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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Foothill Music Theatre’s “9 to 5 The Musical” Captures the Essence of Today’s Women’s Movement

Mar 09, 2018
by Barbara Friedenthal
“Timing is everything,” as they say, and with Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “9 to 5 The Musical,” currently playing through March 18 at the Lohman Theatre (12345 El Monte Road) in Los Altos Hills, CA., this stage adaption of the infamous 1980 Dolly Parton movie of the same name captures the essence of today’s “Me Too” movement.

“9 to 5 The Musical” is a musical comedy that clearly resonates with today’s audience, emphasizing women’s empowerment, especially in the workplace. Featuring Dolly 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, this production features a cast of female powerhouse vocalists, including Allie Townsend as the spitfire secretary Doralee Rhodes (originated by Dolly Parton in the film), Glenna Murillo as Violet Newstead, senior office manager and single mother, and Rachelle Abbey as Judy Bernly, the office newbie, all of whom are making their Foothill Music Theatre debuts.

While “9 to 5 The Musical” is rooted in today’s working space reality, it is done so with great humor and satire, as well as musical numbers, to the delight of the audience.

The basis of the story revolves around the universal issue of women being patronized in the workplace. The three working women, eager to bust through the glass ceiling, decide to team up against their chauvinistic boss Franklin Hart, convincingly played by Aaron Hurley (who returns to Foothill Music Theatre where he was featured in “Damn Yankees”) to take care of business.

Along with the obvious reference to women’s rights movement of today, this story also makes clear the empowering story of friendship, love, and relationships.

Lighthearted and timely, “9 to 5 The Musical” is wonderfully performed and I would rate it as a ‘must see.’ For tickets or more information please phone (650) 949-7360 or visit www.foothill.edu/theatre/productions/9to5.

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(L to R): Doralee (Allie Townsend), Violet (Glenna Murillo), and Judy (Rachelle Abbey) share fantasies of getting even with their chauvinistic boss in Foothill Music Theatre's "9 to 5 The Musical," currently performing through March 18. (Photo credit: David Allen)


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