Cardinal Stage Company changes summer musical to 'Fun Home'

January 10, 2018

Bloomington isn’t immune to — and won’t be avoiding — the issues regarding sexual harassment that have arisen nationwide. Kate Galvin, the new Artistic Director of Cardinal Stage Company, wanted to make that point when she made the tough decision to replace 9 to 5 The Musical, which was set to run this summer, with Fun Home.


“A lot has changed in our country since last spring when the season was selected,” says Galvin. “We felt it was best to shift gears rather than stay the course. It’s a risk, of course, but I think one that is well worth taking.”


To Galvin, 9 to 5 has its heart in the right place, but the tone struck her as inappropriate and insensitive at this time. She describes the play as a musical adaptation of the 1980 comedy starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda, whose characters all work at the same office under a boss who is not only sexist, but also sexually aggressive with his female employees.


Joining the Cardinal Stage team shortly after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, Galvin immediately began looking for a replacement show. “The national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace had snowballed, and I began to feel very uncomfortable with the idea of producing a musical that makes light of this issue.”



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