One of the most visually impressive scenes is beautifully led by Marie-France Arcilla as luggage factory worker Grace. Arcilla ruefully sings Taylor's dispirited "Millwork" while the cast robotically mimes an extended, trance-like repetition of the arduous, 40-second routine Grace performs all day, every day.
With boyish enthusiasm, Nehal Joshi enacts Freddy, a young fast-food worker who celebrates his moments of freedom provided by people who need "Delivery," a song by Miranda for which Rhodes provides another animated ensemble number.
Donna Lynne Champlin is memorably disgruntled as a third-grade teacher of many decades who bemoans the current state of education (and today's impolite, distracted children) in the poignant solo, "Nobody Tells Me How." Fresh-faced Jay Armstrong Johnson plays a pensive cop-turned-firefighter, and then a sleep-deprived big-rig driver in Taylor's anthem to independence and selfishness, "Brother Trucker."
Beowulf Boritt's set design cleverly enlarges the stage by creating a loft for the musicians, running a staircase up one side, and using black netting to create a semi-opaque area at the rear.
The life- and work-affirming finale, "Something To Point To" by Carnelia, sums up the show's simple message: that everyone can find something in their daily work to be proud of.