CHICAGO – As its inaugural production LIZZIE enters its final two weeks of performances, Firebrand Theatre is pleased to announce casting for the second and final production of its inaugural season, the musical comedy 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, playing April 7 – May 20, 2018 at The Den Theatre’s Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Firebrand is the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage.
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL will feature Sharriese Hamilton as Doralee, Anne Sheridan Smith as Violet, Sara Reinecke as Judy, Scott Danielson as Hart, Veronica Garza as Roz and Michael Turrentine as Joe with Diego Colón, Ted Kitterman, Elizabeth Morgan, Khaki Pixley, Alyssa Soto and Tyler Symone. Swings include Royen Kent, Brandy Miller and Abby Murray Vachon.
With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL features direction by Artistic Director Harmony France, music direction by Andra Velis-Simon and choreography by Kasey Alfonso. Singles tickets go on sale Friday, February 2, 2018 at firebrandtheatre.org. The press opening is Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 pm.
Based on the 1980 hit movie of the same name, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL follows three unlikely friends as they take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. Filled with Dolly Parton’s signature songs and packed with laughs, this heartfelt story still rings true today. 9 to 5 THE MUSICAL is about women shattering stereotypes, lifting each other up and succeeding beyond their wildest dreams.
Firebrand Theatre’s inaugural production, the critically acclaimed rock musical LIZZIE, continues performances Wednesday, January 3 – Sunday, January 14, 2018 at The Den Theatre’s Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are available at firebrandtheatre.org.
Title: 9 to 5 THE MUSICAL
Music & Lyrics: Dolly Parton
Book: Patricia Resnick
Director: Artistic Director Harmony France
Music Director: Andra Velis Simon
Choreographer: Kasey Alfonso
Cast (in alphabetical order): Diego Colón (Bob, Dwayne), Scott Danielson (Hart), Veronica Garza (Roz), Sharriese Hamilton (Doralee), Ted Kitterman (Dick, Tinsworthy), Elizabeth Morgan (Margaret, Missy), Khaki Pixley (Kathy), Sara Reinecke (Judy), Anne Sheridan Smith (Violet), Alyssa Soto (Maria), Tyler Symone (Josh) and Michael Turrentine (Joe).
Swings: Royen Kent, Brandy Miller and Abby Murray Vachon.
Location: The Den Theatre’s Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Dates: Previews: Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 8 at 3 pm
Press performance: Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 pm
Regular run: Thursdays, April 12 – Sunday, May 20, 2018
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm.
Tickets: Previews $25. Regular run $45. Students $20. Single tickets go on sale Friday, February 2, 2018 at firebrandtheatre.org.
About The Creative Team
Harmony France (Director) is artistic director of Firebrand Theatre, founding artistic director of Blue Moon Studio Theatre, a freelance casting director, and director and educator. Harmony has traveled the world with the Broadway National/International tour of Sister Act. She has been nominated for two Jeff Awards for Best Actress and is the recipient of a Broadway World Award. Harmony has worked with Paramount Theatre, Peninsula Players, Theatre at the Center, Bailiwick Chicago, Porchlight Music Theatre, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Windy City Playhouse, The New Colony, Timber Lake Playhouse, Route 66 and Chicago Children’s Theatre. She studied opera at Brenau University and acting at Columbia College Chicago.
Andra Velis Simon (Music Director) is a music director, adapter, arranger, vocal coach and pianist based in Chicago. Regionally, her work has been seen at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A.R.T. in Cambridge, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Olney Theatre Center in Maryland and Three Oaks in Michigan. In Chicago: Firebrand Theatre (Lizzie), The Goodman Theatre (The Iceman Cometh and Camino Real), Theater Wit (Mr. Burns: a post-electric play and 10 out of 12), Chicago Children’s Theatre (The Hundred Dresses, A Year with Frog and Toad, Goodnight Moon), The Hypocrites (Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes, American Idiot, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore), Windy City Playhouse, and many others. Andra is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches several musical theatre performance courses, and where she served as the staff Musical Director for the Theatre Department from 2008-2016.
FIREBRAND THEATRE is a musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding their opportunities on and off the stage. Firebrand is a 501(c)(3) Equity theatre.
Company members: Artistic Director: Harmony France, Advisory Board: Lili-Anne Brown, Brenda Didier, Kate Garassino, Emjoy Gavino, Amber Mak, Danni Smith, Company Members: Kasey Alfonso, Sydney Charles, Adelina Feldman-Schultz, Amanda Horvath, Jon Martinez, Eric Martin, and Andra Velis-Simon.