Hi-Desert Playhouse’s newest Broadway production, WORKING: A MUSICAL, opens February 8

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JOSHUA TREE, CAWORKING: A MUSICAL celebrates the unsung heroes that keep America running!  The iconic and award-winning Hi-Desert Playhouse opens its newest Broadway musical praising the decency and dignity of America’s working class—from the hardworking waitress to the worn out millworker; from the backbreaking work of the stonemason to the world-weary schoolteacher.  Adapted for the stage by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, WORKING: A MUSICAL opens Friday, February 8th at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater in Joshua Tree, CA.

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of the same name and with a score by an illustrious list of songwriters: James Taylor, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, this homage to the hard-working people who make America exceptional features a live band with Nelms McKelvain on piano, Lisa Rae Black on guitar, Greg Gordon on drums, and Paul Forrester on bass.  The ensemble cast of 17 local and award-winning artists includes, Andrew Accardi, Amy Angel, Benjamin Bees, Scott Clinkscales, Scott Cutler, Nicholas DeVinney, Sabrina Giron, Haley Kooyman, Catherine Inscore, Steve Lusk, Sarabeth Matilsky, Jered Palmer, Analisa Pilecki, Gilbert Pinela, Laurinda Stewart, and Gloria-Joy Yeaton.

WORKING: A MUSICAL has a suggested rating of PG 13.  Doors open one half-hour prior to the performance.  Tickets are $18-$32.  Avoid a credit card processing fee by purchasing tickets via cash or check in person at the Box Office.  Group discounts  for parties of 10 or more are also available.  Theater patrons must be at least 5 years of age to attend.  A no-host bar is available before each performance and during intermission.

To purchase tickets or for more information on the Hi-Desert Playhouse, visit www.hidesertculturalcenter.org, call 760.366.3777, email info@hidesertculturalcenter.org, or visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Box Office in person weekdays from 1-5 pm at 61231 CA-62 in Joshua Tree.  The Hi-Desert Playhouse is a program of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the regional visual and performing arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.

PHOTO CAPTION: The cast of the Hi-Desert Playhouse’s newest Broadway musical, WORKING: A MUSICAL, rehearses for its opening night February 8th at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater in Joshua Tree.



With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org


GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!