As previously reported, Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 is headed to the West End, with an opening night set for October 16 at the Manchester Opera House. The Daily Mail announces today that Jackie Clune will play "Violet," alongside Bonnie Langford as "Roz," Natalie Casey as "Judy," Ben Richards as "Franklin Hart" and Amy Lennox as "Doralee."
9 to 5: The Musical is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, based on the 1980 movie Nine to Five. Resnick had co-written the screenplay with Colin Higgins, the director of the film, in which Parton had her first screen role.
The musical premiered at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in September 2008 and opened on Broadway on April 30, 2009. It was nominated for 15 Drama Desk Awards, the most received by a production in a single year. It was also nominated for four Tony Awards. The Broadway production closed on September 6, 2009, and a National Tour began in September 2010.
The musical began previews on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on April 7, 2009, and officially opened on April 30, 2009. Joe Mantello directed, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Kenneth Posner, and projection design by Peter Nigrini and Peggy Eisenhauer. The opening night cast included Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty, and Marc Kudisch. 9 to 5 closed on September 6, 2009, after 148 performances and 24 previews.