Lyric Stage Company of Boston to Present WORKING, A MUSICAL, 1/3-2/1

Tiffany Chen, Phil Tayler, Cheeyang Ng, Merle Perkins,
Shannon Lee Jones, Christopher Chew. Photo by Nerys Powell.

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents WORKING, A MUSICAL, running January 3 - February 1, 2014. Press opening, Sunday, January 5, 3pm.

From the book by Studs Terkel, adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg. Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, and James Taylor.

Directed and choreographed by Ilyse Robbins with music direction by Jonathan Goldberg.

From the everyday lives of "ordinary" working people comes a musical that is anything BUT ordinary! Newly adapted in 2012 by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Wicked) and Nina Faso from Studs Terkel's magnificent oral history, Working reveals the hopes, dreams, joys, and concerns of the average working American by following 25 characters through one 24-hour workday. Schwartz wrote the songs along with James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, (In the Heights) and others, creating an inspired eclectic, tuneful, moving, and uplifting score.


Tiffany Chen Woman 1

Merle Perkins* Woman 2

Shannon Lee Jones* Woman 3

Phil Tayler* Man 1

Cheeyang Ng Man 2

Christopher Chew* Man 3

Roles include: cleaning lady, community organizer, elder care worker, ex-newsroom assistant, fast food worker, fireman, flight attendant, fundraiser, hedge fund manager, housewife, interstate trucker, ironworker, millworker, nanny, project manager, prostitute, publicist, receptionist, retiree, schoolteacher, stone mason, student, tech support, UPS delivery man, waitress


Scenic Design, Anne Sherer

Costume Design, Rafael Jaen**

Lighting Design, John Malinowski

Sound Design, Brendan Doyle

Production Stage Manager, Natalie Lynch

Assistant Stage Manager, Samantha Setayesh

*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA)

**United Scenic Artists (USA-Local 829)

The show runs January 3 - February 1, 2014, playing Wednesdays, Thursdays - 7:30pm; Wednesday matinees - 2pm, January 8 & 29; Fridays - 8pm; Saturdays - 3pm & 8pm; Sundays - 3pm; Press opening: Sunday, January 5, 3:00pm. Post-show Q&A with the artists: Sundays, January 5 & 19 after 3pm performance. VIP opening: Wednesday, January 8, 7:30pm (post-show reception with the artists at Zocalo Restaurant - open to all ticket holders). The Lyric Stage is located at 140 Clarendon Street, Copley Square, Boston, Mass.

Tickets: $25 - $65. Seniors - $10 off regular price. Student rush - $10. Group rates available. Box Office: 617-585-5678 or RUNNING TIME 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. For more information, visit, or follow on instagram: @lyricstageboston

Ilyse Robbins (Director/Choreographer) makes her Lyric Stage directing debut with Working although she is no stranger to this stage. Choreography credits at The Lyric Stage: On the Town, Avenue Q, Kiss Me, Kate, Grey Gardens, Speech and Debate, Follies, Man of La Mancha, 1776, Urinetown (IRNE Award, Best Choreography), Shakespeare in Hollywood, A Little Night Music, When Pigs Fly '03, Dirty Blonde, Sunday in the Park with George, Curse of the Bambino, A, My Name Is Alice (IRNE Award, Best Choreography), The World Goes 'Round (IRNE Award, Best Choreography), She Loves Me, Never the Sinner, Assassins. Acting credits at The Lyric Stage: On the Town, Lost in Yonkers, She Loves Me, Urinetown, Shakespeare in Hollywood. Directing credits: Stoneham Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, UpStage Lung Cancer, Wheelock Family Theatre Summer Youth Intensive. Other choreography credits: Hanover Theatre, Stoneham Theatre (IRNE Award, Best Choreography for 42nd Street), New Rep (IRNE - Best Choreography for Das Barbecue), Fiddlehead Theatre, Overture Productions, Jewish Theater of New England, American Stage Festival, Boston Theatre Works, Wheelock Family Theatre, Museum of Science, Publick Theatre (IRNE Award, Best Choreography for Gypsy), Boston Women on Top Festival, Liberty Mutual, Fidelity. Other acting credits: Stoneham Theatre, New Rep (IRNE Award, Best Ensemble for The Wild Party), Hanover Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, New Arts at the Modern Theater, Fiddlehead, Reagle Players, Publick Theatre. Ilyse's production of Miracle on 34th Street that she directed is currently running at the Stoneham Theatre. She can next be seen playing the role of Dessa in Tongue of a Bird at the New Repertory Theatre. Ilyse holds a B.S. in Theater from Northwestern University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She teaches Creative Drama Ed. at Brandeis University and Jazz Dance/Jazz Dance History at Wheelock College.

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