American Playhouse

Season 1 Episode 14

Working

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 13, 1982 on PBS
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  • A flop on Broadway comes to life in on the small screen.

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    Working was a Broadway musical that failed in 1978 (received 5 Tony Nominations includign Book and Score but not Musical). But the cast recording became a quick cult favorite. Lindsay Law saw the possibility of the show. On Broadway a small group of actors played all the roles including Lynne Thigpen (from The District) and she wails on three numbers. But Law cast each role to a different actor. And did the stars turn out including Barry Bostwick who steals the show and Patti Labelle who has the best number in the show (originated by Thigpen). This show drew from all facets of the entertainment industry. From films were Barbara Hershey, Didi Conn, Scatman Crothers, Oscar winner Rita Moreno and Oscar nominees Charles Durning, Barbara Barrie and Eileen Brennan. From television were Hill Street Blues' Charles Haid, What's Happening Vernee Watson and Alice's Beth Howland.

    From Broadway Tony Winners Jay Garner and Barry Bostwick plus original cast member in a wasted non-singing role, Lynn Thigpen. And recording stars Patti LaBelle and James Taylor.



    The show is based on a book by Studs Terkel. Terkel went across America, interviewed people about their job and recorded it. There is no storyline but just a series of vignettes including songs.



    Twenty five years later this show still is relevant. And the performances are universally great.moreless

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