Lake, Manheim, Najimy, Weber and More Set for Working Reading

News   Lake, Manheim, Najimy, Weber and More Set for Working Reading Reprise! Broadway's Best will present a one-night-only staged reading of the musical Working Sept. 26 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.

The 8 PM reading is part of the new Reprise! "Marvelous Musical Monday" series. Working, which is based on the Studs Terkel book, will be directed by David Lee and Kevin Chamberlin with musical direction by Michael Orland. The star-studded company will include Orson Bean, Wilson Cruz, Dan Finnerty, Chris Fitzgerald, Ricki Lake, Camryn Manheim, Armelia McQueen, Kathy Najimy and Steven Weber. Working, which opened on Broadway in 1978, was adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso. It boasts songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Schwartz and James Taylor. The songs, according to production notes, "explore the American workday from the Monday morning blues to the second shift blahs using the original words of some uncommon common men and women. Twenty-three workers, including a parking lot attendant, corporate executive, newsboy, schoolteacher, gas man, housewife, fireman, waitress, millworker, sailor, among others, sing and talk about their jobs, defining not only their daily round, but their hopes and aspirations as well."

The "Marvelous Musical Monday" series will continue Jan. 30, 2006, with Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and May 8 with Oh What a Beautiful Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Tickets, priced at $60, are available by calling (310) 825-2101. Visit www.reprise.org for more information.