Booking from: Friday, 15 December 2017
Booking until: Thursday, 15 March 2018
WORKING is a revival of the original musical, re-jigged several time since the 1970s and also adapted for TV by PBS. The book is by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso. The score is written by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, and James Taylor, with song words by Schwartz, Carnelia, Grant, Taylor, and Susan Birkenhead. And it's a hot tip for a West End transfer.
Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with genuine American workers, WORKING reveals a vivid and fascinating portrait of the men and women who make the USA run smoothly, ordinary housewives and firemen, teachers, waitresses and nurses. The European premiere takes place at the Southwark Playhouse in London between 2nd June and 8th July 2017.
The original 1978 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony awards and four Drama Desk Awards, and won the year's Drama Desk awards for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical. It has been produced several times since the 1970s across the USA and in Asia, but this is its first time in Europe.
Will WORKING the Musical transfer to the West End? The signs are looking good. It has a glittering reputation. It will be directed by Luke Sheppard of In the Heights fame, choreographed by Fabian Aloise, responsible for the dance in Matilda, and co-produced by Jack Maple and Ramin Sabi. Schwartz, of course, was the American musical theatre lyricist and composer responsible for Wicked, so the show comes with excellent credentials.