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Summer Theatre to present movie musical

Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: A double whammy of a show

Submitted Photo Joh’El Rodriguez as Franklin Hart, Jr., Katherine Ware as Judy Bernly, Claire Romich as Doralee Rhodes, and Peg Morris as Violet Newstead.

Everything about Dolly Parton is amazing, so after you’re done working your 9 to 5 shift, you’ll want to check out MSU Summer Theatre’s final production of its 56th season with Dolly Parton’s musical comedy: 9 to 5.

Featuring original music by Dolly Parton herself as well as the iconic “9 to 5” song, this movie turned musical will provide big laughs, huge songs and even bigger characters based on the famed performer herself. Located behind the MSU Dome, each production starts at 8:30 p.m. from July 21-26 and 28-31.

9 to 5 the Musical tells the story of women in the workplace trying to find success in a sexist corporate office led by a boss who is more interested in the women’s skirts than their brains. Peg Morris, Katherine Ware, and Claire Romich star as the trio of women first played by Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton in the 1980 movie of the same name. With high intensity dance scenes, memorable music, and a story that is as important today as it was in 1979, this musical comedy is like nothing you’ve seen before.

I chose to direct this musical because we have so many talented women performers and this show really showcases them. It also has some great lessons about finding your voice and lifting each other up to find success.

Parents are cautioned that the show does use some adult language and has drug use referenced in one scene, all following the same moments from the original movie. While it is more adult themed than other shows this season, the music is just fantastic. You might not know the songs before the show, but you’ll be humming them when you leave.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for seniors and active military, or access to the special Hook & Ladder Wine Deck comes with a $35 ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at msusummertheatre.com or by calling the box office between 9 and 4 on weekdays at 858-3228. For more information, go to our website or follow our Facebook/Instagram page.

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