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"American Playhouse" Working (1982)

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Writers:
Studs Terkel (book)
Stephen Schwartz (adaptation) ...
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Original Air Date:
13 April 1982 (Season 1, Episode 14)
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Plot:
A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book celebrating the lives of everyday working-class people. | Add synopsis »
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A wan version of a lost classic See more (3 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Studs Terkel ... Himself - Host

Barry Bostwick ... Steelworker

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

Vernee Watson-Johnson ... 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)
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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
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

Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Nora Watson:Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirit. Our real imaginations have not yet been challenged.See more »
Soundtrack:
Nobody Tells Me HowSee more »

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A wan version of a lost classic, 27 October 2008
Author: angelatalk2000 from United States

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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