A newly reconceived production of the 1978 musical Working, featuring two new songs by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, will get an off-Broadway mounting at 59E59Theaters, according to The New York Times. The show will begin performances on December 1, directed by Gordon Greenberg. No casting has been annnounced.
Based on the essays published in Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, the bestselling nonfiction book by Studs Terkel, Working tells the story of 26 workers, including a parking lot attendant, corporate executive, schoolteacher, gasman and more as they talk and sing about the jobs that define their lives but not their hopes and dreams. The musical first opened on Broadway on May 14, 1978 at the 46th Street Theatre. The show earned five Tony nominations.
Miranda is the creator and original star of Broadway hit In the Heights; he won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Score and earned a Best Actor in a Musical nomination for his role as Usnavi. His new musical Bring It On, which he co-wrote with Tom Kitt, Amanda Green and Jeff Whitty, recently began previews at the St. James Theatre.