Based on the 1980 movie of the same name, that starred Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, 9 to 5: The Musical premiered in Los Angeles in 2008, with all music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. In April 2009 it opened on Broadway, followed by a West End opening in 2012.
Reviewing the West End production, Ed Pilkington of The Guardian called the stage adaptation “a triumph” and praised Parton, describing her as “the real star of the show” and adding, “She is not on stage, but her presence fills it. She has composed a set of songs, accompanied with her own lyrics, that complement the original song. The greatest triumph of the night was that the film has been reinvented as a musical so successfully. It seemed improbable, given the cult status of the movie, but the stage show has met it and raised it, rather than being its pale imitation.”
9 to 5: The Musical will be another of several new productions for AOS in recent years, including All Shook Up and Made In Dagenham. 9 to 5: The Musical promises to be a lot of fun, both for the cast and for our audience in the Amey Theatre. So, mark your diary for October 2023 and be sure not to miss this production.