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Theatre: Revival

Prospect Theater Company presents Working

When

Opens Wednesday Dec 12, 2012 (7:15–9pm)

Dec 1, 2012 – Dec 30, 2012

Tuesdays–Sundays

Where

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59E59 Theaters

59 E 59th St

212.279.4200

Price

$45-60

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Even if it wasn't the centenary of newspaperman Studs Terkel's birth, this lively revival of Working couldn't be more timely. This 1977 Broadway flop has new life, not just because it's topical, but thanks to six amazing performers, this ambitious idea works perfectly in a smaller space. Stephen Schwartz and collaborators adapted Terkel's collection of interviews with a cross-section of workers, thereby giving them powerful singing voices. Schwartz contributed the show-stopper featuring Dolores the waitress. Mary Rodgers added poignancy to Rose's reflections of 40 years in the classroom. Grace the millworker sings perhaps James Taylor's most heartbreaking song. Lin-Manuel Miranda has written two new spot-on numbers for Freddy the delivery guy and immigrant workers Utkarsh and Theresa.

Patricia Contino, Flavorpill