Stephen Schwartz's Revised Working, With New Songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Will Be Given NYC Premiere
By Michael Gioia
A fresh adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical Working, which features new material by Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, will be given its New York premiere Dec. 1-30 at 59E59 Theaters as part of the company's fall season.
Gordon Greenberg, who is also set to direct a revised version of Pirates! at the St. Louis Muny, will helm Working, which was seen in developmental productions at Asolo Rep in Florida in May 2008, The Old Globe in San Diego in March 2009 and, most recently, the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago in February 2011. Greenberg has been attached to the project since its beginnings in 2008.
The revival of Working, the musical inspired by Studs Terkel's best-selling collection of oral histories about vocations, is adapted by Wicked, Godspell and Pippin writer Stephen Schwartz (co-creator of the original production) and Nina Faso. In the Heights Tony Award winner Miranda has written additional songs for the new production.
Prospect Theatre Company will produce Working, which has new music arrangements and new orchestrations by Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire (In the Heights) and choreography by Josh Rhodes (The Drowsy Chaperone assistant choreographer). Casting has not yet been announced.
The Chicago and Old Globe creative team included lighting designer Jeff Croiter, scenic designer Beowolf Borritt, costume designer Mattie Ullrich and projection designer Aaron Rhyne.
The 59E59 Theaters season will also include Fly Me to the Moon, a new black comedy from Marie Jones (Stones In His Pockets), Sept. 5-30; Caitlin Montanye Parrish's A Twist of Water Nov. 1-25; and Bruce Graham's The Outgoing Tide Nov. 7-Dec. 16, among others.
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