Category Archives: 9 To 5

time to move on…

9 TO 5's Diana DeGarmo performs the National Anthem before the Chicago Bulls victory on January 24

Chicago suffered a blow on Sunday. Okay, Green Bay won, but let’s look at the bright side… their fans now have to go back to Green Bay. All of us Chicagoans could turn around on Monday and go to the United Center to see Diana DeGarmo, one of the stars of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, sing the National Anthem before a win for the Central Division leading Chicago Bulls over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Plus, all of us theater lovers have so much to look forward  to – nothing better to cure the football blues than to plan your February outing to the theater!

·        Burn the Floor begins February 1 (two weeks only!)

·        Les Miserables begins February 2 (four weeks only!)

·        Rain: A Tribune to the Beatles begins February 8 (ONE week only!)

·        Working begins February 15 (from the composer of WICKED!)

Before I leave you today, I want to share this story. Chicago Magazine wants to write an article on NEXT TO NORMAL but they won’t do it unless there is a Chicago connection – a cast member or someone involved in the production that lives in or is from Chicago. Sound familiar? I said to myself what is this thing about residency in Chicago – my reply is to tell them that Alice Ripley shares an apartment with Rahm Emanuel!  Chicago Magazine should run the story just because it is a great award-winning show – Best Original Score, Best Lead Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestrations. And the accolades go beyond just the Tony Awards – it won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!

The rest I leave to you….


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We’ve got a great week in store for Chicago theater fans!


Governor Quinn came to see WICKED! He and his guests took a backstage tour and met with Gene Weygandt (The Wizard) and Barbara Robertson (Madame Morrible). We love when our elected officials go to theatre!

Chicagoan Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester on Glee) gave two shout outs to Chicago in her Golden Globes acceptance speech!


Martin Luther King’s Birthday is a day off for most, but we are loading in for 9 TO 5 and preparing for the start of WORKING rehearsals on Tuesday. In the office, it’s a good time to get caught up and ready for all the shows and events coming up this week.


First performance of 9 To 5!

One of the stars, Diana DeGarmo, appears on ABC.

Only 8 performances left of WICKED!

WORKING begins rehearsals!


Good sources tell me there will be a very special guest joining us: DOLLY PARTON! If you’re a fan, there are still tickets left. And even better, there’s a special $25 ticket offer* for performances Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday if you use the code DOLLY and purchase your tickets by the end of day Tuesday!



Time to clean up the cake from Dolly’s birthday and prepare for the press conference and sneak peek of WORKING planned for Friday.


Stephen Schwartz (composer of WICKED and WORKING) visits Chicago and gives a sneak peek of the show from his unique perspective to group leaders and the media. Make sure to check your favorite station for coverage.

Do you want to be my guest at either the Opening Night of 9 TO 5 this Wednesday or the sneak peek with Stephen Schwartz this Friday? Leave a comment telling me what you are doing this week in theatre! What shows are you seeing? What show are you performing? What dance class are you taking? What role are you auditioning for? Let us know!


*Offer valid only on January 18 – 20 performances. Not valid on premium seating, on previously purchased tickets or with any other offer. Subject to availability. Normal ticketing fees apply. Offer ends Tuesday, January 18 at the close of business. Other restrictions may apply.


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