9 to 5 The Musical
Three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can't do, even in a man's world.
Show Essentials
8
Roles
+ Ensemble
12
Rated
2
Acts

Full Synopsis

Act One

As different members of the ensemble appear, we meet Violet, the working mother, and her son Josh. The sexy country-gal, Doralee and her husband Dwayne, are next. Finally, the new employee, Judy, introduces herself ("9 To 5").

We arrive at the Office Bullpen. Violet is introduced to Judy, and Judy reveals that her husband left her for a younger woman, which is why she doesn't have much work experience. Violet shows her the ropes and introduces her to the other women in the office, including Doralee ("Around Here"). Next, she introducers her to Franklin Hart. He is the epitome of a pompous, smarmy boss and immediately sends them off to fetch his coffee. Doralee comes in for dictation but Hart begins an aggressive flirtation. She refuses his advances despite his numerous attempts to get her into compromising positions; he vows to have his way with her ("I'm Here For You"). The pursuit is abruptly interrupted by his wife, Missy.

In the Filing Room, Violet and the office gals are gossiping. Joe, a junior accountant, asks Violet out, but she rejects him. She believes she is too old. Back in the Xerox room, Judy is desperately trying to clean up a mess of papers everywhere - Hart berates her for it. As Judy tries to hide the tears, it only becomes worse when her husband shows up to drop off divorce papers. Meanwhile, at Violet and Josh's home, Violet is fixing the garage door. Josh wants his mother to relax and gives her a doobie. At first she refuses, but eventually has him put it inside her purse. Simultaneously, when Doralee complains to Dwayne that the girls at work treat her like an outcast, he reminds her that Texans are not quitters ("I Just Might").

Back in the Bullpen, the secretaries are preparing to leave for lunch. Maria is convinced the men make more money than the women, while Judy is getting overwhelmed on the phone bank. Doralee asks if anyone wants to grab lunch, but even Violet and Judy won't let her join their group. Lonely, she still feels misunderstood and judged ("Backwoods Barbie"). Doralee is then called in to Hart's office to fix his chair, and she learns that Hart has been saying he's sleeping with her, which is why the office has been shunning her. Roz comes in to tell him of Maria's attempt to find out salary information of the office employees. Hart wants to fire her, but Roz says that he legally cannot. Angry, Hart leaves to fire her himself if Roz. Overwhelmed and extremely impressed, Roz basks in her feelings for Hart ("Heart to Hart").

Violet, Doralee, and Judy, who are upset by Maria's firing, meet at the elevators. With mixed emotions, the three decide to take a coffee break...they end up in Violet's living room, smoking her son's doobie. The gals indulge, one at a time, in their own fantasy of how they'll get their revenge on Hart. Judy imagines a film noir style dance that ends with a stiletto in Hart's crotch ("Dance of Death"), Doralee imagines lassoing him down and permanently branding him ("Cowgirl's Revenge"), and Violet imagines brewing him a magic, poisonous concoction ("Potion Notion"). They revel in their victory ("Joy to the Girls").

The next day, in the coffee area, Violet is complaining to Joe about having to shop for rat poison and having to make Hart's coffee. They have a moment. During this, Violet mistakenly pours rat poison instead of sweetener into Hart's coffee. Hart comes in and makes a crack about Violet, and Joe almost manages to confront him. In the mix, Violet realizes her mistake and rushes to Judy and Doralee in the Ladies Room. She tells them what she has done, and they agree to wait and see what happens. Roz overhears the entire exchange in a neighboring stall and she rushes to the elevator bank to tell Hart he's been poisoned, and Hart concocts a plan to hide, while Roz tells the gals that he's been rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

The gals arrive at the hospital looking for Hart. They overhear a cop talking about a guy being killed by poison. They assume it's Hart and try to find his body. Violet grabs a doctor's coat and impersonates a doctor, but they are unable to find him. They head back to the office to try and hide the evidence. Doralee goes into Hart's office to find his coffee cup and Hart appears, scaring her. Hart attempts to blackmail her, threatening to call the cops. Fed up, Doralee hogties him with the phone cord and the three decide to take him hostage in his own house ("Shine Like The Sun").

