a presentational style by director Gordon Greenberg.
Will Chase and Celia Keenan-Bolger will star in Working.
Will Chase and Celia Keenan-Bolger will star in Working.

Greenberg staged the current Jacques Brel... at the Zipper, as well as the acclaimed Caribbean Pirates of Penzance for Goodspeed Musicals in 2006. Working will play Feb. 19 at The Zipper Theatre at 8 PM. Steve Marzullo serves as the music director. The Zipper Theatre, Ryan Hill and John Johnson present the newly adapted concert version of the 1978 musical based on the Studs Terkel book about the multi-faceted American work force.

Chase (Aida, High Fidelity) and Keenan-Bolger (Les Misérables, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) will be featured in the six-member cast that also includes Merle Dandridge (Tarzan), Ed Dixon (Les Misérables) and Roderick Hill (Butley). One final performer is to be announced.

Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) adapted the book from the Terkel non-fiction work. The musical features songs by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead and James Taylor. The new concert version is adapted from the original by Greenberg.

The director will offer a Brechtian-style take on the musical. "I've always been a great fan of this show and wondered how we might expose the workings of the show itself — by featuring things like stage manager calls and the backstage crew doing their jobs — and by watching fewer actors play more characters," stated Greenberg. "Ultimately though, it's amazingly authentic and human."

The design team for Working will feature Jeff Croiter and Jeff Carnevale (lighting) and Peter Fitzgerald (sound).

Tickets ($55 and $30) are available through (212) 352-3101 or toll-free at (866) 811 4111. For more information, visit actorsfund.org.