9 to 5 Will Now Begin Broadway Previews April 7, 2009; Tix on Sale Oct. 29

News   9 to 5 Will Now Begin Broadway Previews April 7, 2009; Tix on Sale Oct. 29
Preview and opening dates have been slightly altered for the eagerly awaited 9 to 5: The Musical, which boasts a score by the Grammy Award-winning star of the concert stage and screen, Dolly Parton.
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

Originally scheduled to begin previews at the Marquis Theatre March 24, 2009, with an official opening April 23, 2009, the new musical — which is currently playing an out-of-town tryout at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles through Oct. 19 — will now arrive at the Marquis April 7, 2009, and officially open April 30, 2009.

Tickets for the Broadway production will go on sale exclusively to American Express Card members Oct. 29. The on-sale date for the general public will be Dec. 1. Tickets, priced $66.50-$126.50, will be available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

Two-time Tony Award winner Joe 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. Patricia 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 the title song.

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.

* 9 to 5: The Musical has music and lyrics by seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Parton and choreography 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, Parton previously said.

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).

For more information visit www.9to5themusical.com.

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