The award-winning Broadway hit based on the 1980 cult classic movie, “9 to 5: The Musical” is set to keep the summer entertainment going full speed at Maine State Music Theatre.
“I get letters every year saying ‘When are you doing 9 to 5?,’”said MSMT Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. “The movie was one of the most hilarious ever written, and the success of the stage show is the fact that they’ve found a way to transfer the humor of that film onto the stage – it’s outstanding!”
With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, who co-authored the film, “9 to 5: The Musical” opened on Broadway in 2009, after an out-of-town preview in Los Angeles. A national tour hit the road in 2010, as well as subsequent regional, stock, and international productions including a wildly successful revival on London’s West End.
“9 to 5: The Musical” official opening was July 20 at the Pickard Theatre at Bowdoin College. Performances continue through Aug. 5.
The cast includes MSMT favorites Lauren Blackman as the “Lily Tomlin” character Violet Newstead; MSMT “The Color Purple” breakout star Jaden Dominique as the “Jane Fonda” character Judy Bernly; and Carolyn Anne Miller, fresh from her performance as Kate in “Titanic,” taking on the role made popular by Parton herself, Doralee Rhodes. Kevin Earley, also featured in MSMT’s “Titanic,” plays the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss” Franklin Hart, with MSMT stalwart Charis Leos as Roz, his long-suffering office snoop.
Also featured in “9 to 5: The Musical” are Alicia Babin, Micheal Di Liberto, Stephane Duret, David Girolmo, Lucy Godinez, Stephanie Maloney, Sarah Miramontes, Michael Olaribigbe, J.P. Qualters, Mandie Rapoza and Davon Williams. Rounding out the ensemble are the 2023 MSMT Singers: Collin Flanagan, Jasmine Gillenwaters, Elijah James, Jalen Kirkman, Chelsea Pena, Camila V. Romero, Albert Sterner and Cari Walton.MSMT’s production and creative team of “9 to 5: The Musical:” Kenny Ingram (director/choreographer), Aaron McAllister (music director), Amy Bertacini (production stage manager), Bill Mohney (scenic design), Ryan Joyner (projections), Annalise V. Caudle (lighting), Shannon Slaton (sound design), Katie Dowse (costume design), and Kevin Foster (wig and hair design).
Tickets can be purchased only by calling the Box Office at 207.725.8769 or by visiting www.msmt.org. The Pickard Theater is at 1 Bath Road in Brunswick.