Everything you need to know about 9 to 5, the Dolly Parton musical
Makin’ a living at the Savoy Theatre, the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 The Musical has been delighting West End audiences since it opened in 2019. Previously performed on Broadway, the female-led musical is full of upbeat music and plenty of fun, but we’ve stepped into the Consolidated Industries office to see why you need to book your tickets for this entertaining musical now!
A complete guide to 9 to 5 the Musical
What happens in 9 to 5 the Musical?
Working routine office jobs under their boss Franklin Hart Jr at Consolidated Industries, Violet, Doralee and Judy form a friendship over their workplace conditions, which have them suppressed under Hart’s undermining leadership. United together, the women lapse into fantasies of punishing the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot”. Keeping their employees far away and the secret of Hart’s location even further, the women become stronger together and office dynamics change. A newly-found bright office life is cut short once Hart returns. Yet, twists and turns in leadership make one thing clear: change in an office doesn’t have to come from the top.
Who’s starring in 9 to 5?
The three leading ladies of 9 to 5 The Musical include Caroline Sheen stars as Violet Newstead, returning to the production. Previous theatre credits include Mamma Mia, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Les Miserables. Chelsea Halfpenny will star as Judy Bernly, with Natalie McQueen as Doralee Rhodes which is the role made famous by Dolly Parton.
Bonnie Langford will reprise her performance as Roz Keith. Touring with 9 to 5 in the 2012 UK tour, Langford is a musical theatre veteran. Making her professional theatre debut at the tender age of eight, her previous theatre credits include Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Chicago.
Brian Conley comes back to the West End after a nine year hiatus, where he last performed as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre. His West End career spans over 25 years, with credits including Fagin in Oliver!, Caracatus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the title role in Barnum.
The cast is completed by Victoria Anderson, Alexander Bartles, Simon Campbell, Alexander Day, Rhiane Drummond, Demmileigh Foster, Molly-May Gardiner, Llandyll Gove, Ben Irish, Jenny Legg, Natasha Mould, Jon Reynolds, James Royden-Lyley, Giles Surridge, Antoine Thomas-Sturge, Richard Taylor-Woods, Sasha Wareham and Emily Woodford.
What songs are in the musical?
9 to 5 The Musical features original music by Dolly Parton written for the stage show, as well as well-known songs including ‘9 to 5’ and ‘Get Out and Stay Out’. Take a listen to the 9 to 5 The Musical soundtrack here, performed by the Broadway cast.
What awards has 9 to 5 won?
The 2009 Broadway production won a Drama Desk Award for outstanding actress in a musical. It was also nominated for 13 Drama Desk Awards, 4 Tony Awards including best musical and best original score. It was also nominated for best musical album at the 2010 Grammy Awards. You can listen to the original Broadway cast recording here.
Facts and figures about 9 to 5 the Musical
- Six songs in the Los Angeles pre-Broadway run were cut from the final version of the Broadway production.
- Dolly Parton’s smash-hit ‘9 to 5’ won a People’s Choice Award in 1981 for favourite song from a motion picture.
- 9 to 5 is number 74 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Funniest Movies”.
- The film grossed over $100m, making over 10 times its budget.
- Parton’s Tennessee theme park Dollywood is the largest employer in its county. For those who want to immerse themselves in all things Parton, the DreamMore resort is open right in the heart of Dollywood.
Why should you see 9 to 5?
What may seem like an innocent day at the office spirals out of control with plenty of moments that will take your breath away! Whether it’s the relationship between the overscrupulous Roz and President Franklin Hart Jr or the growing girlpower between the three female colleagues, you’ll wish you could work at Consolidated Industries by the end of the show. Perfect for seeing with a large group of friends, pour yourself a cup of ambition and book your tickets now!
Where is 9 to 5 the Musical playing in London?
9 to 5 The Musical is playing at the Savoy Theatre, located on The Strand in London (WC2R 0ET). The closest train station is Charing Cross which is a 7-minute walk away. Overground and underground services are also available from Charing Cross. Embankment, Leicester Square and Covent Garden tube stations are nearby.
Book a theatre break to see 9 to 5 the Musical
Pour yourself a cup of ambition, and head on down to Dolly Parton’s rollicking West End musical at the Savoy Theatre! Experience the magic of the West End with a tailor-made theatre break to see 9 to 5 and get ready to see this smash-hit show!