Working: Opening night was a success

workingThe Women’s Theater Company’s production of WORKING in running until March 23. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets $25.00; Senior tickets $20.00.

Dinner and show tickets are $45.00.  Enjoy a dinner at Mount Holleran Towne Tavern before or after the show. Dinner includes House Salad, Choice of Delmonico, Tilapia or Chicken Francaise with Cheesecake and Coffee all for $45.00, including tax and gratuity and Musical Ticket. Reservations Required.

“Working” is produced and directed by Barbara Krajkowski with musical direction led by Warren Helms, and music staging by Lauren Moran Mills.

Krajowski also noted that all  municipal workers of Parsippany is offered  a two-for-one special. Each employee may purchase two tickets for the price of one standard ticket.

For more information or to order tickets visit www.womenstheater.org or call (973) 316-3033.

Parsippany Playhouse, is located at the Parsippany Community Center, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha.

Working  is a musical with a book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, music by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, and James Taylor, and lyrics by Schwartz, Carnelia, Grant, Taylor, and Susan Birkenhead.

The musical is based on the book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do” (1974), which has interviews with people from different regions and occupations.

The musical was first staged at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago from December 1977 through February 1978.

It then was produced on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre, opening on May 14, 1978 where it ran for 24 performances and 12 previews. It was directed by Schwartz and by Onna White, with a cast featuring Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton, Joe Mantegna, Lynne Thigpen, David Patrick Kelly, Robin Lamont, Steven Boockvor, Rex Everhart, Bobo Lewis, Lenora Nemetz, Brad Sullivan, Matt Landers, Terri Treas, Arny Freeman, an actor who was interviewed in the book. In 1982, Schwartz and Nina Faso adapted the show for a ninety-minute telecast on the series “American Playhouse”, directed by Schwartz and Kirk Browning and introduced by Terkel.

The musical has undergone several revisions. In March 1999, it was presented at Long Wharf Theater, New Haven Connecticut, with direction by Christopher Ashley. It had “developmental productions” at Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota, Florida in May 2008 and at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California, in March 2009. Schwartz revised the musical, which includes two new songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

A further revised version opened at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, Chicago, starting in February 2011 in previews through June, with direction and revisions by Gordon Greenberg. The cast features Gene Weygandt, Barbara Robertson, Emjoy Gavin, and E. Faye Butler. The production opened Off-Broadway at the 59E59 Theaters on December 12, 2012, after previews which started on December 1, 2012. Again directed by Gordon Greenberg, the cast features Joe Cassidy, Donna Lynne Champlin, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Nehal Joshi and Kenita Miller.

The musical was produced at the 2nd annual Hollywood Fringe Festival, Los Angeles, in June 2011 by the group the TRIBE.

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