Tuesday, March 27

Dolly Parton's 9 To 5 tour booking opens today

Dolly Parton’s musical version of the movie 9 To 5 kicks off a UK tour on October 12th at the Manchester Opera House. So far ten theatres have been booked for the tour which opens at Manchester Opera House on 12th October. It will then visit the New Wimbledon Theatre (22nd-27th October), Sunderland Empire (29th October-3rd November), Woking New Victoria (5th-10th November), Glasgow King's Theatre (12th-17th November), Stoke Regent Theatre (19th-24th November), Edinburgh Playhouse (26th November-1st December), Oxford New Theatre (3rd-8th December), Theatre Royal Brighton (10th-15th December) and Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre (17th December-5 January, 2013).

Tickets go on sale today at 9 minutes to 5! (16:51).

Dolly wrote the music and lyrics for the stage musical ranging from rockabilly to rhythm and blues. She will be heading to the UK to attend one or two rehearsals. She was in the 1980 film version, with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.  9 to 5 is about female office workers getting their own back on a sexist male boss who goes too far.  The book by Patricia Resnick (co-writer of the original screenplay) tells the story of three unlikely friends who 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 played on Broadway from April-September 2009 and was nominated for 15 Drama Desk Awards (the most received by a production in a single year) and four Tony Awards, including Best Score.

Dolly Parton said:  "I am so excited that 9 To 5 the Musical is coming to the UK. I'm hoping you have as much fun watching it as I had writing the music for it. 9 to 5 the Musical is perfect for anyone that's ever wanted to string up their boss, which is almost all of us."

The show has been touring in the USA since 2010 and has been redirected by Jeff Calhoun, who took over directing duties from Joe Mantello.

If 9 To 5 works on tour it may well come in to London’s West End next year.

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