You won’t want to miss this show! WORKING is a wonderful musical, comprised of monologues and songs based on the famous interviews by Studs Terkel with workers in Chicago who talk about their jobs; these interviews were the basis for Terkel’s hugely successful book of the same title. The songs range from poignant to exuberant, with six different composers contributing, including Stephen Schwartz (composer of Godspell and Pippin), Mary Rogers (daughter of Richard Rogers and successful Broadway composer in her own right) and James Taylor. WORKING is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. Both funny and touching, the strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions; the key is how people’s relationships to their work ultimately reveal significant aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself. The show, set in contemporary America, contains timeless truths and allows the audience to get a rare glimpse of the actors and technicians working to put on a show. The cast includes 12 of Kauai’s finest actor-singers, directed by Ross Martineau with Arnold Meister providing musical direction and performing. Alan Van Zee accompanies.
WORKING opens Friday, May 3 and runs for three weekends, closing May 19. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse. There is a “Pay What You Can Preview” on Thursday, May 2 at 7pm (tickets at the door only). Tickets are $25 in advance, $27 at the door with discounts for KCP members, seniors and students. Tickets are $5 off opening weekend! On opening night there is a reception after the show with the cast and director; refreshments will be served. For tickets, go to www.kauaicommunityplayers.org and press the “Brown Paper Tickets” button, or call 800-838-3006. For information, call 245-7700. Limited seating; don’t wait!