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Filling Dolly’s shoes in ’9-to-5: the Musical’

by Joe Siegel
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Jul 27, 2012

Matunuck's Theatre By The Sea is presenting Dolly Parton's "9 to 5: The Musical" through August 11, 2012.

This musical, adapted from the enormously successful 1980 film, tells the story of friendship and revenge in a big office, when three unlikely friends and co-workers scheme to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world.

The show's original score was written by Parton, who appeared in the film with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.

"9 to 5: The Musical" is being directed and choreographed by Russell Garrett, who directed last season's production of "Hairspray."

As Violet, Broadway actress Jan Leigh Herndon makes her Theatre By The Sea debut. She will be co-starring with New York performers Maggie McDowell and Lulu Lloyd as Doralee and Judy. The role of the ladies' sexist boss, Franklin Hart, Jr., will be played by Broadway actor Kevin Pariseau. Melanie Souza portrays the role of Hart's office ally, Roz Keith.

A lot of Dolly

"I’ve always loved live theatre," McDowell told EDGE. "You never know what’s going to happen."

McDowell, who grew up in Connecticut, appeared in school plays and church musicals. Performing came naturally, McDowell explains: "There was never a moment in my childhood when I wasn’t singing or dancing. I always felt so at home on the stage."

McDowell said Doralee, played by Parton in the movie, is a "Southern girl working in an office and doesn’t really fit in."

"There’s definitely a lot of Dolly in her," McDowell noted.

McDowell became a fan of the show when the national tour of "9 to 5" came to Nashville, where she was living.

"I just loved Dolly Parton’s music so much," McDowell said. "She’s an incredible songwriter."

McDowell also was charmed by the story: "It’s all about girl power and just being yourself. There are definitely a lot of obstacles the three women have to get over. I love the message that (Doralee) has in terms of just being herself and not letting the judgment of others get her down."

McDowell is enjoying her time at Theatre by the Sea: "Our cast is incredible. It’s a pleasure working with these ladies. We’re having a lot of fun."

"9 to 5: The Musical" is performed Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 pm, Thursdays at 2:00 pm, Saturdays at 4:30 and 8:30 pm and Sundays at 5:00 pm. The theatre is located at 364 Cards Pond Road, Matunuck, RI. Tickets are $35 for preview performances and $39-$54 for all other performances. Discount rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling (401) 782-3800 x18. $25 "Rush" tickets are available on a limited basis one hour prior to curtain on the day of the performance. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, online anytime at www.theatrebythesea.com and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 782-TKTS (8587). The box office will also be open one hour prior to every performance.

Joe Siegel has written for a number of other GLBT publications, including In newsweekly and Options.


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