Act Two

Back at the office, Roz is looking for Hart. She is concerned he hasn't called her back. Violet realizes they have to find a way to blackmail Hart to keep him quiet. They find he has an extra set of company books, but they have to be able to prove he's legitimately stealing from the company. In the meantime, they decide to post some changes from Hart to boost employee morale and lighten up the office environment. When the changes go over so well, Judy and Doralee voice their feelings that Violet should be the permanent CEO of the company. She imagines what that would be like ("One of the Boys").

Next, in order to keep her from meddling, the gals send Roz off on a language immersion course in Denver. She is sent away for a month learning French and she reflects on her love for Hart before departing ("5 to 9"). Once Roz leaves, the girls put more of their office changes into effect, including rehab for Margaret, daycare for the other ladies, and rehiring Maria. Over the course of the next few weeks, the whole office gets remade into a happier, more productive place ("Change It").

At lunch, Joe remarks to Violet that someone else must be running the office since he's enjoying coming to work so much. Violet evades him, but eventually she tells Joe the truth of their ploy. Joe offers to help with the books, but wants Violet to go out with him. She is still mourning her husband who died three years ago and isn't sure she has the ability to love another man. He encourages her to open up to him ("Let Love Grow").

Over at Hart's House, Judy is babysitting Hart. Her ex-husband, Dick, has followed her. He reveals that the relationship with his mistress was unsuccessful, and he wants her back. Judy refuses and explains to him that she is not the same person she once was ("Get Out and Stay Out").

Later, Violet, Joe and Doralee enter Hart's office to finalize their evidence against him, when he suddenly bursts in with Judy and Doralee's gun. He was able to escape and has now turned the tables on them. When the group attempts to blackmail him, he calls their bluff and prepares to contact the authorities. Before he can, Margaret enters to announces that the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Tinsworthy, is on his way up to the office. Tinsworthy arrives demanding to know who is responsible for the 20% increase in company productivity. Hart tries to tell him about being taken hostage but Violet wisely preempts him and comes clean. Tinsworthy, believing it is all a prank, dismisses the claims; he wants to send Hart to Bolivia for the opening of their next big operation and Violet will replace Hart as CEO of the company ("Finale").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Violet
The company's Head Secretary and Mr. Hart's Administrative Assistant, she is a single mother and typically stands up for what she believes in. Attractive, strong, ambitious.
Gender: female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Doralee
A young, sexy spitfire who works at Mr. Hart's office. She is proof that there is more to a woman than just her looks.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Judy
The "new" girl at the firm, she has been burned by her husband's affair and is searching for personal empowerment. Insecure, determined, and hopeful.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 35
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Franklin Hart
One of the firm's executives and a notorious chauvinist. He is capable of faking charm but usually shows his true colors as an arrogant, self-absorbed boss.
Gender: male
Age: 45 to 50
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: C3
Roz Keith
The attentive office gossip queen and snitch. She has an unrequited love for Mr. Hart and will do anything she can to win his approval.
Gender: female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Joe
A handsome, young office accountant. Genuine and nice, and smitten with Violet.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Dwayne
Doralee's attractive husband. He is very supportive of her professional pursuits.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: E2
Josh
Violet's awkward teenage son.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 18
Missy
Franklin Hart's wife, clueless to her husband's true nature.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 35
Maria
A young and vibrant secretary in Hart's office.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F4
Dick
Judy's soon-to-be ex-husband. An average guy, he is sporting a little less hair and a little more paunch than he did ten years ago.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Kathy
A secretary in Hart's office with a tendency to gossip.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G4
Margaret
A secretary in Hart's office with a tendency to drink.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Tinsworthy
Franklin Hart's boss and Chariman of the Board. A good man, who may be wiser to Hart's ways than he lets on.
Gender: male
Age: 50 to 65
Ensemble
Office employees, police officers, hospital employees.
Full Song List
9 to 5 The Musical: 9 to 5
9 to 5 The Musical: Around Here
9 to 5 The Musical: Here For You
9 to 5 The Musical: I Just Might
9 to 5 The Musical: Backwoods Barbie
9 to 5 The Musical: Heart to Hart
9 to 5 The Musical: Dance O' Death
9 to 5 The Musical: Cowgirl's Revenge
9 to 5 The Musical: Potion Notion
9 to 5 The Musical: Joy to the Girls
9 to 5 The Musical: Shine Like the Sun
9 to 5 The Musical: One of the Boys
9 to 5 The Musical: 5 to 9
9 to 5 The Musical: Change It
9 to 5 The Musical: Let Love Grow
9 to 5 The Musical: Get out and Stay Out
9 to 5 The Musical: Finale: 9 to 5

Show History

Inspiration

9 to 5: The Musical is based on the 1980 American comedy film 9 to 5. Written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, and directed by Higgins, the film concerns three working women living out their fantasies of getting even with, and their successful overthrow of, the company's boss. It starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman.

