American Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 14

Working (13 Apr. 1982)

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A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book celebrating the lives of everyday working-class people.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Host
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Steelworker
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Parking Attendant
Barbara Browning ...
Editor
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Secretary (as Vernée Watson)
Jay Garner ...
Corporate Executive
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Newsboy (as Billy Jacoby)
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Schoolteacher
Carole Schwartz ...
Supermarket Checker
Bill Beyers ...
Boxboy
Fausto Barajas ...
Migrant Worker
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Gas Man
Beth Howland ...
Housewife
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Call Girl
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Millworker
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A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book celebrating the lives of everyday working-class people.

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The original Broadway production of "Working" opened on May 14, 1978 at the 46th Street Theater, ran for 24 performances and Stephen Schwartz was nominated for the 1978 Tony Award for the Best Book for a Musical. David Patrick Kelly, Lynne Thigpen and Matt Landers recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. See more »

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Nora Watson: Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirit. Our real imaginations have not yet been challenged.
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Lovin' Al
Music and Lyrics by Micki Grant
Sung by Scatman Crothers and Ensemble
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A wan version of a lost classic
27 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This musical deserved more than its short Broadway run, and has gotten new life in college and regional theaters. I had the honor of performing in a community theater version in 2000. The PBS version is a letdown. It is like a documentary with a few songs thrown in. Sometimes the characters are shown talking to the narrator instead of performing or the songs are sung over still photographs or filmed versions of the actors doing 'work,' which blunts the impact. Some of the songs have been cut, and the 'ensemble' cast rarely interacts or performs together. Plus, it is not all that well cast; Barbara Barrie and Beth Howland are very lackluster in their roles (although I usually like Barbara Barrie). Look for a live performance, it will be worth it.


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