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Working gals

August 9, 2013

YellowBrix

Working gals

Three colleagues become friends when they take on their egotistic, sexist, duplicitous boss in Marriot Theatre's production of "9 to 5 The Musical," inspired by the 1980 film and featuring a score by Dolly Parton and book by screenwriter Patricia Resnick. David H. Bell directs an all-star cast featuring Susan Moniz, Kelli Cramer and Alexandra Palkovic as the unlikely gal pals.

Previews begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. The show opens Wednesday, Aug. 21. $40-$48. (847) 634-0100 or.

Regional premiere

Susie McMonagle stars as a suburban wife and mother battling mental illness in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Next to Normal," in its regional premiere at Oakbrook Terrace's Drury Lane Theatre. The rock/pop musical by Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics) and Tom Kitt (music) examines the impact of the illness on a family still struggling with personal tragedy. Drury Lane artistic director William Osetek directs. Ben Johnson serves as musical director and Tammy Mader choreographs.

Previews begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The show opens Thursday, Aug. 22. $35-$49. (630) 530-0111 or .

IP cabaret

Libertyville's Improv Playhouse presents "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You," a cabaret revue about two actresses hoping to see their names on a Broadway marquee. Accompanied by Matt Piet, Rachel Page and Christie Burgess sing music by Andrew Lippa ("The Addams Family"), Rodgers and Hammerstein, and songwriters Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, of the family-friendly show "Junie B. Jones."

7:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. $12.50, $8.50 students. (847) 968-4529 or .

-- Barbara Vitello

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