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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:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Nora Watson:Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirit. Our real imaginations have not yet been challenged.See more »
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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Wish they had done a better job..., 14 November 1999
Author: Lori S from Maryland, USA

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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