9 to 5 was a hit, grossing over $3.9 million in its opening weekend at the box office in the U.S. and is the 20th highest-grossing comedy film of all time. The film is also number 74 on the American Film Institute's "100 Funniest Movies".

Productions

9 to 5: The Musical is a musical based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It features a book by Patricia Resnick, based on the screenplay by Resnick and Colin Higgins. It first began its life in a reading on January 19, 2007, and later in a week-long workshop beginning June 20, 2007, that culminated in an industry presentation in New York on June 28, 2007.

9 to 5: The Musical then had a world premiere out-of-town engagement at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles beginning previews September 9, 2008, before officially opening on September 20, 2008, and running through October 19, 2008.

Following its Los Angeles premiere, the musical opened on Broadway on April 30, 2009, and ran for 24 previews and 148 performances before closing on September 6, 2009. The production was directed by Joe Mantello with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and featured such cast notables as Allison Janey, Megan Hilty, Stephanie J. Block, and Mark Kudisch.

Subsequently, the first national tour began at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville on September 21, 2010. Jeff Calhoun took over as director and choreographer, in the production, and a few edits were made to the show, shortening the second act. The 10-month tour concluded on July 31, 2011, at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

In addition to the national tour, 9 to 5: The Musical also launched a UK National Tour and has enjoyed much regional success in theatres such as Music Theatre of Wichita, Theatre by the Sea, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and Ogunquit Playhouse.

Cultural Influence

  • On July 28, 2009, 9 to 5: The Musical(Original Broadway Cast Recording) was released by Dolly Records.

Trivia

  • On top of the awards it won, 9 to 5: The Musical was nominated for 4 Tony Awards, an additional record breaking 14 Drama Desk Awards, including one for Outstanding Musical , 3 Drama League Awards, 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 7 LA Ovation Awards, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album .
  • Actress Bebe Neuwirth was a part of 9 to 5: The Musical in its early developmental stages.

Critical Reaction

"Goofily entertaining." - New York Post

"Fresh and original... bouncy and big-hearted songs." - New York Daily News

"A nostalgic crowd-pleaser." - Variety

"The film's translation to the Broadway stage is such a triumph." - The Guardian

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Based on the Twentieth Century Fox film

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STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASSACOUSTIC BASS , ELECTRIC BASS
DRUMSDRUM KIT , MARK TREE , PADS , TAMBOURINE , TIMBALES , TYPEWRITER PAD
GUITARELECTRIC GUITAR , ELECTRIC W/SLIDE , HOLLOW BODY ELECTRIC, MANDOLIN , NYLON ACOUSTIC GTR. , ROUND NECK DOBRO , TELECASTER
GUITAR 2ACOUSTIC GUITAR , ARCHTOP , ELECTRIC GUITAR , HOLLOW BODY ELECTRIC, STEEL STRG ACOUSTIC , TELECASTER
KEYBOARD 2
PERCUSSIONALARM SFX , BELLS , BONGOS , CABASA , CASTANETS , CAXIXI , CHA CHA BELL , CHIMES , CONCERT BASS DRUM , CONGAS , COWBELL , CRASH CYMBAL , CROTALES , EGG SHAKER , GOSPEL TAMBOURINE , MARK TREE , MEDIUM SHAKER , PADS , RATCHET , ROCK & ROLL TAMB. , SHAKER , SLAPSTICK , SNARE DRUM , SUSPENDED CYMBAL , TAM TAM , TAMBOURINE , TEMPLE BLOCKS , TIMPANI , TRIANGLE , VIBES , WOODBLOCKS , XYLOPHONE
REED 1ALTO SAXOPHONE , CLARINET , FLUTE , PICCOLO
REED 2BARITONE SAXOPHONE , BASS CLARINET , CLARINET , FLUTE , TENOR SAXOPHONE
TROMBONE
TRUMPETFLUGELHORN , TRUMPET
TRUMPET 2FLUGELHORN , TRUMPET