ON STAGE: Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5 Is A Smash!

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(PR)“What’s fresh and original are Dolly Parton’s bouncy, big-hearted songs, which accompany the familiar title tune…’I Just Might’ [is] a bright, optimistic ballad. The best number, ‘Change It,’ is about the office but really addresses larger issues, and makes the show shine.”

–Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News, May 1, 2009

   It’s definitely “Hello, Dolly” time on Broadway.

   9 to 5—the smash film DOLLY PARTON starred in—is now a bona fide hit on Broadway, today scoring four Tony Awards, including “Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.” DOLLY wrote all the words and music specifically for the show–including her current hit single and video “Backwoods Barbie”–marking the first time the iconic music legend has ever written for a musical.  The musical also was nominated for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Allison Janney),” “Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Marc Kudisch)” and “Best Choreography (Andy  Blankenbuehler).”

    DOLLY says, “It’s a long way from Locust Ridge, Tennessee to Broadway!  I’m just so proud to be here and to be nominated for a Tony for writing the score for ‘9 to 5: The Musical.’  It’s a wonderful show and I’m proud to be part of it.  Thank God and thank you.”

   The musical—which opened on April 30 at the Marquis Theatre–also recently garnered a record-setting 15 Drama Desk Awards (including “Outstanding Musical,” “Outstanding Music” and “Outstanding Lyrics”) as well as three Drama League Award nominations (including “Distinguished Production of a Musical”).

The video for the “Backwoods Barbie” single (which she recently performed on Late Night With David Letterman) entered the GAC Top 20 Countdown at #5.  In just a few short weeks, the “Backwoods Barbie” video ascended to #6 on the CMT Video Chart and it also entered the CMT Top 20 Countdown at #17.

The critically acclaimed “9 to 5” musical previewed in Los Angeles late last year and won two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, for Musical Score and Choreography. 

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