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9 to 5: The Musical - A Hilarious and Empowering Adaptation of the Iconic Film

9 to 5: The Musical - A Hilarious and Empowering Adaptation of the Iconic Film

9 to 5: The Musical is a musical comedy based on the 1980 film of the same name, starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin. The musical features a Tony-nominated score by Parton herself and a book by the film's screenwriter Patricia Resnick. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2009 and has since been produced in various countries and regions, including the UK, Australia, Brazil, and Germany.

9 To 5 Musical Script Download Pdf

The musical follows the story of three female coworkers who are fed up with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical boss. They decide to take matters into their own hands and give him a taste of his own medicine. Along the way, they discover their own strengths and form a lasting friendship. The musical is full of catchy songs, witty dialogue, and hilarious situations that celebrate female empowerment and workplace justice.

If you are a fan of the film or of Dolly Parton's music, you will love this musical adaptation that captures the spirit and humor of the original. You can download the script for free from Music Theatre International[^1^] or Scribd[^2^] and enjoy reading along with the soundtrack. You can also watch some clips from the Broadway production on YouTube or find out if there is a local production near you.

9 to 5: The Musical is a fun and uplifting show that will make you laugh, sing, and cheer for these three amazing women who prove that anything is possible if you work hard and stick together.Here are some more details about the musical and its production history.

The Musical Numbers

The musical features 18 songs, most of which were written by Dolly Parton specifically for the show. Some of the songs are based on or inspired by her previous hits, such as "9 to 5", "Backwoods Barbie", and "Shine Like the Sun". The songs cover a range of genres and styles, from country to pop to rock to gospel. The songs express the characters' emotions, motivations, and aspirations, as well as advance the plot and provide comic relief.

Some of the highlights of the musical numbers are:

  • "9 to 5" - The opening number that introduces the main characters and their daily struggles at work.

  • "Around Here" - Violet, the senior office manager, sings about her high standards and expectations for her subordinates.

  • "Backwoods Barbie" - Doralee, the blonde secretary, reveals her true self and her dreams of being more than just a pretty face.

  • "I Just Might" - Judy, the newly divorced newcomer, expresses her hope and determination to start a new life.

  • "Heart to Hart" - The ensemble sings about their disdain and frustration with their boss, Franklin Hart Jr.

  • "Shine Like the Sun" - Violet, Doralee, and Judy celebrate their successful plan to kidnap Hart and take over the office.

  • "One of the Boys" - Violet imagines herself as the CEO of the company and how she would run things differently.

  • "5 to 9" - Hart's wife, Missy, sings about her lonely and boring life without her husband.

  • "Change It" - Violet, Doralee, and Judy implement various changes in the office to improve the working conditions and morale of the employees.

  • "Let Love Grow" - Violet and her love interest, Joe, confess their feelings for each other.

  • "Get Out and Stay Out" - Judy confronts her ex-husband, Dick, who tries to get back with her, and tells him to leave her alone.

  • "9 to 5 (Finale)" - The closing number that reprises the theme song and celebrates the achievements and happiness of the three women.

The Production History

The musical was first developed in 2005 by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick, who wanted to update the film's story and message for a modern audience. They worked with director Joe Mantello and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler to create a workshop production that was presented in Los Angeles in 2007. The workshop received positive feedback from critics and audiences, and led to a pre-Broadway tryout in Los Angeles in 2008. The tryout featured Allison Janney as Violet, Megan Hilty as Doralee, Stephanie J. Block as Judy, and Marc Kudisch as Hart. The tryout was also well-received and made some minor changes before moving to Broadway in 2009.

The Broadway production opened at the Marquis Theatre on April 30, 2009, with the same cast as the tryout. The production received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances of the leads and the music of Parton, but criticized the book and direction for being too faithful to the film and lacking originality. The production was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Original Score for Parton. The production closed on September 6, 2009, after 148 performances.

The musical then embarked on a US national tour in 2010-2011, with Dee Hoty as Violet, Diana DeGarmo as Doralee, Mamie Parris as Judy, and Joseph Mahowald as Hart. The tour visited 26 cities across the country and received positive reviews from local critics and audiences. The tour also made some changes to the script and score to make them more suitable for touring venues.

The musical made its West End debut at the Savoy Theatre on January 28, 2019, with Louise Redknapp as Violet (later replaced by Caroline Sheen), Amber Davies as Judy, Natalie McQueen as Doralee, and Brian Conley as Hart. The production was directed by Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Lisa Stevens. The production received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the cast's energy and charisma, as well as Parton's involvement in promoting the show. The production was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards e0e6b7cb5c


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