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Dolly Parton is bringing ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ to Australia in 2020

When I say 'Yee', you say 'Haw'

The queen of all queens, Dolly Parton is set to bring the live-musical version of her hit 1980 comedy 9 to 5 to Australian stages next year.
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The highly-anticipated show will make its debut Down Under when it lands at Sydney Lyric Theatre in April 2020.

Okay, now that we’ve got the singalong over and done with, let’s dive into the show.

Originally starting out as a film starring power trio Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, 9 to 5 went on to become a five-season television sitcom, led by Parton’s younger sister. But as they say, good things never die, and in 2009,  9 to 5 was adapted for the stage – you really can’t stop a fab story about female empowerment in the workplace for living on.

The musical adaptation follows the same plot as the film. For anyone unfamiliar, we meet three workmates, Doralee, Violet and Judy, who are pushed too far by their sexist, egotistical boss. What follows is a whirlwind adventure, with our three stars plotting to kidnap their boss and get their revenge. Ahead of its time when it first opened in cinemas back in December 1980, still today – nearly forty years later – the message that underpins 9 to 5 is still just as relevant and important.

When the smash musical was first reimagined for Broadway in 2009, Parton received a Grammy nod and Tony nomination for the original music she composed, so expect plenty of feel-good tunes to sing along to.

It made its West End debut in London back in February, originally only scheduled for a 16-week run, but due to its insane popularity, it has since been extended multiple times and is now on an open-ended run.

When 9 to 5 lands in Australia, it will make its home in Sydney, and our main girl Dolly Parton is stoked. “I am beyond excited to be bringing this show to Australia,” she says. “The response from the UK to 9 to 5: The Musical has been incredible. The overwhelmingly positive fan reaction to this universal story tickles every rhinestone on my body. I can’t wait for more people throughout Australia to have a good ole singalong and the time of your life.”

Check out the trailer from its West End season for a little sneak peek into what we can expect:

When and where can I see 9 to 5 The Musical in Australia?

Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical will land at Sydney Lyric Theatre in April 2020. The first show is set to take place on Tuesday 21 April, with shows currently locked in until Sunday 10 May.

Tickets to Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 go on sale to the general public at 4pm (local time) on Friday 13 September via Ticketmaster.com.au.

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