Community Ensemble Theatre to livestream musical ‘Working’ on May 8 & 15

Show features new music by Lin-Manuel Miranda; see the preview

If there was ever a year to celebrate the lives of delivery drivers, health professionals, and everyday workers, this is it. 

Tickets are now on sale for the Community Ensemble Theatre’s musical “Working!” based on Studs Terkel’s interviews with American workers. The show was rehearsed on Zoom and all the footage was shot using phones cameras and Bluetooth headphones. The crew designed virtual sets and made costumes and props which were dropped off to actors’ homes. Students did all the sound/video editing as well.

The shows will be live-streamed at, and they can only be seen live, meaning they won’t exist on YouTube after the two live streams. The shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, and again on May 16. Tickets are available at

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the people the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the eldercare provider, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, and the stay-at-home mom, just to name a few. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, and James Taylor. 

This new 2012 version of “Working” is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life, showing how people’s relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself.

  • WHO: Community Ensemble Theatre from Ann Arbor’s Community High School
  • WHAT: Working, the musical. 2012 revised edition with new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 8th and Saturday, May 15th at 7:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Live-streamed online. Tickets are on sale now at
    HOW MUCH: $8 students/seniors, $10 adults, or $20 for a household.

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