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Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 Musical Coming to Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne in 2022

8 February 2022 | 12:29 pm | Mallory Arbour

After being postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, Dolly Parton’s smash-hit musical 9 To 5 The Musical will play in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in 2022.

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After being postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, Dolly Parton’s smash-hit West End musical 9 to 5 The Musical will play at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, from 10 July this year.

“I am so excited that 9 to 5 is coming to Melbourne with this talented cast and crew leading the way,” said Parton. “The response to 9 to 5 from around the world has been incredible so far. I can't wait for everyone down under to have a fun (and funny!) night out at 9 to 5!”

Rehearsals have begun and the countdown is on to the much-anticipated Australian premiere of this hilarious musical at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney on 16 February, followed by a limited season at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane from 22 May.

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Producers John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia, Suzanne Jones and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions said, “We’re thrilled to be able to bring 9 to 5 to Melbourne at the beautiful State Theatre with our glorious cast led by Marina, Casey, Erin, Eddie and Caroline. Following the success of Dream Lover, Evita and Chicago at Arts Centre Melbourne, we know Melbourne audiences will flock to 9 to 5. Forget the Covid blues and join us for the most fun you’ll have all year!”

Marina Prior will play 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 will be 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 will be busy-body Roz Keith, the admin assistant who is fiercely - and unrequitedly - in love with her boss, while Eddie Perfect will play the controlling boss Franklin Hart Jnr.

Completing the cast are Lily Baulderstone, Ana Maria Belo, Zoe Coppinger, Mia Dabkowski-Chandler, Ben Gillespie, Emma Hawthorne, James Haxby, Emma Johns, Jay Johns, Ethan Jones, Antonia Marr, Josh Mulheran, Tom New, Jake O’Brien, Matthew Prime, Jackson Reedman, Jordan Tomljenovic and Jessica Vellucci.

A sensation on the West End and inspired by the hit 1980 comedy 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?

For more information and ticket details, go here.

Parton recently paired with Kelly Clarkson for a new recorded version of the catchy tune for an upcoming documentary about the significance and making of the film. Still Working 9 to 5 will have its world premiere at the 2022 South by Southwest Festival on March 13 – as will the new take on the iconic title song.

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