Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture
directed by Amanda Berg Wilson
A toe-tapping smash musical with music and lyrics by the one and only Dolly Parton. What happens when three female co-workers are pushed to the limit by their sexist, lying, conniving boss and decide to take matters into their own–very capable–hands? Based on the groundbreaking and popular 1980 film, this hilarious and timely story about friendship and revenge will leave you feeling triumphant and your heart singing. Cause when the going gets tough, What Would Dolly Do? Write a hit musical, darlin’!
Venue: Main Stage Theatre
Genre: Musical. Comedy.
Rating: PG-13 for mild language, fantasy violence, comedic drug use
ABOUT THE SHOW
Director – Amanda Berg Wilson
Music Director – Ian LeRoy
Choreographer – Maddy Apple
Scenic Design – Robert Mark Morgan
Costume Design – Tatyana de Pavloff
Lighting Design – Matthew Schlief
Sound Design – Dustin Lacy
Stage Manager – Nia Sciarretta*
Asst. Stage Manager – Devon Muko*
Asst. Stage Manager – Alex Skaar
Asst. Stage Manager – Michael George
Dance Captain – Emily Van Fleet*
Violet Newstead – Kate Berry*
Doralee Rhodes – Emily Van Fleet*
Judy Bernly – Regina Fernandez
Franklin Hart, Jr. – Zayaz Da Camara
Roz Keith – Anne Faith Butler*
Joe/Others – Scott Kuiper*
Dwayne/Others – Antony Terrell
Josh/Others – Claudio Venancio
Maria/Others – Rachel Maria Ines
Dick/Tinsworthy/Others – Logan Ernstthal*
Secretary/Others – Yael Chanukov
Secretary/Others – Heidi Carann Snider
Conductor/Keys – Ian LeRoy
Guitar – McKinley Foster
Bass – Krista Kopper
Drums – Vita E. Cleveland
The Depth of Dolly
Earlier this year, Dolly Parton was in the news for two reasons. The first for her non-profit Imagination Library, an organization that recently sent out its 100 millionth book. To mark the occasion, the book was dedicated to the Library of Congress. Inspired by her father, who was illiterate, Imagination Library has mailed out millions of books to children over the past 20 years—for free.
The second, during an interview celebrating this overwhelming generosity, she was asked yet again if there were any plans for a 9 to 5 reunion with the original characters. Her answer? “Yes! They’re working on that now.” The idea will incorporate three young women who turn to the old crew of ladies for help and inspiration.
Dolly Parton grew up one of twelve children in rural Tennessee. After developing a love of music at an early age, she graduated high school and headed straight to Nashville. Throughout the 1960s and 70s she became, and remains, one of the most successful recording artists and songwriters of all time. She still tours today at age 72 and has no plans to retire. Her title anthem from the movie 9 to 5 was nominated for an Academy Award and appears front and center in the musical version—as does Dolly Parton—she wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, which premiered in 2009.
Whether she’s singing her new and classic tunes, or helping teach millions of children to read, Dolly Parton always puts a smile on our faces and in our hearts.
Director’s Note: Amanda Berg Wilson
9 to 5 is the 2009 musical adaptation of the 1980 movie that is the 20th top grossing comedy film of all time. It launched Dolly Parton to multi-hyphenate stardom, has an 82% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the American Film Institute lists it as one of the top 100 funniest movies ever. Needless to say, the movie is beloved.
The musical 9 to 5, presented here to you in what we’ve crafted to be a great romp of a production, preserves what is so essential about the movie. Like its cinematic predecessor, it is the story of three low-status working ladies whose degradation at the hands of their “smarmy, pompous, his own biggest fan” predator of a boss drives them first to fantasize, then to actualize, a comeuppance.
As a director, I love that the musical keeps the story in 1979, instead of updating it for today. It has allowed the designers and me a delicious deep-dive into a particular and brief cultural moment–the no-longer-70’s, not-quite-80’s feel of 1979. Disco was on its way out, as was any possibility that the Equal Rights Amendment would be ratified by two-thirds of the states and made a part of our constitution. Reaganism was on its way in, and the second wave of feminism had crashed, with the third wave not to arrive until a decade later. Women were integrated into the workplace, but rarely with any leverage or power. 1979 is one of those strange in-between time periods in American history, and its transitional quality lends our musical such specificity and delightful nostalgia.
But while this story is firmly planted in 1979, it is right on time for now. A way to lean-in to our current #metoo moment without having to feel so damn despairing about the whole mess. A reminder that we’ve come a long way, baby, but still have far to go.
9 to 5 celebrates the joy to be found when we can finally and definitively call out the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigots” among us, and actually kick the sonofaguns out.
And ultimately, it’s for all of us, male or female, who have been kept down by the old systems, and are itching for the new systems to be born, who are ready for “a better day.”
Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009.
9 to 5, The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.