The much anticipated stage musical version of the classic comedy 9 to 5 will have its first Broadway performance tonight in preparation for its official opening April 30.
Featuring an original score by Dolly Parton (including, of course, the movie's hit Oscar nominated title song) and starring Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Allison Janney in the iconic roles created on film by (respectively) Jane Fonda, Parton and Lily Tomlin, 9 to 5: The Musical had its world premiere last year in Los Angeles. That production, which has undergone some changes on its road to the Great White Way, won Parton and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked, Assassins) directs.
Our own Chris Carpenter had a chance to see the new tuner when it played in LA (click here for his review), as well as interview the show's librettist Patricia Resnick and producer Robert Greenblatt.