Dolly Parton saves 9 to 5: The Musical

September 23, 2008  |  3:02pm
Almost thirty years after starring in the film version of Nine to Five, seven-time Grammy-winner Dolly Parton adapted the 1980 classic into her first musical. The Saturday premiere was attended by dozens of big-name stage patrons, including original cast members Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dabney Coleman. The show had been hyped as a crowd-pleaser, but Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater was less than thrilled when shortly after beginning, the performance was halted due to "technical difficulties."

Several minutes passed in relative silence (audience members reported the skirr of power tools behind the curtain), before Dolly took matters into her own hands. She stood up and, from the floor, orchestrated a sing-a-long rendition of the title song, "9 to 5."

During the next 20 minutes, Parton chatted about the show's origins and process of adaptation, did an impromptu Q & A, and sang her greatest songwriting claim to fame, "I Will Always Love You." The audience was reportedly good-humored during the delay. When the show went back up, it continued without further complications.

9 to 5: The Musical features 17 new songs by Dolly Parton. It was directed by Tony-winning Joe Mantello (Wicked) and boasts a distinguished cast. The show is slated to hit Broadway next April.

Related links:
9to5TheMusical.com
News: Dolly Parton to major labels: "You're History."
Reuters: "9 to 5" a wild and witty stage musical

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