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European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz's Working at the Southwark Playhouse
European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz's musical comes to the Southwark.
It has been announced that the European Premiere of the 1978 Broadway musical Working will run at the Southwark Playhouse in south London from 2 June to 8 July 2017, with an official opening on 7 June 2017.
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso from the book by Studs Terkel, the musical features a score of songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor.
Described as a "genre-defining musical" it is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: 'Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do'. Told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks – the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress amongst many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation, it features a range of musical styles.
Working originally opened on Broadway in 1978 directed by Stephen Schwartz, with a cast that included Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton and Rex Everhart. The show has since undergone several revisions and now includes additional songs by Lin Manuel Miranda which were introduced in 2009.
This new production will be directed by Luke Sheppard with choreography by Fabian Aloise. It is produced by Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi & D.E.M. Productions, with casting and further creative team to be announced.
Tickets for the new London production are now on sale.