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"American Playhouse" Working (1982)

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Original Air Date:
13 April 1982 (Season 1, Episode 14)
A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book celebrating the lives of everyday working-class people. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Studs Terkel ... Himself - Host

Barry Bostwick ... Steelworker

Scatman Crothers ... Parking Attendant
Barbara Browning ... Editor

Vernee Watson ... Secretary (as Vernée Watson)
Jay Garner ... Corporate Executive

Billy Jayne ... Newsboy (as Billy Jacoby)

Barbara Barrie ... Schoolteacher
Carole Schwartz ... Supermarket Checker
Bill Beyers ... Boxboy
Fausto Barajas ... Migrant Worker

Charles Haid ... Gas Man

Beth Howland ... Housewife

Barbara Hershey ... Call Girl

Eileen Brennan ... Millworker

Rita Moreno ... Waitress

James Taylor ... Trucker

Lynne Thigpen ... Telephone Operator

Edie McClurg ... Switchboard Operator

Didi Conn ... Receptionist

Charles Durning ... Retired Man

Matt Landers ... Fireman

Patti LaBelle ... Cleaning Woman

Mark Neely ... Salesman

David Patrick Kelly ... Copyboy
Daniel Valdez ... Singer - "Un Mejor Dia Vondra" (voice)
Jennifer Warnes ... Singer - "Millworker" (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gilmer McCormick ... Grape-buying woman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Kirk Browning 
Stephen Schwartz 
Writing credits
Studs Terkel (book)

Stephen Schwartz (adaptation) &
Nina Faso (adaptation)

Produced by
Phylis Geller .... producer
Lindsay Law .... producer
Yvonne Smith .... associate producer
Jac Venza .... executive producer
Film Editing by
Roy Stewart 
Casting by
Gary Shaffer 
Art Direction by
Charles Lisanby 
Set Decoration by
Dwight Jackson 
Costume Design by
Richard Bostard 
Makeup Department
Nancy Ferguson .... makeup artist
Elizabeth Stabholz .... hair stylist
Production Management
Marilyn Larson .... unit manager
Art Department
Jack Eberhart .... props
Peter McGuire .... head carpenter
Sound Department
Bob Abrahams .... engineering supervisor
Tom Ancell .... sound mixer
Tom Ancell .... sound recordist
Tim Fistler .... audio associate
David Katz .... audio associate (as Dave Katz)
Klaus Landsberg .... audio associate
David Stafford .... audio associate (as Dave Stafford)
Jack Walters .... engineering supervisor
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Becker .... additional still photographer
Margaret Bourke-White .... additional still photographer
Ken Dettling .... lighting director
Greg Harms .... camera operator
Lewis Hine .... additional still photographer
Gerard Murrell .... additional still photographer
Bill Owens .... additional still photographer
Kenneth Patterson .... camera operator (as Kenneth A. Patterson)
Don Perdue .... still photographer
George Riesenberger .... lighting designer
Mitzi Trumbo .... still photographer
Danny Webb .... camera operator (as Dan Webb)
Mark J. Levin .... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Christopher Fogler .... animator
Marc Rosenberg .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lesley Neufeld .... wardrobe (as Leslie Nicholson)
Music Department
John Adams .... music supervisor
Sammy Baynes .... musical director
Tom Pierson .... orchestrator
Stephen Michael Reinhardt .... stager: musical numbers
Stephen Schwartz .... music and lyrics by
Jerry Sternbach .... assistant to musical director
Other crew
John Anthes .... graphic design director
Bill Craven .... boardman
Roger Downey .... production assistant
Nina Faso .... assistant to directors
Ron Graft .... technical director
Mike Lacoe .... production intern
Tony Marienthal .... production intern
Kevin Moriarty .... production controller
Gary Price .... stage manager
Valente Riolo .... associate director
Nancy Rogow .... production intern
Joel Standard .... stage manager
Roger Terracina .... studio supervisor
Richard J. Ward .... video
Barbara Weintraub .... assistant to producers
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Song Lyric:Hey somebody, do you wanna hear the story of my life?See more »
MillworkSee more »


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Stunning portrayal of everyday working people., 1 January 2015
Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA

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.

Grade A

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