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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Foothill Music Theatre Presents Dolly Parton's Tony-Award-Nominated "9 to 5: The Musical"

Jan 12, 2018
The multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents "9 to 5: The Musical," featuring eight-time Grammy Award winner Dolly Parton’s Grammy and Tony Award-nominated, country, gospel, and pop music-infused score. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, "9 to 5 The Musical" is the story of three working women, eager to bust through the glass ceiling, who team up against their chauvinistic horror of a boss and take care of business.

Set in the late 1970s, this romp through the Rolodex Era is a hilarious and empowering story of friendship, love, and women’s roles in workplace, relationships, and society. Aided by a quick-witted book by the movie’s screenwriter Patricia Resnick, this fantasy of female revenge, while lighthearted, may take on new resonance in today’s politically fraught climate.

Under the direction of Milissa Carey and musical direction by Dolores Duran-Cefalu, "9 to 5 The Musical" will play March 1 – 18, 2018 with performances 7:30 pm on Thursdays, 8:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays at the Lohman Theatre (12345 El Monte Rd), in Los Altos Hills.

 

"9 to 5 The Musical" premiered in Los Angeles in September 2008, winning two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. Its shift to Broadway in 2009 garnered four Tony Award nominations, three Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and a record 15 Drama Desk Award nominations (the most received by a production in a single year).

 

Featuring Parton’s score full of showstoppers like “Joy to the Girls,” “Shine Like the Sun,” and the ever-popular title song “9 to 5,” as well as a host of show tunes with a country twang, "9 to 5 The Musical" features a cast of female powerhouse vocalists. Allie Townsend (Doralee), Glenna Murillo (Violet), and Rachelle Abbey (Judy) make their Foothill Music Theatre debuts. Allie Townsend takes on the role of spitfire secretary Doralee Rhodes, originated by Dolly Parton in the film. Seen recently as Lily St. Regis in Annie at Woodside Community Theatre, Townsend has also performed with Pacifica Spindrift Players, Stage 1 Theatre, and Redwood City Community Theatre. Glenna Murillo performs as senior office manager and single mother Violet Newstead. Murillo has been seen at Tabard Theatre Company, South Bay Musical Theatre, Sunnyvale Community Players, and Hillbarn Theatre. Rachelle Abbey plays Judy Bernly, the office newcomer. Seen recently as Brenda Strong in West Valley Light Opera’s production of Catch Me If You Can, Abbey has also performed with Palo Alto Players, South Bay Musical Theatre, Hillbarn Theatre, Tabard Theatre Company, Sunnyvale Community Players, and Woodside Community Theatre. 

 

Chauvinistic boss Franklin Hart is played by Aaron Hurley, who returns to Foothill Music Theatre where he was featured in Damn Yankees.

 

Rounding out the principal cast is Adam Cotugno as the accountant Joe, and Jorge Diaz as Doralee’s husband, Dwayne. Cotugno, who returns to Foothill Music Theatre, was featured in 'Sunday in the Park with George," and has also been seen onstage at Stage 1 Theatre, Sunnyvale Community.

 

The cast also features a stellar ensemble, including Megan Brown, Daniel Cardenas, Seton Chiang, Jordan Covington, David Evans, Tim Ford, Ryan Kain, Kimberly Kay, Kayvon Kordestani, Greg Lynch, Jenn Martinelli, Katie Mazon, Ginny Moore, Alea Selburn, and Todd Wright.

 

Tickets ($12 - $32) and information can be found at www.foothill.edu/theatre or by phone at (650) 949-7360.

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Photo caption: (L to R) Judy (Rachelle Abbey), Violet (Glenna Murillo), and Doralee (Allie Townsend) team up against their sexist boss Franklin (Aaron Hurley) in Dolly Parton's "9 to 5 The Musical," presented by Foothill Music Theatre at the Lohman Theatre, Los Altos Hills, March 1 - 18, 2018. (Photo by David Allen)


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