NEWS: Cast announced for Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5: The Musical’

THE cast for Dolly Parton’s brand spankin’ new musical has been announced. The first leg of the tour includes shows at the Liverpool Empire from 14-19 January 2013. The show will star Natalie Casey as Judy Bernly, Jackie Clune as Violet Newstead, Bonnie Langford as Roz Keith, Amy Lennox as Doralee Rhodes and Ben Richards as Franklin Hart.

Natalie Casey is probably best known as ‘Donna’ in nine series of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Her theatre credits include Oklahoma! and and Legally Blonde in the West End. She is currently appearing as ‘Ange’ in Abigail’s Party in the West End. 

Bonnie Langford’s many theatre credits include ‘Roxie Hart’ in Chicago on Broadway, US tour and in the West End. Her other West End credits include ‘Charity’ in Sweet Charity and the original cast of Cats. She recently played the ‘Lady of the Lake’ in Spamalot on tour, a role she will be reprising in the West End next month. In 2006 she reached the final of ITV1’s Dancing on Ice

Jackie Clune’s West End credits include the leading role of ‘Mrs Wilkinson’ in Billy Elliot and ‘Donna’ in the International Tour of Mamma Mia!.

Amy Lennox recently played the role of ‘Elle Woods’ in the UK tour of Legally Blonde. Her West End credits include ‘Liesl’ in The Sound of Music.

Ben Richards recently starred as ‘Tick’ in Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the West End. His other West End credits include ‘Sky Masterson’ in Guys and Dolls, ‘Danny’ in Grease, ‘Tony’ in Saturday Night Fever and ‘Jerry Lukowski’ in The Full Monty. His TV credits include playing ‘PC Nate Roberts’ in The Bill.

Dolly Parton said: “I am so excited that 9 to 5: The Musical is coming to the UK. I’m hoping you have as much fun watching it as I had writing the music for it. 9 to 5: The Musical is perfect for anyone that’s ever wanted to string up their boss, which is almost all of us. So come join the fun!”

9 To 5: The Musical is a hilarious new musical comedy, based on the hit movie and centres on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. They conspire to take control of the company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 To 5: The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business. Feisty, fun and oh so fabulous!

This show features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song, “9 to 5” which won her an Oscar nomination and 4 Grammy Award nominations along with her new Tony and Grammy nominated score. With 18 original Dolly Parton numbers, including numbers from her last two albums “Backwoods Barbie”, “Shine Like the Sun”, “Get Out and Stay Out” and “Let Love Grow”.


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