January 12, 2011

9 to 5: The Musical


Doralee, Violet, and Judy are three very different women. Their lives intersect while working in an office in the 1970s in the musical 9 to 5 on stage now at Broadway Across America. Many will remember the 1980 movie, on which the show is based. The trio has been exploited in various ways by their chauvinist boss, Mr. Hart, for too long. They decide to kidnap him and run the office themselves.

The show is undeniably dated, women no longer put up with what was considered "normal" in 1970s offices. At the same time, the more important theme, friendship, is still relevant. Diana DeGarmo is Doralee Rhodes (originally played by Dolly Parton), a busty, country blonde too often judged by her looks. DeGarmo is the spitting image and sound of Parton herself. Dee Hoty plays Violet with a flustered, but competent sincerity. She shines in fast-paced numbers like "Around Here."


Judy (Mamie Parrisas) is newly single and trying to find her footing and self-worth after being left by her husband. She transitions from timid to tough throughout the show. The beginning and end of the show are narrated, via video, by Dolly Parton herself and no one can quite compare to Parton's own presence.

The playful show is the equivalent to a popcorn flick, lots of laughs. Don't look for a life-altering moral, but it's certainly entertaining.

Don't Miss the Show

The show runs until Sunday, Jan. 16 at Clowes Memorial Hall so hurry to get tickets to the show. Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, The Murat Theatre, by calling (800)-982-2787 or online at www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Photos Courtesy of Broadway Across America

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