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Working: A Musical

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Working: A Musical

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working: A Musical 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 songs by Tony Award-Winning Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights), as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell), Craig Carnelia and Berkshire beloved and multi Grammy Award-Winner James Taylor.

Directed by James Barry (Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; BTG: Million Dollar Quartet), Working: A Musical is a timeless musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life and how people’s relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity.

“Under Barry’s bold, vigorous direction and with this engaging, thoroughly accomplished ensemble, “Working” takes on a kind of renewed vigor and freshness.” –Jeffrey Borak, The Berkshire Eagle

“smart, buoyant, inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable”–Chris Rohmann, Valley Advocate

“delightful” –Marc Savitt, BroadwayWorld

“a wonderful – and meaningful – evening in the theater” –Nancy Salz, iBerkshire

“Eloquent and poignant picture of America”
–Dan Dwyer, OffScript

“a winner” –Peter Bergman, BerkshireBrightFocus

“The cast is warm, effervescent and talented” -Fred Sokol, Talkin’ Broadway

Production Notes

from the book by Studs Terkel
adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor
orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire

directed by James Barry
music direction by Casey Reed
choreography by Ashley DeLane Burger

scenic and projections design by Nicholas Hussong
costume design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter
lighting design by OliverWason
sound design by Nathan Leigh

at The Unicorn Theatre
The Larry Vaber Stage
BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street

Previews: Thursday, July 18 at 7pm and Friday, July 19 at 8pm
Opening/Press Night: Saturday, July 20 at 8pm
Closing: Saturday, August 24 at 8pm
Tickets: Preview: $65
Tickets: A: $75 B: $25

Talkbacks, Moderated by Artistic Director, CEO Kate Maguire

July 26 (following the 8pm performance): Work and Identity: Join Austen Riggs Center colleagues in a discussion of work and identity across the lifespan, concentrating on the developmental work of retirement.

Austen Riggs Colleagues:

  • Jane G. Tillman, PhD: Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center
  • Edward R. Shapiro, MD: Former Medical Director/CEO Austen Riggs Center and author of upcoming book: Finding A Place to Stand: Developing Self-Reflective Institutions, Leaders and Citizens

Sponsored by: David and Susie Auerbach, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Shubert Foundation


Farah Alvin Farah Alvin
Katie Birenboim Katie Birenboim
Erica Dorfler Erica Dorfler
Julie Foldesi Julie Foldesi
Tim Jones Tim Jones
Deven Kolluri Deven Kolluri
Denis Lambert Denis Lambert
Jaygee Macapugay Jaygee Macapugay
Rob Morrison Rob Morrison
Miles Wilkie Miles Wilkie
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