American Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 14

Working (13 Apr. 1982)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Drama
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A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book celebrating the lives of everyday working-class people.

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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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In a seminar with the Dramatist's Guild of North America in December 2003, Stephen Schwartz said that directing this television production was the lowest point in his career. He believed at the time he would never write another musical and that he was in a position where he did not know what he was doing. 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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Wish they had done a better job...
14 November 1999 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

This was produced by PBS/WGBH/Great Performances/American Playhouse. But I wish they had cast some of the roles better. People like Barry Bostwick, Charles Haid, Rita Moreno & Barbara Hershey were very good, but I had to wince at Beth Howland's (from the "Alice" CBS sitcom) attempt at "Just a Housewife." Ugh. Didi Conn was annoying as the secretary, and Barbara Barrie was boring as The Schoolteacher, a song she did not sing well. Studs Terkel introduces the show, and in back of him are matted on the wall HUGE portraits of the actors in the show. Ick. Ploddingly directed - too bad for a wonderful musical that is not performed enough...


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