9 to 5: The Musical, the theatrical Broadway version of the kitschy ’80s movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, made headlines this week when it was given the pink slip from Broadway — the latest victim of the hard economic times.
But what is Broadway's loss is Nashville's gain.
The national tour of 9 to 5: The Musical will open at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center next year.
The first launch of its kind at TPAC, the musical comedy, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, will be rehearsed in Andrew Jackson Hall for several weeks, prior to opening the 2010-2011 season of HCA/TriStar Broadway at TPAC, September 21-26, 2010, and moving on to major cities nationwide.
“We’re thrilled. We loved the show in New York and Nashville is the perfect place to rehearse and open 9 to 5 before it tours to major cities nationwide,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “We’re especially proud to be selected for this honor because Tennessee’s own Dolly Parton wrote the score for the musical comedy and TPAC invested in the Broadway production through our membership in the Independent Presenters Network. So, for numerous reasons, we are highly invested in the success of this show."
Plus, O'Brien noted that TPAC opened its doors the same year the film version of 9 to 5 was released.
Winner of seven Grammy Awards and named “Entertainer of the Year” by the Country Music Association in 1977, among hosts of honors, Parton won widespread acclaim for her first screen role in 9 to 5, co-starring with Fonda and Tomlin as spirited office workers who considered themselves “just a step on the boss-man’s ladder.”
In addition to the success of the film, her Grammy-winning title song struck a chord with millions of Americans. The catchy tune reached No. 1 on the country, pop and adult charts. The multi-talented Parton wrote 16 new songs for the stage musical and was actively involved in its development, marking her debut as a Broadway composer and lyricist.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better experience on my first Broadway show,” Parton said. “I’ve had the privilege of working with an amazing group of people who have become like family to me. I can’t wait for this show to hit the road so people across the country can see why I’m so proud of everyone involved. And I'm so pleased that we'll be opening the tour in Nashville. Great things happen in Nashville.”