Are the Monday blues growing on to you? Well, so are on the characters of Working. This is the time when Broadway perks up Working for you. They have the best tools for the job; amazing music, realistic book and remarkable direction. It follows an unconventional format which adds to the appeal of the show. Various people are interviewed during the musical who communicate their fears and odd working situations. The show has been appreciated for its dialed down, realistic approach, lightened up with the addition of songs in it.
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The famous work of Studs Terkel “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do” serves as the basis of the show. It is a series of books exploring the thoughts of various famous and not so famous people about work. The aim of this study is to find out what keeps them going from day to day and what makes work worthwhile for them. The book takes up a candid approach, talks about the low points rather than glorifying famous people. The Broadway show Working stays true to the book by following a closer approach.
The book of the musical is taken care of by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso.
Working the musical moves in smooth fashion from one story to another. The first act opens with a regular day at work for a steelworker followed by stories of a mason, teacher, cleaning lady, newspaper boy, delivery guy, political fundraiser, millworker, housewife, firefighter and trucker. Each story in some way connects to the other making seamless transitions to be the strength of the show.
The music also supports the theme perfectly and helps keeping up the pace. The music internalizes the diverse workforce involved in the story and thus every song has its own individual character. The album of the show has a whole team of composers and lyricists. The songs are composed by Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor. They are also involved in writing the lyrics of the show. The variety of songwriters and composers ensures a wide ranging sound. The popular tracks of the album are All the Livelong Day, Millwork, Neat to be a Newsboy, Lovin' Al, Nobody Tells Me How, It's an Art, Something to Point To and Fathers & Sons.
The musical has been running since 1977 and was first shown at the Goodman Theatre of Chicago. The success of the show made it a compelling option for Broadway. Thus in a year, Working was a Broadway Production featuring a high profile star cast. Since then the musical has been presented over and over again by various production houses. The show has travelled to various parts of the country in the past and continues to do so. It has been appreciated and acclaimed by the critics as well. The show has been nominated for it exceptional quality at various awards including Drama Desk Awards and Tony Awards.
This is the time of the year when Working is brought alive in the theatres. The work frustration and self doubts are shared openly. The brighter side of the entire process is highlighted to leave the audiences on a positive note, feeling good about their work. The show erases all the accusations of Broadway being far from the reality. Working is a musical which one can connect to at one point or the other. This is one show where you live your life with the characters and have a good feeling about it. To witness this musical, order your Working Tickets now!
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