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CATCO: Working: A Musical

April 30

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until May 9, 2021 12:00 am

CATCO will focus on work and the people behind the jobs in its upcoming production of Working: A Musical April 29-May 9. Based upon Studs Terkel’s 1974 bestseller, Working: People Talk About What They Do all Day and How They Feel About What They Do, the musical shares actual workers’ words from the book and gives voice to their hopes and aspirations.

Truckers, waitresses, stay-at-home moms, hedge fund managers, laborers, millworkers, project managers, delivery people and other workers tell their stories through music written by songwriters Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor.

The musical has undergone several revisions since its premiere in 1977 and on Broadway in 1978. CATCO will present the 2012 version. CATCO’s version will be presented virtually April 29-May 9; showtimes are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

“At a time when our relationship with work is shifting – mass unemployment, concerns over workplace safety, more people than ever working from home – many of us are thinking hard about the role our jobs play in our lives. Are we defined by our jobs? Should we be? What hopes and dreams are tied up in that paycheck?,” said Leda Hoffmann, CATCO’s artistic director. “From Studs Terkel’s book to the original musical, to this revised version, Working has always been about our shared humanity and the universal longing in all of us to be part of something,” she said.

Working: A Musical, adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg, is constructed as a series of songs and monologues, “which is perfect for our virtual season,” Hoffmann said. The titles include All the Livelong Day, Just a Housewife, Brother Trucker, Cleanin’ Women and Millwork.

Auditions for six actors are under way. More information is available at https://www.catco.org/auditions/

Tickets for Working: A Musical (one per device) are $20 each, and are available at www.catco.org/working/

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