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9 to 5, Dolly Parton musical to play at the Marquis Theatre


9 To 5: The Musical, based on the 20th Century Fox motion picture, will open at the Marquis Theatre on 23 Apr 2009, following previews from 24 Mar 2009.

9 To 5: The Musical marks the Broadway debut of seven-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Dolly Parton as composer and lyricist.

The musical's book by Patricia Resnick is based on her original story and screenplay for the smash 1980 film comedy. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello ('Assassins,' 'Take Me Out') and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler In The Heights.

9 To 5: The Musical will star four-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty, and two-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch.

The Musical will have its world premiere engagement in Los Angeles, opening at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on 20 Sep 2008, following previews from 3 Sep and running through to 19 Oct 2008.

The production features scenic design by two-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by five-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by eight-time Tony Award winners Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, sound design by John Shivers, with musical supervision by Stephen Oremus.

When pushed to their boiling point by their boss, Franklin Hart Jr. (Marc Kudisch), Violet Newstead (Allison Janney), the super efficient office manager, Judy Bernly (Stephanie J. Block), a frazzled divorcee, and the sexy executive secretary Doralee Rhodes (Megan Hilty) turn the tables on him. The trio hatches a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot, and that plan quickly spins out of control.

Ms. Parton's original score for 9 To 5: The Musical includes over twenty new songs as well as the Grammy Award winning, Academy Award nominated, and No1 Billboard title song.

The 30 member cast of 9 To 5: The Musical features Andy Karl, Kathy Fitzgerald, Ioana Alfonso, Timothy Anderson, Jennifer Balagna, Justin Bohon, Paul Castree, Daniel Cooney, Jeremy Davis, Gaelen Gilliland, Autumn Guzzardi, Ann Harada, Lisa Howard, Van Hughes, Kevin Kern, Brendan King, Michael X. Martin, Michael Mindlin, Karen Murphy, Mark Myars, Jessica Lea Patty, Charlie Pollock, Tory Ross, Wayne Schroder, Maia Nkenge Wilson and Brandi Wooten.

Bios:

Allison Janney (Violet Newstead) was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as 'Beatrice' in 'A View From the Bridge' (1997 revival) , she made her Broadway debut in 'Present Laughter' (1996 revival). Janney recently starred as 'Prudy Pingleton' in the screen version of the Broadway musical Hairspray. Janney is known to TV viewers as 'Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg' in the NBC series "The West Wing," for which she won four Emmy Awards.

Stephanie J. Block's (Judy Bernly) has played 'Elphaba' in Wicked - she originated the role of Elphaba in the musicals national touring company for which she won the 2006 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. Block's other Broadway credits include 'Grace O'Malley' in 'The Pirate Queen' (2008) and 'Liza Minnelli' in 'The Boy From Oz' (2003).

Megan Hilty (Doralee Rhodes) last appeared on Broadway when she made her debut playing 'Glinda' in Wicked.

Marc Kudisch (Franklin Hart Jr.) recently stared in Lincoln Center Theater's 'The Glorious Ones.' He has been nominated for Two Tony Awards, the first for his role as 'Trevor Graydon' in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' (2002), the second for his role as 'Baron Bomburst' in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' (2005.) Kudosch's other Broadway credits include 'The Apple Tree' (2006 revival), Assassins (2004), 'Bells Are Ringing' (2001 revival), 'The Wild Party' (2000), 'High Society' (1998) 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' (1997), 'Beauty and the Beast' (1994) and 'Joseph�Dreamcoat' (1993 revival).

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