A stonemason or a delivery boy; a cocktail waitress or a trucker. Whether they be a housewife or factory worker or retiree, the ordinary man is often overlooked. Working is a musical for the layperson, a window into the thoughts of the everyday 1970s American, as interviewed by Studs Terkel in his book of the same name. The beauty of Luke Sheppard’s production is that it loses none of its grass roots charm. As a musical narrative, Stephen Schwartz’s adaptation is found wanting; as a collection of memories and experiences reminding us of the masses that keep the world turning, it’s a complete triumph.
Tag: Southwark Playhouse
Originally published by Exeunt
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Completing the cast of the European Premiere of WORKING at Southwark Playhouse are six young performers all making their professional debuts.
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