Sometimes theatre is all in the timing. When the 1980 comedy 9 to 5 was first turned into a Broadway musical in 2009, it was just the latest in a run of film titles being opportunistically adapted for the stage; and it duly ran for only five months there. But now, in the wake of #MeToo, its story about sexual harassment and bullying in the office place, as well as unequal pay and opportunities for female workers there, carries a new resonance and relevance.And now when the tables are turned on...
9 to 5 the Musical Tickets
9 to 5 the Musical Information
Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 the Musical continues to thrill West End audiences at the Savoy Theatre, where the country music superstar's music has been telling the story of a group of office workers rising up, coming together and getting revenge on their seedy boss.
The musical opened on Broadway in 2009 at the Marquis Theatre, starring actress Megan Hilty. The production was nominated for four Tony Awards, including one for Parton herself who was up for Best Original Score. Reviews for the musical were generally positive, with The Guardian calling the musical “a triumph” when it opened in New York.
9 to 5 the Musical opened at the West End's Savoy Theatre on 17th February 2019 in the presence of Dolly Parton herself, who took to the stage during the curtain call to express her pride in the show and added that the cast 'made her look good!'.
9 to 5 the Musical has been performed in the UK before. Amy Lennox, Bonnie Langford and Natalie Casey starred in a UK tour of the show in 2012, and the musical played the fringe London venue Upstairs at the Gatehouse in 2017. A UK tour concluded in 2013, and tickets for the 2019 West End premiere at the Savoy are now on sale.
9 to 5 The Musical West End cast
The cast of the West End premiere of 9 to 5 starred Kinky Boots actress Natalie McQueen as Judy Bernly as Doralee Rhodes, Love Island winner Amber Davies as Judy Bernly and Olivier Award nominee and panto favourite Brian Conley as Franklin Hart. Bonnie Langford played Roz Keith when the show opened, while Caroline Sheen stepped in for an injured Louise Redknapp to play Violet Newstead, with Redknapp returning after she recovered.
9 to 5 the Musical soundtrack
The Broadway production of 9 to 5 the Musical featured some of Dolly's biggest hits, including "9 to 5", "Backwoods Barbie" and "Get Out and Stay Out", as well as original songs written for the show by Parton herself, such as "Around Here", "One of the Boys", "5 to 9" and "Heart to Hart". You can listen to songs from the Original Broadway Cast Recording here. Parton was nominated for the Tony Award for best original score in 2009, as well as the Grammy Award for best musical show album.
9 to 5 the Musical Reviews
Below are some reviews from the UK touring production of 9 to 5.
’A winning mix of raucous good humour and genuinely touching moments’
'Jeff Calhoun’s slick and sparkly production is a nostalgia trip with awesome authenticity.’
Mail on Sunday
‘Yee-ha! A joyous blast’
Featuring Dolly’s biggest hits such as “Always a Woman”, “Around Here” “Get Out and Stay Out”, and of course the title track 9 to 5, the musical is the story of three workers – Violet, Doralee and Judy – who work under their difficult boss Franklin Hart Jnr at Consolidated Industries. When it’s revealed Judy doesn’t have any work experience, the others take her under their wing and give her a few tips about surviving in an office environment.
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January 28th, 2019
May 23rd, 2020
Cast and creative
By: Book by Patricia Resnick
Songs by: Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Director: Jeff Calhoun
Design: Tom Rogers
Lighting: Howard Hudson
Costume: Jennie Falconer and Louise Nipper
Choreography: Lisa Stevens
Sound: Poti Martin
Cast List: Louise Redknapp, Brian Conley, Chelsea Halfpenny, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford, Victoria Anderson, Alexander Bartles, Stephanie Chandos, Conor Crown, Alexander Day, Rhiane Drummond, Demmileigh Foster, Ross Lee Fowkes, Molly-May Gardiner, Llandyll Gove, Ben Irish, Jenny Legg, Sean Needham, Jon Reynolds, Ricardo Spriggs, Antoine Thomas-Sturge, Sasha Wareham, Emily Woodford
Latest 9 to 5 the Musical News & Features
Louise Redknapp and Brian Conley will rejoin the West End cast of 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre. They will reprise the roles of Violet Newstead and Franklin Hart Jr in the musical's West End premiere, with performances to 23rd May 2020.Louise Redknapp to play Violet NewsteadLouise Redknapp will return to 9 to 5 to play Violet Newstead, previously appearing in the musical last year. Redknapp's debut performance in 9 to 5 last year was delayed due to injury in rehearsals, with Caroline Sheen...
Casting has been announced for the West End production of 9 to 5 the Musical, as a second production gears up to tour the UK.Amber Davies, the Love Island winner who made her West End debut in the musical in the role of Judy earlier this year, will play her final performance in the London production on 31st August before she joins the cast of the UK tour.Chelsea Halfpenny will join the cast in the role of Judy and make her West End debut in 9 to 5 from 2nd September. She began her acting career...
Louise Redknapp will return from injury and join the cast of 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre later this month, it has been announced. Redknapp was scheduled to play the role of Violet Newstead in 9 to 5 from 28th January, however she was forced to temporarily withdraw from the production due to injury, fracturing her wrist in a fall during rehearsals. Caroline Sheen stepped into the role of Violet Newstead, rehearsing with the cast of 9 to 5 and playing the role throughout previews and on the show's...
There's pressure when any performer takes to the stage in a major musical in the West End, that comes with the territory. But it's surely amplified when you're playing a role made famous by the legend whose name is above the door, in the musical titled after her biggest hit?It doesn't bother Natalie McQueen. She's currently playing Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5 the Musical, the role Dolly Parton played in the 1980 hit movie, and, while she's been paying close attention to the way Dolly walks and...
EDIT: Louise Redknapp has since rejoined the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical in London, and is scheduled to play the part of Violet until 30th June. Caroline Sheen is set to replace Louise Redknapp in the upcoming West End production of Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre.It was announced last week that Redknapp has had to withdraw from the production after sustaining an injury to her chin and a broken wrist after a nasty fall.Redknapp will be replaced by Sheen, who will now play the...
Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 is set to do-si-do its way into the West End next January, starring Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies and Natalie McQueen, here's everything you need to know about the musical before you buy tickets for its West End premiere.What is 9 to 5?The musical is adapted from a 1980 movie written and directed by Colin Higgins starring Dolly Parton. The country music legend wrote her now-signature song for the film, which has been voted one of the funniest 100 American films.In...
The Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 The Musical is set to open at London's Savoy Theatre, starring actress Louise Redknapp making her return to musical theatre.Featuring some of Parton's biggest hits as well as original numbers written for the show, the musical will also star Love Island winner Amber Davies, Kinky Boots actress Natalie McQueen, and West End leading man Brian Conley.9 to 5 The Musical will be at the Savoy Theatre from 28th January to 31st August 2019, and tickets are on sale now. 9...