Women's rights take center stage in "9 to 5, The Musical"

  • Pictured are: Seated: Scott Kelley; back (from left): Luciana Artusi Baltowski, Anne Arza and Alayna Laverty in Golden Ticket Production's "9 to 5, The Musical."

    Pictured are: Seated: Scott Kelley; back (from left): Luciana Artusi Baltowski, Anne Arza and Alayna Laverty in Golden Ticket Production's "9 to 5, The Musical." Courtesy of Jessamyn Kryska

Updated 7/17/2023 8:46 AM

Golden Ticket Productions is thrilled to bring the impactful and timely musical, "9 to 5," to the local stage. Set against the backdrop of the late 1970s, this Tony Award-nominated show serves as a poignant reminder of the progress made and the challenges still faced in the ongoing pursuit of gender equality.

"9 to 5, The Musical" delves into the lives of three unlikely friends, Violet, Doralee, and Judy, who work together in the office of Consolidated Industries, a male-dominated workplace. Frustrated by their chauvinistic boss, Franklin Hart Jr., they join forces to take a stand against harassment, unequal treatment, and the gender-based limitations imposed on them.


The show runs from Aug. 11-20, at the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road, in Buffalo Grove. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Directed by Joe Pope, with music direction by Ethan Kohring and choreography by Alana Stephens, the show stars Anne Arza, Alayna Laverty, Luciana Artusi Baltowski, and Scott Kelley, and features a powerful cast of over twenty local artists.

With an enchanting score by the legendary Dolly Parton, including the iconic title track "9 to 5," as well as other memorable songs like "Backwoods Barbie" and "Shine Like the Sun," this musical comedy elevates the storytelling and amplifies the emotional impact of the narrative. Parton's music adds a layer of authenticity and connection, resonating deeply with audiences as it perfectly complements the empowering themes explored in the show.

Drawing inspiration from the real-life events that propelled the women's movement in the late 1970s, "9 to 5, The Musical" strikes a chord with audiences by demonstrating the courage and determination of women who fought for workplace justice, equal pay, and an end to sexual harassment. It serves as a powerful testament to the progress achieved and a call to action for continued advocacy in the present day.

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"Our creative team and talented cast are excited to bring this incredible story, based on the iconic 1980 movie, to life," said Joe Pope, artistic director of Golden Ticket Productions. "'9 to 5, The Musical' resonates deeply with the ongoing fight for gender equality, and we hope to inspire our audiences with a reminder that progress is possible when we unite and demand change. This show is a celebration of women's resilience, strength, and unwavering commitment to justice."

As you immerse yourself in the unforgettable songs, catchy melodies, and captivating choreography of "9 to 5, The Musical," you will undoubtedly be moved by the powerful performances and thought-provoking narrative. This production serves as a timely reminder that the fight for equality is ongoing and encourages audiences to continue advocating for women's rights in all aspects of life.

Tickets for "9 to 5, The Musical" are $30 each (plus small processing fee) and are available for purchase at goldenticketproductions.org.

You are encouraged to secure your seats early, as this thought-provoking and empowering production is expected to draw a diverse and engaged audience.

Founded in 2018, Golden Ticket Productions is a nonprofit community theater organization that produces musicals, plays and cabaret shows in the Chicago suburbs. The group received numerous BroadwayWorld Chicago awards and accolades for their 2019 production of "Mamma Mia" in Palatine. This production of "9 to 5, The Musical" marks the group's triumphant return from a hiatus due to the pandemic.

For information, visit Golden Ticket Productions' website at goldenticketproductions.org. Join and celebrate the triumphs of the women's movement, reflect on the progress made, and ignite the passion for a more equitable future.

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