After wildly successful seasons in Sydney and Brisbane, Dolly Parton’s smash-hit West End musical, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, opens in Melbourne tonight. Internationally acclaimed and loved by audiences and critics alike, 9 TO 5 plays at the State Theatre – Arts Centre Melbourne until 18 September 2022.
An astonishing top line cast has been assembled to inhabit these iconic and much loved roles. Marina Prior plays Violet Newstead, a smart, sassy and efficient woman who has worked all her life at Consolidated Industries.
She has all it takes to run the company but there is one small issue … her boss! Casey Donovan is Judy Bernly, a newly separated, never worked before young woman who finds more than just a job at Consolidated Industries.
Erin Clare plays Doralee Rhodes, a ‘don’t mess with me’ well-brought-up, bright and beautiful country gal. She may look like a push over but is anything but! Caroline O’Connor is busy-body Roz Keith, the administration assistant who is fiercely – and unrequitedly – in love with her controlling boss, Franklin Hart Jnr. played by Eddie Perfect.
Completing the cast are Lily Baulderstone, Zoe Coppinger, Mia Dabkowski-Chandler, Ben Gillespie, Emma Hawthorne, James Haxby, Emma Johns, Jay Johns, Ethan Jones, Sarah Krndija, Antonia Marr, Josh Mulheran, Tom New, Jake O’Brien, Matthew Prime, Jackson Reedman, Jordan Tomljenovic and Jessica Vellucci.
“I am so excited that 9 TO 5 is finally opening in Melbourne,” said Dolly Parton. “I know the Australian fans will get a real kick out of this musical like people from other parts of the world have!”
A sensation on the West End and inspired by the hit film, the musical tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three enterprising workmates pushed to the edge by their mean-spirited boss Franklin Hart Jnr.
Resorting to wit, comradery and cunning, they dream up a no holds barred scheme to kidnap and turn the tables on their controlling supervisor in the most hilariously defiant of ways. The only question is, will the feisty trio manage to change the office culture to reach their full potential – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?
With a sparkling score by Dolly Parton and a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick, 9 TO 5 is the quintessential feel-good show for the times. Full of mischief, laughter and affection, it’s gold carat fun!
Set the alarm for a great night out at Dolly Parton’s joyous smash-hit musical 9 TO 5, featuring knock-out songs and high-flying ambitions. 9 TO 5 is pure gold carat fun!
“We’re thrilled to this hilarious and joyful show from Superstar Dolly Parton to Melbourne,” said Producers John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia, Suzanne Jones and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions.
With our incredibly talented cast, led by Marina, Casey, Erin, Caroline and Eddie, audiences are having a fantastic time and loving Dolly’s new songs. Join us for 9 TO 5. It will be the most fun you’ll have all year!”
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL
State Theatre – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Season continues to 18 September 2022
Festival Theatre – Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Adelaide
Season: 9 – 21 October 2022
For more information, visit: www.9to5themusical.com.au for details.
Image: The Australian Cast of 9 TO 5 The Musical – photo by David Hooley