PHOTO CALL: Stephen Schwartz's Revised Working, With New Songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Plays Chicago

News   PHOTO CALL: Stephen Schwartz's Revised Working, With New Songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Plays Chicago
 
A fresh adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical Working, inspired by Studs Terkel's best-selling collection of oral histories about vocations, punched-in Feb. 15 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago.

Gordon Greenberg (Pirates! and Off-Broadway's Jacques Brel) directs the production, which runs through May 8.

This new adaptation of Working is by Wicked, Godspell and Pippin writer Stephen Schwartz (co-creator of the original production) and Nina Faso. Some of the standouts from the original score include "Just a Housewife," "The Mason" and "It's an Art." Lin-Manuel Miranda, who won a Best Score Tony for In the Heights, has contributed two new songs to Working.

Here is a look at the production:



 

The six-person cast includes Chicago stars E. Faye Butler, Barbara Robertson and Gene Weygandt, along with Michael Mahler, Emjoy Gavino and Juan Gabriel Ruiz, with Demetrios Troy.

Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Terkel, Working, according to the producers, is "a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life," with songs by all-star composers Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and Grammy Award-winning James Taylor. "Working celebrates everyday people, fills you with hope and inspiration and is the perfect musical for anyone who has ever worked a day in their lives."

The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place is at 175 E. Chestnut in Chicago. Visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com. For groups of 15 or more, call (312) 977‐1710.

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