Principal casting has been announced for Stephen Schwartz’s genre-busting Broadway musical Working which will receive its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse in June.
The cast will include: Gillian Bevan (Into the Woods, Manchester Royal Exchange; Billy Elliot, West End); Krysten Cummings (Rent, West End and Broadway; Jesus Christ Superstar, arena tour); Dean Chisnall (Blood Brothers, UK tour; Shrek the Musical, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and national tour); Siubhan Harrison (Guys and Dolls, Savoy and Phoenix Theatres; From Here to Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre); Peter Polycarpou (City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse; Guys and Dolls, Chichester Festival Theatre); and Liam Tamne (Rocky Horror Picture Show, UK tour; The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre). Further casting is to be announced.
Directed by Luke Sheppard (In The Heights), the new production of the show will play a limited season at the south London venue from 2 June until 8 July with a press night on 7 June.
One of the first musicals from Schwartz, the composer of the multi award-winning Wicked, Working employs a range of musical styles and genres from a number of leading composers including five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor and the multi-award winning creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, the show debuted on Broadway in 1978 with Schwartz directing a cast that included Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton and Joe Mantegna.
Working at the Southwark Playhouse will be produced by theatre producers Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi and D.E.M. Productions.
Choreography for the new production will be by Fabian Aloise, with set design by Jean Chan, costume design by Gabriella Slade, lighting design by Nic Farman, sound design by Tom Marshall, musical supervision by Alex Parker, musical direction by Isaac McCullough and casting is by Will Burton CDG.