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. Read more
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.