This is a movie episode of the TV series American Playhouse, showcasing the musical adaptation of Stud Terkel's book that portrays the everyday lives of working people.
This movie features a list of Hollywood actors and singers, from Barry Boswick to Rita Moreno, all giving stunning acting performances while telling the story of their working lives. Occupations such as steel workers, waitresses, factory workers, housekeepers, parking attendants, office personnel, firefighters and telephone operators are all portrayed here.
The visual effects were great and believable and the plot was dramatic; you can feel the stress, frustration, indifference and, at times, joy these occupations cause in these people's lives. In addition, the musical numbers sung by the actors were uplifting and catchy, with the song "What I Could Have Been" being my favorite. This song sounds nostalgic, sorrowful, but hopeful at the same time, and it reminds us how workers dream of being in something "bigger" like a celebrity or own a farm. But, this movie also reminds us that these everyday people are the ones who keep America, and the world, going.
My community college's theater did a performance of this story and I was very fortunate to be a part of the instrumental accompaniment of the play. So, this story has a special place in my heart.
Overall, it's a very meaningful story with uplifting songs that is not your conventional play or movie, but a brilliant portrayal of everyday jobs.
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