Downtown Springfield Association
Working: A Musical

Working: A Musical

April, 26 2021 | 7:30 pm
(417) 836-4400



Music by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, James Taylor, Susan Birkenhead, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso

Based on “Working” by Studs Terkel

Directed by Lisa Brescia


Based on Studs Turkel’s 1974 best-selling book of interviews with everyday Americans, this contemporary musical shows that, for most people, a job is far more than just a paycheck; it’s an identity and a point of pride. During the course of one 24-hour day, we meet a cross-section of workers as they go about their interrelated occupations and reflect on their aspirations, regrets and accomplishments. Their individual stories — told through a variety of song styles — are moving, humorous, and relatable. From factory workers to firefighters, schoolteachers to stonemasons, hedge fund managers to homemakers, the unsung heroes of the economy finally have their voices heard in Working!