Round Barn Theatre presenting ‘9 to 5: The Musical’
NAPPANEE — Since 1980, fans of Dolly Parton have strolled to and from work with her “Ode to the Grind” emanating from their lips.
The 1980 film, for which the song was conceived starred Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Parton and is in the top 20 highest grossing comedies in American film history.
Adapted from the film and featuring a brand-new score by seven-time Grammy Award winner Dolly Parton, “9 to 5: The Musical” opened on Broadway in 2008.
It received 15 Drama Desk Award nominations – the most received by a production in a single year – as well as four Tony Award nominations.
This classic of the stage and screen will open Tuesday, July 30, on the Joseph Stein Stage at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres.
“9 to 5: The Musical” tells the tale of unlikely friends Violet, Doralee and Judy who work each mundane day under Franklin Hart, Jr., president of Consolidated Industries in Manhattan.
Hart exploits and mistreats his subordinates regularly, taking credit for Violet’s work while refusing to promote her on the basis that “clients would rather deal with men when it comes to figures.”
Pushed to the boiling point by Hart, the three concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss.
They conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world.
“9 to 5: The Musical” is the hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era.
Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, “9 to 5: The Musical” features a toe-tapping score by Dolly Parton that will have audiences humming all the way home.
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.”
“9 to 5: The Musical” will be directed and choreographed by Round Barn Theatre patron favorite and perennial leading lady, Amber Burgess.
Burgess returns after directing and choreographing the well received production of Sisters of Swing in 2012.
As a performer, Burgess will be remembered by Round Barn Theatre audiences for her work as June Sanders in “Smoke on the Mountain,” Mrs. Meers in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Betty Haynes in “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” and Marian the Librarian in “The Music Man,” plus Lilli/Katherine in “Kiss Me Kate.”
The cast stars RBT alumni Emily Baer Dunn as Violet. Emily wowed audiences with her portrayal as Grizabella in “Cats” and Dolly in “Hello, Dolly!” to name a few. Emily is joined by yet another RBT alumni Sarah Philabaum, who is currently portraying Ruth Winters in “Plain and Fancy,” with newcomer Angie Fisher who has been impressing Round Barn audiences with her portrayal of Katie Yoder in the 27th anniversary production of “Plain and Fancy” as well.
Sarah and Angie are portraying Doralee and Judy respectively.
The cast will also feature returning alumni Rory Dunn, Steven Freitas, Benjamin Lee Jackson, Timothy Leonard and Sarah McGowan.
All patrons are invited to join the cast and the staff of Amish Acres for an opening night reception which includes wine, cheese, information about the show and a toast to opening night.
The reception will take place in the Wine Tasting Loft in the Restaurant Barn on Tuesday, July 30, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The cast, director and Round Barn Theatre staff will be mingling during a meet and greet and also readily available to give you their insight into the production.
In addition, learn the history and research that went into the making of the show from Artistic Director Jeremy Littlejohn and Executive Producer Richard Pletcher.
“9 to 5: The Musical” opens on Tuesday, July 30 and runs through Sept. 1.
Theatre tickets can be combined with Amish Acres famous family style Threshers Dinner or a special Theme Dinner served on Friday, Aug. 16 and 23 at a savings.
The second half of The Round Barn Theatre season continues with the rollicking musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” followed by the prolific murder mystery “Arsenic and Old Lace” during Fall Harvest Days in October.
The 2013 season will conclude with a revival of L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wizard of Oz” for the holidays.
A complete show schedule, ticket availability, and reservations can be obtained by calling the Box Office at 800-800-4942 ext. 2 or online at www.amishacres.com.