Workin' '9 to 5' with a whole new company


What a way to make a livin'. Dolly Parton had her biggest pop single with "9 to 5," the Oscar-nominated title song from the 1980 film she starred in with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and a lecherous, leering Dabney Coleman. A generation later, the singer-songwriter had turned the workplace comedy about sexism, sisterhood and payback into a stage musical.

Parton wrote the words and music for "9 to 5: The Musical," which will have its world premiere run Sept. 20-Oct. 19 as the season-opening show at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Multiple Emmy winner Allison Janney leads the cast that includes Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Broadway veteran Marc Kudisch as the boss.

" '9 to 5' was my first movie, and it was an amazing experience," Parton said. "All these years later, the story of these three inspiring ladies who stand up against their sadistic boss is still close to my heart. It's been a lifelong dream of mine to write a musical. "

The show's book is by Patricia Resnick, who co-wrote the "9 to 5" screenplay. Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello will direct.