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An Undiscovered Gem,
This review is from: Studs Terkel's Working (Broadway Theatre Archive) (DVD)
Though it feels like a stage play, WORKING (1982) was an original production on "American Playhouse".
Adapted as a musical by Stephen Schwartz from Studs Terkel's WORKING, a book in which the author examined the hopes, dreams and viewpoints of the average American worker, this fabulous production is made up of short monologues, both spoken and sung, by Americans from all walks of life.
The songs by James Taylor, Schwartz and others are first-rate, and they are performed by the likes of Rita Moreno, Barry Bostwick, Charles Durning, Patti LaBelle, Scatman Crothers, Barbara Hershey and Eileen Brennan.
One number, "If I Could've Been," was so moving that we're surprised that it hasn't become a standard.
© Michael B. Druxman