Playhouse’s Musical Celebration, WORKING, Opens February 8th

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WORKING: Musical celebrating the unsung heroes that keeps America running! Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of the same name, the play praises 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 and with a score by an illustrious list of songwriters: James Taylor, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, an homage to the hard-working people who make America what it is. Nominated for six Tony awards, and winner of two Drama Desk awards, WORKING: A Musical 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.  Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Howard Shangraw, and musical direction by Nelms McKelvain, you are sure to rejoice with the hard-working men and women who sing of their joy and their pain to put food on the table and a roof overhead. WORKING: A Musical is sure to touch all who see it.

WORKING: A Musicalplays February 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:30 pm and a Sunday matinee on February 17 at 2:30 pm. The play is rated PG 13. Doors open one half-hour prior to the performance. To purchase tickets or for more information, patrons may visit, visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Box Office in person Monday through Friday from 1pm-5pm, or call the Box Office at 760.366.3777.

The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is located at 61231 Highway 62 in Joshua Tree, CA.


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!