Hear a song Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote for the musical Working
If you’re dying for more music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, you’re in luck.
The original London cast recording of Stephen Schwartz’s Working will hit stores on Friday, including two never-before-released tracks written by the Hamilton mastermind. The tracks are titled “A Very Good Day” and “Delivery” (which you can hear above) and were showcased in a highly successful revised production of the show at London’s Southwark Playhouse last summer.
Based on Studs Terkel’s book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do featuring interviews with members of the American workforce, Working is a genre-defying musical that creates a portrait of the American workday through the daily grind and struggles of members of the workforce.
Written by Schwartz (Wicked) and Nina Faso, the show originally premiered on Broadway in 1978 with a cast that included Patti LuPone and Joe Mantegna. Since then, it has undergone numerous revisions and includes a wide range of songs from a diverse array of composers including James Taylor and Miranda, whose songs were first added in 2009.
Their was an Off-Broadway production in 2012, but this cast recording will be the first time most people have the opportunity to hear Miranda’s tracks from the show.
“I’m delighted that not only has this superb cast of Working been preserved, but that there is finally an album that includes the wonderful new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. For me, an album of this new version of the show is long overdue and very welcome,” Schwartz said of the cast recording in a statement.
Recorded live at Southwark Playhouse, the album is being released by Ghostlight Records and can be pre-ordered now. It hits stores and most major streaming platforms on Friday.
Listen to the video above to hear one of Miranda’s new tracks from the show.