The Southwark Playhouse will present the European premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Working from the 2nd June until the 8th July 2017 it has been confirmed.
Adapted from the book by Studs Terkel by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, Working A Musical is a portrait of a typical American workday, told from the perspective of those the world often forgets including:the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress.
The musical features songs by Craig Carnelia, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor, Stephen Schwartz, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead.
While casting has yet to be announced, this European premiere production will be directed by Luke Sheppard who has also directed the Olivier Award-winning production of In the Heights. The production will also feature choreography by Fabian Aloise, who was most recently resident choreographer on Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre.
Working first opened on Broadway in 1978, under the direction of Stephen Schwartz and with a cast which included Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton and Rex Everhart. It was last performed off-Broadway in December 2012, under the direction of Gordon Greenberg (Holiday Inn, Guys and Dolls, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris).
The new production is being produced by Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi & D.E.M. Productions.
Talking about the news Stephen Schwartz said: “”I am delighted that such a talented and distinguished theatre company will be presenting Working in London. I look forward to collaborating with them to ensure that the show is both entertaining and relevant to the contemporary British audience.”
Working will be playing at the Southwark Playhouse from the 2nd June until the 8th July. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/working/