Producers John Frost, Suzanne Jones and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions have announced the dazzling group of performers who will comprise the ensemble in the upcoming Australian Premiere of Dolly Parton’s smash-hit musical 9 to 5.
The ensemble members are Ana Maria Belo, Amy Berrisford, Zoe Coppinger, Mia Dabkowski-Chandler, Josh Gates, Ben Gillespie, Emma Hawthorne, Matthew Jenson, Jay Johns, Ethan Jones, Ariana Mazzeo, Joe Meldrum, Jordanna Morandin, Josh Mulheran, Tom New, Matthew Prime, Melissa Russo and Glaston Toft.
“Our director Jeff Calhoun auditioned over 1000 performers, and has chosen this wonderful selection to play the multitude of roles in 9 to 5,” said the producers. “The strength of any show is revealed by the talent in the ensemble, and this ensemble will be second to none.”
Starring Caroline O’Connor, Marina Prior, Samantha Dodemaide and Erin Clare, this run-away success on the West End features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton, including her much-loved hit song, 9 to 5!
9 to 5 The Musical opened at London’s Savoy Theatre in January last year, initially for a 16 week season and surpassed all audience expectations. It has been extended multiple times and is now selling until April. Perhaps a whole new generation of Dolly fans are treating themselves to a fun night out on the West End!
9 to 5 tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three workmates pushed to boiling point by their egotistical, sexist boss Franklin Hart Jnr. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the ladies manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?
9 to 5 The Musical plays the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 19 April, before heading to Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from 25 July 2020. For more information, visit: www.9to5themusical.com.au for details.
Image: 9 to 5 The Musical (West End Cast) – photo by Pamela Raith Photography