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Wed, Jul 13, 2011 5:18 PM by Ryan Jones
The Ordway Extra for 9 to 5: The Musical was tonight at the Ordway. Tonights topic: Reimaging the Workplace.
Watch the recording below to see James Rocco talk about 9 to 5, and listen to some amazing singers!
Tue, Jul 12, 2011 5:18 PM by Jessica Brooks
1. How did you find out about 9 to 5: The Musical and what interested about being a part of this production?
I was in the original production of "9 to 5: The Musical" on Broadway, originating the role of Maria Delgado. When they needed a replacement for the last few weeks I got a call.
2. How do you relate to your character?
When I was Maria I related to her because there is still discrimation not only towards women in the workplace but more specifically towards hispanic women. Hispanic women are the lowest earners at 60% of white men's earnings (white women are at 80%). I am a swing in this production, so I cover ensemble parts. I relate to many of these parts because everyone has a common goal- to want a better life, a positive environment, a way out of the rat race. This show is an opportunity to "work in an office" and show an audience that women are capable of running a company, that they have good ideas, and that by promoting a healthier happier workplace without discrimation, and by supporting every day humanist needs, everyone wins.
3. What makes 9 to 5: The Musical different than other Broadway musicals?
I think this production in particular is really fun, contemporary, and surprising!
4. What do you like most about being a part of this particular musical?
It's a really fun script, and I enjoying meeting and working with its very talented creative team- especially Dolly!
5. Were you very familiar with Dolly Parton songs before being a part of this musical?
Not really, but now I am!! I'm a big fan now!
9. How can the audience relate to the characters in 9 to 5?
Most people working "9 to 5" jobs in this country where "climbing the ladder" and "success" is given huge emphasis. The women in the show that are older may recognize the treatment of the women in the workplace a little more as it used to be... when women could only be secretaries and would never dream of being CEO's.
10. What song is the most exciting for you to perform?
I love the energy of the end of Act 1. The song "Let it Shine" rings true for anyone who has at some point been empowered within themselves to take back control of something that is not working in their life.
11. Is there anything special you do on performance days in order to prepare yourself?
I warm up vocally and physically. I get to the theater early and connect with everyone, including the crew, so I can be as present in the moment as possible.
12. What do you hope that the audience will leave with after seeing 9 to 5?
I hope the audience leaves feeling that we have come a long way as women, but there is still a long way to go. I also want people to leave feeling that it is important to treat people kindly and with respect, and that work should be an enjoyable team effort. Of course, I want people to leave feeling like they have had a fun time and that they will tell their friends to come see the show.
By: Jamie Engstrom, Ordway Social Media Intern
Mon, Jul 11, 2011 11:42 AM by Danielle Schumann
9 to 5: The Musical is at the Ordway from July 12-17 and here are a few articles from our local press about Dolly Parton and the musical production:
St. Paul Pioneer Press: "'9 to 5' - Touring stage production of the popular movie works"
Star Tribune: "Working women unite in '9 to 5'"
Twin Cities Daily Planet: "'9 to 5' at the Ordway still has a story to tell"
Twin Cities Daily Planet: "'9 to 5: The Musical' at the Ordway: Not just a wannabe"
Howwastheshow.com: "'9 to 5: The Musical' at the Ordway"
Star Tribune: "Hello, Dolly: Parton proves unsinkable"
St. Paul Pioneer Press: "Dolly Parton looms large in '9 to 5' - not just for her bustline but also for her better lines"
WCCO Online blog Curiocity: "'9 to 5' Star Talks on Getting Tied Up"
Minnesota Daily: "Workin' woman's blues"
Fri, Jul 8, 2011 1:35 PM by Jessica Brooks
The staff at the Ordway is getting excited about next week’s opening of 9 to 5: The Musical! We created this special video of our staff workin’ 9 to 5 to get you as excited as we are! Watch, enjoy, and let us know how excited you are for 9 to 5!
Thu, May 26, 2011 4:18 PM by Ryan Jones
Enter the BUG OUT Sweepstakes, presented by ORDWAY in partnership with Cirque du Soleil. By texting ORDOVO to 35350 between now and May 30, you are automatically entered to win a prize pack including tickets to see OVO by Cirque du Soleil (as well as a backstage tour!) in Minneapolis on June 2nd AND a four-pack of tickets to see 9 to 5 at ORDWAY on July 12th! Good luck!
• Two (2) tickets to the 8 p.m. performance of OVO by Cirque du Soleil on Thursday, June 2. Prize will also include a backstage tour of the Cirque du Soleil tent.
• Four (4) tickets to the performance of “9 to 5” at ORDWAY on Tuesday, July 12.
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4) CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: By participating in this promotion, the participant agrees to assume all responsibility for the submission of an entry. Sweepstakes entry materials are automatically null and void and will be rejected if late, or if illegible, mutilated, torn, altered or counterfeit. All applicable federal, state, and local taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of prize winner. The winner waives the right to assert as a cost of winning a prize, any and all costs of redemption or travel to redeem said prize, and any liability which might arise from redeeming, or seeking to redeem, or from use, misuse, acceptance or possession of said prize or from participation in prize-related activities. By accepting a prize, the potential winner agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and each of their respective directors, officers, shareholders and employees, affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors, and agents, including but not limited to their respective advertising and promotion agencies, (the “Promotion Entities”) from any and all liability for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose. By entering the promotion, each participant agrees to waive any and all claims against the Promotion Entities and each of their respective agents and representatives for any injury, damage or loss that may occur from the participation in the promotion or from the receipt or use of any prize or travel related to the receipt or use of any prize. Participants agree to allow Sponsor, and their designees to use their names and likenesses in any and all mediums now or hereafter known for advertising and publicity purposes throughout the world in perpetuity, without any compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.
5) “9 to 5” tickets will be mailed to the home of the winning contestant, or left at will call for pick up on day-of.
Not valid with any other offers or discounts. No cash value. Not for resale. Cannot be exchanged.
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7) OVO tickets are for 2 Level 2 seats for the 8 pm performance on June 2, 2011, as well as a backstage tour. No cash value. Not for resale. Cannot be exchanged.
ORDWAY contest valid May 26-May 30, 2011.
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