Caldwell Theatre Company Starts WORKING

By: Feb. 16, 2012

Caldwell Theatre Company Starts Working

Caldwell Theatre Company is set to launch the revamped, updated, and contemporized musical Working, featuring the music of Tony winners, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell),Lin Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and Grammy winner James Taylor. The original source material for this unabashedly American musical is based on the novel Working by Studs Terkel.

“What drew me to the piece was the extent to which the material really celebrates the American worker,” said Clive Cholerton, Artistic Director of Caldwell Theatre Company and director for the show. “In this period of high unemployment, it is so refreshing to hear this music which is so emotionally engaging and I think even further hints at the rebirth that we seem to be on the verge of.”

An all Florida cast embodies this eclectic mix of monologues and songs featuring Broadway vets Melissa Minyard (Les Miserables), Barry Tarallo (Grease), South Florida favorites, Jim Ballard (All My Sons, Urinetown, Adding Machine), Laura Hodos (She Loves Me), Kareema Khouri (Motherhood the Musical) and Michael Focas (Lend Me a Tenor). Musical Direction will be in the capable hands of Caryl Fantel whose previous work at Caldwell included the powerhouse show Vices: A Love Story and the Broadway Concert, A Secret Garden.

Caldwell’s design team for the piece includes inventive scenic designer Tim Bennett, Joseph P. Oshrey will provide lighting design, Linda C. Shorrock assumes costume design, Thomas M. Shorrock sound design, and Sean Lawson will handle projection design.

This will mark the second production of this updated version of Working with the original production in Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse. Critical acclaim there lead to an extended run and further talks, which still continue, to move the show to New York.

“Working has a structure similar to A Chorus Line in that we really dive inside the mindset of these characters,” continued Cholerton. “What we also see is just how interconnected we all are and how shared all of our experiences are. Its themes are possibly the most universal of any show we’ve recently done at Caldwell Theatre Company.”

Writing for the Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones would say, “Working…packs more of an emotional punch that you'd expect…”

John Olson of BroadwayWorld would state, "...Beyond its timeliness, though, Working remains a moving piece of musical theater, with one of the best scores of the latter 20th century.”


February 26 – April 1, 2012

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