9 to 5 Punches Out of L.A. Oct. 19; Broadway Start Is April 7, 2009

News   9 to 5 Punches Out of L.A. Oct. 19; Broadway Start Is April 7, 2009
9 to 5, the new workplace musical comedy based on the hit 1980 film, ends its creative probation period — also known as an out-of-town tryout — on Oct. 19 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

9 to 5 workers: Allison Janney, Megan Hilty and Stephanie J. Block
9 to 5 workers: Allison Janney, Megan Hilty and Stephanie J. Block Photo by Justin Stephens

The creative team, including songwriter Dolly Parton, librettist Patricia Resnick and director Joe Mantello, learned from audiences and critics since L.A. previews began Sept. 9 (it opened Sept. 20). They will now pack up their notes and get back to work in early 2009 toward a Broadway launch April 7, 2009, at the Marquis Theatre (opening April 30).

Tickets for 9 to 5: The Musical on Broadway will be available exclusively to American Express card holders starting Oct. 29, and will go on sale to the general public beginning Dec. 1.

Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com at (212) 307-4100 and range from $126.50 to $66.50.

For more information visit www.9to5themusical.com.

* 9 to 5: The Musical has music and lyrics by seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Parton. It marks her Broadway songwriting debut.

Choreography is by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).

Parton's original score for 9 to 5: The Musical includes over 20 new songs as well as the Grammy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated No. 1 Billboard title song. "Backwoods Barbie," heard on Parton's new album of the same name, is also part of the show's score.

Two-time Tony Award winner Mantello (Wicked, Take Me Out, Assassins) directs the musical comedy about three women office workers in the 1980s who are "just a step on the boss man's ladder" (as the title opening song goes), so they seek revenge. Resnick, who created the story and screenplay for the hit Hollywood film on which the show is based, wrote the musical's libretto. Parton starred as Doralee in the film, and was Academy Award-nominated for writing the title song (the stage show's opening number).

Multiple Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Allison Janney stars as Violet Newstead, the super-efficient office manager who joins her co-workers — the frazzled divorcee Judy Bernly, played by Stephanie J. Block, and the sexy executive secretary Doralee Rhodes, played by Megan Hilty, to turn the tables on their boss, the "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot" Franklin Hart, Jr., played by two-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch.


The 30-member cast also 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.

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 (Wicked, All Shook Up).

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