Working (2012)

This examination of 26 people from all walks of life proves that it's more than just a job for the average working American.

Working (2012)


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This examination of 26 people from all walks of life proves that it’s more than just a job for the average working American.


This orchestration was revised and adapted from the Original 1978 Broadway production for licensing in 2012. The updated version (2012) introduces songs and content relevant to the technology-filled world of today (quite different from that of the 1970s). It includes new characters, monologues, and songs addressing aspects of 21st Century work life, such as outsourcing, technology, fast-food, caregiving and fundraising. This version preserves earlier material that is still relevant to today’s world.

There is only a single Keyboard/Conductor book in this small 4 piece combo orchestration and it does have programming. It will require an proficient player as it is quite challenging in spots. In addition to piano, there are approximately 30 additional patches that include Organ, Wurly, Rhodes, Synth Pads, Strings, Harp, Accordion, Mandolin, and the ever popular Pop-Synth Marimba and Truck Horn Sample.



Keyboard Programming: Kevin Roland


From the book by: Studs Terkel
Book adapted by: Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
Original songs with music by: Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor and Michele Brourman; Original songs with lyrics by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and James Taylor; Additional Spanish lyrics by Graciela Daniele and Matt Landers; ‘I Hear America Singing’ by Walt Whitman
Music Director: Dan Feyer
Orchestrations & Arrangements: Alex Lacamoire
Music Supervisor: Alex Lacamoire

Original Band at 59E59 Theater

Conductor/Keyboards: Daniel Feyer
Guitar: Mike Rosengarten
Bass: Matt Scharfglass
Percussion: Jeff Roberts


Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor.

This new 2012 version of Working is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. While most of the professions have been updated, the strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions; the key is how people’s relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself. The show, still set in contemporary America, contains timeless truths. This new version of Working allows the audience to get a rare glimpse of the actors and technicians, working to put on a show. This raw adaptation only enhances the realistic and relatable nature of the subject matter.


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