9 to 5: The Musical plays final performance on Broadway
9 To 5: The Musical plays its final Broadway performance on 6 Sep 2009, following 24 previews and 148 regular performances.
Based on the 20th Century Fox motion picture, 9 To 5: The Musical opened at Broadway's Marquis Theatre on 23 Apr 2009, following previews from 24 Mar 2009. The musical was selling tickets through to 3 Jan 2010.
The musical opened to mixed reviews: "How surprised was I? I A-D-O-R-E-D this show."
(newyorktheatreguide.com); "overinflated whoopee cushion" (NY Times); "it will do the trick" (NY Daily News); "goofily entertaining show." (NY Post); "it plunges one into a mindlessly passive euphoria." (Bloomberg); "lavish and harmless" (NewsDay); "a mixed bag" (AP).
The show marks the Broadway debut of seven-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Dolly Parton as composer and lyricist.
ï¿½I couldnï¿½t have asked for a better experience on my first Broadway show,ï¿½ said Dolly Parton. ï¿½Iï¿½ve had the privilege of working with an amazing group of people who have become like family to me. I canï¿½t wait for this show to hit the road so people across the country can see why Iï¿½m so proud of everyone involved. And I'm so pleased that we'll be opening the tour in Nashville. Great things happen in Nashville.ï¿½
With direction by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and choreography by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, 9 To 5: The Musical has a book by Patricia Resnick, based on her original story and screenplay for the smash 1980 film comedy.
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.
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 show stars 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 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.
9 To 5: The Musical was nominated for four 2009 Tony Awards including Best Original Score, Best Actress in a Musical (Allison Janney), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Marc Kudisch), and Best Choreography.
The Musical had its world premiere engagement in Los Angeles, opening at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on 20 Sep 2008, following previews from 3 Sep where ot played through to 19 Oct 2008.
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