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Workplace Hi-jinks and Musical Hits at Warren Wilson College

by Valorie Nichols

Warren Wilson Theater continues into spring with the dazzling country pop musical, 9 to 5, The Musical. Based on the 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton in her first screen role, 9 to 5 is a cult classic that has been nominated for four Tony awards and 15 Drama Desk Awards, the most received by a production in a single year. The title refers to the seemingly slow hours worked in your average joe office job. But long days at the office become much better with cowgirl lassoes, Disney woodland creatures, steamy musical numbers, recreational down-time with friends and best of all, getting back at your petty tyrant of a boss.

9 to 5, The Musical is an hilarious tale about three female employees and their trials, tribulations, and personal transformations as they work in the offices of Consolidated Inc., a.k.a. hell, under Franklin Hart Jr. Hart is a misogynistic, egotistical, sexist, hypocritical bigot, who thrives off of the work that his employees do and mocks them while he does it. In a few country-flavored numbers, the ladies demonstrate all the hard work they do for the wellbeing of themselves and the company. After accidentally tying up, shooting at, and kidnapping their boss, the ladies have to join together and use some creative thinking to cover up and resolve the matter. In a great display of traditional musical-comedy style, 9 to 5, The Musical typifies the soul of Dolly Parton, emboldens female empowerment, and speaks to anyone who has ever hated their boss, or been treated unfairly and fantasized about revenge.

This movie-to-stage adaptation will keep your feet tapping and lift your spirits as it brings back memories of a time before computers and cell phones. With music and lyrics done by multiple award-winning lyricist Dolly Parton, 9 to 5, The Musical works hard to entertain as the leading women themselves work hard to change their lives for the better. From book to film and then stage, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, The Musical has been called “dynamite,” “sensational,” and “a laugh riot,” by the LA Times and the Hollywood Reporter.

Director Candace Taylor says, “We’ve had such a great time working on 9 to 5, the musical! The music is terrific, and the students are giving it their all. To those of us who remember the movie, this is like a trip down memory lane.”

Warren Wilson Theatre commits itself to personal development and creative collaboration that empowers students to bring artistic visions to life. We strive to create some of the most exciting and interesting theatre in the Asheville area at exceptionally affordable prices. Interested theatergoers and prospective students may visit our website at www.warren-wilson.edu/~theatre and sign up for our e-newsletter.

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