The original London cast recording of Stephen Schwartz's Working, which played an acclaimed run in summer 2017 at the Southwark Playhouse, will be released by Ghostlight Records March 2. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes and Amazon will immediately receive the track of Schwartz's “It's an Art.” To pre-order, click here.
In addition to works by Schwartz, the revised score features additional songs by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, and James Taylor.
The recording features all of the original London cast members: Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou, and Liam Tamne, as well as Patrick Coulter, Nicola Espallardo, Izuka Hoyle, Luke Latchman, Huon Mackley, and Kerri Norville.
In a statement, composer Schwartz said, “I'm delighted that not only has this superb cast of Working been preserved, but that there is finally an album that includes the wonderful new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. For me, an album of this new version of the show is long overdue and very welcome.”
The album was recorded live at Southwark Playhouse with additional recordings at Abbey Road Studios. It was engineered and co-produced by Jack Chown at No.1 Baltic Place. Orchestrations are by Alex Lacaimore with additional orchestrations by Martin Higgins.
Working 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. The show was adapted by Schwartz and Nina Faso with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg.
Working first opened on Broadway in 1978. It has undergone several revisions, with additional songs by Miranda introduced in 2009. Working was last performed Off-Broadway in December 2012 under the direction of Greenberg.