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Everything you need to know about 9 to 5, the Dolly Parton musical

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Everything you need to know about 9 to 5, the Dolly Parton musical

The Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5  has parked its way into the Savoy Theatre. A Broadway hit and a successful UK tour later, what can we expect from the musical’s London premiere, and why should you buy tickets?

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What’s 9 to 5 The Musical?

Based on the hit 1980 movie, 9 to 5 is the feminist comedy musical with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Premiering on Broadway in 2009, it then toured the UK in 2013  starring Jackie Clune, Natalie Casey and Bonnie Langford, and has been seen in smaller London venues.  But from January 2019, this light-hearted, fun musical will get its West End premiere, bringing some of Dolly’s biggest hits to the stage.

9 to 5 tells the story of three working women who unite against their boss. Featuring songs such as “I Just Might” and “Shine Like the Sun” and, of course, “9 to 5”, it’s a musical filled with country heart, sure to leave you do-si-doing out of the aisles!

What’s 9 to 5 about?

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 in the cast of 9 to 5 in the West End?

Amber Davies – Davies won the 2017 series of Love Island, and is also a trained musical theatre actress. She will be playing Judy.

Natalie McQueen – Performing the role of Doralee as made famous by Dolly Parton, McQueen currently stars in Kinky Boots as Lauren, and her previous credits include Les Miserables in the West End.

Brian Conley – The Olivier Award-nominated actor has previously appeared in shows such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jolson and is a regular pantomime favourite. He will be playing Franklin Hart Jr.

What songs are in the musical?

Act I:

  • 9 to 5
  • Around Here
  • Here for You
  • I Just Might
  • Backwoods Barbie
  • The Dance of Death
  • Cowgirl’s Revenge
  • Potion Notion
  • Joy to the Girls
  • Heart to Hart
  • Shine Like the Sun

Act II:

  • One of the Boys
  • 5 to 9
  • Always a Woman
  • Change It
  • Let Love Grow
  • Get Out and Stay Out
  • Finale

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.

What do critics say?

“I A-D-O-R-E-D this show”.
New York Theatre Guide.
Tulis McCall

“Unquestionably entertaining and likely to be pleasing Broadway audiences for some time.”
Back Stage
Erik Haagensen

“There is a terrific joie de vivre about 9 to 5.
The Telegraph
Charles Spencer

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.

Where is 9 to 5 the Musical playing in London?

9 to 5 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.

How can I buy 9 to 5 tickets?

9 to 5 tickets are available now.

Photo credit: Kristopher Harris (Flickr) under Creative Commons 2.0.