Theater: Blue-Collared


From the book by Studs Terkel Adapted by Stephen Schwartz

More often than not, New York producers operate on an avaricious creed: if at first you do succeed, try it again and again. The current golden format is the confessional musical. It emerged as a shining triumph in A Chorus Line. Between dance numbers, each cast member explains why dancing became a kind of Holy Grail. In Runaways, the street urchins tell pathetic tales of the violent and loveless homes from which they fled.

In Working, we hear something very close to the blue-collar blues, as waitresses, firemen, call girls, mill hands, gas-meter...

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