Almost thirty-five years ago the movie “9 to 5” hit the big screen. Three female coworkers formed an unlikely friendship, uniting them against a common enemy, their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot” boss, Mr. Hart. Hilarious solutions to politically incorrect workplace situations made the move a box office hit.
May 30 through June 15 Civic Theater will present “9 to 5: The Musical”, based on the 1980s hit movie. Civic Theater’s Director of Development and Community Relations, Nancy Brozek explained that the musical follows the movie closely, but that there are some fun surprises as well. She also described the theme of the musical as empowering for women in the workplace.
A preview of the musical was shown at Civic Theater’s Inside Dish. David Duiven, a talented Civic veteran, showcased his portrayal of Mr. Hart, the chauvinistic boss. Duiven had the audience knee-slapping and gasping all at once. His timing was perfect and with his mustache it tact, looked just like Dabney Coleman who played Mr. Hart in the movie version.
This comedy features Dolly Parton’s music and sounds more New York than Nashville. A twelve piece orchestra provides a jazzy, rock band/orchestra fusion background, which compliments the four part harmony.
Eighties’ nostalgia surrounds us, it is at the malls, in the salons and now at Civic theater. Enjoy an evening of laughter, big hair and brilliant music with “9 to 5: the Musical”.
“9 to 5: the Musical” runs from May 30 through June 15. Show times are Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 2:00 PM. Ticket prices range from $18 to $35 and are available at Civic Theater’s box office at 30 North Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, on-line at www.grct.org/purchasetickets or by phone at (888) 695-0888.