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Rebecca Finnegan joins ‘Working’; Seth Bockley work set for New York

FINNEGAN’S JOB IN “WORKING”: Beginning tonight, REBECCA FINNEGAN, the actress perhaps best known for her roles in TimeLine Theatre’s “Fiorello!” and Drury Lane Oakbrook’s revival of “Cabaret” (and the winner of two Jeff Awards and three Jeff Citations), will join the cast of “Working,” the musical based on Studs Terkel’s oral history book, now playing at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. She will be replacing Barbara Robertson (“Woman 3”), who is moving on to perform the world premiere of “The Detective’s Wife,” the play by Keith Huff (of “A Steady Rain” fame), to be directed by Gary Griffin. The one-woman show, running May 24-July 31, is about the efforts of the wife of a detective to track down her husband’s killer.

CHICAGO’S BOCKLEY TO NEW YORK’S PUBLIC THEATER: Seth Bockley, long a Chicago-based playwright, director and performer who has worked extensively with Redmoon Theatre, Walkabout, Dog & Pony Theatre Company and Collaboraction (winning a 2009 Equity Jeff Award for Best New Adaptation for “Jon,” a stage adaptation of a story by George Saunders), has written the book for “February House,” a new musical with a score by Gabriel Kahane that will have its world premiere at New York’s Public Theatre in May 2012. The show, based on true events, is about a visionary New York editor who transforms a delapidated Brooklyn boarding house into a commune for bohemian stars of 1940s New York, including writer Carson McCullers, composer Benjamin Britten, poet W.H. Auden and performer Gypsy Rose Lee. “February House” marks the first commission of The Public’s Musical Theater Initiative.

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