Preview: Reprising Dolly's signature type for Stage West's 9 to five musical

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When it was launched in 1980, the girl-power comedy 9 to five struck a chord with downtrodden, demoralized workplace staff all over the place and it has stored on hanging chords.

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Made for $10 million, the movie grossed $103 million on the field workplace however was a fair greater success on video and DVD and spawned a TV collection that ran for 5 seasons. It additionally launched Dolly Parton’s movie profession and gave her one in every of her greatest hit singles.

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It appears unusual it took virtually 25 years for somebody to strategy Parton to jot down 15 extra songs for a stage model, however Parton’s eventual collaboration with Patricia Resnick, who wrote the movie, noticed 9 to five: The Musical open on Broadway in 2009 after two years of workshops and tryouts in Los Angeles.

Just like the movie, 9 to five: The Musical is the story of how workplace staff Judy Bernly, Violet Newstead and Doralee Rhodes get their revenge on Franklin J. Hart, their egotistical, lecherous boss at Consolidated Industries.

Stage West has enlisted Liz Gilroy, who has helmed such musicals for them as Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Legends of Nation and Without end Plaid, to stage its model of 9 to five: The Musical which runs till June 25. Gilroy solid April Cook dinner to play Doralee Rhodes, Parton’s signature function, as a result of Cook dinner had performed Parton in Gilroy’s Legends of Nation.

“Doralee is a very totally different project than what was required of me in Legends of Nation. I’m not impersonating Dolly this time. I’m creating this excellent lady who’s misunderstood and who has to point out everybody who she actually is. I’ve to carry Dolly’s spirit to the character as a result of she left her stamp on Doralee and it could be silly to fake in any other case,” says Cook dinner, who additionally appeared in Stage West’s productions of Canadian Superstars and Feelin’ Groovy.

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April Cook dinner as Dolly from Stage West’s Legends of Nation in 2019. She’s going to tackle Dolly’s function in 9 to five: The Musical. jpg

“Dolly is a ray of sunshine, stuffed with positivity and hope who brings her stunning sense of humour to every part she does. That is who Doralee is. She has it so laborious at work. As a result of, when she resists his advances, Franklin tells everybody she is sleeping with him. At first, even the ladies within the workplace give her a tough time however she has such inside energy as a result of she is aware of she has her man for her at residence.”

Cook dinner had a style of unfavorable workplace politics when she labored for a development firm 10 years in the past.

“It was such a male-dominated setting. There have been individuals who tried to make you’re feeling inferior however thank heaven there was nobody close to as unhealthy because the boss from hell in 9 to five.”

Cook dinner says she has not encountered a tyrant in her theatre experiences and, in Gilroy, the precise reverse.

“Liz is particular. She is a director who has been an actor and a singer and a dancer. She’s been in our sneakers. She has respect for us. She is aware of what we’re going by way of. Not all administrators have come up by way of the ranks so that you’re so grateful while you get to work with one who has.”

Cook dinner, who’s from Prince Edward Island, first met Gilroy on the Charlottetown Competition in 2007 when Cook dinner was performing as one of many youngsters in Anne of Inexperienced Gables.

“I used to be in Anne of Inexperienced Gables once I was 9, 10 and 11 years outdated. Liz performed Anne’s finest buddy Diana Barry. I’ve identified her for a very long time. We reconnected when she began casting me in exhibits she was directing or choreographing.”

Cook dinner says her dream got here true when she grew to become a member of the Charlottetown Competition firm from 2008 to 2010. She additionally spent three years performing in Yellowknife when her husband, who’s a pilot, was stationed there.

In Stage West’s 9 to five: The Musical, Kate Blackburn and Julia Juhas play Judy and Violet, Doralee’s cohorts in revenge, and Mark Weatherley is the infamous boss who learns he messed with the flawed trio. Additionally within the solid are Calgarians Katherine Fadum, Elinor Holt and Connor Meek.