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Working
A Musical From the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz & Nina Faso
Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor
Dance Music by Michele Brourman


Patricia Cullen, Jodi Carlisle, and Debra Jean Rogers


Director/Choreographer
Producer
Musical Director/Conductor
Scenic Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Costume Designer
Technical Director
Assistant Director
Synthesizer
Guitar
Percussion
Photography
Graphic Art
Stage Manager
Technical Coordinator
Technical Director
Assistant Technical Director
Set Construction
 
 
 
 
 

Lead Scenic
Scenic Artists

Light Rigging
 

 

Lights Programmer
Light Operators

Sound Operators

Follow Spot Operators

House Managers
 


Todd Nielsen
Barbara Beckley
Frank Basile
Richard D. Bluhm
Gary Christensen
Gary Christensen
Ted C. Giamonna
Hap Lawrence
Bobbi Cutler
Steven Landau
San Filippo
Paula Rich
Bob Lapin
Richard Bluhm
Laura Widener
Michael Wadler
Hap Lawrence
Chad Leeper
Douglas Bashaw
Kurt Boesen
Todd Eckert
Marty Leeper
William B Majors Jr
Laura Widener
David Yeomans
Lisa Galipeau
Jeff Statz
Gary Tryan
Douglas Bashaw
Kurt Boesen
Looi Goring
William B Majors Jr
Elizabeth Teichert
Lights Programmer
Tim O'Hare
Don Woodruff
Jan O'Connor
Kurt Boesen
Lavinia Arriaza
Robyn Raab
Paul Coates
Shari Galan

CAST (in order of speaking appearance):

Mike LeFevre, steelworker
Al Calinda, parking lot attendant
Nora Watson, editor
Diane Wilson, secretary
Herb Rosen, corporate executive
John Rolfing, newsboy
Rose Hoffman, teacher
Babe Secoli, checker
Brett McCormick, boxboy
Emilio Hernandez, migrant worker
D.C. Anderson
Kate Rushton, housewife
Roberta Victor, hooker
Grace Clements, millworker
Anthony Palazzo, stone mason
Delores Dante, waitress
Frank Decker, interstate trucker
Heather Lamb, telephone operator
Fran Swenson, hotel switchboard operator
Sharon Atkins, receptionist
Joe Zutty, retired
Tom Patrick, fireman
Maggie Holmes, cleaning woman
Ralph Werner, salesman
Charlie Blossom, copy boy
Mike LeFevre, steelworker
Robert Stoeckle
William Hubbard Knight
Jodi Carlisle
Terrah
Whitney Rydbeck
Thomas Hobson
Patricia Cullen
Linden Waddell
Jeffrey Steefel
Nick DeGruccio
D.C. Anderson
Jodi Carlisle
Jenifer Chatfield
Patricia Cullen
Whitney Rydbeck
Linden Waddell
Jeffrey Steefel
Jodi Carlisle
Patricia Cullen
Debra Jean Rogers
Whitney Rydbeck
William Hubbard Knight
Terrah
Chris Van Vleet
Nick DeGruccio
Robert Stoeckle

Musical Numbers

Act I
All the Livelong Day
Lovin' Al William
 

Neat to be a Newsboy
 
 
 

Nobody Tells Me How
Treasure Island Trio
 

Un Mejor Dia Vendra
 

Just A Housewife

Millwork
 

Dance Solo
The Mason
If I Could've Been
 

Ensemble
Jenifer Chatfield
Linden Waddell
Terrah
Thomas Hobson
D.C. Anderson
Chris Van Vleet
Nick DeGruccio
Jeffrey Steefel
Patricia Cullen
Terrah
Debra Jean Rogers
Linden Waddel
Chris VanVleet
Nick DeGruccio
Ensemble
Jodi Carlisle
Patricia Cullen
Linden Waddel
Terrah
Debra Jean Rogers
Jenifer Chatfield
D.C. Anderson
Chris Van Vleet
Debra Jean Rogers
Nick DeGruccio
Terrah
Ensemble
 

Act II

It's An Art

Brother Trucker

Joe
Cleanin' Women
 
 

Fathers and Sons
 

Something to Point To

Linden Waddel
Ensemble
Jeffrey Steefel
Ensemble
Whitney Rydbeck
Terrah
Jenifer Chatfield
Linden Waddell
Debra Jean Rogers
D.C. Anderson
Robert Stoeckle
Nick DeGruccio
Chris Van Vleet
Whitney Rydbeck
Ensemble
The characters in Working are non-fictional characters.  Their names have been changed, but their words have not.  Even in the case of song lyrics, the writers have tried to remain as faithful as possible to the character's original words.

 
  • All the Livelong Day (I Hear America Singing): Words by Walt Whitman; Music and additional lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
  • Neat to be a Newsboy, It's An Art,  Fathers and Sons:  Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
  • Lovin' Al, If I Could've Been, Cleanin' Women:  Music and lyrics by Micki Grant
  • Just A Housewife, The Mason, Joe, Something to Point To: Music and lyrics by Craig  Carnelia
  • Millwork, Brother Trucker: Music and lyrics by James Taylor
  • Nobody Tells Me How: Music by Mary Rodgers; lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
  • Treasure Island Trio: Dance music by Michele Brouman
  • Un Mejor Dia Vendra: Music by James Taylor; Spanish lyrics by Gracelia Daniele  and Matt Landers


Author's Note

Several years ago, when my adventure began, gathering material for the book, I had no preconceived notion of how people felt about their jobs.  I was vaguely aware of an undercurrent of restlessness and discontent, of grievances, spoken and unspoken.  What I was searching for was something more specific: the thoughts and feelings of these people in their own words.  What I discovered, aside from attitudes, was a buried language.  The lingo of "ordinary" people is quite extraordinary, once the conditioned cliches are cut away.  There is a rough beauty to the talk, at times touching the poetic.

What's the theme of Working, the book and the musical?  It's about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.  Perhaps immortality too, is part of the quest.  To be remembered was the wish, spoken and unspoken, of these heroes and heroines.  In a sense, they were speaking for all of us.

During my three years of working on the book, I was something of a prospector; I may have, on more occasions than I had imagined, struck gold.  I was constantly astonished by the extraordinary dreams of ordinary people.  No matter how bewildering the times, no matter how dissembling the official language, those we call ordinary are aware of a sense of personal worth, no matter how demeaning their jobs may seem.  Their spirit transcends.

Studs Terkel

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