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Working: A Musical
Midtown W
81

Working: A Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(81 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
10%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Disappointing, Clever

About the Show

Based on the Studs Terkel book of the same name, "Working: A Musical" celebrates the vital roles played by those who make our country run. Starring Andrea Burns, Helen Hunt, Christopher Jackson and Javier Muñoz.

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Member Reviews (81)

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70
Relevant, Disappointing, Some good performances, Entertaining

See it if you love revues. Gd premise to spotlight diff jobs. Some songs/actors effective, others aren't..Hunt lacks presence (weird gestures) & voice

Don't see it if you want polished prodn. Choreog amateurish, then disappears. Songs uneven. City Center thread becomes tedious...and why so much nepotism?

70
Diverting, Cliched, Entertaining, Plotless

See it if u want to see a cast of middling singers perform in concert a hodge-podge of jaunty songs about employment by a variety of noted songwriters

Don't see it if u seek a fully-staged production; u want any new insights into what it means to be gainfully employed (or not); u expect a plot or storyline Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

June 27th, 2019

"For the 75th anniversary of New York City Center, the creators of this season’s Encores! Off-Center summer series of staged concerts came up with the charming idea of interviewing City Center employees and weaving their stories into the fabric of a show...I wish that the show in which they appear — each in a multitude of roles — were similarly quirky and spontaneous-seeming. Yet there’s a weariness about this latest version of 'Working.'"
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June 27th, 2019

"This latest iteration, performed by a cast of eight talented principals, shows why the material remains relevant and relatable...As for the presentation, it's pleasantly entertaining, if somewhat lacking in vitality — marred by some static staging, abrupt transitions and a problematic sound mix on opening night. It doesn't exactly make a revelatory case for the disjointed musical, but it showcases the sui generis piece's singularity."
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June 27th, 2019

"This well-intentioned but forced reworking leads to uneven results in what is otherwise an enjoyable and high-spirited 90-minute production...The City Center-focused monologues do not fit in well with the rest of the musical and tend to be slow and repetitive. However, it was a novel idea to pay tribute to the people 'working' all around the audience. It also leads to a visual surprise at the end."
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June 27th, 2019

"The lovely thing about Anne Kauffman's Off-Center production is that it's delivered with a wholesome spirit of generosity and gratitude, and expects nothing in return...It's one of the more modest productions City Center has seen in recent years...This production hasn't been created for City Center's regular patrons, but rather is a long overdue gift to the workers who keep those patrons safe, secure, and entertained."
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June 29th, 2019

"Encores! Off-Center Turns WORKING Into A Tribute To New York City Center's Employees"
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June 27th, 2019

"Comes thrillingly and most entertainingly alive...Truly, it shouldn't be effective at all...But thanks to a splendid cast that includes the highly talented Helen Hunt, Andréa Burns, Javier Muñoz, Christopher Jackson, Mateo Ferro, Tracie Thoms, and David Garrison, along with smart and spritely directing by Anne Kauffman, what you get is not just a series of songs, but a series of self-contained musical plays."
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June 27th, 2019

"Javier Muñoz and Andréa Burns are grateful in Miranda’s 'A Very Good Day,' concerning immigrants biding time and sending money to families who have yet to immigrate. Needless to point out, the threnody is extremely resonant in 2019. In the intermissionless 90 minutes that 'Working' entertainingly takes up, director Anne Kauffman does her own work with the kind of effortless effort that some but not all workers (depending on the kind of demands put on them) are able to achieve."
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June 27th, 2019

"It’s a lovely tribute to City Center and its dedicated staff. Whether their stories mesh smoothly into this production of 'Working' is debatable. But that’s always been the issue with this musical...As for the songs, Jackson has a great time with Grant’s jazzy 'Lovin’ Al' and Javier Muñoz does well with Schwartz’s emotional 'Fathers and Sons,' but it’s the women who really clean up."
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June 28th, 2019

"This concert-style production celebrates the everyday American worker."
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June 28th, 2019

"Indeed, when Kauffman simply trusts the show's material - and, especially, her extraordinary cast - the show shines brightest. Many will be thrilled to find that Helen Hunt…brings both a surprisingly good voice and her strong dramatic instincts to Craig Carnelia's 'Just a Housewife.”
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June 28th, 2019

★★★★ "New York City Center has had great success with its Encores! and Encores! Off-Center programs where they present musicals in concert form. In the Encores! Off-Center program, they take ground-..."
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