I never thought I’d see Diana DeGarmo performing live with enormous fake breasts, a blonde, curly wig, and a high-pitched squeak. In fact, I never thought I’d see her live at all, but there are firsts for everything.
DeGarmo has hit the touring circuit again in “9 to 5: The Musical,” the Theater of the Stars tour that spun off from the short-lived Broadway show. Is it chilling, emotional thea-tah? No, of course not – Dolly Parton wrote the score, for goodness’ sake. But “9 to 5″ is a rompin’ good time with tongue-in-cheek ’70s references, incredible talent, and clap-along-with-them dance numbers.
DeGarmo plays Doralee Rhodes (I’m personally partial to the name), a “Backwoods Barbie” with a heart of gold and… well, okay, just picture Dolly Parton and you get it. DeGarmo is a charming light in the show, with a couple of great solos and a perfect little wiggle and accent. Parton herself makes an appearance via hologram at the beginning and end of the show, adding to the camp factor and pumping up the goofy fun.
Most of you have seen the late-’70s movie “9 to 5″ and you know the plot, but I’ll recap for those who need it: three under-appreciated, underpaid, and marginalized women kidnap their no-good, lying, bigoted boss and run the company in his stead, proving the power of the woman! Girl power!
The songs are catchy, the performances are unforgettable, and the fun can’t be beat. ”9 to 5: The Musical” is a can’t-miss for ladies everywhere, from moms to daughters, coworkers to friends. Grab your girlfriends and get on down to the Fox before the show ends this Sunday.