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'9 to 5 the Musical' coming to ASU Gammage


January 07, 2011

'9 to 5 the Musical' was nominated for four 2009 Tony Awards® including Original Score and received a record breaking 15 Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Musical. This new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton's original hit title song along with her new Tony Award® and Grammy-nominated score. 9 to 5:  THE MUSICAL will open at ASU Gammage, February 22 and runs through February 27. Tickets are on sale now.

'9 to 5 the Musical' marked the Broadway debut of seven-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Dolly Parton as composer and lyricist.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better experience on my first Broadway show,” said Dolly Parton.  ‘I’ve had the privilege of working with an amazing group of people who have become like family to me.  I can’t wait for this show to hit the road so people across the country can see why I’m so proud of everyone involved.”

'9 to 5 the Musical' is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. This is the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do – even in a man's world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, '9 to 5 the Musical' is about teaming up and taking care of business... it's about getting credit and getting even.

Dee Hoty will play the role of Violet. She has earned three Tony nominations for her starring roles in Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and The Will Rogers Follies. She has appeared in “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and numerous television and film appearances.

The role of Judy will be played by Mamie Parris whose Broadway credits include the Tony-Nominated revival of Ragtime, 110 In the Shade and the Tony-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone.  She turned the road pink in the First National Tour of Legally Blonde the Musical, has sung with the Radio City Rockettes, toured with country music icon Kenny Rogers.

“American Idol” finalist, Diana DeGarmo has been cast in the role of Doralee Rhodes, made famous by the queen of country music and iconic songwriter, musician, movie star and entrepreneur Dolly Parton.  Diana gained overnight fame, at age 16, as a runner-up on the third season of television’s No. 1 series, “American Idol”.  Broadway credits include Hair, Hairspray and Brooklyn: The Musical.

'9 to 5 the Musical' book is by Patricia Resnick (co-writer of the original screenplay). The touring production will be directed and choreographed by Tony nominated, Jeff Calhoun. 

"I met Dolly Parton as a chorus kid dancing in the film ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ only a few years after ‘9 to 5’ was already a hit movie. It was a thrill to work with her then and an honor and privilege to be entrusted to direct and choreograph this exciting new tour of 9 to 5: The Musical” said Calhoun. 

The co–choreographer is Lisa Stevens, scenic design by Ken Foy, costume design by five time Tony Award® winner, William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award winner, Ken Billington, music supervision by Stephen Oremus and casting by Telsey + Company.

Tickets are on sale now at asugammage.com or by calling 1.800.982.2787. ASU Gammage is located on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe at Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard. The PROGRESSIVE® Broadway Across America – Arizona series is presented by ASU Gammage, Broadway Across America and US Airways. U.S. Bank is the official bank sponsor of thePROGRESSIVE® Broadway Across America – Arizona series.

About ASU Gammage
Located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. ASU Gammage is the home theater of the PROGRESSIVE® Broadway Across America – Arizona and Beyond series. Its mission is connecting communities by providing artistic excellence and educational outreach to the public. ASUGammage is an historic hall designed by internationally-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. 

About Broadway Across America
Broadway Across America is owned and operated by British theater producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events throughout a network of 43 North American cities. Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse live theater for productions on Broadway, across America and throughout the world. Broadway Across America most recently produced the Broadway productions of "Hair," "West Side Story" and Irving Berlin's "White Christmas." Upcoming productions include "Minsky's," "Promises, Promises," "Million Dollar Quartet" and the West End production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Touring productions include Nickelodeon's "Storytime Adventures" featuring Dora the Explorer and "Dreamgirls." For more information or to purchase tickets through an authorized agent go to BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.