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. Tickets for 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre are on sale now.
Brian Conley is set to return to the production from 2nd March having opened the production with Bonnie Langfordand Natalie McQueen, who both remain in the cast. Louise Redknapalso returns to the cast to play Violet Newstead, one of the three office workers vying for revenge from their misogynistic boss, alongside McQueen's Doralee and Chelsea Halfpenny's Judy.
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.
Please note: Louise Redknapp will not be performing from 12th to 30th March 2020.
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’ ★★★★ Telegraph
'Jeff Calhoun’s slick and sparkly production is a nostalgia trip with awesome authenticity.’ ★★★★ Mail on Sunday
‘Yee-ha! A joyous blast’ ★★★★ Times
9 to 5 the Musical Synopsis
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.
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
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.
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 Newstead
Louise 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...
David Hasselhoff is set to join the West End cast of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 the Musical, which currently runs in London at the Savoy Theatre, over Christmas.
The Baywatch star is set to take over from Brian Conley in the role of Franklin Hart Jr, a sexist, egotistical CEO and boss of Doralee, Violet and Judy – three of his employees who are pushed to the edge and forced to take revenge.
Based on the film starring Parton, Hasselhoff will perform numbers such as “Here For...
It has been announced that Caroline Sheen will reprise her performance as Violet in 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre.
After stepping into the role following Louise Redknapp’s injury in rehearsals, Sheen played Violet from the show’s opening, continuing in the role until to 22nd March, with Redknapp making her debut performance in 9 to 5 on 25th March.
Sheen will assume the role from 4th July, following the previous announcement that Louise Redknapp playing her final...
It has been announced that 9 to 5 will be extended at the Savoy Theatre, with a booking period to April 2020.
Based on the 1980 film of the same name, the musical follows three colleagues who work together, formulating a plan to get rid of their boss, who they deem egotistical and sexist. The musical features original music by Dolly Parton, including "9 to 5", "Backwoods Barbie" and "Get Out and Stay Out".
The West End premiere of 9 to 5 opened at the Savoy Theatre in...
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...
Images have been released for the West End premiere of 9 to 5, currently playing at the Savoy Theatre.
9 to 5 tells the story of three female workers at Consolidated Industries as they dream up ways to get rid of their boss Franklin Hart Jr, with a soundtrack including “9 to 5”, “Get Out and Stay Out” and “Always A Woman”.
Caroline Sheen, Amber Davies and Natalie McQueen star as the female trio of workers Violet, Judy and Doralee respectively, with McQueen playing the...
It has been announced that Louise Redknapp has had to delay her upcoming performances in 9 to 5, after an injury earlier this week.
Louise Redknapp was scheduled to appear in 9 to 5 as Violet alongside a cast including Bonnie Langford, Brian Conley and Amber Davies, with Redknapp set to make her West End debut from 28th January.
The actress set to step in to play the role during Louise’s absence will be announced shortly.
In a statement commenting on Redknapp's...
The full casting has been announced for the upcoming West End premiere of 9 to 5 the Musical at the Savoy Theatre, with Bonnie Langford set to play Roz Keith.
Langford is currently playing Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. In 2012, she starred in the national tour of 9 to 5 the Musical, where she played Roz Keith alongside a cast including Natalie Casey and Ben Richards. Her previous West End credits include The Lady of the Lake in...